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Northwest Royals of Winston, Missouri claim fifth ASA boys’ national championship

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

ASA Tournament 2014

By ERIC LEWIS / Head Coach Winston, Missouri Northwest Royals

ST. JOSEPH, MoCraig Lewis scattered six hits in leading the Northwest Royals of Winston, Mo. to an 8-3 victory over Northwest Implement of Conception Junction, Mo. to claim the ASA Boys’ 16-Under National Championship at Heritage Park in St. Joseph, Aug. 2.

The Royals have now won ASA boys’ national championships in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

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Kegel rallies over Topeka in the NAFA AA-Major World Series

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

totos.siolo.zane.155web The Topeka Toros congratulate Zane Siolo after he hit a three run homer that helped give the Toros a 5-0 lead over the Kegel Black nights in the NAFA AA-Major World Series. But Kegel battled back to beat Topeka 7-6 in eight innings. Photo By BOB OTTO

DES MOINES – The Kegel Black Knights needed an additional player for the NAFA AA-Major World Series, so they picked up Matt Darling. What a wise decision that turned out to be.

Batting leadoff, the right-side hitter blasted a solo home run deep over the left field fence giving the Black Knights a walk off 7-6 victory over the Topeka Toros in the bottom of the eighth inning in the NAFA AA-Major playoffs, Friday.

“Darling was our pick up for the weekend,” said Kegel manager Jon Lewis. “He’s a patient hitter and nothing flusters him.”

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Hard working Eric Lewis earns NAFA’s top honors

Friday, August 10th, 2012

“He (Eric Lewis) often had big hits in key spots. I remember one timely home run that he bounced off the scoreboard in Fargo. He’s definitely in the clutch category.” – Teammate Mike Wells

LE SUEUR, MN – The most gifted athlete to ever step onto a ball diamond? No, Eric Lewis won’t be known for owning extraordinary fastpitch talent.

But his work ethic, his fastpitch instincts, and his willingness to watch, listen and learn from those who came before him, that indeed, Lewis excelled at. And Exceptionally so.

And those fine traits have carried him far in the sport. Now comes the payoff.

At the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas, Lewis will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame. But that’s not all. He also was selected as just one of 36 players on NAFA’s 20th Year Anniversary Team (1993-2012).

“These are such great honors,” Lewis said. “To be considered one of the best is very exciting and humbling.”

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