Top Masters Teams Battle for Six NAFA World Series Championships

Written by Bob on August 29th, 2014
Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the NAFA A-Division tournament, Aug. 16. Just like Rocco, this weekend Masters Division managers in six divisions will be celebrating championships in the 60-Over, 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over, 40-Over, and 35-Over tournaments 7 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill. Photo By BOB OTTO

Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the NAFA A-Division tournament, Aug. 16. Just like Rocco, this weekend Masters Division managers in six divisions will be celebrating championships in the 60-Over, 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over, 40-Over, and 35-Over tournaments 7 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill. Photo By BOB OTTO

Don’t Miss the Final Exciting Weekend of NAFA Fastpitch Tournaments in the Quad Cities on September 5 – 7 at Green Valley Sports Complex

By Lynn Hunt / Media Contact
309-737-5402

Quad Cities – After two weekends of World Series A and AA Division tournaments, and the World Series U-23 and U-19 Divisions, the National American Fastpitch Association will close out the tournament action with the long awaited Master Series featuring players age 35 and up.

All games will be played September 5-7 at Green Valley Sports Complex, located at 5920 52nd Street in Moline.

During the World Series A and AA Division Tournaments that took place August 7-10, The Halifax Pepperjacks of Nova Scotia double dipped the Lloydminster Dodgers of Alberta, Canada for the AA Title, and The Roseville Eagles of California went undefeated in the A-Major Division beating the Stoneyard of Wisconsin in the final game.

This tournament was followed by the World Series U-23 and A divisions on August 14-16. The Bowen FP of Illinois beat the Rude PAC of California for the 2014 NAFA A World Series and Minnesota Computers / Kegel of Minnesota and North Dakota beat Waseda University Maroon from Tokyo, Japan for the U-23 World Series.

Two local teams will play in the Master Series on September 5-7, the Pint’s of Iowa and Illinois coached by Ron Foster and the Lampliter team of Iowa coached by Rick Kahl.

“This is the final week for the NAFA Tournaments in the Quad Cities, and this has been the best hosted event in NAFA history,” said Benjie Hedgecock, NAFA Executive Director. “The staff at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, Moline Park and Recreation and Rock Island Park and Recreation have been key to success of these tournaments and we look forward to coming back again in 2015.”

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ASA 40-Over & 60-Over men’s fastpitch national tournaments in Lodi, Calif.

Written by Bob on August 28th, 2014

classic.844LR Don’t miss out on men’s fastpitch action designed for masters players starting at 40-over in Lodi, Calif., Sept. 25-28. Photo By BOB OTTO

By MATTHEW J. PFEIFER / ASA Commissioner
Greater San Joaquin Softball Association (GSJSA)

LODI, Calif. – The ASA men’s age 40-Over and 60-Over fastpitch national championships will be held in Lodi, Calif., Sept. 25-28.

Lodi is located in central California, just north of Stockton and south of Sacramento.

Teams are encouraged to enter into the two tournaments that will crown National Champions in each of the age classifications. Deadline for entering is set for Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.

Please review the flyers for tournament information and contact Matthew Pfeifer for additional information.

ASA 40-Older Flyer
ASA 60-Older Flyer
Visit GSJSA
ASA National Championships

Thank You,
Matthew J. Pfeifer
ASA Commissioner
Greater San Joaquin Softball Association
mpgsjmcmsrr@aol.com
Business: (209) 484-5036
Home: (209) 952-8055
Fax: (209) 952-8373

 

Back Up, Back Up, Back Up…

Written by Bob on August 27th, 2014

Which I didn’t do.

Failing to follow the advice I give to other photographers, I didn’t back up the photos I took at the 2014 NAFA World Series on a portable drive.

And three days after the tournament ended my Macbook laptop won’t turn on. And of course that’s where all the photos are stored.

According to a Mac repair person the logic board is the culprit and is very costly to fix. Upwards of $500 or more. And the computer is worth less than that.

So until further notice don’t ask for photos. I have none to give nor sell.

If I decide to fix the computer and recover the photos, I’ll let you know.

For you photogs, I repeat: back up those irreplaceable photos.

“And do as I say, not as I do.”

 

NAFA World Series East & West Masters Men’s Fastpitch hosting huge tournaments

Written by Bob on August 21st, 2014

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By BENJIE HEDGECOCK, NAFA Executive Director

DAYTON, Ore. – Over 75 Teams are preparing for the NAFA Masters East & West World Series tournaments.

The East tournament will be held in the Quad Cities at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill., Sept 5-7.

The event features teams competing for championships in the age divisions of 35-Older, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60.

Check the list of Quad Cities hotels.

And on the west coast, Carson City, Nev. will be the tournament site for ages 40-older, 45, 50, and 60 from Sept. 12-14.

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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.)

 
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