2014 NAFA World Series Book ready for preview

Written by Bob on July 3rd, 2015

YUCAIPA, Calif. – The 2014 NAFA World Series book contains 152 pages of championship game, feature, and Hall of Fame stories, and over 200 color photographs of the players and contributors that make the game so great…and much more.

 

United States defeats Denmark in final pool game of ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

Written by Bob on July 3rd, 2015
Nate Devine hit a bases-loaded triple to break open a tight game with Denmark in the 2015 ISF Men's World Softball Championship, July 2, at Bob Van Impe Stadium in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

Nate Devine hit a bases-loaded triple to break open a tight game with Denmark in the 2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship, July 2, at Bob Van Impe Stadium in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Nate Devine and Chris Miljavic drove in the runs, Josh Johnson (2-0) pitched his second win, and the United States defeated Denmark, 9-2, in the final game of Pool B to finish with a 4-3 record in the 2015 14th ISF Men’s World Softball Championship at Bob Van Impe Stadium, Thursday.

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Video: Police may investigate softball brawl (between Argentina and Great Britain)

Written by Bob on July 2nd, 2015

BY ANDREA HILL, THE STAR PHOENIX

SASKATOON – Fists flew at the WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship in Saskatoon on Thursday during a tense game between Great Britain and Argentina.

In the top of the sixth inning, with Argentina up 2-0, Argentinian pinch runner Juan Brandauer collided at home plate with Great Britain third baseman Darrin Newson, who fell to the ground. Punches were thrown as members of both teams flooded onto the field.

Argentinian players Brandauer and Nicolas Carril were ejected from the game, which resumed shortly after the brawl broke up.

Norman Ames, head coach for Great Britain, said three of his players were injured in the brawl, which he described as “a cheap shot.”

Outfielder Luke Peters was punched in the face, outfielder James Darby was spiked in the stomach and Newson was run over, he said.

“All I have to say is to apologize for the team. I’m sure these things should not happen,” Argentinian head coach Julio Gamarci said after the game, which Argentina won 2-0.

“Unfortunately, the players sometimes get too emotional and they can’t control themselves in a situation like that. Not only my players. Sometimes these things happen, even in pro baseball it happens. Always it’s a shame because it’s hurting the game.”

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Canada clinches first place in pool

Written by Bob on July 2nd, 2015

BY SCOTT LARSON, THE STAR PHOENIX
JULY 2, 2015

SASKATOON – The Canadian national softball team is knocking their goals off as fast as they are downing their opponents.

Canada ran their record to 6-0 at the WBSC World Men’s Softball Championship with an 11-1 win over Great Britain Wednesday and in the process wrapped up first place in Pool A. Canada plays the Philippines Thursday to finish round robin play before moving into the playoff round on Friday against the secondplace team in Pool B.

“Our first goal was to make the playoffs,” Canadian head coach John Stuart said. “Second goal was to get that double seed (finishing in the top two in the pool). Third was to finish first in our pool and our final goal is to get into that gold medal game.”

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Folkard and Australia overpower USA in ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

Written by Bob on July 2nd, 2015

folkard Adam Folkard held the United States two one hit in Australia’s 8-0 victory, Wednesday, in Pool B of the 2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship.

SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Give the world’s best fastpitch pitcher a couple of runs and odds are the game’s over. Give him two field goals and a safety and it’s guaranteed.

The United States did just that and came up on the short end of an 8-0 loss to Australia and its dominating right-hander Adam Folkard on Wednesday. Folkard is considered by many fastpitch experts as the best pitcher in the game today.

In the second inning, Mark Harris provided all the run support Folkard would need when he blasted a grand-slam home run over the left field fence that turned a close one-run game into a 5-0 blowout.

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Hollywood Wild West Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, huge payout

Written by Bob on July 2nd, 2015

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WATERTOWN, Minn. – “Chopper’s Annual July Tournament,” one of the longest and best run men’s fastpitch tournaments in Minnesota will be held, July 10-12, at the Hollywood Sports Complex in Watertown.

