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Hoadley a standout in world and national competitive men’s softball

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

By John Orrell sports@thelandmark.com
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at 11:54 AM

HOLDEN, Mass. – Perhaps few could see the signals as to what was to come when traded to another team by his brother in a 1996 recreational league. After all, when you’re own sibling jettisons you to parts unknown in a rather unceremonious nature, it could be just a slight bit daunting.

For Holden’s Mike Hoadley, it was not a setback of his goal to play elite competitive men’s softball as it might have been to others. To Hoadley, seizing opportunities and running with them are what it’s all about.

Since then it’s been a list of national and international accomplishments that jump off the page. Hoadley has been a five-time national champion, competed in over 20 national championship tournaments, seven Fast Pitch World Championship Tournaments and was a NAFA All-World Player and All-American multiple times.

In addition, he has been a two-time winner of US Cup Championships and a member of the Team USA program, and the “journey” as he calls all this, is far from over

“Twenty years ago I started in a local league with my brother just like anyone else and one day I woke up, looked around and I was surrounded by the most elite softball players the world had to offer,” he said. “Now I can say that I’ve competed around the world and nationally and played with and against players from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Argentina and Venezuela. It’s been incredible.”

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Tony Aresco earns NAFA Hall of Fame honor

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Father Tony Aresco and son Anthony, 21, will bring a men’s team and an age 23-under team to the 2017 NAFA World Series in Fargo, No. Dak. Aug. 9-20. A highlight of the trip will be Tony Aresco’s induction into the NAFA Hall of Fame. Courtesy Photo By Tony Aresco

STONEHAM, Mass. – Some give a little, some give a fair share, and a few give a lot to men’s fastpitch softball.

And then there’s Tony Aresco. You’ve heard of the 110-percenters? Well, Tony leaves them in his dust.

For over 30 years his contributions to the game – and to the North American Fastpitch Association in particular – are remarkable.

Aresco of Stoneham, Massachusetts, plays, manages, sponsors, recruits, teaches, promotes…You get the idea: he’s a man of many hats, many talents.

NAFA LOYAL, NAFA WINNER

He’s been bringing teams to the NAFA World Series for 11 years. In that time, he’s won championships at nearly every level – Masters, 21-Under, and an assortment of other men’s divisional championships – six in all.

With his Boston-area ball club, the Sea Dogs, Aresco has been selected Most Valuable Player once and All-World five teams, his most recent in the 2016 A World Series. This at the age of 51. As a catcher.

No doubt he has earned the respect and the admiration of all who have ever played with or against him. And what he has accomplished with NAFA is now being rewarded.

THE HALLOWED HALL

Aresco will receive the highest honor the game can offer back – a beautiful plaque and jacket – and membership in one of the sport’s most exclusive clubs: The NAFA Hall of Fame.

Aresco will be inducted during ceremonies in Fargo at the World Series.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame,” said Aresco, who is also a Massachusetts ASA Hall of Famer. “There’s a lot of great players and managers in the Hall of Fame and now to be included with them is an amazing feeling. I attribute a lot of this to my players. Without them I wouldn’t get this recognition. They are reason we are successful.”

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