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John Dakes Invitational

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5th Annual John Dakes Invitational

January 6-7, Phoenix Arizona

New Tournament Format, 3 pool games into single elimination and consolation if necessary. 

for more information please contact Randy Kaye at 602.568.2194 or email at firecrackers-az@cox.net

register at  www.azusssafastpitch.com

Firecrackers-AZ is proud to host the 5th Annual John Dakes Invitational. As you may or may not know, John's recent passing makes this year's tournament the inaugural John Dakes Memorial Tournament. In the past, a portion of proceeds have gone to John and his family to help with travel expenses incurred during his continued involvement in our program. In his honor, this year, we will award the 16U and 18U winners with a $1500 prize that will go towards each teams summer travel expenses. 

Please join Firecrackers-AZ and the Tony Rico Foundation for great softball community camaraderie, great softball and for a great cause.

We have extended invitations to attend and are currently waiting on confirmation from team listed below as well as  several out of state teams. If your team is not listed please check with your coach or admin to request a spot in this must attend event for January. 

18U teams confirmed -

  • FIRECRACKERS-AZ 
  • Firecrackers-Rico/Weil (CA)
  • Firecrackers-Brashear(CA)
  • Firecrackers-AZ Holland
  • Firecrackers-AZ Wedman
  • Firecrackers-AZ Regester
  • Firecrackers-AZ Erickson
  • Firecrackers- Brashear/Roth (CA)
  • Oro Valley Suncats Gold - Judge 
  • AZ Bombers 18U Gold
  • Firecrackers-ELP Estrada/Flores Bk(TX)
  • AZ Killer Bees Gold
  • Lil Saints Gold
  • AZ Hotshots Gold - Davis
  • AZ Force-Doran
  • Batbusters-AZ Vela
  • Firecrackers Doyle (CO)
  • Lil Rebels-Gordie (NV)
  • AZ Power 18U - Moore
  • AZ Bombers - Bueno

16U Teams Confirmed

  • Firecrackers-AZ Munoz
  • Firecrackers-AZ Noto
  • Firecrackers-Brashear (CA)
  • AZ Hotshots 16u - Captain
  • Vendetta  AZ - Schmidt
  • Mizuno Storm Mathis
  • Firecrackers-RB(CA)
  • Storm Fastpitch 16 Black
  • AZ Outlaws-Gutierrez
  • Firecrackers-AZ Kaye/Padilla
  • Firecrackers-Brashear/Thornburg

FIRECRACKERS RECOGNIZE JOHN DAKES

The 2014 John Dakes invitational brought together 17 of the top 18u and 16u teams in Arizona, Nevada and the Firecrackers Rico 18u team from Southern California to honor one of the great men in the annuals of softball, John Dakes.

The Firecrackers-AZ and Rico Foundation each donated funds to John to aid in his travel expenses and make it easier for him to do the thing he loves, which is to be at the ball park spending time with Firecrackers.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO AZ USSSA FOR THEIR $500 DONATION TO JOHN THAT WILL ALSO GO TOWARDS HIS SUMMER TRAVELS!

A total of $4000 was raised and donated to Coach Dakes, thank you all!