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2013 NAFA AA-Major Most Valuable and All-World selections

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

DES MOINES – Many fine performances came from dozens of outstanding pitchers and players, but some rose above to become the best-of-the-best in the NAFA AA-Major World Series. These selections are from first place Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, second place Iowa Winterset A’s, third place Huron Wellness of Michigan, and the fourth place Seattle Cal-State Builders. Photos By BOB OTTO

Huron Wellness (Mich.)
Hoisington.Jason.Huron.45web Jason Hoisington, Huron: .280 batting average, 9 runs, 4 RBIs, 2 homer runs.

Thompson.Josh.Huron.48web Josh Thompson, Huron: .391 BA, 6 runs, 4 RBIs, 2 home runs.

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Kegel Black Knights celebrate anniversary year with world championship

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

kegel.warne.safe.104web Kegel’s Mitch Warne slides safely into home plate with the winning run in the Black Knights 2-1 victory over the Winterset A’s in the NAFA AA-Major World Series Championship. Warne scored the game-winner on a wild pitch by A’s pitcher Marshall Kronk (45) in the bottom of the seventh. Photo By BOB OTTO

DES MOINES, Iowa – Year after unfailing year the Kegel Black Knights have fielded a men’s fastpitch softball team – this year marks their 30th anniversary.

And what better way to celebrate such a remarkable achievement than winning an international championship. The Black Knights of Fargo did just that late Friday night by defeating a tough band of Winterset, Iowa A’s 2-1 to claim the North American Fastpitch Association AA-Major World Series title.

For Matt Darling – selected the AA-Major Most Valuable Player – this was his first NAFA championship.

“This is so nice to come out here and win this,” said Darling who had retired for a couple years, but was added to Kegel’s roster for the tournament. “This division had a lot of good pitchers, so to put up some decent runs is a credit to everybody on our team.”

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