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Willkomm Mobil, all about fun, family and winning

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Todd Lubkeman has been the mainstay of the Willkomm Mobil pitching staff and has helped the team achieve great success in NAFA World Series competition. Photo By BOB OTTO

Todd Lubkeman has been the mainstay of the Willkomm Mobil pitching staff and has helped the team achieve great success in NAFA World Series competition. Photo By BOB OTTO

KENOSHA, Wisc. – Chances are if you’re traveling in southeastern Wisconsin, you will happen upon Willkomm’s Mobil and one of it’s several Mobil service stations and restaurants.

The company’s reputation is excellent; it’s service and products great.

And if you’re into men’s fastpitch, somewhere, sometime on ball diamonds throughout the Midwest, you’ve most likely seen or played against a very fine team branded with Willkomm Mobil on its jerseys.

    PROUD TO WEAR THE UNIFORM

It all began when owner Jerry Willkomm agreed to sponsor the team in 1992, and it carries on yet today, 24 years later, with no plans on folding.

“Jerry Willkomm and the entire Willkomm Mobil company has been awesome,” said Willkomm general manager and player, Mark Nelson. “He has sponsored the team since 1992, and had sponsored other fastpitch teams before that. He’s a great person to play for, comes to games when he is in the area, and supports us 100-percent. The team takes pride in wearing the name on and off the field.”

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NAFA East Masters in Moline, Illinois September 11-13 Brackets are posted

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
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.

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.

Masters Coaches:

Email us back that you received this message and that you have the whole
bracket.

The name on the bracket is what you will see on the souvenir T-Shirts, in
the program and on the bracket board so if something is incorrect then
correct it now.

If you havent emailed us your UNSIGNED roster, please do it today.

Bat Compression Testing will begin at 3 p.m. when the park opens, All bats
must be tested and a NAFA sticker placed on them prior to using.

The Coaches Meeting are at 4 p.m. for 60, 55 and at 6 p.m. for 40, 45 and 50 at the Big Bracket Board by the front gate. Any balance left due will be paid at that
time.

All Games will be played at the Green Valley Sports Complex at 5920 52 nd Ave, Moline, Il. 61265

The Host Hotel is the Davenport La Quinta Inn and they have a special $85 NAFA rate. Call them today at 563-359-3921

Sincerely,
Benjie Hedgecock, NAFA Executive Director
nafafastpitch@gmail.com
NAFA Fastpitch website

Information on NAFA Masters East & West World Series

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
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.

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.

The Masters East World Series is being held in Moline, Ill., while the West Masters takes place in Carson City, Nevada. For information, please visit this link: Start Times for both Masters East & West

Wolfpack Capture NAFA Wood Bat Championship

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
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.

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.

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Led by the pitching of Tony Mancha, the Wolfpack of Las Cruces, New Mexico defeated Eggen Fastpitch of Prescott, Arizona, 2-1, to claim the NAFA Wood Bat West National Tournament at Los Altos Sports Complex in Albuquerque, Sunday.

THE FINAL STANDINGS

1st-Wolfpack, 5-0, New Mexico
2nd-Eggen FP, 4-2, Arizona
3rd-Rio Grande Alliance, 4-1, Texas
3rd-Big Springs FP, 4-1, Texas
5th-Wizards of Oz, 3-1, Kansas
5th-Outsiders, 2-1-1, Texas
5th-Hitmen, 2-1-1, New Mexico
5th-Arizona FP, 2-2, Arizona
9th-McCoy 913, 1-2, New Mexico
9th-Homeboys, 0-2-1, New Mexico
9th-Natives, 0-2-1, New Mexico
9th-Dukes, 0-3, New Mexico
9th-Albuquerque A’s, 0-3, New Mexico
9th-Forever A Team, 0-3, New Mexico
9th-Twin Lakes, 0-3, New Mexico

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Father and son make history in NAFA World Series

Monday, August 31st, 2015
The father-and-sons trio of Tyler and Taylor Johnson, from left, and father Brad Johnson played for Black Gold of Hermann, Missouri, helping the team finish fifth in the NAFA World Series A-Major Division. Tyler and Brad became the first father-son combination to be selected All-World in the same year in the 23-year history of the NAFA World Series. Contributed photo.

The father-and-sons trio of Tyler and Jacob Johnson, from left, and father Brad Johnson played for Black Gold of Hermann, Missouri, helping the team finish fifth in the NAFA World Series A-Major Division. Tyler and Brad became the first father-son combination to be selected All-World in the same year in the 23-year history of the NAFA World Series. Contributed photo.

HERMANN, Mo. – The regular fastpitch season for the father and his sons was over. Now they were headed to the NAFA World Series in Moline, Ill. to compete for a championship against some of the best teams in North America.

For Brad Johnson and his sons Tyler and Jacob, the NAFA A-Major World Series became one they will long remember.

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It’s Championship Sunday in western NAFA Wood Bat National

Sunday, August 30th, 2015
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.

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.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Pool play is finished, the seedings have been set and now the playoffs begin in the 2015 NAFA Wood Bat West National Tournament, Sunday, at Los Altos Park in Albuquerque.

Four of the 15 teams have emerged undefeated at 2-0 in their respective pools: Wolfpack, Las Cruces, N.M.; Big Spring Fastpitch, Texas; Rio Grande Alliance, Midland, Tex; and Wizards of Oz, Topeka, Kan.

The single elimination playoffs concludes with the championship scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

BRACK RESULTS: 2015 west wood bat world series 15 team pool play

NAFA Masters World Series Fastball, Bigger and Better

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

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DAYTON, Ore. – Whether the East Coast or the West Coast, over the next two weeks 75 of the strongest Masters men’s fastpitch teams will compete for NAFA World Series championships.

