2018 NAFA World Series

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Elanco Blackhawks Snare NAFA A-Major Championship

Tuesday, August 14th, 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 – The Elanco Blackhawks of Pennsylvania flew undefeated through the NAFA World Series A-Major Division to claim the championship over the Fleetwood Marlins of British Columbia, Canada, Sunday at North Softball Complex in Fargo.

The Blackhawks forged a 6-0 record in the 29-team tournament and defeated the Marlins, 11-4, in the final through a winning combination of an explosive offense that pounded out 12 hits – led by Menno King – who drove in 3 runs, and Sean King, who belted a home run that pushed across another two runs.

Buffered by such a huge run production, Todd Smoker, who started and hurled the first two innings and Benji Stoltzius, finishing the final four, held the Marlins in check, with Stoltzius notching the win on four hits and no earned runs.

Also swinging hot sticks were Caleb Groff, 1-for-2; Jim Lawrence, 2-for-3; Dean Malone, 2-for-3 and 2 runs; Jerlin Ruit, 2-for-4, 3 RBI and a run, and Anthony Smoker, 1-for-3, run.

Ruit tied for top batting average on the team with Caleb Groff at .471, and Ruit also drove in 8 runs, tops amoung his teammates. But he was just as valuable in the pitching circle winning three of the six games in 21 innings, with 25 strikeouts and five walks.

The Blackhawks A-Major Championship Record

    Elanco 7, Dempsey’s Public House 5
    Ruit got the win, allowing six hits with 10 strikeouts. He also homered twice and drove in two runs.
    Elanco 4, Len’s Auto (Minn.) 3
    Smoker and J.J. Sanchez split the pitching duties, and Tony Baker was the hitting star, driving in 3 runs with 2 hits in 3 at bats.
    Elanco 8, Calif. Buzzards 2
    Ruit hurled a 3-hitter with 7 strikeouts, while A.J. Fisher and Ben Keyser each drove in 2 runs.
    Elanco 9, Fleetwood Marlins 8
    Ruit went the distance, giving up 12 hits with 8 strikeouts, and Ruit along with Dean Malone drove in a pair of runs, with both players smashing home runs.
    Elanco 4, Lacey A’s (Wash.) 0
    Smoker threw wonderful game, allowing one hit with 10 strikeouts. Calef Groff drove in 2 runs and was 3-for-3 at the plate, along with Ruit and King who each had an RBI.
    Elanco 11, Fleetwood Marlins 4

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.
  • Fargo hosting NAFA World Series for second consecutive year

    Saturday, August 11th, 2018

    Andrew Potter and Justin Feist helped organize the North American Fastpitch Association World Series tournament to be held at the Northside softball complex.
    David Samson / The Forum

    By John Miller / The Forum on Aug 8, 2018 at 5:58 p.m.

    FARGO, N.D. —More than 100 teams representing 15 states and Canada will be competing in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series the next couple weekends at the North Softball Complex.

    Weekend 1 of the event is Aug. 8-12 and the second weekend is Aug. 16-19. It is hosted by the Fargo Men’s Fastpitch Association. Local teams competing include Bombers Fastpitch, Fargo Knights Fastpitch and Fargo Koalas Fastpitch.

    This is the second consecutive year that Fargo was chosen to host the NAFA World Series.

    “I think that all the special things that Fargo brought to the NAFA World Series and the experience players had there,” said Andrew Potter of the Fargo Fastpitch Association on why the event is returning to Fargo. “All the players and NAFA World Series officials enjoyed it.”

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    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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    2018 NAFA World Series information for teams and fans

    Thursday, August 9th, 2018

    FARGO, No. Dak. – There is no coaches meeting at the NAFA World Series according to NAFA Executive Director, Benji Hedgecock, but he does want managers or team officials to email team rosters with jersey numbers to: nafafastpitch@gmail.com or text to 503-864-4487. This information is vital for the statistic program.

      Check In Early At The Ball Park

    Northside Softball Complex
    6101 45th Street North
    Fargo, ND 58102

  • This will give teams time to get all their bats compression tested and stickered using USA Softball bat rules and to check your team in.
  • Teams are allowed to practice at the park on fields 1-5 on your left side as you enter the parking lot. First come first served, but be courteous and share the fields.
  • Visit Play NAFA.org for statistics.
  • Live streaming of games takes place on field 9 and field 10.