Umpires sport new uniforms at Wanderoos Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Written by Bob on August 20th, 2014

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Photo and caption By Gary Johnston

This photo was taken during the Wanderoos (Wisc.) Men’s Fastpitch Tournament with the umpires wearing some creatively designed uniforms.

From left to right: Jeremy England (Softball New Zealand), Jesse Delorit (yes, that Jesse Delorit, making his umpiring debut – did a fine job too), Steve Vail, Gary Johnston, Rob Durand.

The uniforms were well received by the players and fans but didn’t really work because they knew where we were at all times.

The logo on the shirt is an umpire mask with ‘Wanderoos World Tourney’ above and below. Shirts were sent back with Jeremy for his fellow New Zealand umpires who have worked the tournament in the past.

This years’ tournament was a bit different as we had a couple less teams. The resulting format was a round robin with single elimination playdowns on Sunday instead of the straight double elimination tourney that it normally is.

For the first time I can ever remember, the games stayed pretty much on time all weekend and we avoided going into the wee hours on Saturday night. Unfortunately, less stories created.

 

Celebrating The Life of Milt Stark

Written by Bob on August 20th, 2014

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – On Saturday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m., a celebration of the life of Milt Start, former ISC Executive Director, ISC Hall of Fame member, esteemed educator, and beloved family man and friend to many, will take place.

Milt, 82, died July 24 peacefully at his home in Anaheim.

The celebration will be held at Rose Drive Friends Church, 4221 Rose Drive, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Sincerely,
Diana Stark,
714-998-0432

 

Bats heat up and blast Bowen Fastpitch to NAFA World Series A Division Championship

Written by Bob on August 18th, 2014
WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! The Bowen Fastpitch team includes Corey Ramsey, Jack Carlisle, Shawn Altgilbers, Brody Gronewold, Tony Koehler, Derek Van Fleet, Austin Ramsey, Josh Gronewold, Matt Kissinger, Andy Gronewold, Collin Dooley, Brian Jansen, Austin Hardy, Greg Dowdall, and manager Rocco Ramsey, front row center. Photo By BOB OTTO

WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! The Bowen Fastpitch team includes Corey Ramsey, Jack Carlisle, Shawn Altgilbers, Brody Gronewold, Tony Koehler, Derek Van Fleet, Austin Ramsey, Josh Gronewold, Matt Kissinger, Andy Gronewold, Collin Dooley, Brian Jansen, Austin Hardy, Greg Dowdall, and manager Rocco Ramsey, front row center. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – About the fifth inning Rocco Ramsey felt confident his Bowen Fastpitch team was starting to find their groove at the plate.

Down 9-0, Bowen had erupted for five runs in the fifth inning of the first of two games that would decide the NAFA World Series A Division Championship.

Even though Bowen went on to lose 9-6 to Rude Pac of So. Calif. in that first game; it was in that fifth inning that Ramsey said to himself that his young team – seven under the age of 23 – would be just fine in the winner-take-all title game.

And indeed they were as Bowen blasted its way to a 22-11 victory to claim the A Division title.

“I really felt that in the fifth inning of that first game that our bats were back,” said Ramsey, a NAFA Hall of Fame manager and promoter. “I had a gut feeling it would carry over into the championship. Their pitchers were tired and we got on to them.”

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Kegel / Minnesota Computers holds off Waseda University of Japan to claim NAFA 23-Under World Series Championship

Written by Bob on August 18th, 2014
BEST 23-UNDER PITCHERS: Jim Hartman, left, of Kegel / Minnesota Computers and Waseda University Maroon's Toshihiro Matsuki, shared the Co-Most Valuable Pitcher award for the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division. Photo By BOB OTTO

BEST 23-UNDER PITCHERS: Jim Hartman, left, of Kegel / Minnesota Computers and Waseda University Maroon’s Toshihiro Matsuki, shared the Co-Most Valuable Pitcher award for the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – It just seemed the natural order to come down to this. Two evenly matched ball clubs with rosters filled with talent, battling for a championship.

