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The Fenstermachers carry on the legacy of the fastpitch family

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
The Fenstermacher fastpitch family of sons Zac, left,  and Jacob, daughter Maia, with father Bart.

The Fenstermacher fastpitch family of sons Zac, left, and Jacob, daughter Maia, with father Bart.

KUTZTOWN, Penn. – Throughout the history of men’s fastpitch, fathers have brought their sons into the sport. And it’s still happening across the country today – generation upon generation.

In Idaho, there’s the Alders, with father Greg and son Shane anchoring the Boise RiverDogs. And into Washington, we find Dan Kolda and his three sons Rick, Mike and Ryan playing together on K-Club.

Heading northeast into Minnesota, we learn that Duke Nessler introduced his three boys to fastpitch in the 1970s – Jeff, Randy and Dan. And now Dan has his son Steven playing who is a member of the USA Junior Men’s National Team.

Winding our way south into Missouri we meet Eric Lewis, who with his sons Craig and Jacob, have won ASA boys’ national championships.

And traveling east to Kutztown, Pennsylvania, we come upon the Fenstermachers. As with the Alders and Koldas, Lewis’s and Nesslers, the Fenstermachers is a family with a distinguished fastpitch legacy.

Father Bart, 47, brought his boys Zac, 25, and Jacob, 22, into the sport when they were young boys. And eagerly waiting to join her dad and brothers is three-year-old Maia.

Zac Fenstermacher, 25, at shortstop helped the Bedford Rays finish third in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A-Division.

Zac Fenstermacher, 25, at shortstop helped the Bedford Rays finish third in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A-Division.

Proud of their kids’ venture into the fastpitch game? You bet say mother Erin and Bart.

“It’s awesome to have the opportunity to travel and play a sport you love and spend time with your boys,” said Bart, who began playing fastpitch at 22. “(They) started as pinch runners on some of my teams, and Zac had his first at bat when he was 14 years old.”

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Roseville awaits the winner between Stoneyard and Bedford

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Salt Lake City Page Brake pitcher Kevin Black fires a pitch in the game against the Roseville Eagles. Black the son of manager, Steve Black, is fast becoming one of Utah's best pitchers. Photo By BOB OTTO

Salt Lake City Page Brake pitcher Kevin Black fires a pitch in the game against the Roseville Eagles. Black the son of manager, Steve Black, is fast becoming one of Utah’s best pitchers. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIED, IA/IL – The Roseville (Calif.) Eagles are sitting in a comfortable spot, undefeated and awaiting in the championship ring as the Bedford, Penn. Rays and Stoneyard of Madison, Wisc. do battle in the losers’ bracket final.

The winner will take on the Eagles at 1:15 p.m. to decide the A-Division World Series title.

The Eagles defeated the Rays Saturday night, 5-4, in 11 innings, and now have a 5-0 record in the 36-team tournament.

Stoneyard (4-1) beat Salt Lake Page Brake 7-0 Sunday morning to advance. Page Brake, managed by Steve Black, finished fourth in the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Roseville flying high in NAFA World Series A-Major, but set to meet tough Bedford

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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Roseville’s Mario Pereira takes a good cut during the Eagles 14-6 victory over Salt Lake City Page Brake, Saturday, in an A-Major matchup. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – The Roseville, Calif. Eagles beat Salt Lake Page Brake 14-6 to advance to the winners bracket final of the A-Major Division where they will take on the Bedford, Penn. Rays in Saturday’s featured game.

Roseville scored runs in each of the first four innings to run-rule Page Brake and end the game in the fifth inning. The Eagles have been on an offensive mission, averaging nine runs a game by outscoring four opponents 37 to 9.

The Eagles (4-0) opened the A-Major Division by beating Sibley Fastpitch, 7-1, Ostrander, 7-0, Mac’s Fastpitch Weezers, 9-2, and Page Brake.

BlackKevinPageBrake.9 Kevin Black delivers a pitch for Page Brake. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Bedford 7, Stoneyard 2

Bedford scored four runs in the first inning highlighted by Mike Rohrer’s run scoring double and a two run home run by Dan Moyer. The Rays added three more runs in the fifth to seal the win.

Stoneyard plated a single run in the fifth on Robb Kay’s RBI double, bringing home Dean Rogers, who led off the inning with a double. Then in the seventh, Rogers’ double brought in Brendan Stable for the final run.

Bedford (4-0) defeated Cleon’s Auto 7-5, Bushue Tree Service 8-7, KC New Age Outlaws 4-1, and Stoneyard to advance and meet Roseville.