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Noerrlinger homer powers Roca Tavern in NAFA A World Series

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Roca Tavern’s BRANDON NOERRLINGER is congratulated for hitting a game winning home run. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA A World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

FARGO – Brandon Noerrlinger drilled his first game-winning home run in the NAFA World Series to give Roca Tavern of Roca, Nebraska an 8-7 win against Scarlett’s of Sioux Falls in A Division loser bracket play on Friday.

With two out in the top of the seventh, Norerrlinger blasted a shot over the left-centerfield fence and then sped around the bases to the delight of his cheering teammates and fans.

“He put it right ‘there’ and I got a good swing on it,” said Noerrlinger, who was 2-for-4, scored twice and hit a double. “This is my first NAFA home run; It’s fun.”

The win improves Roca’s record to 3-1 and sends them into Saturday to take on the Beaumont, Calif. Coyotes at 8 a.m.

Ross Martin also homered in the contest, and it was huge – a three run blast.

Roca collected 11 hits led by Garrett Brandt going 3-for-3 with two RBI. Noerrlinger, Zach Tebo and David Morris had two hits each., while Martin and Ryan Munter each hit safely.

ROSS MARTIN of Roca Tavern picked up the 8-7 victory over the Scarlett’s of Sioux Falls with five innings of relief. Martin also homered and drove in three runs to help the cause. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA A World Series

Jim Lloyd started and pitched the first two innings, giving way to Martin, who picked up the win, allowing three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.

The Scarlett’s pounded out 13 hits. Todd Dekker was 3-for-4, and Robert Peterson, Al Hanson, Tim Hoover and Scott Miller hit safely twice. Mark Mueller and Andy Hunhoff had one hit each.

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Hennager Plumbing opens NAFA AA World Series with big win over ECL Bronx

Friday, August 18th, 2017

BRENT MESHKE pitched Hennager Plumbing of Lake Crystal, Minn. to a 4-2 victory over the ECL Bronx in a NAFA AA World Series game, Friday, at Northside Softball Complex. Photo BY BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA AA World Series

FARGO – Hennager Plumbing of Lake Crystal, Minn. opened the NAFA AA World Series matched up against one of the strongest hitting ball clubs in the nine-team tournament and came away with a huge win.

Led by the steady pitching of Brent Meshke, a sure-handed defense, and timely hitting, the Plumbers defeated the ECL Bronx of Saskatchewan, Canada, 4-2, Friday afternoon at Northside Softball Complex.

Meshke battled through a heavy-hitting lineup of Bronx bombers by scattering 10 hits, walking two and striking out four. He mixed his rise ball with a sharp breaking drop and kept the Bronx off balance with his change-up.

When Meshke needed the defense to come to his aid, it did – superbly – including Brent’s brother, first baseman Derek Meshke, who made the ‘play of the game’ in the sixth inning.

The Bronx had scored a run on a pair of hits and threatened to keep the inning alive with leadoff batter Matt Chambers at the plate and a runner aboard.

Chambers squared up on a Meshke pitch and drilled a hard ground ball three feet inside of first base, but Derek Meshke dove to his right, snared the ball and flipped it to his brother racing over to cover first base for the final out of the inning.

, CRAIG GEISLER hits a clean single for the ECL Bronx in a NAFA AA World Series opener with Hennager Plumbing at Northside Softball Complex, Friday.

The Bronx threatened again in the seventh with a pair of singles putting runners at first and second with two out, but Meshke’s drop ball sent the ball bounding into the glove of second baseman Brandon Friedrich who tossed it over to Derek Meshke for the final out.

Bronx right-hander, Jeremy Kenny, pitched a a complete game, giving up seven hits, striking out 11, and walking five, but costly errors aided Hennager scoring opportunities.

The win moves the Plumbers into Saturday’s second round against the Calihoo Chiefs at 4 p.m. The Chiefs hammered Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois 19-2 to advance.

The Plumbers collected six hits, led by Chris Bambenek, 2-for-3, and Spencer Yackel, 2-for-4. (Complete stats for Hennager’s and the Bronx not available on the Play NAFA website at publishing time .)

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  • Garcia’s lift Kansas City Indios over Beaumont, Calif. Coyotes

    Friday, August 18th, 2017

    A happy DAVID GARCIA, right, drilled a double into centerfield to drive in the winning run as the Kansas City Indios defeated the Beaumont, Calif. Coyotes, 3-2, in eight innings. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FARGO – Adam Garcia manned the circle, David Garcia provided the power, and the Kansas City Indios pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Beaumont, Calif. Coyotes in extra innings in the NAFA A World Tournament, Friday.

    Adam Garcia picked up his third win of the tournament, hurling eight innings, and David Garcia drilled a run-scoring double in the bottom of the eighth to deep centerfield, sending Jordan Garcia racing home with the walk-off, game winning run.

