Las Vegas Road Trip XVII

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AA Division   |   A-Major Division   |   A Division

Champions


Hill United Chiefs

Summary by Fastpitchwest.com:

A pair of Ontario Canada teams, competing in the Las Vegas Tournament for the first time, squared off in the championship game in the Nevada desert, with Hill United coming away with the title win, 9-4.

Hill United and Bear Creek are well known elite team in the world, ranked among the top handful of teams each year at the ISC World Tournament. In Vegas, it was their AA squads, but showing that they are among the best, whichever roster they may field.

Both teams were unbeaten headed into Sundayís finale. Hill United won their first game Friday by a 9-0 score, followed by a 6-0 win onj Saturday afternoon over eventual third place finisher, Team 45 Athletics, from California. In their third game, on Sunday morning, Hill United beat Bear Creek in the Winnerís Bracket final, 2-0, setting up the rematch in the final.

Bear Creek won their first game on Friday by an 8-1 score over Morongo Menís Club from California.

Finalists



Runner-up Bear Creek Express (pictured above) opened the tournament on Friday with an 8-1 win over Morongo Menís Club in the battle of Casino sponsors, followed on Saturday afternoon with a squeaker 1-0 win over the Kansas City Bravos. On Sunday morning, the Express suffered their first loss, a close 2-0 contest against Hill United. Bear Creekís offense broke out in the final, scoring 4 runs against eventual champion Hill United, but could not over come the 9 runs posted by Hill.

Third place Team 45 Athletics of California posted a 5-2 win in their opener Friday night against a strong Loyalty Team. Team 45 dropped their second game to tournament champion Hill United, 6-0. In their third game, late Saturday night, Team 45 topped Morongo Menís Club CA, 4-0, followed by a 6-1 win in the rematch with Loyalty early Sunday morning. Team 45 finished up their tournament with a solid performance, falling to eventual runner up, Bear Creek from Ontario Canada, finishing with a 3-2 record, losing only to two of the worldís best.

Summary by GameChanger:

Bear Creek Express Lose to HILL UNITED CHIEFS

Bear Creek Express could not keep pace with HILL UNITED CHIEFS 9-4 on Sunday. HILL UNITED CHIEFS got on the board in the second inning after PIPILO (EDGAR) LOPEZ doubled, scoring three runs. Bear Creek Express tied the game up in the top of the third thanks to two singles. Bear Creek Express tied the game at three on a single by Jeff Lyons. A passed ball gave Bear Creek Express the lead, 4-3, in the top of the fourth. SHANE BOLAND singled, which helped HILL UNITED CHIEFS tie the game at four in the bottom of the fourth.

HILL UNITED CHIEFS captured the lead, 8-4, in the bottom of the fifth when LENNY VILLALVAZO tripled, scoring two runs, VILLALVAZO scored after tagging up, and LOPEZ lined out, scoring one run. BRADLEY EZEKIEL hit a solo home run to center field in the bottom of the sixth for the HILL UNITED CHIEFS. MARCO DIAZ earned the win for HILL UNITED CHIEFS. The reliever gave up one hit and zero runs over three and one-third innings, striking out seven and walking two. Justin Schofield took the loss for Bear Creek Express. The starting pitcher went four innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits, striking out four and walking four. MICHAL HOLOBRADEK opened the game for HILL UNITED CHIEFS. They allowed seven hits and four runs (three earned) over three and two-thirds innings, striking out seven and walking two.

Mathieu Roy and Mason McKay were a force together in the lineup, as they each collected two hits for Bear Creek Express while hitting back-to-back. Lyons went 1-for-4 at the plate as the infielder led the team with two runs batted in. Eric Ochoa led Bear Creek Express with two walks. Overall, the team had a strong eye at the plate, tallying four walks for the game. BRUNO MOTRONI and QUINTEN BRUCE were a force together in the lineup, as they each collected two hits for HILL UNITED CHIEFS while hitting back-to-back. LOPEZ led HILL UNITED CHIEFS with four runs batted in from the number nine spot in the lineup. They went 1-for-3 on the day. DIAZ threw an immaculate inning in the seventh, striking out the side on nine pitches. HILL UNITED CHIEFS worked the count all day, amassing four walks. HILL UNITED CHIEFS ran wild on the base paths, accumulating three stolen bases for the game. HILL UNITED CHIEFS were sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. HOLOBRADEK made the most plays with one.

Champions


The Dundalk Smoke

Finalists


Anthem Hills Dental

Summary by Fastpitchwest.com:

The Dundalk Smoke became the third Ontario Canada team to make it to a Championship game of the 2024 Las Vegas Road Trip Tournament, following the lead of the tournamentís top two teams, AA Champion Hill United and AA Runner-up, Bear Creek Express, both from Ontario Canada.

