Wolfpack Capture NAFA Wood Bat Championship

Written by Bob on September 1st, 2015
The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Led by the pitching of Tony Mancha, the Wolfpack of Las Cruces, New Mexico defeated Eggen Fastpitch of Prescott, Arizona, 2-1, to claim the NAFA Wood Bat West National Tournament at Los Altos Sports Complex in Albuquerque, Sunday.

THE FINAL STANDINGS

1st-Wolfpack, 5-0, New Mexico
2nd-Eggen FP, 4-2, Arizona
3rd-Rio Grande Alliance, 4-1, Texas
3rd-Big Springs FP, 4-1, Texas
5th-Wizards of Oz, 3-1, Kansas
5th-Outsiders, 2-1-1, Texas
5th-Hitmen, 2-1-1, New Mexico
5th-Arizona FP, 2-2, Arizona
9th-McCoy 913, 1-2, New Mexico
9th-Homeboys, 0-2-1, New Mexico
9th-Natives, 0-2-1, New Mexico
9th-Dukes, 0-3, New Mexico
9th-Albuquerque A’s, 0-3, New Mexico
9th-Forever A Team, 0-3, New Mexico
9th-Twin Lakes, 0-3, New Mexico

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Father and son make history in NAFA World Series

Written by Bob on August 31st, 2015
The father-and-sons trio of Tyler and Taylor Johnson, from left, and father Brad Johnson played for Black Gold of Hermann, Missouri, helping the team finish fifth in the NAFA World Series A-Major Division. Tyler and Brad became the first father-son combination to be selected All-World in the same year in the 23-year history of the NAFA World Series. Contributed photo.

The father-and-sons trio of Tyler and Jacob Johnson, from left, and father Brad Johnson played for Black Gold of Hermann, Missouri, helping the team finish fifth in the NAFA World Series A-Major Division. Tyler and Brad became the first father-son combination to be selected All-World in the same year in the 23-year history of the NAFA World Series. Contributed photo.

HERMANN, Mo. – The regular fastpitch season for the father and his sons was over. Now they were headed to the NAFA World Series in Moline, Ill. to compete for a championship against some of the best teams in North America.

For Brad Johnson and his sons Tyler and Jacob, the NAFA A-Major World Series became one they will long remember.

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It’s Championship Sunday in western NAFA Wood Bat National

Written by Bob on August 30th, 2015
The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Pool play is finished, the seedings have been set and now the playoffs begin in the 2015 NAFA Wood Bat West National Tournament, Sunday, at Los Altos Park in Albuquerque.

Four of the 15 teams have emerged undefeated at 2-0 in their respective pools: Wolfpack, Las Cruces, N.M.; Big Spring Fastpitch, Texas; Rio Grande Alliance, Midland, Tex; and Wizards of Oz, Topeka, Kan.

The single elimination playoffs concludes with the championship scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

BRACK RESULTS: 2015 west wood bat world series 15 team pool play

 

NAFA Wood Bat World Series has 15 teams battling for national championship

Written by Bob on August 28th, 2015

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The NAFA Wood Bat West National Tournament will be held Aug. 29-30 at Los Altos Park in Albuquerque. 15 teams will battle in five pools followed by a single elimination playoff starting Saturday afternoon, with the championship scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Wood Bat brochure: 2015 west wood bat world series 15 team pool play

 

Happy Chef in Mankato for sale, full of fastpitch softball memories

Written by Bob on August 25th, 2015
Leroy Jolstad was a mainstay for the Mankato Happy Chef men's fastpitch softball team.

Leroy Jolstad was a mainstay for the Mankato Happy Chef men’s fastpitch softball team.

By Patrick Reusse AUGUST 23, 2015 — 3:38PM

MANKATO, Minn. – The Happy Chef restaurant and adjoining property are for sale. It’s the original and surviving restaurant from a collection of 63 that were once operated in the Midwest by the Fredrick brothers.

“We’re still in business,” said Tom Fredrick, 81. “We’re going to stay in business.”

Mention Happy Chef and many people think of the towering, round Happy Chef figure that stood in front of numerous restaurants — and remains smiling today next to Hwy. 169 as you enter Mankato. Mention Happy Chef to others and they think of something else near extinction: men’s fastpitch softball.

There was a group of fast-pitchers that played out of Mankato starting in the late 1960s. They played Class AA (major) fastpitch through 1990. You could bring in players from anywhere and pay outsiders, if necessary.