On the East Coast, Moline, Illinois will host the East Masters World Series in six division: 60-Over, 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over, 40-Over and 35-Over. The championships will be played Sept. 11-13 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline.

And at Centennial Park in Carson City, Nevada, The West Coast Masters World Series will take place Sept. 18-20. Five divisions will battle in the 60-Over, 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over and 40-Over

For complete information visit: NAFA Masters World Series

Black Gold Men’s Fastpitch Finishes 5th In The Nation At NAFA World Series, A-Major Championship

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

BlackGoldNafa.1lr Black Gold men’s fastpitch team includes Tyler Johnson, Dean Haeffner, Cullen Speckhals, Sam White, Terry Coon, Jacob Johnson, Brad Johnson, Tiwana Aranui, Matt Benz, Eric Steinbeck, Ben Held, Nick Needham. Courtesy Photo Matt Benz.

By KYLE QUICK / Quick News Now

MOLINE, IL – Black Gold played in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) A-Major National Tournament August 6-9 in Moline, IL and finished 5th out of 30 teams, winning 4 and losing 2. Black Gold also finished 2nd in 2001 and 4th in 2011 in the largest fastpitch softball tournament in the U.S.

For the first time in NAFA history, a father son combination were selected to the All-World team. Centerfielder Tyler Johnson hit .600 for the weekend with a double, triple, home run, and 5 RBI’s. His father, 1st baseman/outfielder Brad Johnson, also made the all-world team hitting .579 and leading the team in doubles.

Infielder Matt Benz also hit .545 for Black Gold, while outfielder Cullen Speckhals led the team in RBI’s with 7. Pitcher Eric Steinbeck threw two shutouts and struck out 42 in just over 35 innings of work. Continue reading in Quick News Now

2014 NAFA World Series Book Ready To Order

Monday, August 17th, 2015

YUCAIPA, Calif. – The North American Fastpitch Association celebrated its 22nd year hosting men’s and young men’s (age 23-Under) championship tournaments in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois in 2014.

After covering and photographing the World Series, I wrote a book about it entitled, “2014 NAFA Men’s Fastpitch World Series”.

THE BOOK INCLUDES

  • Over 200 photos
  • Championship game stories of the AA-Major, AA, A-Major, A and 23-Under divisions
  • Feature stories of players and managers, who have helped make the game as great as it is.
  • Hall of Fame stories and listing of members from 1997 to 2014
  • NAFA World Series records and amazing accomplishments by incredible players
  • Listing of NAFA 10 and 20-year anniversary players, “the best of the best”
  • Masters World Series results
  • Wood Bat World Series results
  • You can preview the book and if you like what you see, you can order a PDF or a softcover book (8 1/2 x 11) with semigloss pages from the publisher, Blurb (Online only) from the menu below.

    Click on the SHOPPING CART in the menu to visit my Blurb page.

    Bombers win seven straight to claim NAFA World Series A Division Championship

    Sunday, August 16th, 2015

    Photos and captions By Sheryl Meshke / Lake Crystal, Minn.

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    Winning the 2015 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Men’s Class A World Series in Moline, Ill, Aug. 13-16, is the Bombers of Fargo, N.D. Team members are, front row, from left: Brandon Reber, Fargo, N.D.; Tyler Klein, Fargo, N.D.; Aaron Fraase, Fargo, N.D.; Devin Wagenman, Fargo, N.D.; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, Minn.; Derek Meshke, Brookings, S.D.; and John Hohenstein, Eagan, Minn.

    Back row, from left: Mike Frodermann, Minnetonka, Minn.; Austen Gilbertson, Fargo, N.D.; Brent Plante, Fargo, N.D.; Jace Holm, Fargo, N.D.; Justin Feist, Fargo, N.D.; and coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal, Minn.

    QUAD CITIES – The Bombers of Fargo, ND swept through the 46-team NAFA World Series A Division tournament undefeated, winning seven games over four days to claim the championship by defeating the Morongo Hitmen of California, 5-2, on Sunday at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill.

    Bombers 5, Missouri-St. Charles Tribe 3
    Bombers 9, Wisc. Animal House 0
    Bombers 3, Oetman Excavating 2
    Bombers 4, Smalltown, Mich. 2
    Bombers over Stock
    Bombers 12, Meister Dairy, Wisc. 5
    Bombers 5, Morongo Hitmen, Calif. 2

    The Bombers lineup is brimming with stars from North and South Dakota and Minnesota, with several players selected to the all-tournament team or were awarded most valuable recognition.

    Named Most Valuable Player for the 2015 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Men's Class A World Series in Moline, Ill, Aug. 13-16, is Jace Holm, Fargo, N.D., left, and Brent Meshke of Lake Crystal, Minn. is the Most Valuable Pitcher. Both are team members of the Bombers of Fargo, N.D., Men's Class A World Series Champs. Photo By Sheryl Meshke / Lake Crystal, Minn.

    Named Most Valuable Player for the 2015 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Men’s Class A World Series in Moline, Ill, Aug. 13-16, is Jace Holm, Fargo, N.D., left, and Brent Meshke of Lake Crystal, Minn. is the Most Valuable Pitcher. Both are team members of the Bombers of Fargo, N.D., Men’s Class A World Series Champs.

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    Receiving individual honors at the 2015 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Men’s Class A World Series in Moline, Ill, Aug. 13-16, are the following members of the Bombers of Fargo, N.D., from left: Brandon Reber, Fargo, N.D., All World; Justin Feist, Fargo, N.D., All World; Jace Holm, Fargo, N.D., Most Valuable Player; Derek Meshke, Brookings, S.D., All World; and Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, Minn., Most Valuable Pitcher. The Bombers won the Class A World Series.