Results at the NAFA Open World Series / Seattle Invitational

Written by Bob on August 1st, 2015
Tony Mancha will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame. He is seen here pitching the Steel of Texas to the NAFA World Series championship in 2010. Mancha is also a member of the USA Men's National Team. Photo By BOB OTTO

Tony Mancha will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame. He is seen here pitching the Steel of Texas to the NAFA World Series championship in 2010. Mancha is also a member of the USA Men’s National Team. Photo By BOB OTTO

FIFE, Wash. – Tony Mancha led J & B Painting to a 6-0 victory over Meralomas on Saturday in the NAFA Open Division and at 5:30 p.m. he will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame along with Canada umpire Dan Young.

SATURDAY RESULTS

Surrey Rebels 8
Victoria Thunder 0
Winning Pitcher Travis Suzuki
Losing Pitcher Rob Gunter

Oregon Cascades 1
Ladner Masters 0
Winning pitcher Aaron Emory
Losing Pitcher Rob Jonston

J & B Painting 6
Meralomas 0
Winning pitcher Tony Mancha
Losing Pitcher Eruera Drage

Cal State Builders 7
Fleetwood Marlins 3
Winning pitcher Juan Castro, Save Sisko Sabate
Losing Pitcher Brandon Peck, relief Harv
Weins

Seqwyits 8
Northwest Naturals 3
Winning pitcher Ivan Thomas
Losing Pitcher Mark Seward

K-Club 16
Press Box 1
Wiining Pitcher Dan Kolda
Losing Pitcher Mike Koentopp

Thunder 8
Misfits. 0
Winning pitcher Ryan Spence
Losing Pitcher Cleon Tungsvick, Bert Ford Relief

 

Freeport, Minnesota getting it done in men’s fastpitch

Written by Bob on August 1st, 2015

FREEPORT, Minn. – Freeport is located just off the 94 Interstate, between Sauk Centre and St. Cloud. Though small in numbers with a population under 700, The little town in west-central Minnesota is big in men’s fastpitch, sporting a 16-team league.

The Minnesota Sports Federation (MSF) Class C Men’s Fastpitch State Championship is being held Aug. 7-9 at Caswell Park in North Mankato, and three Freeport area teams will be competing, including Axle Grill of St. Cloud (formerly known as Black Diamond) that won the state title in 2011.

And in the the class B state tournament, Isaac’s North Star and Ackies Bar & Grill will be competing, Aug. 1-2, while in the D division, Steven’s Transport, Isaac’s and Ackies will be competing. That’s an outstanding representation from Freeport and the surrounding area.

THE FREEPORT MEN’S FASTPITCH STANDINGS as of July 24th

1. Mid-MN Pest Control of Brooten (9-1)
2. Isaac’s North Star of Sauk Centre (8-1)
3. Axle Grill of St. Cloud (7-3)
4. Bo Didley’s of St. Joseph (5-1)
5. Freeport State Bank (5-3)
6. Miller Architects of St. Cloud (5-3)
7. Ackie’s Bar & Grill of Freeport (5-5)
8. Central MN Credit Union (4-5)
9. Milwood Transport (4-5)
10. Corner Pub of Freeport (3-3)
10. Cold Spring State Bank (3-3)
11. Stevens Transport of Freeport (3-5)
12. Rahn’s Oil & Propane of Melrose (4-6)
13. Charlie’s Cafe of Freeport (4-6)
14. Albany Telephone (2-7)
15. Freeport Lions (0-10)

 

Koster KO’s Brewers in Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Written by Bob on August 1st, 2015

FIFE, Wash. – The Seattle Invitational / NAFA Open World Series men’s fastpitch tournament at Dacca Park opened Friday night with Ryan Banner pitching a 9-0 shutout for Clean’s over the Northwest Naturals, with Alan Kiernan taking the loss for the Naturals.

OTHER SCORES

K-Club 10
Interbay Door 5
Winning Pitcher Rick Kolda, close by Shane Alder
Losing Pitcher Al Wells.

