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Comeback K-Club Claims NAFA World Series Title

Monday, September 17th, 2018

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Winning championships doesn’t come easy in any sport. And so it is in men’s fastpitch softball. Just ask the K-Club squad of Moses Lake, Washington.

For ten years K-Club has steadily grown into a respected ball club, winning or placing in the upper echelon of club tournaments throughout the northwest.

The 2018 season can be chalked up as a resounding success. K-Club’s 26-12 record includes two second-place finishes in the Newberg, Ore. and Mt. Vernon, Wash. tournaments. And in the prestigious North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Seattle Invitational, K-Club claimed first place in the A-Major Division.

    Aiming High

But those tournaments were tune-ups of sorts. For the ultimate prize is winning a NAFA World Series championship – a destination K-Club has been aiming for ten long years.

And on Aug. 19 in Fargo, North Dakota, K-Club’s dream of a national championship was realized when they won five consecutive games to claim the 10-team, World Series AA-Division title.

“K-Club has progressively improved over the last nine years,” said co-manager Dan Kolda, who helped found the team with his sons Mike and Rickey. “We have had many successes, but the victory in the AA World Series, especially with all the comeback wins, has to be the most prestigious accomplishment for the program. The effort and contributions from each and every member of this team demonstrated what can be achieved when you have “heart!”

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Future fastpitch stars featured in NAFA 23-Under World Series

Friday, August 16th, 2013

NW.4.HR.44web Northwest Implement’s Adam Henry is congratulated by coach Gregg McQuinn after hitting a home run in the fourth inning. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Kegel 20, Northwest Implement 5

The Fargo Kegel Black Knights opened the NAFA 23-Under World Series by defeating Northwest Implement of Maryville, Missouri 20-5 in five innings on Friday.

The Black Knights collected 12 hits, launched three home runs, and capitalized on nine walks to start the eight-team young men’s World Series in dominating fashion.

Eight of 11 Kegel batters had at least one hit, led by Matt Oxley, 2 for 2, 4 runs and 6 RBIs; Ben Watts, 3 for 3, 4 runs, 3 RBIs; Tyler Bouley, 1 for 3, 2 RBIs; Jace Holm 2 for 5, run, 2 RBIs, and Seth Anderson, 2 for 3, 2 runs and an RBI.

Kegel’s home run hitters were Watts with two and Bouley with one.

B.J. Hunhoff allowed four earned runs on seven hits, walked two, and struck out eight to pick up the win.

kegel.NW.76web Northwest Inplement third baseman, Lawrence Bay, fields a hard hit ground ball but it was ruled foul. Photo By BOB OTTO

For Northwest Implement, Adam Henry went 2 for 2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; and Colby Miller, Brett Walker, Lawrence Bay, Ryan McQuinn, and Niran Buckley each had a hit. Walker blasted a two-run homer in the second and Henry had a solo shot in the fourth.

    Santa Barbara Young Bucks 11, Choctaw Warriors 1

Pitcher Jesse Martinez led the Young Bucks in the circle and at the plate, going 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs, while holding Choctaw to two hits – singles to Dustin Davidson and Greg Heath in the first inning – and he struck out five and walked one.

Martinez allowed the one run in the first inning when Davidson reached on a single, advanced to second on a fielders choice and later scored on a passed ball.

For the Young Bucks, Josh Ravago was 1 for 1 with a triple and two walks; Tyler McBuehey 1 for 1, triple; Johnny Rae Cabrera 1 for 1, and Fernie Buzman 1 for 1.