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Comeback K-Club Claims NAFA World Series Title

Monday, September 17th, 2018

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Winning championships doesn’t come easy in any sport. And so it is in men’s fastpitch softball. Just ask the K-Club squad of Moses Lake, Washington.

For ten years K-Club has steadily grown into a respected ball club, winning or placing in the upper echelon of club tournaments throughout the northwest.

The 2018 season can be chalked up as a resounding success. K-Club’s 26-12 record includes two second-place finishes in the Newberg, Ore. and Mt. Vernon, Wash. tournaments. And in the prestigious North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Seattle Invitational, K-Club claimed first place in the A-Major Division.

    Aiming High

But those tournaments were tune-ups of sorts. For the ultimate prize is winning a NAFA World Series championship – a destination K-Club has been aiming for ten long years.

And on Aug. 19 in Fargo, North Dakota, K-Club’s dream of a national championship was realized when they won five consecutive games to claim the 10-team, World Series AA-Division title.

“K-Club has progressively improved over the last nine years,” said co-manager Dan Kolda, who helped found the team with his sons Mike and Rickey. “We have had many successes, but the victory in the AA World Series, especially with all the comeback wins, has to be the most prestigious accomplishment for the program. The effort and contributions from each and every member of this team demonstrated what can be achieved when you have “heart!”

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Second week of NAFA World Series starts Thursday

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The 2017 NAFA World Series tournament brochure.

FARGO – The teams are arriving in Fargo for the second week of the 25th Anniversary of the 2017 NAFA World Series.

The tournament runs from Thursday, Aug. 17 to 20 with 54 teams battling for three division championships: eight in the AA division, 38 A, and and eight age 23-Under.

  • Teams are coming from throughout North America.
  • Four Canadian provinces – Manitoba, Saskatoon, Ontario and British Columbia – are sending teams that will compete in all three divisions.

    Fifteen U.S. states – Minnesota, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, California, New York, Michigan, Oregon, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

    The A division starts the tournament. The first game is scheduled Thursday at 2 p.m. with the championship set for Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

    AA powerhouses take to the field Friday at 5 p.m., with the championship scheduled for Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

    The 23-Under begins Friday at 7 p.m., with the championship, Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

    NAFA World Series Information

  • The ball park: Northside Softball Complex
  • Teams, Schedule, brackets
  • Playnafa Scores & Statistics
  • Rain / weather: 888-852-1115
  • Coyotes overcome huge deficit to claim A-Division Las Vegas Road Trip title

    Monday, April 10th, 2017

    THE 2017 LAS VEGAS ROAD TRIP X CHAMPION BEAUMONT COYOTES includes Jeremy Dean, Gilbert Valdivia, Gabriel Valdivia, Jesse Mullen, Jason Martinez, Jesse Martinez, George Valdivia, Johnny Ray, Damon Valdivia, Richard Soriano, Derek Soto, Devon Valdivia, Justin Martinez and manager David Valdivia. Photo By BOB OTTO

    LAS VEGAS – The Beaumont Coyotes had dug themselves a hole, a huge hole.

    Now, could they dig themselves out of it?

    Of top priority, the man in the circle had to stop the hemorrhaging. That’s exactly what Jesse Martinez did.

    Trailing 5-0 in the fifth inning in the A-Division championship game of the Las Vegas Road Trip X tournament, Martinez told his teammates he wouldn’t give up any more runs.

    Now all they had to do was show some offensive punch. And like lighting a fuse, the Coyotes bats caught fire in the fifth and sixth innings.

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    Long Lost Milltown, Wisconsin Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Undergoes A Revival

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
    Men's fastpitch tournaments are held In Canada, Mexico and throughout much of the United States, including once again in Milltown, Wisconsin after a 26 year absence. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Men’s fastpitch tournaments are held In Canada, Mexico and throughout much of the United States, including once again in Milltown, Wisconsin after a 26 year absence. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MILLTOWN, Wisc. – When Cullen Hanson was six years old the Milltown men’s fastpitch tournament folded. That was 26 years a go. Hanson thought about that long drought and he began wondering: could the tournament be revived?

    If he had asked skeptics, they’d have fed him the standard fare – “it’s too late, men’s fastpitch has one foot in the grave and it’s gasping for air. Don’t waste your time trying.”

    But that kind of ‘stinkin-thinkin’ isn’t in 32-year-old Hanson’s fastpitch makeup. After all, his dad Scott Hanson played, his uncles played, and he grew to love the game as much as they did.

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    J&B Painting, Page Brake, Rude-Pac claim Las Vegas Road Trip VII championships

    Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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    Thirty seven teams from across the United States and from Canada, Mexico, Valenzuela, and Argentina competed for divisional championships in Las Vegas with two California and one Utah team taking the three titles against tough competition.

    By ROBERT HERNANDEZ / Tournament Director

    LAS VEGAS – The dust has all settled, the last out has been called, champions have been crowned and the 2014 edition of the Las Vegas Road Trip is in the books. Hopefully everyone had some fun in Sin City and left with a little extra cash in your pocket on the trip back home.

    This year’s tournament had almost perfect weather; no rain forecasted but high clouds to bring the heat down in the afternoon. The wind did kick in hard on Sunday morning, making fly balls interesting to say the least.

    Thirty-seven teams were entered into the tournament; however, one dropped out late Friday evening as only four players arrived to play-unfortunately making it too late to adjust the schedule.

    The competition in all three levels was fantastic…To read game reports of the three division championships visit the SCIFL website and read Las Vegas Road Trip VII

    Wilber and Bol’s take Wisconsin NAFA state titles

    Thursday, August 15th, 2013

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    MIDDLETON, Wisc. – Sixteen teams took to the ball diamonds at the Bowling Green Recreation Center in Middleton last weekend and when the last out was made, Wilber Lime of Galesville emerged as the NAFA AA / AA-Major Division champion, while Bol’s Lanes of Baldwin took the A / A-Major Division crown in the Henry St. Claire NAFA Wisconsin State Championship on Sunday.

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    Teams wanted for Fargo NAFA tourney

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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    FARGO, ND – The annual Holm Men’s Faspitch Tournament is adding a special feature this year, a separate tournament for NAFA A and A-Major classified teams.

    The entry fee is just $200, with the winner guaranteed a free entry into the 2013 NAFA World Series in Des Moines, Iowa, that runs for all divisions, Aug. 8-18.

    “We are looking for a few teams for the NAFA A and A-Major tourney and we will be running it during the annual Holm tourney in Fargo (June 15-16),” said tournament organizer, Mike Oehlke. “It will be held at the same complex as the NAFA Open. This should be a fun weekend as there are some good teams to watch in the Holm.”

    Teams committed for the NAFA Open include:
    Saskatoon Diamondbacks, CA
    Randys A’s, BC, CA
    Circle Tap, Wisc
    Winnipeg Bullets, CA
    West Fargo Knights, ND
    Kegel Black Knights, ND
    Topeka Toros, Kansas
    Fargo Rooters Bar, ND
    Sooke Loggers, BC, CA
    Minnesota Angels, Minn

    URGENT, READ RECENT UPDATE: On Sunday June 9th, Oehlke writes that the NAFA A and A-Major tournament needs one more team on Saturday, June 15. And please note: It’s a three game guarantee with NO ENTRY FEE. That’s right, no entry fee. Please respond to Mike ASAP if interested.

    For more information about the Fargo NAFA A and A-Major tournament
    contact Mike Oehlke
    701-367-3545