Archive for March, 2008

Wichita Wingnuts in Elite 8 of Logo Contest

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

This is a shameless plug for my brother Bob’s minor league baseball team, the Wichita Wingnuts.

CNBC is holding its annual “Minor League Baseball Logo” Contest, which started, like the NCAA tournament with 64 teams. (chosen from the 252 minor league teams in existence). Each round matches two of the teams against each other, with the winner advancing. My brother’s team, the Wichita Wingnuts, from Wichita, Kansas won their first three matchups and have advanced to the “Elite Eight”, with voting underway. When I voted earlier tonight, with almost 18,000 votes in, they were ahead, and bidding to get into the Final Four.

Here’s today’s matchup:

Lend them a hand?

Vote here:
or just click the logo above.

(if Wednesday’s Elite Eight voting has closed by the time you get here, click the link to see if they’re still in the hunt for Friday’s Final Four, Monday’s Semi-Final and Tuesday’s championship)

Be sure to check back as the final rounds are coming up this week and weekend:

Thursday, March 27: Two “Elite Eight” Matchups (ends 9 a.m. ET on Friday)

Friday, March 28: Two “Final Four” Matchups (ends (9 a.m. ET on Saturday)

Monday, March 31: Two “Final Four” Matchups (ends 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday)

Tuesday, April 1: The Final Contest (ends 9 a.m. ET on

More about the Wingnuts:

The Wichita Wingnuts are a professional baseball team that is slated to start playing in Wichita, Kansas, in the United States. They are a member of the American Association and will start to play in 2008. The team is not affiliated with any Major League Baseball team. The Wingnuts will be replacing the Wichita Wranglers a former AA afilliate of The Kansas City Royals.

The team will play at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Click here to visit the official Wichita Wingnut website.

More About My Brother Bob: Bob Flanagan works in the Wingnut front office, heading up corporate sales. He has worked in minor league baseball for more than a decade, starting back about 1993 with the the then-Central Valley Rockies in Visalia, when shortstop Neifi Perez was playing single A ball. After a number of years in Texas, he is now with the Wingnuts in Wichita for the 2008 season.

Las Vegas Roadie – April 5-6

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Next up for teams out west is the NAFA/SCIFL Las Vegas Road Trip.

From the official SCIFL website:

NAFA and SCIFL present the “Las Vegas Road Trip” Men’s fast pitch tournament the weekend of April 5th and 6th. This will be a NAFA sanctioned event with the participating teams separated in the following divisions:

A-Major/AA (depending on amount of teams)
AA/AA-Major (depending on the amount of teams)

The splits in the higher classifications will be based on the amount of teams that enter.

It is anticipated that 18 teams can be accommodated for this event and confirmation into the tournament will be based on the entry fee and roster being received. The entry fee for this tournament will be $375 and at the present time we will be using the NAFA 3-game guarantee bracket for all divisions. It is open to all NAFA registered teams. With a minimum of eight (8) teams in a division, the winner will have their 2008 NAFA World Series entry fee paid.


The Return of Rainey

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The rumor has been out there for months. It’s now official. Team Rainey is back, including the fellow shown in the photo above, circa 2006. More details to follow….

Update – March 26:

(pitchers shown in bold)

Bricklen Anderson 13
Sebastian Gervasutti 36

Tony Acedo 6
Jesse Duncan 21

Chris Hunt 17
Tim Hunt 14
Rod Rainey 10
Josh Tisdale 23
Eddie Brooks 16
Larry Machado 7
Chase Turner 77
Bryan Wells 20
Joel Manfredi 30
Jason Arijulo 19
Peter Turner 24
Marco Marciacini 9
Jeff Coleman


Stockton, CA (Nor Cal Travel) March 29-30
Sonora, CA (Nor Cal Travel) May 3-4
Folsom, CA (Nor Cal Travel) May 17-18
Santa Barbara, CA “Best of West” June 7, 8
Lodi, CA (Rainey/IAC tournament) June 13, 14
Portland, OR June 21, 22
Sonora (or find a scrimmage) July 12-13
NAFA Open (Madison, WI) July 25-27
Wisconsin “ISC Worlds” Aug 10-16
Missouri “”ASA “A” Nationals” Aug 29-Sep 1

Tony Peeples Re-signs with A-1 So Cal Bombers

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

From the So Cal Bombers website:

The A-1 Bombers are pleased to announce that we have re-signed Tony Peeples as the third member of our 2008 pitching staff. Peeps was considering other offers but in the end, he’s a Bomber again this season. Coach McGiffin had this to say about the signing:

“We needed that third arm and Peeps not only gives us a veteran that keeps theball down and changes speeds effectively, giving us another look from the bullpen or in a start, but also has as much grit and character as you could hope for. This really rounds out our pitching staff and combined with Lucas and Rob, Tony will allow us to throw a few different looks at our opponents at any given time. I welcome him back, it really solidifies things for us and he’s always been an important member of our team in every sense, so its good to have him back.

