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Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Returning to Yakima, Washington

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

YAKIMA, Wash. – For way to long Yakima – once a hotbed for men’s fastpitch softball – has gone without a men’s fastpitch tournament. But that is going to change in 2019 as Yakima resident, player, coach and manager, Satero Ramos, has taken the initiative to restart the tournament scene, along with the support of the Yakima Parks & Recreation Department.

“I am having a men’s tournament here in Yakima next year, May 4th and 5th, for the first time in over six years,” said Ramos. “Yakima has a rich history of men’s Fastpitch and I’m trying to bring it back. I’ve been playing the game since 1975. It’s a NAFA affiliated tournament. Benjie Hedgecock (NAFA Executive Director) and Jim Williamson (NAFA founding member and Washington state director) are helping with the logistics.”

The tournament not only benefit’s the men’s game but it helps Yakima youth as well. Ramos said the tournament will help fundraise for the non-profit baseball and softball facility, Baseball Advantage Yakima Dirt Dawgs youth age divisions 10-under and 16-under. Ramos is a 10-year board member of the organization.


  • Tournament Name: Cinco de Mayo Men’s Fastpitch Tournament
  • Dates: May 4-5, 2019
  • Entry Fee: $400
  • Monetary Award: $500 for 1st place
  • Affiliation: NAFA (North American Fastpitch Association)
  • NAFA Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place team trophies; All-Tournament plaques, and Most Valuable Pitcher and Player plaques
  • Tournament Format: Round Robin with single elimination (4-game guarantee)

  • Make entry fee payable to Satero Ramos and mail to P.O Box 621, Moxee, WA 98936
    Satero Ramos
    ***Be sure to request hotel information***

    NAFA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

    DAYTON, OR – The North American Fastpitch Association announced that eight individuals – six players, one umpire and a coach / sponsor – will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at ceremonies held at various World Series during the 2016 season.



  • Steve Komoroski, Wisc.
  • Coach / Sponsor

  • Doug Smith, New Jersey
  • Players

  • Kyle Goslee, Minn.
  • Chad Osterman, Minn.
  • Colin McKenzie, BC, Canada
  • Trevor Knight, Wash.
  • Duane Clarkson, Manitoba, Canada
  • Mario Pereira, Calif.
  • The 2016 NAFA World Series

  • Open World Series, Fife (Seattle), Wash., July 22-24
  • Boys Youth, Vassar, Mich., July 30-31
  • AA-Major, Quad Cities, IA/IL, Aug. 19-21
  • A-Major, Mankato / North Mankato, Minn., Aug. 11-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Upper Midwest, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 12-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Lower Midwest, Newton, KS, July 30-31
  • Wood Bat Nationals West, Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 27-28
  • A and AA Divsions, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 18-21
  • 23-Under, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 19-21
  • Masters East, Niagara Falls, NY, Aug. 26-28
  • Masters Midwest, Quad Cities, Sept. 9-11
  • Masters West, Carson City, NV, Sept. 16-18
    Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
    email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    cell: 503-559-5398
    work: 503-864-4487
    fax: 503-864-3939
    P.O. Box 566
    Dayton, OR 97114

    First Annual NAFA Western Championships in Carson City

    Thursday, June 26th, 2014


    DAYTON, OR – The 1st annual NAFA Western Championships will be held at the Centennial Sport Complex in Carson City, Nev., July 5-6.

    The tournament is NAFA sanctioned and restricts pitchers to class A and A-Major, and must be pre-approved. The eight teams entered will play three pool play games on Saturday and then will be seeded for Sunday’s championship playoffs.

