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NAFA AA-Major World Series has strong field

Thursday, July 4th, 2013


DES MOINES, IOWA – When it comes to parity, it appears that the NAFA AA-Major World Series is wide open with no clear-cut favorite.

Four of the 15 teams are ranked in the top-25 in the world of men’s fastpitch: The Kegel Black Knights are No. 7; Pete’s Blues, No. 13; the Cal-State Builders, No. 20; The Topeka Toros, No. 23, and New Image No. 24…

But I wouldn’t bet against any of the rest of the field in taking the crown. Just look at the past history of some of these ball clubs and the “who’s who” they have throwing for them.

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New Image shuts down opposition to claim ASA Class A National Championship

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

NO. MANKATO, MN – New Image of Montfort, Wisconsin won five straight games and outscored its opponents 26-1 to finish undefeated with a 5-0 record in the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Men’s Class A National Championship, Sept. 1-2, in North Mankato, Minnesota.

Thirteen teams played in the double elimination tournament at Caswell Park, ASA Fastpitch Men’s Nationals in No. Mankato.

The Montfort, Wisconsin ball club topped off its undefeated run by defeating the Sioux Falls Sox (SD) 2-1 in the championship game to claim the title.

The Sox lost 1-0 to Bac Pride (IL) in the semi-finals of the winner’s bracket, and then battled back into the championship with three consecutive wins: 5-1 over Odin (MN); held off Goring Lawn Care (MN), 5-3, and then knocked off Bac Pride in a rematch, 5-2, for the right to face off with New Image in the final.

New Image defeated the Topeka (KS) Toros 7-0 in its opening game, and then downed Point Blank (WI), 2-0, Dekalb (IL), 7-0, Bac Pride, 8-0, and then the Sox 2-1.

The Final Four
1. New Image 5-0
2. Sioux Falls Sox 4-2
3. Bac Pride 3-2
4. Goring Lawn Care 3-2

No all-tournament or most valuable player and pitcher selections have been placed on the ASA website yet, but keep checking ASA Class A National Championship Results for information.

Goring and El Paso meet in NAFA A-Major winners bracket final

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Joel Cooley won his third game of the tournament with a 12-strikeout performance sending Goring Lawn Care into the winners bracket finals of the NAFA A-Major Division.

WEST DES MOINES, IA – Joel Cooley struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning sending Goring Lawn Care of Minnesota into the NAFA A-Major winners bracket final with a 5-3 victory over Crouch Electric / Cary’s of Michigan, late Saturday afternoon at Raccoon River Park Softball Complex.

Now, Goring and El Paso Steel collide at 7:30 after the Steel knocked off the Crow Bar of South Dakota, 6-2, in the bottom bracket. Right-hander Antonio Mancha picked up the win and improved to 3-0 in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Cooley also won his third game of the tournament by holding Crouch to four hits, while striking out 12 and allowing one earned run.

Goring improved its record to 33-14 on the season. Shortstop Zach Goring says he likes the way Cooley’s throwing the ball.

“Joel has really come on,” Goring said. “He’s (age) 25, but he’s been with us since he was 17. His control has been great.”

Goring scored three runs in the first, and one each in the fifth and sixth.

Now Goring tangles with a solid El Paso team that advanced with four consecutive wins. They held off Sawdust (WI) 2-1 in the opener; downed Grumpy’s, 3-0; survived an 8-7 slugfest with the KC Indios, and advanced to meet Goring by knocking off Crow Bar.