2017 NAFA World Series
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By DON CAMERON
Missouri ace savors NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame induction
ST. JOSEPH, MO – “It’s the way the game should be played.”
That’s how Ray Foster, the pride of St. Joseph’s, Missouri, describes the game of wood-bat fastpitch. It also aptly reveals Foster’s approach to the game of fastpitch itself, an approach founded in competitiveness, passion and sportsmanship.
“Softball has been my life, my blood supply,” said Foster, 58, the newest member of the NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame.
By RONN KOPP
RICE LAKE, Wisc. – The 39th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held June 9-11 at Fred Tate Memorial Park in Rice Lake.
**Send separate check for $35 to “Wisconsin NAFA” if year 2017 NAFA team registration is desired. This is not required for Invitational entry.**
AWARDS (Based on 12 team field)
- 1st place $600 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
- 2nd $450 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
- 3rd $300 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
- 4th $150 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
- Individual trophies to tournament MVP and All-Tournament team selections
MAIL CHECKS TO
Rice Lake Orangemen
Post Office Box 202
Rice Lake, WI 54868
2017 TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
Loren Lathrop, Phone 608-422-5781 or 608-228-2430)
LaCrosse, Wisc. – From May to August, Animal House ball players had best set aside most of their weekends. Because they will be playing a lot of fastpitch softball.
BUD OLSON has arranged a busy schedule with 12 tournaments slated – highlighted by a grand finale come August in the NAFA World Series.
Animal House will be traveling a bit to neighboring Minnesota and Illinois. Why the out-of-state excursions?
“Fastpitch has gotten to the point that neighboring states need to come together to make quality tournaments happen,” said Olson, 71. “simply put, ‘if we expect to take, we better be ready to give.'”
LAS VEGAS – The Beaumont Coyotes had dug themselves a hole, a huge hole.
Now, could they dig themselves out of it?
Of top priority, the man in the circle had to stop the hemorrhaging. That’s exactly what Jesse Martinez did.
Trailing 5-0 in the fifth inning in the A-Division championship game of the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Martinez told his teammates he wouldn’t give up any more runs.
Now all they had to do was show some offensive punch. And like lighting a fuse, the Coyotes bats caught fire in the fifth and sixth innings.
LAS VEGAS – In men’s fastpitch lingo, pitchers who shoulder the load are referred to as the workhorse, the guy that takes the ball inning after inning, game after game.
He doesn’t look to the bullpen for relief. He doesn’t complain that he’s tired, or that his arm aches a little.
He just goes out and does his job.
David Beets, a big, hard-throwing right-hander from Oklahoma fits that description most assuredly.
And he proved it Sunday afternoon in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament championship pitching for the A1 Rockies of So. California.
Dropped into the losers bracket by All Star Auto of Grass Valley, 6-0, in the winners bracket final, the Rockies fought back through the losers bracket to defeat All Star Auto twice to take the A-Major Division title.
And Beets hurled both games: an eight-inning 7-4 victory in game one, followed by a seven-inning 2-1 gem in the deciding contest.
Rockies manager and catcher Tony Acedo had a good view of Beets’ performance from behind home plate.
“Dave Beets was pretty much the man of the day,” said Acedo. “He was lights out for sure.”
LAS VEGAS – The Bombers lived up to their name in the winners bracket final of the AA/AA-Major Bracket by pounding out a 7-0 win over the Northeast Naturals.
Pitchers Tony Mancha and Jorge Segura Bonilla combined for the win with Mike Hoadley slugging a three-run homer, and Mancha rapping out a pair of hits with two RBI.
Mark Aranda and Jesse Palacios reached safely and drove in a run each.
With the win, the Bombers improve to 3-0 and await the survivor of the losers bracket in the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. at Sunset Park in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS – For most of the game, the J&B Bombers struggled offensively and found themselves on the short end of a 4-1 score to Marchio Sausage Company.
But in the fifth, their bats got hot, scoring five times on six hits to survive the Minnesota squad, 6-4, and advance into Sunday morning’s AA/AA-Major winners bracket final.
The big blows came from Cam Schiller and Blake Hunter, who drove in a pair of runs – with Hunter’s two-out single driving in the game winner.
Right-hander Tony Mancha then came on to close out the game and earn the save in relief of starter Pat Burns.
The Bombers (2-0) in the 10-team tournament, take on the Northeast Naturals at 9:45 a.m. at Sunset Park. The Naturals (2-0) slipped past Mexico’s TJ Fastpitch, 3-2, to advance.
The winner will advance into Sunday’s 3 p.m. championship game, while the loser must battle back through the losers bracket to get back into title contention.