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NAFA holds annual meeting at World Series in Fargo

Friday, August 25th, 2017

FARGO – During the 2017 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, the organization held its national meeting with Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock calling the meeting to order.

Clark Evans took minutes and lunch was served by the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    ROLL CALL

Executive Committee members present were Benjie Hedgecock, Loren Lathrop, Mike Watson (by telephone), Jon kegel, Mike Oehlke, Rich Quigley, Kris Russom and Clark Evans.

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Second week of NAFA World Series starts Thursday

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The 2017 NAFA World Series tournament brochure.

FARGO – The teams are arriving in Fargo for the second week of the 25th Anniversary of the 2017 NAFA World Series.

The tournament runs from Thursday, Aug. 17 to 20 with 54 teams battling for three division championships: eight in the AA division, 38 A, and and eight age 23-Under.

  • Teams are coming from throughout North America.
  • Four Canadian provinces – Manitoba, Saskatoon, Ontario and British Columbia – are sending teams that will compete in all three divisions.

    Fifteen U.S. states – Minnesota, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, California, New York, Michigan, Oregon, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

    The A division starts the tournament. The first game is scheduled Thursday at 2 p.m. with the championship set for Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

    AA powerhouses take to the field Friday at 5 p.m., with the championship scheduled for Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

    The 23-Under begins Friday at 7 p.m., with the championship, Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

    NAFA World Series Information

  • The ball park: Northside Softball Complex
  • Teams, Schedule, brackets
  • Playnafa Scores & Statistics
  • Rain / weather: 888-852-1115
  • Matt Gable, a leader on and off the fastpitch field

    Monday, August 14th, 2017

    FARGO – Most young fastpitch players in their prime focus on one thing: improving their skills to become the best they can be. To win league titles. To win tournament titles. To win national titles.

    Matt Gable has that same focus.

    But he’s gone beyond the typical player’s tunnel vision and assumed leadership roles in the sport as well.

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    NAFA heads to Fargo for 25th annual World Series of men’s fastpitch softball

    Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

    THE 2017 NAFA WORLD SERIES will be held at the Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, ND. Courtesy Photo

    DAYTON, Ore. – In the winter of 1993, seven dedicated fastpitch men – Pat Bucknell, Jim Williamson, Loren Lathrop, Ronn Kopp, Roger Regez, Milt Waschow and Bill Musolf – met in Chicago with a lofty goal in mind: to create an international organization explicitly for male fastpitch.

    And from that meeting, the North American Fastpitch Association was born.

    In August, NAFA will celebrate an outstanding milestone – a quarter century of striving to make the game better for every man, young man, boy or masters-aged player who wants to play fastpitch the “NAFA way.”

    NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, wants to make this milestone special and one long to be remembered by inviting all teams, players and fans to attend the NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak., Aug. 8-20.

    “We are preparing for our 25th Anniversary of the North American Fastpitch Association in Fargo, North Dakota in August and we are inviting you to come join us,” said Hedgecock.

    Professor Tadashi Yoshimura, manager and founder of the Waseda University men’s fastpitch team of Tokyo, Japan, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the 2014 NAFA World Series Opening Day ceremonies, Thursday night at Green Valley Sports Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

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    Beaumont Coyotes celebrate 40th Annual 4th of July men’s fastpitch tournament

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    By RICHARD SORIANO, Sr.
    Coyote ballplayer

    BEAUMONT, Calif. – The 40th Annual Beaumont Coyotes Fastpitch Softball Tournament will be held June 30th and July 1-2 at Rangel Park, home of Valdivia Field, named in honor of David Valdivia Sr..

    While many teams in So. Calif. have long since folded, Valdivia has been steadfast in keeping the Beaumont Coyotes and the tournament alive since the 1970s, and as a source of pride in the Beaumont community.

    TEN TEAMS from different parts of Southern California will be participating.

    Come down to watch some good competition and enjoy the great homemade Mexican food served in the snack bar.

  • In 2016, the Coyotes took 4th place in the NAFA World Series in Mankato, Minn. They will attend again this year in Fargo, ND.
  • A Step Back In Time: Wausau fastpitch team takes third in 2000 NAFA World Series

    Saturday, May 27th, 2017

    WAUSAU REP & BAJA’S men’s fastpitch team, front row from left: Craig Filizetti, Mark Zee, Tim Spagnola, Riggs Repking, Greg Spindler, Brooks Repking, Jay Wilder, Jeff Zeller. Back from left: J.W. Dachel, Scott Rasmussen, Mark Repking, Mike Witter, Kevin Leick, Al Gringras, Rick Larson and Tom Feck. Not pictured, Dave Kamke. Photo By Wausaw Daily Herald / Sept. 22, 2000

    FARGO, No. Dak. – In 2000, Rep and Baja’s finished third out of 48 teams in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, A Division, in Fargo.

    The Wausau, Wisc. team finished 5-2, including a 2-0 victory over eventual champion Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, whose only pitcher John Desaulniers threw every inning, including 37 the final day, to finish at 8-1.

    Rep and Baja’s burst out to a 5-0 start to reach the winners bracket final, but lost twice to take the third spot in the tournament that featured teams from throughout the United States and Canada.

    Rep and Baja’s beat River City Brewers of Winnipeg, 9-8; Stadium Club of Billings, Mont., 4-3; the Cardinals of Sydney, Nova Scotia, 4-1; and the Black Knights, 2-0, to reach the final round. But the team then lost 3-2 to Rissers of Devils Lake, No. Dak. and 5-4 to Kegel in a rematch.

    The club placed five players on All-World team including outfielder Mark Zee, and utility and pitching ace Kevin Leick both of Marshfield, Wisc. Leick had a 21-3 pitching record for the season.

    In other NAFA divisions, the Denmark Dukes (Wisc.) won the AAA division, and the Toronto, Ontario, CA, Jaguars won the AA.

    Fargo will once again host the NAFA World Series, marking the 25th anniversary of the organization that began in 1993. The tournament will be held Aug. 9-20, with games played at Fargo’s NEW Northside Softball Complex.

    To learn more about NAFA, visit the organization’s website: North American Fastpitch Association

    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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