September, 2018

...now browsing by month

 

Minnesota Fastpitch History: When the ‘World Championship’ came to Parade Stadium

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

In the 1958 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch National Championship at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis, TOM NICHOLS of Toledo, left, WILL BRADY, Miami, JOHN SPRING, Stratford, and ROY STEPHENSON, Long Island display their prowess as pitchers in the national championship. SPRING went on to pitch Stratford to the championship over Lake Charles, La. Minneapolis Tribune Photo By Paul Siegel

Minneapolis hosted the ASA Men’s Major National Championships at Parade Stadium in 1954 and 1958. Here’s some brief information about the teams and players who made the 1958 championship special in the state’s fastpitch history.

Cloquet upsets Farmington 2-1 on Three Hits
By AUGIE KARCHER / Minneapolis Tribune Sports Writer
Sep 16, 1958

MINNEAPOLIS – Northwest Paper of Cloquet, Minnesota’s ASA Northern Regional champion, shocked favored Farmington, New Mexico, 2-1, in one of the tightest games of the day.

BOBO JOHNSON set the Builders down on two hits, one of them a 250-foot home run by Gehrig Garrison in the first inning. The only other hit was in the sixth, but fine defensive work prevented what could have been the tying score.

Cloquet didn’t get a man on base until the fourth, which LES SALO opened with an infield hit. He was sacrificed to second and scored on JIM ARNTSON’S single to left. Arntson took second on an error and scored on a blooper to center by Dave Holmes.

Farmington…100 000 0—1 2 3
Cloquet………..000 200 x—2 3 1
Bill Lingle and M.T. Autry; Bobo Johnson and Herb Huard

***Cloquet was eventually eliminated by Stratford, Conn., 8-2, who went on to win the the championship over Lake Charles, La.***

“JUNK’ NETS ONE-HITTER

A drop pitch that “didn’t drop” cost CHUCK HAYS a no-hitter Tuesday when Minneapolis Soo Line nipped St. Louis 3-0 in the World Softball tournament. St. Louis shortstop Chuck Stiebel got the only hit – a sharp single to center in the fifth.

“I threw a lot of junk,” said Hays, “never have been a really fast pitcher.”

SOFTBALL WORLD TOURNAMENT FIRST-ROUND

Houston, Texas, 2, Cairo, Ga., 0
Stratford Conn., 2, Miami, Fla. 0
Seattle, Wash., 8, San Gabriel, Calif., 2
Long Island, N.Y., 3, Toledo, Ohio, 0
Washington, D.C., 6, Casper, Wyo. 0
Cloquet, Minn., 2, Farmington, N.M., 1
Lake Charles, La., 1, Montreal, 0
Aurora, Ill., 4, Clearwater, Fla., 0
Air Force 6, Washington, D.C., 0
Winnipeg 19, British Columbia 8

TODAY’S SCHEDULE / WORLD SOFTBALL

    PARADE ONE

Noon – San Gabriel (0-1) vs. Casper, Wyo. (0-1); 1:30 – Sacramento (0-1) vs Farmington, N.M. (0-1); 3 p.m. – Vancouver, Canada (0-1) vs. Washington D.C. (0-1); 7:30 p.m. – Houston (1-0) vs. Long Island (2-0); 9 p.m. – Stratford, Conn. (1-0) vs. Cloquet, Minn. (1-0).

    PARADE TWO

Noon – Minneapolis Soo Line (0-1) vs. St. Louis (0-1); 1:30 p.m. – Toledo (0-1) vs. Miami, Fla. (0-1); 3 p.m. – Cairo, Ga. (1-1) vs. Montreal (0-1); 7:30 p.m. – Lake Charles (2-0) vs. U.S. Air Force (1-0); Aurora, Ill. (1-0) vs. Seattle (1-0)

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.

Click to continue reading “Conquest Coyotes win U-23 division at 2018 NAFA World Series”

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

    2018 Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame Information

    Friday, September 21st, 2018

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Minnesota Sports Federation will host the 2018 Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame banquet at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center, Nov. 2. The 2018 class includes 19 of the state’s all-time great slowpitch and fastpitch players.

    ***Click for Hall of Fame Ticket Order Form***

    Reservations and hotel Information

    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.”

    Click to continue reading “Sluggers power Casa Trejo to NAFA World Series Silver Medal”

    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.***

    Minnesota Fastpitch Softball Stars Entering Hall of Fame

    Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

    SOUTH. ST. PAUL, Minn. – I’m very pleased to learn that three of the finest fastballers the state has ever produced are being inducted into the Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame that includes 19 slowpitch and fastpitch stars in this outstanding class of 2018.

    As an 18-year-old the first really good team I pitched against was Loesch’s Bar of Hastings that was loaded with great fastpitch players, and none were better than pitcher WALT NELSON, and catcher, pitcher, infielder and outfielder TOM NIEDERKORN, who went on to star with famed Whitaker Buick of St. Paul.

    Photo caption: Walt Nelson is pictured second from left, and Tom Niederkorn is first player far right. Courtesy Photo / Steve Nelson

    Nelson and Niederkorn helped two Hastings’ ball clubs, including Loesch’s Bar, win two state ASA Class A state championships (and an overall title after beating the AA champion) as well as a runner-up, along with club tournament titles in Minnesota and neighboring states.

    Also being inducted is JACK NORMAN of Lake Crystal, who I played with on the Lake Crystal Blues in 1974-’75. After his playing days, Norman became an outstanding manager, umpire and administrator.

    Though Nelson has passed away, Congratulations to his family, friends and former teammates who share this honor on behalf of him. And congratulations to Tom and Jack for this well-deserved tribute in recognition of your outstanding fastpitch careers!

    *** Visit Minnesota Sports Federation on Facebook.***

    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!”

    Click to continue reading “Comeback K-Club Claims NAFA World Series Title”

    2019 Pan American and European Maccabi Games – Men’s Fastpitch Softball

    Saturday, September 1st, 2018

    By Dakota “Koty” Marine
    Communications Director Maccabi USA
    P. 215.561.6900 x4156
    F. 215.561.5470

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – Are you interested in becoming a member of the United States Team that will compete at the 14th Pan American Maccabi Fast-Pitch Softball Games in Mexico City, Mexico, July 5-15, 2019, and the European Maccabi Games, July 29-August 7, 2019? Here’s the information!

    Fastpitch Softball Contact
    Open Men’s Softball Head Coach: Paul Rubin, azjazzcat@gmail.com

    **Open (18-35) male only**
    **Masters (35+) male only**

    Application Information

    If you do not fit the age categories, we would still like to connect with you! Please fill out this form so we can notify you if there are any changes for eligibility or for any future competitions that you can participate with us!

    Visit Maccabi USA website
    1511 Walnut Street, Suite 401
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    maccabi@maccabiusa.com

    P: 215.561.6900
    F: 215.561.5470