The tournament is organized around NAFA rules

  • Entry fee $250
  • Four games guaranteed
  • All NAFA classes included: A, A-Major, AA and AA-Major
  • Sunday includes two divisions A and B depending on team record
  • $1,000 1st place in A division
  • $350 1st place B division
  • Free camping available for RV’s, trailers or tents
  • The bar offers great food and your favorite beverages
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    Chopper Lammers 763-274-8911
    Minnesota Computers Fastpitch SoftballRichard Quigley 612-749-7490

    Hollywood Sports Complex
    15950 County Road 122, Watertown, MN 55388
    (952) 955-2424
    joeswartzer@hollywoodsportscomplex.com

     

    Disastrous miscues lead to USA loss to Venezuela in ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

    Written by Bob on July 1st, 2015

    SASKATOON, SK, Canada – Late Tuesday night the United States men’s national softball team was probably frustrated and angry and thinking that they had just lost a game they should have won.

    And they had good reason for such feelings.

    Team USA saw victory slip away as Venezuela took advantage of walks, passed balls and wild pitches to escape with a 3-2 win in Pool B of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship at Bob Van Impe Stadium.

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    Teen making his mark with New Zealand Black Sox

    Written by Bob on June 30th, 2015
    Team New Zealand infielder Cole Evans hits a grounder against the Philippines during the Men's World Softball Championships at Bob Van Imp park on Monday. Photograph by: Liam Richards, The Star Phoenix

    Team New Zealand infielder Cole Evans hits a grounder against the Philippines during the Men’s World Softball Championships at Bob Van Imp park on Monday. Photograph by: Liam Richards, The Star Phoenix

    BY SCOTT LARSON, THE STAR PHOENIX

    SASKATOON, SK, Canada – When New Zealand’s Cole Evans came in to pinch hit against Canada on the weekend at the WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship, it looked to be a tough situation for a 17-year-old rookie.

    The score was tied 0-0 in the fifth inning and New Zealand’s Black Sox had men on first and second with two out. Evans put a charge into a ball that had to be reeled in by a Canadian outfielder at the fence to keep the game tied. Canada would go on to win the game 2-1 but Evans showed at such a tender age he belonged at this level.

    “I got in there looking for a good pitch to hit,” he said. “I thought, ‘You only get three strikes in an at bat so you take the most of each pitch that comes down. He threw a drop ball and I saw the drop spin, had a swing and came up just a bit short. But a strikeout or a pop out to the outfield is the same result.”

    Evans is the second youngest player to don the senior men’s uniform. It just so happens the youngest player ever is Mark Sorenson, who is now New Zealand’s head coach.

    “He’s on the team because he has earned his spot,” said Sorenson, who played on the national team as a 16-yearold.

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    Critical games remaining for Team USA in the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship

    Written by Bob on June 30th, 2015

    antonio.mancha.44 Tony Mancha will be counted on to help lead the United States into the medal-round of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship.

    SASKATOON, SK, CANADA – The United States has three games remaining in Pool B of the ISF Men’s World Softball Championship. Two will be as tough as they come, while the final game Team USA should win. But we all know how that can go.

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    2015 ISF Men’s World Softball Championship photos by The Star Phoenix of Saskatoon

    Written by Bob on June 30th, 2015

    ISF Photos.1lr Team Canada infielder Ian Fehrman looks to the umpire to see if he tagged Team New Zealand outfielder Ben Enoka during the 14th Men’s World Softball Championship at Bob Van Impe field, June 28, 2015.

    SASKATOON, SK, CANADA – Look and enjoy some terrific World Softball Championships photos taken at Bob Van Impe Stadium and Gordon Howe Softball Stadium in Saskatoon by photojournalists of the Star Phoenix newspaper.

    A cap tip to Al Doran of Al’s Fastball for providing the information.

     
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