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Monday, August 17th, 2015

YUCAIPA, Calif. – The North American Fastpitch Association celebrated its 22nd year hosting men’s and young men’s (age 23-Under) championship tournaments in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois in 2014.

After covering and photographing the World Series, I wrote a book about it entitled, “2014 NAFA Men’s Fastpitch World Series”.

THE BOOK INCLUDES

  • Over 200 photos
  • Championship game stories of the AA-Major, AA, A-Major, A and 23-Under divisions
  • Feature stories of players and managers, who have helped make the game as great as it is.
  • Hall of Fame stories and listing of members from 1997 to 2014
  • NAFA World Series records and amazing accomplishments by incredible players
  • Listing of NAFA 10 and 20-year anniversary players, “the best of the best”
  • Masters World Series results
  • Wood Bat World Series results
  • You can preview the book and if you like what you see, you can order a PDF or a softcover book (8 1/2 x 11) with semigloss pages from the publisher, Blurb (Online only) from the menu below.

    Click on the SHOPPING CART in the menu to visit my Blurb page.

    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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    Final stage of 2014 NAFA World Series magazine

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
    The front cover, left, and collage page of my soon to be released 2014 NAFA World Series magazine. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

    The front cover, left, and collage page of my soon to be released 2014 NAFA World Series magazine. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’ve reached page 93 with about seven left and my magazine (8.5 x 11 inches) about the 2014 NAFA World Series will be finished after four months work.

    Content will include:

  • Championship game stories
  • Feature stories
  • Hall of Fame stories
  • Over 125 action and team photos
  • The magazine will be published and available through Blurb.

    I’ll post as soon as the magazine is available for preview on Blurb.

    Calling all 2014 NAFA World Series all-world players

    Sunday, January 11th, 2015
    The 2014 NAFA World Series A-Major, all-world team (other members may exist, but weren't available at time of photo.) Photo By BOB OTTO

    The 2014 NAFA World Series A-Major, all-world team (other members may exist, but weren’t available at time of photo.) Photo By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – I am working on a fastpitch project that includes gathering information on the all-world players of all five divisions that played in the 2014 NAFA World Series in the Quad Cities.

      INFORMATION NEEDED
  • Your full name
  • Team(s) you played for
  • Division(s) you competed in
  • Your uniform number
  • Position(s) you played
  • Your statistics as a pitcher or player
  • If you are the manager or team statistician of all-world players, and can provide this information, or pass my request on to your player(s), I would much appreciate that.

    You can email me at: botto3@verizon.net.

    Thank you for your help,
    Bob Otto

    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 announces host cities for 2015 World Series championship tournaments

    Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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    DAYTON, Ore – Since 1993, the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) has held post-season national tournaments for several divisions of men’s fastpitch – from age 23-under to Open to Masters 60-Over.

    2015 will be no different. 2015 NAFA WS

    Approximately 200 teams from the U.S. and Canada, and possibly Japan, are expected to compete for World Series championships in various cities throughout the United States.

    NAFA recently released its selection of host cities, so depending on the division your team plays in, start making plans to attend one or more of the World Series championships.

      Division – Dates – Location
  • Open World Series, Aug. 1-2, Seattle, Wash.
  • Native American World Series, Aug 1-2, Lawton, Okla.
  • AA-Major World Series, Aug 5-7, Warsaw, Ind.
  • A-Major World Series, Aug. 6-9, Quad Cities (Moline, Ill.)
  • A World Series, Aug. 13-16, Quad Cities
  • AA World Series, Aug. 14-16, Quad Cities
  • 23-Under World Series, Aug. 14-16, Quad Cities
  • Wood Bat World Series, Aug 22-23, Quad Cities
  • East Masters World Series, Sept. 11-13, Quad Cities
  • West Masters World Series, Sept. 18-20, Carson City, Nev.
    1. Regional and NAFA sanctioned tournaments
  • **West Coast Super Regional Las Vegas Roadtrip, April 10-12, Las Vegas
  • Grants Pass Boatnik, May 23-25, Grants Pass, Ore.
  • A, A-Major, AA, Open West Coast Championships, June 27-28, Carson City, Nev.
  • ** Events, and Las Vegas Roadtrip still must be confirmed as of this printing.

    Back Up, Back Up, Back Up…

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

    Which I didn’t do.

    Failing to follow the advice I give to other photographers, I didn’t back up the photos I took at the 2014 NAFA World Series on a portable drive.

    And three days after the tournament ended my Macbook laptop won’t turn on. And of course that’s where all the photos are stored.

    According to a Mac repair person the logic board is the culprit and is very costly to fix. Upwards of $500 or more. And the computer is worth less than that.

