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Four still perfect in NAFA A-Major Division World Series

Friday, August 11th, 2017

California Buzzards Nate Hiromerides lays down a bunt and beats it out for a base hit during the Buzzards 6-0 win over ECL Bronx, Friday, in the A-Major Division. Photo By BOB OTTO

FARGO – Thirty teams started with a clean slate, now only four remain without a blemish in the A-Major bracket:

  • Bowen Fastpitch, Ill., 2-0
  • Buzzards, Calif., 2-0
  • RM Kurtz, Penn., 3-0
  • A1 Rockies, Calif., 2-0
  • The four ball clubs will square off at 4 p.m. Saturday with the winners advancing into the winner’s bracket final, Saturday night at 8.

    Bowen Fastpitch will battle the Buzzards in the upper bracket, while RM Kurtz and the Rockies will decide who dominates the lower bracket.

    The championship is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Sunday at Northside Softball Complex.

    Young guns turn to shine on the softball diamond

    Friday, August 11th, 2017

    Young Thunder pitcher, Craig Lewis, 18, delivers a pitch during the opening game of the age 23-Under Division NAFA World Series, Friday night, at the Northside Softball Complex. Craig is from a Missouri fastpitch family that includes his father Eric, and brothers Jacob, 16, and Brian, 14. Young Thunder is also playing in the A-Major Division. Photo By BOB OTTO / Aug. 11, 2017

    FARGO – They’re young, many still teenagers, but they have a fondness for fastpitch softball. And these young guns have a chance to prove their mettle in the age 23-Under NAFA World Series, from Aug. 11-13 at the Northside Softball Complex.

    NAFA A-Major Scores at the 2017 NAFA World Series

    Friday, August 11th, 2017

    Missouri Young Thunder shortstop John Zimmerman fires to first base to throw out a runner during the game with Strikers Lane. Though the young ball club lost 10-7, they contiually fought back and even pulled with a run in the sixth before Strikers Lanes scored three in the seventh to seal the win in the NAFA A-Major Division, Friday, at Northside Softball Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FARGO – Friday was a busy day at Northside Softball Complex in the 30-team, NAFA A-Major Division. Here’s some results.

    A1 Rockies, Calif. 6, Sioux Falls Pivot Sox 3
    (w) Lee Cose, 7 hits, 3 runs, 9 strikeouts
    Ruben Lopez, 3-for-3, 3 RBI, home run

    LaSalle Bullets 6, Northwest Braves 5
    (w) Brad Popik, 7 hits, 4 runs, 6 strikeouts

    Northern Merchants Fastpitch 2, Fleetwood Marlins 0
    (w) Tom Haver, 4 hits, 1 run, 6 strikeouts

    Notre Dame Clubs 6, Weezer’s Kansas 1
    (w) Trevor McDonald 9 hits, 1 run, 6 strikeouts
    Johnny Prejet, 2-for-3, RBI

    California Buzzards 6, ECL Bronx 0
    (w) Lumar Goss, no-hitter, 11 strikeouts
    Tyler Wartman, 3-for-4, 3 RBI; Javier Fierro, 2-for-4, RBI

    Lacey A’s 7, Notre Dame Clubs 0
    (w) Dave Drotzman, 3 hits, 5 strikeouts
    Kasey Knight, 1-for-3, RBI; Jason Grow, 2-for-2

    **For more results, visit A-Major Scores

    CR Bartels Farms dominates to win NAFA World Series championship

    Friday, August 11th, 2017

    By CHRIS MURPHY / Sports Reporter
    Fargo Inforum, Aug. 11, 2017

    FARGO—Zack Pierce has been playing fastpitch softball since he was 4 years old in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The 22-year-old first stepped in the pitcher’s circle at 14 years old. To him, the circle is more like a spotlight, and that’s where he loves to shine.

    “You’re main stage,” Pierce said. “You’re right in the center, you’re always involved in the play. Everything you do is in the game. It’s a lot of pressure, but I like pressure.”

    Pierce was nearly untouchable in CR Bartels Farms’ (Portland, Ore.) run to a AA Major title in the North American Fastpitch Association World Series at Northside Softball Complex on Friday, Aug. 11.

    In the tournament, he was 3-0 with 41 strikeouts in 22 innings, giving up two earned runs. He capped the tournament with four shutout innings, to lead CR Bartels Farms to an 11-0 four-inning win in the title game against the Summerside Eagles of Prince Edward Island of Canada.

    Continue reading the story in the Forum

    Emerson’s save advances Minnesota Computers / Coasters Beer in NAFA A-Major

    Friday, August 11th, 2017

    SCOTT EMERSON pitched Minnesota Computers / Coasters Beer out of a seventh inning, bases-loaded jam, to earn the save in a 6-4 win over the KW Pirates, Friday, in the second round of the A-Major World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FARGO, N.D. – Minnesota Computers / Coasters Beer had a two-run advantage in the bottom of the seventh, but it was serious jeopardy of being lost as the KW Pirates loaded the bases, threatening to tie or possibly win the game.

