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Follow the ISC World Tournament on Pointstreak

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Follow the ISC World Tournament results by clicking on Pointstreak Scoring.

Hometown Rooters hold off Montana’s Desperado in NAFA AA-Major opener

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

ETHAN RINGLIEN fires a pitch for Rooters Bar of Fargo against Desperado Sports Bar of Missoula, Montana in the opening game of the AA-Major World Series, Wednesday night at Northside Sports Complex. Rooters scored in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off 2-1 victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

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FARGO, N.D. – Ethan Renglien was masterful in the circle in leading Rooters Bar of Fargo to a 2-1 victory over Desperado Sports Bar of Missoula, Mont. in the opening round of the AA-Major World Series at Northside Softball Complex, Wednesday night.

The tall, right-handed Renglien fired risers and drops in striking out 11, and giving up just four hits. Desperado’s Leo Bresse was the hard-luck loser, matching Renglien pitch-for-pitch on a four-hit, nine strikeout effort. Only one run was earned.

The game stayed tied into the seventh until Rooters plated a walk-off run to win it.

Lane Lunde led Rooters with two hits in four attempts with an RBI, and Matt Kalesa, and Justin Kheanit had one hit each.

For Desperado, Ryan Donovan, Kevin Yeaglin, Halbert Machinskinic and Shane Alder had a hit a piece, with Alder getting the lone RBI.

RICE LAKE ORANGEMAN German Bocaccorsi slides safely into home to give the Orangmen a 3-0 lead against the Selects in the opening game of the 2017 NAFA World Series, AA-Major Division, Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo. Photo By BOB OTTO

AA-MAJOR SCORES

  • Portland CR Bartels Farms 12, Elanco Blackhawks
  • (w) Rob Schweyer, 2 innings, no hits, 4 strikeouts, Zack Pierce, 2 innings, 1 hit, 4 strikeouts

  • Rice Lake Orangemen 9, Watson’s Selects 0
  • (w) Nicolas Seibenist, 4 inn., no-hits, 7 strikeouts
    Matias Orfano, 2 inn., 2 strikeouts
    Francisco Sabate, 2-for-3, 4 RBI

  • Northwest Braves 3, Sommerside, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), Canada 2
  • Kyle Fry, 6 inn., 2 ER, 18 strikeouts

  • P.E.I. 10, Rooters Bar 1
  • (w) Mitch Hardy

  • Rice Lake 7, Elanco 0
  • (w) Nicolas Seibeniest

  • NW Braves 4, Desperado 3
  • (w) Bill Carson

  • CR Bartels 2, Watson’s Selects 1 (11 inn.)
  • (w) Sean Koster

    Setbacks can’t keep Lon Andersen off the fastpitch field

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

    Long-time South Dakota fastpitch sponsor, manager and player will be inducted into the North America Fastpitch Association Hall of Fame during the NAFA World Series in Fargo, North Dakota

    SIOUX FALLS, So. Dak. – It takes mental and physical toughness and a deep desire to continue pursuing a sporting passion when your body hurts and your doctor orders, “give it up.”

    Lon Andersen has battled cancer that nearly claimed his life, he’s undergone two hip replacements, he was in a coma for four days. Yet despite these debilitating setbacks that would sideline those of a weaker constitution, Anderson stubbornly refuses to give up fastpitch softball.

    “My doctor told me it’s time to quit,” said the 62-year-old Andersen. “I can’t play basketball anymore, but I’ve kept on playing fastpitch against his advice.”

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    Tony Aresco earns NAFA Hall of Fame honor

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

    Father Tony Aresco and son Anthony, 21, will bring a men’s team and an age 23-under team to the 2017 NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak. Aug. 9-20. A highlight of the trip will be Tony Aresco’s induction into the NAFA Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo By Tony Aresco

    STONEHAM, Mass. – Some give a little, some give a fair share, and a few give a lot to men’s fastpitch softball.

    And then there’s Tony Aresco. You’ve heard of the 110-percenters? Well, Tony leaves them in his dust.

    For over 30 years his contributions to the game – and to the North American Fastpitch Association in particular – are remarkable.

    Aresco of Stoneham, Massachusetts, plays, manages, sponsors, recruits, teaches, promotes…You get the idea: he’s a man of many hats, many talents.

    NAFA LOYAL, NAFA WINNER

    He’s been bringing teams to the NAFA World Series for 11 years. In that time, he’s won championships at nearly every level – Masters, 21-Under, and an assortment of other men’s divisional championships – six in all.

