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Hennager fastpitch softball team is Minnesota state champions

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn., is the 2017 Class B Men’s Fastpitch State Champion. Members include, back row, from left: Coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal; Derek Meshke, Volga, S.D.; Jace Holm, Fargo, N.D.; Dan Pawelk, Northfield, Minn.; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; and Robert Petersen, Pipestone, Minn. Front row, from left, is: Chris Bambeneck, Minneapolis; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; Spencer Yackel, Rochester, Minn.; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Blaid Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; and Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn. – The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn., is the 2017 Class B Men’s Fastpitch State Champion. The team posted a 4-0 record this weekend at Sand Creek Fields, Coon Rapids, Minn.

The “Plumbers” won the opening round, 8-7, defeating Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Wis. Jace Holm, Fargo, N.D., secured the win, relieving Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, in the third inning. Holm struck out nine batters and, at the plate, hit a three-run homerun. Meshke was 2-3 at the plate.

Next up was the Odin, Minn., fastpitch team. In a heated battle with a longtime rival, the Plumbers won 4-3. Holm started the game and pitched until the third inning. With the game tied 3-3, Meshke was called to the circle and earned the win.

Collecting two hits each were Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Holm; and Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal. Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal, hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Defensive plays by Schroeder and Blaid Friedrichs, Lake Crystal, in the bottom of the seventh inning, were key to the victory.

In game three of the championship run, the Plumbers defeated Minnesota Computers of West St. Paul, 1-0. Meshke got the win on the mound, striking out five and giving up two hits. Dalton collected two hits in the contest.

In the championship game, the Plumbers defeated Minnesota Computers, 3-2, who worked their way through the losers’ bracket. Meshke took the win with two strikeouts, giving up five hits. Schroeder was 2-3 at the plate; and Holm had a two-run homerun.

This is the second time in three years that the Plumbers have earned the state title. The team will now travel to Fargo for the North American Fastpitch Assoc. (NAFA) AA World Series, Aug. 18-20. In the opening game, the team will face ECL Bronx of New York.

Fargo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament scores

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Founded in 1993, NAFA will celebrate its 25th anniversary by holding its 2017 World Series at the new Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, North Dakota, Aug. 8-20. On May 27-28, the Fargo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament is being held.

FARGO, No. Dak. – Saturday’s pool-play scores of the Fargo Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Tournament (May 27-28) provided by John Kegel.

POOL 1

Fargo Bombers 13, Winnipeg Bullets 4
(W) Jace Holm

Fargo Bombers 6, Montana 0
(W) Justin Feist

Winnipeg 12, NWO Selects 4

POOL 2

Rooters Bar 11, Manitoba Redmen 4
(W) Ben Askagaard

Colorado Knights 9, Rooters Bar 8
(W) Kelly Freed

POOL 3

West Fargo Knights 7, Cross Lake, Manitoba 6
(W) Andrew Potter

Kegel / Apex 5, West Fargo Knights 0
(W) John Desaulniers (Read feature story on his selection to NAFA 20-year team)

Ostrander Fastpitch Starts Strong in ISC II Tournament

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

080813-Jamieson.Michael62lr Michael Jamieson pitched Ostrander Fastpitch to a 8-1 victory in the ISC II Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2012 NAFA World Series

MOLINE, IL – Ostrander Fastpitch of Minnesota dropped its first two games in the ISC World Tournament, but once they got into the ISC II tournament, they’ve found their game with two consecutive victories to put themselves in contention for the the championship.

    Ostrander 8, Walcott 1

Lewis Weldon was prolific at the plate with a double and home run to account for 4 RBI, and Brandon Meiners slugged a home run to power a 10-hit attack.

Michael Jamieson went five innings to pick up the run-ruled win. He allowed one earned run on three hits, four walks, and struck out 11.

    Ostrander 7, Ray Ray’s Bar 4

After trailing 4-2 through six innings, Ostrander erupted for five runs in the seventh to rally for the win. With Two out, Jace Holm blasted a three-run home run and Patrick Brackley hit a two-run homer to overpower Ray Rays.

Eduardo Escobedo gave up four runs on four hits with 12 strikeouts to get the win. In the sixth, Carlos Jose Santodomingo launched an Escobedo pitch over the fence for a three-run home run to give Ray Rays a shortlived 4-2 lead.

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Explosive Fargo Bombers Take Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

BombersMVPsMeshke.3lr Jace Holm, left, was selected the Most Valuable Player and Brent Meshke was named to the All-Tournament team for helping the Fargo Bombers win the Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 9-10. Photo 2015 NAFA World Series / By Sheryl Meshke, Lake Crystal, Minn.

Courtesy of Mike Groch / Rice Lake Orangemen

WATERTOWN, Minn. – The Fargo Bombers went 6-0 to claim the Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. The Bombers defeated Minnesota Computers, Rice Lake Orangemen and Lens Auto in pool play Saturday. Then on Sunday in the single elimination playoffs, Fargo beat Dawson, Rice Lake and Odin to claim the championship.

