Bombers keep the fastpitch tradition alive in Bee

Written by Bob on August 18th, 2017

BEE Bombers shortstop RYAN DOLEZAL focuses on the batter during a NAFA A World Series game. Photo By BOB OTTO

FARGO – At first glance and thought, the word BEE spelled out in bold, black letters on the front of their bright, red uniforms might lead one to think this men’s fastpitch team has a connection to the bee industry. Perhaps a sponsor with a honey-related business.

Not even close.

There’s a town in Nebraska named Bee. Population about 200 and located northwest of Lincoln about 40 miles, and halfway between Omaha and Grand Island.

This little village on the prairie farmland of Nebraska doesn’t raise bees or produce honey, but it does produce some talented fastpitch players. Many with familial ties two and three generations deep.

Men’s fastpitch goes back 64 years in Bee, says Roger Dolezal, who was keeping score for the Bee Bombers during a recent NAFA A Division game.

Milo Navratil started it in the 1950s,” he said. “He’s 94 now, but he was running it and keeping the game alive until 2000. Then we took over and are keeping it rolling. Our young men want to play ball.”

BEE Bombers right-fielder, DELTON WERTH catches a fly ball in a NAFA A Division World Series game. Photo By BOB OTTO

Milo did quite a job keeping it alive and with some great success.

“We have won ten (ASA) state championships,” Dolezal said, “and all the players have local ties. Some played Legion, high school and college baseball and now play fastpitch.”

Bee plays in the South League against teams around the Lincoln area. And the Bombers continue to play on their home field, appropriately named Milo Navratil Field.

“We run the ball field and take care of it,” Dolezal said. “We have a lot of pride in it. Our ball players grew up on the ball field with their dads.”

BEE Bombers pitcher RYAN HELGOTH hurls a pitch in the NAFA A Division World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

The 2017 BEE Bombers NAFA World Series roster: Evan Sisel, Shane Sisel, Michael Hofpar, Aaron Pierce, Shane Johnson, Ryan Helgoth, Brandon Chapek, Ryan Dolezal, Jeremy Cihal, Blake Marquardt, Logan Mahalek, Jordan Odvody, Tyler Dolezal, Delton Werth and Roger Dolezal.

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Dale Dvorak says:

    Go Bee Bombers.
    Keep up the tradition..
    Played for Bee in the late 70’s..

  2. Heather Sisel says:

    Landon says: Go Bee ? Bombers!

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