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Missoula Hosting 2016 Montana Men’s Fastpitch State Tournament

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

MISSOULA, MT – The ASA Montana Men’s Fastpitch State Tournament is being held Aug. 6-7 at Spurgin Park with eight teams battling for the championship.

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    Someone to know: Frank Hendrix III and Dusty St. John of Missoula Men’s Fastpitch

    Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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    MISSOULA, MT – Men’s fastpitch plays pretty well in the Midwest states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan, and east in New York, and out west in California.

    But Montana? Yes, there too.

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    Missoula Fastpitch Restoring Its Field of Dreams

    Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
    The Missoula Adult Fastpitch League is determined to renovate Orchard Park (also known as Spurgin Field) for league and tournament play. Courtesy photo

    The Missoula Adult Fastpitch League is determined to renovate Orchard Home Park (also known as Spurgin Field) for league and tournament play. Courtesy photo

    MISSOULA, MT – The need was there, the will was there, but it would take money – and a lot of it – for men’s fastpitch in Missoula to rebuild its Field of Dreams.

    Orchard Home Park, known to local fastpitch enthusiasts as Spurgin Field, sits on the corner of Spurgin Road and Tower Street. It’s been home to men’s fastpitch since the 1970s.

    But last August a powerful windstorm blew down a third of the grandstand; the fence surrounding the field, along with the infield and outfield are a mess. In other words, the entire ballpark needs a makeover.

      RAISING THE DOUGH

    But that costs money. And a lot of it says Dusty St. John, who along with an army of volunteers resolved to bring the ballpark that hosts the Missoula Adult Fastpitch League (MAFL) back to first-rate playing conditions.

    “We needed to raise $15,360 to revive the field and run the league this year,” said St. John, MAFL president and co-manager of Shock-N-Awe, one of five teams comprising the league. “It was a lofty goal to ask of five teams, but much to our delight the teams stepped up and exceeded our goals by raising $16,245.”

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    How they got started, and why they continue to play fastpitch softball

    Monday, October 22nd, 2012


    Rickey Kolda has worked hard to become a pitcher on the K-Club team based in the state of Washington.
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    I thank God every day for letting me enjoy this game that I watched my dad playing, while I was growing up.” – Frank Hendrix III, Missoula, MT

    BELFAIR, WA – Most people can recall a time, a place, an instance when something memorable happened in their lives. For many of us who play fastpitch softball, we remember the time, the place, and the circumstance that got us started in this sport that has become such an important and special part of our recreational lives.

    Rickey Kolda of the K-Club men’s fastpitch team, asked a question on his Facebook page recently:

    “To all men’s fastpitch players: how did you get introduced to fastpitch and why do you continue to play the game?”

    The replies poured in manyfold. So I thought I would share those replies to Rickey’s question. Replies that bring back fond memories of how, why and when men young-and-old started playing the game we call fastpitch or fastball. And why they continue to play.

    Ricky Kolda:

    “I started like a lot of you by following my dad (Dan Kolda) from city to city watching him play fastpitch with my brother, and playing catch or throwing a tennis ball against the dugouts. I wasn’t introduced to the “other” softball game until I was 17. The main reason that I play is for the competition, the fast pace of the game, and the pitcher versus batter duels. It’s also pretty cool seeing my summer weekend family at different ballparks across Washington and Oregon.” (Rickey, Michael and their dad, Dan Kolda, started the K-Club team based in Washington.)

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    Moe Smith men’s fastpitch tourney in Missoula this weekend

    Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

    MISSOULA, MT – The 42nd Annual Moe Smith Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament is being held in Missoula July 13-15.

    The tournament is pool play with a four-game guarantee and single elimination playoff off on Sunday.

    Teams competing are classified as NAFA A and A-Major, as well as ASA Class C, and include the Clinton Clowns, Havre, Great Falls, the Spokane Generals, Silver Slipper, Desporado, N-Unit, Billings Express, and the Bonner Boys.

    The Silver Dollar Bar in downtown Missoula is providing hospitality by hosting the teams with a meal. Tournament results will follow.