Fargo Memorial Fastpitch Tournament, great competition and price

Written by Bob on March 26th, 2016

The Kansas City Angels Fernando Esquivel slides safely into home with an inside the park home run. Photo By BOB OTTO
The Fargo Memorial Tournament will offer competitive pitching, hitting and defensive prowess for NAFA A-Major teams and below at Fargo’s Northside Softball Complex May 28-29.

FARGO, ND – When Tournament Director Justin Feist started making plans for the Fargo Memorial Tournament, he decided that the entry fee would be reasonable. Some would most likely say, “wow, what a deal.”

Feist is only charging $200, which in this day and age of men’s fastpitch tournaments is an exceptional bargain since it gives teams four games in the pool play and single elimination format.

“We’re not concerned with making money,” said Feist, 26, who has been playing fastpitch for eight years. “We want to (create) more interest in playing and competing, and having a good time.”


As for the competing, 12 teams from Canada, North and South Dakota, Colorado, and Minnesota have already entered, but he’s aiming for four more to complete a 16-team field.

From fastball rich Canada, the Bronx from Baleares, Saskatchewan are entered, along with the Winnipeg Bullets; La Portage Phillies of Manitoba; Fort Frances Sight & Sound from Ontario, and the Manitoba Redmen 23-Under team from Manitoba.

The Dakota teams include Fargo based SME Threshers, Rooters Bar, and the Fargo Bombers that Feist co-manages with Jace Holm, along with Brookings Fastpitch from South Dakota.

Making the longest trek are the Fort Collins, Colorado Knights. And from Minnesota, Lens Auto and Tin Cup will be strong title contenders as well.


The tournament is limited to NAFA A-Major and below pitching, and will be played at the new Northside Softball Complex that opens Spring of 2016.

The tournament runs Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, with the first pitch scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, and the championship set for 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Feist expects some even and hard-fought games to decide the championship, but the Bombers should be right in the mix. They are the 2015 NAFA World Series A Division champions – taking the crown with a 7-0 record in Moline, IL.


But regardless of who wins the tournament, Feist would like to expose the sport to younger generations, much like he was when he got started at 18.

A friend asked him to play on his dad’s fastpitch team, Feist accepted, and he’s had no regrets since.

“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “When I was done with baseball, I played on a summer team instead of slowpitch. I like it because it’s extremely fast paced. You have to release the ball fast because it’s 60 feet instead of 90 feet (baseball), and it (develops) bat speed.”

Justin Feist

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