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FM Fastpitch Association set to host World Series in Fargo

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Justin Feist help organize this week’s NAFA tournament to be held at the Northside softball complex. David Samson / The Forum

By Eric Peterson / Forum News Service
Aug 8, 2017

FARGO – Justin Feist was asked to play on a fall fastpitch softball team nine years ago not knowing what to expect. Feist had played baseball in high school, but didn’t know much about fastpitch.

He got hooked.

“I really enjoyed it,” said the 28-year-old Feist, now the president of the Fargo Moorhead Fastpitch Association. “I’ve played ever since.”

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Matt Gable, a leader on and off the fastpitch field

Monday, August 14th, 2017

FARGO – Most young fastpitch players in their prime focus on one thing: improving their skills to become the best they can be. To win league titles. To win tournament titles. To win national titles.

Matt Gable has that same focus.

But he’s gone beyond the typical player’s tunnel vision and assumed leadership roles in the sport as well.

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A step back in time to the 2000 NAFA World Series

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

WAUSAU REP & BAJA’S men’s fastpitch team finished third in the 2000 NAFA World Series. Front row from left: Craig Filizetti, Mark Zee, Tim Spagnola, Riggs Repking, Greg Spindler, Brooks Repking, Jay Wilder, Jeff Zeller. Back from left: J.W. Dachel, Scott Rasmussen, Mark Repking, Mike Witter, Kevin Leick, Al Gringras, Rick Larson and Tom Feck. Not pictured, Dave Kamke. Photo By Wausaw Daily Herald / Sept. 22, 2000

FARGO, N.D. – Even though it’s been 17 years, Jon Kegel remembers the game and the circumstances well. His Kegel Black Knights trailed Wausau, Wisc. Rep & Baja’s, 3-1, in the seventh inning with two outs.

But the Black Knights weren’t down and out in the 2000 NAFA World Series.

Steve Scott saw to that. He belted a three-run homer to pull the Black Knights to the, 4-3, walk-off victory in the finals of the loser’s bracket. That huge win propelled the Black Knights on to claim the World Series title.

“I thought they (Rep & Baja’s) were the best team in the tournament,” said Kegel. “But they decided to intentionally walk John Desaulniers to get to Steve and he hit the home run. Steve said he knew he hit it, but the sun was shining in his eyes, so he couldn’t tell where the ball went.”

As for Desaulniers, “He threw every inning and every game for us and pitched five games on the last day.”

Desaulniers finished the world series with an incredible 8-1 record to lead the Black Knights to the championship.

2017 NAFA World Series Information for teams, players and fans

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

FARGO, ND – The North American Fastpitch Association World Series takes place Aug. 9-22 at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo.

Click on 2017 NAFA World Series for information concerning:

  • Divisions
  • Schedule
  • Teams
  • Venues
  • Documents
  • Registration
  • Brackets
  • Contact Information

    Benjie Hedgecock
    NAFA Executive Director
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    503-559-5398.

  • Click on NAFA to enter website
  • NAFA heads to Fargo for 25th annual World Series of men’s fastpitch softball

    Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

    THE 2017 NAFA WORLD SERIES will be held at the Northside Softball Complex in Fargo, ND. Courtesy Photo

    DAYTON, Ore. – In the winter of 1993, seven dedicated fastpitch men – Pat Bucknell, Jim Williamson, Loren Lathrop, Ronn Kopp, Roger Regez, Milt Waschow and Bill Musolf – met in Chicago with a lofty goal in mind: to create an international organization explicitly for male fastpitch.

    And from that meeting, the North American Fastpitch Association was born.

    In August, NAFA will celebrate an outstanding milestone – a quarter century of striving to make the game better for every man, young man, boy or masters-aged player who wants to play fastpitch the “NAFA way.”

    NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, wants to make this milestone special and one long to be remembered by inviting all teams, players and fans to attend the NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak., Aug. 8-20.

    “We are preparing for our 25th Anniversary of the North American Fastpitch Association in Fargo, North Dakota in August and we are inviting you to come join us,” said Hedgecock.

    Professor Tadashi Yoshimura, manager and founder of the Waseda University men’s fastpitch team of Tokyo, Japan, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the 2014 NAFA World Series Opening Day ceremonies, Thursday night at Green Valley Sports Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO

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    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)

    A Step Back In Time: Wausau fastpitch team takes third in 2000 NAFA World Series

    Saturday, May 27th, 2017

    WAUSAU REP & BAJA’S men’s fastpitch team, front row from left: Craig Filizetti, Mark Zee, Tim Spagnola, Riggs Repking, Greg Spindler, Brooks Repking, Jay Wilder, Jeff Zeller. Back from left: J.W. Dachel, Scott Rasmussen, Mark Repking, Mike Witter, Kevin Leick, Al Gringras, Rick Larson and Tom Feck. Not pictured, Dave Kamke. Photo By Wausaw Daily Herald / Sept. 22, 2000

    FARGO, No. Dak. – In 2000, Rep and Baja’s finished third out of 48 teams in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, A Division, in Fargo.

    The Wausau, Wisc. team finished 5-2, including a 2-0 victory over eventual champion Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, whose only pitcher John Desaulniers threw every inning, including 37 the final day, to finish at 8-1.

    Rep and Baja’s burst out to a 5-0 start to reach the winners bracket final, but lost twice to take the third spot in the tournament that featured teams from throughout the United States and Canada.

    Rep and Baja’s beat River City Brewers of Winnipeg, 9-8; Stadium Club of Billings, Mont., 4-3; the Cardinals of Sydney, Nova Scotia, 4-1; and the Black Knights, 2-0, to reach the final round. But the team then lost 3-2 to Rissers of Devils Lake, No. Dak. and 5-4 to Kegel in a rematch.

    The club placed five players on All-World team including outfielder Mark Zee, and utility and pitching ace Kevin Leick both of Marshfield, Wisc. Leick had a 21-3 pitching record for the season.

    In other NAFA divisions, the Denmark Dukes (Wisc.) won the AAA division, and the Toronto, Ontario, CA, Jaguars won the AA.

    Fargo will once again host the NAFA World Series, marking the 25th anniversary of the organization that began in 1993. The tournament will be held Aug. 9-20, with games played at Fargo’s NEW Northside Softball Complex.

    To learn more about NAFA, visit the organization’s website: North American Fastpitch Association

    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

    Eugene Holm Classic men’s fastpitch softball tournament in Moorhead, Minnesota

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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    MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Eugene Holm Classic features eight top Open-caliber teams, mostly from the Upper Midwest, along with one newcomer, the Pueblo Bandits from Colorado that will compete for the championship, June 13-14.

    The Holm Classic will be played at the North Side of the Moorhead Centenial Athletic Complex at 2600 15th Ave. North, Moorhead, MN 56560.

    POOL A

  • Circle Tap Dukes, Wisconsin
  • Kegel Black Knights, Fargo
  • Rooters Bar, Fargo
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Wisconsin
  • POOL B

  • Pueblo Bandits, Colorado
  • SME Threshers, Fargo
  • Ostrander Fastpitch, Minnesota
  • Tin Cup, Minnesota
  • Visit Fargo / Moorhead Fastpitch Softball Association for the pool play schedule.

    Sunday will feature a single elimination format to crown the champion.

    Fans are welcome to come out and watch some of the best men’s fastpitch teams in the country play some great ball.

    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.