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Saturday, July 27th, 2013

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Matt Palazzo joins 2013 NAFA Hall of Fame class

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

palazzo.matt.361web Matt Palazzo, seen here playing for the California A’s, will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the World Series in Des Moines, Iowa.

DES MOINES, IOWA – Matt Palazzo, a smooth fielding infielder with a strong bat, joins a distinguished class of players in NAFA Hall of Fame’s class of 2013.

In the player category, Palazzo joins Jeff Jahn, Eric Steinbeck, Josh Johnson, Darin Michael, Rick Radloff and Ed Gasper – all long time stars of the North American Fastpitch Association World Series.

“I was very excited for this opportunity and to be part of this special group that has been elected,” he said. “This is a great company of athletes.”

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The New Zealand Black Sox seek ISF World Championship crown

Friday, March 1st, 2013

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Eddie Kohlhase, New Zealand Black Sox Head Coach

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The New Zealand Black Sox men’s fastball team is seeking to win the 13th International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship held on it’s own soil, March 1-10, at Rosedale Park in Auckland.

But Black Sox coach Eddie Kohlhase acknowledges it won’t be easy.

“It’s a very, very demanding draw,” he said. “Canada, Japan and Argentina are three of the big powers in world softball. It’s a tough draw, not just in terms of qualifying for the quarterfinals, but also building up some powerful momentum going forward. It will be a real test for us…”

“Canada Softball Canada has been New Zealand’s traditional rival at the tournament. Like the Kiwis, they have taken the crown four times, last winning in 1992, when they beat the Black Sox in the final,” Kohlhase continued.

But they also lost to the Kiwis at the final stages in 1996 and 2004.

“They’re always a very tough team to play,” Kohlhase said. “They have powerful pitching – they throw the ball very hard…”

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New Image shuts down opposition to claim ASA Class A National Championship

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

NO. MANKATO, MN – New Image of Montfort, Wisconsin won five straight games and outscored its opponents 26-1 to finish undefeated with a 5-0 record in the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Men’s Class A National Championship, Sept. 1-2, in North Mankato, Minnesota.

Thirteen teams played in the double elimination tournament at Caswell Park, ASA Fastpitch Men’s Nationals in No. Mankato.

The Montfort, Wisconsin ball club topped off its undefeated run by defeating the Sioux Falls Sox (SD) 2-1 in the championship game to claim the title.

The Sox lost 1-0 to Bac Pride (IL) in the semi-finals of the winner’s bracket, and then battled back into the championship with three consecutive wins: 5-1 over Odin (MN); held off Goring Lawn Care (MN), 5-3, and then knocked off Bac Pride in a rematch, 5-2, for the right to face off with New Image in the final.

New Image defeated the Topeka (KS) Toros 7-0 in its opening game, and then downed Point Blank (WI), 2-0, Dekalb (IL), 7-0, Bac Pride, 8-0, and then the Sox 2-1.

The Final Four
1. New Image 5-0
2. Sioux Falls Sox 4-2
3. Bac Pride 3-2
4. Goring Lawn Care 3-2

No all-tournament or most valuable player and pitcher selections have been placed on the ASA website yet, but keep checking ASA Class A National Championship Results for information.

Remembering the great Ty Stofflet

Friday, June 5th, 2009


Ty Stofflet pitching in the 1994 ASA 45-Over National Tournament at Las Vegas, NV. Bob Otto / Photographer

YUCAIPA, CA – In 1983 I pitched for the Bronze men’s fastpitch softball team that won the Southern California ASA Class A tournament. And that qualified us to play in the ASA Class A National Tournament in Bloomington, Illinois.

Granted, we didn’t play very well and finished 1-2. But getting knocked out early had a huge upside for me.

Because just 50 miles down the road in Decatur, the ASA Open National was being played.

And the immortal Ty Stofflet, possibly the best left-hander to ever hurl a softball was pitching for the Reading, Pennsylvania Sunners. And I was not going to miss perhaps my one-and-only chance to see him pitch.

So me and my pitching buddy Ronnie Quinn grabbed the keys for one of the rented cars and set out for Decatur. Because of extra innings, the games got way behind.

But finally about 11:30 p.m., Ty and his Sunners’ teammates came trotting into the ballpark from down the left-field line.

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