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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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40th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Crowns A Three-Time Champion

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Joel Cooley was selected to the All-Tournament team after pitching the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2018 40th Annual Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

By RONN KOPP
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tin Cup Returns, Resumes Winning Ways

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Tin Cup Tornado returned after a year hiatus, picking up where it left off by capturing the championship of the 40th edition of the Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament held at Tate Park in Rice Lake June 8-10. 12 teams took part in this year’s event.

The St. Paul club, managed by first baseman Dave Marchio, had claimed the crown in 2015 and 2016 before having to withdraw in 2017 due to a scheduling conflict. Marchio has competed in numerous past tourneys, chiefly for the St. Paul Rice Street Merchants. He is the meet’s all-time home run leader.

Dave Marchio manages and plays for the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club won the 2018 Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament Championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By BOB OTTO

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12 Teams to compete in 40th Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational men’s fastpitch tournament

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

To watch some of the finest teams and players in Wisconsin and Minnesota, be sure to take in the action at the 40th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 8-10. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

By RONN KOPP
NAFA President / Wisconsin Fastpitch Media

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Eight teams from Wisconsin and four from Minnesota make up the roster of teams for the 40th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 8-10, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

Defending champion Odin Fastpitch of Odin, Minnesota is returning as is, after a one year hiatus, St. Paul Tin Cup Tornado, winners in 2015 and 2016.

Other Minnesota entries are Len’s Automotive of St. Paul, third place finishers a year ago prior to finishing the season as class A champions of the North American Fastpitch Association, as well as Pate Bonding of West St. Paul, Aquafest champions in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

Wisconsin entries include Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Dugout Bar and Grill and the Cushing Tigers of Cushing, Silver Star Nutrition of La Crosse, The Stoneyard and The Bar Blues of Madison, and The Bar of Rice Lake.

Also returning is the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 39 previous events. The Orangemen, runner-up in 2017, won their only Aquafest title in 2014.

Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with the Cushing Tigers taking on Striker’s Lanes at 7:30 p.m. and the two Rice Lake sponsored teams, The Bar and the Orangemen, battling it out at 9:00 p.m.

Play continues all day Saturday with opening games at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes late Sunday afternoon.

  • Visit Wisconsin Fastpitch for more informationa about men’s fastpitch softball in the state.
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  • All Star Auto drives to President Hoover championship

    Thursday, May 31st, 2018


    The All Star Automotive men’s fastpitch softball team swept undefeated through the 2018 President Hoover Memorial Day Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to claim the title in Newberg, Ore. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt, NAFA District Commissioner

    The Union
    By Union staff
    May 29, 2018

    NEWBERG, Ore. – With a dominant effort on the diamond, All Star Automotive won the 2018 President Hoover Memorial Day Fastpitch Softball Tournament in Newberg, Oregon over the weekend.

    All Star Automotive, a Grass Valley based team named after its sponsor, went 5-0 on its way to claiming the tourney championship.

    The team is comprised of Robert Alvara, Terry Gekoster, Kody Kencke, Justin Deme, Adam Custer, Toby Thompson, Russ Newnan, Alec Giron, Wes Cross, Josh Noxon, Matt Donovan and Josh Cena.

    All Star Automotive was led by all-tourney selections Terry Gekoster, Kody Kencke, Robert Alvara, Justin Deme, Josh Cena and Rusty Newnan. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt, NAFA District Commissioner.

    TOURNAMENT SCORES

    Newberg NAFA tourney wraps up Sunday

    Sunday, May 27th, 2018

    Shayne Arndt is a NAFA Director for the Northwest Region. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt

    By SHAYNE ARNDT
    NAFA Director of Northwest Region

    NEWBERG, Ore. – The President Hoover Memorial Day Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, May 26-27, being played a Crater Park wraps up Sunday with the playoffs starting at 8:30 a.m., with the title and consolation games scheduled for 11:50.

      Saturday’s Schedule (scores not available)

    8:30 a.m.
    C1 Desparados vs All Star

    10:10
    C1 Desparados vs Braves

    11:50
    C1 All Star vs Cleons
    C2 Braves vs K Club

    1:30 p.m.
    C1 All Star vs Braves
    C2 K Club vs Cleons

    3:10
    C1 Cleons vs Jack’s

    4:50
    C1 K Club vs Jack’s

    6:30
    C1 Desparados vs Jacks

      Sunday Playoffs

    8:30 a.m.
    C1 seed 6 vs seed 3
    C2 seed 5 vs seed 4

    10:10
    C1 seed 3/6 vs seed 1
    C2 seed 4/5 vs seed 2

    11:50
    C1 Championship
    C2 Consolation game

    Popular Men’s & Women’s Fastpitch Tournament Returns To Soboba

    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

    SAN JACINTO, Calif. – The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Parks and Recreation Dept. will be holding its 2018 20th Annual Memorial Day Men’s and Women’s Fastpitch tournament on May 25-27.

