2013 NAFA AA-Major

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Big boys in homestretch for NAFA AA-Major crown

Friday, August 9th, 2013

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DES MOINES – Eleven of the best intermediate teams in North America take to the ball diamonds today to decide who will be crowned “AA-Major World Champion.”

My money is on the Seattle Cal-State Builders who have ran through pool play and into the double-elimination bracket undefeated (3-0). Manager and owner Dave Carlton has assembled a fine ball club with a mix of solid offense and defense, and arguably the best pitching staff in the World Series.

In the circle are four of the world’s best intermediate / Open pitchers: First up is Minnesota’s Kevin Kammueller, the mainstay of the staff all season; Rich Haldane, who has pitched (and he swings the bat pretty well, too) the Sooke (BC) Loggers to four tournament titles this season, and is a national team pitcher for Great Britain.

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I’m counting down to the NAFA World Series

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Just 17 days remain before the first pitch of the 2013 NAFA World Series in Des Moines. With that first pitch comes non-stop action from August 7 to 18. For a sports reporter and photographer, that’s a long challenging haul covering dozens of games in five divisions – about 160 teams in all.

I covered the World Series in 2010 when it was also held in Des Moines. And when NAFA Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock asked me for a return engagement, I said yes. Although my wife had some trepidation over my taking up the challenge again. She reminded me how tired I was when I returned home to California.

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