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Conquest Coyotes win U-23 division at 2018 NAFA World Series

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

The Conquest Coyotes roster includes Alex Strautman, Jordan Rock, Clay McKenzie, Ryder Friesen, Quintin Kokesch, Ryan Larocque, Layk Pawluk, Jared Loewen,
Spencer Schaan, Dillon Silverthorn and Mike Thomson. Courtesy Photo By Conquest Coyotes

By BILL STRAUTMAN / Conquest trainer and statistician

FARGO, N.D. – The Conquest Coyotes U-23 fastpitch team from Conquest, Saskatchewan in Canada may have taken the hard way, but they finished strong to win the Under-23 age division of the 2018 NAFA World Series, played in Fargo, ND August 17-19.

    Coyotes 8, Bowen Fastpitch 7

In their first round robin game, Conquest scored two runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 7-6, but Bowen, Illinois came back in the bottom of the seventh with two of their own to win 8-7. The Coyotes were led by Quintin Kokesch and Dillon Silverthorn, who both went 2-4 and scored two runs each. Juan Platner scored three runs for Bowen.

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Northwest Braves Take Silver in NAFA West Masters

Friday, September 21st, 2018

The Northwest Braves, top row from left, Shayne Arndt, Todd Kensler, Rich Leffingwell, Tom Inglis, Tony Dinehart, Cleon Tungsvik. Bottom row from left, Luis Guerra, Jeff Lane, Matt Chambers, Dave Cavalier and Bobo Estrella. Missing from photo is Eric Thorn. Courtesy Photo / NW Braves

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Northwest Braves of Oregon, finished second to claim the Silver Medal in the eight-team Silver Division at the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, 40-Over Division in Carson City, Sept. 16.

The Braves finished with a 3-2 record and got consistent pitching from Shayne Arndt, who was 3-0 in 23 2/3 innings with a 2.37 ERA and 11 strikeouts. His stellar work in the circle earned him a spot on the NAFA All-World team.

“We played solid defense including an incredible triple play,” said Arndt, who managed the team. “We had good team chemistry and timely hitting including home runs by Matt Chambers and Jeff Lane.”

Along with Arndt, third baseman Matt Chambers, right-fielder Todd Kensler, shortstop Jeff Lane and left-fielder Rich leffingwell were also selected to the All-World team.

  • Chambers batted .500, and drove in 3 runs, scored 5 times; Kensler hit a torrid .600 and scored 8 runs; Lane swung the hottest bat on the team, drilling pitchers for a .625 average (10-of-16) with 4 RBI and 6 runs; and Leffingwell hit .467 with 2 RBI and 3 runs.
  • The Northwest Braves won the runner-up trophy in the 2018 NAFA West Masters, 40-Over Silver Division in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16. Courtesy Photo / NW Braves

    Bennett hurls Ladner to NAFA Masters Championship

    Friday, September 21st, 2018

    MARK BENNETT was named the Most Valuable Pitcher after helping the Ladner Masters win the NAFA West Masters 55-Over championship in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16.

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Ladner Masters of British Columbia, Canada, won five-consecutive games to claim the championship in the 2018 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) West Masters 55-Over World Series in Carson City, Sept. 16.

    And pitching them to the title was Mark Bennett of Santa Barbara, Calif. The right-hander won three games and was selected to the NAFA All-World team as the Most Valuable Pitcher. Bennett is the son of long-time catcher, manager, tournament director, and umpire Clyde Bennett of Santa Barbara.

    Sluggers power Casa Trejo to NAFA World Series Silver Medal

    Thursday, September 20th, 2018

    The 2018 Casa Trejo Bombers of Yucaipa, Calif. won the Silver Medal in the NAFA West Masters 40-Over Gold Division at Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 16. The team includes Dave Hess, Eddie Arnal, Herlen Yeomans, Joe Janicke, Albert Garcia, Joaquin Juarez, Chapo Ramirez, Shawn Campa, Sergio Padilla, Donovan Reyes, Vincente Cervantes, Benito Flores and Ralph Roybal. Courtesy Photo By Ralph Roybal


    Carson City, Nev
    . – The Casa Trejo Bombers of Yucaipa, Calif., outscored its foes 41-to-12, had four players hit over .400, and had a .381 team batting average with 10-of-12 batters smashing the ball over the .300 mark.