    POOL A:

  • Ramos Brothers, Calif.
  • NSB, Calif.
  • SR Hotshots, Nev.
  • Roseville Eagles, Calif.
  • POOL B:

  • Bay Area Merchants, Calif.
  • Holiday RV Free Agents
  • Demon Dawgs, Calif.
  • Black Sox, Calif.
  • Saturday games start at noon or 2 p.m. See tournament bracket: NAFA Western Championship

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    K-Club Invitational draws top Northwest teams

    Thursday, May 29th, 2014

    paul.lauzier Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex, Moses Lake, Wash, will be the site of the 2014 K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.
    See tournament flier: ML Flyer ’14

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Moses Lake lies about halfway between Seattle and Spokane off the 90 Interstate. Most people have never heard of Moses Lake, and have no reason to go to Moses Lake.

    But there’s at least one exception. Men’s fastpitch softball. In particular the annual K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

    Since the tournament began in 2012, spearheaded by the Kolda family – father Dan and sons Rickey and Mike – teams from the greater Northwest have become quite familiar with Moses Lake, and have taken a liking to the tournament.

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    NAFA teams please note: rosters needed

    Thursday, August 1st, 2013

    By JIM WILLIAMSON / NAFA Director Emeritus

    Hi – If you have already sent in your preliminary roster with uniform numbers so we could do advance entries to the stats program, thank you and this message does not apply to you.

    If you have NOT sent us a preliminary roster with uniform numbers, please do so quickly, so we can avoid the data entry crunch at sign-in.

    You can use the attached forms – PDF or Word: Roster and Waiver – 2013 NAFA World Series Form

    Roster and Waiver – 2013 NAFA World Series Form

    Attach a completed form to an email and send to me and to Benjie Hedgecock.

    Jim Williamson: jrwilliamson@foodfacility.com
    Benjie Hedgecock: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com

    You will also use the attached form at sign-in. After you have sent us the preliminary info, print out the form and bring it to sign-in. It will become official when your players have signed the form.

    Jim Williamson
    Cell 509-961-5429
    NAFA Founder Emeritus

    NAFA 20-Year Anniversary Team biographies

    Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

    Bryan Lathrop of the Rice Lake (Wisc) Orangemen was selected to the NAFA 20th Year Anniversary Team.

    NAFA has announced the 36 players of its 20th Anniversary Team from 1993 – 2012. But I would like to expand upon this honor. So I’m putting together biographies of each player’s career – brief and to the point.

    Basic information that I need the players to answer:

      1. When and how did you get started playing fastpitch?
      2. What did you achieve (how many division championships and all-world honors) while playing in NAFA World Series tournaments? If you know your NAFA and career stats, include them.
      3. How do you feel about being selected to the 20th Year Anniversary Team?
      4. What one memory stands out about playing in the NAFA World Series? Perhaps a game-winning hit, defensive play, or pitching a win that you’ve always considered a highlight of your career.
      5. Position(s) you play? Bat / throw left or right? Age? Are you still playing and if so, with what team?

    That’s it. With this brief information, I can put together pages of bios for as many players as want to participate. I would like to finish this project before the start of the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, KS. So your earliest replies are greatly appreciated.

    Managers and teammates: If you coached any of these players, or were a teammate or opponent, please weigh in with a comment. It will make the story much more interesting.

    One final request. If you have pictures of yourself for your bio, that would be great. Just send them and your responses to my email address at: botto3@verizon.net.

    NAFA Unveils 20-Year Anniversary Team

    Monday, July 16th, 2012

    By Jim Williamson / NAFA Director Emeritus / one of seven NAFA Founders

    THE BEST OF THE BEST: Here is NAFA’s 20th Year Anniversary Team that will be honored in Topeka, Kansas. Since 1993, NAFA has been growing and providing the top classified men’s fastpitch events in the World. Listed below the 20th Anniversary Team From the archives is the 10th Year Anniversary team honored back in 2002 in Salem, Oregon.

    See how many of the names you can recognize on both lists.

