Baldwin hosting 22nd Annual Wisconsin NAFA State Tournament

Written by Bob on July 22nd, 2014

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By RONN KOPP / NAFA President and State Director / Treasurer

BALDWIN, Wisc. – Eleven teams from Wisconsin and two from the Twin Cities area of Minnesota comprise the field of the 22nd Annual Wisconsin NAFA State Tournament, now named in honor of the late 2007 NAFA Hall of Fame member Hank St. Clair, longtime member of the state and continental NAFA umpiring staff.

This year’s event is being staged at Millpond Park in the northwestern Wisconsin community of Baldwin on July 25-27.

Only one class of play will be employed in this year’s tournament, a combined division of A and A-Major teams.

See Tournament Bracket: Wisc. NAFA State Tourney

Wisconsin teams entered include Arctic Springs/Christman Auto of Galesville, Bol’s Lanes of hosting city Baldwin, Bon Ton Bar of Luck, Dugout Bar and Grill of Cushing, Earl’s Club of Kenosha, the Athletics of La Crosse.

Also entered are Lifetime Seamless Gutters of Prairie du Chein, the Orangemen of Rice Lake, Sawdust City of Eau Claire, Sheddy’s Bar and Grill of Montfort, and The Stone Yard of Appleton.

Minnesota entries are Rohlik Financial Group of Minneapolis and Images of Ostrander.

Play begins Friday night at 7 p.m. when defending state champion Bol’s Lanes meets Bon Ton Bar.

 

USA Softball Junior Men claim consolation prize at ISF Junior Mens World Championship

Written by Bob on July 22nd, 2014

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BY STEVEN EMBREE | JULY 20, 2014, MIDNIGHT (ET)

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA The USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team took the field versus Mexico on Sunday in the consolation finals of the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship and won convincingly 11-5 the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.

With the win, Team USA finished 7-4, their best record in the Junior Men’s World Championship since 1985.

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Argentina repeats as International Softball Federation Junior Men’s World Champions

Written by Bob on July 20th, 2014

argentina Argentina won its second consecutive Gold Medal in the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship by defeating New Zealand, 9-0, Sunday at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Canada.

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Argentina was slowed down but they couldn’t be stopped.

After losing Saturday to New Zealand, 3-1, in the semi-finals of the playoffs, Argentina came roaring back with a vengeance on Sunday.

And New Zealand felt the brunt of it.

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Mighty Masmu sends Argentina into gold medal game against New Zealand

Written by Bob on July 20th, 2014

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Argentina’s Gonzalo Masmu was nicknamed the “Mighty Masmu” after he hit three home runs and drove in seven runs against Japan in an 8-1 win during round-robin play.

If there was any doubt he deserved that title then, those doubts were erased Sunday afternoon in the Bronze medal game.

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Johnston leads New Zealand past Argentina into Gold Medal game

Written by Bob on July 20th, 2014

johnston.kiwi.pitcher.183web Ethan Johnston pitching in the 2013 NAFA World Series for the Kansas City Outlaws. Against Argentina he scattered four hits, walked one and struck out 11 in leading New Zealand to a 3-1 victory and into the Gold Medal game of the 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Championship. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Argentina swept through the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship undefeated in round-robin play. The hitters scored 66 runs, while the pitching staff did not allow a single run in the first six games, and only three the rest of the way.

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Japan knocks out Australia in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship playoffs

Written by Bob on July 20th, 2014

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA –Kento Okazaki is one of the best pitchers in the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship. Give him a couple runs and Japan has a good chance of winning. Give him a couple of touchdowns and it’s guaranteed.

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USA blasts Czech Republic to move into ISF Consolation Championship

Written by Bob on July 20th, 2014

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Whitehorse, Yukon, CA – Philip Zimmerman pitched a two-hitter, the offense collected 12 hits, and team USA defeated the Czech Republic 12–2, Saturday, to move into the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship Consolation Championship.

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The battle for Gold begins at the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

Written by Bob on July 19th, 2014

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WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The wheat has been separated from the chaff; the cream has risen to the top.

Call it what you may. But after eight days and 54 games in the 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Championship, it has come down to this.

Argentina, New Zealand, Japan, and Australia have proven they are the four best teams in young men’s (age 19-under) fastpitch softball.

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Australia crushes USA’s medal dream

Written by Bob on July 18th, 2014

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The United States will have to wait another two years for chance at a gold medal in the ISF Junior Men’s World Championship.

Australia made sure of that.

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Strong arms drive Argentina past USA in ISF Junior Men’s World Championship

Written by Bob on July 17th, 2014

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WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – The number one team rests its number one pitcher and suffers no ill effects.

Argentina held back ace right-hander Huemul Mata, instead going with the strong-armed arsenal of Roman Godoy at the start and Franco Gini to close.

And the two were as good as Argentina could want, combining on a three-hitter to beat the USA 9-2 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Thursday.

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