Archive for July, 2009

ASA Major Scores – Thursday +

Friday, July 31st, 2009

ASA Major Tournament
Belleville Softball Complex
South Bend Indiana

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First Round games
(Thursday July 30, 2009)

Patsy’s-Broken Bow, NE, 6
Lightning, Marshal MI 0

Ashland-Mets, Ashland, MI, 9
Anderson Lawmen, Anderson IN 2

Midwest Stampede, IA 8
Vancouver Grey Sox, BC, 1

Duncan Outlaws, Elkhard IN 6
The Bar-Appleton, WI , 4

Midland Explorers, MI 8
DC Current, Bremen, IN 0

“Play in Game”
Pueblo Bandits, Pueblo, CO 7
Ashland Stock Pack, Ashland OH 0

Pueblo Bandits, Pueblo, CO 1
Albaugh, Inc. Elkhart, IN 0

NY Gremlins, Long Island, NY 5
The Farm, Madison, WI 2

Dolan & Murphy, Aurora, IL 5
Quad City Sox, Davenport, IA 3


Second Round games
(Friday, July 31, 2009)


Salinas player headed to men’s softball tournament

Friday, July 31st, 2009


(click logo for original news story)


Last summer, it was a Salinas woman competing on softball’s biggest stage the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

This summer, it’s a Salinas man taking part in North America’s largest fastpitch softball tournament.

While 39-year-old Ron Guzman doesn’t hold the distinction of being one of the world’s fastest softball pitchers like Monica Abbott does, he does carry that same passion for the sport.

For the past 16 years, Guzman has taken long weekend trips around the state and country to play competitive softball.

“It takes a lot out of you,” he said.

But playing in tournaments such as the International Softball Congress Men’s Fastball Tournament, Aug. 14-22, in Moline, Ill., makes it all worthwhile, he said.

Guzman and the Taylor Farms California Athletics are one of 24 teams to qualify for the ISC tournament.

The tournament includes players from across the United States, Canada, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Czech Republic, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Denmark and the Philippines will be competing. More than 1,200 players and 4,000 fans daily are expected to take part in the event.

Guzman, who works for Taylor Farms, said the company has been the majority sponsor of the men’s fastpitch softball team since 2001.

Guzman said three-fourths of the team used to consist of players from Salinas. But after winning a national championship in 2002, the tournaments got tougher and a new caliber of players was needed.

The 2009 Taylor Farms team is primarily made up of Northern and Central California players ranging in age from 22 to 39. Some of those players came over after other softball organizations folded. Guzman, the team’s manager and first baseman, said about half of this year’s roster helped Taylor Farms win the ISC World Tournament of Champions in Appleton, Wisc., last year. That win automatically qualified the team for this year’s world tournament.

Taylor Farms opens the tournament on Aug. 15 against the Midland Explorers of Midland, Mich.

Ripplinger HRs power Kimmel’s over JRW

Friday, July 31st, 2009

by YH-R Sports

YAKIMA, Wash. — John Ripplinger went 4-for-4 including two home runs, and drove in eight runs to lead Kimmel’s Athletic to a 24-18 victory over JRW & Associates in an ASA Adult Fastpitch League game Wednesday night at Kiwanis Park.

Cory Worrell also had four hits and an RBI, and Rogan Rosseau and Tia Beavert both had three hits and two RBI for the winners.

In Wednesday’s first game, Kevin Root had two hits and three RBI, and Shane Jones two hits and two RBI to lead the league leading Aramark Monsters to an 8-1 victory over Peak Performance.

Peak Performance 001 00 — 1 3 1
Aramark Monsters 260 00 — 8 9 2

Harris and Parham; Karr, McCauley (4) and Scheibner.
Highlights: Bob Harris (PP) HR;

Shane Jones (AM) 2-3, 2b, 2 RBI; Kevin Root (AM) 2-2, 2b, 3 RBI; Derek Gonzalez (AM) 2-2, RBI.

Kimmel’s Athletic 32(13) 24 — 24 23 5
JRW & Associates 930 42 — 18 10 2

George, Foster (3) and Rousseau; Davenport, Fischer (3) and Fahsholtz.
Highlights: John Ripplinger (KA) 4-4, 2 HR, 8 RBI; Cory Worrell (KM) 4-5, RBI; Rogan Rousseau (KM) 3-4, 2 RBI; Tia Beavert (KM) 3-5, 2 RBI;

Travis Lamb (JRW) 3 RBI; Tim Fischer (JRW) 2-2, 2b, 5 RBI; Troy Grow (JRW) 3 RBI.