Dundalk outlasted Anthem Hills Dental, NV in the Championship game, 12-11 in a slugfest. The Smoke posted a perfect 5-0 record through the tournament.

In game 1 Friday afternoon, Dundalk defeated the Smokers of California, 4-3 followed by a 9-2 win Friday night in their second game against Bryanís Blackhawks.

Dundalk posted their 3rd win on Saturday night against the Alberta Masters Pirates, 5-0.

Sunday morning, the Smoke dispatched perennial contender Rude Pac of California in the Winnerís Bracket final, sending Dundalk to Sunday afternoonís title game against Anthem Hills Dental. (Rude Pac dropped the lower bracket final to Anthem Hills, 5-0 on Sunday morning.

Gold Champions


Freedís Plumbing Knights

Summary by Fastpitchwest.com:

The Freedís Plumbing Knights of Colorado outlasted Californiaís Tramex squad to capture the A Division crown of the 2024 Las Vegas Road Trip Tournament in an offensive battle, 17-15.

The Freedís Plumbing Knights won their first round game, a 7-5 Friday night win over Lushootseed CA. They played again Friday afternoon, posting a 9-6 win over the Homeboys of New Mexico, who had also won their opening round game over the Warriors of California, 12-2.

The Knights were back in action on Saturday at 9:30am, where they topped the Maccabi Rays, CA 10-0.

The Knightís fourth game, played at 4:45pm Saturday night, proved to be one of their toughest, against the Beaumont Coyotes, who always seem to find their way to the top of the field at these events. In a winnerís bracket semi, the Knights prevailed over the Coyotes, 8-7, sending them to the Championship Game.

The Knights returned play, rested on Sunday at 11:30am to play in the Championship game against Tremex of CA who also entered the game unbeaten. Tremex had won their first three games by scores of 16-0 (JRM OH) 4-1 (Budmen), and 8-1 (Manderson Aís). It didnít get any easier for the Knights, as the championship game against Tramex turned into a high scoring affair. The Knights won out, 17-15

Summary by GameChanger:

Despite trailing by as many as six runs, Freedís Plumbing Knights rallied to top Tramex 17 - 15 on Sunday.

Bats blistered as Freed's Plumbing Knights collected 21 hits and Tramex tallied 17 in the high scoring game.

Freed's Plumbing Knights got on the board in the top of the first inning after Jesse Bullock singled, scoring one run, and Kelly Freed doubled, scoring two runs.

Tramex flipped the game on its head in the bottom of the first, scoring nine runs on eight hit to take a 9 - 3 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a double by Daniel Carbajal that drove in two.

Freed's Plumbing Knights scored five runs on six hits in the top of the sixth inning. Jaden Gustafson hit an inside the park home run, scoring two runs, Nicholas Cole hit an inside the park home run, scoring two runs, and Gentry Mitchell doubled, scoring one run.

In the top of the ninth, Freedís Plumbing Knights broke up the tie when Mario Arellano singled, scoring two runs. Then a fieldersís choice by Gustafson follow to extend the lead to 12-9.

Tramex tied the game in the bottom of the ninth thanks to Edgar Andre Peralta, an error, and a tag up by Axel Diaz Fierro

Freedís Plumbing Knights took the lead in the top of the tenth, Mitchell singled, scoring two runs, to give Freedís Plumbing Knights the edge, 14 - 12.

Tramex tied the game in the bottom of the tenth thanks to a double by Ivan Fuentes Sr. , and a single by Diaz Fierro.

In the top of the eleventh, Freedís Plumbing Knights broke up the tie when Aaron Converse singled, scoring one run. Then a single by Gin followed to extend the lead to 17 - 14.

Jaden earned the win for Freedís Plumbing Knights. The starting pitcher gave up 16 hits and 12 runs (three earned) over 10 innings, striking out seven and walking five. Erik Gutierrez took the loss for Tramex. The starting pitcher went five and one-third innings, giving up eight runs on 11 hits, striking out five and walking four. Freed tossed one inning of no-run ball for Freedís Plumbing Knights in relief. The reliever allowed one hit, striking out none and walking one.

Freedís Plumbing Knights amassed 21 hits in the game. Freedís Plumbing Knights Arellano made the most of their chances at the plate. The number seven hitter led the team with five hits in six at bats. Mitchell and Gustafson each drove in three runs for Freedís Plumbing Knights. Bullock, Cole, Gin, and Rico Garcia, each collected multiple hits for Freedís Plumbing Knights. Freedís Plumbing Knights worked the count all day, accumulating four walks. Freedís Plumbing Knights turned one double play in the game.