ISF Jr. Men’s World Championships – June 20-29

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008


PLANT CITY, FLORIDA — The ten-day schedule of 70 games at the International Softball Federation’s VIII Jr. Men’s World Championship was made public today by the sport’s world governing body. Taking place in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada), the fast pitch event will be played from June 20-29. The 19-and-under national team from 12 countries will participate.

“There is a lot of softball scheduled to be played at this year’s world championship,” ISF President Don Porter said. “The spectators attending and the media covering the tournament will have a lot to see, with some of the entries on the schedule showing as many as nine games in one day. The unique location of this event will provide a great setting for these world-class athletes to compete for the chance to be called ‘world champion.’ ”

In the northwest corner of the country, the Pepsi Softball Centre is in an area that daily gets over 20 hours of daylight, meaning that the teams will play against nature’s backdrop with no artificial (stadium) lights.

Australia is the three-time defending ISF Jr. Men’s World Champion, with this year’s host country the last to win the title before the Aussies started their run in 1997. Joining those two at the event in June will be: Argentina, Botswana, Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, and Venezuela.

The championship opens with Australia facing Botswana in the first of four games scheduled before all 12 teams participate in Opening Ceremonies, which will be followed by games between Canada and the Czech Republic and the U.S. versus Japan.

The official event website is and the full game schedule is available here.

Where is Whitehorse you say? See map below. Plug in your home address to see how far it is from you. Me? I’m a paltry 3,005 miles away.

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2008 Vancouver Challenge – July 25-27

Monday, March 24th, 2008

July 25 – 27
Vancouver Challenge – South Memorial Park – Vancouver, BC
Berths: 1 – 2009 WT berth to highest finishing Canada West team.
Format: Modified round robin with 4-game guarantee
Entry Fee: $350 CDN
Contact: John Mulka
UIC: Bob Henning – 604-790-1166 –
ISC Rep: Craig Donaldson – 604-525-3440 –

2008 Rose Cup – Portland, OR – June 21-22

Monday, March 24th, 2008

June 21 & 22, 2008

Portland Demarini Rose Cup – Portland, OR

Format: Round Robin into single elimination – 4 game guarantee

Entry Fee: $400 – deadline May 1, 2008

Berths: 1 ISC World Tournament and 1 ISC II ToC to highest finishing US West teams

Tournament Contacts:
Roger Jones 503-887-3200
John Fitzgerald ,
John Fitzgerald
Brian Ree

UIC: Dan Duffy

ISC Rep: Keith Erkenbrack -360-945-2320 –

48th Annual Seattle Invitational – Aug 2-3

Monday, March 24th, 2008


Where: Celebration Park
Federal Way, WA

Class: ‘B’/’C’ Classifications

When: August 2-3, 2008

Format: 3 Game Round Robin – Saturday
Single Elimination – Sunday
All Teams Advance To The Championship Round
At least 5 Game Guarantee

Cost: $300

Contact: Charlie Bendock
(206) 524-0426 (H)
(206) 601-2720 (Cell)

Northwest Tournaments 2008

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The Annual Jim Williamson “Northwest Tournament” schedule, with an assist from Milt Michael of “The Inside Curve”.

Click here.

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Lumberkings in All-Star Charity Doubleheader

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008


[Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON] -The Niagara Snappers are pleased to announce that they will be hosting an all star night with the visiting California Lumberkings who are travelling to Niagara-on-the-Lake for the 2008 Snapper Shootout. The Lumberkings, who were finalists at the 2007 ISC II Tournament of Champions have recently merged with the A-1 Taylor Farms club, who were 3rd place finishers at the 2007 ToC. The club features Mike Egerdeen and Dave Drotzman on the mound as perhaps the toughest 1-2 pitching duo in ISC II along with newcomer Jeff Kawaguchi, one of the top ISC II pitchers in the Vancouver area. (shown in photos pitching for the Virgin Island Ambassadors at the 2008 AAU tournament)

The Niagara Snappers, 3rd place finishers at the 2007 ToC, have accepted a berth to the 2008 ISC World Tournament, will play host to the Lumberkings in the 7pm game, while the Lumberkings will face off with a GHFL all-star team that will be picked by former GHFL president and current ISC Canada East VP and ISC II Commissioner, Blair Setford.

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