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NAFA Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Memorial Day Weekend In Newberg, Oregon

Monday, May 8th, 2017

NEWBERG, Ore. – The first annual President Hoover Fastpitch Tournament, Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, 2017 will be held in Newberg Oregon.

Tournament Director, Shayne Arndt, NAFA Oregon State Director is initiating this tournament with the support of Benjie Hedgecock, NAFA President, to keep the spirit of the historic Boatnik tourney in Grant’s Pass, Oregon going.

“I want to help fastpitch continue in Oregon and the northwest,” Arndt said. “I see this tournament having the potential to thrive as part of the NAFA circuit with the holiday weekend and close proximity to the Portland airport for teams traveling in the future.”

    CONTACT INFORMATION

North American Fastpitch Association
Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
503-559-5398 cell,503-864-4487 work, fax 503-864-3939
PO Box 566 Dayton, Or, 97114

Bud Olson, Wisconsin NAFA Manager of The Year

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Bud Olson, left, was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame in 2014 and was presented by NAFA Vice President Mike Watson (2015 NAFA Hall of Famer). Photo By BOB OTTO

LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Most managers are quick to down play their contribution when their team has a winning season.

They usually spin it like, “I was fortunate to have great players,” or “we played well together,” or “we had good leadership on the field,” or “everybody knew their job and went out and did it.”

You get the point. Taking credit for winning is not in most manager’s character. And that includes Bud Olson of La Crosse Animal House, who was selected Wisconsin NAFA 2016 Manager of The Year.

“Over the years, I’ve learned managing is easier when you get runs and your pitcher shuts them down,” said Olson, 72. “It takes good players and I’ve been very fortunate to have players that have stayed around a long time.”

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2017 ISC World Championship Guide ready to order

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

FINDLAY, Ohio – The International Softball Congress annual 2017 World Championship Guide, in print and digital format, is ready to peruse and order.

The Guide is full of game stories, photos, standings and stats of the 2017 ISC World Tournament. But it also includes information on past championships, hall of famers, tournament records, record-setting achievements and much, much more.

THE DIGITAL FORMAT

  • 2017 ISC World Championship Guide
  • ORDERING INFORMATION

  • $15
  • PayPal
  • CONTACT INFORMATION

    Blair Setford
    ISC VP Operations/Guide Managing Editor
    blairjs@gmail.com

    Larry Fisher
    ISC Executive Director
    iscfastpitch@gmail.com

    Joe Todd
    ISC VP Communications
    Ingersoll, Ontario
    ftode739@rogers.com

    USA men’s national team prepares for world championship

    Saturday, May 6th, 2017

    USA SOFTBALL – The USA Softball Men’s National Team will be playing in three tournaments leading up to the World Baseball Softball Confederation World Championship, July 7-16, in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

    2017 USA MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TOURNAMENTS

  • May 19-21, Rodney Fox Memorial Tournament, Stevens, Penn.
  • June 16-18, Father’s Day Memorial, Houston, Tex.
  • July 1-3, Vancouver Challenge, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • *Shedule subject to change

    TEAM USA is coached by Head Coach Denny Bruckert, and assisted by coaches Greg Hicks, Gregg Leather and Nick McCurry.

    Hingham Athletic Association Starts Fastpitch Hall of Fame

    Friday, May 5th, 2017

    Since the late 1930s, fastpitch softball has been played in Hingham, Wisconsin. Courtesy Photo

    HINGHAM, Wisc. – Hundreds of talented fastpitch players have graced the ballfield in Hingham for a very long time – actually, as far as anyone can recall, men’s fastpitch dates to the late 1930s in this little town (pop. 800) located 14 miles southwest of Sheboygan and Lake Michigan.

    Much of the credit goes to the Hingham Athletic Association (HAA). Formed in 1938, the HAA provides a host of community events and recreational opportunities, including a men’s fastpitch league and tournament.

    “There is a lot of history with the Hingham Athletic Association,” said Jerrod Dulmes, 36, who pitches and serves as Commissioner of the Hingham Men’s Fastpitch League. “It used to sponsor teams and now runs the league and tournament.”

    This year, five teams will begin league play on May 16 through July 27, including 8th Street Ale Haus, Adell Co-op, Countryside Remodeling, Lakeland Chiropractic, and Lukens Excavating.

    2017 Hingham Men’s Fastpitch League Schedule

    Then after the league wraps up play, a most unique tournament takes place: a 10-day event that will be played during week nights, from July 31 to Aug. 10.

    “We play two games every night in the tournament, Monday through Friday, and nothing on the weekend,” Dulmes said, adding that the league teams will all play, along with ball clubs possibly entering from Kenosha, Green Bay, Appleton and Milwaukee.

    But something special will take place during the tournament. The HAA has formed a softball Hall of Fame, and the first inductees will be honored at the tournament.

    “We will announce the hall of famers the final night of the tournament,” Dulmes said. “We have set up the HAA Hall of Fame to recognize volunteers, sponsors, players and umpires. And we’re asking the community to nominate people and to gather history of their involvement. We need highlights of what they have done.”

