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Conquest Coyotes win U-23 division at 2018 NAFA World Series

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

The Conquest Coyotes roster includes Alex Strautman, Jordan Rock, Clay McKenzie, Ryder Friesen, Quintin Kokesch, Ryan Larocque, Layk Pawluk, Jared Loewen,
Spencer Schaan, Dillon Silverthorn and Mike Thomson. Courtesy Photo By Conquest Coyotes

By BILL STRAUTMAN / Conquest trainer and statistician

FARGO, N.D. – The Conquest Coyotes U-23 fastpitch team from Conquest, Saskatchewan in Canada may have taken the hard way, but they finished strong to win the Under-23 age division of the 2018 NAFA World Series, played in Fargo, ND August 17-19.

    Coyotes 8, Bowen Fastpitch 7

In their first round robin game, Conquest scored two runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 7-6, but Bowen, Illinois came back in the bottom of the seventh with two of their own to win 8-7. The Coyotes were led by Quintin Kokesch and Dillon Silverthorn, who both went 2-4 and scored two runs each. Juan Platner scored three runs for Bowen.

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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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2018 NAFA World Series information for teams and fans

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

FARGO, No. Dak. – There is no coaches meeting at the NAFA World Series according to NAFA Executive Director, Benji Hedgecock, but he does want managers or team officials to email team rosters with jersey numbers to: nafafastpitch@gmail.com or text to 503-864-4487. This information is vital for the statistic program.

    Check In Early At The Ball Park

Northside Softball Complex
6101 45th Street North
Fargo, ND 58102

  • This will give teams time to get all their bats compression tested and stickered using USA Softball bat rules and to check your team in.
  • Teams are allowed to practice at the park on fields 1-5 on your left side as you enter the parking lot. First come first served, but be courteous and share the fields.
  • Visit Play NAFA.org for statistics.
  • Live streaming of games takes place on field 9 and field 10.
  • NAFA World Series fast approaching, here’s the latest information

    Thursday, June 21st, 2018

    PAUL BRUHA of Animal House, LaCrosse, Wis. rips into a pitch during the 2017 NAFA A Division World Series at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, Thursday, in the opening day of the 38-team event that runs through Sunday. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

    FARGO, No. Dak. – For information about the 2018 NAFA World Series, including hotels, division competition dates, current listing of teams participating, and more, visit NAFA website.

    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 &
    Stats
  • Most Valuable Player
    Greg Schroeder, John’s Plumbing

    Most Valuable Pitcher
    Kevin McCrory, Fargo Knights

      ALL-WORLD TEAM

    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.

    NAFA LOYAL, NAFA WINNER

    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.

    THE HALLOWED HALL

    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
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    503-559-5398.

  • 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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