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Circle Tap taps international market for top talent

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Marty Kauffman, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
12:22 p.m. CDT August 3, 2016

DENMARK, Wisc. – The Circle Tap Dukes are a powerhouse in the fastpitch softball circuit, year in and year out. Not just in Wisconsin or the United States, but the world.

And their roster reflects that.

The Dukes, based out of Denmark, were ranked ninth to begin the 2016 season by the International Softball Conference after finishing seventh last season at the ISC World Tournament. Circle Tap has placed seventh or better in the world dating to 1996, including third- and fourth-place finishes in 2004 and 2005.

Being a successful team has helped Circle Tap draw many players from outside of Wisconsin and the United States. This season, Circle Tap’s roster has eight international players from Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, while also having players from Illinois and Minnesota.

According to Circle Tap general manager Dean Kane, the addition of international players began years ago when the team was looking for pitching.

“We’ve always brought pitchers in from New Zealand and Australia because they start playing the game at a young age,” Kane said. “There’s not many American pitchers, so in order to compete with the big teams you have to bring in foreign pitchers, and it steamrolled from there.”

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Important NAFA World Series Information, Please read

Monday, July 27th, 2015
The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players - from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

The North American Fastpitch Association offers World Series tournaments for all caliber of players – from age 23-Under to Masters, 65-over. Visit www.nafafastpitch.com for information to register your team.

DAYTON, OR – Information from NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock. Please visit the NAFA website at NAFA FASTPITCH for complete details about the 2015 NAFA World Series. But please read the following instructions that need immediate attention:

1) If you haven’t paid your entry fee of $460 (including the $30 NAFA annual registration fee), DO IT this morning as you are 10 days late. You can pay your entry fee and NAFA Annual Registration fee online.

Please do it this morning with one of your player’s Visa cards online by CLICKING HERE . Or mailing to: NAFA, PO BOX 566, Dayton, OR 97114.

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