Although JRW was successful with a 2 point conversion, they could not punch over a final touchdown for a win in their 24-18 loss. J

JRW & Associates finishes at 13-9 in Yakima City League play and 11-10 in Invitational tournament play. JRW had three runner-up finishes in four tournaments.

Fischer, Grow power JRW

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

by YH-R Sports

YAKIMA, Wash. — Tim Fischer was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, and Troy Grow added three hits to lead JRW & Associates to an 11-3 victory over C.H. Robinson in an ASA Yakima Adult Fastpitch League game Tuesday at Kiwanis Park.

Fischer had a home run among his hits and he also drove in two runs, while Grow added three RBI.

JRW & Associates 003 022 4 — 11 11 3
C.H. Robinson 010 000 2 — 3 6 5

Arndt and Johnson; Seward and Otterstein.

Highlights: Troy Grow (JRW) 3-4, 3 RBI; Tim Fischer (JRW) 4-4, HR, 2 RBI; Sean McCauley (CHR) 2-4, RBI.

Note ! An earlier story was posted on FP West as this was the game that JRW pitcher Shayne Arndt suffered a fractured jaw from a batted ball.


Thursday, July 30th, 2009


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Game 1 Interbay Door vs. Eagles 8:30 AM Field 1
Game 2 K-Club vs. Cleons Auto 8:30 AM Field 2
Game 3 Lacey A’s vs. Spokane Generals 10:30 AM Field 1
Game 4 Team Jones vs. Sting 10:30 AM Field 2
Game 5 Outlaws vs. Gamblers 10:30 AM Field 3
Game 6 Eagles vs. K-Club 10:30 AM Field 4
Game 7 Cleons Auto vs. Boise River Dogs 12:45 PM Field 1
Game 8 Bandits vs. Lacey A’s 12:45 PM Field 2
Game 9 Portland Pirates vs. Interbay Door 12:30 PM Field 3
Game 10 K-Club vs. Portland Pirates 2:45 PM Field 1
Game 11 Interbay Door vs. Bandits 2:45 PM Field 2
Game 12 Spokane Generals vs. Team Jones 2:45 PM Field 3
Game 13 Sting vs. Outlaws 2:45 PM Field 4
Game 14 Outlaws vs. Team Jones 4:45 PM Field 1
Game 15 Gamblers vs. Eagles 4:45 PM Field 2
Game 16 Boise River Dogs vs. Lacey A’s 4:45 PM Field 3
Game 17 Cleons Auto vs. Spokane Generals 4:45 PM Field 4
Game 18 Gamblers vs. Boise River Dogs 6:45 PM Field 1
Game 19 Bandits vs. Portland Pirates 6:45 PM Field 2
Game 20 Sting vs. Interbay Door 6:45 PM Field 3

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Game 21 # 5 vs. # 12 8:00 AM Field 1
Game 22 # 4 vs. # 13 8:00 AM Field 2
Game 23 # 6 vs. # 11 8:00 AM Field 3
Game 24 # 7 vs. # 10 8:00 AM Field 4
Game 25 # 8 vs. # 9 10:00 AM Field 1
Game 26 Winner Game 21 vs. Winner Game 22 10:00 AM Field 2
Game 27 Winner Game 23 vs. # 3 10:00 AM Field 3
Game 28 Winner Game 24 vs. # 2 10:00 AM Field 4
Game 29 Winner Game 25 vs. # 1 12:00 PM Field 1
Game 30 Loser Game 21 vs. Loser Game 22 12:00 PM Field 2
Game 31 Loser Game 23 vs. Loser Game 24 12:00 PM Field 3
Game 32 Winner Game 29 vs. Winner Game 26 2:00 PM Field 1
Game 33 Winner Game 27 vs. Winner Game 28 2:00 PM Field 4

Game 34 Championship Game – 49th Seattle Invite 4:30 PM Field 1

Game 35 Consolation Championship 4:30 PM Field 4

Weekend and then some with Bernie

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Our friend Bernie Lopez (a member of my 50+ team, Long Beach Deadwood) spent the last couple weeks in Saskatoon taking in the XII World Championships. Have world caliber tournaments, (he) will travel. You may recall his report to us from the Czech Republic the summer before last, and the one in Holland last year. “Have world caliber tournament (he) will travel. I enjoyed the note and photos, as it gave me a feel of the tournament, from a fans perspective, and got Bernie’s Ok to share it with you:

Bernie Lopez (top center with the sunglasses) and his buddies at the XII World Championships in Saskatoon last week.

After a long, two-day grueling drive I’m back In Vegas where I was greeted by 116 degree heat. Guess I’ll never complain about the Saskatoon heat again.

