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Comeback K-Club Claims NAFA World Series Title

Monday, September 17th, 2018

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Winning championships doesn’t come easy in any sport. And so it is in men’s fastpitch softball. Just ask the K-Club squad of Moses Lake, Washington.

For ten years K-Club has steadily grown into a respected ball club, winning or placing in the upper echelon of club tournaments throughout the northwest.

The 2018 season can be chalked up as a resounding success. K-Club’s 26-12 record includes two second-place finishes in the Newberg, Ore. and Mt. Vernon, Wash. tournaments. And in the prestigious North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Seattle Invitational, K-Club claimed first place in the A-Major Division.

    Aiming High

But those tournaments were tune-ups of sorts. For the ultimate prize is winning a NAFA World Series championship – a destination K-Club has been aiming for ten long years.

And on Aug. 19 in Fargo, North Dakota, K-Club’s dream of a national championship was realized when they won five consecutive games to claim the 10-team, World Series AA-Division title.

“K-Club has progressively improved over the last nine years,” said co-manager Dan Kolda, who helped found the team with his sons Mike and Rickey. “We have had many successes, but the victory in the AA World Series, especially with all the comeback wins, has to be the most prestigious accomplishment for the program. The effort and contributions from each and every member of this team demonstrated what can be achieved when you have “heart!”

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West Fargo tops K-Club for NAFA World Series crown

Monday, August 13th, 2012


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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K-Club fastpitch, father and sons building a quality ball club and lasting memories

Monday, January 30th, 2012

“I enjoy pitching and playing with my sons. It brings tears to my eyes realizing it. It’s a wonderful experience…,” – Dan Kolda

The K-Club: Back Row from left, Ryan Welsh, Randy Bitterman, Jeff Hannan, Chayce Christensen, Carlos Gonzalez, Scott Schmidt, Rick Kolda. Front Row from left, Joe McCormick, Duey Christensen, Jerry Sanders Jr, Mike Kolda and Dan Kolda.
Contributed Photo By Mike Kolda

MOSES LAKE, WA – Pitcher Dan Kolda has enjoyed his share of success on the fastpitch softball diamond. The 55-year-old is an Amateur Softball Association (ASA) All-American. He’s won ASA and North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) national championships. He’s also pitched in four International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournaments.

And he beat one of the greatest fastpitch teams ever assembled in the history of the sport: The Guanella Brothers of Santa Rosa, Calif. (2-0) in the 1986 ASA Major National Championship.

In his still active 38-year career, he’s amassed a treasure trove of fond memories. But none will compare with the memories he’s building right now: playing with his three sons, Michael Kolda, Rickey Kolda and stepson Ryan Welsh on a ball club aptly named – the K-Club – K standing for Kolda, of course.

“It will rank up there in my career,” said Kolda. “I had this idea that it would be fun to have a team with the boys, but it was Mike that put the program together and built it.”

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