Kansas City Astros return solid core and add new pitcher

Written by Bob on June 2nd, 2015

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KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City Astros, a NAFA A / A-Major team, have a solid core of returning veterans, and by adding a couple of talented prospects, the Astros once again plan on making a run for a NAFA World Series championship come August in Moline, Illinois.

The Astros – previously known as the New Age Outlaws in 2014 and the Outlaws in 2013 – begin their third year playing the fastpitch game after converting from slowpitch. And they’ve experienced success almost from the beginning.

In 2013 the Outlaws finished second in the A Division, and last season took fourth in the A-Major.

But they have one huge spot to fill, and it’s in the circle. The Astros lost arguably the best NAFA pitcher in the A and A-Major divisions the past two years in 19-year-old Ethan Johnston of New Zealand.

Johnston was a one-man pitching staff in leading the Outlaws to its second place finish in the A Division in 2013. He was selected Co-Most Valuable Pitcher for his 6-2 record in 56 innings, and 1.625 ERA with 76 strikeouts.

Johnston followed up that MVP performance by leading the New Age Outlaws with a 4-2 record in the A-Major, with 43 innings, 1.95 ERA and 50 strikeouts at the 2014 World Series in the Quad Cities.

Replacing the ace of the staff is never an easy proposition. But left-fielder Matthew Springston believes they’ve found a talented arm in Australian, Dean Halsey, a 19-year-old from Wyreema, Queensland, Australia.

“We are very excited to play this year with Dean,” said Springston. “This is his first time out of Australia. He has been playing for six years now.”

Some of Halsey’s accomplishments, adds Springston, are playing on Australia’s age 17 and 19-Under national teams and on an Open division team in Queensland in 2013.

The Astros start the new season nearly in tact except for the addition of Isaac Wright in right field, and infielder Zach Carlton.

“I think we have a very talented team and we are going to be a very fast team and adding Isaac White will give us even more speed and a top-notch defense,” Springston said. “With the practice we have put in this off season, I believe our bats from the top to bottom of the line up will be very solid.”

2015 Kansas City Astros Roster

  • * Tyler Carlton, 1B
  • Clay Boan, 2B
  • Bobby Fisher, 3B
  • Kyle Newhouse, SS
  • Riley Beets, CF
  • * Matt Springston, LF
  • Bruce Kenny, C
  • Gary Calhoun, IF
  • Isaac White, RF (new to team)
  • Zach Carlton, IF (new to team)
  • Dean Halsey, P, (new to team from Wyreema, Queensland, Australia
  • * In the 2014 NAFA World Series, Carlton led the Astros with five RBI, three steals, and batted .333 (7-for-21), while Springston led the team with a .500 average (9-for-18).

    4 Comments so far ↓

    1. Teri says:

      Where is the schedule posted?

    2. Michael borjas says:

      Good article. But the kc outlaws are still together. And have another kiwi with us this year.

    3. Bob says:

      Thanks for clarification Michael. I have re-written the story to reflect that there are now two teams – the Astros and the Outlaws. Best of luck to both teams. The more teams the better to keep the game going.

    4. Bob says:

      A good and valid question Teri. Outlaws and Astros do you have schedules you can submit that I can post? I think you have a fan or fans that want to see the teams play.

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