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USA Jr. Men’s National Team playing in Fargo Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

DUSTIN THOMPSON went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI to lead the USA Jr. Men’s National Team to a 10-1 victory over the Fargo Koalas at North Softball Complex in Fargo, Friday May 26. Photo Courtesy of USA Softball

FARGO, No. Dak. – USA Jr. Men’s National Fastpitch Softball team (age 19-under) kicked off its trip to Fargo with a resounding win Friday night in defeating the Fargo Koalas, 10-1, at North Softball Complex.

TEAM USA collected 10 hits with DUSTIN THOMPSON of Nevada City, Calif. a perfect 3-for-3, 3 RBI and a double.

The pitching was shared by starter ALEJANDRO IBARRA (2 innings), CRAIG LEWIS (2 innings) and NATHAN LANDRY (3 innings).

CRAIG LEWIS was dominant in picking up the win over the Fargo Koalas. In two innings he didn’t allow any hits while striking out four and walking two. Photo courtesy of USA Softball

Lewis of Winston, Missouri picked up the win striking out four, walking two and didn’t allow any hits.

CHECK OUT the game stats at USA Jr. Men vs. Fargo Koalas

TEAM USA’s Fargo schedule includes Saturday contests with Cross Lake, Fargo Knights and Len’s Automotive. On Sunday the squad wraps up its trip with a single game against Notre Dame.

***The USA Jr. Men’s National Team roster includes some of the finest ball players from throughout much of the U.S.***

Be sure to visit the Fargo Fastpitch Association website for more information.

John’s Plumbing and Kegel Knights tie for NAFA Recreation Division championship

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

18-year-old BRAXTON THOMPSON was an All-World selection to the Recreation Division for his outstanding infield play for his Cerro Gordo, Minnesota ball club. Photo BY BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series / Fargo, N.D.

FARGO – John’s Plumbing of Courtland, Neb. and the Kegel Knights of Fargo tied for the first-ever NAFA Recreation Division championship game after the game ended due to torrential rain that flooded the ball field at Northside Softball Complex, Sunday.

  • For Recreation Division Information, click on Results &
  • Most Valuable Player
    Greg Schroeder, John’s Plumbing

    Most Valuable Pitcher
    Kevin McCrory, Fargo Knights


    Cody Rahman, Knights
    Todd Clark, Knights
    Scott Whetter, Knights
    Mark Morris, John’s
    Matt Duden, John’s
    Jared Holmgren, Ramona
    Derek Lien, Ramona
    Rob McGinnis, Northern Extreme
    Duane Carlson, Northern Extreme
    Paul Wanner, F-M Aces
    Tom Hagen, F-M Aces
    Braxton Thompson, Cerro Gordo (Minn.)
    Jared Hawk, The Box (Minn.)

    Matt Gable, a leader on and off the fastpitch field

    Monday, August 14th, 2017

    FARGO – Most young fastpitch players in their prime focus on one thing: improving their skills to become the best they can be. To win league titles. To win tournament titles. To win national titles.

    Matt Gable has that same focus.

    But he’s gone beyond the typical player’s tunnel vision and assumed leadership roles in the sport as well.

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    Tony Aresco earns NAFA Hall of Fame honor

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

    Father Tony Aresco and son Anthony, 21, will bring a men’s team and an age 23-under team to the 2017 NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak. Aug. 9-20. A highlight of the trip will be Tony Aresco’s induction into the NAFA Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo By Tony Aresco

    STONEHAM, Mass. – Some give a little, some give a fair share, and a few give a lot to men’s fastpitch softball.

    And then there’s Tony Aresco. You’ve heard of the 110-percenters? Well, Tony leaves them in his dust.

    For over 30 years his contributions to the game – and to the North American Fastpitch Association in particular – are remarkable.

    Aresco of Stoneham, Massachusetts, plays, manages, sponsors, recruits, teaches, promotes…You get the idea: he’s a man of many hats, many talents.


    He’s been bringing teams to the NAFA World Series for 11 years. In that time, he’s won championships at nearly every level – Masters, 21-Under, and an assortment of other men’s divisional championships – six in all.

    With his Boston-area ball club, the Sea Dogs, Aresco has been selected Most Valuable Player once and All-World five teams, his most recent in the 2016 A World Series. This at the age of 51. As a catcher.

    No doubt he has earned the respect and the admiration of all who have ever played with or against him. And what he has accomplished with NAFA is now being rewarded.


    Aresco will receive the highest honor the game can offer back – a beautiful plaque and jacket – and membership in one of the sport’s most exclusive clubs: The NAFA Hall of Fame.

    Aresco will be inducted during ceremonies in Fargo at the World Series.

