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Kennedy robs Hanley of home run to help A1 Bombers defeat Gremlins in ISC World Tournament

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

KennedyA1Bombers.1lr Darren Kennedy made a great catch in helping the A1 Bombers defeat the New York Gremlins in the semifinals of the 2015 ISC World Tournament, Thursday. Courtesy Photo

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A1 Bombers Devon McCullough was mowing down the New York Gremlins like Goliath swatting aside small villagers.

The 23 year old right-hander was spinning a no-hitter, had a 2-0 lead, and had the Gremlins down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh after striking out Rafael Flores and Bryan Abrey. Then disaster almost struck.

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Australia’s Marshall Kronk, selected Top Pitcher, meets legendary Terry Downs

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

winterset.kronk.marshall.69 Marshall Kronk, a 20-year-old Australian fastpitch pitcher was awarded Best Pitcher of the Australian Open Men’s Softball Championship March 7 at Redlands Softball Association. Kronk also pitched in the United States and Canada with top club teams.

In 2013 Kronk was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher (5-1 record, 41 innings, 1.54 ERA, 59 strikeouts) of the NAFA World Series AA-Major Division after pitching Winterset, Iowa to the runner-up spot.

And in 2014, Kronk was chosen First-Team Designated Hitter at the ISC World Tournament for the Kitchener Hallman Twins of Canada. He had a .421 batting average (8 for 19) with three runs and three RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series.

By Amanda McAuliffe / Redland City Bulletin

AUSTRALIA – Marshall Kronk, of Birkdale, came face to face with former Redlands Softball Association member and Australian softball legend Terry Downes when he received the individual award for Best Pitcher after the 2015 Australian Open Men’s Softball Championships on March 7 at Redlands Softball Association.

Having won the same award exactly 20 years earlier, it was a special moment when Downes who played 109 games for his country between 1995 and 2009 presented Kronk with the award.

Marshall Kronk receives his Best Pitcher award from Australian pitching legend Terry Downes.

Marshall Kronk receives his Best Pitcher award from Australian pitching legend Terry Downes.

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2013 NAFA AA-Major Most Valuable and All-World selections

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

DES MOINES – Many fine performances came from dozens of outstanding pitchers and players, but some rose above to become the best-of-the-best in the NAFA AA-Major World Series. These selections are from first place Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, second place Iowa Winterset A’s, third place Huron Wellness of Michigan, and the fourth place Seattle Cal-State Builders. Photos By BOB OTTO

Huron Wellness (Mich.)
Hoisington.Jason.Huron.45web Jason Hoisington, Huron: .280 batting average, 9 runs, 4 RBIs, 2 homer runs.

Thompson.Josh.Huron.48web Josh Thompson, Huron: .391 BA, 6 runs, 4 RBIs, 2 home runs.

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Kegel Black Knights celebrate anniversary year with world championship

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

kegel.warne.safe.104web Kegel’s Mitch Warne slides safely into home plate with the winning run in the Black Knights 2-1 victory over the Winterset A’s in the NAFA AA-Major World Series Championship. Warne scored the game-winner on a wild pitch by A’s pitcher Marshall Kronk (45) in the bottom of the seventh. Photo By BOB OTTO

DES MOINES, Iowa – Year after unfailing year the Kegel Black Knights have fielded a men’s fastpitch softball team – this year marks their 30th anniversary.

And what better way to celebrate such a remarkable achievement than winning an international championship. The Black Knights of Fargo did just that late Friday night by defeating a tough band of Winterset, Iowa A’s 2-1 to claim the North American Fastpitch Association AA-Major World Series title.

For Matt Darling – selected the AA-Major Most Valuable Player – this was his first NAFA championship.

“This is so nice to come out here and win this,” said Darling who had retired for a couple years, but was added to Kegel’s roster for the tournament. “This division had a lot of good pitchers, so to put up some decent runs is a credit to everybody on our team.”

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Kronk and Haldane hook up in pitchers duel

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Winterset A’s 2, Seattle Cal-State Builders 1

winterset.kronk.marshall.69 Marshall Kronk, a 19-year-old Australian led the Winterset A’s to a 2-1 victory over the Cal-State Builders to advance to the winners bracket final in the NAFA AA-Major championship, Friday. Kronk struck out 12 with his No. 1 pitch: “The rise ball is my out pitch,” he said.

The Builders’ Rich Haldane and the A’s Marshall Krong hooked up in a pitchers duel in the NAFA AA-Major playoffs, but Kronk, a 19-year-old Australian from Brisbane, Queensland, came out the winner in this NAFA AA-Major matchup.

Winterset pulled out a 2-1 win by scoring twice in the third inning on back-to-back singles by shortstop Bryce Kay (2 for 4) and Jason Darling (1 for 4), whose short fly ball fell safely in left field and sent Kay racing home. A throwing error on the play then allowed Kay to cross the plate safely for the second run.

builders.moore.HR.147webA Ricky Moore is congratulated by Builders manager Dave Carlton after hitting a home run in the seventh. Photo By BOB OTTO

Catcher Ricky Moore (2 or 3) gave the Builders hope in the bottom of the seventh by launching a line drive home run deep over the left field fence. But Kronk toughened by getting a ground ball and a strikeout to end the game.

Kronk had his rise ball spinning sharply over the bats of the Builders, but he left one a little too sweet for Moore, and the right-side hitter crushed it.

“They were chasing my rise ball high,” said Kronk, who improved to 3-0 in the tournament and went 2 for 4 off Haldane. “But I left the rise ball down the middle and inside and fat (to Moore).”

winterset.kay.brice.169webWinterset shortstop Kay Bryce made the play of the game when he raced into left field to catch a short fly ball; he collided with centerfielder Jason Darling but hung on to the ball. Photo By BOB OTTO

Other than that, both hurlers matched each other almost pitch for pitch. Both notched 12 strikeouts. Haldane allowed six hits, Kronk gave up five. And both pitchers gave up just one earned run a piece in this classic pitchers’ duel.

The win moves Winterset into the winners bracket final where they will take on the Fargo Kegel Black Knights who beat the West Fargo Knights 8-2.

The championship game is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. tonight at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex.