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Farmersville Haymakers overcome slow start, finish strong with Elkland and NAFA World Series titles

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

2016 FARMERSVILLE HAYMAKERS, 2016 NAFA World Series, AA-Division Champions: The team includes James Gilbert, Dustin Rutt, Fernando Lombardo, Brandon Rutt, Justin Zimmerman, Kliff Zimmerman, Jerlin Rutt, Duane Weiler, Rich Sauder, Phil Zimmerman, Jake Rutt, Logan Rutt, Matt Sheaffer and coach Merlin High. Courtesy Photo

“The beginning of year it took us awhile to bond as a team and we weren’t playing the best, but by the end of the year we meshed as a team and finished out strong. It was a fun ride!” – Haymakers coach Merlin High

EPHRATA, PA – Average. Ordinary. Mediocre. Not the kind of tags competitive athletes or teams want to be labeled with. It means you’re OK, but you’ve done nothing to distinguish yourself.

That was the kind of season the Farmersville Haymakers were having, hovering around .500, finishing third at 13-12 in the Stevens’ Northend Softball League, third in the league playoffs…you get the picture.

As coach Merlin High said, at the start of the year, “we weren’t playing the best.”

But as the sporting cliché goes: it’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. And what a finish, what a stunning turnaround the Haymakers pulled off.

    WEILER CLICKS, WINNING STREAK STARTS

And it all started at the NAFA World Series in North Mankato, Minnesota where the Haymakers delivered some big blows to go 5-0 and win the AA-Division championship.

“Things started to click at the start of the NAFA World Series,” said player / pitcher Justin Zimmerman.

And in fastpitch, “to click” starts with pitching. And with Duane Weiler as a late- season addition, the Haymakers fortunes shot upward like a NASA rocket.

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NAFA appoints Executive Committe Members

Sunday, August 11th, 2013
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    DAYTON, ORE – NAFA has appointed Justin Zimmerman from Pennsylvania as the East Coast Vice President. He will represent the teams on the East Coast.

    Mike Oehlke from North Dakota has been appointed to the Executive Committee and will serve as the Assistant to John Kegel, who is the Upper Midwest Vice President.

    When Kegel determines that Oehlke is ready, he will take over as the geographical regional vice president.

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Wilber Lime and Santa Rosa marching through AA and A-Major brackets

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

DES MOINES – Wilber Lime of Galesville, Wisc. is no stranger to high finishes in the NAFA World Series. And so far they are marching toward a possible championship in the AA Division by posting three wins Thrusday and Friday.

The Galesville squad beat Bronx, Palazzon’s Java House, and Napanee to set up a semifinal meeting with Willkomm (Wisc.) at 2:40 p.m., Saturday at Greater Des Moines Softball Complex. Willkomm has won twice to advance. The championship is scheduled for 6 p.m.tonight at Great Des Moines.

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