And in the championship playoffs of the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division, that’s exactly what happened.

The game matched two countries that would play each other three times during the tournament.

The United States represented by Kegel / Minnesota Computers was a combined team from Minnesota and North Dakota.

And representing Japan was Waseda University Maroon that traveled by air and land over 6,000 miles from Tokyo to Moline, Illinois to play in the best 23-Under young men’s fastpitch tournament in the world.

The two ball clubs met in earlier pool play, with Waseda blasting Kegel / Minn. Computers 8-0.

    TWO GREAT GAMES

But in the end, Kegel / Minn. Computers would come out on top by taking the championship in two games.

On Sunday afternoon in front of the largest crowd of the World Series, Kegel / Minn. Computers scored its first win on a dramatic walk-off RBI single by Kurtis Tomkins for a 6-5 victory.

The loss was the first for Waseda, which had won five consecutive games in pool play and the playoffs by a 52-1 differential.

Now, with one loss each, a second game would decide the championship.

And again, Kegel / Minn. Computers pulled out a thriller, this time 3-2, to give them its second consecutive 23-Under NAFA World Series championship.

The game was thrilling from the first to last pitch and both managers praised the play of their opponent and of their own team.

“They are a great team,” said Kegel / Minnesota Computers manager Richard Quigley about Waseda University. “This was the most talented team I’ve coached since 1994 (when his Scandia, Minn. team finished fifth in the ASA Class A National Championship).

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Kegel / Minnesota Computers scores a walk off win over Japan

Written by Bob on August 17th, 2014

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – In one of the most exciting games in NAFA World Series history of the 23-Under championship tournament, Kegel / Minnesota Computers defeated Waseda University Maroon of Tokyo, Japan, 6-5, on a walk-off single up the middle by Kurtis Tompkins.

Kegel scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to take the win.

Derek Meshke led off by beating out an infield single, then after a strikeout, Zane Van Leshart launched a triple into the right, centerfield gap that rolled to the fence, scoring the tying run, and setting up Tompkins game winner.

Jim Hartman, pitching in back-to-back games, got the win on an eight-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks that forces a second winner-take-all championship since both teams have one loss.

    RUDE PAC’S OFFENSE SCORING BIG

In the championship game of the A Division, Rude Pac leads undefeated Bowen Fastpitch 6-0 in the fourth. If Rude Pac wins, the two ball teams will have one loss each, forcing a second game for the title.

 

Rude Pac downs Wright Way Tree Service to advance to losers bracket final

Written by Bob on August 17th, 2014

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – Rude Pac of So. Calif. defeated Wright Way Tree Service of Michigan, 7-6, to advance to the losers bracket final against Oscar’s of Omaha.

Rude Pac had six hits, while Wright Way pounded out nine hits and scored all six of its runs in the third inning; with six of those hits in the third.

Left-hander Josh Sargeant went the distance to pick up the win with three strikeouts, along with the nine hits. Rude Pac scored four runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and one in the fifth – the game winner – on Dave Damaio’s double, scoring Ruben Lopez, who walked.

Wright Way Tree Service finishes fourth in the 44-team NAFA A Division tournament with a 4-2 record.

…Rude Pac leads Oscar’s 4-0 in the second, highlighted by Ruben Lopez’s three-run homer.

(Statistics currently not available for Rude Pac and Wright Way game.)

 

California beats California in NAFA World Series A-Division playoffs

Written by Bob on August 17th, 2014
TURNING THE DP! Rude Pac  shortstop Andy Martinez turns the double play to end the game as he gets the throw off to first base ahead of the sliding Michael Romero, who led off the seventh for the Pala Braves with a single. Photo By BOB OTTO

TURNING THE DP! Rude Pac shortstop Andy Martinez turns the double play to end the game as he gets the throw off to first base ahead of the sliding Michael Romero, who led off the seventh for the Pala Braves with a single. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – Rude Pac of So. Calif. held on for a 3-2 win over fellow So. California neighbor the Pala Braves in Sunday morning losers bracket play.

