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Bowen Fastpitch takes home the NAFA A-Major championship

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

The 2017 NAFA A-Major World Series champion Bowen Fastpitch of Bowen, IL, includes Collin Hopkins, Julian Fernandez, Eneas Erbes, Conrado Zanuttini, Austin Ramsey, Facundo Gonzales, Tyler Maskey, Lavern Martin, Zack Barnhart, Alejo Munoz, Tanner Maskey, Dean Lambert and manager Rocco Ramsey. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

FARGO – They’re young but experienced, confident but not arrogant, and as for talent, Bowen Fastpitch of Bowen, Ill. has plenty of it.

With a lineup of Americans and Argentinians, Bowen swept through the 30-team NAFA A-Major World Series with a 5-0 record, culminating in a rain-shortened, 5-0, victory over R.M. Kurtz of Ephrata, Penn. on Sunday afternoon at Northside Softball Complex.

In the third inning, heavy rain flooded the field and after a short conference, tournament officials and both managers agreed the game was impossible to continue.

Since Bowen was undefeated, while R.M. Kurtz had one loss – administered by Bowen in a 1-0 victory in the winner’s bracket final – it was only logical that Bowen would go home with the first-place trophy.

In Bowen’s march to the championship, the hitters hammered nearly every pitcher they faced, outscoring the opposition 39-6.

“We came out and our sticks were alive,” said Bowen manager Rocco Ramsey. “We came here ready to compete.”

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Buzzards eliminate A1 Rockies in NAFA World Series A-Major

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

FARGO – No doubt the California Buzzards and A1 Rockies know each other quite well. Both teams play in the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League and battle several times during the season.

So they travel to Fargo for the NAFA A-Major Division and as fate would have it, they meet yet again in an important loser’s bracket game Sunday morning.

The winner would advance to the loser’s bracket final with a chance to climb back into the championship game against undefeated Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois.

This time around the Buzzards came out on top, eliminating the Rockies, 9-4 in a game that took over three hours to play.

The Buzzards prolific lineup scored in every inning but the fourth, including a three-run fifth in which Lumar Goss, Eloy Montoya and Sonny Perkins belted three consecutive hits.

Jason Obregon hit a solo home run in the first inning and Joe Janicke belted a two-run homer in the sixth for the Rockies.

Goss won his third game of the tournament to send the Buzzards into the loser’s bracket final where they will meet R.M. Kurtz of Pennsylvania.

Championship Sunday at NAFA World Series in Fargo

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

The first week of the 2017 North American Fastpitch Association World Series wraps up today with championship play in the A-Major and Recreational divisions. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

FARGO – Two NAFA champions will be crowned at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo with the A-Major Division game scheduled for 1:15 p.m., and the Recreational Division at 3 p.m.

Light rain has been falling, so be sure to check the weather hotline at 888-852-1115 before heading to the ball park.

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  • Big bats and Hopkins carry Bowen Fastpitch to NAFA 23-Under crown

    Sunday, August 13th, 2017

    ALEJO MUNOZ of Argentina helped Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois win the NAFA 23-UNDER World Series at Northside Softball Complex, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

    FARGO – A look at the Bowen Fastpitch roster finds it brimming with Argentinian talent. And these young ball players – all under age 23 – showed their opponents and fans at the NAFA World Series how to play the fastpitch game. And play it well.

    Bowen Fastpitch roared through the four-team 23-Under division undefeated to claim the championship with a 9-2 victory over Young Thunder from Missouri, Saturday afternoon.

    Collin Hopkins, a 21-year-old left-hander, who has played for the USA Junior Men’s Softball program, was the workhorse for Bowen.

    COLLIN HOPKINS won two games to lead Bowen Fastpitch to the NAFA 23-Under World Series championship at Northside Softball Complex, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

    Twice during the tournament he got the better of Young Thunder. He beat the Missouri ball club 5-2 in round robin play, and he capped off the 23-Under championship as the winning pitcher.

    In the championship, Hopkins gave up a run in the first on Kristian Hisel’s RBI single, and in the third, Craig Lewis singled to left-field to bring home Colby Martin, who led off the inning with a hit.

    But that would be all Young Thunder would score off the left-hander who’s drop and riser were effective throughout championship play.

    For his efforts, Hopkins was selected the division’s Most Valuable Pitcher.

    Hopkins, who also pitches baseball at the college level, gave the credit to his teammates.

    “We’ve got very good defenders,” he said. “I was using my defense to get grounders and fly balls.”

    In the championship, that game plan worked out just fine as Hopkins finished with a three-hitter, a strikeout, and his riser and drop produced six ground balls and five fly outs.

    Meanwhile, Bowen batsmen collected 12 hits, highlighted by a three-run homer in the second by Eneas Erbes that broke the game open. A bases loaded walk to Conrado Zanattini in the fifth forced home Tyler Maskey with the ninth run, ending the game under the run rule.

    Making the win all the more remarkable was Bowen’s 12-0 victory over the talented California Buzzards in the semi-finals of the A-Major Division, just an hour before the start of the 23-Under championship.

    And Bowen followed up the 23-Under championship by returning to the field 45 minutes later to garner their third win of the day, a 1-0 thriller over R.M. Kurtz of Pennsylvania in the A-Major winner’s bracket final.

    “We’ve played all year together,” said Bowen manager Rocco Ramsey. “We have jelled here at NAFA and we’re getting great (play) from everyone. Collin was in command in the 23-Under winning two games. He’s been the real deal.”

    Bowen advanced to the 23-Under title game with a 2-0 playoff victory over the Northern O Selects of Ontario, Canada, while Young Thunder pulled out 7-6 win over the Northwest Braves of Oregon.

    When the All-World team was announced, Bowen placed five on the squad, including Tanner Maskey, Julian Fernandez, Facundo Gonzales, Eneas Erbes and Alejo Munoz.

    Along with Hopkins selection as Most Valuable Pitcher, Bowen’s Conrado Zanattini was chosen the Most Valuable Player.

    All-World Team

    Jack Rennie, Northwest Braves
    Parker Lyga, Northwest Braves
    Kyle Fry, Northwest Braves
    Kristian Hisel, Young Thunder
    John Zimmerman, Young Thunder
    Ira Rojas, Young Thunder
    Craig Lewis, Young Thunder