Archive for August, 2009

Schedule of Games for Raymond Angula Memorial Tournament – Corona, CA

Friday, August 28th, 2009


8:00a Raymar vs. Hit & Run
8:00am Dirt Bags vs. WTP

9:45am Kick in Chicken vs. Bad Medicine
9:45am Coyotes vs. J & B Painting

11:30 Rebels vs. Winner of Raymar/Hit & Run
11:30Chicanos vs. Winner of Dirt Bags/WTP

Last game on Saturday is scheduled 6:30pm and final games will be played Sunday beginning at 8:00am with Championship game scheduled at 1:15 and if game will follow if needed.

Double elimination tournament bracket will be used.

New version of debeer softballs be used.

Clarence Davis and crew will have the umpiring duties

Where: Butterfield Park, 1886 Butterfield Stage Drive, Corona
Information: 951-313-1568 or 951-313-1574.

Thank you
Ernie Marez
So Cal Rebels Org.

Corona softball tourney to aid 7-year-old cerebral palsy victim

Friday, August 28th, 2009

From the Press Enterprise, Corona, CA

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Each year Raymond Angulo Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament helps raise money for a 7-year-old who suffers from cerebral palsy. This year, sponsors said, state budget cuts have made the need a critical one.

In previous years, the annual tournament helped pay for big-ticket items like a wheelchair and walker for Joseph Raymond Angulo. However, as of July 1, the family stopped receiving Medi-Cal assistance.

So this year, the proceeds will go toward other day-to-day items such as diapers for Joseph. The diapers cost the family $197 a month, said his mother MaryAnn Angulo.

She said she thought budget cuts wouldn’t affect her son.

“I thought that because he was disabled that the state would always provide for him regardless, because he has special needs and we pay taxes. But somehow, it didn’t matter,” Angulo said.

She said her middle-class family makes too much to receive help now that the budget has been tightened. They have private insurance that pays for 80 percent of medical costs, she said.
The 20 percent they are responsible for can add up fast, Angulo said.

To add to the hardships, thieves broke into the van that is used to drive Joseph around and they had to pay for repairs, , Angulo said.

During the tournament, money is raised through raffle ticket and snack bar sales, said Diana Rae Gomez, Joseph’s cousin, who helped organize the event.

The tournament, held for the past nine years, is also an annual remembrance of Raymond Angulo. Raymond Angulo, Gomez’ grandfather, made an impact in the community, Gomez said.

“I know my grandfather was a great man, I know he touched so many peoples’ lives in so many different ways,” said Gomez in an e-mail. “I am truly amazed to hear stories of how he touched a complete stranger’s life, how he alone made a difference. This is what we celebrate every year in August.”

Raymond Angulo would have been proud to see how the family gives their time, money and love to help Joseph, Gomez said. “It’s a really cool event. A lot of the community gets together every year. …They just remember how Corona used to be,” Gomez said.

Eleven teams are coming to the Saturday tourney from different cities such as San Fernando, Santa Ana, Pala Indian Reservation and three from Corona, organizers said.

The event is sponsored by the Southern California Rebels fast-pitch organization of Corona.

Pitch In
When: 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: Butterfield Park, 1886 Butterfield Stage Drive, Corona
Information: 951-313-1568 or 951-313-1574.

Diamond Dirt No. 1 – 2009 Sr. Canadians

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Cap tip to Al’s Fastball:

2009 Senior Canadians
August 30 to September 6, 2009 – St. Thomas, ON

Official website:
2009 Canadian Senior Men’s Fastball Championships

Diamond Dirt will be published each day from St. Thomas during the 2009 Canadian Senior Men’s Championships. It will be available each day at Al’s Fastball.

Diamond Dirt by John Thompson
Diamond Dirt Issue No. 1 (PDF)

Fawcetts set high goal for fastpitch nationals

Friday, August 28th, 2009

From The Guardian:

P.E.I. squad begins play on Sunday
The Guardian

The Charlottetown Hunter’s Ale House Fawcetts have set a high goal for themselves at the national senor men’s fastpitch championship in St. Thomas, Ont.

The Fawcetts are looking to finish in the top five and make a run deep into the playoffs in the eight-team tournament which gets underway on Sunday. No P.E.I. team has ever finished that high at the nationals.

The Fawcetts will face the Jarvis Gamblers from Ontario their opening game Sunday at 10 p.m. AT. The Gamblers have Islander Jeff Ellsworth in their lineup. The Fawcetts are rated at 6-1 odds in the Diamond Dirt 2009 championships newsletter at winning the tournament.