    As anyone familiar with men’s fastpitch softball knows, such stratospheric numbers lead to lots of wins.

    And win the Bombers did in claiming the Silver Medal at the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Masters West World Series, age 40-plus Gold Division with a 4-1 record in Carson City, Nevada, Sept. 14-16.

    Manager Ralph Roybal credited his players – a blend of local talent, and players from Arizona and Mexico – for peaking at the right time and bringing the second-place trophy home to sponsor Ruth Trejo Garcia and her Casa Trejo restaurant on County Line Road in Yucaipa.

    This is the second consecutive year that the Bombers have placed runner-up in a NAFA Masters men’s World Series that features top-rated teams from the United States and Canada.

    “As a player and coach, as long as I see our guys playing hard, giving 100-percent and having fun, that’s all I can ask,” said Roybal. “We have put the Bombers on the map in Masters fastpitch.”

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    Meet the NAFA Masters Players And Teams That Still Play “for the love of the game.”

    Thursday, September 20th, 2018

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – From age 40 to well past 60, there are fastpitch softball players on teams across the U.S. and Canada whose fastpitch flame refuses to flicker or die out.

    These Masters, who have played the game they have loved for 30, 40, and 50-plus years, stubbornly refuse to allow achy throwing arms, balky knees, nagging hamstrings, sore backs, or doctors orders (“you need to find a sport more suitable for your age!”) to usher them from the game.

    Here’s a salute to just a few of NAFA’s Masters

    Jim Decoter, Steve Korsa, Paul Carlton, Mike Drew, Andy Watson, Gil Gardner, Kevin Kammueller, Mike Massine, Paul Rubin, Eric Linnell, Ray Biggini, Troy Morrison, Bobby Smith, Darren Zack, Kelly Wenstrom, Gregor Morgan, Ned Waters, Donovan Reyes, Anthony Fabrizio, Fernando Ramirez, Mike Hoadley, Andy Martinez, Ralph Roybal, Craig Piccock, Bob Steehler, Chuck Smith, John Givens, Bobby Doe, Curt Culver, Monte McCrary, John Melchiari, Tim Jacobs, Mike Hopkins, Billy Frank, Shawn Samson, Doug Erock…and so many, many more.

    ***For the results of ALL the 2018 NAFA World Series, including Masters East and West, click on: 2018 NAFA World Series.***

    Comeback K-Club Claims NAFA World Series Title

    Monday, September 17th, 2018

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Winning championships doesn’t come easy in any sport. And so it is in men’s fastpitch softball. Just ask the K-Club squad of Moses Lake, Washington.

    For ten years K-Club has steadily grown into a respected ball club, winning or placing in the upper echelon of club tournaments throughout the northwest.

    The 2018 season can be chalked up as a resounding success. K-Club’s 26-12 record includes two second-place finishes in the Newberg, Ore. and Mt. Vernon, Wash. tournaments. And in the prestigious North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Seattle Invitational, K-Club claimed first place in the A-Major Division.

      Aiming High

    But those tournaments were tune-ups of sorts. For the ultimate prize is winning a NAFA World Series championship – a destination K-Club has been aiming for ten long years.

    And on Aug. 19 in Fargo, North Dakota, K-Club’s dream of a national championship was realized when they won five consecutive games to claim the 10-team, World Series AA-Division title.

    “K-Club has progressively improved over the last nine years,” said co-manager Dan Kolda, who helped found the team with his sons Mike and Rickey. “We have had many successes, but the victory in the AA World Series, especially with all the comeback wins, has to be the most prestigious accomplishment for the program. The effort and contributions from each and every member of this team demonstrated what can be achieved when you have “heart!”

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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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