Archive for April, 2010

Maccabi USA – 25 years

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

From Dave Blackburn:

My Maccabi USA fastpitch catcher / Teammate Tony Kahan’s daughter Janie made a great tribute video to celebrate 25 years of Maccabi USA’s support of a Men’s Fastpitch softball team. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to participate on this team as a pitcher for all 25 years. It has greatly enriched my life, and given me a chance to travel the world, and be teammates / competitors with the a cast of characters that is second to none! Check out the video at the Youtube link below.

Editor’s note:
Music soundtrack, so if you’re at work, you might want to turn down the volume or don the headset.

New League in Prince County, Canada

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

A new league in Prince County, PEI, Canada.


Click here for official league website

Apr 15, 2010 – In the last few weeks leaps and bounds have been made in bringing Men’s Fastpitch Softball back to the prince county area.

We set out at the start to find enough interest to hopefully field four teams in a competitive rec league, but to our surprise there are even more out there with craving to play ball.

We are currently in the process of trying to secure fields, dates and time slots for the league to play.
We are looking at preferably Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings at 7pm and 9pm.

Hopefully within the next week or two we will more details for everyone regarding the league and teams.

Things are defiantly looking promising.

Editor’s note: “Defiantly” seems like a great way to kick off a new league.

Argentine Championships

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Argentine Championships, Male and Female Senior
Se vienen los Campeonatos Argentinos Masculino y Femenino Mayores

[Google Translation]

Paranaense Softball Association announced equipment Argentine Championships confirmed for the male and female Selections Mayor, to be played simultaneously in the city of Paraná from next Friday until Sunday.

On Friday at 7:30 Hs Technical Congress will be developed, while the competition will begin next Friday at 9 Hs in the coming days, Paranaense Softball Association will announce the dispute system and fixture of both tournaments.


On the girls side, eight selected have confirmed their presence at the event, with local Paraná, receiving the visit of Buenos Aires (2 teams), Olavarria, Bahía Blanca, Tucumán, La Pampa and Santiago del Estero. Buenos Aires last year won the title in the city of Santiago del Estero, winning the final 6-4 Parana. Delhi stood third, fourth Olavarria, fifth La Pampa, Tucumán sixth, seventh and eighth Santiago del Estero, Córdoba.

It is noteworthy that Argentina Women’s National Team played from June 23 to July 2 ISF World Championships, which this competition will serve to assess the level of the best exponents of national softball, with a view to the list of 17 players to take part World.


For its part, the Argentine Championship Men Mayor will feature five selected: Paraná, Bahia Blanca, La Pampa, Buenos Aires and Santiago del Estero. Paraná last year to retain his dominance in the category, in the final by beating Delhi by 6-0. In third place was Buenos Aires, Tucumán was fourth, fifth and sixth Santiago del Estero La Pampa.

Jorge Martin
Press Officer
Softball Confederation Argentina

Editor’s note: Parana, Argentina will be the host of the 2012 ISF Jr. Men’s World Championships.

Next up for SCIFL – May 22-23 – SFS II

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Next up for the SCIFL, May 22 – 23, at Santa Fe Springs, California.

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Some stats to peruse from the first few weekends.

Fred Hanker’s Palm Springs Photos

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Click here to see Fred Hanker’s Palms Springs photos from the latest SCIFL weekend (all 162 of them).

(shown above, Ken Shaw of the Long Beach Black Sox)Ken hit .333 on the weekend at Palm Springs.

(shown above, Fred Hanker, player-manager of the Long Beach Black Sox; photo by Imelda Santos (thanks, Imelda).Fred hit .583 with 8 runs 5 RBI 3 doubles and 2 triples at Palm Springs.

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Pyle and Price hurl Panteras to Palm Springs championship

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Story by Bob Otto/OttoinFocus

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Pyle and Price hurl Panteras to Palm Springs championship

PALM SPRINGS, CA – Manager Fernie Ramirez had an enviable option – start one, relieve with the other. And that’s just how Ramirez worked his pitching staff of Gerald Pyle and Travis Price.

The two right-handers split three games on Sunday in leading the Panteras of Norwalk to the championship of the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League Alliance Tournament at Demuth Park in Palm Springs, April 24-25.

And in the championship game, Price started and went four innings. Then Pyle came on in relief over the final three frames to pick up the win in a 4-2 victory over Maccabi USA. The win capped a weekend where the Panteras carved out a 5-1 record.

For Pyle, sharing the rubber was just fine with him.

“I would throw three or four (innings) and then Travis would throw three or four,” said Pyle, a Fargo, North Dakota native who now calls Southern California home. “I liked it. Sometimes you have to change up things with hitters. Travis throws a really great change up and rise ball, and I throw the drop ball and rise.”

And there’s another factor in the pitchers sharing games. For Price, it was his first outing of the season. While Pyle has been getting plenty of work since the season started in February.


“With his (Price) first time out, I didn’t want to over throw him and hurt him,” Ramirez said, adding that both pitchers will pitch for his ball club in SCIFL play when available from their full time teams.”

Reports say that Price will pitch for the California A’s. While Pyle will team up with 22-year-old Cory Avery of Nova Scotia, Canada, and pitch for Rude Pac of Sunland, California.

In the championship game, Price allowed one hit, struck out four, walked one, and didn’t allow any earned runs in his four innings. While Pyle held Maccabi to one hit over the final three frames.


And in the sixth he pitched himself out of big trouble. Maccabi loaded the bases with two out, but Pyle induced a ground ball, ending the inning to keep the game tied at 2-2.