“(Pitcher) Frank Cox is a horse and can be ridden while back-up Ward Gosse makes this team a prime contender and quite capable of grabbing a medal,” stated the newsletter. The Fawcetts’ pitching staff is talented and deep and also features Mike Bishop and Mitch Hardy.
Gosse is also expected to help the team offensively.

The Kitchener Hallman Rivershark Twins are the pre-tournament favourites. The Fawcetts will be hosting the 2010 championship. (

Fawcetts’ schedule at fastpitch nationals:

Sunday – vs. Jarvis, Ont., 10 p.m.
Monday – vs. Glace Bay, N.S., 5 p.m.
Tuesday – vs. Kitchener, Ont., 11 a.m.; vs. Brookfield, N.S., 5 p.m.
Wednesday – vs. St. Thomas, Ont., 9 p.m.
Thursday – vs. Newfoundland and Labrador, 1 p.m.; vs. Vancouver, B.C., 5 p.m.

Countryside Remodeling repeats at Hingham

Thursday, August 27th, 2009


B.J. Balde smiles as he smacks the winning hit for Countryside Remodeling on Wednesday. (Photo by Gary Klein/The Sheboygan Press)

[Sheyboygan, WI] – B.J. Balde cracked a run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Countryside Remodeling over E.L.F. 6-5 Wednesday night in the championship game of the Hingham Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

Countryside, the defending champion, placed men on first and second base on walks to Dan Skeris and Jerrod Dulmes before Balde came through with his clutch hit.

The champions had forged leads of 3-0 after two innings and 5-2 through four innings, but E.L.F. responded with one in the fifth inning and two in the seventh for a 5-5 deadlock.

Dulmes, the winning pitcher, allowed five runs on seven hits and had 11 strikeouts and three walks. The losing pitcher was reliever Rod Tidwell, who gave up one run on two hits, struck out three and walked three.

Andy Bossler was the hitting star for the winners, going 2-for-3. For E.L.F., Jack Hammond and Tidwell both were 2-for-4.

The tournament’s offensive most valuable player was Nate Rhode of Adell Co-op. Rhode, who hit .273 in the Hingham Fastpitch Summer League, hit an incredible .867 (13-for-15) in the tournament.

Dulmes was named defensive MVP. He faced 118 batters in 28 innings, gave up nine runs on 21 hits, allowed eight walks, struck out 40 and compiled a 4-0 record for Countryside Remodeling

The tournament, which usually runs two weeks, stretched into a third week because of a number of rainouts.

Radar Love

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

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Adam Folkard and Sean Whitten topped the radar gun charts as the hardest throwers at the 2009 ISC World Tournament. The numbers were posted at the newly unveiled website for the 2010 ISC World Tournament in Midland, Michigan. The site offers an outstanding collection of links and information for the tournament to be held in August 2010.

Click here to see the radar gun numbers.

2009 ISC II Individual Award Winners

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

2009 ISC II All-Tournament Team

Derrick Zechman, Pennsylvania Power
Steve Savard, Donnacona Blue Sox
Jean-Daniel Doucet, Donnacona Blue Sox
Nick Armitaige, Quyon COMBAT Flyers
Jay Schnarr, Bridgeport Braves

Derrick Martin, Pennsylvania Power
Aaron Whitney, Port Elgin Blue Devils
Jordie Gagnon, Bulyea Rustlers
Drew Minton, Decatur Pride

Grant Baechler, K-W Cubs
Ross Herold, Bridgeport Braves

Scott Smith, Port Elgin Blue Devils
Francis Leclair, Donnacona Blue Sox
Ty McKinney, Ashland Stock Pack

Designated Player
Rick Minton, Decatur Pride

Most RBIs
Aaron Whitney, Port Elgin Blue Devils 13

Top Hitter
Jordie Gagnon, Bulyea Rustlers .615

Most Outstanding Pitcher
Scott Smith 6-0, 50 strikeouts in 43 innings

Aaron Whitney, Port Elgin Blue Devils

Cantu-Pan American Recreation Center Tournament – Austin TX – Aug 29-30

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Cantu-Pan American Recreation Center
Summer 2009
Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament
August 29 – 30, 2009
Tournament Information Flyer

