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Minnesota Computers close season strong at NAFA World Series

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Mn Computers Collage.llr Minnesota Computers / Coasters Beer Garden of St. Paul / Minneapolis turned around a sluggish season with an exceptional perforance at the 2016 NAFA A-Division World Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato, to finish second in the 50-team tournament with a 6-2 record. Courtesy Photo / Matt Fitzenberger

ST. PAUL / Minneapolis – If manager Richard Quigley were to grade his ball club for the regular season, he’d probably hand out a big red F. But in post-season play, he would surely have to swap it for a big shiny A+. Maybe even hand out some gold stars.

The Minnesota Computers / Coasters Beer Garden men’s fastpitch team plodded through the regular season with a so-so record. They finished fourth in the 12-team Dunning League at 6-4-2.

And in tournament play, they took third at Milltown, Wisconsin (3-2), and had a dismal weekend at the Hollywood tournament, going 0-4.

It’s the kind of results that will have opponents thinking we’ll crush these patsies. But pity the team with this thought in the post-season.

For MN Computers woke from its slumber to have an outstanding NAFA A-Division World Series at North Mankato, Aug. 19-21, at Caswell Park.

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MN Computers fashioned a 6-2 record to finish runner-up to the Buzzards of Taft, California, who claimed the 24th Annual A-Division Championship with a 7-1 record in the 50-team tournament.

Quigley is as puzzled as anyone about how his team can suddenly turn mediocrity into excellence, like flipping a light switch from off to on.

“We’re a veteran team that was horrible until state (tournament) and NAFA World Series,” said Quigley. “But both seasons (2015, 2016) at the end were huge successes.”

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Morelli’s scores big in NAFA A World Series opener

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

morellis.lammers.59web Gregg “Chopper” Lammers picked up the win in Morelli’s Fastpitch 13-4 victory over Mazon Fastpitch of Illinois. Photo By BOB OTTO

URBANDALE, IOWA – Ryan Thomas went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs and Gregg “Chopper” Lammers allowed four earned runs, walked none and struck out two, and Morelli’s Fastpitch of St. Paul defeated Mazon, Illinois Fastpitch 13-4 in the opening round of the NAFA A World Series, Thursday, at Walker-Johnston Softball Complex.

morellis.bunter.15 The Morelli’s offense pounded out 16 hits in winning their first game ever in the NAFA World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

Morelli’s collected 16 hits with Matt Fitzenberger going 3 for 3, three RBIs, Brooks Albrecht went 2 for 2, RBI, and Tyler Bouley was 4 for 4 with an RBI.

Morelli’s ended the game in the fourth under the mercy rule and now moves on in the 40-team tournament with a Friday morning game.

Timeless St. Paul team makes first appearance in NAFA World Series

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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ST. PAUL, MINN – Matt Fitzenberger has played for Morelli’s Fastpitch for about 15 years. But he’s just a youngster when it comes to the storied history of this St. Paul team, and the countless numbers of players who have come long before him and worn the Morelli’s uniform.

Morelli’s Market in St. Paul has been sponsoring a men’s fastpitch team for over 40 years.

A baseball player fresh out of college, Fitzenberger was asked by Jim Morelli to play for his team. He accepted and has never left.

“A lot of original team members got into the game because of Jim,” said Fitzenberger, 30, who is the player / manager of the team.

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