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40th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Crowns A Three-Time Champion

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Joel Cooley was selected to the All-Tournament team after pitching the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2018 40th Annual Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

By RONN KOPP
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tin Cup Returns, Resumes Winning Ways

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Tin Cup Tornado returned after a year hiatus, picking up where it left off by capturing the championship of the 40th edition of the Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament held at Tate Park in Rice Lake June 8-10. 12 teams took part in this year’s event.

The St. Paul club, managed by first baseman Dave Marchio, had claimed the crown in 2015 and 2016 before having to withdraw in 2017 due to a scheduling conflict. Marchio has competed in numerous past tourneys, chiefly for the St. Paul Rice Street Merchants. He is the meet’s all-time home run leader.

Dave Marchio manages and plays for the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club won the 2018 Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament Championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By BOB OTTO

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12 Teams to compete in 40th Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational men’s fastpitch tournament

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

To watch some of the finest teams and players in Wisconsin and Minnesota, be sure to take in the action at the 40th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 8-10. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

By RONN KOPP
NAFA President / Wisconsin Fastpitch Media

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Eight teams from Wisconsin and four from Minnesota make up the roster of teams for the 40th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 8-10, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

Defending champion Odin Fastpitch of Odin, Minnesota is returning as is, after a one year hiatus, St. Paul Tin Cup Tornado, winners in 2015 and 2016.

Other Minnesota entries are Len’s Automotive of St. Paul, third place finishers a year ago prior to finishing the season as class A champions of the North American Fastpitch Association, as well as Pate Bonding of West St. Paul, Aquafest champions in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

Wisconsin entries include Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Dugout Bar and Grill and the Cushing Tigers of Cushing, Silver Star Nutrition of La Crosse, The Stoneyard and The Bar Blues of Madison, and The Bar of Rice Lake.

Also returning is the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 39 previous events. The Orangemen, runner-up in 2017, won their only Aquafest title in 2014.

Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with the Cushing Tigers taking on Striker’s Lanes at 7:30 p.m. and the two Rice Lake sponsored teams, The Bar and the Orangemen, battling it out at 9:00 p.m.

Play continues all day Saturday with opening games at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes late Sunday afternoon.

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  • 12 TEAMS TO COMPETE IN 38th RICE LAKE AQUAFEST INVITATIONAL MEN’S FASTPITCH TOURNAMENT

    Saturday, June 11th, 2016

    rice.lake.8web Men’s fastpitch action takes place at the 38th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 10-12, in Rice Lake, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By RONN KOPP / NAFA President

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Eight teams from Wisconsin and four from Minnesota make up the roster of teams for the 38th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 10-12, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

    Defending champion Tin Cup of St. Paul returns as does last year’s runner-up Ostrander Images of Ostrander, Minnesota. Len’s Automotive of St. Paul is once again in the tourney field while Odin Fastpitch of Odin, Minnesota makes its initial Aquafest Tournament appearance.

    The Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 37 previous events, will once again serve as host team.

    Other Wisconsin entries include Saw Dust City of Eau Claire, Animal House La Crosse, Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, C.J.’s Bar-Pleasantville Lions of the Whitehall-Pleasantville area, Dugout Bar and Grill of Cushing, Ben’s Northern Bar of Luck, and 2015 NAFA class A national runner-up Meister’s Dairy of Muscoda.

    Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with games at 7:30 and 9:00 p.m. and continues all day Saturday with opening games at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes early Sunday evening.

    Ronn Kopp
    ronnkopp@charter.net

    For the love of the game

    Monday, June 15th, 2015
    Loren Lathrop has served as NAFA Vice President of The Midwest since 1993, and 37 years as the tournament director of the Rice Lake Invitational Men's Fastpitch Tournament.

    Loren Lathrop has served as NAFA Vice President of The Midwest since 1993, and 37 years as the tournament director of the Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

    Rice Lake man has devoted much of his life to men’s and boys’ fastpitch, raising the sport to new levels in Wisconsin, nationally and internationally.

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Loren Lathrop has been described as tenacious and passionate, a crusader and a promoter. When it comes to fastpitch softball, those attributes fit Lathrop perfectly.

    For over 50 of his 71 years, Lathrop has been at the forefront of men’s fastpitch in his home state of Wisconsin and on the international scene with the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA).

    “He is tenacious in promoting men’s fastpitch,” said NAFA President Ronn Kopp, allied with Lathrop in revitalizing the sport in Wisconsin. “He spends whatever time it takes to make Wisconsin NAFA events the highest quality ever. His willingness to make phone call after phone call recruiting teams to sanctioned tournaments is remarkable.”

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    Injuries can’t keep Bryan Lathrop out of the circle

    Friday, June 12th, 2015
    Bryan Lathrop pitching in the 2013 NAFA World Series for the Rice Lake, Wisc. Orangemen. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Bryan Lathrop pitching in the 2013 NAFA World Series for the Rice Lake, Wisc. Orangemen. Photo By BOB OTTO

    DeForest, Wisc. – No one would blame fastpitch pitcher Bryan Lathrop if he up and quit the game. He’s had his share of injuries. Last year, he was sidelined the entire season from hip surgery. He’s also got an ankle that nags him now and then.

    But over Memorial Day weekend at the Dugout tournament in Cushing, he took a shot to the head from a softball hit so hard that it knocked him flat and out of the game and rushed to the hospital.

    “I took a direct blow on the left side (head) and had a hell of a concussion,” he said. “I didn’t even see the ball or have time to get the glove up. I want to keep playing, but my body might be telling me otherwise.”

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    34th Annual Rice Lake Invitational men’s fastpitch tournament

    Saturday, May 5th, 2012

    WHAT: 34th Annual RICE LAKE INVITATIONAL MEN’S FASTPITCH TOURNAMENT

    WHEN: June 15-17, 2012

    WHERE: Tate and Clanton Parks, Rice Lake WI

    WHO: Team Classifications: NAFA “AA,” “A-Major,” and “A”

    HOW MANY TEAMS: Tournament Size: 16 Teams (The first 16 to submit complete entries, including roster)

    TOURNAMENT FORMAT: NAFA 3-game guarantee

    COST: Entry fee is $200 payable to Rice Lake Orangemen Fastpitch (Send separate check for $35 to “Wisconsin NAFA” if year 2012 NAFA team registration is desired. This is not required for Invitational entry.)

    Rosters: Teams may list a maximum of 18 players on their roster. Rosters MUST be on the attached form and completely filled out, and MUST be submitted along with the tournament entry fee for entry to be accepted

    AWARDS: (Based on 16 team field):

    1st $600 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    2nd $450 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    3rd $350 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    4th $250 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy

    Individual trophies to tournament MVP and All-Tournament team selections

    TOURNAMENT SPONSOR: Proceeds from this tournament go to the Rice Lake Orangemen Fastpitch Club. Competing teams are asked to please patronize the concession stands and not carry in refreshments.

    Liability: The Rice Lake Orangemen Fastpitch Club and the City of Rice Lake will not be responsible for injuries and/or thefts. Submitting of tournament entry will be considered acknowledgement of this fact.