    NAFA 20 Year Anniversary Team (1993 – 2012)

  • Jeramie Holman Wisconsin Pitcher New Image
  • Harvey Knutson Wisconsin Infield New Image
  • Bryan Lathrop Wisconsin Pitcher Evansville Bowl; New Image; Rice Lake Orangemen
  • Darcy Byrne North Dakota Pitcher Kegel Black Knights
  • Tony Peeples California Pitcher Team Lyons
  • Josh Johnson Wisconsin Outfield/Pitcher Anderson Premier Homes, Bar of Appleton, Townline
  • Kevin Kammueller Minnesota Pitcher Jordan Realty
  • Lou Heller Minnesota Pitcher Odin FP
  • Ryan Nichols Michigan Pitcher Blues FP
  • Tom Crouch Illinois Infield Dolan & Murphy; Bar of Appleton
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    NAFA unveiling their 20 Year Anniversary Team Soon…

    Thursday, July 12th, 2012

    By Jim Williamson / NAFA Director Emeritus / one of seven NAFA Founders

    In a few days, NAFA’s 20th Anniversary team will be announced on Al Doran’s alsfastball, Jim Flanagan’s fastpitchwest, Bob Otto’s ottoinfocus and the NAFA website at NAFA Fastpitch

    From the archives, this was the 10th Year Anniversary team honored in 2002…

    See how many of the names you can recognize.

    NAFA 10th Year Anniversary Team honored in 2002 in Salem, Oregon

  • Name / Area Represented / Position
    Gord Scott Ontario Pitcher
    Brad Sprau Colorado Outfield
    Todd Malnory Wisconsin Infield
    Kevin Careless British Columbia Pitcher
    Stan Grebeck California Outfield
    Kyle Kouka New Zealand Pitcher
    Scott Collins Minnesota Catcher
    Colin Mckenzie British Columbia Pitcher
    Steve Scott North Dakota Infield
    Rick Lang Minnesota Pitcher
    Rob Gehrke Oregon Catcher
    Tony Peeples California Pitcher
    Darin Michael Washington Outfield
    Darcy Byrne North Dakota Pitcher
    Mark Maxin Washington Infield
    Shawn Von Duvall Colorado Outfield
    Gary Hermsen British Columbia Infield
    John Desaulniers Ontario Pitcher
    Fred Gegen Texas Infield
    Kevin MacEachern BC, Canada Outfield
    Denny Kaufman Indiana DH
    Keith Abueche Indiana Infield
    Ron Rupp California Infield
    Troy Morrison California Outfield
    Jay Wilder Wisconsin Pitcher
    Larry Liegel Wisconsin Outfield
    Chad Osterman Minnesota Outfield
    Todd Townsend Ontario Infield
  • For more information, contact Benjie Hedgecock, NAFA Executive Director —

    Also visit alsfastball and fastpitchwest

    Pat Bucknell, putting teams and players first

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

    Without the inspiration and drive of Pat Bucknell to start NAFA, many players such as these, may not have had the opportunity to compete in a national tournament such as the 2012 NAFA World Series, which will be held in Topeka, KS from Aug. 9 to 19 where nearly 200 teams are expected to compete.

    LACEY, WA – Perhaps the greatest lifetime epitaph one can hope for is “he gave something back.”

    That pretty much summarizes Pat Bucknell’s long tenure with men’s fastpitch. For over 50 years Bucknell has given back to the sport he professes that he just can’t seem to pull himself away from.

    He’s been a player and a manager competing in all the men’s fastpitch national tournaments: the International Softball Congress, the Amateur Softball Association, and the National Softball Association.

    And of course NAFA – the North American Fastpitch Association that he founded 20 years a go in March. With Bucknell leading the way, NAFA opened up a whole new world of fastpitch for the male side of the sport.

    “Pat Bucknell was instrumental in the development of men’s fastpitch at a crucial time in the sport’s history,” said Benjie Hedgecock, NAFA Executive Director. “His thinking was always years ahead; although, he always held to men’s fastpitch traditions. NAFA continues to be the leader by holding those traditions firm, while staying a step ahead by listening to what the teams’ want.”

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