The May 18 sun was truly golden in Madera California. The region holding opening day of Golden Stick’s Yard League after being dormant since GSTC tracks went offline circa 2012.
California Golden Stick has had a spotted history. In 2010 Steven Underwood brought the first ever GSWL Fast Pitch league region out West, their California Diablos (Fast Plastic’s Gunners team) eventually taking the 1st National Championship home from Vegas, after GSWL’s 5 region boom that year.
Also in 2010 the region showed promise running five GSTC events leading to Phoenix.
“It’s nice to see the region revived. We’ve kept the dream alive out there, leaving equipment, and trying to empower the few motivated guys out there to get something done each year” said league President, Lou Levesque. Levesque noting the region was again sparked after Rob “Wiffman” Piervinanzi traveled there to qualify with his O-Bombers team in 2013. The East Coast pompous has clearly incited the all important East/West rivalry as the rookie teams of CA Yard have earmarked the league’s promise of $10,000 purse to a rookie national champ. Express big man and Co-RD, Silverio Mosqueda regularly prodding Levesque “Make that check out to Cen-Cal Express!”
On the fields, the game play translated near perfect just over 3148.4 miles away. An ensuing GSWL online forum debate has highlighted that the Cali Yard speed may need to come up a few notches, the region posting over 90+ runs on the day.
“Guys in other regions may point to our pitching being sub par.” Said CA Regional Director, Jerry Lutz. “What they don’t know is that our hitting is just that good. If anything, it will certainly make our pitching better.”
The region features the perfect blend of young and old. With a smooth blend between the 40,s 30‘s, 20‘s, and teens, CA’s four team foothold represents Wiffle® demographics at their finest. Rookie PJ Torres of the CA Hooligans took home DII Player Of The Week honors placing a maiden showing of a 661 avg. 11 hrs and 19 rbi’s into the My Stats Online database.
Said Lutz, “We also have some names some people may remember, Sylvie Serrano (.514 avg. ), Peter Mocabee (2-0 0.50 era.), Tony Wagoner (.472 avg. 9 hrs and 18 rbi’s), and DI’s Player Of The Week, Rob Colon (.730 avg. 8 hrs 22 rbi’s)”
The Swingmen (CA) are atop CA and nearly the top of the national standings after the region’s first week. Rooted in Fast Pitch, the stance is the same and the S-Men look to be a very tough team to beat.
Lutz finished with “We are a new and young league but there is a lot of competitiveness and talent out West and by the end of our season we look to produce a couple top teams out of this region for the Nationals.”