    So until further notice don’t ask for photos. I have none to give nor sell.

    If I decide to fix the computer and recover the photos, I’ll let you know.

    For you photogs, I repeat: back up those irreplaceable photos.

    “And do as I say, not as I do.”

    Bats heat up and blast Bowen Fastpitch to NAFA World Series A Division Championship

    Monday, August 18th, 2014
    WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! The Bowen Fastpitch team includes Corey Ramsey, Jack Carlisle, Shawn Altgilbers, Brody Gronewold, Tony Koehler, Derek Van Fleet, Austin Ramsey, Josh Gronewold, Matt Kissinger, Andy Gronewold, Collin Dooley, Brian Jansen, Austin Hardy, Greg Dowdall, and manager Rocco Ramsey, front row center. Photo By BOB OTTO

    WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! The Bowen Fastpitch team includes Corey Ramsey, Jack Carlisle, Shawn Altgilbers, Brody Gronewold, Tony Koehler, Derek Van Fleet, Austin Ramsey, Josh Gronewold, Matt Kissinger, Andy Gronewold, Collin Dooley, Brian Jansen, Austin Hardy, Greg Dowdall, and manager Rocco Ramsey, front row center. Photo By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – About the fifth inning Rocco Ramsey felt confident his Bowen Fastpitch team was starting to find their groove at the plate.

    Down 9-0, Bowen had erupted for five runs in the fifth inning of the first of two games that would decide the NAFA World Series A Division Championship.

    Even though Bowen went on to lose 9-6 to Rude Pac of So. Calif. in that first game; it was in that fifth inning that Ramsey said to himself that his young team – seven under the age of 23 – would be just fine in the winner-take-all title game.

    And indeed they were as Bowen blasted its way to a 22-11 victory to claim the A Division title.

    “I really felt that in the fifth inning of that first game that our bats were back,” said Ramsey, a NAFA Hall of Fame manager and promoter. “I had a gut feeling it would carry over into the championship. Their pitchers were tired and we got on to them.”

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    Women competing and having fun at the NAFA World Series

    Friday, August 15th, 2014
    Shelby Nosan, left, Debby Day, and Jessica Williams are competing in men's fastpitch and have performed very well at the NAFA World Series. Photo Collage By BOB OTTO

    Shelby Nosan, left, Debby Day, and Jessica Williams are competing in men’s fastpitch and have performed very well at the NAFA World Series. Photo Collage By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – If Debby Day were at the NAFA World Series, Shelby Nosan and Jessica Williams would probably give her a big thank you for opening the door, for breaking down the barrier.

    Day, who pitches for the Long Beach Wolfpack, is one of the first females to play in the NAFA World Series, along with Meredith Servanka, who pitches for Rude Pac of So. Calif.

    Both women have competed very well against the men. And last year Day led the Wolfpack to the A-Division championship and was selected Co-Most Valuable Pitcher.

    Day’s emergence in the men’s game – and her resounding success last season – has made it more acceptable for other women to play in the NAFA World Series.

    The two latest are Nosan, 21, and Williams, 20. They both play for the Fort Frances Young Wolves from Canada. Nosan plays shortstop and Williams anchors third.

    When told of Day’s exploits in the men’s game, Williams said:

    “That’s awesome. I definitely think the girls can play with the guys. We have the same level of competitiveness. I think it’s great.”

    Let’s meet and learn more about these two young women who are having a great time playing in the NAFA World Series A-Division tournament.

    What’s it like playing on the men’s side versus the women’s?

    Nosan: “The big difference is hitting off really good pitchers who are a lot faster than the women. You have to get ready quicker and get your bat out there sooner.”

    Williams: “You have to have quicker reaction time when you’re hitting and in the field. At third base the ball is coming at you pretty quick. But that’s what I love about it; you have to be ready all the time.

    How long have you been playing against the men, and how did you get started with the Young Wolves?

    Nosan: “My dad (Doug Nosan) played for a Baudette team in the Rainy River District Fastball League (Canada) with Team Stratton. They let me start playing for them four years a go, and I’m very grateful for that. (From there she began playing with the Young Wolves.)

    Williams: “I just started this year. Shelby got me into it and I’ve played in two tournaments in Canada and this is my third tournament here with them.”

    You both play for Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. How does playing in the men’s game help you in your college game?

    Nosan: “It’s helped my college game, especially on defense. I’m able to get to balls in college that I wouldn’t have been able to if I didn’t play in the men’s league.”

    Williams: “It will help my batting because the ball comes in so much faster and with so much more force and movement from the men pitchers. I think it’s really going to help my game with that, and also my reaction time at third base because you have to be ready to get to the ball much quicker.”

