Calling all 2016 NAFA Hall of Fame inductees

Written by Bob on July 13th, 2016
The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit 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 for information to register your team.

YUCAIPA, Calif. – Congratulations to the class of 2016 NAFA Hall of Fame inductees. Your membership in this exclusive class of individuals places you with the “best of the best” in the history of the North American Fastpitch Association since its founding in 1993.

Hall of Famers we need information from you to make your induction a ringing success and one you will remember: (Requested by NAFA Executive Director Benji Hedgecock).

  • At what 2016 NAFA World Series would you like to be inducted?
  • What is your coat size?
  • Who will make your induction speach?
  • Please provide a biography of your career. (See Bob Otto request below)
  • Send information to Benjie Hedgecock.
    503-559-5398 cell
    503-864-4487 work
    fax 503-864-3939
    PO Box 566 Dayton, Or, 97114

    I’ve been asked to write biographies of each of the inductees. I’ve created a questionaire to help us accomplish this goal. If you want me to write your bio, respond by email (address below) and I will send you a questionnaire. The NAFA World Series is less than a month away, so your response must be ASAP for me to get this done.

    The 2016 Hall of Fame Class


  • Steve Komoroski, Wisc.

  • Doug Smith, New Jersey

  • Kyle Goslee, Minn.
  • Chad Osterman, Minn.
  • Colin McKenzie, BC, Canada
  • Trevor Knight, Wash.
  • Duane Clarkson, Manitoba, Canada
  • Mario Pereira, Calif.
  • Thank You,
    Bob Otto


    Memories of 1970s Mankato State Men’s Intramural Fastpitch League

    Written by Bob on July 12th, 2016


    1998 St. Paul Oldtimers Fastpitch Hall of Fame Inductees
    Front row, from left, Gene Berglund, Jerry O’Connor Jr., George “Buzz” Connor, Jack Clemens, Kathleen Gallagher Schmidt. Back row, from left, Russell Hansen, Norm Thurmer, Whitey Schaffer, Randy Walker, Dan Gallagher and Pat Gallagher.

    MANKATO, Minn. – In the fall of 1972, I enrolled at Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota (since changed to Minnesota State University).

    I didn’t know at the time, but I was about to meet and compete against some of the best young fastpitch pitching talent in the state and upper midwest.

    Starting their college educational journey with me at the time were Craig Brown, Bob Chicos, Dave Cummings and Randy Walker. We were all in our early 20s and very passionate about our chosen sport.

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    48th Annual West St. Paul Tournament

    Written by Bob on July 12th, 2016


    WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – Under the direction of Wayne Ball, the 48th Annual West St Paul Invitational Fastpitch Tournament will be held July 15-17 at the
    West St. Paul Sports Complex.


    Tournament Director: Wayne Ball
    Phone Number: 651-457-3933

    Kegel Black Knights, ND
    Circle Tap, Wisc.
    Tin Cup, Minn.
    Eau Claire, Wisc.
    Gallaghers, Minn.
    Len’s Auto, Minn.
    Rice Lake Orangemen, Wisc.
    The Bar, Wisc.
    Odin Fastpitch, Minn.
    Jordan Realty, Minn.
    West Fargo Threshers, ND
    New Ulm, Minn.
    Duluth, Minn.
    Ostrander, Minn.


    Final SCIFL Alliance Tournament in Santa Fe Springs

    Written by Bob on July 12th, 2016


    From Jesse Ortiz / SCIFL President

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The final Alliance tournament of the year will be held on July 30-31, 2016 at Little Lake Park, CA. Teams interested in participating need to reply via-email at by Sunday, July 17, 2016.

    Once the fields are paid additional adjustments will not be allowed, so if you want to participate make sure to reply by email before the deadline.

    Let’s finish the year strong and try to get as many teams as possible to participate. This will help prepare teams going to the NAFA World Series at Caswell Park in Mankato and North Mankato, Minnesota, Aug. 11-21.

    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President


    Masters Teams Will Battle In SCIFL Tournament In Santa Fe Springs

    Written by Bob on July 12th, 2016


    Masters Playoffs

    The schedule is set for the SCIFL Masters Tournament, Saturday, July 16 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs.

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The SCIFL Masters Tournament schedule is now set with the format a two-game round robin followed by a modified double elimination similar to Carson City (NAFA World Series).