    With his Boston-area ball club, the Sea Dogs, Aresco has been selected Most Valuable Player once and All-World five teams, his most recent in the 2016 A World Series. This at the age of 51. As a catcher.

    No doubt he has earned the respect and the admiration of all who have ever played with or against him. And what he has accomplished with NAFA is now being rewarded.

    THE HALLOWED HALL

    Aresco will receive the highest honor the game can offer back – a beautiful plaque and jacket – and membership in one of the sport’s most exclusive clubs: The NAFA Hall of Fame.

    Aresco will be inducted during ceremonies in Fargo at the World Series.

    “It’s an unbelievable feeling to be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame,” said Aresco, who is also a Massachusetts ASA Hall of Famer. “There’s a lot of great players and managers in the Hall of Fame and now to be included with them is an amazing feeling. I attribute a lot of this to my players. Without them I wouldn’t get this recognition. They are reason we are successful.”

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    Hennager fastpitch softball team is Minnesota state champions

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

    The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn., is the 2017 Class B Men’s Fastpitch State Champion. Members include, back row, from left: Coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal; Derek Meshke, Volga, S.D.; Jace Holm, Fargo, N.D.; Dan Pawelk, Northfield, Minn.; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; and Robert Petersen, Pipestone, Minn. Front row, from left, is: Chris Bambeneck, Minneapolis; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; Spencer Yackel, Rochester, Minn.; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Blaid Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; and Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

    LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn. – The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn., is the 2017 Class B Men’s Fastpitch State Champion. The team posted a 4-0 record this weekend at Sand Creek Fields, Coon Rapids, Minn.

    The “Plumbers” won the opening round, 8-7, defeating Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Wis. Jace Holm, Fargo, N.D., secured the win, relieving Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, in the third inning. Holm struck out nine batters and, at the plate, hit a three-run homerun. Meshke was 2-3 at the plate.

    Next up was the Odin, Minn., fastpitch team. In a heated battle with a longtime rival, the Plumbers won 4-3. Holm started the game and pitched until the third inning. With the game tied 3-3, Meshke was called to the circle and earned the win.

    Collecting two hits each were Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Holm; and Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal. Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal, hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Defensive plays by Schroeder and Blaid Friedrichs, Lake Crystal, in the bottom of the seventh inning, were key to the victory.

    In game three of the championship run, the Plumbers defeated Minnesota Computers of West St. Paul, 1-0. Meshke got the win on the mound, striking out five and giving up two hits. Dalton collected two hits in the contest.

    In the championship game, the Plumbers defeated Minnesota Computers, 3-2, who worked their way through the losers’ bracket. Meshke took the win with two strikeouts, giving up five hits. Schroeder was 2-3 at the plate; and Holm had a two-run homerun.

    This is the second time in three years that the Plumbers have earned the state title. The team will now travel to Fargo for the North American Fastpitch Assoc. (NAFA) AA World Series, Aug. 18-20. In the opening game, the team will face ECL Bronx of New York.

    Final SCIFL Tournament for 2017

    Monday, August 7th, 2017

    SANTA ANA, Calif. – The So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) will host its final Masters Tournament of the year on August 26-27, 2017 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA.

    This tournament will simulate the World Series in Carson City format but it will be modified just a bit. It will start off with a two-game round robin followed by the beginning of the tournament where the winner will go into the Gold bracket and the team who lost will go into the silver bracket.

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    New York Gremlins blast Hill United Chiefs to repeat as USA Softball national champions

    Sunday, August 6th, 2017

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The New York Gremlins goal was to repeat, and that they did in convincing fashion in claiming their second consecutive USA Softball Men’s Major Fastpitch National Championship with a 12-3 victory over the Hill United Chiefs, Sunday afternoon, at Byers Softball Complex in South Bend.

  • The Gremlins also went undefeated in winning the 2016 title in Kimberly, Wisc. and have now extended their national championship winning streak to 10-0.
  • The Gremlins (5-0) marched through the lower bracket in shutout fashion, crushing every team in its path, starting with the DC Outlaws in the opener, 13-0, followed by a 7-0 blanking of the Kegel Black Knights, 10-0 over the Circle Tap Dukes, before dropping the Chiefs into the losers bracket.

