Archive for May, 2010

Ellis Family Reunion turns into a Fastpitch team at Boatnik

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Cap tip to Benjie Hedgecock for this story:

The A & M Transport Team from Glendale, Oregon is coached by Jeff Ellis an Oregon FP legend who convinced his family to hold their family reunion at Grants Pass this memorial day weekend. What the family didn’t know was that Jeff had entered them in the Boatnik Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. 9 family members named Ellis and a nephew who came from Butte Falls, Eagle Point, Milwaukie, Sacramento, Glendale and the roster includes a grandpa, son and grandson spanning 3 generations. The team was 0-3 in pool play but won their first game in the single elimination bracket over Mock Mazda in a game of two evenly matched teams. The team had the largest following I the tournament with over 40 family members attending most games.

Joe Santos Memorial Tournament at Pueblo Colorado

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Editor’s note: We are bumping this post to the top as new scores come in and will continue to add scores throughout the weekend, so scroll below. (Newest scores at bottom of this post)

Cap tip to Chris Santos for this information and scores:

Earlier Saturday results below.

Pueblo, Colorado

The 7th Annual Joe Santos tournament began with the Pueblo Bandits looking for their 16th trip to the ISC WT. With Paul Algar pitching and some timely hits the Bandits defeated the Rocky Mtn Rebels 4 to 0. Highlights of the ball game. Jeremiah Perez 2 run homer. Paul Algar 19 strikeouts.

Rocky Mtn Rebels: O
Pueblo Bandits : 4
LP: Scott Lieph
WP: Paul Algar
HR: Jeremiah Perez

The Joe Santos Family also awarded 3 Scholarships to three Pueblo High School graduates.
Daniel Vigil – Pueblo East
Nico Brody Smith – Pueblo South
Sierra Roybal – Pueblo East

The Pueblo Softball Hall of Fame introduced their 2nd class. The following individuals will be honored on a June 4th induction ceremony in Pueblo Colorado.
Leon “Chico” Aragon (posthumously)
Bobby Bonner
Freddy Espinoza
Ben Garcia
Brent Ward
John Rivas
Joe Santos (posthumously)

Saturday games begin at 9 am.

Chris Santos

Saturday May 29, 2010

Colorado Rage: 10
WP: Nate Jasa
LP: Edward “Too Tall Walker”
HR: Matt CHambers

Mile High Fastpitch: 7
N.A. Athletics – Albuquerque, NM: 8
8 inning game
WP: Derek Ortiz
LP: Justin Wells

Superchief – Anadarko, OK: 8
Pueblo Classics: 1
WP: David Beets
LP: Gabe Ayala

Chris Santos
jcsantos25 (at)

Pueblo, Colorado

Saturday May 29, 2010

Rocky Mtn Rebels: 5
Mile High Fastpitch: 3
WP: Scott Leiph
LP: Tim Brossart
HR:Eddie Toledo

Superchief Anadarko, OK: 13
WP: David Beets
LP: Mario Arellano
HR: Jody Hummingbird

Colorado Rage: 10
Pueblo Classics: 0
WP Steve McFadden
LP: Levi Espinoza

Pueblo Bandits: 10
N.A. Athletics: 0
WP: Gerald Gomez
LP: Thomas Peshlakai

Pueblo Bandits: 9
Mile High Fastpitch: 0
WP: Paul Algar
LP: Tim Brossart
Paul Algar 15 strikeouts in 5 inning game
HR: Shawn Vanduvall, Beto Segura

Bandits Clinch number 1 seed in Black pool. Rocky Mtn Rebels and NA Athletics play on Sunday to determine number two seed in Black pool.

Red pool will be decided when Superchief and the Colorado Rage play Sunday morning, the winner will be get the number 1 seed in the Red pool the the loser will get the 2nd seed.

Chris Santos
jcsantos25 (at)

SUNDAY MAY 30, 2010

Pueblo, Colorado

Sunday may 30, 2010

Rocky Mtn Rebels: 14
NA Athletics: 2
WP: Johnny Mize
LP: M Peshlakai
HR: Bjorn Bergstadt

Pueblo Classics: 6
WP: Edward “Too Tall” Waslker
LP: Levi Espinoza
HR: Classics P Montoya; B Galina – DILLIGAF M Doose

Superchief Anadarko OK: 11
Colorado Rage: 5
WP: David Beets
LP: Steve McFadden
HR: David Komally

Pueblo, Colorado

May 30, 2010

Pueblo Bandits qualify for their 16th ISC WT.

