The Fenstermachers carry on the legacy of the fastpitch family

Written by Bob on May 2nd, 2015
The Fenstermacher fastpitch family of sons Zac, left,  and Jacob, daughter Maia, with father Bart.

The Fenstermacher fastpitch family of sons Zac, left, and Jacob, daughter Maia, with father Bart.

KUTZTOWN, Penn. – Throughout the history of men’s fastpitch, fathers have brought their sons into the sport. And it’s still happening across the country today – generation upon generation.

In Idaho, there’s the Alders, with father Greg and son Shane anchoring the Boise RiverDogs. And into Washington, we find Dan Kolda and his three sons Rick, Mike and Ryan playing together on K-Club.

Heading northeast into Minnesota, we learn that Duke Nessler introduced his three boys to fastpitch in the 1970s – Jeff, Randy and Dan. And now Dan has his son Steven playing who is a member of the USA Junior Men’s National Team.

Winding our way south into Missouri we meet Eric Lewis, who with his sons Craig and Jacob, have won ASA boys’ national championships.

And traveling east to Kutztown, Pennsylvania, we come upon the Fenstermachers. As with the Alders and Koldas, Lewis’s and Nesslers, the Fenstermachers is a family with a distinguished fastpitch legacy.

Father Bart, 47, brought his boys Zac, 25, and Jacob, 22, into the sport when they were young boys. And eagerly waiting to join her dad and brothers is three-year-old Maia.

Zac Fenstermacher, 25, at shortstop helped the Bedford Rays finish third in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A-Division.

Zac Fenstermacher, 25, at shortstop helped the Bedford Rays finish third in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A-Division.

Proud of their kids’ venture into the fastpitch game? You bet say mother Erin and Bart.

“It’s awesome to have the opportunity to travel and play a sport you love and spend time with your boys,” said Bart, who began playing fastpitch at 22. “(They) started as pinch runners on some of my teams, and Zac had his first at bat when he was 14 years old.”

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Former Team Canada champ and sister giving their time to the Pan Am Games

Written by Bob on April 30th, 2015

By Mary Beth Hartill / Bracebridge Examiner

BRACEBRIDGE — The excitement is brewing for Team Canada’s men’s softball at the Pan Am Games and a pair of Bracebridge siblings is hoping to bear witness to a gold-medal win.

Former Team Canada softball pitcher Michael Crawford and his sister Susan Crawford of Bracebridge will be giving up their vacation time to volunteer at the 2015 games in Toronto this summer.

Susan will be serving as a team host crewmember for the Team Canada Ladies’ Softball team and Michael will be one of two supervisors looking after the softball diamonds throughout the games.

“I really don’t know what to expect,” said Susan. “I’m excited about going and being a part of it because I’ve played softball for so long that it will be really neat to see it at such a high level.”

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Al Doran, a pioneer in men’s fastball

Written by Bob on April 30th, 2015

“Al Doran literally changed the game of fastball when he got involved. He became the focal point for fastball news. The game has never been the same since.” – Blair Setford

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RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – In the world of fastball, Al Doran is known as a visionary, a game changer, a technology expert. And if you were to fix a title on him, “Friend of Fastball,” fits pretty well.

For he certainly has been that and more; especially to the International Softball Congress (ISC) and legions of fastball fans worldwide.

His ball diamond exploits won’t win him much fame. He played fastball as a teenager and adult, and he coached boys and girls’ fastball in Toronto.

But off the field?

That’s where he’s made his mark. Doran has nearly 50 years of experience in the design, development and application of computer-based information systems.

    SPREADING THE FASTBALL WORD

Back in 1995, he saw that fastball had a major problem: It had very little Internet presence. So he took his professional expertise, turned to fastball and basically said: let me help you broadcast fastball news and market this wonderful sport on the Internet.

“I decided to do something because no one in the media, with the exception of Bob Tomlinson and his Fastpitch Chronicle was talking about the sport,” said Doran. “But the Chronicle often took months to get to subscribers and by then a tournament in your own town could be over, and almost no one knew about it.”