    2017 New York Gremlins: front row from left, Leonardo Latasa, Mathiew Roy, Blair Ezekiel, Nick Mullins, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Rafael Angel Flores, Sergio Malarczuk, Yeider Luis Chirinos Medina. Back row from left, Greg Nydick, Gregg Leather, Debbie Perez, Juan Potolicchio, Dani Bantley, Zenon Winters, Goolagong, Roman Godoy, Matt Palazzo, Ramon Jones, Bob Nydick, Vahram Mateosian and Nick McCurry. Photo courtesy of New York Gremlins

    Hill United bounced back for a rematch with the Gremlins by trouncing the J & B Bombers, 7-0, in the loser’s bracket final, Sunday morning.

    The Chiefs Road To Runner-Up
    Chiefs 7, Bear Bottom Lodge Haymakers 0
    Chiefs 3, A1 Power 1
    Chiefs 9, Bloomington Stix 2
    Gremlins 4, Chiefs 0
    Chiefs 7, J & B Bombers 0
    Gremlins 12, Chiefs 3

    ORDER OF FINISH
    1. New York Gremlins
    2. Hill United Chiefs
    3. J & B Bombers, Ephrata, PA
    4. Kegel Black Knights, Amboy, MN
    5. Bloomington Stix, Lexington, IL
    5. Circle Tap Dukes, Denmark, WI
    7. A1 Power, Eaton Rapids, MI
    7. Ostrander Norsemen, Chanhassen, MN
    9. Can-Am Twins, Pottstown, PA
    9. Pueblo Bandits, Aurora, CO
    9. Tin Cup Bar, Little Canada, MN
    9. Bar on the Avenue Buzz, Kaukauna, WI
    13. Twin City Gray Sox, Saint Joseph, MI
    13. Bear Bottom Lodge Haymakers, Denver, PA
    13. DC Outlaws, Elkhart, IN
    13. Topeka Toros, Lawrence, KS

    Unranked Topeka Toros topple ISC big guns to take Tin Cup Challenge

    Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

    2017 TOPEKA TOROS include Carlos Carreno, Matt Chambers, Jaime Garcia, Jr., Peyton Hall, Travis Nevin, Jared Pinkerton, Brogan Potter, Rogelio Sequera, Zac Shaw, Tony Sparvier, Tyler Thomlinson, Matt Thornton, Jeremy Kenney, Carlos Ucero, player / manager Josh White and coaches Terry White and Mike Watson. 2017 ISC World Tournament roster

    WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – The Topeka Toros weren’t ranked among the world’s top men’s fastpitch softball teams coming into the Tin Cup Challenge, but after the Toros impressive performance, one must ask, why not?

    The Toros went undefeated (5-0) in blazing their way past five International Softball Congress top-16 ranked teams to claim the eight-team Challenge, culminating with a 5-0 victory over No. 6 Circle Tap Dukes of Denmark, Wisc. in the championship, July 30.

    The key to the Toros success?

    “Good pitching combined with top-level defense and timely hitting was the key to our success,” said player / manager Josh White. “We had our moments offensively. We seemed to score early in most of our games and we seemed to be able to get the lead-off guy on base. Everyone seems to be contributing offensively one through nine.”

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    2017 NAFA World Series Information for teams, players and fans

    Sunday, July 30th, 2017

    FARGO, ND – The North American Fastpitch Association World Series takes place Aug. 9-22 at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo.

    Click on 2017 NAFA World Series for information concerning:

  • Divisions
  • Schedule
  • Teams
  • Venues
  • Documents
  • Registration
  • Brackets
  • Contact Information

    Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    503-559-5398.

  • Click on NAFA to enter website
  • A Step Back In Time…Softball’s ‘Old Man River’ Still Rolling

    Sunday, July 30th, 2017

    “Then I grab the microphone and say, ‘St. Paul is one place I’m never gonna lose a game.’ And in five years they never did beat me.” – Red Anderson

    By MURRAY OLDERMAN
    Minneapolis Star Staff Writer
    July 13, 1951

    MINNEAPOLIS – When it comes to softball, Red Anderson’s one guy who can afford to scoff.

    “You shoulda seen the way we did it in the good old days.”

    He not only did it in the “good old days,” but he’s doing it now. Folks wandering out around Parade Grounds 1 tonight can catch 42-year-old Red still fooling batters as he serves them up for the Sathers against the Teamsters in Park National League Softball.

    That’s the same carrot-top whose softball goes back 27 years…when four and five thousand fans used to flock to the Parade Grounds to see him strut his stuff…when the baseball Millers and Ted Williams attracted an estimated 15,000 to the Parade Grounds for a softball duel against Anderson and gang.

    Clyde McCullough’s catching for Kansas City then,” recalls Red, “and before the game he comes to me and says, “whatever you do, I want you to be sure and strike out that big basher.’

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