    But Scott Emerson came in relief and coaxed a ground ball to first baseman Matt Fitzenberger to end the game.

    the win improves Minnesota Computers to 2-0 in the A-Major Division after defeating Young Thunder, 6-0, Thursday in the opening game of the tournament.

    Emerson went the distance to notch the win on six-hitter with 10 strikeouts.

  • For more A-Major results, visit Play Nafa A-Major.
  • CR Bartels Farms powers way to NAFA AA-Major Championship

    Friday, August 11th, 2017

    CR Bartels of Portland, Ore. won the the NAFA AA-Major championship by defeating the Prince Edward Island Eagles, 11-0, in the final. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FARGO, N.D. – CR Bartels Farms unleashed its potent offense, Zack Pierce was nearly untouchable, and the Portland squad crushed the Prince Edward Island Eagles, 11-0, to claim the AA-Major championship, Friday, at Northside Softball Complex.

    Nick Green smashed a 300 foot opposite field three-run homer over the left-field fence to highlight CR Bartels seven-run outburst in the third that put the championship on ice.

    In the second inning, Darin Michael drove a single down the left-field line to drive in the first run of the game, followed by an error, and a bases-loaded walk that gave CR Bartels a 3-0 advantage.

    The 22-year-old Pierce had a perfect game going into the fourth, but the Eagles Mike McIsaac led off the inning with a clean double into centerfield, followed by Morgan Murphy’s single, putting runners at first and third.

    ZAC PIERCE fired a two-hitter to help CR Bartels of Portland, Ore. win the 2017 NAFA AA-Major World Series Championship, Friday, at Northend Softball Complex. Pierce was selected the AA-Major Most Valuable Pitcher for his performance throughout the tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    But Pierce toughened, striking out the next three batters to end the game under the mercy rule. Pierce struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter.

    When the all-tournament awards were announced the right-hander was selected the AA-Major Most Valuable Pitcher. Pierce carved out a 3-0 record, pitched 22 innings with 44 strikeouts and a 0.64 ERA.

    For CR Bartels Farms, the AA-Major title comes just a month after winning the NAFA Open championship at the Seattle Invitational at Fife, Wash.

    FINAL FOUR TEAMS
    1. CR Bartels Farms
    2. Prince Edward Island Eagles
    3. Rice Lake, Wisc. Orangemen
    4. Elanco Blackhawks

    Most Valuable Player
    Jason Obregon, CR Bartels

    Most Valuable Pitcher
    Zack Pierce

    All-World Team
    Dean Malone, Elanco
    Kyle Fry, Northwest Braves
    Shayne Arndt, Northwest Braves
    Nicolas Siebenlist, Rice Lake
    Francisco Sabate, Rice Lake
    Fedrico Olheiser, Rice Lake
    German Bonaccorsi, Rice Lake
    Matt Dawson, P.E.I. Eagles
    Morgan Murphy, P.E.I. Eagles
    Mitch Hardy, P.E.I. Eagles
    Tony Gonzalez, CR Bartels Farms
    Matt Christensen, CR Bartels Farms
    Nick Green, CR Bartels Farms
    Will Hendrix, Desperado Sports Bar
    Matt Chambers, Selects

    Fargo rolls out the red carpet for NAFA’s 25th Anniversary

    Friday, August 11th, 2017

    The 2017 NAFA World Series tournament brochure.

    FARGO, N.D. – The hospitality, the professionalism, and the desire to host the best 25th anniversary of the founding of the North American Fastpitch Association is exceptional in the great, northern city of Fargo.

    And a few folks deserve a good share of the credit.

    The host committee includes John Kegel, Mike Oehlke, Justin Feist, Stephonie Broughton, Matt Gable and Tom Wilson. They have done an outstanding job in providing a wonderful venue and atmosphere for NAFA’s 25th Anniversary.

    The 13 fields at the Northside Softball Complex are in excellent playing condition (it’s reported that the complex will be expanded by another 20 fields). The staff and volunteers have done their utmost to provide every accommodation possible.

    The tournament drew approximately 120 teams from Canada and the United States, which of course means it’s not the easiest of tasks for every facet to run smoothly, but it has, thanks to the hard work of the incredible fastpitch folks of Fargo.

    As for the weather? Gorgeous, perfect fastpitch softball playing conditions.

    Informative websites

  • Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • NAFA
  • Playnafa.org
  • Fargo-Moorhead Fastpitch Association
  • Twitter handle is @FPbballyoda
  • Facebook / Benjie Hedgecock
  • ** Feedback about the tournament is welcome, so please direct your comments to: fargofastpitch@gmail.com **