Archive for February, 2008

The Cages at Stillwater, MN

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

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We are pleased to share the news about a new batting practice, pitching and training facility in Minnesota, run by our friend Chris Diethert, of Team Minnesota.

The Cages is a premier indoor baseball and softball training facility that has 4,000 square feet, we offer:

* 4 Baseball/Softball Batting Cages
* Instructional Clinics: Skills, Pitching, Hitting, Catching
* Private Lessons:
(Pitching, Hitting, Catching, for Baseball & Slow and Fastpitch Softball Players)
* Training Instruction Area
* Party Room for Teams/Birthdays/Events

Located in Stillwater at:

1709 Greeley Street
Stillwater, MN 55082

Monday – Friday 3:15-9:30
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

Tel: 651.342.1406

Be sure to check out the photo gallery at their website.

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Blackburn Men’s Fastball League in Ottawa, Canada

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

From Tyler Cox’s blog:

Blackburn Men’s Fastball League (BMFL) in the News (Yet Again)

A big ‘thank you’ to the Orleans Star/Weekly Journal for another great article about the BMFL.

Blackburn Fastball League looks to expand
Source: Orleans Star/Weekly Journal
February 24th 2008, 14:14

The Blackburn Men’s Fastball League (BMFL) is preparing for its 27th season, one which could see its first expansion in several years.

“Our registration will begin in early March,” said BMFL President Wayne Hunter. “After our exciting playoffs in 2007, we can’t wait for the snow to melt to get back on the ball diamond.”

For the first time in more than a decade, the league is looking to expand, said Hunter. Currently sitting at eight teams – each with colourful names like the Ball Bangers, Guzzlers, Stan’s Diner Draughts and Good ol’ Boys – Hunter says the league is looking to add one more to the mix, possibly as early as this season.

Many young players who have graduated from Orléans’ minor fastball program are expected to join the men’s league, said BMFL board member Tyler Cox.

“We are making a concerted effort to recruit new members,” said Cox. “We welcome everyone, including first-time fastball players.”

The BMFL will hold two formal registration sessions. The first is on Tuesday, March 4, from 7-9 p.m. at the Blackburn Arms Pub on Innes Road in Blackburn Hamlet. The second is on Wednesday, March 5, from 7-9 p.m. at Wally’s Bistro and Bar on Innes Road, in Blackburn Hamlet.

Founded in 1982, the Blackburn Men’s Fastball League is a recreational fast-pitch softball league based in Ottawa’s Blackburn Hamlet. Its membership spans the region and includes players from 18-years-old through 50 and over. It is completely volunteer-run.

For more information about the BMFL’s registration, please contact BMFL Executive Vice-President Steve Bovey at 613-824-1435 or

(Orleans Star/Weekly Journal)

Northern California Travel League Schedule

Monday, February 25th, 2008

The schedule for 2008 is:

March 15-16, Stockton
March 29-30 Stockton
May 3-4 Sonora
May 17-18 Sacramento
July 12-13 Sonora

Entry fee is $450.00 per event
February is the time to commit for the first 2 Stockton Events
The cut off date for each event is the Thursday (9 days prior to the event) of the week prior to each event. This is necessary in order to secure the umpires and fields. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.

As you may have heard, the RED ROCK Classic has been cancelled, so the May 3-4 event will fill up fast. I already have teams from other areas committed, so if you wish to play that weekend you need to commit early.

As previously stated, I am offering all teams a chance to participate in the NOR CAL league drawing. Tickets are $5.00 each, teams get to keep $2.50 from every ticket sold. If a team takes 400 tickets they will keep $1000.00 and send a $1000 to the league, out of that money there will be a drawing, first place winner gets $1500; second place gets $750; third place $500; fourth place gets $250. If 2000 tickets are sold. If more than 2000 tickets are sold the prize money will increase and the number prizes will also increase. If any of you wish to participate please contact me ASAP as I will be sending tickets out the first week of February. The drawing will be held May 3 in Sonora, winners need not be present.

If you have any questions please contact me. I am looking forward to this year of BALL. Commit NOW! Last year we had to cancel events because teams waited until the last minute so PLEASE Commit early

Bob Chapel
1156 Capricorn Place
Billings MT 59105

Recap from the Panteras Valentine Tournament

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

From the SCIFL website:

Click here for the Panteras “Ace” Memorial Valentines tournament at Norwalk. (then click the menu buttons on the left for the scoreboards and bracket sheets for upper and lower divisions.

