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Kansas City Astros return solid core and add new pitcher

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City Astros, a NAFA A / A-Major team, have a solid core of returning veterans, and by adding a couple of talented prospects, the Astros once again plan on making a run for a NAFA World Series championship come August in Moline, Illinois.

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Page Brake of Salt Lake City carries on long tradition in men’s fast pitch

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
The Page Brake men's fastpitch team has been in existence since the 1960s, and still goes strong today. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

The Page Brake men’s fastpitch team has been in existence since the 1960s, and still goes strong today. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series

SALT LAKE CITY – Mention the name “Page Brake” in men’s fast pitch circles and most will say, sure I’ve heard of them, or I’ve seen them play, or what a great team.

But for those REALLY in the know, they will go a bit further in dishing out the accolades. For this Salt Lake City ball club has quite a legacy.

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NAFA Hall of Fame induction for Dr. Tadashi Yoshimura

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

PORTLAND, ORE – Dr. Tadashi Yoshimura will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame, 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at McMenamins of Broadway in Portland.

Dr. Yoshimura is the Head Softball Coach at Waseda University in Japan. He has brought his young men’s team to compete in NAFA 23-Under World Series where he has won two championships, the last in 2010 in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • $10 Dinner Cost and no host bar
  • stories by guests about Dr. Yoshimura
  • Induction Speech by Professor Douglass Scott
  • Dr. Yoshimura acceptance speech
  • Please RSVP Benjie Hedgecock at 503-559-5398 by text or cell or by email to Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
  • Kegel Black Knights 30-year Anniversary Team

    Thursday, August 22nd, 2013


    FARGO, N.D. – 2013 marks an extraordinary 30-year milestone in the history of Kegel Black Knights fastpitch. In 1983, Jon Kegel began sponsoring boys’ and men’s fastpitch teams.

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    Day Named Co-Most Valuable Pitcher of NAFA World Series

    Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

    wolfpack.doom.debbie.322web Pitcher Debby Day helped the Long Beach Wolfpack win the 2013 NAFA A World Series in Des Moines and Urbandale, Iowa, Aug. 18, 2013. Photo By BOB OTTO / www.ottoinfocus.com

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    URBANDALE, Iowa – Debby Day is no stranger to the softball diamond in the NCAA. For the last two summers she has made her mark by trading her coaching shoes for playing cleats, taking her talents to the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA), an organization that hosts the largest men’s fastpitch softball tournament in the world.

    Not only has she defied the gender barrier, but in 2013 she was named the NAFA A World Series co-Most Valuable Pitcher for her performance in the circle for the World Series Champion Long Beach Wolfpack.

    Undeterred from the fact that it is a men’s league, Day has proven her ability to not only play with and against the competition of her male opponents, but to succeed. During the week, Day produced an overall record of 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 30 innings with 14 strike outs.

    Though the environment was hostile last year, it was a completely different atmosphere this time around.

    “Honestly, it was one of the coolest playing experiences I have had in a while,” she shared. “Not only were the opposing teams and fans accepting, but having the other Southern California teams out there watching us on Sunday was really incredible and we were very appreciative of that support.”

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    Michigan team stings the ball in NAFA A World Series

    Monday, August 19th, 2013

    no.mich.team.photo.124web Northern Michigan Fastpitch from front left, Tom Tryban, Randy Wheelock, Shelley Bush, John Bush, Joe Barnette, Devin Milheim. Back row, left, Guy Thurston, Dylan Goddahee, Greg Heath, Dale Churchill, Matt Wright and Lee Wyckoff. Photo By BOB OTTO

    DES MOINES, IOWA – Northern Michigan Fastpitch drew a healthy dose of respect and perhaps more than a little fear from the pitchers who had to face them from the 46-foot pitching rubber in the NAFA A World Series.

    The team, which is largely from the Petoskey area locted on the northern tip of Michigan’s thumb, crushed the ball over the four day world series, by scoring 71 runs in seven games.

    And if not for a hard-fought 10-9 loss to the eventual champion Long Beach Wolfpack, this team might be celebrating a championship today.

    “This team can hit the heck out of the ball,” said manager John Bush, who runs the team with his wife Shelley, who serves as the general manager.

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    Kiwi and converted slowpitch players impressive in NAFA A World Series

    Monday, August 19th, 2013

    johnston.kiwi.pitcher.183web Many who saw Ethan Johnston, just 18 years old, pitch in the 2013 NAFA A World Series, believe he has a bright future in the sport. Photo By BOB OTTO

    URBANDALE, IOWA – The five foot nine, 160 pound, 18-year-old New Zealander with hair hanging off his shoulders looked more like a drummer in a rock band than a fastpitch softball pitcher.

    But with a circular whip of his skinny – but strong – right arm and a snap of his wrist, Ethan Johnston worked magic with a softball, sending it spinning sharply upward, or darting suddenly downward during the four days of the NAFA A World Series.

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    Ganther stifles Balboa on a two-hitter

    Thursday, August 15th, 2013

    lens.automotive.ganther.105web Joe Ganther tossed a two-hit shutout in leading Len’s Automotive of Minnesota to a first round win in the NAFA A World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

    URBANDALE – Len’s Automotive of Minnesota got a strong performance in the circle from Joe Ganther as the right-hander shutout the Balboa Fastpitch Club of California, 7-0, Thursday, in the opening day of the NAFA A World Series.

    Ganther allowed but two hits and struck out two in going the distance.

    Alex Farber belted a three-run homer and Pat Hoban was 3 for 3 to lead Len’s Automotive. For Balboa, Celio Smalling, Jr. had a triple and K.C. Shaw single.

    Martinez and Obregon lead Dirtbags over Pub 500

    Thursday, August 15th, 2013

    colton.obregon.121web Jason Obregon led his Colton, Calif. Dirtbags to a first-round victory in the 2013 NAFA A Major World Series, Thursday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    URABANDALE – The Dirtbags of Colton, Calif. recovered from a first inning deficit to comeback and defeat Pub 500 of Mankato, Minn. 7-3 in the opener for both teams in the NAFA A World Series.

    Pub 500 scored twice in the top of the first, but Jesse Martinez belted a leadoff, line drive home run over the left-centerfield fence in the bottom half of the inning, and Chris Paiva followed with another solo shot in the second to even the score.

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    Wilber and Bol’s take Wisconsin NAFA state titles

    Thursday, August 15th, 2013


    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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