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Farmersville Haymakers overcome slow start, finish strong with Elkland and NAFA World Series titles

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, Matt Sheaffer and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

“The beginning of year it took us awhile to bond as a team and we weren’t playing the best, but by the end of the year we meshed as a team and finished out strong. It was a fun ride!” – Haymakers coach Merlin High

EPHRATA, PA – Average. Ordinary. Mediocre. Not the kind of tags competitive athletes or teams want to be labeled with. It means you’re OK, but you’ve done nothing to distinguish yourself.

That was the kind of season the Farmersville Haymakers were having, hovering around .500, finishing third at 13-12 in the Stevens’ Northend Softball League, third in the league playoffs…you get the picture.

As coach Merlin High said, at the start of the year, “we weren’t playing the best.”

But as the sporting cliché goes: it’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. And what a finish, what a stunning turnaround the Haymakers pulled off.

    WEILER CLICKS, WINNING STREAK STARTS

And it all started at the NAFA World Series in North Mankato, Minnesota where the Haymakers delivered some big blows to go 5-0 and win the AA-Division championship.

“Things started to click at the start of the NAFA World Series,” said player / pitcher Justin Zimmerman.

And in fastpitch, “to click” starts with pitching. And with Duane Weiler as a late- season addition, the Haymakers fortunes shot upward like a NASA rocket.

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Check out photos of Taft Buzzards NAFA A-Division World Series Champions

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
The Buzzards of Taft, Calif. won the 2016 NAFA A-Division World Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minn., Aug. 17-21, 2016. Photo Courtesy of SCIFL

The Buzzards of Taft, Calif. won the 2016 NAFA A-Division World Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minn., Aug. 17-21, 2016. Photo Courtesy of SCIFL

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – The Buzzards of Taft, Calif. won the 2016 NAFA A-Division World Series with a 6-0 record, Aug. 17-21. Several of the team members were selected to the All-World Team.

To view the photos, click: So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League Photo Gallery

In The Spotlight: Yusef Davis, Southern California’s fast-rising star in men’s fastpitch

Saturday, August 27th, 2016
Yusef Davis of Long Beach, Calif. played in the ISC World Tournament with the New York Peligro Gremlins, and also in the NAFA A-Division World Series for the Beaumont, Calif. Coyotes. He batted .375 in the world Tournament, and was selected to the NAFA All-World Team. Courtesy Photo

Yusef Davis of Long Beach, Calif. played in the ISC World Tournament with the New York Peligro Gremlins, and also in the NAFA A-Division World Series for the Beaumont, Calif. Coyotes. He batted .375 in the world Tournament, and was selected to the NAFA All-World Team. Courtesy Photo

LONG BEACH, Calif. – He’s young, he’s fast, he can drop down a bunt, slap or send a stinging line drive into the gap, and with his speed, he can cover the outfield like a cheetah.

Oh, one other thing, Yusef Davis in his few short years playing men’s fastpitch, has been smitten by the game. So much so, that earlier in the season, he paid his own way to play in the USA Softball Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament in Ashland, Ohio in June.

The money he spent has paid dividends: He made second-team, All-Tournament and caught the eye of the New York Peligro Gremlins, a major men’s fastpitch team that finished the season ranked No. 8 by the International Softball Congres.

Peligro picked him up for the ISC World Tournament in Moline, IL, and the 22-year-old played very well. In his first game, he went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs, and overall, finished the tournament with a .375 average. Peligro went 2-2 and finished 16th in the 36-team field.

He was disappointed the the tournament came to an end in a 2-0 loss to the Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, ND. But he’s grateful for the experience and plans for more world tournament’s in his future. He added that facing the world’s top pitchers was quite an eye opener.

“The experience was unbelievable,” said Davis. “It’s a tournament I’ll never forget. The pitching was unreal. I faced Sebastian Gervasutti from Circle Tap Dukes and he threw really well, and had a good curve pitch and a sneaky drop pitch.”

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SCIFL Masters prepare for NAFA Masters West World Series in Carson City

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. – The final SCIFL Masters Tournament of the season before the NAFA Masters World Series in Carson City, Nevada (Sept. 16-18) will be held at Little Lake Park, Aug. 28.

