The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Where the great Masters come to showcase their fastpitch skills in the 40-Older to 60-Older divisions. And this year was no exception as some very fine ball players enhanced their already legendary careers. Making the tournament all the more appealing was the great ambience.
“Great weather, great fields, great hotels (and gambling),” said NAFA Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock after the completion of the NAFA West Masters World Series. “And most of all great people that really embraced our players and wives for this epic event.”
BENDOCK’S BALL TEAM THE BEST
In the first ever 60-Over West, Charlie Bendock assembled a team of his Seattle FP players and the Portland NW Old Growth players and called them Northwest Fastpitch and they won the championship over Ohio Battery. Prescott Patriots took 3rd from Arizona/So Cal.
BATTERY CHARGES TO CHAMPIONSHIP
In the 55-Over division, Ohio Battery beat a strong Bay Area Merchants team to take the title. Lander Masters and NW Old Growth tied for third.
In the 50-Over Division Cal Storm rolled through the competition to take the title over Nevada Power. Seattle FP 3rd and Streamline Cable of so Cal took 4th.
In the 45-Over Division, Calgary Cannons were on fire until Rich Haldane quieted their bats in the final as the Seadogs took the title over the strong hitting Alberta squad. Tulsa Gray Sox and So Cal Quakes tied for third.
LARGE FIELD IN 40-OVER, PRICE IS RIGHT FOR SEADOGS
In the 40-Over Division which had 13 teams, four teams went to the Gold Division undefeated, Castro Jokers from Texas, Seadogs from Massachusetts, Portland, Oregon’s A1 CR Brewers and the Cal State Builders. Seadogs topped the tough Jokers in one semifinal and the Brewers took some long awaited revenge on the Builders.
In the final, it was the Seadogs early, then Portland had apparently won it, but the Seadogs Steve Price (NAFA Hall of Famer) hit a three-run blast in the seventh inning to give the defending champs their title back.
DAY & WALKER LEAD QUAKES TO TITLE
In the 40-Over Silver Division, Debbie Day and Kirk Walker combined to lead the So Cal Quakes to the final over a fine Utah FP squad and held off Utah in the bottom of the seventh on a wonderful diving catch by the Quakes shortstop, Jeremy Dean. Utah’s Tommy Gray was named MVP on a record eight home run performance and Kirk Walker the MV-Pitcher for the Quakes. Budmen of So Cal and Pirates of Nevada tied for third in the 40-Over Silver.
The Complete All World Teams and Most Valuable Pitchers and MVP’s will be posted on Tuesday.
“Thanks to everyone who made this a great experience for the players and fans. See you all next year.” – Benjie Hedgecock.