    “It’s an unbelievable feeling to be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame,” said Aresco, who is also a Massachusetts ASA Hall of Famer. “There’s a lot of great players and managers in the Hall of Fame and now to be included with them is an amazing feeling. I attribute a lot of this to my players. Without them I wouldn’t get this recognition. They are reason we are successful.”

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    2017 NAFA World Series Information for teams, players and fans

    Sunday, July 30th, 2017

    FARGO, ND – The North American Fastpitch Association World Series takes place Aug. 9-22 at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo.

    Click on 2017 NAFA World Series for information concerning:

  • Divisions
  • Schedule
  • Teams
  • Venues
  • Documents
  • Registration
  • Brackets
  • Contact Information

    Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director

  • Click on NAFA to enter website
  • NAFA heads to Fargo for 25th annual World Series of men’s fastpitch softball

    Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

    THE 2017 NAFA WORLD SERIES will be held at the Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, ND. Courtesy Photo

    DAYTON, Ore. – In the winter of 1993, seven dedicated fastpitch men – Pat Bucknell, Jim Williamson, Loren Lathrop, Ronn Kopp, Roger Regez, Milt Waschow and Bill Musolf – met in Chicago with a lofty goal in mind: to create an international organization explicitly for male fastpitch.

    And from that meeting, the North American Fastpitch Association was born.

    In August, NAFA will celebrate an outstanding milestone – a quarter century of striving to make the game better for every man, young man, boy or masters-aged player who wants to play fastpitch the “NAFA way.”

    NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, wants to make this milestone special and one long to be remembered by inviting all teams, players and fans to attend the NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak., Aug. 8-20.

    “We are preparing for our 25th Anniversary of the North American Fastpitch Association in Fargo, North Dakota in August and we are inviting you to come join us,” said Hedgecock.

    Professor Tadashi Yoshimura, manager and founder of the Waseda University men’s fastpitch team of Tokyo, Japan, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the 2014 NAFA World Series Opening Day ceremonies, Thursday night at Green Valley Sports Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

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    2017 NAFA World Series heads to Fargo, ND and Northside Sports Complex

    Saturday, December 17th, 2016

    THE 2017 NAFA WORLD SERIES will be held at the Northside Sports Complex in Fargo, ND. Courtesy Photo

    By Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director
    503-559-5398 cell,503-864-4487 work, fax 503-864-3939
    PO Box 566 Dayton, Or, 97114

    DAYTON, Ore. – NAFA’s 25th Anniversary in 2017 will be in Fargo, North Dakota at the beautiful brand new 13-field Northside Sports Complex.


  • AA-Major August 9-11
  • A-Major August 10-13
  • 23-U Gold August 11-13
  • Men’s REC August 11-13
  • A August 17-20
  • AA August 18-20
  • 23-U Elite August 18-20
  • NAFA West Championships, July 21-23 – 57th Seattle Invitational,Fife, Wash. Contact Ryan Daly at Rdaly24@gmail.com for more details.

    Please make plans with your team soon to join us for this special event. Please contact us to let us know that you will attend. See you in Fargo. – Benjie Hedgecock

  • Contact Hedgecock and visit NAFA Website for more information.
  • Large Softball Complex in North Fargo, Mickelson Renovation Taking Shape (Previous story about the construction of the New softball complex that will be hosting the 2017 NAFA World Series.)

    Boom time: Barnesville man hopes to go out on top at world fastpitch tourney

    Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

    CHAD BOOM pitching for Junker’s Bar & Grill of North Mankato, Minn. in the ISC World Tournament. Boom, a feared hitter, was selected All-World three times in the ISC World Tournament (1999, 2002, 2006) Photo By BOB OTTO / ISC World Tournament

    Chad Boom was born in a fastpitch family. His father Marlin Boom a player and manager was inducted into the 2016 Minnesota Sports Federation Softball Hall of Fame, and brother B.J. Boom was inducted into the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Hall of Fame in 2015.

    And Chad played for the USA Men’s National Team, and was selected All-World three times (1999, 2002, 2006) in the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament.

    Good read about Chad Boom’s 2004 national team experience and his life growing up with fastpitch.

    INFORUM / Fargo, ND
    By Hayden Goethe on Feb 3, 2004

    Growing up in Ellsworth, Minn., Chad Boom immersed himself in fastpitch softball. As an adolescent, he watched his dad, Marlin, play in fastpitch leagues, awaiting the day when he could do the same.

    Boom never imagined he would make it this far.

    As a member of the U.S. fastpitch softball team, the Barnesville, Minn., resident now finds himself in New Zealand, competing in the men?s fastpitch world championships.

    Boom has already flexed his strength at the tournament, leading the team to a 3-0 mark.

    He blasted a home run in Friday’s game against Hong Kong and followed that with a 3-for-3 performance on Monday against Japan, scoring two runs in a 7-3 victory.

    “He’s really our swingman,” said USA manager Pete Turner. “He gives a yeoman-like effort every game out. “If I had 15 of those, I’d be real happy.”