After a brief rain delay, the day began with the Canadian boys playing New Zealand for the right to play Australia in the championship. The Kiwis did their pregame Haka to the delight of the hundreds of New Zealanders, who had flown to Canada for the tournament. They cheered and stomped the stands as the Kiwi boys did their thing.

The Canadian players pretty much stayed in their huddle ignoring the Haka, to which Kiwi 3rd baseman Brad Rona took offense to, scowled and kicked an arm gesture to the Canadians, to which the home crowd responded with a rousing and lusty boo. The Canadians answered the Haka by standing arm-in-arm singing their National Anthem to which the crowd of Canadian Thousands joined in. It was quite a sight to see and hear that many people sing at the top of their lungs – just before a fastpitch game. Needless to say, this was going to be a good game!

Team Australia sharing a gold medal moment with the crowd in Saskatoon. (click to enlarge)

But the Kiwis flexed their muscles and even the top-notch Canadian pitching couldn’t stop their hot bats as they sent the Canadians to their Bronze medal podiums by a score of 8-5. Now they had to face the Aussie’s who had previously knocked them into the loser’s bracket by blanking them 7-0. The Aussie’s sent their ace Adam Folkard to the mound. This time he no-hit the Kiwi’s 5-0 – game over. Adam Folkard absolutely dominated the Kiwi bats and is regarded as the best pitcher in the world having been clocked at 138 kmph. That translates into 85 miles per hour – how sick is that? And you wanna hear the worst part for his competition? He’s only 22 years old. And his teammate, 6’9″ lefthander Adam Kirkpatrick is no slouch, as he earlier threw Australia’s first perfect game in their World championship history.

Australia celebrates winning the gold medal at the XII World Championship, July 26, 2009. (Click to enlarge to fully appreciate this photo)

The New Zealanders had won the previous 3 World championships, but this time it was no contest as the Australians proved to be quicker, younger, and more aggressive. Oh yea, and there’s that pitching dominance too. Changing of the Guard indeed.

Our USA boys finished fourth as they lost to New Zealand the night before 7-4. The evening prior, Canada beat up our boys 6-4 in a game our boys shoulda and coulda won, but guess it wasn’t meant to be. Japan finished 5th, Venezuela took 6th, and GB (Great Britain) ended up in 7th place with Argentina rounding out the top 8 spots.

Finally, a few things I’ll always remember is watching Japan against the Phillipines and listening to all the Asian softball chatter. And Venezuela plaing Mexico with the Latin softball lingo being chirped across the diamond. Or watching the Danish squad or the Czech team play and hearing their European sounds of the game. Oh yea, then there’s those African fellows from Botswana and South Africa; simply amazing! This truly was a WORLD championship!! I’m not sure where the next mens fastpitch World championship will be held in 2013, but what ever corner of this planet the boys will be lacing up their spikes, I will defintely be there. And you should try to go as well, I promise you won’t be dissappointed!

Anybody wanna pitch in to see if we could get this tourney here in in Vegas? How cool would THAT be! : )

Here are a few pics from the last day, enjoy.


Video – Northern California Hawaiian Athletic Association

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Lifted from Bobby Smith’s facebook page. Thought the non-facebook folks would enjoy it too.

NCHAA Highlights 2009 from Leyla Productions on Vimeo.

Northern California Hawaiian Athletic Association

Pitcher Shayne Arndt Suffers Fractured Jaw

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Yakima, Washington – JRW & Associates pitcher Shayne Arndt suffered a fractured jaw in an Adult City League Fastpitch Game on Tues Night, July 28th at the Gateway Complex.

Shayne, a minister in Hermiston, OR drives up to Yakima once a week for City League games. He also throws for JRW in weekend tournaments.

With two outs in the bottom of the 7th and an 11-3 lead, Shayne took a line drive to the face from a batted ball. It took Shayne to the ground. In about 30 seconds, Shayne rose to his knees with blood dripping from his face. He then stood up and said “ Give me the ball. I am going to finish this”. He induced the last batter to fly out to left field to end the game.

Faced with the 1-½ hour drive back to Hermiston, his teammates were concerned that he might have a concession. But Shayne was completely coherent when he left the ballpark. He was checked by phone enroute and upon arrival at home and seemed fine.

When Shayne arrived at home, his wife, a nurse, told Shayne that he had a broken or fractured jaw. The fracture was confirmed the next day. Apparently there was no damage to the teeth.

Shayne will be operated on at 5:00 PM on Friday July 31st at the Kadlec hospital in the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Richland and Kennewick, WA)

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Shayne for a successful operation and a return to ministering God’s word.


Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Eurosport 2, Maori TV, and Rogers Sportsnet to deliver medal games

Plant City, Florida (USA); 29th July 2009: Another facet of the BackSoftball blueprint is being highlighted as international networks have come onboard to carry telecasts of the medal games from the International Softball Federation’s XII Men’s World Championship that has just been played in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada).

The announcement comes just one week after the conclusion of the World Cup of Softball 4 tournament from which the ESPN family of networks televised seven games to 146 countries and since the two medal games of the softball competition at the World Games in Taiwan were broadcast on TV as well.

Eurosport 2 will show the Men’s World Championship’s gold medal game to 46 countries throughout Europe plus twelve more in the Asia/Pacific region. In addition, the game will be simulcast on mobile devices. Maori Television in New Zealand will carry both the bronze and gold medal games. Rogers Sportsnet will also be showing both medal games throughout Canada.

All three of these networks’ telecasts will be on a tape-delay basis and scheduling is being done to provide multiple airings, with the first airing to take place today when Rogers shows the bronze medal game between Canada and New Zealand.

“As part of our BackSoftball campaign blueprint we have said that we would work to achieve greater television coverage for our sport around the world,” said ISF President Don Porter. “Through the cooperation and dedication of these networks that will be highlighting our marquee men’s event, plus the others that have just recently shown women’s competitions, we are significantly accomplishing exactly that.

“We appreciate their support, which is allowing well over 50 million people around the world to be exposed to our sport, in at least eleven different languages.”

Mathieu Lozar, Head of Eurosport 2 programming, said, “We are delighted to broadcast the Men’s Softball World Championship gold medal game on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Asia-Pacific this year. Softball joins a growing list of exciting team sports, such as lacrosse, basketball, and volleyball, on Eurosport 2, and coverage of this final demonstrates our commitment to bringing European viewers the best in sporting action.”

“Rogers Sportsnet is thrilled to add the ISF XII Men’s World Championships to our lineup,” said Dave Akande, Vice-President, Content, Rogers Sportsnet. “It affords us the opportunity to offer international softball to our audience.”

“We are proud to be broadcasters of this year’s World Softball Championship held in Saskatoon, Canada,” said Maori Television Head of Programming Eruera Morgan. “Softball has been an integral part of our sports schedule for the last two years and to have this year’s world championships on our screen will definitely magnify our coverage of the sport.

“We have supported softball like no other broadcaster in the world has, because of our continuous success rate and high Maori participation in the sport at all levels.”

Maori Television is also having a one-hour documentary produced for them to air about the New Zealand Black Sox. That country’s national team had gone to Saskatoon as the defending ISF men’s world champions.

Softball was first featured in the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and last year’s competition in Beijing was very successful with a total attendance close to 180,000 and a continuation of the sport’s excellent record of no positive doping tests at any of the four Summer Olympics that the sport has been a part of.

A final decision on which sports will be added to the current roster of 26 at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be made at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen in October this year. The ISF has included a proposal for men’s fast pitch softball to be included in the Games as well.

Further information is available in the OTHER DOCUMENTS section of

For more information please contact ISF Director of Communications Bruce Wawrzyniak at, +1 813 864 0100 or +1 813 453 8762 or David Alexander at or +44 7802 412424.

JRW knocks off C.H. Robinson

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

by YH-R Sports

YAKIMA, Wash. — Casey Johnson drove in two runs and Tim Fischer batted 3-for-5 to lift JRW & Associates to a 12-8 victory over C.H. Robinson on Wednesday night, knocking the losers out of a first-place tie in the second half of Yakima ASA Adult Fastpitch at Gateway Complex.

C.H. Robinson, which got a three-RBI game from Brad Campbell, fell to 5-2, a game behind 6-1 Aramark Monsters.

In Wednesday’s other game, Bobby Harris went 3-for-3 with a triple and Skyler Trissel homered to lead Peak Performance/Del Monte to a 12-9 victory over Kimmel Athletic.

JRW & Associates 410 122 2 — 12 9 1
C.H. Robinson 203 300 x — 8 6 4

Fischer, Hite (6) and Johnson; Seward and Otterstein.
Highlights: Tim Fischer (J) 3-5; Casey Johnson (J) 2-3, 2 RBI; Mark Seward (C) 10 K; Brad Campbell (C) 2-3, 3 RBI.

Kimmel Athletic 130 005 0 — 9 10 6
Peak Performance 020 136 x — 12 15 3

Foster and Call; Fickle and Harris.
Highlights: Mike Smith (K) 3-4; Tia Beavert (K) 2-4; Carlos Gonzales (P) 4-4; Bobby Harris (P) 3-3, 3b, 3 RBI; Skyler Trissel (P) 3-4, HR, 2 RBI.