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Important Information about 2017 NAFA World Series in Fargo, North Dakota

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

FARGO, ND – For teams, players and fans, please read this important information about the NAFA World Series that will be held in Fargo, Aug. 9-20.

  • Northside Softball Complex.
  • Hector International Airport
  • Traveling Amtrak
  • Hotel Reservations (Contact Rachel at housing@fargomoorhead.org for more information.)
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    NAFA heads to Fargo for 25th annual World Series of men’s fastpitch softball

    Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

    THE 2017 NAFA WORLD SERIES will be held at the Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, ND. Courtesy Photo

    DAYTON, Ore. – In the winter of 1993, seven dedicated fastpitch men – Pat Bucknell, Jim Williamson, Loren Lathrop, Ronn Kopp, Roger Regez, Milt Waschow and Bill Musolf – met in Chicago with a lofty goal in mind: to create an international organization explicitly for male fastpitch.

    And from that meeting, the North American Fastpitch Association was born.

    In August, NAFA will celebrate an outstanding milestone – a quarter century of striving to make the game better for every man, young man, boy or masters-aged player who wants to play fastpitch the “NAFA way.”

    NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, wants to make this milestone special and one long to be remembered by inviting all teams, players and fans to attend the NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak., Aug. 8-20.

    “We are preparing for our 25th Anniversary of the North American Fastpitch Association in Fargo, North Dakota in August and we are inviting you to come join us,” said Hedgecock.

    Professor Tadashi Yoshimura, manager and founder of the Waseda University men’s fastpitch team of Tokyo, Japan, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the 2014 NAFA World Series Opening Day ceremonies, Thursday night at Green Valley Sports Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

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    Check out SCIFL men’s fastpitch photos

    Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

    Yusef Davis Jr., reaches up and slaps a high rise ball off BC A’s pitcher Gregg Garrity and reaches safely on an infield single during a 2016 SCIFL Alliance Tournament in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 SCIFL Tournament

    BURBANK, Calif. – Though the game has dropped off in numbers over the past thirty years, the game still lives on for diehard, committed men’s fastpitch players and fans of the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League.

  • Check out how the game is played SCIFL style: Men’s Fastpitch Photo Galleries.
  • Photos of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Friday, June 16th, 2017

    JAKE BENDER drills a pitch into left-field to help the Oklahoma Sykos defeat the So. Calif. Budmen, 6-1, in the first-round of the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament at Sunset Park in Las Vegas, Friday. The Sykos are competing in the 16-team A division that concludes Sunday with the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL) has posted photos I took of the annual Las Vegas Road Trip Men’s fastpitch Tournament.

    For a viewing, click on: 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip Photos

    39th Annual Rice Lake, Wisconsin Men’s Fastpitch Invitational a highlight of Aquafest celebration

    Tuesday, June 6th, 2017


    Rice Lake Orangemen pitcher Nicolas Siebenlist delivers a pitch to catcher Travis Thompson during the Jack Grafmeier Tournament in Kimberly, Wisc., June 4. The Orangemen return to action in the Rice Lake Invitational Tournament, June 9-10, seeking to win the championship in the ball club’s 39th appearance in the event that features teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas. Photo By SHAWNTELLE DAWES

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Six teams from Wisconsin, two from Minnesota, and one from Kansas make up the roster of teams for the 39th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 9-11, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

    2016 defending champion Tin Cup of St. Paul and runner-up Ostrander Norsemen of Ostrander, Minnesota are not entered in this year’s meet.

    Wisconsin entries include Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Dugout Bar and Grill and Cushing Tigers of Cushing, Ben’s Northern Bar-Deer’s Food Locker of Luck, The Stoneyard of Appleton, and the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 38 previous events.

    Len’s Automotive of St. Paul and last year’s third-place finisher, Odin Fastpitch, are the two Gopher State entries.

    The Kansas entry is Wizard of Oz from Silver Lake, a perennial entry in national fastpitch competition of the North American Fastpitch Association.

  • Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with one game, that at 8:00 p.m., and continues all day Saturday with opening games at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes early Sunday evening.
  • 2017 Annual Rice Lake Invitational in Rice Lake, Wisconsin

    Friday, June 2nd, 2017

    By RONN KOPP
    NAFA President

    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.

