Wrap-up: 2014 First Annual NAFA Western Championship

Written by Bob on July 10th, 2014

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BY BENJIE HEDGECOCK / NAFA Executive Director

The first annual NAFA Western Championship is complete, the overall rating by all involved comes in favorable, with yet some work to make next year’s event bigger and better. With that, Benjie Hedgecock of NAFA has his thoughts on the championship held, July 4-6, in Carson City, Nev.

…The umpires asked if we could make some kind of award for the coach they felt deserved an honor. The Coach they were very impressed with was Johnny Rodriguez of the East Bay Bashers.

…We are naming a new award after him for next year’s event… “The Johnny Rodriguez All-World Coach Award.”

Mike Watson, NAFA Lower Midwest Vice President from Kansas flew out to Tournament Direct this first time annual event. And Rondell and her family did a wonderful job on the gate and souvenirs.

…The Parks and Recreation Department staff led by Scott Chapman was excellent as usual with the on-field prep and concessions.

…The Host Hotel & Casino GoldDust West was an excellent host and we appreciate their support and especially Mary Beth who has really made it a home away from home for our teams and staff.

The umpires did an outstanding job including Charles Thomas from Oregon and five from California, Don Postel, John Buck, Conrad Beaird, Martin Vandenburg and Alan Blanchard.

…For the most part, team behavior was pretty good and everyone enjoyed the event and really liked the format with four games guaranteed and with all but two teams getting five to six games.

…There were some winners at the Casino as usual.

…The event had a great flare of Native American ball with four teams featuring over 50 of the finest Native American players in the West.

…Many thanks to scorekeepers Mr. Davis, Mrs. Newbold, Mrs. Periera and a few others.

…And it can’t go without saying that NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock went 2 for 4 with three walks and (he said), “narrowly missed making the All-World Team.”

…He added:

“My highlight of the weekend was hitting a ball so hard off of Bobby Alvara (ok it was his fifth changeup) that the ball hit David Carleton so hard that it made a deep blue bruise.”

I immediately posted that play on YouTube…and that’s a wrap!

1 Comments so far ↓

  1. dave anderson says:

    It was a great event. And the honor to Johnny Ridriquez is well deserved. I have played with him and was included on his 2012 National Class C Fastpitch National championship team, even though he was loaded with Pitching. He is a great sponsor and a great person.

    Dave Anderson
    Part of 4 National Championship teams!!

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