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Bowen Fastpitch takes third at NAFA World Series

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the 2014 NAFA A-Division World Series Photo By BOB OTTO

Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the 2014 NAFA A-Division World Series Photo By BOB OTTO

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – After dropping its opening game of the NAFA A-Major World Series, Bowen Fastpitch marched through the loser’s bracket winning six straight games before losing to the Northwest Merchants of New York, 7-1, to finish third at 6-2 in the 20-team field.

Hats off to Bowen Fastpitch, a long-time loyalist to NAFA that won the NAFA A Division championship in 2014, the first NAFA title for the ball club from Bowen, Illinois (pop. 500).

Bowen is led by Rocco Ramsey, a voracious leader and promoter of men’s fastpitch, who was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame in 2012.

Hard working Eric Lewis earns NAFA’s top honors

Friday, August 10th, 2012

“He (Eric Lewis) often had big hits in key spots. I remember one timely home run that he bounced off the scoreboard in Fargo. He’s definitely in the clutch category.” – Teammate Mike Wells

LE SUEUR, MN – The most gifted athlete to ever step onto a ball diamond? No, Eric Lewis won’t be known for owning extraordinary fastpitch talent.

But his work ethic, his fastpitch instincts, and his willingness to watch, listen and learn from those who came before him, that indeed, Lewis excelled at. And Exceptionally so.

And those fine traits have carried him far in the sport. Now comes the payoff.

At the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas, Lewis will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame. But that’s not all. He also was selected as just one of 36 players on NAFA’s 20th Year Anniversary Team (1993-2012).

“These are such great honors,” Lewis said. “To be considered one of the best is very exciting and humbling.”

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NAFA request for World Series information needed now

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012


Three days from the start of the NAFA World Series and these ball diamonds will be busy with fastpitch action! The AA and A-Major divisions start the action on Thursday. See Play NAFA.org (below) for more information.

TOPEKA, KS – The start of the NAFA World Series AA and A-Major tournaments are two days away and NAFA needs confirmation that teams have their game starts times. Also, NAFA needs each team’s list of pitchers.

Along with rosters, which include full names, and jersey numbers. If you need a roster, please visit the new player and team statistics website at: Play NAFA www.playnafa.org.(However, that does not replace NAFA’s primary website, Nafafastpitch.com

Please mail that information requested to Nafafastpitch@gmail.com today. And visit play NAFA for more current information.

Play NAFA is only the website where all future World Series stats for players and teams will be located. We are also trying to go backward and enter data from previous years as well.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    1. Check in time for each team WITH PICTURE ID is one hour prior to your first game at the complex where you start at.

    2. Tournament Opening Ceremonies (6 p.m. Thursday at Shawnee North Complex) with all teams in uniform is mandatory and will be just as awesome as it was last year with Hall of Fame Inductions of Ryan Nichols of the Blues, Dan Kolda of K Club, etc…

NAFA FOUNDERS HONORED
We will honor the founders of NAFA (We have 4 of the 7 attending). We will honor our 20th Year Anniversary NAFA Team (posted on the website).

Each team will be introduced during opening ceremonies with the information coming from your TEAM INFO SHEET that I emailed to you.

Fill it out and bring it to the ceremony and give it to me there. We will have an official welcome by the Visit Topeka organization, the Topeka Parks & Recreation Department, and the U.S. and Canadian National Anthems will be played.

Thank You,
Benjie Hedgecock
NAFA Executive Director
Nafafastpitch@gmail.com