CR Bartels Farms powers way to NAFA AA-Major Championship

Written by Bob on August 11th, 2017

CR Bartels of Portland, Ore. won the the NAFA AA-Major championship by defeating the Prince Edward Island Eagles, 11-0, in the final. Photo By BOB OTTO

FARGO, N.D. – CR Bartels Farms unleashed its potent offense, Zack Pierce was nearly untouchable, and the Portland squad crushed the Prince Edward Island Eagles, 11-0, to claim the AA-Major championship, Friday, at Northside Softball Complex.

Nick Green smashed a 300 foot opposite field three-run homer over the left-field fence to highlight CR Bartels seven-run outburst in the third that put the championship on ice.

In the second inning, Darin Michael drove a single down the left-field line to drive in the first run of the game, followed by an error, and a bases-loaded walk that gave CR Bartels a 3-0 advantage.

The 22-year-old Pierce had a perfect game going into the fourth, but the Eagles Mike McIsaac led off the inning with a clean double into centerfield, followed by Morgan Murphy’s single, putting runners at first and third.

ZAC PIERCE fired a two-hitter to help CR Bartels of Portland, Ore. win the 2017 NAFA AA-Major World Series Championship, Friday, at Northend Softball Complex. Pierce was selected the AA-Major Most Valuable Pitcher for his performance throughout the tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

But Pierce toughened, striking out the next three batters to end the game under the mercy rule. Pierce struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter.

When the all-tournament awards were announced the right-hander was selected the AA-Major Most Valuable Pitcher. Pierce carved out a 3-0 record, pitched 22 innings with 44 strikeouts and a 0.64 ERA.

For CR Bartels Farms, the AA-Major title comes just a month after winning the NAFA Open championship at the Seattle Invitational at Fife, Wash.

FINAL FOUR TEAMS
1. CR Bartels Farms
2. Prince Edward Island Eagles
3. Rice Lake, Wisc. Orangemen
4. Elanco Blackhawks

Most Valuable Player
Jason Obregon, CR Bartels

Most Valuable Pitcher
Zack Pierce

All-World Team
Dean Malone, Elanco
Kyle Fry, Northwest Braves
Shayne Arndt, Northwest Braves
Nicolas Siebenlist, Rice Lake
Francisco Sabate, Rice Lake
Fedrico Olheiser, Rice Lake
German Bonaccorsi, Rice Lake
Matt Dawson, P.E.I. Eagles
Morgan Murphy, P.E.I. Eagles
Mitch Hardy, P.E.I. Eagles
Tony Gonzalez, CR Bartels Farms
Matt Christensen, CR Bartels Farms
Nick Green, CR Bartels Farms
Will Hendrix, Desperado Sports Bar
Matt Chambers, Selects

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