    Jordan Garcia was hit by a pitch to start the inning and raced around the bags to score easily.

    “It was my first hit of the game,” said David Garcia. “Before that I stunk. It was the one that counted. All I was looking to do was put the ball in play.”

    Kansas City Indios pitcher ADAM GARCIA hurled eight complete innings to help the Indios defeat the Beaumont, Calif. Coyotes, 3-2, Friday in the NAFA A World Series. The win improved the Indios to 3-0 in the tournament with Garcia pitching every inning. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

    In the circle, Adam Garcia, 40, fired a two-hitter with one strikeout for his third win of the tournament. In reaching the 3-0 mark, Garcia has been the Indios workhorse, pitching every inning.

    The Garcia name dominates the Indios roster with 10 of the 13 men closely related.

    “The team started in 1975,” said David Garcia, 27. “We’re a family team of Garcia brothers and cousins, dads, uncles and grandpas. We are close knit and we don’t like to lose.”

    The Indios collected five hits, one each by Rico Garcia, Jordan Garcia, David Garcia, Luis Ramirez and Dominic Garcia.

    For the Coyotes, Kirk Walker started and allowed four hits and one earned run over six innings before being relieved by Jesse Martinez, who pitched two innings, giving up a run on one hit with a strikeout.

    The Coyotes two hits were for extra bases as Damon Valdivia drilled a triple and Martinez hit a solo homer.

    *** For scores and more of the NAFA A World Series, click on: Play NAFA ***

    Potter’s bat and arm power Knights over Bucks in NAFA A World Series

    Friday, August 18th, 2017

    West Fargo Knights, pitcher and hitter, Andrew Potter slugs this pitch off the left-field fence for an RBI double in a 6-0 victory over the Whitetail Bucks of Pennsylvania, Thusday, in the semi-finals of the upper bracket. Potter also hit a two-run home run in the third, and pitched a complete game three-hitter. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA A Division World Series

    FARGO – Opposing pitchers may want to consider giving Andrew Potter a free pass because for the second consecutive game he has crushed the assorted pitches they have fed him.

    Potter’s latest exploits came at the expense of the Whitetail Bucks of Pennsylvania, Sunday afternoon.

    The right-side hitter launched a triple to the base of the left-field fence to drive in a run in the first inning. Then in the third he hit a bomb deep over right-centerfield with a runner aboard to give the West Fargo Knights a 4-0 lead.

    The Knights (3-0) went on to a 6-0 victory over the Bucks that sends them into the semifinals.

    Potter’s offensive outburst helped himself, as he also toed the rubber, scattering three hits, striking out four, walking two and hitting one batter.

    Devin Waggeman helped the cause going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Matt Johnson was 1-for-3 with a double, and Peyton Buth went 1-for-3 with a triple.

    The Knights won a comeback thriller Thursday night. After falling behind 5-0 early, West Fargo tied the game, sending it into extra innings.

    The bats broke loose for five runs in the eighth with Potter smashing a three-run homer that helped the Knights hold off the So. Calif. Budmen, 11-6. Buth also hit a home run, and Waggeman had three RBI.

    Four teams remain undefeated at 3-0: West Fargo, Kansas City Indios, Pala Braves (Calif.), and Scandia Fastpitch (Minnn.)


    Animal House 4, Peguis Redmen 0
    BEE Bombers 5, PDC Comets 3
    Duluth Fastpitch 5, Rivals 3
    Sight & Sound Wolves 8, Saskatoon Padres 7

  • To see up to date results, click on NAFA A Division Results
  • Family ties run deep on Scandia, Minnesota fastpitch team

    Friday, August 18th, 2017

    TYLER BOULEY fires a pitch for Scandia, Minnesota in the 2017 NAFA A Division World Series. Bouley also catches and was a member of the 2014 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team and also received the honor of being selected 2014 USA Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FARGO – On a typical Thursday night in a St. Paul Dunning League fastpitch game, the older man crouched in a fielding position at first base, and the younger man in the circle bare a strong resemblance.

    Well, they should for the first baseman is Ron Bouley, 55, and the young hurler is his 21-year-old son Tyler Bouley, who along with pitching for NAFA A-rated Scandia, Minn. is an open caliber catcher that just wrapped up an appearance in the ISC World Tournament with St. Paul, Minn. Tin Cup.

    So we have father and son relationship. But the family connection on Scandia runs deeper than this.

    RON BOULEY, plays first base while his son TYLER BOULEY pitches or catches. Both father and son play for Scandia, Minnesota. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

    In the third base coaching box is sponsor and manager Richard Quigley, 57; he’s related to the Bouley’s through marriage.

    Quigley’s sister, Valerie Quigley Bouley, met Ron while he was playing on her brother’s team years ago. Their fondness grew with each game and soon they married.

    Now, while Ron and Tyler are playing and Richard’s calling the shots, Valerie can be found behind home plate video taping the game and posting it on Facebook about as fast as she can.