“Gerald pitched a very good tournament,” Ramirez said. “He was throwing the ball smooth and kept the ball down. But we left too many men on base. Three times we had opportunities to cash in runs. We’re like an old Chevy, we take time to warm up and get going.”

While Maccabi couldn’t capitalize in their half of the sixth, the Panteras did by scoring two unearned runs to pull out the win. Three errors and a passed ball accounted for all of Panteras runs.


Maccabi starter, Jason Gluckman, pitched a solid three innings allowing three hits and an unearned run. In the fourth, Debbie Day, came on and pitched 2 1/3 innings. She gave way to lefty, Russ Snow, in the sixth with Panteras parked on second and third and one out.

Snow’s riser got a strike out. And he appeared to be out of trouble when his drop ball produced a ground ball, but the throw sailed by first base allowing both runners to score.

And that’s all the runs Pyle needed. He shutdown Maccabi in the seventh to pick up his third win of the tournament. But he gave the credit to the guys swinging the bats.

“They (Panteras) all put the bat on the ball,” Pyle said. “There are no easy outs.”

For Day the loss was disappointing, but none-the-less, she enjoys the challenge competing on the men’s side of the sport.

“The pitching distance is further (46-feet men, 43-feet women) and the men are so much stronger,” said Day, 40, who hurled the University of Arizona to the NCAA Division One National Championship in 1991.

“They (Maccabi) pick me up for tournaments when they need me or want me there. They play really good defense for me and they’re my favorite team to play on,” Day added.

The Panteras marched through the tournament by knocking off Maccabbi, 5-0, in round robin play on Saturday, along with a 5-4 victory over Liberty Fastpitch. The Panteras only loss came at the hands of Canadian, Cory Avery, and Black Curtain, 2-0, in extra innings.

But in Sunday’s playoff the Panteras got even by knocking off Black Curtain and Avery, 2-1, in the opening game. They followed that by holding off San Diego PrimeTime, 3-2, setting up the rematch with Maccabi.

After posting a 1-2 record on Saturday, Maccabi USA came roaring back on Sunday. They opened the day by beating the Palm Springs Express, 6-1, Liberty Fastpitch, 8-0, and in the semi-finals, Maccabbi knocked off the Long Beach Black Sox, 6-5.

Bob Otto’s Palm Springs Photos

Monday, April 26th, 2010

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Click here for Bob’s photo galleries from Palm Springs.

(Dan Zupp of San Diego Primetime) – photo by Bob Otto, OttoinFocus)

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(Not a Bob Otto Photo). Tom Dudley III of Liberty Fastpitch bulks up. Or did he?
(hint: check that uniform number) 😉

2010 ISC Roster – Port Elgin Blue Devils

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The 2009 ISC II Champions, the Port Elgin Blue Devils:

Click here for the story on their 2009 Championship win at Rock Island, Illinois.

(pitchers in bold)

Christie Scott 32 p/inf Toronto Ontario
Detzler Shawn 57 2b Mildmay Ontario
Dudgeon Ryan 39 ss/c Port Elgin Ontario
Fawcett Rob 60 p Port Elgin Ontario
Hamilton Matt 77 p Owen Sound Ontario
Lantz Brian 8 3b Hanover Ontario
Lisk Tony 6 1b/dp Owen Sound Ontario
Maas Brian 24 1b/of Port Elgin Ontario
Reiley Mike 3 c/of Port Elgin Ontario
Reinhart Matt 18 of Drayton Ontario
Smith Scott 9 p Mildmay Ontario
Thede Greg 7 of/3b Port Elgin Ontario
Turcotte Matt 50 c Port Elgin Ontario
Underwood Blake 20 of Port Elgin Ontario
Whitney Aaron 10 of Tara Ontario
Whitney Ryan 74 1b/ss Tara Ontario
Barfoot Troy 1 inf Wiarton Ontario
McKinnon Darryl 5 2b/3b Port Elgin Ontario

32nd Annual Rice Lake Invitational

Monday, April 26th, 2010


Dates: June 18-20, 2010
Location: Tate and Clanton Parks, Rice Lake WI

Team Classifications: NAFA “AA-Major,” “AA,” “A-Major,” and “A”
Tournament Size: 16 Teams (The first 16 to submit complete entries, including roster)
Tournament Format: NAFA 3-game guarantee with single championship game
Entry Fee: $200 payable to Rice Lake-Cameron Boys Fastpitch
(Send separate check for $35 to “Wisconsin NAFA” if year 2010 NAFA team registration is desired. This is not required for Invitational entry.)

Rosters: Teams may list a maximum of 18 players on their roster. Rosters MUST be on the attached form and completely filled out, and MUST be submitted along with the tournament entry fee for entry to be accepted

Awards (Based on 16 team field):

1st – $600 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
2nd – $450 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
3rd – $350 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
4th – $250 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
Individual trophies to tournament MVP and All-Tournament team selections

Tournament Sponsor: Proceeds from this tournament go to the Rice Lake-Cameron Boys Fastpitch League. Competing teams are asked to please patronize the concession stands and not carry in refreshments.

Liability: The Rice Lake-Cameron Boys Fastpitch League and the City of Rice Lake will not be responsible for any injuries and/or thefts. Submitting of tournament entry will be considered acknowledgement of this fact.

Panteras Capture Palm Springs SCIFL weekend

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Thanks to SCIFL Commish Robert Hernandez for these scores.

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The Panteras win 4-2 in the championship game over Maccabi USA. The Panteras advanced to the title game with a win over San Diego Primetime, while Maccabi USA topped the Long Beach Black Sox in their semi-final.

More info to follow shortly at the official SCIFL website.