Tramex collected 17 hits in the game. Sald Soltero drove the middle of the lineup, leading Tramex with three runs batted in. They went 2 for 7 on the day. Ismael Garcia went 4 for 5 at the plate to lead Tramex in hits. Diaz Fierro, Ivan Fuentes Jr. , and Kevin Diaz, each collected multiple hits for Tramex. Tramex had a strong eye at the plate, amassing six walks for the game. Diaz Fierro and Garcia lead the team with two bases on balls each. Tramex turned one double play in the game.

Silver Champions


Raymar

Summary by Fastpitchwest.com:

Raymar vs. Tramex for Silver

The SCIFLís Raymar team made a remarkable run through the lower bracket, winning four games Saturday and four more on Sunday including a final game win over a strong Tramex CA team to capture the tournamentís Silver Medal Game. The eight-in-a-row marks the longest tournament win streak in recent memory and one for the ages.

The Raymar squad couldíve saved on hotel rooms, as they were practically on the field for the last two days.

Raymar, a longtime member of the So Cal Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) that hosts the Las Vegas tournament lost their first game of the tournament, to J-Town, of Mexico, Friday afternoon, 8-1. That loss dropped them into the dark recesses of the NAFA-3-Game-Guarantee Bracket, where they started on the comeback trail.

Raymarís Run through the Bracket

The comeback trail started early Saturday morning with an 18-3 win over the Smart Alecs of British Columbia Canada. Their run:
  • Game 1, Friday 3:30pm J-Town MEX 6, Raymar 1

  • Game 2, Saturday 8am: Raymar, CA 18, Smart Alecs CAN 3

  • Game 3, Saturday 11:30am Raymar, CA 14, Beer Nuts CA 1

  • Game 4, Saturday, 6:30pm Raymar, CA 10, HomeBoys NM 2

  • Game 5, Saturday, 8:15 pm Raymar, CA 14, Kansas Indians 3

  • Game 6, Sunday 8:00 am Raymar, CA 5, Budmen CA 2

  • Game 7, Sunday 9:45am Raymar, CA 9, Manderson Athletics SD 1

  • Game 8 Sunday 11:30am Raymar, CA 11, Beaumont Coyotes 10

  • Game 9 Sunday 1:15 pm Raymar, CA 10, Tramex CA 3 (Silver Medal Game)


Original Post 11/6/2023 @ 8:00 PM PST

SCIFL and NAFA are pleased to announce its 17th edition of the "Las Vegas Road Trip" Men's Fast Pitch Tournament which will be held on April 5-7, 2024 with the first round games starting Friday at 12:00 PM PT, and the Championship games scheduled for 3:00 PM PT on Sunday.

This event will accept teams who pay their entry fee prior to the due date. If for any reason the event cannot proceed, refunds will be issued so it is extremely important everyone pays online to make it easier and quicker to process refunds, if needed.

PLAN EARLY AND LATE

Teams flying in and out should make plans to be ready to play early on Friday and late on Sunday in the event the brackets are running late.

While this tournament is a NAFA sanctioned event, it is run by SCIFL; any questions regarding this tournament must go through the SCIFL Commissioner, Jesse Ortiz.

NAFA DIVISIONS

Teams will be separated in the following divisions with the maximum number of teams listed.

A (26-teams maximum)
A-Major (12-teams maximum)
AA (12-teams maximum)

The split was based on a maximum 50-team tournament and how teams signed up from previous events. If the divisions are not filled by the due date, they will be rearranged to reduce the number of teams in a division to add additional teams that have a high amount of teams on the waiting list to have a maximum of 50-teams.

NAFA PITCHERS LIST

The NAFA pitchers list will be used to monitor pitchers in the tournament as well as the team's current classification. No open class pitchers are allowed to pitch in any of the three divisions. Confirmation into the tournament will be based on the entry fee paid and roster received.

The classification list posted on the NAFA website as of January 31, 2024 will be used to classify pitchers. There will be no appeals for pitchers after that date for this tournament.

A 3-GAME GUARANTEE BRACKET will be used for all divisions with no "IF" games. With a minimum of eight (8) teams in a division, the winner will have their 2024 NAFA World Series entry fee paid for the division they participated in.

CONTACT AND PLAYING INFO

Teams interested in participating should contact Jesse Ortiz by email at scifastpitch (at) gmail.com and inform him if your team can play all three days. Teams that can play all three days will be placed on the priority list, teams that say they can only play on Saturday and Sunday will be placed on the secondary list. No one will be given a "selected" game time as everyone is traveling to the event.