The team had a variety of sponsors in the 1970s. Happy Chef took over sponsorship for the Class AA team from 1980 through 1990, and then for five more years with a Class A team.

“You could never work with a better sponsor than Tom,” said Marley Lloyd, an outstanding center fielder and promoter for Happy Chef. “We could fly to national tournaments while other teams took a bus.”

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2015 ISC World Tournament poster by Matt Elick

Written by Bob on August 25th, 2015

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Matt Elick, Diamond Supervisor for the Belleville Softball Complex that recently hosted the ISC World Tournament, created this beautiful collage that encompasses the great action by some of fastpitch softball’s greatest players.

 

NAFA Masters World Series Fastball, Bigger and Better

Written by Bob on August 23rd, 2015

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DAYTON, Ore. – Whether the East Coast or the West Coast, over the next two weeks 75 of the strongest Masters men’s fastpitch teams will compete for NAFA World Series championships.

On the East Coast, Moline, Illinois will host the East Masters World Series in six division: 60-Over, 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over, 40-Over and 35-Over. The championships will be played Sept. 11-13 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline.

And at Centennial Park in Carson City, Nevada, The West Coast Masters World Series will take place Sept. 18-20. Five divisions will battle in the 60-Over, 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over and 40-Over

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Check out ISC website for World Tournament first and second teams and most valuable honors

Written by Bob on August 18th, 2015

The new look ISC website has the All-World players listed for the ISC World Tournament, ISC II Tournament and the ISC Legends Championships listed. Go to ISC Fastpitch to check it out.

Also, visit Pointstreak Scoring for every statistic imaginable in the ISC World Tournament, ISC II and Legends as well.

 

Six Kiwis make all-star team at major world softball club tournament in United States

Written by Bob on August 18th, 2015
Wayne Laulu batted .524 (11-for-21, with 16 RBI, including five home runs, a triple, double and seven walks. Laulu was selected a First-Team, All-World outfielder for helping lead the Toronto, Ontario Gators to second place in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Contributed Photo,

Wayne Laulu batted .524 (11-for-21, with 16 RBI, including five home runs, a triple, double and seven walks. Laulu was selected a First-Team, All-World outfielder for helping lead the Toronto, Ontario Gators to second place in the 2015 ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind. Contributed Photo,

By TONY SMITH / Stuff.co.nz

Six New Zealanders were selected in the all-star team at the International Softball Congress (ISC) tournament in the United States this week.

Current Black Sox internationals Nathan Nukunuku, Brad Rona, Ben Enoka and Wayne Laulu, Canterbury hitter Frank Pointon and Auckland catcher Kallan Compain made the “all world” first team at the ISC tournament, widely regarded as world softball’s top club championship.

The sextet were all members of the Toronto Gators team which lost the grand final to Ontario rivals, the Hill United Chiefs, 6-4 at South Bend, Indiana.

Hutt Valley catcher Cory Timu, who played for the Circle Tap Dukes club from Wisconsin, made the “all-world” second team.

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Stratford Cubs go 11-0 to win U21 fastball national championship in Napanee

Written by Bob on August 18th, 2015

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The Stratford Cubs U21 fastball team went undefeated to win the national championship in Napanee, beating Alberta’s Irma Tigers 8-3 in the final. Pictured front row from left: Murray Patterson (coach), Zachary Harry (bat boy), Mitch Green, Jared Weishar, Cody Werner, Tyler Pauli, Barry Eidt, Derek Elliot, Nick Penner, Cody Werner, Tyler Stacey. Back row from left: Barry Everett (coach), Steve Lyons, Jake Moulton, Nick Lichti, Matt Wardrop, Darren Strickland, Bryan Johnson, Craig Lyons, Greg Hammell, Bill Follings (coach). (Contributed photo)

By Cory Smith, Stratford Beacon Herald

No one could stop the Stratford Cubs.

The U21 fastball team went undefeated to win the national championship in Napanee, beating Alberta’s Irma Tigers 8-3 in the final.

“It’s a pretty good feeling because in recent history no one has run the table at the national championships at the junior level,” Cubs manager Murray Patterson said after an 11-0 run. “Usually you get loss in the round-robin and then you might win playoff games, but everyone seems to finish with one or two losses along the way It’s a pretty good feeling with this group of kids.”

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