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Fargo, NAFA OPEN Wrap Up – Sooke over Angels

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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By Benjie Hedgecock / June 17, 2013
NAFA Executive Director

The 2013 NAFA Open World Series in Fargo, North Dakota was a huge success this past weekend and we want to thank these people for making it such a great experience for the teams, players and fans. The NAFA Website is at nafafastpitch.com

Tournament Director Kyle Koterba did an extraordinary job with the event and was a great host to the 10 teams, players and their fans that participated. Kyle did a great job moving the tourney to another park after the main park which had flooded earlier this year was unplayable.

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Sooke Loggers claim NAFA Open-Holm Classic title

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

FARGO, ND – In fastpitch softball, ball players must have short memories. They must put bad outings and disappointing losses behind them.

Sometimes easier said than done. The Sooke Loggers would know.

In last year’s NAFA Open World Series championship, the Loggers suffered a gut wrenching, 9-8, loss to the Circle Tap Dukes. After leading by four runs in the seventh inning, the Loggers saw that hefty lead vanish as Circle Tap rallied for five runs to seize the title.

But there would be no gut-wrenching loss this year. No going back to British Columbia, Canada disappointed. Loggers’ pitcher Scott Lieph made sure of that.

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NAFA Open / Holm Classic tournament promises top-caliber men’s fastpitch

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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FARGO, ND – Ten outstanding ball clubs are converging on Fargo for the 2013 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Open World Series / Holm Classic that begins on June 14 and ends with the championship game on Sunday, June 16.

Just how good are some of the teams that represent four U.S. states and three Canadian provinces?

According to the International Softball Congress pre-season rankings, six of the 10 are ranked in the top 25 of all the men’s club teams playing in North America.

Heading the list is the hometown Kegel Black Knights at No. 7; Circle Tap of Denmark, WI, No. 8, and the Diamondbacks of Saskatoon Saskatchewan, No. 9.

Defending its 2012 title is Circle Tap which knocked off the Loggers of Sooke British Columbia, 9-8, in a thrilling come-from-behind victory. The Loggers are returning for a run at the championship.

The action kicks off Friday night at 8 p.m. between the West Fargo Knights and the Winnipeg Bullets.

On Friday and Saturday, the teams will compete in pool play. Comprising Pool A is Circle Tap, Randy’s A’s of British Columbia; the Minnesota Angels, St. Paul; Topeka Toros, Topeka, KS; and Rooters Bar, Fargo.

Pool B is just as formidable with the Sooke Loggers; Kegel Black Knights; Saskatoon Diamondbacks; Winnipeg Bullets, and West Fargo Knights.

The games will be played at Lindenwood Park, 1905 Roger Maris Drive, Fargo

Fans can keep track of the games by visiting the Fargo Moorhead Fastpitch Association website.

ISC World Tournament run over for Minnesota Angels, fall to Saskatoon Diamondbacks

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Quad-Cities, IL – For 29 innings, West St. Paul, Minnesota Angels pitcher, Juan Potolicchio, had manhandled and shutout ISC World Tournament hitters, but with one swing of the bat, Saskatoon Diamondbacks Jason Hill put an end to that.

The left-side swinging Hill (2 for 3), batting in the number three spot, drilled a first-pitch inside rise ball deep over the right-field fence that gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 victory in the semifinals of the losers bracket, Saturday. Other than Hill, Potolicchio held the rest of the Diamondbacks’ lineup hitless.

But Saskatoon’s’ Dean Holoien was better on this day in a matchup of two of the hardest throwers in the tournament.

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