Cal State Builders 4
CR Brewers 2
Winning pitcher Shawn Koster
Losing Pitcher Rich Haldane, relief from Jorge Segura

FOR SCORES AND MORE
55th Annual Seattle Invitational at Fife

CONTACT INFORMATION
Ryan Daly, Tournament Director
Rdaly@gmail.com
425-445-6028

Benjie Hedgecock
NAFA Executive Director
Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
503-559-5398 cell

 

2014 NAFA World Series Book Ready To Order

Written by Bob on July 31st, 2015

YUCAIPA, Calif. – The North American Fastpitch Association celebrated its 22nd year hosting men’s and young men’s (age 23-Under) championship tournaments in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois in 2014.

After covering and photographing the World Series, I wrote a book about it entitled, “2014 NAFA Men’s Fastpitch World Series”.

THE BOOK INCLUDES

  • Over 200 photos
  • Championship game stories of the AA-Major, AA, A-Major, A and 23-Under divisions
  • Feature stories of players and managers, who have helped make the game as great as it is.
  • Hall of Fame stories and listing of members from 1997 to 2014
  • NAFA World Series records and amazing accomplishments by incredible players
  • Listing of NAFA 10 and 20-year anniversary players, “the best of the best”
  • Masters World Series results
  • Wood Bat World Series results
  • You can preview the book and if you like what you see, you can order a PDF or a softcover book (8 1/2 x 11) with semigloss pages from the publisher, Blurb (Online only) from the menu below.

    Click on the SHOPPING CART in the menu to visit my Blurb page.

     

    First Nations Payments Systems and ISC Network partner to bring fastball fans 24 games in full High Definition from the 2015 ISC World Tournament

    Written by Bob on July 31st, 2015

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    South Bend, IN – The ISC Network will be providing extensive coverage of the 2015 ISC World Tournament with 24 full video webcasts, including 16 Winners Bracket games, the ISC II Championship Game and the Legends Championship Game.

    All games will be available free-of-charge, courtesy of our title sponsor First Nations Payments Systems, enabling us to bring the 2015 ISC World Tournament to fans around the world.

    First Nations Payments Systems offers point-of-sale systems and e-commerce solutions at industry-leading rates for North American businesses. It delivers innovative and secure solutions that benefit merchants everywhere by decreasing their costs and increasing their revenues.

    More than one million merchant locations use the First Nations Payments platform worldwide. First Nations Payments Systems is a proud member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Businesses and can be found on the web at www.firstnationspayments.ca

    “We thank Bryan Porter and First Nations Payments for their continuing sponsorship of the ISC Network Broadcasts in 2015 and look forward to having fastball fans around the world join us for the ISC World Tournament in South Bend,” said ISC Executive Director Larry Fisher.

    “We’re interested in growing the game and the audience for fastball,” said Bryan Porter. “Helping with the sponsorship is our way of making sure that all the fans that love our great game get a chance to share in the excitement that goes on at the park.”

     

    Minnesota Sports Federation’s Class C Men’s Fastpitch State Championship

    Written by Bob on July 30th, 2015
    The action will be fierce as teams battle for the Minnesota Sports Federation Class C Men's Fastpitch Championship, Aug. 7-9, at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota.

    The action will be fierce as teams battle for the Minnesota Sports Federation Class C Men’s Fastpitch Championship, Aug. 7-9, at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota.

    NORTH MANKATO, Minn.Caswell Park will be the scene of one of the most competitive Class C tournaments in the Midwest when 18 teams come to North Mankato for the Minnesota Sports Federation Class C Men’s Fastpitch Championship, Aug. 7-9.