Bandits cruise through the 7th Annual Joe Santos tournament behind the strong pitching of Paul Algar and Gerald Gomez and a balanced hitting attach led by Shawn Vanduall.

Rocky Mountain Rebels: 2
Superchief: 1
WP: Scott Lieph
LP: David Beets

Pueblo Bandits: 10
Colorado Rage: o
WP: Paul Algar
LP: Nate Jasa

Pueblo Bandits: 10
Rocky Mountain Rebels: 0
WP: Paul Algar
LP: Johnny Mize
HR: Shawn Vanduvall

Chris Santos
jcsantos25 (at)

Balancing Act

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

(click photo for original blog post)

From the blog at Maddy’s Photos:

This past May 23rd I dropped by Santa Fe Springs, California, to photograph a SCIFL (Southern California Independent Fastpitch League) weekend tournament. Digital cameras have revolutionalized photography, with ever improving equipment available. However, it’s also a balancing act — wanting the newer technology that is better or faster — while at the same time, having the equipment that is battle tested and reliable. At the shoot this past weekend, I was armed with the old and the new. I had my trusty, “steady Eddie” D200 with which I’ve taken thousands of shots over the past few years, along with their newer, faster, D300s to try out. I was looking forward to testing out the new Nikon, billed to be faster, the better to capture the talented, and ever-increasingly faster players that I photograph. It is faster, to be sure, but I was disappointed that it malfunctioned in its first use, and prevented me from sharing all of the shots I took that day. Looks like this new Nikon could have used a bit more beta testing. In the end, the balancing act was won by “steady Eddie”, my D200, which produced the photos shown in my latest gallery of shots. Tried and true, hope you enjoy “Eddie’s” work (and mine).

Click here to view the Gallery of photos from the SCIFL league weekend at Santa Fe Springs, California, May 22-23, 2010.

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Southern Oregon Bandits

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Another for your collection of team Facebook pages. Click logo above, then the “Join” button at the top to see more.

Great logo, eh?

Credit for this Facebook page goes to Dan Mecum:

The Bandits won their first game yesterday at the Boatnik tournament in Grant’s Pass, Oregon, then dropped a close one, losing to a strong Cal State Builders team, 6-5. They will return to play today at 12 noon vs. Tule Lake, looking to advance in the elimination round later today. Click here for Boatnick scores and more.

No clean uniforms here, but maybe that’s why they’re holding the hardware…

The Decatur Pride welcomes back an old friend to Borg-Warner Field

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

In the glory days of Decatur Pride Softball, there was no better voice for the Pride than the Decatur Herald and Review and sportswriters Bob Fallstrom and Mark Tupper. Not only did the Herald and Review provide great year round coverage, they were also the primary sponsor of the Shootout, which over time became one of the nation’s premier tournaments.

With the rebirth of the Pride in 2009, it was only logical that Decatur would once again look to host a quality tournament on the same weekend in which the Shootout was always so successful, Fathers Day Weekend. And when approached with the idea by members of the Decatur Pride Board, the Herald and Review enthusiastically supported the opportunity to again sponsor this event.

With that said, we are pleased to announce that this year’s June 18th-20th event will be known as the “Herald and Review Decatur Pride Shootout”. Teams entered this year include the Pride, Aurora Dolan & Murphy (IL), The Bar of Appleton (WI), Marshall Lightning (MI), Kelso Fast Pitch (MO), Belleville Stallions (IL), Pete’s Blues (IL), and Villa Grove Log Cabin (IL). Play will begin on Friday night at 7pm at Borg Warner Field with 2 games on the schedule. Play will resume at Noon on Saturday with games on 2 diamonds with the last game of the day starting at 8pm. Championship play will consist of all 8 teams advancing to a seeded single elimination bracket on Sunday.

The Decatur Pride would like to thank Herald and Review Publisher Todd Nelson, Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper, Sports Editor Mike Albright, Bob Fallstrom, and Michelle Morthland for their willingness to rejoin the Pride in promoting this event and men’s fast pitch softball in the Decatur and Central Illinois area.