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K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Written by Bob on April 25th, 2015

1995-FarmMillerToyota.2web Don’t miss out on all the great action and competition at the 4th Annual K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Moses Lake, Washington.

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – For the fourth consecutive year, the K-Club Men’s Fastpitch team is hosting its tournament that is open to teams classified as NAFA A-AA, and ASA C and B. Here’s the details.

CONTACTS
Mike Kolda, Tournament Director: 509-770-0886; MIKEKOLDA@hotmail.com
Rick Kolda, Asst. Tournament Director: 360-271-0845
2015 K-Club Tournament Flier

LOCATION

  • (Map) Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex in Moses Lake
  • DATE

  • June 6-7
  • FORMAT

  • Four game guarantee
  • Three game round robin Saturday
  • Single elimination on Sunday
  • Third place game
  • SANCTION

  • NAFA A-AA
  • ASA C-B
  • AWARDS

  • First, second and third place
  • Tournament MVP
  • All-Tournament team
  • EVENTS

  • 50/50 $$ raffle
  • HOST BUSINESS

  • Papa’s Sports Lounge & Casino
  • Ten Pin Brewery
  • HOTEL

  • See Hotel Flyer
  • ENTRY FEE
    $400

     

    Taft Buzzards Qualify to Fight for World Championship

    Written by Bob on April 24th, 2015

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    The 2015 Taft Buzzards men’s fastpitch team. Courtesy Photo / Matthew Davis

    By Karnese Owens / Reporter

    TAFT, Calif. – Taft’s very own Men’s Softball Fastpitch team, the Buzzards, has qualified to fight for the title of a NAFA World Series championship! The Taft Buzzards is a team compiled of mostly Taft natives.

    On April 12, 2015, the Buzzards went 5-0 to win a 16-team (Las Vegas Road Trip VIII) tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada which qualified them to play in the NAFA World Series in Moline, Illinois. This tournament will take place in August, and the Buzzards will be competing against teams from all over the world.

    The Buzzard’s line up consists of pitchers Ron Mizener, Alan Miller, and Rob Davis, all from Taft. Matt Davis, also from Taft, plays catcher.

    Other position players from Taft include: Buddy Owens, Eddie Martin, Luke Shelby, Sam Veach, and Jeremiah Twisselman. Additional players include Kacy Aakus, of Bakersfield; as well as Nate Hiromerides, Phil Hiromerides, Tyler McGaughey, and Keith Herbster of Santa Barbara. The coaches are Rudy Montanez of Los Angeles and Dan Willingham, another Taft native.

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    37th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Written by Bob on April 22nd, 2015

    NAFA.logo Please see forms for complete information about the Rice Lake Invitational: Invitational Flier 2015, Invitational Past Champions, Invitational Rules, Loren Lathrop Letter, Roster Form, Local Motels

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – For 36 years Rice Lake has hosted a men’s fastpitch tournament. And 2015 promises the tournament to be just as popular and competitive as those past wonderful years. Here’s the details.

    Team Classification: NAFA eligible divisions: AA, A-Major and A
    The Dates: June 19-21
    Format: NAFA, three-game guarantee
    Entry Fee: $210 payable to Rice Lake Orangemen Fastpitch
    (Send separate check for $35 to Wisconsin NAFA if year 2015 NAFA team registration is desired. This is not required for invitational entry.)

    Rosters:Teams must list a maximum of 18 players on their roster. Rosters MUST be completely filled out and MUST be submitted with the tournament entry fee for a team to be accepted.

    Awards:

  • 1st $600 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
  • 2nd $450 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
  • 3rd $300 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
  • 4th $150 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
  • Individual Awards: Trophies for MVP and All-Tournament team selections

    Mail Check:
    Rice Lake Orangemen
    P.O. Box 202
    Rice Lake, WI 54868

    PLEASE NOTE: Teams not registered with NAFA who wish to do so, may send an additional $35 to Wisconsin NAFA. In the case of NON-Wisconsin teams, the check will be sent to the appropriate party to complete registration.