    THE MVP
  • Most Valuable Player, Jace Holm, Fargo Bombers
    • ALL-TOURNEY
  • Brian Waldvogel, Minnesota Computers
  • Joe Ganther, Len’s Auto
  • Nick Leach, Len’s Auto
  • John Hohenstein, Odin, Minn.
  • Brent Meshke, Odin, Minn.
  • Dan Gallagher, PBI
  • Jerry Ball, PBI
  • Mike Groch, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • Bryce Ducharme, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • Brent Rohlik, RFG
  • Chad Feikema, RFG
  • Justin Jager, Dawson
  • Great weekend and hats off to the staff at the Hollywood Sports Complex for putting on a great tournament atmosphere and dealing with the puddles of water on the fields Sunday. Saturday was perfect but the fields got poured on saturday night and sunday morning.

    Mike Groch
    White Glove Cleaning
    651-768-0020
    www.wgcleaning.com

    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 Fastpitch Tournament, great competition and price

    Saturday, March 26th, 2016

    The Kansas City Angels Fernando Esquivel slides safely into home with an inside the park home run. Photo By BOB OTTO
    The Fargo Memorial Tournament will offer competitive pitching, hitting and defensive prowess for NAFA A-Major teams and below at Fargo’s Northside Softball Complex May 28-29.

    FARGO, ND – When Tournament Director Justin Feist started making plans for the Fargo Memorial Tournament, he decided that the entry fee would be reasonable. Some would most likely say, “wow, what a deal.”

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    Kegel / Minnesota Computers holds off Waseda University of Japan to claim NAFA 23-Under World Series Championship

    Monday, August 18th, 2014
    BEST 23-UNDER PITCHERS: Jim Hartman, left, of Kegel / Minnesota Computers and Waseda University Maroon's Toshihiro Matsuki, shared the Co-Most Valuable Pitcher award for the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BEST 23-UNDER PITCHERS: Jim Hartman, left, of Kegel / Minnesota Computers and Waseda University Maroon’s Toshihiro Matsuki, shared the Co-Most Valuable Pitcher award for the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division. Photo By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – It just seemed the natural order to come down to this. Two evenly matched ball clubs with rosters filled with talent, battling for a championship.

    And in the championship playoffs of the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division, that’s exactly what happened.

    The game matched two countries that would play each other three times during the tournament.

    The United States represented by Kegel / Minnesota Computers was a combined team from Minnesota and North Dakota.

    And representing Japan was Waseda University Maroon that traveled by air and land over 6,000 miles from Tokyo to Moline, Illinois to play in the best 23-Under young men’s fastpitch tournament in the world.

    The two ball clubs met in earlier pool play, with Waseda blasting Kegel / Minn. Computers 8-0.

      TWO GREAT GAMES

    But in the end, Kegel / Minn. Computers would come out on top by taking the championship in two games.

    On Sunday afternoon in front of the largest crowd of the World Series, Kegel / Minn. Computers scored its first win on a dramatic walk-off RBI single by Kurtis Tomkins for a 6-5 victory.

    The loss was the first for Waseda, which had won five consecutive games in pool play and the playoffs by a 52-1 differential.

    Now, with one loss each, a second game would decide the championship.

    And again, Kegel / Minn. Computers pulled out a thriller, this time 3-2, to give them its second consecutive 23-Under NAFA World Series championship.

    The game was thrilling from the first to last pitch and both managers praised the play of their opponent and of their own team.

    “They are a great team,” said Kegel / Minnesota Computers manager Richard Quigley about Waseda University. “This was the most talented team I’ve coached since 1994 (when his Scandia, Minn. team finished fifth in the ASA Class A National Championship).

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    Rice Lake knocks off Fargo to take Hollywood tournament

    Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

    chaparro.erick Erick Chaparro, 21, had a 3-1 record and pitched a no-hitter in helping the Rice Lake Orangemen win the 10th Annual Hollywood Days Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

    WATERTOWN, Minn. – Rice Lake’s bats, arms and gloves were in solid form and as a result the Orangemen won the 10th Annual Hollywood Days Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 21-22, at the Hollywood Sports Complex in Watertown.

    The Orangemen defeated the Fargo Bombers 5-2 behind the three-hit pitching of 21-year-old Erick Chaparro, who walked four and struck out five to lead Rice Lake to its second tournament championship in consecutive weekends.

    The Orangemen also won the Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational, June 13-15, the first such title for the ball club in the 36 years of the event.

    Fargo stuck Chaparro with his lone loss (5-4) on Saturday in round-robin play, but the right-hander from Maracaibo, Venezuela bounced back in fine form in the second meeting.

    “He threw much better the second game,” said Orangemen manager Travis Thompson, in his first year leading the ball club. “Erick has a lot of heart, drive and fire.”

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    West Fargo tops K-Club for NAFA World Series crown

    Monday, August 13th, 2012

    ANTHONY S. BUSH
    THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL

    TOPEKA, KS – Two long balls and a dominate performance from a Kiwi pitcher led the West Fargo, N.D., Knights to a 9-2 victory Sunday against the Washington K-Club in the championship game of the NAFA A-Major World Series at the Shawnee North softball complex.

    Jackson Prime, a 17-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand, threw six innings of seven-hit ball for the Knights’ second win against the K-Club, a Seattle metro area squad, in the 32-team double elimination tournament.

    Relying on his drop ball, Prime surrendered seven hits, all singles, and walked just one batter.

    “I threw a lot of drop balls,” Prime said. “My fingers were a little sore, so I could not throw as hard as I wanted to. The win feels good, and we’re still undefeated.”

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