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Aresco leads Seadogs in NAFA World Series opener

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

ANTHONY ARESCO had a productive day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with home run, triple and single, along with a walk in helping the Seadogs of Massachusetts defeat the Merchants of Saskatoon, Canada, 10-2, in the opening game of the 2017 NAFA A Division World Series, Thursday, at Northside Softball Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

FARGO – Anthony Aresco swung the hot bat, Nick French manned the circle, and the Seadogs of Massachusetts opened the NAFA A Division World Series by beating the Merchants of Saskatoon, Canada, 10-2, Thursday at Northside Softball Complex.

Aresco opened the game with a solo home run to spark a four-run first inning, and he drilled a triple and scored on a passed ball in the third to put the Seadogs comfortably ahead, 5-0.

Meanwhile French was in good form using his rise, drop and change-up to scatter eight hits, while allowing one earned run with eight strikeouts.

Seadogs manager Tony Aresco says he likes the mix of his ball club.

“We’ve got a good combination of ages,” he said. “We’ve got four guys in their 50s, two in their 30s, and (several) young guys with speed, and the older guys hit with power.”

Tony Aresco, who will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame Thursday night, also entered a ball club in the 23-Under tournament.

Four of those young guys are seeing double duty, playing in the A and 23-Under divisions, including left-fielder, Taylor Meyering; right-fielder Anthony Aresco (Tony’s son); center-fielder, Anthony Annunziata, and Designated Hitter, Collin Hopkins.

As for the A Division, with 38 teams, Tony Aresco says to win it will take staying healthy and surviving the long ordeal of many ball games.

“The pitching gets tired towards the end,” he said. “It becomes and act of attrition; it takes good pitching and hitting to win this.”


Pala Braves 9, Kahkewistahaw Braves 0
(w) Eloy Montoya, no-hitter (five innings), 9 strikeouts
Santee Marrulfo, 3 RBI

Colorado Knights 6, Roca Tavern (Neb.) 2
(w) Matt Kosorok, 6 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts
Todd Clapp, 3-for-4; Owen Madison and BJ Baker, home runs

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  • Tony Aresco earns NAFA Hall of Fame honor

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

    Father Tony Aresco and son Anthony, 21, will bring a men’s team and an age 23-under team to the 2017 NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak. Aug. 9-20. A highlight of the trip will be Tony Aresco’s induction into the NAFA Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo By Tony Aresco

    STONEHAM, Mass. – Some give a little, some give a fair share, and a few give a lot to men’s fastpitch softball.

    And then there’s Tony Aresco. You’ve heard of the 110-percenters? Well, Tony leaves them in his dust.

    For over 30 years his contributions to the game – and to the North American Fastpitch Association in particular – are remarkable.

    Aresco of Stoneham, Massachusetts, plays, manages, sponsors, recruits, teaches, promotes…You get the idea: he’s a man of many hats, many talents.


    He’s been bringing teams to the NAFA World Series for 11 years. In that time, he’s won championships at nearly every level – Masters, 21-Under, and an assortment of other men’s divisional championships – six in all.

    With his Boston-area ball club, the Sea Dogs, Aresco has been selected Most Valuable Player once and All-World five teams, his most recent in the 2016 A World Series. This at the age of 51. As a catcher.

    No doubt he has earned the respect and the admiration of all who have ever played with or against him. And what he has accomplished with NAFA is now being rewarded.


    Aresco will receive the highest honor the game can offer back – a beautiful plaque and jacket – and membership in one of the sport’s most exclusive clubs: The NAFA Hall of Fame.

    Aresco will be inducted during ceremonies in Fargo at the World Series.

    “It’s an unbelievable feeling to be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame,” said Aresco, who is also a Massachusetts ASA Hall of Famer. “There’s a lot of great players and managers in the Hall of Fame and now to be included with them is an amazing feeling. I attribute a lot of this to my players. Without them I wouldn’t get this recognition. They are reason we are successful.”

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