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Minnesota Fastpitch History: When the ‘World Championship’ came to Parade Stadium

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

In the 1958 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch National Championship at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis, TOM NICHOLS of Toledo, left, WILL BRADY, Miami, JOHN SPRING, Stratford, and ROY STEPHENSON, Long Island display their prowess as pitchers in the national championship. SPRING went on to pitch Stratford to the championship over Lake Charles, La. Minneapolis Tribune Photo By Paul Siegel

Minneapolis hosted the ASA Men’s Major National Championships at Parade Stadium in 1954 and 1958. Here’s some brief information about the teams and players who made the 1958 championship special in the state’s fastpitch history.

Cloquet upsets Farmington 2-1 on Three Hits
By AUGIE KARCHER / Minneapolis Tribune Sports Writer
Sep 16, 1958

MINNEAPOLIS – Northwest Paper of Cloquet, Minnesota’s ASA Northern Regional champion, shocked favored Farmington, New Mexico, 2-1, in one of the tightest games of the day.

BOBO JOHNSON set the Builders down on two hits, one of them a 250-foot home run by Gehrig Garrison in the first inning. The only other hit was in the sixth, but fine defensive work prevented what could have been the tying score.

Cloquet didn’t get a man on base until the fourth, which LES SALO opened with an infield hit. He was sacrificed to second and scored on JIM ARNTSON’S single to left. Arntson took second on an error and scored on a blooper to center by Dave Holmes.

Farmington…100 000 0—1 2 3
Cloquet………..000 200 x—2 3 1
Bill Lingle and M.T. Autry; Bobo Johnson and Herb Huard

***Cloquet was eventually eliminated by Stratford, Conn., 8-2, who went on to win the the championship over Lake Charles, La.***

“JUNK’ NETS ONE-HITTER

A drop pitch that “didn’t drop” cost CHUCK HAYS a no-hitter Tuesday when Minneapolis Soo Line nipped St. Louis 3-0 in the World Softball tournament. St. Louis shortstop Chuck Stiebel got the only hit – a sharp single to center in the fifth.

“I threw a lot of junk,” said Hays, “never have been a really fast pitcher.”

SOFTBALL WORLD TOURNAMENT FIRST-ROUND

Houston, Texas, 2, Cairo, Ga., 0
Stratford Conn., 2, Miami, Fla. 0
Seattle, Wash., 8, San Gabriel, Calif., 2
Long Island, N.Y., 3, Toledo, Ohio, 0
Washington, D.C., 6, Casper, Wyo. 0
Cloquet, Minn., 2, Farmington, N.M., 1
Lake Charles, La., 1, Montreal, 0
Aurora, Ill., 4, Clearwater, Fla., 0
Air Force 6, Washington, D.C., 0
Winnipeg 19, British Columbia 8

TODAY’S SCHEDULE / WORLD SOFTBALL

    PARADE ONE

Noon – San Gabriel (0-1) vs. Casper, Wyo. (0-1); 1:30 – Sacramento (0-1) vs Farmington, N.M. (0-1); 3 p.m. – Vancouver, Canada (0-1) vs. Washington D.C. (0-1); 7:30 p.m. – Houston (1-0) vs. Long Island (2-0); 9 p.m. – Stratford, Conn. (1-0) vs. Cloquet, Minn. (1-0).

    PARADE TWO

Noon – Minneapolis Soo Line (0-1) vs. St. Louis (0-1); 1:30 p.m. – Toledo (0-1) vs. Miami, Fla. (0-1); 3 p.m. – Cairo, Ga. (1-1) vs. Montreal (0-1); 7:30 p.m. – Lake Charles (2-0) vs. U.S. Air Force (1-0); Aurora, Ill. (1-0) vs. Seattle (1-0)

Circle Tap taps international market for top talent

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Marty Kauffman, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
12:22 p.m. CDT August 3, 2016

DENMARK, Wisc. – The Circle Tap Dukes are a powerhouse in the fastpitch softball circuit, year in and year out. Not just in Wisconsin or the United States, but the world.

And their roster reflects that.

The Dukes, based out of Denmark, were ranked ninth to begin the 2016 season by the International Softball Conference after finishing seventh last season at the ISC World Tournament. Circle Tap has placed seventh or better in the world dating to 1996, including third- and fourth-place finishes in 2004 and 2005.

Being a successful team has helped Circle Tap draw many players from outside of Wisconsin and the United States. This season, Circle Tap’s roster has eight international players from Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, while also having players from Illinois and Minnesota.

According to Circle Tap general manager Dean Kane, the addition of international players began years ago when the team was looking for pitching.

“We’ve always brought pitchers in from New Zealand and Australia because they start playing the game at a young age,” Kane said. “There’s not many American pitchers, so in order to compete with the big teams you have to bring in foreign pitchers, and it steamrolled from there.”

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Seattle Pay ‘N Pak men’s fastpitch softball reunion

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Courtesy of Jimmy Moore and Mark Crawford

    THE DETAILS
  • What: Pay ‘N Pak softball
  • When: Saturday, July 25
  • Where: Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA
  • Cost: $30 Per Person
  • The Seattle Pay ‘N Pak men’s fastpitch team is having a reunion, but the event is also open to players from other teams that Pay ‘N Pak competed against, said Jimmy Moore, who pitched for the team.

    “I am hoping to see friends from teams that played against us, whether local or not,” Moore said. “It would be great to see a carload or two of guys from Portland, Longview, Olympia, Yakima, Boise, Lynden, Mount Vernon, Victoria, Vancouver or Bremerton.”

    Moore adds that fans and family are also welcome. The banquet room at Tulalip Resort Casino can only hold about 100 people, so if you want to attend, please let Moore and Crawford know.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Jimmy Moore
    Mark Crawford

    Kegel Black Knights in fastpitch for the long haul

    Friday, July 26th, 2013

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    2013 Marks the 30th anniversary of Kegel fastpitch in Fargo, North Dakota.

    FARGO, N.D. – In men’s fastpitch, some teams stick around about as long as it takes a sprinter to run a 100-yard dash. They come and go in the blink of an eye.

    But a few teams, like marathoners, stay the steady course. They’re in it for the long haul.

    Count the Kegel Black Knights of Fargo in that class, for 2013 marks the 30-year anniversary that Jon Kegel has been sponsoring teams.

    Kegel got into the sport in high school after an announcement came over the intercom to start a team. Just 18 at the time, he wasted no time in not only playing, but starting his own boys’ team – the Kegel Juniors.

    “I thought it might be fun and totally fell in love with the sport,” said Kegel, 48, adding that he also talked his dad, David, who owned Kegel Sign into sponsoring a team for the Fargo men’s league. “He loved fastpitch and he loved supporting me.”

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