Archive for November, 2008

Former Black Sox Namana set to make Giants return

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

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Former Black Sox Namana set to make Giants return

By Gary Caffell

[Masterson, Wellington, New Zealand] – Former Black Sox Malcolm Namana will be returning to his old stamping grounds when he plays for Giants in their double header men’s softball matches with Cardinals at South Park, Masterton tomorrow.

Namana was a member of the Giants club back in the late 1980s before moving over the hill where he has played for such clubs as Totara Park, Cardinals and Poneke-Kilbirnie.

He had a season off last year but with longtime friend Tony Nixon being coach of Giants he expressed an interest in joining up with them in 2008-09, and Giants were only too happy to oblige.

Nixon and Namana actually played at club level together for both Giants and Totara Park and in 2000 they were both part of the US-based winning side at the National Softball Association world series in South Carolina.


Red Rock is Back – in Carson City

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

2009 RED ROCK is Back!

After being forced to take a year off in 2008 due to the late withdrawal of our ball park by the City of St. George, Utah, we are pleased to announce that your Red Rock Tournament Committee, after nearly two months of negotiations, have signed a deal with the Carson City Recreation Department and the Carson City Convention Visitors Bureau to operate the very popular Red Rock International Invitational for 2009 and beyond! It will have a new name!

9th Annual Red Rock International Invitational
Carson City, Nevada
(35-45 minute drive from Reno)

TOURNAMENT DATES: May 2 and 3, 2009
CLASSES: Major, A, AA, NAFA (ALL), (ASA A & B)

ENTRY DEADLINE: March 1, 2009
FORMAT: Round Robin into single elimination.
ISC QUALIFIER: One World Tournament berth to highest finishing US West team. We are also attempting to get an ISC II (Tournament of Champions) berth to award as well.


Payable to:
Roy Stout
P.O. Box 812
Lake Hughes, CA 93532

Carson City is Nevada’s historical state capitol. Centrally located at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range, Carson City offers a variety of activities for your pleasure. Carson City has something for everyone including museums, elegant mansions, exciting casinos, excellent recreational facilities, great dining and nine divine golf courses. Bring your clubs!


Vancouver Grey Sox Announce 2009 Roster

Monday, November 10th, 2008

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[Vancouver, BC] – The Vancouver Grey Sox are pleased to officially announce their 2009 roster. At this time we wish to welcome and acknowledge our new additions to the fold for the coming season. Specifically the return of P/IF/DP Derek Mayson (North Vancouver, BC) to the Grey Sox organization on a full time basis for 2009. As well we are pleased to welcome pitchers Travis Price (Corona, CA) and Ryan Brand (Calgary, AB) along with veterans Kelly Wenstrom (Langdon, AB), Glenn Ormsby (Prince George, BC) and Chad Ghostkeeper (Prince George, BC). The present 2009 Grey Sox roster is as follows:

2 – Trevor Johnstone – Vancouver, BC
5 – Nick Medwedrich – Sooke, BC
7 – Scott Newitt – Delta, BC
9 – Derek Mayson – North Vancouver, BC
10 – Brian Ree – Gresham, OR
13 – Ryan Brand – Calgary, AB
17 – Calem Gardner – Squamish, BC
19 – Kelly Wenstrom – Langdon, AB
21 – Blake Hunter -Nanaimo, BC
22 – Chad Ghostkeeper, Prince George, BC
24 – Nick Underhill – Kamloops, BC
30 – Rob Giesbrecht – Landmark, MB
33 – Bryan Abrey – Richmond, BC
34 – Travis Price – Corona, CA
35 – Kevin Rasmussen – Everett, WA
42 – Andrew Medwedrich – Sooke, BC
43 – Glenn Ormsby – Prince George, BC

Coaching Staff
11 – John Stuart – Cloverdale, BC
44 – Todd Morrison – Chilliwack, BC
4 – Doug Van Os – Coquitlam, BC

Board of Directors
Larry Kancs – North Vancouver, BC
Conrad Margolis – Vancouver, BC
Jim Johnson – Vancouver, BC
Dale McMann – Surrey, BC
Doug Challoner – Steveston, BC
Craig Donaldson – New Westminster, BC
John Mulka – Vancouver, BC

More updates and information with regards to our 2009 schedule to follow in the weeks ahead. As well another reminder that the 2009 Vancouver Challenge tournament will be held July 10 – 12 at South Memorial Park in Vancouver.

Larry Kancs
Vancouver Grey Sox

2009 Senior Men’s Canadian National Team announced

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Guest Editor’s Note: With the 2009 ISF World Championship to be played in Saskatoon, Softball Canada has brought together an absolutely exceptional team, mixing veterans with youth and an outstanding pitching staff. Coach Mark Smith’s team will be tough to beat on their home soil next July!

Softball Canada is pleased to announce the roster for the 2009 Senior Men’s National Team.


