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Santa Dan Delivers Early Christmas Present For Ball Cap Bob

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

DAN NESSLER sent me eight fastpitch softball and baseball caps, including front row, left to right, a Mankato Bethany Lutheran College Lancers softball cap, a Happy Chef cap, WBSC Jr. Men’s Softball World Championship cap, along with my Farm Tavern cap. The second row includes Dan’s gifts of which the MSU cap is from the 2012 Mavericks baseball team that finished third in the NCAA Div. II baseball national championships. On the top row is another BLC cap sandwiched by my 1995 ISC World Tournament cap, left, and 2017 NAFA World Series cap.

YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’m a sucker for caps. Doesn’t matter if it’s softball, baseball, football – any kind of stylish ball cap will hook me into reaching for my wallet.

In the back window of my car, there’s perched a Chicago Bears’ cap. I’m not a Bears fan, so why’s it there? I just like the way the “C” is prominently displayed on the crown. And if I forget one of my caps when I leave the house, “Da Bears” is my backup.

I’ve also got NASCAR hats, my son’s Tyree Oil cap, my grandson Cam’s Spirit Aerosystems cap, Case, Farmall and John Deere hats, three Marine Corps caps…

And a bunch of softball caps – 33 in all, and of course, only of the fastpitch variety.

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Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Returning to Yakima, Washington

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

YAKIMA, Wash. – For way to long Yakima – once a hotbed for men’s fastpitch softball – has gone without a men’s fastpitch tournament. But that is going to change in 2019 as Yakima resident, player, coach and manager, Satero Ramos, has taken the initiative to restart the tournament scene, along with the support of the Yakima Parks & Recreation Department.

“I am having a men’s tournament here in Yakima next year, May 4th and 5th, for the first time in over six years,” said Ramos. “Yakima has a rich history of men’s Fastpitch and I’m trying to bring it back. I’ve been playing the game since 1975. It’s a NAFA affiliated tournament. Benjie Hedgecock (NAFA Executive Director) and Jim Williamson (NAFA founding member and Washington state director) are helping with the logistics.”

The tournament not only benefit’s the men’s game but it helps Yakima youth as well. Ramos said the tournament will help fundraise for the non-profit baseball and softball facility, Baseball Advantage Yakima Dirt Dawgs youth age divisions 10-under and 16-under. Ramos is a 10-year board member of the organization.

THE DETAILS

  • Tournament Name: Cinco de Mayo Men’s Fastpitch Tournament
  • Dates: May 4-5, 2019
  • Entry Fee: $400
  • Monetary Award: $500 for 1st place
  • Affiliation: NAFA (North American Fastpitch Association)
  • NAFA Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place team trophies; All-Tournament plaques, and Most Valuable Pitcher and Player plaques
  • Tournament Format: Round Robin with single elimination (4-game guarantee)
  • ENTRY FEE DETAILS

  • Make entry fee payable to Satero Ramos and mail to P.O Box 621, Moxee, WA 98936
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    Satero Ramos
    509-961-4693
    ramosfam3@wabroadband.com
    ***Be sure to request hotel information***

    Northwest Braves Take Silver in NAFA West Masters

    Friday, September 21st, 2018

    The Northwest Braves, top row from left, Shayne Arndt, Todd Kensler, Rich Leffingwell, Tom Inglis, Tony Dinehart, Cleon Tungsvik. Bottom row from left, Luis Guerra, Jeff Lane, Matt Chambers, Dave Cavalier and Bobo Estrella. Missing from photo is Eric Thorn. Courtesy Photo / NW Braves

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Northwest Braves of Oregon, finished second to claim the Silver Medal in the eight-team Silver Division at the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, 40-Over Division in Carson City, Sept. 16.

    The Braves finished with a 3-2 record and got consistent pitching from Shayne Arndt, who was 3-0 in 23 2/3 innings with a 2.37 ERA and 11 strikeouts. His stellar work in the circle earned him a spot on the NAFA All-World team.