    Tournament Director:
    Loren Lathrop
    608-228-2430

     

    55th Seattle Invitational @ Fife, men’s fastpitch tournament

    Written by Bob on April 21st, 2015

    14-ValdiviaDavidJr.58lr Don’t miss out on one of the longest running men’s fastpitch tournaments in North America, the Seattle Invitational. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SEATTLE – Ryan Daly and the Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is offering an early signup registration discount for teams that enter the tournament by Friday, May 1. Instead of the $400 fee, early sign ups can get in for $300.

    To register, send an email to Daly at Rdaly24@gmail.com to pay by Paypal, or send a check to:

    Ryan Daly – S.I.T.
    2716 NE 23rd PL
    Renton, WA 98056

    Please state the division you wish to play in:

  • NAFA Open World Series
  • Recreation Division – NAFA A-AA or ASA B / C
  • See tournament flier for full details

    2015 Seattle Invitational_Info

    For lodging and tournament information
    www.seattleinvite.com.

    Questions and more information contact
    Ryan Daly
    425-445-6028

     

    Peter Kelly family needs the fastpitch community’s support

    Written by Bob on April 18th, 2015

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    St. Croix Falls, Wisc. – Please visit gofundme to help Christie Kelly and her five children cope with the devastating loss of her husband Peter, who died tragically from a reported first-degree reckless homicide, Tuesday, while fishing.

    One dead after St. Croix River anglers argue; three sought

    Go Fund Me has a goal of reaching $100,000. Help the family make it happen by contributing what you can.

     

    Fargo hosting big NAFA Memorial Day men’s fastpitch tournament

    Written by Bob on April 17th, 2015

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    Courtesy of Jon Kegel / Moorhead, Minn

    FARGO, N.D. – Fargo, long a hotbed for men’s fastpitch softball in the Midwest, will be the site for one of North America’s best NAFA affiliated tournaments in 2015.

    On Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, 14 or more NAFA A-Major and below rated teams will battle for the championship at Anderson Softball Complex in Fargo.

    “It is shaping up to be a good one,” said Jon Kegel, long time sponsor of the Kegel Black Knights and a 23-Under team that has won back-to-back NAFA 23-Under World Series championships.

      Committed Teams
  • Colorado Knights
  • Fort Frances, Ontario, CA
  • Winnipeg, Canada Bullets
  • Portage Phillies, New Brunswick, CA
  • Fargo Bombers
  • Rooters Bar, Fargo
  • Fargo Koalas
  • Sioux Falls, SD Scarletts
  • Watertown, SD
  • Brookings, SD
  • Lens Auto, Minn.
  • Cerro Gordo, Minn.
  • Hollywood, Minn.
  • Odin fastpitch, Minn.
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    Peligro Gremlins roll out 2015 roster and schedule

    Written by Bob on April 17th, 2015

    The Peligro Gremlins released their 2015 ISC Roster and it appears loaded with international talent from the Americas – north and south.

    The Peligro Gremlins are slated to play a challenging tournament schedule in Quebec City, Au Sable Forks, New York; the Ed McCormick Invitational in Erie, Penn.; and the ASA Major National Championship in Ashland, Ohio, July 23-26, and the ISC World Tournament in South Bend, Ind., Aug. 8-15.

    2015 Peligro Gremlins Roster

  • Steven Mullady – Staten Island, NY
  • Mike Loureiro – Lnden, NJ
  • John Schreiber – Staten Island, NY
  • German Sacks – Argentina
  • Roman Godoy – Argentina
  • Leonardo Latasa – Argentina
  • Chris Heinlein – Holts Summit, Missouri
  • Lalo Garcia – Mexico
  • Robert Santiago – Staten Island, NY
  • Matt Ratliff – Prevo, UT
  • Shea Bryant – Haslett, Michigan
  • Ladislao Malarczuk – Argentina
  • Steve Schwartz – Staten Island, NY
  • Paul Walford – Clearwater, Florida
  • Rodd Bray – Staten Island, NY
    • Managerial and Coaching Staff
  • Vern Shaut – Manager
  • Thomas Unger – Coach
  • Paul Walford – Coach
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