1. Colin Abbott – Portugal’s Cove NF
2. Craig Crawford – Waterloo, Ontario
3. Jody Eidt – Mitchell, Ontario
4. Jeff Ellsworth – Alberton, PEI
5. Trevor Ethier – Saskatoon, Sask
6. Ian Fehrman – Hagersville, Ontario
7. Korrey Gareau – Victoria, BC
8. Rob Giesbrecht – Landmark, Man
9. Dean Holoien – Melfort, Sask
10. Todd Martin – Aurora, Ontario
11. Derek Mayson – North Van, BC
12. Keith Mackintosh – Melfort, Sask
13. Steve Mullaley – Fresh Water, NF
14. Sean O’Brien – St. John’s, NF
15. Evan Potskin – Prince George, BC
16. Kevin Schellenberg – Squamish, BC
17. Ryan Wolfe – Melborne, Ontario

Team Staff

1. Harvey Stevenson – Victoria, BC
2. Mark Smith – Falmouth, NS
3. Ray Tilley – Woodstock, Ont
4. Marty Kernaghan – Grafton, Ont
5. Don Bates – Saskatoon, Sask
6. Glen Boles – St. Catharines, Ont
7. Bruce Marshall – Ottawa, Ont
8. Barry Smith – Dartmouth, NS

AAU International Tournament Announces 40 Teams for 2009

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

From Al’s Fastball

Thursday, November 6, 2008
AAU International Fastpitch

January 22 – 25, 2009

1. Guatemala National Team Guatemala
2. Sebringville Sting Ontario,Canada
3. PK. Broward Pirates Lenzburg,IL
4. Team Minnesota Minnesota
5. Puerto Rico Natl. Team Puerto Rico
6. Puerto Rico Jr. Natl. Team Puerto Rico
7. CPI / ADS Classics Oswego,NY
8. Combatientes Venezuela
9. Dominicana Dominican Rep. / NY
10. Los Socios Venezuela
11. Jamaica Natl. Team Jamaica
12. Cobourg Force Ontario,Canada
13. Bahamas Dev. Natl. Nassau,Bahamas
14. Texaco Pirates Abaco,Bahamas
15. Virgin Island Eagles St. John, VI
16. Elmira Advance Millrights Ontario,Canada
17. Radio 560 Mexico
18. Niagara Storms Fury Ontario,Canada
19. ADCO New York
20. Maccabi Blue Northbrook,IL
21. Maccabi Red Northbrook,IL
22. Chicago / New York New York
23. Minnesota Angels Minnesota
24. Florida Fastpitch Florida
25. Manor Dirtbag Texas
26. New York Gremlin Knights New York
27. Ohio Battery Stock Pack Ashland,OH
28. Millwood Logistics Ontario,Canada
29. Earls Club Salem,WI
30. Midwest Stampede Bondurant,IA
31. Brewers de Venezuela Venezuela
32. Venezuela / Miami Miami,Fla
33. DC Arrows Ontario,Canada
34. Sioux Falls Sox Sioux Falls,SD
35. Hill United Ontario,Canada
36. MACS New York
37. Sopotocientos Venezuela
38. Meraloma Club Vancouver,Canada
39. Tijuana Fastpitch Mexico
40. Barranquita Puerto Rico

Alex Linares
Amateur Athletic Union Of The United States, Inc.
Sports Manager
Panama & Puerto Rico Liaison
International Events
407- 934 – 7200
407- 934 – 7242 (fax)

Update, November 7, 2008:

Due to the number of teams participating this year, here are some of the changes we had to make:

Team Registration: Wednesday January 21st 7 pm to 9 pm at the Clarion Hotel Maingate West. ( Coaches Only )

Coaches meeting: Thursday January 22nd 9:30 AM. @ the Clarion Hotel Maingate West.

Game Time: Thursday January 22nd @ 1:00 PM.

** Eight teams will have to play two games on Thursday 22nd and every team will play at least one game that date.

Editor’s note: The AAU tournament started in 2000 with just 8 teams. It grew quickly to 16, 24, 28, and finally a full 32 team bracket for the past several years. Fastpitchwest, Maddysphotos and Ballparkradio have had the privilege of covering the event since 2004, and we’ll be there in 2009, our sixth consecutive year, for the biggest AAU tournament ever, bursting at the seams with forty (count ’em, 40) teams. The broadcast program on Ballparkradio grew dramatically last year, to a ten game schedule, with the Kyle Smith, Blair Setford and Billy Hillhouse in the booth. Haven’t drawn the broadcast schedule for 2009 yet, but we’ll post when we do. Forty Teams !

For a look back at last year’s Photo Galleries — one of Maddy’s largest ever — click here. The first set of smiling faces that will greet you belong to the 2008 AAU International Champions, Mac’s Sprayers.

And a bonus shot below, the management and front office for Mac’s, (and tournament director Alex Linares) after a trip to the hardware store:

2 Bags? That’ll Be $40

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Yet another.

From The Consumerist:

Delta To Add $15 First Checked Bag Fee

The AP says that the new mergeriffic Delta will be adding a $15 fee for the first checked bag and $25 for the second checked bag when traveling domestically, which is consistent with Northwest’s existing policies.

Customers who purchased Delta tickets on or before Wednesday, and who are traveling on or after Dec. 5, will be charged $50 for a second bag, but will be permitted to check their first bag without charge based on Delta’s previous policy. Customers flying in first or business class, including SkyMiles Medallion members and WorldPerks Elite members, will be able to check up to three bags, up to 70 pounds each, for free, Delta said.