    Championship action begins Friday night at 7 p.m. and concludes Sunday with the title game scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

    THE TEAMS

  • RFG, St. Paul
  • CCC, Hollywood
  • Premier Bank, Border League
  • Granite Community Bank, Freeport
  • Axle Grill, Freeport
  • Hills, Border League
  • Gallagher’s Bar, St. Paul
  • Hardwick, Border League
  • St. Paul Pawns
  • Rahn’s Oil, Freeport
  • Lester, Border League
  • Ellsworth, Border League
  • PJ’s, Heron Lake
  • Minn. Computers / Coasters Beer Garden, St. Paul
  • Castle Rock, St. Paul
  • Steen, Border League
  • New Ulm Schell’s / KNUJ, High Island
  • Cerro Gordo, Dawson
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    Perry Coonce, MSF State Commissioner
    perry@msf1.org
    Steve Ketter, Assistant MSF State Commissioner
    steve@msf1.org
    Ph: 952-405-6936

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    Suzy Q’s hosting men’s fastpitch tournament in August

    Written by Bob on July 30th, 2015

    CUSHING, Wisc. – Suzy Q’s Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held Aug. 21-23 in Cushing, which is located along the Wisconsin and Minnesota border northeast of Minneapolis. The small village is big in men’s fastpitch and is home to four men’s teams. All the tournaments held here are well run and popular, so enter your team while there’s an opening.

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    Remembering great fastpitch times with New Zealand pitcher Jim Wana (Seaman)

    Written by Bob on July 30th, 2015
    Jim Wana (Seaman) pitching in the 1995 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, where he was named a Second-Team, All-World pitcher for hurling the Broken Bow Travelers to sixth place. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Jim Wana (Seaman) pitching in the 1995 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, where he was named a Second-Team, All-World pitcher for hurling the Broken Bow Travelers to sixth place. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Jim Wana shares his memories of pitching in the ISC World Tournament, and the great pitchers, players and teams he competed against from 1987 to 1996.

    “Being a pitcher, I loved to watch pitchers ‘bring it.’ Pitchers like Peter Meredith, Brad Underwood, Darren Zack, Paul Magan…” – Jim Wana

    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – Even now, 18 years after his last appearance in the ISC World Tournament, Jim Wana can feel the adrenaline start to simmer when he thinks back on pitching against some of the greatest teams in the most prestigious men’s fastpich tournament in the world.

    “The ISC in my mind was the best tournament in the world,” said Wana, who was once known in fastpitch as Jimmy Seaman. “Back in the days when I played there was any number of teams that could have won the championship.”

    And Wana can lay claim to a few championships himself.

    Click to continue reading “Remembering great fastpitch times with New Zealand pitcher Jim Wana (Seaman)”

     

    Annual Ed McCormick Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Erie, PA

    Written by Bob on July 29th, 2015

    ERIE, Penn. – The host hotel for the Ed McCormick Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is the Avalon Hotel & Conference Center. Call Erica Roberts at (814) 459-2220 for information.

  • The ball field address for GPS: 1137 East. 11th St. Erie PA
  • Tournament Contact: Bill Hillhouse, tournament director: call or text 814.392.3369.
  • Pool A (Budweiser Division)

    NY Gremlins
    Toronto Gators
    Circle Tap
    Scarborough Force

    Pool B (Bud Light Division)

    Peligro Sports
    Bloomington Stix
    Hallman Twins
    Hill United Chiefs

    Field A
    9 a.m., Peligro vs. Hill U
    11 a.m., Gators vs. Scar. Force
    1 p.m., Gators vs. CT

    4 p.m., Stix vs. Hill U
    6 p.m., Gremlins vs. Gators
    8 p.m., Hill U vs. Hallman Twins

    Field B
    9 a.m., Stix vs. Hallman Twins
    11 a.m., Gremlins vs. CT
    1 p.m., Gremlins vs. Scarb. Force

    4 p.m., Peligro vs. Hallman Twins
    6 p.m., Scarb. Force vs. CT
    8 p.m., Stix vs. Peligro

    Sunday Playoffs
    8:30 a.m.
    #3 Pool A. vs #2 Pool B
    #2 Pool B vs. #3 Pool A

  • 10 a.m., Winners play #1 from each pool
  • 12 p.m, Championship
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    55th Annual Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Written by Bob on July 29th, 2015

    FIFE, Wash. – One of the best men’s fastpitch softball tournaments will unveil July 31-Aug.1 at Dacca Park in Fife, Washington.

    For those planning on watching some great fastpitch action in both the Open and Recreation divisions, please see the attached information to make your fan experience all the more enjoyable.

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