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    Hollywood Sports Complex Hosting Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Thursday, July 7th, 2016


    WATERTOWN, Minn. – Eight teams will battle it out for the championship of the popular Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, July 9-10, in Watertown, Minnesota. Saturday features round robin play, with a single elimination playoff on Sunday.

    The Teams

  • Odin Fastpitch
  • Fargo, ND
  • Minnesota Computers
  • Len’s Automotive
  • Rice Lake Orangemen
  • PBI
  • Dawson
  • RFG
  • Hollywood Sports Complex is located about 40 miles west of Minneapolis. Click for Directions

    For more information, visit the Hollywood Sports Complex website.

    Tournament Schedule


    Hometown teams battle for Fargo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
    The Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, ND, won the 2016 Fargo Memorial Men's Fastpitch Tournament with a 10-3 victory over the Fargo Bombers. Courtesy Photo / Jon Kegel

    The Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, ND, won the 2016 Fargo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament with a 10-3 victory over the Fargo Bombers. Courtesy Photo / Jon Kegel

    FARGO, ND – They traveled afar from Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado and Canada, but it was two local teams from Fargo – the Kegel Black Knights and the Fargo Bombers – that met on the ball diamond at Northside Softball Complex on Sunday afternoon to decide the championship of the 12 team Fargo Memorial Tournament.

    And the Kegel Black Knights (ranked No. 18 by the International Softball Congress) left little dought that they are a team to be reckoned with as they beat the Bombers, 10-3, led by the pitching of Kory Boehmer, who finished the weekend with a 5-0 record and was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher. Michael Lewis picked up the 7-5 victory over the La Portage Phillies in the opening game, Saturday, in pool play to help cap a perfect tournament for Kegel.

    Saturday’s round-robin action placed the teams into a seeding for Sunday’s single-elimination playoffs. The Fargo Bombers (5-1) entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, with Kegel slotted No. 2.

    #8 Rooters Bar, Fargo vs #9 La Portage, Manitoba, CA, Phillies, winner vs #1 Fargo Bombers
    #4 NWO Ontario, CA, Selects vs #5 Colorado Knights
    #7 Winnipeg, CA, Bullets vs #10 Manitoba, CA, Redman, winner vs #2 Kegel
    #6 SME Fargo Threshers vs #11 Brookings, SD, winner vs #3 Lens Auto

    #8 Rooters Bar 5, #9 La Portage Phillies 3 (W) Ben Askagaard
    #7 Winnipeg Bullets 7, #10 Manitoba Redman 0 (W) Tim Volden
    #6 Fargo Threshers 13, #11 Brookings 0 (W) Matt Johnson

    Colorado Knights 9, NWO Ontario Selects 1 (W) Chris Lyman
    Lens Auto, St. Paul 9, SME Threshers 2 (W) Joe Gather
    Fargo Bombers 7, Rooters Bar 2 (W) Justin Feist
    Kegel Black Knights 10, Winnipeg Bullets 5 (W) Kory Boehmer

    Kegel Black Knights 6, Lens Auto 2 (W) Kory Boehmer
    Fargo Bombers 6, Colorado Knights 5 (W) Jace Holm

    Kegel 10, Fargo Bombers 3 (W) and MVP Kory Boehmer

    Kegel Black Knights 7, La Portage Phillies 5, Winning pitcher Michael Lewis
    NWO Selects 8, Manitoba Redman 0 (W) Jaden Gustafson
    Fargo Bombers 3, Winnipeg Bullets 2 (W) Jace Holm
    Fargo Threshers 12, Brookings, SD 5 (W) Luke Gable
    Lens Auto, St. Paul 5, Rooters Bar 3 (W) Chad Washenberger
    Colorado Knights 7, Watertown SD 3 (W) Chris Lyman
    Kegel Black Knights 4, Brookings 2 (W) Kory Boehmer
    NWO Selects 11, Rooters Bar 7 (W) Jaden Gustafson
    Colorado Knights 9, Winnipeg Bullets 7 (W) Kelly Freed
    Fargo Threshers 12, La Portage Phillies 11 (W) Luke Gable
    Lens Auto, St. Paul 6, Manitoba Redman 1 (W) Chad Washenberger
    Fargo Bombers 15, Watertown, SD 1 (W) Justin Feist
    La Portage Phillies 14, Brookings, SD 7 (W) Scott Phipps
    Rooters Bar 7, Manitoba Redman 1 (W) Kevin McCrory
    Fargo Bombers 6, Colorado Knights 5 (W) Jace Holm
    Kegel Black Knights 13, SME Threshers ? (W) Kory Boehmer
    Lens Auto, St. Paul 9, NWO Selects 8 (W) Chad Washenberger
    Winnipeg Bullets 13, Watertown, SD 0 (W) Dean Govereau