High Flying Roseville Eagles claim 1st Annual NAFA Western Championship

Written by Bob on July 7th, 2014

070614-RosevilleFP.1web The Roseville Eagles of Roseville, Calif. won the 1st Annual NAFA Western Championship, July 6, at Centennial Park in Carson City, Nev. Contributed Photo

By BENJIE HEDGECOCK / NAFA Executive Director

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The pitching was steady, the hitting prolific, and as a result the Eagles of Roseville, Calif. claimed the 1st Annual NAFA Western Championship at Centennial Park in Carson City, July 4-6.

The Eagles flew through the eight-team tournament winning five consecutive games to finish 5-0 ahead of runner-up East Bay Bashers (4-2), third-place Stockton Black Sox (4-2), and fourth place NSB (3-2).

Roseville’s offense set the pace by outscoring its opponents 54-14. Assigned to Pool A, the Eagles finished 3-0 by defeating NSB 10-7; the Hotshots 13-0; and Ramos Brothers 9-1.

That undefeated run, earned the Eagles the No. 1 seed in the pool and two lives heading into Sunday’s championship round.

In Pool B, the East Bay Bashers also went undefeated at 3-0. The Bashers explosive offense, trumped the Demon Dogs 12-0; Free Agents 15-5; and Stockton Black Sox, 8-3.

The Bashers were also awarded the pool’s No. 1 seed into the playoffs.

The remaining teams were seeded into the single elimination loser’s bracket based on their pool play finish.

    SUNDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS

The two undefeated teams met on Sunday with Roseville shutting out East Bay, 6-0. The win moved Roseville into the championship game, while East Bay had to triumph in the loser’s bracket final for second crack at the Eagles.

East Bay met its earlier pool play foe the Black Sox that it beat, 8-3. But this time the Stockton club put up a tougher fight, and nearly came away with the win. The Black Sox jumped out to a big lead and were on the verge of run-ruling East Bay, but the Bashers staged a late rally to take a come-from-behind 10-8 victory.

The final was set: Roseville versus East Bay.

The Eagles flew out to a 6-0 lead and appeared on the verge of yet another run-ruled win, but back stormed the Bashers, leveling the score at 6-6 in the third.

Ed Gasper started for Roseville, but was replaced by Keith Frye, who shutout East Bay the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the Eagles bats heated up, scoring 10 unanswered runs for a 16-6 run-ruled win in four innings.

Frye, who finished 2-0 with a save, was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher. And Roseville catcher, Joel Manfriedi, earned the Most Valuable Player award for both his hitting and his work behind the plate.

Tournament officials said great weather, great fields and some great games made the first-annual NAFA Western Championship enjoyable for players, umpires and fans.

Although, a large number of those involved with the tournament did request that a different date be considered for next year.

NAFA ALL-WORLD TEAM

Jabari Wimbs, Roseville
Mario Pereira, Roseville
Aaron Glaum, Roseville
Cornell Wells, East Bay
Matt Roeber, East Bay
Justin Ruiz, East Bay
Dylan Pereira, East Bay
Kris Hensely, Black Sox
Mike Ramirez, Black Sox
Ed Hernandez, Black Sox
Craig Daniels, Black Sox
Dave Carlton, Ramos Brothers
Damian Cordova, NSB
Joseph Moose, NSB
Daniel Jeff, NSB
Gerald Thomas, Demon Dogs
Joe Gooch, SR Hotshots

SUNDAY’S PLAYOFF SCORES

Ramos Brothers 2, Free Agents 0
Demon Dogs 11, Hotshots 4
Black Sox 12, Ramos Brothers 5
NSB 10, Demon Dogs 6 (on a grand slam walk off home run)
Black Sox 7, NSB 2
East Bay 10, Black Sox 8
Roseville 16, East Bay 6
NAFA Western Championships

POOL PLAY RESULTS

POOL A
Roseville Eagles 3-0
NSB 2-1
Ramos Brothers 1-2
CV SR Hotshots 0-3

POOL B
East Bay Bashers 3-0
Stockton Black Sox 2-1
Demon Dogs 1-2
Free Agents 0-3

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