HOW IT WORKS

We are accepting a maximum of 50 teams which will be placed on a team interested list, as a first come first serve basis. Once the division is full, additional teams will be added to the waiting list and if they pay their entry fee (in full) they will have an opportunity to participate if a team drops out, does not pay by the due date, or if the number of teams are rearranged in each division because a team has not paid by the due date. If a team on the waiting list pays their entry fee and is not able to get in, their entry fee will be refunded.

*** This tournament has been filling up quickly within the past several years so I would suggest you contact Jesse as soon as possible if you want to be added to the interested team list to have the opportunity to pay first and avoid being on the waiting list. ***

ENTRY FEE AND REGISTRATION

The entry fee for the tournament is $740, which includes a $40 Annual NAFA Team Registration Fee. We will start collecting the entry fee beginning January 2, 2024 and once it's received you will be sent an email to confirm your entry.

All teams will need to submit their entry fee along with their team's roster, listing all their players and identifying their pitchers to ensure teams are placed in their proper classification.

You can pay online by visiting our website and clicking on the "Pay Online" button on the left hand side column or by check, but paying online is the preferred method.

Checks can be made out to "SCIFL" and mailed to:

SCIFL
PO Box 2213
Norwalk, CA 90651

DUE DATE

If the entry fee is not received by January 25, 2024 a team may lose their spot to a team on the waiting list who has paid their entry fee. This due date provides teams on the waiting list sufficient time to make appropriate travel arrangements if they are able to get in.



ARIZONA CHARLIE'S is tournament's host hotel for the 17th year. We will be moving from Arizona Charlie's Boulder to Arizona Charlie's Decatur which is located off the busy Las Vegas strip in a friendly neighborhood with a shopping center and mall nearby. The hotel offers a casino and sit down dining along with live music in the casino bar/lounge.

Please help keep the tournament cost down by booking with Arizona Charlie's and receive the following special rate of $101.70 per night for Friday and Saturday and $77.97 for Thursday and Sunday nights, if you book directly with the hotel using their 800 number.

In order to receive this rate, you must book by midnight of the cut-off date March 15, 2024.

*** This special rate goes quickly so try to book your rooms as soon as possible because once the selected number of rooms are booked, any additional rooms available will be reverted back to the hotel's going rate. ***

MAKE RESERVATIONS THROUGH THE 800 NUMBER

To make your reservations call 800-342-2695 and use the reference code C-SCI23 or mention So Cal Independent Fast Pitch League. If the reservation desk informs you the code is not valid or cannot locate it, ask them not to enter the code in the system but to search for the code to be able to locate it; they should understand that procedure. If you need to book more than three (3) rooms on the same credit card, or have any issues with the reservation desk, contact Kathy Brennan at 702-951-5942 in the group sales department and she will be more than happy to assist you.

ADDITIONAL HOST HOTEL ADDED

EXCALIBUR HOTEL & CASINO
3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109-6778

You will be able to receive the special rate of $30 for Thursday and Sunday, $90 for Friday, and $110 for Saturday by visiting this reservation link. A $37.00 daily resort fee plus the applicable Clark County Room Tax is applied to each hotel room reservation and includes amenities. For all registered guests, the resort fee includes: Unlimited domestic long distance (the 50 United States and DC) and toll-free calls, digital newspaper and magazine downloads through PressReader for duration of reservation, property-wide wireless internet access, Fitness Center access for guests 18+, subject to availability, boarding pass printing.

If 5 or more rooms are being prepaid by a non-arriving guest, please email the Group Department at conventionreservations@excalibur.com to arrange for prepayment. Make sure the group name is in your email subject line.

If you are paying for someone else's room, and that guest does not have the credit card used to pay for the room when they arrive, they will not be given a room. The guests can pay the entire amount themselves and the credit card used to pay for the room will be refunded, or they can wait for the individual who paid for the room to arrive to get the room keys.

All reservations and any changes must be made before the Cut-off Date, Monday, March 18, 2024 in order to receive the special rate. After the cut-off date, you will pay the going rate so don't miss out, book your reservations before the cut-off date.

*** This special rate goes quickly so try to book your rooms as soon as possible because once the selected number of rooms are booked, any additional rooms available will be reverted back to the hotel's going rate. ***

SUNSET AND WARM SPRINGS PARKS

Information regarding the event and game results will be posted on the SCIFL website. Player stats will be posted on the NAFA website. The tournament will be played at Sunset Park and Warm Springs Park; both are located within 1/4-mile of each other and are located by the Las Vegas International Airport.

Game times will be available once the tournament is filled and everyone has paid their entry fee or two weeks before the event.

Please feel free to contact Jesse if you have any questions regarding this tournament. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.





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