    SCIFLis a non-profit organization that only receives funds from the entry fee teams pay to cover the expenses of running a tournament. Once a team commits to the tournament the expenses are calculated and the field rentals are paid in advance. If a team has committed and then decides to drop out of the tournament, for any reason, they will be subject to the entry fee to cover expenses. The fees will need to be paid prior to any future SCIFL and NAFA tournaments to avoid the team’s roster (players) from suspension. SCIFL will take the team’s roster from the last tournament the team played and will place it on a suspension list if the cancellation fee is not paid. This means players from that team will not be able to play in any SCIFL and NAFA tournaments until the cancellation fee is paid, so please make sure when you commit you are committed to playing in the tournament.

    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President


    USA! USA! USA!

    Written by Bob on July 10th, 2016

    By Jim Rueda / Mankato Free Press

    MANKATO, Minn. – It’s not your typical summer job. In fact, it’s not even a paid position.

    But for three south-central Minnesota natives, it’s a unique opportunity.

    Steve Nessler of Mankato, Jeff Lewis of Amboy and Isaac Hormann of Norwood Young America have been named to the USA Men’s Junior (under-19) fastpitch team which begins play at the International Softball Federation World Championships later this month.

    Steve Nessler’s dad, Dan Nessler, who was recently named the head coach of the Bethany Lutheran women’s softball program, will serve as an assistant coach for the team.

    “I’m excited,” said Lewis, the youngest of the three players at 17. “My dad was a big fastpitch player and so was my brother, so I’ve been around it my whole life. I look at this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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    Explosive Fargo Bombers Take Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Written by Bob on July 10th, 2016

    BombersMVPsMeshke.3lr Jace Holm, left, was selected the Most Valuable Player and Brent Meshke was named to the All-Tournament team for helping the Fargo Bombers win the Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 9-10. Photo 2015 NAFA World Series / By Sheryl Meshke, Lake Crystal, Minn.

    Courtesy of Mike Groch / Rice Lake Orangemen

    WATERTOWN, Minn. – The Fargo Bombers went 6-0 to claim the Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. The Bombers defeated Minnesota Computers, Rice Lake Orangemen and Lens Auto in pool play Saturday. Then on Sunday in the single elimination playoffs, Fargo beat Dawson, Rice Lake and Odin to claim the championship.

      THE MVP
  • Most Valuable Player, Jace Holm, Fargo Bombers
  • Brian Waldvogel, Minnesota Computers
  • Joe Ganther, Len’s Auto
  • Nick Leach, Len’s Auto
  • John Hohenstein, Odin, Minn.
  • Brent Meshke, Odin, Minn.
  • Dan Gallagher, PBI
  • Jerry Ball, PBI
  • Mike Groch, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • Bryce Ducharme, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • Brent Rohlik, RFG
  • Chad Feikema, RFG
  • Justin Jager, Dawson
  • Great weekend and hats off to the staff at the Hollywood Sports Complex for putting on a great tournament atmosphere and dealing with the puddles of water on the fields Sunday. Saturday was perfect but the fields got poured on saturday night and sunday morning.

    Mike Groch
    White Glove Cleaning


    Golf Tournament to help send Beaumont Coyotes to NAFA World Series

    Written by Bob on July 7th, 2016

    BEAUMONT, Calif. – The Beaumont Coyotes men’s fastpitch team is heading to North Mankato / Mankato, Minnesota for the 2016 NAFA World Series, Aug. 18-21, to compete for an A Division championship.

    But it takes money to send a team from the West Coast to the Midwest, so the Coyotes under the direction of Manager David Valdivia, Jr. are hosting a golf tournament at one of the finest golf courses in Southern California: Golden Era Golf Course near the cities of San Jacinto and Hemet.

    So golfers, enjoy a day on the course at a very reasonable cost with the chance to win awards and contests. See the flyer for complete information.

  • Call your golfing friends and join in on the fun!
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    Hollywood Sports Complex Hosting Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Written by Bob on July 7th, 2016


    WATERTOWN, Minn. – Eight teams will battle it out for the championship of the popular Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, July 9-10, in Watertown, Minnesota. Saturday features round robin play, with a single elimination playoff on Sunday.

    The Teams

  • Odin Fastpitch
  • Fargo, ND
  • Minnesota Computers
  • Len’s Automotive
  • Rice Lake Orangemen
  • PBI
  • Dawson
  • RFG
  • Hollywood Sports Complex is located about 40 miles west of Minneapolis. Click for Directions

    For more information, visit the Hollywood Sports Complex website.

    Tournament Schedule



    SCIFL Alliance Schedule for Saturday, July 9

    Written by Bob on July 6th, 2016


    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League is hosting a one-day Alliance tournament, Saturday, July 9 at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs.

    Game Schedule

    070916-SCIFL Games

    Jesse Ortiz
    SCIFL President

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