2014 NAFA World Series A Division

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Bowen Fastpitch reaches NAFA A Division winners final

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
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 NAFA A-Division tournament, Saturday. 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 NAFA A-Division tournament, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – It was the most unlikeliest of wins, but Rocco Ramsey and his Bowen Fastpitch ball club from Illinois will gladly take it.

In the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded and down by a run, Bowen scored twice to pull out a 7-6 victory over Rude Pac of So. Calif. that sends Bowen (4-0) into the winners bracket final to be played late Saturday night.

For Rude Pac (4-1), it was a devastating and most disappointing loss. All due to a game-costing error and free passes.

Bowen’s Corey Ramsey led off the seventh with a walk, then after a infield popup, Shawn Altgilbers worked a second walk off Rude Pac’s Ron Mizner. That brought Brody Gronewold to the plate, and he laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third.

Now it was Jack Carlisle’s turn, but Rude Pac chose to walk him intentionally to load the bases.

With two out, up to the plate stepped Austin Ramsey. He worked the count full, and then watched as ball four went by him forcing in Corey Ramsey with the tying run.

Now Derek Van Fleet stepped into the batter’s box and lifted what appeared to be a harmless and easy fly ball to centerfield. But the ball was dropped sending in Algilbers with the winning run.

And sending the Bowen team and their fans into delirious celebration.

“Wow, what a game,” said manager Rocco Ramsey. “Somebody is watching over us. That’s two in a row we’ve won like that.”

Bowen's Jack Carlisle slides into home plate as Rude Pac catcher Keith Herbster tries to field the ball and make the tag. Photo By BOB OTTO

Bowen’s Jack Carlisle slides into home plate as Rude Pac catcher Keith Herbster tries to field the ball and make the tag. Photo By BOB OTTO

For Rocco’s son, Austin Ramsey, the win means so much to him, his dad, and the entire team.

“This is as far as we have gone (in the NAFA World Series),” said Austin, who added that the ball four he walked on was about chin high. “Dad’s been playing fastpitch since 1981, and this means a lot to him. He’s been at it a long time with guys like Tony Koehler, Brian Janssen and Andy Gronewold.

Bowen will now face Oscar’s of Omaha, who survived Wright Way 6-4 to claim the bottom half of the 44-team winners bracket. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.

“We are finding ways to win,” Austin Ramsey said. “This is the farthest we’ve ever gone (in NAFA World Series). We want to keep going.”

Bowen had eight hits led by Matt Kissinger, who was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI; Collin Dooley 2 for 4, Jack Carlisle 1 for 1, 2 runs, 3 stolen bases; Derek Van Fleet 2 for 4, 2 RBI; and Jack Gronewold 1 for 2.

Left-hander Tony Koehler picked up his fourth win (4-0) and pitched a complete game giving up six runs on 11 hits with a walk and a strikeout.

For Rude Pac, Chris Nassour went 2 for 3 with an RBI; David Carrillo 2 for 4, run scored, 2 RBI; Ruben Lopez 1 for 4, Chris Paiva 3 for 4, Dave Demaid 1 for 2, RBI; Keith Herbster 1 for 3, Josh Sargent 1 for 1, and Scotty Pulcifer 1 for 3, run scored, RBI.

NAFA World Series A Division championship tournament set to begin

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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Greg “Chopper” Lammers will be one of the pitchers wind-milling his assortment of risers, drops and change-ups to the plate in the NAFA World Series A Division tournament, Aug. 14-17. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – At 11 a.m. Thursday, 44 teams will start competing for the NAFA World Series A Division championship.

The action takes place at the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline.

Teams are coming from Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowas and from our great neighbor to the north, Canada.

Canada is sending the Kakebeka Red Ants, and Kelvington PDC.

Will they be as successful as the Pepperjacks of Novia Scotia? Or the the Lloydminster Dodgers of Alberta? These two great ball clubs battled over three games to determine a champion in the AA Division with the Pepperjacks finally prevailing.

If the A Division championship play-down is as exciting as last week’s A-Major, AA, and AA-Major, then this will be a great tournament.

But only time will tell in the three day event that runs through Sunday with the championship scheduled for 1:15 p.m., with a second “if necessary” game at 3 p.m. if needed in the double knockout format.

See printable bracket: 2014-NAFA A Bracket

Speed and power drive Roseville Eagles to NAFA World Series A-Major Championship

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
High flying Eagles win NAFA World Series A-Major Championship. The includes Jabari Wimbs, Mario Pereira, Adam Traugh, Mark Summers, Joel Manfredi, Nathan Dondero, Ed Gasper, Brandon Sharer, Kevin Fontana, Kary Moore, Steven Tyler Phillips, Rusty Newman, Nicholas Freitas, and Aaron Glaum. Photo By Bob Otto

High flying Eagles win NAFA World Series A-Major Championship. The team includes Jabari Wimbs, Mario Pereira, Adam Traugh, Mark Summers, Joel Manfredi, Nathan Dondero, Ed Gasper, Brandon Sharer, Kevin Fontana, Kary Moore, Steven Tyler Phillips, Rusty Newman, Nicholas Freitas, and Aaron Glaum. Photo By Bob Otto

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – The Roseville, Calif. Eagles have the kind of lineup that can give many a pitcher a severe case of the jitters. They’ve got the speedsters up front slapping and poking their way on base, and the big bashers lining up to drive them in.

Stoneyard of Madison, Wisc. can attest to that.

In the bottom of the first inning, Aaron Glaum – possibly the fastest man in the World Series – hit a line shot into the left-centerfield gap, and before the ball could be flagged down he was rounding third and heading for home for an inside the park home run.

That huge hit was the spark that ignited the Eagles’ offense and led to a 7-0 victory to claim the NAFA World Series A-Major Division Championship, Sunday, at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill.

“It’s a great combination to have speed up front in Jabari (Wimbs) and Aaron, and power hitters that go three, four, five, six and seven and then we roll the lineup to speed again,” said Eagles’ player and manager Mario Pereira, who bats third. “Aaron set the tone for us today.”

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NAFA World Series, A Division has wide representation in Quad Cities

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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QUAD CITIES, Ia/Il – It’s typical of A division teams of the NAFA World Series to field teams with good pitching. But not dominant.

So hitters tend to put the ball into play and runs are scored.

Seldom are there 1-0 or 2-1, 12 to 15 strikeout games. If so, then someone has slipped through the pitcher evaluation process that NAFA prides itself on in making sure the playing field is level for everyone.

So I’m pretty confident that the Forty four teams representing 15 states, along with the three from Canada, will have an even shot come Aug. 14 to 17 of taking home the championship.

The two states sending the most teams are Michigan with six and Wisconsin at five.

Here’s the bracket. Who do you think will be the team last standing on the far right side of the bracket come Sunday Aug. 17th?

NAFA A Bracket