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Open Caliber Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Returning To La Crosse, Wisconsin

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

LA CROSSE, Wisc. – There was a time back in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, when La Crosse was a hotbed for tournament action featuring the best teams in the Midwest battling for weekend supremacy in open-caliber men’s fastpitch tournaments.

And fastpitch promoter, manager and player Bud Olson wants to bring the high-level game back to La Crosse.

He is starting now to promote the tournament, so teams can start planning for 2018 and include the La Crosse Classic Men’s Open Fastpitch Tournament in their schedule.

Step Back In Time: Keg Bar Captures Prairie Du Chien Title

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

La Crosse Tribune
June 6, 1972

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wisc. – The Keg Bar fastpitch softball team downed four straight opponents, including S&H of La Crosse to take the Prairie du Chien Minor Tournament title over the weekend.

The Keg plundered three unknowns before facing S&H in the championship, rapping the La Crosse Classic League foes 8-4 for the crown.

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Bud Olson, Wisconsin NAFA Manager of The Year

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Bud Olson, left, was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame in 2014 and was presented by NAFA Vice President Mike Watson (2015 NAFA Hall of Famer). Photo By BOB OTTO

LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Most managers are quick to down play their contribution when their team has a winning season.

They usually spin it like, “I was fortunate to have great players,” or “we played well together,” or “we had good leadership on the field,” or “everybody knew their job and went out and did it.”

You get the point. Taking credit for winning is not in most manager’s character. And that includes Bud Olson of La Crosse Animal House, who was selected Wisconsin NAFA 2016 Manager of The Year.

“Over the years, I’ve learned managing is easier when you get runs and your pitcher shuts them down,” said Olson, 72. “It takes good players and I’ve been very fortunate to have players that have stayed around a long time.”

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A Step Back In Time: Bob Moore’s No-Hitter Too Much For Keg Bar in La Crosse Tourney

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

BOB MOORE pitching in the 1991 ASA Masters National Tournament in Las Vegas for Bank of Melrose of Wisconsin. Photo By BOB OTTO

By BOB LAMB / Sports Writer
La Crosse Tribune
July 22, 1974

“Moore (40-9) is always tough and it’s hard to get runs if you don’t get any hits.” – Keg Bar Manager Gary Betz

LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Question: How do you describe Bob Moore?

Answer: He’s the veteran ironman left-hander who throws no-hitters at his opponents.

Moore, a school teacher at Eau Claire North high school, pitched Eau Claire’s She-Nanigan’s to a 3-0 victory over the Keg Bar of La Crosse in the championship of the (1972) ninth annual La Crosse Invitational fastpitch softball tournament at Carroll Park last night.

And Moore was superb once again, tossing his second no-hitter in two weeks while facing the minimum number of Keg batters.

Moore lost his bid for a perfect game in the sixth inning when Keg left fielder Paul Dunham drew a walk on a three-two count.

A double play erased the mild threat, however.

Moore drew praise from both his manager Bill Roulette and from Keg field boss Gary Betz.

“Bob does everything,” said Roulette, whose club improved to 50-17. “He hits, pitches and does everything except drive the bus…and sometimes he does that.”

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Bud Olson helps foster the revival of men’s fastpitch in La Crosse

Monday, March 20th, 2017

BUD OLSON, NAFA Hall of Fame member (2014), is helping lead the effort to revive men’s fastpitch in LaCrosse, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Some call them diehards. Some call them loyalists. Some call them movers and shakers. They’re the backbone of any worthy cause who roll up their sleeves and get the job done.

And when it comes to men’s fastpitch, Ronn Kopp, Loren Lathrop and Bud Olson fit those labels perfectly.

While many have long since given up, these three men continue the mission to revive the sport in Wisconsin. Maybe that’s why the state is the North American Fastpitch Association’s (NAFA) leader in team registration within the organization.

Kopp is the NAFA president and Lathrop a vice president. Both have been with the organization since its inception in 1993. They run NAFA Wisconsin affairs, conduct tournaments and leagues, and help run one of the most successful national tournaments in the sport: the NAFA World Series.

No doubt, they are true warriors.

Though Olson isn’t a NAFA official, he’s leading an admirable effort to revive fastpitch in the La Crosse area: he runs a team, he recruits younger players and helps form leagues, he encourages city officials to support fastpitch, and he will be hosting the NAFA state tournament for the next three years.

If every state had this type of commitment, the sport would be in much better shape.

Olson grew up on a Wisconsin farm, attended a country school where he began playing fastpitch in first grade. At 14 he was playing in a 4-H league. By 15 his burgeoning talent landed him a spot on the Sioux Creek Farmers team in a men’s league.

“I got my first hit when I was 10 against Bob Davis one of the top pitchers in the Barron County traveling League,” said Olson. “I made Chetek’s traveling team as a 16-year-old shortstop. When our 4-H team entered the Sand Creek Sunday Night league, I was playing four nights a week.”

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Long Lost Milltown, Wisconsin Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Undergoes A Revival

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Men's fastpitch tournaments are held In Canada, Mexico and throughout much of the United States, including once again in Milltown, Wisconsin after a 26 year absence. Photo By BOB OTTO

Men’s fastpitch tournaments are held In Canada, Mexico and throughout much of the United States, including once again in Milltown, Wisconsin after a 26 year absence. Photo By BOB OTTO

MILLTOWN, Wisc. – When Cullen Hanson was six years old the Milltown men’s fastpitch tournament folded. That was 26 years a go. Hanson thought about that long drought and he began wondering: could the tournament be revived?

If he had asked skeptics, they’d have fed him the standard fare – “it’s too late, men’s fastpitch has one foot in the grave and it’s gasping for air. Don’t waste your time trying.”

But that kind of ‘stinkin-thinkin’ isn’t in 32-year-old Hanson’s fastpitch makeup. After all, his dad Scott Hanson played, his uncles played, and he grew to love the game as much as they did.

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