SCIFL Masters Schedule

Sincerely,
Jesse Ortiz
SCIFL President
661-510-8928
scifastpitch@gmail.com

Minnesota Computers close season strong at NAFA World Series

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Mn Computers Collage.llr Minnesota Computers / Coasters Beer Garden of St. Paul / Minneapolis turned around a sluggish season with an exceptional perforance at the 2016 NAFA A-Division World Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato, to finish second in the 50-team tournament with a 6-2 record. Courtesy Photo / Matt Fitzenberger

ST. PAUL / Minneapolis – If manager Richard Quigley were to grade his ball club for the regular season, he’d probably hand out a big red F. But in post-season play, he would surely have to swap it for a big shiny A+. Maybe even hand out some gold stars.

The Minnesota Computers / Coasters Beer Garden men’s fastpitch team plodded through the regular season with a so-so record. They finished fourth in the 12-team Dunning League at 6-4-2.

And in tournament play, they took third at Milltown, Wisconsin (3-2), and had a dismal weekend at the Hollywood tournament, going 0-4.

It’s the kind of results that will have opponents thinking we’ll crush these patsies. But pity the team with this thought in the post-season.

For MN Computers woke from its slumber to have an outstanding NAFA A-Division World Series at North Mankato, Aug. 19-21, at Caswell Park.

    CATCH FIRE AT WORLD SERIES

MN Computers fashioned a 6-2 record to finish runner-up to the Buzzards of Taft, California, who claimed the 24th Annual A-Division Championship with a 7-1 record in the 50-team tournament.

Quigley is as puzzled as anyone about how his team can suddenly turn mediocrity into excellence, like flipping a light switch from off to on.

“We’re a veteran team that was horrible until state (tournament) and NAFA World Series,” said Quigley. “But both seasons (2015, 2016) at the end were huge successes.”

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Check out results of NAFA World Series in North Mankato

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

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NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – Three divisions of the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) are battling for championships, Sunday, in the final day of the World Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

Click on the links for results

  • AA Division
  • A Division
  • 23-Under Division
  • On the rise, Tin Cup of St. Paul plays in the ISC World Tournament and NAFA World Series

    Sunday, August 21st, 2016
    Dave Marchio manages and plays for Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club competed in both the 2016 ISC World Tournament and NAFA AA-Major World Series in the Quad Cities of IA/IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Dave Marchio manages and plays for Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club competed in both the 2016 ISC World Tournament and NAFA AA-Major World Series in the Quad Cities of IA/IL. Photo By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – If the Tin Cup men’s fastpitch team feels a little sore and tired, they really can’t be blamed.

    In the past nine days (Aug. 13-21) the St. Paul, Minnesota squad has played eight games – three in the ISC World Tournament and five in the NAFA AA-Major Division World Series in the Quad Cities.

    But for manager / designated hitter, Dave Marchio, it’s really not a big deal. His team is used to playing a lot of fastpitch.

    “We’ve played about 65 games this year,” said Marchio at the NAFA AA-Major in Rock Island, Illinois. “We’re used to a lot of games.”

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    J & B Painting competing in NAFA AA-Major in Rock Island

    Saturday, August 20th, 2016

    ROCK ISLAND, IL – J & B Painting of Agoura Hills, Calif. didn’t have far to travel once they were eliminated from the ISC World Tournament (2-2) in Moline.

    Just a few miles down the road, the NAFA AA-Major World Series is being held. J & B is in the tournament and they’re in action Saturday at noon against the Irma Tigers at Campbell Sports Complex.

    Nine teams are vying for the championship that concludes Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

    For bracket results and scores, visit: NAFA AA-Major

    Ten Teams To Battle In NAFA AA-Major World Series

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

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    ROCK ISLAND, IL – Ten of the best teams in men’s fastpitch will take to the ball diamonds at Campbell Sports Complex, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-21.

    Check out the AA-Major bracket and don’t miss out on the action.

    NAFA Contact

    Benji Hedgecock, Executive Director
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    503-559-5398 cell
    P.O. Box 566
    Dayton, OR 97114

    Important links to the 2016 NAFA World Series

    Monday, August 15th, 2016
    Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota is hosting the 2016 NAFA World Series, Aug. 11-21.

    Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota is hosting the 2016 NAFA World Series, Aug. 11-21.

    NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – Want to know who’s winning? Who’s leading the tournament in pitching, hitting, and fielding?

      For all things concerning the NAFA World Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato, visit these important links

  • World Series Divisions
  • Playnafa Results and Stats
  • NAFA Website
  • Caswell Park
  • Caswell Park Sports
  • Thank You,
    Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director
    503-559-5398
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com