2000 NAFA World Series

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A step back in time to the 2000 NAFA World Series

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

WAUSAU REP & BAJA’S men’s fastpitch team finished third in the 2000 NAFA World Series. Front row from left: Craig Filizetti, Mark Zee, Tim Spagnola, Riggs Repking, Greg Spindler, Brooks Repking, Jay Wilder, Jeff Zeller. Back from left: J.W. Dachel, Scott Rasmussen, Mark Repking, Mike Witter, Kevin Leick, Al Gringras, Rick Larson and Tom Feck. Not pictured, Dave Kamke. Photo By Wausaw Daily Herald / Sept. 22, 2000

FARGO, N.D. – Even though it’s been 17 years, Jon Kegel remembers the game and the circumstances well. His Kegel Black Knights trailed Wausau, Wisc. Rep & Baja’s, 3-1, in the seventh inning with two outs.

But the Black Knights weren’t down and out in the 2000 NAFA World Series.

Steve Scott saw to that. He belted a three-run homer to pull the Black Knights to the, 4-3, walk-off victory in the finals of the loser’s bracket. That huge win propelled the Black Knights on to claim the World Series title.

“I thought they (Rep & Baja’s) were the best team in the tournament,” said Kegel. “But they decided to intentionally walk John Desaulniers to get to Steve and he hit the home run. Steve said he knew he hit it, but the sun was shining in his eyes, so he couldn’t tell where the ball went.”

As for Desaulniers, “He threw every inning and every game for us and pitched five games on the last day.”

Desaulniers finished the world series with an incredible 8-1 record to lead the Black Knights to the championship.

Team effort helps NAFA pitcher John Desaulniers achieve special honor

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

“Being selected to the 20th Anniversary Team is a true honor that I can’t accept alone because there have been so many players, coaches, managers and sponsors that have helped me out…” – Johnny Desaulniers

In 2012, Johnny Desaulniers was selected to the NAFA 20th Year Anniversary Team. Contributed Photo

PINEWOOD, ONTARIO, CA – Johnny Desaulniers remembers his early fastpitch days when as a 12-year-old new to the sport, he did a lot of sitting. But he didn’t idle his time away. He soaked in the action on the ball diamond, and it has paid handsome returns.

“I spent lots of time on the bench watching and learning from my peers how to play the game,” said Desaulniers, 38. “I was always waiting for the opportunity to get an inning in, or to pinch run. I had lots of people to look up to at the start of my journey in this game, but two men stand out. They are George Oltsher and Bryan Bonot.

“These two men gave myself and lots of other kids a place and a chance to play. I consider them to be responsible for what I have become as a player today.”

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