Wilber and Bol’s take Wisconsin NAFA state titles

Written by Bob on August 15th, 2013

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MIDDLETON, Wisc. – Sixteen teams took to the ball diamonds at the Bowling Green Recreation Center in Middleton last weekend and when the last out was made, Wilber Lime of Galesville emerged as the NAFA AA / AA-Major Division champion, while Bol’s Lanes of Baldwin took the A / A-Major Division crown in the Henry St. Claire NAFA Wisconsin State Championship on Sunday.

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Henry St. Claire

The state tournament is named in honor of St. Claire, who served as NAFA’s Umpire In Chief until he passed away suddenly in 2011. He was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame in 2007 for his outstanding service to the organization.

    STRAM BESTS HOLMAN

Six teams took part in the AA / AA-Major tournament with Wilber Lime beating New Image of Monfort 5-0 in the championship. Travis Stram hurled a complete game in picking up the win over New Image ace, Jeramie Holman.

Wilber Lime went into the championship after surviving an exhausting 14-inning, 4-3, semifinal victory over Sheddy’s of Monfort. Sheddy’s moved up to the AA / AA-Major Division after winning the state NAFA A championship the past two years.

New Image advanced by beating the Blackhawk Athletic Club (BAC) of Rockford, Illinois 3-2 in the other semifinal.

    BALDWIN BALL CLUB UNBEATABLE

Bol’s Lane (4-0) made short work of it’s opponents in the 16-team A / A-Major event by run-ruling every game on their way to the title, finalized with a 12-4 triumph over Lifetime Seamless Gutters of Eastman, with Dan Du Charme picking up the victory.

    2013 NAFA A STATE FINAL STANDINGS

1. Bol’s Lanes, Baldwin 4-0
2. Lifetime Seamless Gutters, Eastman 5-2
3. Earl’s Club, Kenosha 2-2
4. Stoneyard, Appleton 3-3
5. Meister Cheese, Muscoda, 2-2
5. 21 Gun Saloon, Denmark 2-2
7. Dugout, Cushing 1-2
8. Cougar Lanes, Clinton 1-3
9. J&D Tube, Wausau 1-2
10.LaCrosse Athletics, LaCrosse 0-3

    ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

Pitchers
Dan Du Charme, Bol’s Lanes
Dan Morovits, Lifetime
Tim Volden, Stoneyard

Catchers
Ryan Dalton, Earl’s Club
Micah Thingvold, Meister Cheese

Infield
Bryce Du Charme, Bol’s Lanes
Brad Kershner, Cougar Lanes
Brad Mc Artury, 21 Gun Saloon
Aaron Peterson, Lifetime
Brian Walvogel, Bol’s Lanes

Outfield
Peyton Hall, Lifetime
Brian Leonard, Bol’s Lanes
Doug Kroening, Earl’s Club
Steve Reiber, 21 Gun Saloon

Designated PLAYER
Travis Thompson, Bol’s Lanes

Most Valuable Pitcher, Dan Du Charme
Most Valuable Player, Peyton Hall
Leading Batter, Brad McArtury .688

    TOURNAMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Peyton Hall, just 15 years old, became the youngest player to win the Most Valuable Player award in the Wisconsin NAFA State Tournament. Playing for his dad’s team, Lifetime Seamless Gutters of Eastman, Hall went 15 for 24 for a .625 batting average.

For the first time, a father and son made All-Tournament. Dan Du Charme was 4-0 and his 16-year-old son, Bryce, batted a robust .538.

Doug Kroening had what may have been the greatest game in the history of Wisconsin NAFA. Against runner-up Lifetime Seamless Gutters, he had three home runs and a triple, totaling 15 bases, along with seven RBIs.

    BADGER STATE STRONG IN NAFA

The Wisconsin NAFA State Tournament celebrated its 21st consecutive year after starting in 1993, coinciding with the formation of NAFA, and is the longest running NAFA state tournament in the organization’s history.

For information about NAFA in Wisconsin, visit: Wisconsin NAFA

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. bob thurmes says:

    great job bob!

  2. Bob says:

    Thanks Bob. Wisconsin is one of the states still doing pretty well in men’s fastpitch. And a lot of the credit goes to Loren Lathrop and Ronn Kopp – both NAFA Vice Presidents – who do a lot of work to promote tournaments and the game in general.

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