      TOURNAMENT DETAILS
  • Team Classifications: NAFA “AA,” “A-Major,” and “A”
  • Tournament Size: 12 Teams (The first 12 to submit complete entries, including roster)
  • Tournament Format: NAFA 3-game guarantee
  • Entry Fee: $225 payable to Rice Lake Orangemen Fastpitch
  • **Send separate check for $35 to “Wisconsin NAFA” if year 2017 NAFA team registration is desired. This is not required for Invitational entry.**

  • Rosters: Teams may list a maximum of 18 players on their roster. Rosters MUST be on the attached form and completely filled out, and MUST be submitted along with the tournament entry fee for entry to be accepted.
  • 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

    A Step Back In Time: Wausau fastpitch team takes third in 2000 NAFA World Series

    Saturday, May 27th, 2017

    WAUSAU REP & BAJA’S men’s fastpitch team, front row from left: Craig Filizetti, Mark Zee, Tim Spagnola, Riggs Repking, Greg Spindler, Brooks Repking, Jay Wilder, Jeff Zeller. Back from left: J.W. Dachel, Scott Rasmussen, Mark Repking, Mike Witter, Kevin Leick, Al Gringras, Rick Larson and Tom Feck. Not pictured, Dave Kamke. Photo By Wausaw Daily Herald / Sept. 22, 2000

    FARGO, No. Dak. – In 2000, Rep and Baja’s finished third out of 48 teams in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, A Division, in Fargo.

    The Wausau, Wisc. team finished 5-2, including a 2-0 victory over eventual champion Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, whose only pitcher John Desaulniers threw every inning, including 37 the final day, to finish at 8-1.

    Rep and Baja’s burst out to a 5-0 start to reach the winners bracket final, but lost twice to take the third spot in the tournament that featured teams from throughout the United States and Canada.

    Rep and Baja’s beat River City Brewers of Winnipeg, 9-8; Stadium Club of Billings, Mont., 4-3; the Cardinals of Sydney, Nova Scotia, 4-1; and the Black Knights, 2-0, to reach the final round. But the team then lost 3-2 to Rissers of Devils Lake, No. Dak. and 5-4 to Kegel in a rematch.

    The club placed five players on All-World team including outfielder Mark Zee, and utility and pitching ace Kevin Leick both of Marshfield, Wisc. Leick had a 21-3 pitching record for the season.

    In other NAFA divisions, the Denmark Dukes (Wisc.) won the AAA division, and the Toronto, Ontario, CA, Jaguars won the AA.

    Fargo will once again host the NAFA World Series, marking the 25th anniversary of the organization that began in 1993. The tournament will be held Aug. 9-20, with games played at Fargo’s NEW Northside Softball Complex.

    To learn more about NAFA, visit the organization’s website: North American Fastpitch Association

    So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League hosting men’s masters tournament

    Monday, May 22nd, 2017

    GS, Calif.

      To All Managers:

    The next Master tournament is scheduled for June 4, 2017 at Little Lake Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA. Teams interested in participating will need to contact the tournament director, Jesse Ortiz, at scifastpitch@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 24, 2017 because the field rentals need to be paid on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Once the field rentals have been paid we will not be able to make any adjustments.

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    Bill Hopeman put Hingham, Wisc. on the fastpitch map

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    Since the late 1930s, hundreds of softball players have played fastpitch at the Hingham ballfields. Courtesy Photo

    “I have skipped class reunions and some marriages because of ball. It was probably wrong, but nothing was more important than playing ball. I just loved the game.” – Bill Hopeman

    HINGHAM, Wisc. – When he was six years old, Bill Hopeman got his first taste of fastpitch softball on Hingham’s grade school playground.

    Swinging a bat, catching and throwing a softball soon became a passion. His favorite position?

    “Anywhere they would let me play,” said Hopeman, who was younger than many of the school kids back in the early 1950s. “But mostly I played third base, shortstop and some first base.”

    But over the ensuing years, “let me play,” became a plea of sorts to “please pitch for us,” as Hopeman switched from infielder to pitcher. An outstanding one at that – who many claim the best to hurl a softball in the Hingham fastpitch league.

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    Bud Olson, Wisconsin NAFA Manager of The Year

    Monday, May 8th, 2017

    Bud Olson, left, was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame in 2014 and was presented by NAFA Vice President Mike Watson (2015 NAFA Hall of Famer). Photo By BOB OTTO

    LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Most managers are quick to down play their contribution when their team has a winning season.

    They usually spin it like, “I was fortunate to have great players,” or “we played well together,” or “we had good leadership on the field,” or “everybody knew their job and went out and did it.”

    You get the point. Taking credit for winning is not in most manager’s character. And that includes Bud Olson of La Crosse Animal House, who was selected Wisconsin NAFA 2016 Manager of The Year.

    “Over the years, I’ve learned managing is easier when you get runs and your pitcher shuts them down,” said Olson, 72. “It takes good players and I’ve been very fortunate to have players that have stayed around a long time.”

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