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Premiere men’s fastpitch leads to Boys of Summer tournament in Denmark, Wisc.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

whitten.sean.1web Canadian pitcher Sean Whitten of the New York Gremlins will be one of the top pitchers in the 2014 Boys of Summer tournament in Denmark, Wisc., July 11-13. Photo By BOB OTTO

“Last year was the first time the Gremlins attended the Boys Of Summer and we loved the atmosphere and fans at Circle Tap.” – New York Gremlins Field Manager Gregg Leather.

DENMARK, Wisc. – In 1967, John Miller bought the Circle Tap Bar in Denmark, Wisc. An avid fastpitch player, Miller decided to build a ball diamond next to the bar. Because as he said in a previous interview, “the only way I could get on a team was to build a ball diamond at Circle Tap.”

Miller said this partly in jest. But truth told, by building that ball diamond, Miller set into motion one of the most prestigious men’s fastpitch locations in all of North America.

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Three way fastpitch alliance proves mutually beneficial

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

“This is the best we’ve had in the last ten years. It will be even competition and I expect to see some great games. Everyone has a chance to win it.” – NAFA Open – Holm Classic Tournament Director Kyle Koterba

FARGO, ND – Forming a partnership can be a tricky proposition. Like, who’s in charge? Who’s calling the shots? Who’s the alpha dog?

But that doesn’t appear to be the case with the 2013 NAFA Open – Holm Classic men’s fastpitch tournament. Two of the sport’s major organizations – the North American Fastpitch Association and the International Softball Congress – along with the Holm Classic have formed a symbiotic relationship that benefits all three organizations.

For NAFA, it gets to stage its Open division tournament in Fargo, one of fastpitch softball’s great cities. The ISC comes out a winner too, with the NAFA Open champion awarded a spot in the 2013 ISC World Tournament.

“It’s been a good relationship between Dean Oscar (president of the ISC), Benjie Hedgecock (executive director) of NAFA and myself,” said tournament director Kyle Koterba. “The Holm Classic has been kind of an ISC event, but last year we talked with Benjie about running the NAFA Open and it has worked out well, and we expect the same this year.”

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Circle Tap seeks to repeat in NAFA Open

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Ten of the world’s top teams will battle for the championship in the NAFA Open – Holm Classic men’s fastpitch tournament at Fargo’s Lindenwood Park, June 14-16.

“We are happy to be a part of it and we look to repeat. Anything less, well it will be a kick in the pants.” – Circle Tap field manager Chad Huebner

FARGO, ND – The Circle Tap Dukes of Denmark, Wisconsin won the 2012 NAFA Open World Series championship. And they’re back again seeking a repeat in the NAFA Open – Holm Classic Tournament in Fargo, June 14 to 16.

Circle Tap comes into the tournament with a talented ball club ranked No. 8 in the world of men’s fastpitch softball.

Dukes field manager Chad Huebner knows that a high ranking and the title of “defending champs” might earn you respect for what you’ve done in the past.

But lofty rankings and past honors mean little in the here-and-now. Not when nine hungry and talented, championship-seeking ball clubs want to rip that crown off your head.

“Being the (NAFA Open) champs from 2012 (5-1), comes with a target on our backs,” said Huebner. “So we will have to get hot and stay hot with consistency in our pitching and hitting, and we will have to play stellar defense.”

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