The win moves Rude Pac (5-1) against Wright Way Tree Service of Michigan, which beat Priority Mortgage, also of Michigan, 9-3. The winner of this game advances to play Oscar’s of Omaha later today in the losers bracket final.

Rude Pac got a complete game from Ron Mizener, who struck out five, while allowing two runs on seven hits.

With the score tied two-all in the fourth, Rude Pac scored the winning run on Scott Pulcifer’s sacrifice fly to deep right field that scored Dave Demaio, who led of the inning with walk.

Rude Pac dropped a tough decision to Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois in the winners bracket final on an error. But manager and sponsor, Rudy Montanez likes the way his ball club has rebounded from that tough loss.

“We have confidence,” said Montanez, who formed the ball club in 2005. “It didn’t shake us up or rattle us. We just picked each other up. This is the most complete ball club I’ve had in a long time.”

Rude Pac scored two runs in the third to take the early lead on Chris Paiva’s triple that scored David Carrillo, who reached safely on a single. Paiva later scored on a passed ball for the second run.

The Braves scored one run in the fourth on Marcus Orozco’s home run, and added their final run in the sixth on Eloy Montoyo’s RBI single.

Pala (8-2) finishes the 44-team tournament tied for fifth with Priority Mortgage.

Pala had Jason Obregon and Cody Maxcy selected to the All-World team, along with pitcher Nate Dondero who won seven games and was selected Co-Most Valuable Pitcher.

 

Santa Barbara defeats Waseda University White to advance in NAFA 23-Under World Series

Written by Bob on August 17th, 2014

Waseda University White of Tokyo, Japan, bows in respect before fast pitch fans and the Young Bucks team after dropping a close 5-3 game, Sunday morning. Photo By BOB OTTO

Waseda University White of Tokyo, Japan, bows in respect before fast pitch fans and the Young Bucks team after dropping a close 5-3 game, Sunday morning. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – Beating the Japanese at fast pitch requires understanding how they play softball, said Santa Barbara Young Bucks coach, Clyde Bennett.

Bennett seemed to have his coaching strategy in tact when his ball club met Waseda University White of Tokyo, Japan in Sunday’s play down toward the NAFA World Series 23-Under championship.

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NAFA 23-Under World Series enters championship Sunday

Written by Bob on August 17th, 2014

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – The big question: Can anyone in the NAFA World Series 23-Under tournament beat Waseda University Maroon of Tokyo, Japan?

So far none of the young men’s teams have. Waseda Maroon (5-0) sits alone waiting to play in Sunday’s championship scheduled for Sunday at 1:15 p.m.

Five teams remain in contention for another shot at Waseda, including the university’s White team that takes on The Santa Barbara Young Bucks at 8 a.m., along with Bowen Fastpitch meeting Mid America Advertising, also at 8 a.m.

Waiting for the survivor of those battles is Kegel / Minnesota Computers that lost of Waseda Maroon, Saturday.

See the NAFA 23-Under Bracket for details.

 

Bowen Fastpitch reaches NAFA World Series A-Division championship

Written by Bob on August 17th, 2014
Tony Koehler won his fifth game for Bowen Fastpitch over Oscar's in the winners bracket final of the NAFA World Series A Division tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

Tony Koehler won his fifth game for Bowen Fastpitch over Oscar’s in the winners bracket final of the NAFA World Series A Division tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – Year after year Rocco Ramsey keeps bringing ball clubs to the NAFA World Series and enters them in the 23-Under, A and Masters divisions.

The highest his Bowens Fastpitch teams have ever finished was fifth back in 2004.

But that’s about to be eclipsed.

On a late Saturday night, Bowen Fastpitch defeated Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille of Omaha 10-3 to advance into Sunday’s NAFA World Series A-Division championship game.

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