    And for anyone who really knows this family, she’s the most ardent of fastpitch fans. She seldom misses a game. And she loves to watch her son and husband play ball.

    RICHARD QUIGLEY, sponsor and manager of Scandia, Minn. Fastpitch, meets with the umpires before a NAFA A Division World Series game. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

    She’s proud of her husband’s exploits, but mention her son, and her eyes light up with pride and a smile quickly emerges.

    “Tyler loves fastpitch,” she says, adding that her son played three sports in high school: football, hockey and baseball. He was a very good baseball player, but once he got a taste of fastpitch, he was hooked.

    “Tyler would practice pitching (fastpitch) in the back yard into a hockey net,” she says. “He got hooked and really likes the fast pace of fastpitch.”

    Valerie’s not one to boast. But what she failed to disclose was Tyler’s success in the game in his still budding career that began when he was about 16.

    Tyler played on the 2014 USA Softball Junior National Team, and was selected the USA Junior Male Athlete of The Year in the same year.

    He’s also helped various teams win ASA 18-Under and NAFA 23-Under championships, and he’s been a fixture behind home plate catching some of the world’s top pitchers for open-caliber ball clubs.

    But if not for his mother, he may never have played fastpitch.

    “My mom was really upset when my dad retired when I was six years old because she really loves the game,” Tyler said. “My uncle Richard calls my mom and says, ‘get Ron and the boys out to play.’ Without telling us, my mom tells my uncle we will be there for a Wednesday game. That night she breaks the news to us that we are going to play fastpitch.”

    And father, son and uncle have been playing together ever since, thanks to Valerie, who loves the game of fastpitch softball.

    NAFA A-Major MVPs and All-World Players

    Friday, August 18th, 2017

    Bowen Fastpitch pitcher, JULIAN FERNANDEZ, 19, was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher of the 2017 NAFA A-Major World Series for leading Bowen to the championship in the 30-team tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    NAFA Executive Director

    FARGO – The top honorees earning post-tournament NAFA awards from the 30-team A-Major Division have been released in three categories – most valuable performers, pitchers and batters.


    Julian Fernandez, Bowen Fastpitch


    Facundo Gonzales, Bowen Fastpitch


    Derek Martin, R.M. Kurtz
    Brandon Peck, Fleetwood Marlins
    Tom Haver Northern Merchants, New York
    Dave Stokes, Elanco Blackhawks
    Kyle Koterba, Dempsey’s
    Dave Drotzman, Lacey A’s
    Bryan Lathrop, Stoneyard
    Lumar Goss, Calif. Buzzards (pitcher and batter)

    Click to continue reading “NAFA A-Major MVPs and All-World Players”

    Bombers keep the fastpitch tradition alive in Bee

    Friday, August 18th, 2017

    BEE Bombers shortstop RYAN DOLEZAL focuses on the batter during a NAFA A World Series game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    FARGO – At first glance and thought, the word BEE spelled out in bold, black letters on the front of their bright, red uniforms might lead one to think this men’s fastpitch team has a connection to the bee industry. Perhaps a sponsor with a honey-related business.

    Not even close.

    There’s a town in Nebraska named Bee. Population about 200 and located northwest of Lincoln about 40 miles, and halfway between Omaha and Grand Island.

    This little village on the prairie farmland of Nebraska doesn’t raise bees or produce honey, but it does produce some talented fastpitch players. Many with familial ties two and three generations deep.

    Men’s fastpitch goes back 64 years in Bee, says Roger Dolezal, who was keeping score for the Bee Bombers during a recent NAFA A Division game.

    Milo Navratil started it in the 1950s,” he said. “He’s 94 now, but he was running it and keeping the game alive until 2000. Then we took over and are keeping it rolling. Our young men want to play ball.”

    BEE Bombers right-fielder, DELTON WERTH catches a fly ball in a NAFA A Division World Series game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Milo did quite a job keeping it alive and with some great success.

    “We have won ten (ASA) state championships,” Dolezal said, “and all the players have local ties. Some played Legion, high school and college baseball and now play fastpitch.”

    Bee plays in the South League against teams around the Lincoln area. And the Bombers continue to play on their home field, appropriately named Milo Navratil Field.

    “We run the ball field and take care of it,” Dolezal said. “We have a lot of pride in it. Our ball players grew up on the ball field with their dads.”

    BEE Bombers pitcher RYAN HELGOTH hurls a pitch in the NAFA A Division World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The 2017 BEE Bombers NAFA World Series roster: Evan Sisel, Shane Sisel, Michael Hofpar, Aaron Pierce, Shane Johnson, Ryan Helgoth, Brandon Chapek, Ryan Dolezal, Jeremy Cihal, Blake Marquardt, Logan Mahalek, Jordan Odvody, Tyler Dolezal, Delton Werth and Roger Dolezal.