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Tin Cup reaps the benefits of Marchio fast pitch experience and tradition

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
2015 Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar. Front row left, Dave Reiter, Tyler Bouley, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Newton, Sam Nieman, Chris Diethart. Back row left,  Dave Marchio, Joel Cooley, Zack Lopez, Shawn Gibbons, Alex Killa, Dominic Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

2015 Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar. Front row left, Dave Reiter, Tyler Bouley, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Newton, Sam Nieman, Chris Diethart. Back row left,
Dave Marchio, Joel Cooley, Zack Lopez, Shawn Gibbons, Alex Killa, Dominic Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

Dave Marchio, back row far left, and son Dominic Marchio, back row far right, continue three generations of Marchio’s playing fastpitch softball.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In 2013 the Tin Cup men’s fastpitch team was formed. The team was young and promising, but lacking in experience. Tin Cup needed someone to take the reins that knew the game, had played the game.

Dave Marchio was the right man for the job.

With 35 years experience playing with and against some of Minnesota’s best clubs – the likes of Jeraldine’s Bar, All-American Bar, the St. Paul Merchants, Scandia and Stillwater – Marchio had the know-how to lead Tin Cup with its roster skewed heavily with 19-year-olds.

    DAD’S EXPERIENCE INVALUABLE

Dominic Marchio was one of those 19-year-olds that came under the tutelage of his father. He and his young teammates quickly realized they had a lot to learn about playing the game.

And the senior Marchio was the voice of experience Tin Cup needed.

“His experience, it goes a long way,” said Dominic. “He leads in a positive way and it feels comforting to have someone reassure you of your skills on the ball field if you make a bad play.”

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By all standards, NAFA Open-Holm Classic a success

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

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FARGO, ND – If Benjie Hedgecock and Kyle Koterba were exuding an air of satisfaction following the 2013 NAFA Open-Holm Classic men’s fastpitch tournament, June 14-16, in Fargo, it’s well deserved.

Hedgecock, executive director of the North American Fastpitch Association, and Koterba, tournament director for the NAFA Open-Holm Classic, collaborated to put on one of the most competitive NAFA Open’s in recent years. And Koterba, now in his second year running the tournament, deserves credit for raising the number of teams to ten this year.

But as with any endeavor, there’s always room for improvement.

“Just to have the live streaming video and send more top level umpires and to take it to 12 or 16 teams,” said Hedgecock, referring to just a few goals he and Koterba are striving for.

    RETURNING TO MICKELSON

The reason for the lack of live video coverage this year was because the tournament had to be moved from flood-ravaged Mickelson Field to Lindenwood Park. Mickelson had the resources to broadcast the games, while Lindenwood didn’t.

But a new dike holding back Fargo’s notorious springtime floodwaters, should bring the tourney back to Mickelson next year. So next year look for the tournament back at its intended home field along with live viewing.

    FARGO FINE FOR FASTPITCH

…Speaking of NAFA World Series locations, Fargo appears ideal for the Open Division because of the city’s close proximity to Canada, which sent three teams to the event this year (Randy’s A’s and Sooke Loggers from British Columbia, and the Diamondbacks of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.)

“I believe that with the number of Canadian teams we drew that we should keep it in Fargo,” Hedgecock said, “and get the other Midwest AA-major/Open teams to come and it will be perfect. So I am leaning towards keeping it in Fargo but I haven’t talked to Kyle yet. Kyle has suggested that we have a three-city rotation with Kimberly (Wisc.) and one other Midwest city, but we haven’t developed that thought yet.”

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