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Ray Foster inducted into NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame member Ray Foster with Jeff Tarwater, left, and Dave Parker, NAFA WoodBat Commissioner. right. Courtesy Photo

By DON CAMERON

Missouri ace savors NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame induction

ST. JOSEPH, MO – “It’s the way the game should be played.”

That’s how Ray Foster, the pride of St. Joseph’s, Missouri, describes the game of wood-bat fastpitch. It also aptly reveals Foster’s approach to the game of fastpitch itself, an approach founded in competitiveness, passion and sportsmanship.

“Softball has been my life, my blood supply,” said Foster, 58, the newest member of the NAFA WoodBat Hall of Fame.

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NAFA Rio Grande State Fastpitch Tournament

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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LAS CRUCES, NM – The West Texas Mens Fastpitch Association will be hosting the 1st Rio Grande NAFA State Fastpitch Tournament in Las Cruces, New Mexico August 3rd and 4th.

The tournament is open to all West Texas and New Mexico fastpitch teams. We are going to hold two divisions of play – an A and AA.

“We are really trying to rebuild our grassroots program and feel that the “A” level state tournament is integral to this process.”

– Dave Parker, WoodBat Commissioner

All play will be NAFA WoodBat and there will be a three-game guarantee. The entry fee is $250.

Please Contact:
Clark Evans at 575-642-7564
email: zebrasnm06@yahoo.com
or
Dave Parker at 432-634-6474
email: wyofastpitch@gmail.com

To learn more about what NAFA has to offer visit: NAFA Fastpitch

NAFA WoodBat Tourneys in Texas and New Mexico

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

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Don’t miss NAFA WoodBat tournaments in Las Cruces and El Paso.

MIDLAND, TEX – The following NAFA WoodBat tournaments will be held in El Paso and Las Cruces this year.

    May 4,5 Cinco De Mayo El Paso,Texas

    May 25,26 Memorial Weekend El Paso, Texas

    June 15,16 Southwest Classic Las Cruces, New Mexico

    TBD Texas / New Mexico State tournament Las Cruces, New Mexico

El Paso Contact: Fred Gomez 915-449-7700

Las Cruces Contact: Clark Evans 575-642-7564 zebrasnm06@yahoo.com

NAFA WoodBat Contact: Dave Parker 432-634-6474 wyofastpitch@gmail.com

“We invite any men’s fastpitch team to come join us for this growing segment of our sport that provides a safe and level playing field through the use of the wood bat instead of metal bats,” said Dave Parker, NAFA WoodBat Commissioner on the NAFA Website. We urge you to try wood bat locally as well for the development of the sport…”

For more information about NAFA, visit NAFA Fastpitch

Dave Parker
NAFA West Texas WoodBat
Midland,Texas
wyofastpitch@gmail.com
432-634-6474

Prescott (Ariz) and Madison (Wisc) to host 2013 NAFA WoodBat World Series tourneys

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

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MIDLAND, TX – A highlight of the North American Fastpitch Association annual slate will split into two events for the 2013 season, NAFA WoodBat commissioner Dave Parker and NAFA executive director Benjie Hedgecock announced.

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Formerly the NAFA WoodBat Nationals, the premier event on the WoodBat men’s fastpitch softball scene will split into two separate national tournaments:

    *NAFA Western WoodBat World Series, Aug. 24-25 in Prescott, Arizona.
    *NAFA Eastern WoodBat World Series, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in Madison, Wisconsin.

FOR WESTERN TEAMS
The western event will take place at the legendary Prescott complex and will be a three-game guarantee, with prizes for first through fifth place. Including All-American awards, tournament MVP and MVP pitcher.

Entry fee is $350.

FOR EASTERN TEAMS
The Madison eastern event is set for Labor Day weekend at the Bowling Green Recreation Center in Middleton, Wisc.

Last summer, the Kansas City Indios defeated the Wizards of Oz to earn the 2012 WoodBat Nationals title.

For more information on the NAFA Western WoodBat World Series, contact Dave Parker at 432-634-6474 or wyofastpitch@wyoming.com; or Clark Evans at 575-642-7564 or zebrasnm06@yahoo.com.

For more information on the NAFA Eastern WoodBat World Series, contact Benjie Hedgecock at 503-559-5398 or nafafastpitch@gmail.com.