    The tournament features BIG cash payouts and prizes. Please see flier for complete information.

  • For registration forms visit: www.sobobaparksandrec.com.
  • Teams interested should contact Steve Lopez at 951-654-1319 or by email slopez@soboba-nsn.gov.
  • Soboba Reservation Map
  • Fastpitch teams and fans, you don’t want to miss this tournament! Courtesy Photo

    Boys’ Fastpitch Softball Fun Days In Michigan!

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Gary Compau and volunteers are offering an opportunity for boys between the ages of 8 to 18 from Frankenmuth, Saginaw, Midland, Flint, Birch Run, and Reese to learn more about and play the game of fastpitch softball. So they’ve organized a Fun Days that will run from Sundays in April and May.

    Fun Days organizer, Gary Compau of Frankenmuth, realizes that to revive and expand the game, young players need to be brought into the game.

    “It’s up to us,” he said. “We can make this a success.”

      THE DETAILS
  • All boys, 8 to 18, are invited from inexperienced to experienced
  • Experienced fastpitch past and present players will be there offering tips on catching, fielding, and hitting
  • Veteran pitchers will be helping and advising players who want to learn how to pitch
  • The Fun Days are FREE and will not interfere with Little League or baseball
  • Balls and bats will be provided
    • THE FUN!
  • Teams will be formed and games will be played
    • WHERE
  • The two ball fields at Frankenmuth St. Lorenz Lutheran School. One field for the younger players and one for the older. (We request that an adult accompany the young players)
    • WHEN

    April 22-May 20, and May 6, starting at 4 p.m.

      CONTACT INFORMATION

    Gary Compau at 989-262-8452; Email is tawasgary@att.net

    “This is not tryouts,” said Compau. “Come out and enjoy the experience. We will provide the fun. Just come out and enjoy it and see where it goes.”

    Oregon’s Shayne Arndt fills leadership role as NAFA Director

    Friday, April 20th, 2018

    The Northwest Braves finished third in the 2017 NAFA World Series, 23-Under division in Fargo, No. Dak. From bottom left, Dre Davis, Lane Kurtz, Jason Carr, Jack Rennie, Kendrick Martin. Back row from left, Shayne Arndt, Kaleb Arndt, Chase Shortly, Kyle Frye, Richard Carson, Fisher Solberg. Courtesy Photo / Shayne Arndt

    HERMISTON, Ore. – Two years a go Shayne Arndt jumped into a leadership role with the North American Fastpitch Association when he agreed to become NAFA Director of the Northwest Region, a territory that includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

    That’s a huge swath of fastpitch country in which to try and expand a sport that, as in much of the country, has been declining for the past 30 years.

    Arndt doesn’t claim to be a miracle worker and he does’t promise sudden explosive growth. His plan is more pragmatic.

    “I want to build relationships with other teams,” said Arndt, 40. “We compete on the field, but we must cooperate off it to build more teams, leagues and regional tournaments. There was a rich history of fastpitch in Oregon, but right now it’s dormant. Two years a go I saw a need for leadership to get the ball rolling again. I love the game, that’s why I do it.”

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    Schweyer pitching leads WAH to Palm Springs tournament title

    Thursday, April 19th, 2018

    ROB SCHWEYER pitched WAH to the championship of the 2018 Palm Springs Classic Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, March 24-25. Photo By BOB OTTO

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – After WAH reached the semifinals of the Palm Springs Classic men’s fastpitch softball tournament on Sunday afternoon, pitcher ROB SCHWEYER was essentially handed the ball with the bidding, “now take us to the finish line.”

    And over the final two ball games, the Canadian-born right-hander was near perfect in allowing but one hit over 11 innings in defeating the A1 Rockies 2-0 in the semis, and the Budmen 2-0 in the championship.

    His totals on the day tell of his dominance: Against the Rockies he fired a four-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts and three walks. About 35 minutes later, he returned to the pitching circle and shackled the Budmen on a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts.

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