Scott Standerfer

Paul Carleton to NAFA Hall of Fame

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

“Top Rocker” Paul Carleton is being inducted to the NAFA Hall of Fame this afternoon at 4:45pm at the Boatnick NAFA Qualifier Tournament at Grant’s Pass, Oregon.

Paul was manager of, and familiar “grey beard” in the third base coaches box for River City Rockers of Sacramento, California for many years.

Congratulations, Paul.

Photo of the Hall of Fame Plaque below:

20th Annual Best of The West – Schedule and Team Profiles

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

[Santa Barbara, CA] – Ten strong ball clubs will converge on the central California coastal resort city of Santa Barbara for the 20th Annual “Best of The West” Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament.

The longest running Open Tournament held in California returns to the 3 field softball complex at Elings Park on June 5 – 6. Each team will play a 3 game modified Round Robin schedule on Saturday June 5, and all 10 teams will qualify for a single elimination playoff bracket on Sunday June 6.

Two berths in the 2010 ISC World Tournament will be handed out to the top two finishing ISC Western Region ball clubs, using only their 2010 ISC submitted rosters. Six of the ten teams have turned in official ISC Rosters, and those six teams will be battling for the two berths.

“This is probably the most talented gathering of teams that we have fielded in our 20 years of running this Tournament,” said Dave Blackburn, Best of The West Tournament Director. “We will be showcasing the skills of lots of former ISC All-World players, and some who are even probable future ISC Hall of Fame inductees.”

The field will be lead by the defending “Best of The West” Champions and ISC #5 ranked California Athletics of Salinas. The A’s feature flame throwing Canadian National Team pitcher Sean Whitten, a 2nd team ISC All-World selection in 2009. USA National Team pitcher Travis Price joins Whitten on the A’s staff. Hard hitting Canadian Catcher/DH/1B Darren Box is also a 3 time ISC All-World selection (01, 02, 03), as well as being named ISC World Tournament MVP (01). Five time ISC All-World selection Todd Budke, who lead the 2009 ISC World Tournament in batting average (.583), is also on the California A’s ISC roster, and is a deep threat against any pitcher.

The Italian Athletic Club (IAC) team out of Stockton, CA will also be very tough, coming off a first place finish in the recently completed Bakersfield Silverhawks Invitational Tournament. They feature young up and coming Canadian pitching star Tyson Barkman. Veteran hurler Matt Barnes backs up Barkman in the circle for IAC.

The ISC #10 ranked Bakersfield Silverhawks boast Argentina’s Sebastian Gervasutti as their top hurler, and young Canadian pitcher Andrew Putnam as his back-up. Former US National team pitcher Phil “Sonny” Perkins rounds out the pitching staff, and also carries a big stick, as the 2005 ISC World Tournament’s leader in batting average (.600).

ISC #30 ranked Maccabi USA has veteran pitching in two foreigners that have resided in the USA for many years. New Zealander Darren Rea, and Canadian Dewey Dyck team with Russ Snow to lead the Maccabi USA staff. Maccabi USA is captained by Steve Schucker, a 3-Time ISC All-World Centerfielder (99; 06; 07).

ISC #44 ranked Rude Pac of Sun Valley, CA was able to coax former ISC All-World infielder Joe Vigil out of retirement, adding some offensive punch, and veteran fastpitch leadership. Nova Scotian college student Cory Avery is spending the summer living in Southern California, and he teams with Gerald Pyle to deliver Rude Pac’s 1-2 pitching punch. Avery is an excellent young pitcher and hitter, and is part of the 40-man Canadian National Team Athlete development pool. The Utah connection for Rude Pac include hard hitting Catcher/1B Brandon Bingham, infielder Ronnie Branin, and outfielder Canyon Vance.

Dave Carlton’s California Builders ball club have experienced Canadian hurler Darren Strang, and young John Peterson of Lake Chrystal, Minnesota, as their leading pitchers. Veteran hurler Dave Jordan rounds out the Pitching staff. Peterson is considered among America’s most promising future pitching prospects.

