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K-Club Men’s Fastpitch, gearing up for 2013

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Rick Kolda will be counted on to handle the catching duties as well as toe the rubber for the K-Club Men’s Fastpitch team of Moses Lake, Washington.

MOSES LAKE, WASH – Planning and plotting for improvement always rates tops as a ball club’s chief goal heading into a new season.

The 2013 K-Club men’s fastpitch team is no different.

But there’s just one thing. K-Club had a great season in 2012, so how much more can they improve? Well, with a few key additions, along with several returning veterans, maybe just enough to reach the top rung on the sport’s ladder of success: winning a national fastpitch championship.

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West Fargo tops K-Club for NAFA World Series crown

Monday, August 13th, 2012


TOPEKA, KS – Two long balls and a dominate performance from a Kiwi pitcher led the West Fargo, N.D., Knights to a 9-2 victory Sunday against the Washington K-Club in the championship game of the NAFA A-Major World Series at the Shawnee North softball complex.

Jackson Prime, a 17-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand, threw six innings of seven-hit ball for the Knights’ second win against the K-Club, a Seattle metro area squad, in the 32-team double elimination tournament.

Relying on his drop ball, Prime surrendered seven hits, all singles, and walked just one batter.

“I threw a lot of drop balls,” Prime said. “My fingers were a little sore, so I could not throw as hard as I wanted to. The win feels good, and we’re still undefeated.”

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Bucknell Park A’s Double Dip Toros to win AA World Series

Sunday, August 12th, 2012


TOPEKA, KS – The Bucknell Park A’s of Olympia, Washington beat the undefeated host Topeka Toros twice, 9-0 in the first game, and 9-5 in the “if necessary” final to win the NAFA AA World Series, Saturday.

Bucknell’s Shawn Koster and Rob Gunter each picked up a win in the championship games, with Koster selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher with a 4-0 record in 29 innings, allowing just 21 hits. He also notched 50 strikeouts (second highest among all pitchers) and had a 1.45 ERA.

First baseman and DH Scott Anderson of Bucknell was selected the Most Valuable Player leading the tournament with four home runs – two against the Toros, along with eight RBIs and a hefty .462 batting average.

“The tournament was incredibly exciting as the pitching was excellent and strategy was displayed every round with speed and skill,” said NAFA Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock.

    Pat Sagdal and Darren Michael – Bucknell
    Zane Siolo, Chris Leaf, Boomer Berry and Duane Corcoran – Topeka Toros
    Josh Pettit and Brent Hothan – Topeka Wave
    Todd Lubkeman and Mark Nelson – Willkomm Mobil
    Tony Mancha and Mark Aranda – El Paso Steel
    Garrett Hone and Matt Ratliff – SAA.

Pitchers speeds were clocked during the tournament with Tony Mancha and Josh Pettit topping all pitchers at 80 mph.

Other pitchers showing high velocity include, Zane Siolo, 79; Shawn Koster, 77; Chris Bigelow, 75; Garret Hone, 74; Todd Lubkeman, 74; Tony Buckley, 73; Ryan Nichols, 72; David Beets, 74; Eric Steinbeck, 71; Josh Lochridge, 71; Lewis Weldon, 71; German Sacks, 71; Jeremy Kinney, 73, and Jordan Mcdonald, 71.

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Bucknell Park A’s off to fast start, aiming for NAFA title

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

“We’re a solid group that puts up a lot of runs. One through nine, we are tough outs.” – Kasey Knight, A’s infielder

LACEY, WA – The Bucknell Park A’s have started the season firing on all cylinders in carving out a 12-0 record. But one cylinder in particular has been humming along without a single misfire: pitcher Shawn Koster.

The 24-year-old from Victoria, BC, Canada owns a perfect 8-0 record with a 0.00 ERA. In 37 innings, the right-hander hasn’t allowed a single earned run, while striking out 91 batters and walking eight.

“He’s a fairly hard thrower and he’s got all the pitches,” said A’s coach Dave Michalak. “He’s got a great change-up that he’s worked really hard on. He’s very aggressive and goes after hitters.”

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Columbia Basin Invitational draws top teams, scores high marks

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

K-Club finishes third in inaugural Columbia Basin Tournament

MOSES LAKE, WA – Ryan Welsh couldn’t have hit the ball much better, and in the circle, Rick Kolda was in mid-season form. But their efforts weren’t quite enough as K-Club finished third in its own inaugural Columbia Basin Men’s Fastpitch Invitational, May 12-13, in Moses Lake, Washington.

Welsh blistered the ball at a 10-for-17 pace (.588 batting average), along with three home runs, and Kolda won three games (3-0), to help K-Club finish third with a 4-1 record.

Despite coming up short in the title hunt, K-Club manager Mike Kolda deemed the eight-team tournament a huge success.

“The feedback from the teams and players was that they thought the tournament was outstanding and greatly appreciated,” Kolda said. “All the teams said they were definitely returning next year.”

Rick Kolda was 3-0 in the tournament.

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