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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
Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
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.

DATES OF DIVISIONAL TOURNAMENTS

  • 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.
  • DATES AND HOTEL INFO TO FOLLOW

    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

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    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

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    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.

    SUNDAY SEEDING
    #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

    FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF RESULTS
    #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

    QUARTERFINALS
    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

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

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

    SATURDAY POOL PLAY
    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

    Fargo Memorial Tournament features outstanding competition

    Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
    Tyler Bouley taking his swings in the 2014 NAFA 23-Under championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Tyler Bouley taking his swings in the 2014 NAFA 23-Under championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Courtesy of Jon Kegel / NAFA Vice President Upper Midwest and Canada

    FARGO, ND – It’s what every tournament director wants – parity, close games, even competition. And that’s what happened Saturday at the Fargo Memorial Tournament. Pool play results.

    POOL A
    Portage Phillies, Manitoba 3-0
    Lens Auto, Minn. 2-1
    Fargo Bombers 1-2
    Brookings SD 0-3

    POOL B
    Gameland Trappers, Ontario 2-1
    Colorado Knights 2-1
    Hollywood, Minn 2-1
    Fargo Koalas 0-3

    POOL C
    Hennegar Plumbing, Lake Crystal, Minn 2-1
    Rooters Bar, Fargo 2-1
    Winnipeg Bullets 1-2,
    Grenfell Gems, Saskatoon 1-2

    Sunday’s action starts at 9 a.m. with the Fargo Bombers taking on Hollywood with the winner playing Portage. Then it’s Len’s Auto versus the Fargo Koalas with the winner advancing to meet Rooters Bar.

    Winnipeg and Grenfell Gems will battle and the winner will then take on Hennegar Plumbing; and finally the Colorado Knights rumble with Brookings with the Gameland Trappers waiting in the wings for the survivor.

    It will be a great day of playoffs, so don’t miss the action at the Anderson Softball Complex in Fargo.

    Fargo Memorial Tournament features strong United States and Canadian teams

    Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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    Information Courtesy of Jon Kegel / NAFA Vice President Upper Midwest and Canada

    FARGO, ND – Twelve teams will take to the ball diamonds for the annual Fargo Memorial Weekend Tournament at the Anderson Softball Complex in Fargo. The tournament is classified as NAFA A-Major and below, with the first game starting at 9 A.M. Saturday.

    Pool A
    Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
    Fargo Bombers
    Lens Auto, Minneapolis
    Brookings Fastpitch, Brookings, SD

    Pool B
    Fargo Koalas
    Gameland Trappers, Fort Frances, Ontario
    Colorado knights, Fort Collins, CO
    Hollywood, MN

    Pool C
    Rooters Bar, Fargo
    Winnipeg bullets, Manitoba
    Grenfell Gems, Saskachewan
    Hennager / Odin Fastpitch, MN

    Fargo hosting big NAFA Memorial Day men’s fastpitch tournament

    Friday, April 17th, 2015

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    Courtesy of Jon Kegel / Moorhead, Minn

    FARGO, N.D. – Fargo, long a hotbed for men’s fastpitch softball in the Midwest, will be the site for one of North America’s best NAFA affiliated tournaments in 2015.

    On Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, 14 or more NAFA A-Major and below rated teams will battle for the championship at Anderson Softball Complex in Fargo.

    “It is shaping up to be a good one,” said Jon Kegel, long time sponsor of the Kegel Black Knights and a 23-Under team that has won back-to-back NAFA 23-Under World Series championships.

      Committed Teams
  • Colorado Knights
  • Fort Frances, Ontario, CA
  • Winnipeg, Canada Bullets
  • Portage Phillies, New Brunswick, CA
  • Fargo Bombers
  • Rooters Bar, Fargo
  • Fargo Koalas
  • Sioux Falls, SD Scarletts
  • Watertown, SD
  • Brookings, SD
  • Lens Auto, Minn.
  • Cerro Gordo, Minn.
  • Hollywood, Minn.
  • Odin fastpitch, Minn.
  • A Step Back In Time: Fargo DMS Knights pitcher Jim Speral

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

    99.ISC.WT.Speral.DMS.1B.web Fargo, ND, pitcher Jim Speral pitching in the 1999 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SIOUX CITY, IOWA – He didn’t throw the hardest, didn’t have the world’s sharpest spin on the ball, but Jim Speral was one tough, dependable and talented pitcher.

    Speral could be counted on to keep his team in the ball game at ISC World Tournaments.

    In 1999, he pitched the the Fargo DMS Knights (3-2) to 12th place in the 48-team world tournament and finished with a 3-1 record that tied him at No. 6 among the tournament’s top pitchers.

    Speral helped the Knights reach the quarterfinals of the winners bracket by beating Dolan & Murphy 2-0; Philadelphia DC Tire 4-3, and Salt Lake City Page Brake 6-3.

    DMS bowed out of the tournament with losses to the runner-up Broken Bow Travelers (5-2) and Mierhoffer/Fleeman of Savannah, MO, (4-2) and finished eighth.

    The Knights, primarily with a roster of North Dakota and Midwest players, represented themselves well at world tournaments.

      The 1999 DMS Knights

    Bob Fleming, Tim Tweiten, Joe Peryl, Paul Lybeck (manager), Richard Carney, Steve Baumgartner, Doug Holloway, Scott Deutsch, Guy Carlson, John Tschida, Jim Speral, Dan Brekke, Pat Johnson, Mike Geist, and Lamar Noriega.

    Midland to host ISF Junior Men’s World softball championship in 2016

    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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    In 2016, the best young talent (age 19 and under) in junior men’s fastpitch softball from throughout the world will be coming to Midland, Mich. for the International Softball Federation World Championship. USA Softball will be selecting a team for the coming event beginning in 2015. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By DAN CHALK / Midland Daily News
    chalk@mdn.net
    Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

    MIDLAND, MICH – Some of the best young male fastpitch softball players in the world will compete in Midland in July of 2016, thanks to a successful bid by a Midland group to host the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship at Emerson Park and Currie Stadium.

    The only other time that this event was even held in the United States was in 1985 in Fargo, N.D.

    “There’s been a long drought of not having it in our own country, and we’re cherishing the opportunity to bring it back here,” said David Lach, who is a co-chair of the tournament host committee along with Jeff Servinski and Kyle Beane. “We see this as a tremendous opportunity for young kids across the country, including young men from mid-Michigan, to represent their country on home soil. We feel that the Midland is the perfect place to host the event, with a great venue and the local history in fastpitch softball.”

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    Sooke Loggers reaching for top rung in NAFA Open

    Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

    FARGO, ND – last year the Loggers of Sooke, British Columbia, Canada, threw their hat into the NAFA arena for the first time, liked what they saw, and are making a return engagement.

    Sooke, which finished runner-up to the Circle Tap Dukes in the 2012 NAFA Open World Series with a 5-1 record, are one of ten teams competing for the championship in the 2013 NAFA Open – Holm Classic Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota, June 14-16.

    For field manager Len Banner, the NAFA Open is one of two top men’s fastpitch tournaments his No. 15 ranked Loggers will enter this season.

    “I told the boys that this may be the best tournament besides the ISC (World Tournament) that we play in this year and our heads will have to be in it from the first pitch till the last out,” said Banner, adding that the Loggers’ strength relies on speed through out the line up along with four or five guys who can hit with power.

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