Animal House of LaCrosse plans busy fastpitch season
Written by Bob on April 13th, 2017
LaCrosse, Wisc. – From May to August, Animal House ball players had best set aside most of their weekends. Because they will be playing a lot of fastpitch softball.
BUD OLSON has arranged a busy schedule with 12 tournaments slated – highlighted by a grand finale come August in the NAFA World Series.
Animal House will be traveling a bit to neighboring Minnesota and Illinois. Why the out-of-state excursions?
“Fastpitch has gotten to the point that neighboring states need to come together to make quality tournaments happen,” said Olson, 71. “simply put, ‘if we expect to take, we better be ready to give.'”
Olson added that Minnesota – specifically the twin cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) – are a legitimate fastpitch ‘mecca’ within a 200 mile radius of LaCrosse.
He believes that to have the support of the twin cities teams coming to LaCrosse tournaments requires that LaCrosse teams – and Wisconsin ball clubs in general – must reciprocate and support what the Minnesota’s men’s fastpitch scene is trying accomplish.
“We need their support so we have two tournaments scheduled in Minnesota,” Olson said.
Olson, a former teacher, has been inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame, Wisconsin ASA Hall of Fame, and on June 11, he will be inducted into the Six County Hall of Fame, (including Crawford, Vernon, Grant, Iowa, and Richland).
2017 Animal House Tournament Schedule
May 20-21: travel league, NAFA Open Level, at Middleton, Wisc., round robin, $175 entry fee.
May 27-29: Memorial Day Weekend, NAFA A, Pigeon Falls, Wisc., single elimination, $100 entry fee.
June 9-10: Rice Lake Aquafest, NAFA A-AA, Rice Lake, Wisc., three-game guarantee, $225 entry fee.
June 17-18: Hollywood Days, NAFA A/A-Major, Hollywood, Minn., 3-game + single elim.
June 24-25: LaCrosse Classic, Open Level, Lacrosse, 3-game + two bracket championships, $250 entry fee.
July 1-4, Independence Tournament, NAFA A, Eastman, Wisc., double elimination, $100 entry fee.
July 15-16: Stockton Days, NAFA A/A-Major, Stockton, Ill., 3-game guarantee, $150 entry fee.
July 22-13: Wisconsin NAFA State Tournament, NAFA A/A-Major, LaCrosse, 3-game guarantee, $250 entry fee.
Aug. 5-6: Minnesota State Tournament, NAFA A, Fridley, Minn., 3-game guarantee.
Aug. 12-13: Corn Boil Tournament, NAFA A/A-Major, Cobb, Wisc., double-elimination, $130 entry fee.
Aug. 17-20: NAFA World Series: NAFA A, Fargo, No. Dak., 4-game guarantee, $450 entry fee.
Aug. 18-20: NAFA World Series, 23-Under Division, Fargo, 4-game guarantee, $450 entry fee.