    How have the men accepted you into their side of the sport?

    Nosan: “The guys have been so welcoming. They look out for my safety too. They are all really great.”

    Williams: “the atmosphere on this team is really great. I love it.”

    Would you like to see a Co-ed division of fastpitch offered?

    Williams: “I think it’s definitely possible, and I think there should be a Co-ed division. It’s fun playing with the guys.”

    You have played both men’s and women’s fastpitch. Which do you prefer?

    Nosan: “I love them both. With the guys it’s quite a different attitude. They’re pretty rowdy. The girls are fun too and you connect with them like a girl.”

    You’re winding down you college softball careers. When you graduate, will that be the end of the sport for you?

    Williams: “Heck no, I’m going to keep playing both men’s and women’s. It’s fun. I love it.”

    This is your first NAFA World Series. What do you think about it?

    Nosan: “I’ve always wanted to play in this ever since I heard about it. It’s kind of been my dream. I was a little nervous at first, but I think I got that out of me (in the first game). It’s a lot of fun.”

    Both Shelby and Jessica play for Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. where Shelby, who returns as a senior next year, is an infielder and was selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region team, and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) All-Tournament team.

    Williams, a sophomore, is utility player who is comfortable playing any position including pitcher, where she starred at Wayzata High School in Minnesota.

    Scores and more at the NAFA A-Division World Series

    Thursday, August 14th, 2014
    Reuben Lopez had a good game, driving in a run for Rude Pac. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Reuben Lopez had a good game, driving in a run for Rude Pac. Photo By BOB OTTO

      Rude Pac,Calif. 9, Artisan Construction, MO, 6

    Rude Pac broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth with a four-run outburst. Andy Martinez was the star at the plate, driving in four runs with a 2 for 4 performance.

    Reuben Lopez, Jeremy Rooney and Chad Landers each drove in runs in Rude Pac’s nine-hit attack.

    Josh Sargent and Ron Mizener shared the pitching duties with Sargent starting and going two innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, while Mizener picked up the win with five innings of work, giving up three earned runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

    Berrah Brown, Jr. led Artisan by driving in three runs and going 3 for 4 with a home run. Ken Franck went 2 for 3, and Larry Brown, Chris Leeper, Eric Barnett and Logan Prock had one hit each.

      Colton, Calif. Dirtbags 12, Mazon Fastpitch 4

    Jesse Martinez pitched a complete game in helping the Dirtbags of Colton, Calif. defeat Mazon Fastpitch. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Jesse Martinez pitched a complete game in helping the Dirtbags of Colton, Calif. defeat Mazon Fastpitch. Photo By BOB OTTO


    The Dirtbags pounded out 17 hits, Jesse Martinez pitched a complete game, and the Californians won easily to start their NAFA A-Division World Series.

    Richard Soriano had a great day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with 4 RBIs, while Frankie Hernandez was about as good with a 3 for 4 showing and 3 RBIs. Art Chavez also drove in two runs and went 2 for 3. Jason Martinez was 2 for 4, Donovan Reyes 2 for 3, and Jesse Martinez went 2 for 3 to help his own cause.

    Mike Davis had two hits to lead Mazon, and Collin Hokins, Cal Vigna, Dan Peruski, John Kopp, and Jace Walsh each had a hit.

      MORE SCORES
  • Franny’s Ole Irish Pub, Ill. 14, Big M Marina, Missouri 1
  • Quinn’s Concrete, Kansas 11, Kelvington PDC Comets, Saskatchewan, CA 2
  • KC Angels, MO 9, Roca Tavern, Neb. 2
  • Pala Braves, Calif. 12, LaCrosse, Wisc. 1
  • Priority Mortgage, Mich. 7, Kakebecka Falls, Ontario, CA 6
  • Fargo,No.Dak. 5, The Tribe, MO. 3
  • Wrightway Tree Service, Mich. 6, Pala Braves 4
  • Oscar’s, Omaha, Neb. 6, Franny’s Ole Irish Pub, Ill. 4
  • Lifetime Seemless Gutters, Wisc. 8, Morelli’s Fastpitch, St. Paul 1
  • Oetman Excavating, Mich. 9, Earl’s Club 5
  • Walcott Merchants, Iowa 7, Marquette Fence, Mich. 2
  • Walcott Lampliter Inn, Iowa 6, John’s Plumbing, Neb. 4
  • KC Angels 12, Pints, Iowa 0
  • The Stock, Ill. 6, Quinn’s Concrete, Kan. 2
  • Auburn ATS, Mich. 1, Colton Dirtbags 0
  • Rude Pac 14, Diamond Dawgs, Ind. 1