Of the 4 teams not attempting to qualify, Mexicali Santa Cecelia and the Mexico National Team will bring great hitting, solid pitching, and a Latino flavor to this year’s Tournament. National Team hurler Panfilo Valdez will be on loan to his club team, which will allow him to pitch for Mexicali Santa Cecelia. Mexicali organizer and power hitter Arturo Solano leads the Santa Cecelia ball club both on and off the field.

Rounding out the field are the Caribbean Fastpitch, and Liberty Fastpitch ball clubs. Both clubs are mainstays in the NAFA affilated SCIFL Travel League. Pitcher Ron Rupp and catcher Fred Hanker will be on loan for the weekend to the Caribbeans, making them a stronger ball club. Gilbert Joiner also pitches for The Caribbeans.

Liberty Fastpitch has several up and coming fastpitch players, lead by Five Tool Player David Carillo, and hard hitting Joe Janicke. Ed Patterson and Darren McCall lead the Liberty pitching staff, which is completed by veteran hurler Doug Rooney.

Clyde Bennett is serving as the Umpire-in-Chief.

For love of the game

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Cap tip to Trevor Botting/Kitchener Fastball League for the link to this story at ESPN website, by Rick Reilly:

Marshall softball players Antanai Coleman, left, and Taylor Stigger try on catching gear with the help of Roncalli junior varsity coach Jeff Traylor

By Rick Reilly

We live in a world where Peyton Manning walks off the Super Bowl field without shaking anybody’s hand. Where Tiger Woods leaves the Masters without a word of thanks to the fans or congratulations to the winner. Where NFL lineman Albert Haynesworth kicks a man’s helmetless head without a thought.

So if you think sportsmanship is toast, this next story is an all-you-can-eat buffet to a starving man.

It happened at a junior varsity girls’ softball game in Indianapolis this spring. After an inning and a half, Roncalli was womanhandling inner-city Marshall Community. Marshall pitchers had already walked nine Roncalli batters. The game could’ve been 50-0 with no problem.

Yes, a team that hadn’t lost a game in 2½ years, a team that was going to win in a landslide purposely offered to declare defeat. Why? Because Roncalli wanted to spend the two hours teaching the Marshall girls how to get better, not how to get humiliated.
It’s no wonder. This was the first softball game in Marshall history. A middle school trying to move up to include grades 6 through 12, Marshall showed up to the game with five balls, two bats, no helmets, no sliding pads, no cleats, 16 players who’d never played before, and a coach who’d never even seen a game.

One Marshall player asked, “Which one is first base?” Another: “How do I hold this bat?” They didn’t know where to stand in the batter’s box. Their coaches had to be shown where the first- and third-base coaching boxes were.

That’s when Roncalli did something crazy. It offered to forfeit.

Yes, a team that hadn’t lost a game in 2½ years, a team that was going to win in a landslide purposely offered to declare defeat. Why? Because Roncalli wanted to spend the two hours teaching the Marshall girls how to get better, not how to get humiliated.

“The Marshall players did NOT want to quit,” wrote Roncalli JV coach Jeff Traylor, in recalling the incident. “They were willing to lose 100 to 0 if it meant they finished their first game.” But the Marshall players finally decided if Roncalli was willing to forfeit for them, they should do it for themselves. They decided that maybe — this one time — losing was actually winning.

That’s about when the weirdest scene broke out all over the field: Roncalli kids teaching Marshall kids the right batting stance, throwing them soft-toss in the outfield, teaching them how to play catch. They showed them how to put on catching gear, how to pitch, and how to run the bases. Even the umps stuck around to watch.

“One at a time the Marshall girls would come in to hit off of the [Roncalli] pitchers,” Traylor recalled. “As they hit the ball their faces LIT UP! They were high fiving and hugging the girls from Roncalli, thanking them for teaching to them the game.”

This is the kind of thing that can backfire with teenagers — the rich kids taking pity on the inner-city kids kind of thing. Traylor was afraid of it, too.

“One wrong attitude, one babying approach from our players would shut down the Marshall team, who already were down,” wrote Traylor. “But our girls made me as proud as I have ever been. … [By the end], you could tell they were having a blast. The change from the beginning of the game to the end of the practice was amazing.”

