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NAFA Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Memorial Day Weekend In Newberg, Oregon

Monday, May 8th, 2017

NEWBERG, Ore. – The first annual President Hoover Fastpitch Tournament, Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, 2017 will be held in Newberg Oregon.

Tournament Director, Shayne Arndt, NAFA Oregon State Director is initiating this tournament with the support of Benjie Hedgecock, NAFA President, to keep the spirit of the historic Boatnik tourney in Grant’s Pass, Oregon going.

“I want to help fastpitch continue in Oregon and the northwest,” Arndt said. “I see this tournament having the potential to thrive as part of the NAFA circuit with the holiday weekend and close proximity to the Portland airport for teams traveling in the future.”

    CONTACT INFORMATION

North American Fastpitch Association
Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
503-559-5398 cell,503-864-4487 work, fax 503-864-3939
PO Box 566 Dayton, Or, 97114

Someone to know: pitcher Mike Milligan of Grass Valley All Star Auto

Friday, April 14th, 2017

MIKE MILLIGAN fired a four-hitter in leading All-Star Automotive of Grass Valley, Calif. to a 6-0 victory over the A1 Rockies in the winners bracket of the A-Major Division in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Sunday, April 9. Photo By BOB OTTO

“I’m very proud of that. We all work hard at growing the game around here.”- Mike Milligan on the Grass Valley men’s fastpitch league.

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – Mike Milligan took up pitching when he was 39 years old in 2000. Now 47, he has developed into one of the best NAFA A-Major pitchers in Northern California.

He had an outstanding performance in the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip X , April 7-9, helping All Star Auto of Grass Valley finish runner-up (4-2) in the A-Major Division.

Milligan beat eventual champion, A1 Rockies, in the winners’ bracket final, 6-0. He fired a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and a walk. And was in command the entire game.

“He’s got a good rise and drop and knuckle ball,” said All Star Auto manager Tom Allen after the game. “He is a tough gamer.”

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Bud Olson helps foster the revival of men’s fastpitch in La Crosse

Monday, March 20th, 2017

BUD OLSON, NAFA Hall of Fame member (2014), is helping lead the effort to revive men’s fastpitch in LaCrosse, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Some call them diehards. Some call them loyalists. Some call them movers and shakers. They’re the backbone of any worthy cause who roll up their sleeves and get the job done.

And when it comes to men’s fastpitch, Ronn Kopp, Loren Lathrop and Bud Olson fit those labels perfectly.

While many have long since given up, these three men continue the mission to revive the sport in Wisconsin. Maybe that’s why the state is the North American Fastpitch Association’s (NAFA) leader in team registration within the organization.

Kopp is the NAFA president and Lathrop a vice president. Both have been with the organization since its inception in 1993. They run NAFA Wisconsin affairs, conduct tournaments and leagues, and help run one of the most successful national tournaments in the sport: the NAFA World Series.

No doubt, they are true warriors.

Though Olson isn’t a NAFA official, he’s leading an admirable effort to revive fastpitch in the La Crosse area: he runs a team, he recruits younger players and helps form leagues, he encourages city officials to support fastpitch, and he will be hosting the NAFA state tournament for the next three years.

If every state had this type of commitment, the sport would be in much better shape.

Olson grew up on a Wisconsin farm, attended a country school where he began playing fastpitch in first grade. At 14 he was playing in a 4-H league. By 15 his burgeoning talent landed him a spot on the Sioux Creek Farmers team in a men’s league.

“I got my first hit when I was 10 against Bob Davis one of the top pitchers in the Barron County traveling League,” said Olson. “I made Chetek’s traveling team as a 16-year-old shortstop. When our 4-H team entered the Sand Creek Sunday Night league, I was playing four nights a week.”

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