    “We played solid defense including an incredible triple play,” said Arndt, who managed the team. “We had good team chemistry and timely hitting including home runs by Matt Chambers and Jeff Lane.”

    Along with Arndt, third baseman Matt Chambers, right-fielder Todd Kensler, shortstop Jeff Lane and left-fielder Rich leffingwell were also selected to the All-World team.

  • Chambers batted .500, and drove in 3 runs, scored 5 times; Kensler hit a torrid .600 and scored 8 runs; Lane swung the hottest bat on the team, drilling pitchers for a .625 average (10-of-16) with 4 RBI and 6 runs; and Leffingwell hit .467 with 2 RBI and 3 runs.
  • The Northwest Braves won the runner-up trophy in the 2018 NAFA West Masters, 40-Over Silver Division in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16. Courtesy Photo / NW Braves

    Bennett hurls Ladner to NAFA Masters Championship

    Friday, September 21st, 2018

    MARK BENNETT was named the Most Valuable Pitcher after helping the Ladner Masters win the NAFA West Masters 55-Over championship in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16.

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Ladner Masters of British Columbia, Canada, won five-consecutive games to claim the championship in the 2018 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) West Masters 55-Over World Series in Carson City, Sept. 16.

    And pitching them to the title was Mark Bennett of Santa Barbara, Calif. The right-hander won three games and was selected to the NAFA All-World team as the Most Valuable Pitcher. Bennett is the son of long-time catcher, manager, tournament director, and umpire Clyde Bennett of Santa Barbara.

    Kansas City Monarchs Perfect In Taking NAFA AA-Major Crown

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018

    The 2018 NAFA World Series returned to Fargo’s North Softball Complex for a second consecutive year from Aug. 8-19.

    FARGO, N.D. – Led by the pitching of Eder Pineda, a near flawless defense and a opportunistic offense, the Monarchs of Kansas City swept through the NAFA AA-Major Division to claim the World Series championship with a perfect 5-0 record in seeding and playoff competition.

    Pineda (3-0) held off the defending champion Portland CR Brewers in the title game on a five-hitter to lead the Monarchs to a 5-3 victory. Pineda struck out six and walked to two for this third victory of the tournament.

    Carlos Carreno slugged a home run, scored twice and went 2-for-3 at the plate to highlight the Monarchs’ eight-hit attack. Josh White drove in a pair of runs and went 1-for-3, while Brendan Wentling was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

    The title game marked the second meeting of the two powerhouse ball clubs. In an earlier game, the Monarchs shutout the Portland, Oregon club, 2-0, and again it was Pineda notching the win on a 7-inning, five-hitter with three strikeouts. The Brewers Jorge Segura allowed just three hits and one earned run to take the tough-luck loss.

    The Monarchs also slipped past Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 3-2, with Carlos Lucero striking out 11 and scattering 7 hits to claim the victory. Carreno tripled to drive in two runs and was 2-for-3, while Adam Henry was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

    Click AA-Major Championship Bracket for final standings.

    1. KC Monarchs 3-0
    2. CR Brewers 2-1
    3. Summerside, PEI 2-2
    4. Calif. Buzzards 2-2
    5. Star Prairie Orangemen, Wis. 0-2
    5. Northwest Braves 0-2

  • Visit this link for all NAFA World Series brackets
  • All information courtesy of the North American Fastpitch Association / Play NAFA.
  • Hoadley a standout in world and national competitive men’s softball

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018

    By John Orrell sports@thelandmark.com
    Posted Aug 8, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    HOLDEN, Mass. – Perhaps few could see the signals as to what was to come when traded to another team by his brother in a 1996 recreational league. After all, when you’re own sibling jettisons you to parts unknown in a rather unceremonious nature, it could be just a slight bit daunting.

    For Holden’s Mike Hoadley, it was not a setback of his goal to play elite competitive men’s softball as it might have been to others. To Hoadley, seizing opportunities and running with them are what it’s all about.

