Matt Gable, a leader on and off the fastpitch field

Written by Bob on August 14th, 2017

FARGO – Most young fastpitch players in their prime focus on one thing: improving their skills to become the best they can be. To win league titles. To win tournament titles. To win national titles.

Matt Gable has that same focus.

But he’s gone beyond the typical player’s tunnel vision and assumed leadership roles in the sport as well.

The 29-year-old is the vice president of the Fargo-Moorhead Fastpitch Association. It’s a post he’s held since he was 24.

But that’s not all.

When the idea was floated to bring the 25th anniversary of the NAFA World Tournament to Fargo, he was on board and became a member of the six-person host committee that also includes Jon Kegel, Mike Oehlke, Justin Feist, Stephonie Broughton and Tom Wilson.

For anyone contemplating serving on a committee to accommodate over 100 ball clubs, you have to know there’s a tremendous amount of work involved.

Matt and the other committee members spend long days and long nights at the ballpark.

But when it’s game time, Matt is on the ball field. He’s a pitcher and a player, who helped the West Fargo Knights in the A-Major division as well as Watson’s Selects in the AA-Major.

During one of the games, Matt was hit in the head by a vicious line drive. He went to the hospital, had a concussion exam, was cleared to play, and soon returned to Northside Softball Complex.

Dedication? No doubt.

Why is he so willing to devote all the time – not to speak of a few headaches – to help run the fastpitch association and a World Series?

Simply to do his part in growing the sport in Fargo.

“In Fargo, we are trying to draw new players into our league,” Matt said. “Hosting a tournament like NAFA is a way to do that.”

Matt says there’s a huge crop of young baseball and slowpitch talent to harvest from, and bring into the fastpitch game.

“The question,” he says, “is how do we market our sport to get them into it?”

When he talks to young baseball and slowpitch players, he tries to sell the competitive nature of fastpitch. He does it from a personal perspective.

“You get that competition of pitcher versus hitter,” Matt said. “That is what appeals to many young players in the game today.”

When Matt talks to baseball players fresh out of high school and legion ball, he tells them that their playing days don’t have to be over; that an exciting opportunity awaits them in fastpitch.

He tells them why he began playing as an 18-year-old.

“I love the game because of the speed and pace of the game,” he said. “It lets players (continue) to play competitive ball after their high school and Legion baseball careers are over.”

Spoken like a true leader.

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Val Gable says:

    Hello, I am Matt Gable’s mother. I seen your article on him and would love to have a copy of it if at all possible. Could you email it to me? It was a great article.

    Thank you,

    Val Gable

  2. Bob says:

    Hi Val, you have a terrific son. However, I don’t have a print feature on my blog, so you will have to print it “as is” off my blog with the other stuff showing. Do you have a printer at home to do this? If not, let me know. I appreciate your compliment.

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