Cantu-Pan American Recreation Center
Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament
Dates: August 29 – 30, 2009
Location: Cparc, 2100 East 3rd Street, Austin, Tx 78702
Division Of Play: Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball
Tournament Jennifer Perez
Director/Contact: (512) 476-9193 (W), Hyperlink “Mailto:Jennifer.Perez@Ci.Austin.Tx.Us” Jennifer.Perez@Ci.Austin.Tx.Us
Tournament Double Elimination

Entry Fee: Entry Fee For This Tournament Is $280. Submit $280 Entry Fee With Tournament Roster/Waiver
Entry Deadline: All Entries Must Be Received By August 26, 2009
Rules Of Play: This Event Will Follow All Asa Men’s Softball.
Player Roster: Rosters Must Be Submittedby Entry Deadline.
Awards: Team Trophy Will Be Awarded To The First, Second, And Third Place Teams.
Playing Coaches/Captains Are Responsible For Informing Team Of Game Times And Rules.

Residence Inn By Marriott – Austin Downtown
300 East 4th Street
Austin, Tx 78701
Phone: (512) 472-5553
Contact Information:
Jennifer Perez
Program Instructor
2100 East 3rd Street
Austin, Tx 78702
Email: Jennifer.Perez@Ci.Austin.Tx.Us
Phone: (512) 476-9193
Fax: (512) 236-1273

Dominant in all phases

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Cap tip to Dirk McCall for the vine.

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With tournament’s top pitcher and home-run hitter, All Phase Land Clearing completes a triumphant run at Colfax Men’s Fast Pitch Classic

By Mike Ray, Gold Country Media Services

PHOTO: Kyler Caldwell of the Les Eva All-Stars attempts to get the bat on the ball in action against the Vino Kings of Sonoma on Sunday during the 44th annual Colfax Men’s Fast Pitch Classic. All Phase Land Clearing of Grass Valley won the tournament.

COLFAX — Strong pitching, key hitting and solid defense paved the way over the weekend for the All Phase Land Clearing men’s softball team to walk off with top honors in the 44th annual Colfax Men’s Fast Pitch Classic.

The Grass Valley team parlayed the trio of ingredients to post four straight wins, including a 17-8 decision over the NorCal Gamblers of Sacramento in Sunday afternoon’s championship game.

All Phase spotted the Gamblers leads of 3-0 and 4-3 in the final before parading 10 batters to the plate in a six-run third inning and 11 more in a six-run fourth.

Justin Deme, who led all hitters in the tournament with six home runs, hit a three-run blast in the third inning before teammate Rob Zydonis added a two-run single to spark the fourth-inning rally.

Pete Medrano worked the first four frames for the win before giving way to Will Maddox, who allowed one-run to the Gamblers in the fifth before closing the door for the save.

All Phase began the tournament Friday night with a 15-4 win over Flue Doctor of Grass Valley, then came back on Saturday for an impressive 4-0 win over the Nor Cal Merchants of Stockton as Maddox fired a four-hitter. Medrano, Troy Sidebottom and Curt Campbell each had a pair of hits.

In Sunday’s elimination games, All Phase gained a berth in the final by blanking McCall’s Painting of San Francisco 3-0. Maddox shut down the Bay Area squad on a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts.

Maddox was the recipient of the Doug Hess Memorial Award as the tourney’s outstanding pitcher. Deme garnered the Ed Fontana Memorial Award as the tournament’s most valuable player.


All-Phase Land Clearing — Troy Sidebottom, Pete Medrano, Brian Anderson, Jarrett Roenicke

Gamblers — Brian Fontana, Donovan Chilton

Nor Cal Merchants — Dave Chaves, Cary Wiler, Keith Frye, Garrett Brownfield

Doug Hess Memorial Award — Will Maddox, All-Phase

Ed Fontana Memorial Award— Justin Deme, All Phase

PHOTO: Bob Woods and the Les Eva All-Stars battled into Sunday’s quarterfinals before being eliminated.

PHOTO: Micah Flores, left, of the Vino Kings of Sonoma gets set to tag Kevin Gallino of the Les Eva All-Stars at second base Sunday at the 44th annual Colfax Men’s Fast Pitch Classic.

Maddy’s ISC II ToC Photos This Week !

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009


“Thanks to the many people who have inquired about photos taken at the 2009 ISC II Tournament of Champions. I just returned to California today, Monday, August 24, 2009 and have begun the “post tournament production work” on the huge batch of photos taken at the tournament and expect to have them up for viewing and purchase this week.

Thank you to those of you who have emailed me and to those who I ran into at the tournament for your kind words on my photography. I hope this batch will live up to the compliments.

Stay tuned for the photos, they are coming right up !”