    Since then it’s been a list of national and international accomplishments that jump off the page. Hoadley has been a five-time national champion, competed in over 20 national championship tournaments, seven Fast Pitch World Championship Tournaments and was a NAFA All-World Player and All-American multiple times.

    In addition, he has been a two-time winner of US Cup Championships and a member of the Team USA program, and the “journey” as he calls all this, is far from over

    “Twenty years ago I started in a local league with my brother just like anyone else and one day I woke up, looked around and I was surrounded by the most elite softball players the world had to offer,” he said. “Now I can say that I’ve competed around the world and nationally and played with and against players from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Argentina and Venezuela. It’s been incredible.”

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    Rivals claim second consecutive Hingham tourney

    Thursday, August 9th, 2018

    The Rivals Fastpitch team includes Wayne Gaura, Michael Andrew Skora, Anthony Hall, Trevor Gaura, Jake Jasinski, Michael Feest, Ryan Dalton and Josh Pfleger.

    HINGHAM, Wisc.The Rivals Fastpitch team of Sheboygan won the 48th annual Hingham Men’s Fastpitch Tournament beating Countryside Remodeling in the final, 11-4.

    Rivals posted a 5-0 record to win their second championship in as many years.

    Wayne Gaura notched the win with five strikeouts, with Jerrod Dulmes and Mark Nelson splitting the pitching duties for Countryside. Nelson in relief struck out 8 Rivals batters.

  • The top hitters included Justin Zehel 2-for-3, Jerrod Dulmes 2-for-2 (Team MVP), Mike Skora 2-for-3, Tony Hall (Team MVP)
  • Trevor Gaura was selected the Tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player, while Wayne Gaura was named the Tournament Defensive MVP.

    Over 100 Teams Compete For Seven Division Titles At The 2018 NAFA World Series In Fargo

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

    Bucknell A’s pitcher ROB GUNTER delivers a pitch against Stoneyard of Wisconsin in the 2017 NAFA World Series at North Softball Complex in Fargo. The World Series returns to Fargo in Aug. 8-19 after a successful run last year. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FARGO, ND – A listing of the 111 teams competing in the 2018 North American Fastpitch Association World Series can be found on the Fargo Fastpitch Association website.

  • Follow the World Series on the NAFA website.
  • For game results, team and player statistics, and standings, visit Play Nafa.org.
  • Bowen Fastpitch second baseman, Alejo “Chaco” Munoz tries to pick off an RM Kurtz base runner during Bowen’s 1-0 victory in the NAFA A-Major World Series winner’s bracket final Saturday night at Northside Softball Complex. Bowen (5-0) won the A-Major championship, and will move up to the 10-team AA division in 2018. Photo By BOB OTTO / Aug. 12, 2017

    NAFA World Series fast approaching, here’s the latest information

    Thursday, June 21st, 2018

    PAUL BRUHA of Animal House, LaCrosse, Wis. rips into a pitch during the 2017 NAFA A Division World Series at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, Thursday, in the opening day of the 38-team event that runs through Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

    FARGO, No. Dak. – For information about the 2018 NAFA World Series, including hotels, division competition dates, current listing of teams participating, and more, visit NAFA website.

    17th Annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic to be held in New Haven

    Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

    ERIC STEINBECK pitches for and manages the Black Gold men’s fastpitch team that will be competing in the 17th annual Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic, June 23-24 in New Haven, MO. Courtesy Photo By Kyle Quick / Quick News Now

    NEW HAVEN, MO – The annual Black Gold Softball Tournament returns to New Haven City Park this coming weekend on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 with games on Lions and Bock fields. An annual men’s fastpitch tournament in the area dates back to the 1960s.

    The Black Gold team is comprised mainly of players originating from Hermann, New Haven, Union, and Washington.

    Eric Steinbeck, Terry Coon, Cullen Speckhals, Dean Haeffner, Jake Murphy, Jake Johnson and Matt Benz are some of the long-time players with local ties.

    Teams from Kansas, Illinois, and all parts of Missouri will battle it out in a round-robin format on Saturday, then single elimination tournament Saturday night and Sunday.

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