Introducing Ashland OH Stockpack

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Ashland STOCKPACK (formerly the Ashland Merchants) have completed a successful off season overhaul that involved much more than just a name change. We have added five seasoned players to an already strong core of players in hopes of making a serious run at the ISC II title in Appleton this August. Leading the new additions is pitcher Tyron McKinney. Many will remember Ty from his exploits as a young gun with the Ashland Coors Light team before he played for multiple season with the Midland Explorers, followed by a season with Ashland MVD Sports. Click here to read the full story at our ISC II blog, “The Deuce”

Venezuela Team Looking for Pitcher

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

We pass along this note in case anyone is interested or knows of someone who is:

[Venezuela] – Hi, I´m writing from Venezuela. I own a professional softball team and I looking for a pitcher for this season here, which starts in three weeks. I really appreciate any help to contact a great pitcher (email, phone number).

More information about the season:

* the regular season is betwen Feb. 23rd to April 6 (6 weeks)
* playoffs April 12th and 13th (1 week).
* final April 19 to April 27 (2 weeks)

So we´re gonna need services of pitcher for 6 to 8 weeks (depends how far the team goes hope to be on the finals!!!).

* we play only on weekends, two games on Saturday, two games on Sunday.
* all expenses are covered (flight ticket, hotel, meals, transportation)
* email me for further $$ details.

We have already a pitcher from Argentina and we need another foreign pitcher so we can become champions.

best regards,
Javier Coll Clavel

Next Up for SCIFL – Palm Springs, CA

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Next up for the SCIFL (So Cal Independent Fastpitch League) is Palm Springs, March 15-16, 2008, to be followed by the Las Vegas weekend, April 5-6, 2008.

Click here for the complete 2008 schedule.

2008 Austin Blue Jays Tournament

Monday, February 18th, 2008

2008 Austin Blue Jays Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament
June 7 – 8, 2008
Austin, Texas

For further information please contact:

Pedro Tovar Jr.

About Those AAU Photos…..

Monday, February 18th, 2008

If you are among those wondering what happened to this year’s AAU tournament photos, they will be “coming soon”. As we mentioned in an earlier post, Maddy’s computer crashed, hence the delay. She finally got it back from the shop and is hard at work sorting through several thousand shots, and prepping the best for online display. We’ll update you here when they’re up. In the meantime, here is one of So Cal’s Todd Budke, with the Broken Bow, NE squad from this year’s set:

2008 Boys of Summer – July 11-13, 2008

Monday, February 18th, 2008


Boys of Summer 2008
Denmark, WI, USA

Hello all. As depressing as the daily snowfall and frigid temperatures are here in Wisconsin, I do have a little news on this year’s Boys of Summer Open Tournament to warm up your day. The dates are July 11-13, 2008. The event will again be held at Circle Tap and two diamonds in Denmark Memorial Park. Denmark is a short 15 minute ride south of Green Bay directly on I-43.

This year’s even will again host 16 of the best teams. Normally, I could say best North American teams but we do have a South American team this year. There will be 4 pools of 4 with eight teams making it to a single elimination tournament. One playoff game at CT on Saturday night, the other quarterfinals are 10 AM on Sunday, SemiFinals at noon, Finals at 2PM at Circle Tap.

I hope you can all come out and enjoy on of the strongest and exciting tournaments of the summer and experience fastpitch in one of the most electric atmospheres in the game. For those of you have never seen the facility I hope to have an aerial photo posted on our website in the coming months. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments and I’ll help you out as best I can. Darren Derricks will again serve as Tournament Director.

Here is the outstanding field teams:

1. Farm Tavern-Madison, WI
2. SoCal A-1 Bombers-Yucaipa, CA
3. Circle Tap-Denmark, WI
4. TownLine-Green Bay, WI
5. MinnDak Millers-Fargo, ND
6. Patsy’s-New York, NY
7. Gremlins-Broken Bow, NE
8. Aspen Interiors-Saskatoon, SK
9. Stampede-Elkhart, IA
10. Dolan & Murphy-Aurora, IL
11. Thomson Merchants- Thomson, IL
12. Bandits/Si Senor-Pueblo, CO
13. Stoneyard-Appleton, WI
14. Kegal Black Knights-Fargo, ND
15. LumberKings-Bakersfield, CA
16. Argentina National Team-Buenos Aires, Argentina


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