Jeff Traylor/Roncalli High School
Roncalli High School’s girls’ softball team demonstrated true compassion to Marshall High.
Roncalli wasn’t done. Traylor asked all the parents of his players and anybody else he knew for more help for Marshall — used bats, gloves, helmets, money for cleats, gloves, sliders, socks and team shirts. They came up with $2,500 and worked with Marshall on the best way to help the program with that money. Roncalli also connected Marshall with former Bishop Chatard coach Kim Wright, who will advise the program.

“We probably got to some things 10 years quicker than we would have had without Roncalli,” says Marshall principal Michael Sullivan.

And that was just the appetizer. A rep from Reebok called Sullivan and said, “What do you need? We’ll get it for you.” A man who owns an indoor batting cage facility has offered free time in the winter. The Cincinnati Reds are donating good dirt for the new field Marshall will play on.

“This could’ve been a thing where our kids had too much pride,” says Sullivan. “You know, ‘I’m not going to listen to anybody.’ But our kids are really thirsty to learn.”

And they are. Marshall never won a game, but actually had leads in its last three games. In fact, it went so well, the players and their parents asked if they could extend the season, so they’re looking to play AAU summer softball.

Just a thought: Major League Baseball is pulling hamstrings trying to figure out how to bring baseball back to the inner city. Maybe it should put the Roncalli and Marshall girls in charge?

Anyway, it’s not an important story, just one that squirts apple juice right in your face. And who knows? Maybe someday, Marshall will be beating Roncalli in the final inning, realize how far it has come, and forfeit again, just as a thank you.

St. Clement’s Tournament

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Editor’s Note – Another of the Ontario early season tournaments goes in St. Clement’s with a good 16-team field that will help teams get ready for the ISC qualifiers.

From Al’s Fastball

Here is the schedule for the St. Clements Tournament May 28-30. Hosted by the Kitchener Outlaws .

Friday 6.50 pm Hallman Jr. Twins vs Kitchener Outlaws
Friday 8.30 pm Orangeville Kings vs Mitchell Mets
Friday 7.00 pm Mitchell Chiefs vs Wellington Sox
Friday 8.45 pm Alvinston Indians vs Linwood Jrs
Friday 7.00 pm Erb Elecctric vs K-W Cubs

Saturday 9.30 am Morpeth Magic vs Fisherville A’s
Saturday 9.30 am Port Elgin Blue Devils vs Georgian Bay Axemen
Saturday 9.30 am Oshawa Double B’s vs Napanee Express

Games follow on all three diamonds with A series Final set for 3.20 pm on Sunday

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2010 NAFA World Series Info

Friday, May 28th, 2010

From Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director of NAFA:

The fastpitch season is in swing and we hope you are having a great one. This is a reminder email to start getting your guys together and get their vacation time from work so that you can do what we all love….play fastpitch.

The World Series Dates are listed below and all the key info is on our website and on our new world series website.

Please email me back which events you plan on attending this year so that we can start the planning process.

Have a great season and we look forward to seeing you on the ball field and especially in DesMoines where we will set the record for the largest event ever held.

We apologize if you received this email more than once but it was sent to many different email lists that you may have been listed on.

You can get all the important info on our newly finished website at

Registration Deadlines, Motel Info, Roster info, Start Times, Finish Times, Master Pitchers List will be updated on June 4th, World Series Registration Form, Roster Form, Invitational Tournament Updates.

Don’t Forget the Biggie July 2-3-4 Midwest NAFA Qualifier in Rockford, Illinois

Open World Series Middleton, Wisconsin(Madison) July 23-25
AA-Major World Series Des Moines, August 20-22
AA World Series Des Moines August 19-22
A-Major World Series Des Moines August 12-15
A World Series Des Moines, Iowa August 19-22
23-Under World Series featuring JAPAN’s Waseda University Des Moines Aug 13-15
18-Under World Series Des Moines, August 14-15
Open Modified Fastpitch World Series Cherokee, North Carolina Aug 27-29
Restricted Modified Fastpitch World Series Cherokee, North Carolina Aug 27-29
32 Team Labor Day Wood Bat World Series Rockford, Illinois Sept. 4-6
Masters East Sept. 10-12 Rockford, Illinois
Masters West Sept. 17-19 Carson City, Nevada
Las Vegas Masters East Meets West Challenge October 16-17

We look forward to seeing you all this summer and fall. This is going to be the best year ever.

Benjie Hedgecock
NAFA Executive Director