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Kegel Black Knights celebrate anniversary year with world championship

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

kegel.warne.safe.104web Kegel’s Mitch Warne slides safely into home plate with the winning run in the Black Knights 2-1 victory over the Winterset A’s in the NAFA AA-Major World Series Championship. Warne scored the game-winner on a wild pitch by A’s pitcher Marshall Kronk (45) in the bottom of the seventh. Photo By BOB OTTO

DES MOINES, Iowa – Year after unfailing year the Kegel Black Knights have fielded a men’s fastpitch softball team – this year marks their 30th anniversary.

And what better way to celebrate such a remarkable achievement than winning an international championship. The Black Knights of Fargo did just that late Friday night by defeating a tough band of Winterset, Iowa A’s 2-1 to claim the North American Fastpitch Association AA-Major World Series title.

For Matt Darling – selected the AA-Major Most Valuable Player – this was his first NAFA championship.

“This is so nice to come out here and win this,” said Darling who had retired for a couple years, but was added to Kegel’s roster for the tournament. “This division had a lot of good pitchers, so to put up some decent runs is a credit to everybody on our team.”

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