    For more information on nominating a potential hall of famer, or to enter a team in the tournament, contact Jerrod Dulmes on Facebook, at 414-248-3330, or email, jerroddulmes@hotmail.com.

    TJ Nereng selected Wisconsin’s player of the year

    Thursday, May 4th, 2017

    2016 NAFA WOPLD SERIES, A Division All-World selections from Animal House of La Crosse are, from left, Brian Leonhard, Ethan Ringlien and TJ Nereng. The three award winners helped Animal House finish third in the A Division with a 7-2 record. After losing its opener, Animal House won seven games straight before falling in the losers bracket final. Courtesy Photo.

    “T.J. could have jumped ship and played with stronger teams, but chose to stay and help us grow.” – Animal House Manger Bud Olson

    LA CROSSE, Wisc. – To make Bud Olson’s ball club takes more than just talent. His measuring stick extends yards beyond just physical skills into what lies within the heart, soul and mind of any player wishing to wear the Animal House uniform.

    Mention the name T.J. Nearing and a smile spreads across Olson’s face. He has known T.J. – now in his 30s – since he was a youngster. He watched him evolve into a good athlete in football, basketball and finally fastpitch softball.

    “T.J. is the totally consulate unselfish player,” said Olson. “He is willing to play where we have our greatest need. We value character, too, because it plays a huge role in the overall success of any team.”

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    A Step Back In Time: Bob Moore’s No-Hitter Too Much For Keg Bar in La Crosse Tourney

    Thursday, May 4th, 2017

    BOB MOORE pitching in the 1991 ASA Masters National Tournament in Las Vegas for Bank of Melrose of Wisconsin. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By BOB LAMB / Sports Writer
    La Crosse Tribune
    July 22, 1974

    “Moore (40-9) is always tough and it’s hard to get runs if you don’t get any hits.” – Keg Bar Manager Gary Betz

    LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Question: How do you describe Bob Moore?

    Answer: He’s the veteran ironman left-hander who throws no-hitters at his opponents.

    Moore, a school teacher at Eau Claire North high school, pitched Eau Claire’s She-Nanigan’s to a 3-0 victory over the Keg Bar of La Crosse in the championship of the (1972) ninth annual La Crosse Invitational fastpitch softball tournament at Carroll Park last night.

    And Moore was superb once again, tossing his second no-hitter in two weeks while facing the minimum number of Keg batters.

    Moore lost his bid for a perfect game in the sixth inning when Keg left fielder Paul Dunham drew a walk on a three-two count.

    A double play erased the mild threat, however.

    Moore drew praise from both his manager Bill Roulette and from Keg field boss Gary Betz.

    “Bob does everything,” said Roulette, whose club improved to 50-17. “He hits, pitches and does everything except drive the bus…and sometimes he does that.”

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    2017 Wisconsin NAFA Men’s Fastpitch State Tournament

    Thursday, May 4th, 2017

    Todd Lubkeman selected Wisconsin NAFA Pitcher of The Year

    Thursday, May 4th, 2017

    Todd Lubkeman has been the mainstay of the Willkomm Mobil pitching staff since 1992 and has helped the team achieve great success in NAFA World Series competition. In 2016 he was selected “Wisconsin NAFA Pitcher of The Year.” Photo By BOB OTTO

    BRISTOL, Wisc. – Over 130 men’s softball teams play the fastpitch version in Wisconsin, and on those teams, the anchor is the pitcher. Without a pitcher, there is no fastpitch team.

    And if a team has a hurler with talent that usually transpires into success.

    For many years, Willkomm Mobil of Kenosha has been fortunate to have Todd Lubkeman anchoring its pitching staff. The big right-hander – about 6-foot-6, throws the ball hard with all the accompanying assortment of batter-baffling spinners – riser, curve, drop and change-up.

    Over the years, Lubkeman has been as productive a pitcher as any Wisconsin has ever produced. 2016 was no exception.

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    Jack Grafmeier Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Features Eight Strong Teams

    Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

    Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Fastpitch Tournament championship. He returns with Tin Cup to seek back-to-back titles, June 2-4, in Kimberly. Photo By BOB OTTO

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The field is set with eight talented teams competing for the prestigious Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament championship at Sunset Park’s upper and lower diamonds in Kimberly, June 3-5.

    Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. returns as defending champion after defeating Dolan and Murphy (IL), 6-4, in the final.

    THE TEAMS

    Pool A

  • Circle Tap Lumberjacks, Denmark, WI
  • Hitters, Kimberly
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, WI
  • Pool B

  • Stoneyard, Appleton, WI
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton, WI
  • Hustle Hogs, DeKalb, IL
  • Optimum Crush, Kenosha, WI
  • TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
    Click to view or download: 2017 Grafmeier Tournament

    TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    Kimberly Recreation Association
    Justin Columbo
    jcolombo@humana.com
    bossdj32@yahoo.com
    Rainout number: 920-687-7890