    NAFA WoodBat Nationals — Champions Circle
    2012 — Kansas City Indios (Kansas City, Kan.)
    2011 — J-Train (Newton, Kansas)
    2010 — New Image (Monfort, Wisconsin)
    2009 — J-Train (Newton, Kansas)
    2008 — Fort Collins Fastpitch (Fort Collins, Colorado) ***CO-CHAMPS
    Todd’s Trailer Sales (Sutton, Nebraska) ***CO-CHAMPS
    2007 — Dragons (Englewood, Colorado)
    2006 — Fort Collins Fastpitch (Fort Collins, Colorado)

Hard work pays off with NAFA 20th anniversary honor for Rebels, SuperChief ace

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012


David Beets, North American Fastpitch Association 20th Year Anniversary pitcher and player.

By DON CAMERON / Freelance Writer

ANADARKO, OK – The Dave Beets Shortstop Project took a detour many years ago when the starting pitcher for his Oklahoma men’s fastpitch team injured his knee and Beets was involuntarily thrust into the circle.

“It was the best thing that ever happened,” said Beets, 44, who was recently named to the NAFA 20th Anniversary Team that will be honored in Topeka, Kansas.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander has earned a national reputation for his workmanlike efforts in steering the Rocky Mountain Rebels (Boulder, Colorado) and SuperChief (Anadarko, Oklahoma) to tournament milestones.

“He’s an unbelievable warrior,” said Dave Parker, coach and pitcher for the Rocky Mountain Rebels. “He goes out and gives it everything he’s got, whether he’s healthy or hurt. He’s thrown against the best in the world and beaten them, and it’s not always with the best team in the world behind him.”

“What a tremendous athlete, and an even better person. It’s been truly a pleasure to have him on the Rebels, and a true honor for all of us on the Rebels that he was honored on the NAFA 20th anniversary team,” added Parker.

DAD AND ROLE MODELS
Beets has come a long way since the days of watching his dad play fastpitch and begging to get on a team. After converting from shortstop to pitcher, he matured as a ballplayer under the likes of Wiley Washington, Jim Horse, W.G. Bushyhead and P.A. Wetselline.

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NAFA WoodBat Nationals hits Kansas Sept. 1-3

Sunday, July 29th, 2012


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NEWTON, KS – The 2012 NAFA WoodBat Nationals will be held Sept. 1-3 in Newton, Kansas. The tournament will be a three-game guarantee, with an entry fee of $350. Team and individual awards will be presented.

Last summer in Anadarko, Oklahoma, the J-Train from Newton, Kan., repeated its 2009 title effort by defeating SuperChief for the championship.

For more information, contact Ray Jaso at 316-841-1210 or rayjaso2@yahoo.com; or Dave Parker at 432-634-6474 or wyofastpitch@wyoming.com.

NAFA WoodBat Nationals champions

    2011 — J-Train (Newton, Kansas)
    2010 — New Image (Monfort, Wisconsin)
    2009 — J-Train (Newton, Kansas)
    2008 — Fort Collins Fastpitch (Fort Collins, Colorado) ***CO-CHAMPS
    Todd’s Trailer Sales (Sutton, Nebraska) ***CO-CHAMPS
    2007 — Dragons (Englewood, Colorado)
    2006 — Fort Collins Fastpitch (Fort Collins, Colorado)

Don Cameron / Writer
Rocky Mountain Rebels

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J-Train roars past SuperChief for NAFA WoodBat Nationals title

Monday, August 29th, 2011

“It was the best fastpitch I have seen since the early ’90s at any level,” said Dave Parker, NAFA WoodBat commissioner. “It was unbelievable…

By DON CAMERON / Freelance Writer
Boulder, CO


J-Train, 2011 NAFA WoodBat National Champions.

ANADARKO, Oklahoma — The J-Train from Newton, Kansas, backed up its 2009 championship by claiming the 2011 NAFA WoodBat Nationals title Sunday in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

Behind the pitching of Ray Foster, J-Train went 3-0 in the winners bracket then defeated SuperChief from Anadarko in the “if” game for the championship.

SuperChief, paced by David Beets’ stellar pitching, was runner-up, followed by the Compadres out of San Antonio, Texas, in third and the Rocky Mountain Rebels (Colorado) in fourth. Wizards of Oz (Kansas) placed fifth.

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