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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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K-Club Hosting Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Moses Lake, Washington

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Bowen vs Rude Pac.39webThe action promises to be fast, intense and competitive at the 5th Annual K-Club Invitational.

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Fastpitch season is fast approaching again this year and once again we will be hosting the 5th Annual K-Club Invitational in Moses Lake, WA, June 4-5, 2016.

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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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Moses Lake, Washington men’s fastpitch tournament in June

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Rick Kolda vs Generals

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Make your plans early!! Attached are the informational flyers ML Flyer ’15 Hotel Flyer-1 for the 2015 “4th Annual K-Club Invitational,” on June 6-7.

As always, the tournament information packet and schedule will be sent out when we get a bit closer, but it’s never too early to make your hotel reservations and pay your entry fees!!

For payments details, call or email Rick Kolda at (360) 271-085 or rickeykolda@yahoo.com

For all other questions, call / text/ email/ or Facebook me.

Thanks guys, we’re looking forward to another fun weekend in BEAUTIFUL Moses Lake, WA.

ALSO: We are always looking for new teams to enter this tournament; please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested in brining a team, or who I might have forgotten to included in this email, thanks again!

Mike Kolda
K-Club Men’s Fastpitch
(509) 770-0886
mikekolda@hotmail.com

Those Were The Days: Rex Giberson shares memories of a great bygone era of men’s fastpitch

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

HOUSTON, Tex. – For those who may doubt that fastpitch softball can take a ball player to far places and great heights, Rex Giberson would beg to differ.

Giberson started playing as a teenager in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Men’s League and went on to enjoy a 29-year career playing in the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

But it was that inauguration in the Lancaster league that jettisoned him on his way.

“I started playing at 15 in (that) tough Lancaster League,” he said. “Many considered it the best league on the East Coast.”

    STRING OF CHAMPIONSHIPS

In 1976, 1980 and 1981, two of the league teams won ASA Class “A” national championships. Millersville, Penn. won the first one, with SH Good taking the last two.

Those times were some of the fondest of his career.

“We went undefeated to win the national tourney in Hamilton, Ohio (1976),” said Giberson. “In 1980 with SH Good we beat Jimmy Moore (ISC Hall of Fame pitcher.) in the finals. Jim, as you know, went on to be one of the all-time greats with Seattle Pay ‘N Pak.”

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K-Club Invitational draws top Northwest teams

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

paul.lauzier Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex, Moses Lake, Wash, will be the site of the 2014 K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.
See tournament flier: ML Flyer ’14

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Moses Lake lies about halfway between Seattle and Spokane off the 90 Interstate. Most people have never heard of Moses Lake, and have no reason to go to Moses Lake.

But there’s at least one exception. Men’s fastpitch softball. In particular the annual K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

Since the tournament began in 2012, spearheaded by the Kolda family – father Dan and sons Rickey and Mike – teams from the greater Northwest have become quite familiar with Moses Lake, and have taken a liking to the tournament.

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Big K-Club comeback claims Seattle Invitational

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

k-club.1web K-Club won four games on Sunday, July 28 to claim the 53rd Annual Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch tournament. Photo courtesy of K-Club.

SEATTLE, WASH. – The Seattle Invitational Tournament has a long and distinguished list of champions since its launch in 1963. In those 53 years, elite teams like Seattle’s Pay ‘N Pak and Peterbuilt, along with Payless of Victoria, BC, and Larry Miller Toyota of Salt Lake City have claimed the championship.

And now K-Club of Bremerton, Wash. can add its name along side the prominent ball clubs who have won this prestigious west coast tournament.

K-Club, with a lineup of talent from throughout the Northwest, won the 2013 11-team tournament by defeating the Portland Brewers 7-6 at Dacca Park in Fife, July 28.

“This is an indescribable feeling, I still can’t believe it,” said K-Club manager and player Mike Kolda. “This team has put in a lot of hard work and come a long way since our birth. We’ve suffered some tough championship game losses. To break through for our first win at such a quality event is better than anything I could have dreamed of for this program.”

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Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Columbia Basin Men’s Fastpitch Invitational

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

MOSES LAKE, WASH – K-Club Men’s Fastpitch manager Mike Kolda is helping to revive men’s fastpitch in the great Northwest by hosting the ball club’s second annual tournament.

    All THE DETAILS TO ENTER

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

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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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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How they got started, and why they continue to play fastpitch softball

Monday, October 22nd, 2012


Rickey Kolda has worked hard to become a pitcher on the K-Club team based in the state of Washington.
Contributed photo

I thank God every day for letting me enjoy this game that I watched my dad playing, while I was growing up.” – Frank Hendrix III, Missoula, MT

BELFAIR, WA – Most people can recall a time, a place, an instance when something memorable happened in their lives. For many of us who play fastpitch softball, we remember the time, the place, and the circumstance that got us started in this sport that has become such an important and special part of our recreational lives.

Rickey Kolda of the K-Club men’s fastpitch team, asked a question on his Facebook page recently:

“To all men’s fastpitch players: how did you get introduced to fastpitch and why do you continue to play the game?”

The replies poured in manyfold. So I thought I would share those replies to Rickey’s question. Replies that bring back fond memories of how, why and when men young-and-old started playing the game we call fastpitch or fastball. And why they continue to play.

Ricky Kolda:

“I started like a lot of you by following my dad (Dan Kolda) from city to city watching him play fastpitch with my brother, and playing catch or throwing a tennis ball against the dugouts. I wasn’t introduced to the “other” softball game until I was 17. The main reason that I play is for the competition, the fast pace of the game, and the pitcher versus batter duels. It’s also pretty cool seeing my summer weekend family at different ballparks across Washington and Oregon.” (Rickey, Michael and their dad, Dan Kolda, started the K-Club team based in Washington.)

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