Santa Rosa at the NAFA 45+

Information courtesy of Herb Dower

It was one loss and out for Santa Rosa Fastpitch in the NAFA West Masters 45-and-over tournament held in Carson City, NV, but that was good enough for a third place finish.

Santa Rosa won its first three games to land the No.1 seed in Sunday’s single elimination finals, but then lost 14-3 to Ladner Masters of Canada to be eliminated.

Landner was scheduled to play either the Tulsa Gray Sox (The No.2 Seed) or the Oregon Masters for the championship. Tulsa also posted a 3-0 record going into Sunday’s championships.

Santa Rosa opened play with a 13-2 win over the Oregon Masters Friday night, edged Landner’s 2-1 Saturday afternoon, and followed that with a 16-6 win over Grants Pass, OR, Blue Hares to earn the No. 1 seed.

First baseman Rick Kane and centerfielder Dana Faccini of Santa Rosa were named to the All-World team. Kane his a lofty .667 (8-for-12) with three RBI and four runs scored while Faccini went 4-for-11 (.364). Other top hitters were Tim Grund (7-for-13, .538) with 7 runs scored, six RBI and two home runs; Tony Lopez (5-for-9, .556), Tom Dower (5-for-13, .385 with five RBI and four runs); Galen George (4-for-10, .400); and Gary Dower (3-for-7, .429).

Pitcher Matt Smith had a 2-0 record to Santa Rosa and Jim Fleck was 2-1.

In Sunday’s loss to Ladner, catcher Troy Grow led a 14-hit attack for the winners by going 4-for-4 and Brian Mandeville and Don Cawthron hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning to quickly erase a 3-1 deficit. Sam Aldridge, who earlier lost a 2-1 decision to Santa Rosa, was the winning pitcher.

Friday Schedule(All games at Centennial Park 4,5,6,7 and lower field 3)

6:30 F4 Tulsa Gray Sox def. Ladner Masters

8:15 F6 Oregon Masters def. Strathmore Bulls 4-3

9:45 F6 Santa Rosa FP def. Oregon Masters 13-2

Saturday Schedule(All games at Centennial Park 4,5,6,7 and lower field 3)

1:45 F4 Tulsa Gray Sox def. Strathmore Bulls

1:45 F5 Oregon Masters def. Grants Pass Blue Hares

1:45 F6 Santa Rosa FP def. Ladner Masters 2-1

3:30 F5 Tulsa Gray Sox def. Grants Pass Blue Hares

3:30 F4 Ladner Masters def. Strathmore

5:15 F5 Santa Rosa FP def. Grants Pass Blue Hares 16-6.


Santa Rosa FP, California 3-0

Tulsa Gray Sox, Tulsa, OK 3-0

Oregon Masters, Dayton, OR 2-1

Ladner Masters, Delta, British Columbia, Canada 1-2

Grants Pass Blue Hares, Oregon 0-3

Strathmore Bulls, Alberta, Canada 0-3

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