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Elanco Blackhawks Snare NAFA A-Major Championship

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

The 2018 NAFA World Series returned to Fargo’s North Softball Complex for a second consecutive year from Aug. 8-19.

FARGO, N.D – The Elanco Blackhawks of Pennsylvania flew undefeated through the NAFA World Series A-Major Division to claim the championship over the Fleetwood Marlins of British Columbia, Canada, Sunday at North Softball Complex in Fargo.

The Blackhawks forged a 6-0 record in the 29-team tournament and defeated the Marlins, 11-4, in the final through a winning combination of an explosive offense that pounded out 12 hits – led by Menno King – who drove in 3 runs, and Sean King, who belted a home run that pushed across another two runs.

Buffered by such a huge run production, Todd Smoker, who started and hurled the first two innings and Benji Stoltzius, finishing the final four, held the Marlins in check, with Stoltzius notching the win on four hits and no earned runs.

Also swinging hot sticks were Caleb Groff, 1-for-2; Jim Lawrence, 2-for-3; Dean Malone, 2-for-3 and 2 runs; Jerlin Ruit, 2-for-4, 3 RBI and a run, and Anthony Smoker, 1-for-3, run.

Ruit tied for top batting average on the team with Caleb Groff at .471, and Ruit also drove in 8 runs, tops amoung his teammates. But he was just as valuable in the pitching circle winning three of the six games in 21 innings, with 25 strikeouts and five walks.

The Blackhawks A-Major Championship Record

    Elanco 7, Dempsey’s Public House 5
    Ruit got the win, allowing six hits with 10 strikeouts. He also homered twice and drove in two runs.
    Elanco 4, Len’s Auto (Minn.) 3
    Smoker and J.J. Sanchez split the pitching duties, and Tony Baker was the hitting star, driving in 3 runs with 2 hits in 3 at bats.
    Elanco 8, Calif. Buzzards 2
    Ruit hurled a 3-hitter with 7 strikeouts, while A.J. Fisher and Ben Keyser each drove in 2 runs.
    Elanco 9, Fleetwood Marlins 8
    Ruit went the distance, giving up 12 hits with 8 strikeouts, and Ruit along with Dean Malone drove in a pair of runs, with both players smashing home runs.
    Elanco 4, Lacey A’s (Wash.) 0
    Smoker threw wonderful game, allowing one hit with 10 strikeouts. Calef Groff drove in 2 runs and was 3-for-3 at the plate, along with Ruit and King who each had an RBI.
    Elanco 11, Fleetwood Marlins 4

Canada and western United States competing for Seattle Invitational championships

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The 2017 Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament features 16 teams battling for championships at Fife, Wash., July 21-23. Courtesy Photo / Seattle Invitational

Tournament Administrator

FIFE, Wash.The 57th Seattle Invitational Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament is ready to kickoff at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, with the championships scheduled for July 23.

The tournament has 16 teams spread over three divisions: NAFA A, NAFA A-major/AA, and NAFA OPEN.

The NAFA OPEN and NAFA A-major/AA will be pooled together with the top two teams from Pools A & B advancing to the open bracket. The bottom two teams will advance to the NAFA A-major/AA bracket.


CR Bartel Farms, Vancouver, WA
Builder’s, Abbotsford, BC
Marlin’s, Fleetwood, BC
Lacey A’s, Lacey, WA


Lomas, Vancouver, BC
Desperado, Missoula, MT
K-Club, Bremerton, WA
All-Star Automotive, Grass Valley, CA

  • The NAFA A Division (below) will be completely separate.
  • POOL C

    Expert Air Control, Rat City, USA
    Dukes, Coquitlam, BC
    Rockies, Cloverdale, BC
    Interbay Door, Seattle, WA

    POOL D

    Northwest Braves, Hermiston, OR
    Ladner Masters, Ladner, BC
    Oregon Cascades, Portland, OR
    Cleon’s Auto Repair, Spanaway, WA

  • Not only is there competition on the fields, but “The Invite’s” beer garden has been known to host Corn Hole, Washers, Beers-bee, and Beer-Bobbing showdowns between teams, fans and players as well.
    • 2017 Seattle Invite schedule and past champions

    2017 Seattle Invite Schedule
    Seattle Invite Champions
    NAFA Website

    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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    NAFA World Series is showcase for men’s softball

    Saturday, August 13th, 2016


    By Shane Frederick

    MANKATO, Minn. – As mayor of Mankato, Eric Anderson is happy to have the North American Fastpitch Association World Series back in the area.

    As a softball player, however, he’s thrilled.

    “The thing I personally like is it gives people a chance to come up here and see the game played,” Anderson said before taking the field for the Pub 500 team’s second game of the tournament Friday afternoon. “There’s an added benefit that a lot of people have come here and are staying in the area, but as the (men’s) game shows signs of dying out, people can come out and see some good fastpitch softball.”

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    Fargo Memorial Tournament features strong United States and Canadian teams

    Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


    Information Courtesy of Jon Kegel / NAFA Vice President Upper Midwest and Canada

    FARGO, ND – Twelve teams will take to the ball diamonds for the annual Fargo Memorial Weekend Tournament at the Anderson Softball Complex in Fargo. The tournament is classified as NAFA A-Major and below, with the first game starting at 9 A.M. Saturday.

    Pool A
    Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
    Fargo Bombers
    Lens Auto, Minneapolis
    Brookings Fastpitch, Brookings, SD

    Pool B
    Fargo Koalas
    Gameland Trappers, Fort Frances, Ontario
    Colorado knights, Fort Collins, CO
    Hollywood, MN

    Pool C
    Rooters Bar, Fargo
    Winnipeg bullets, Manitoba
    Grenfell Gems, Saskachewan
    Hennager / Odin Fastpitch, MN

    Wilber and Bol’s take Wisconsin NAFA state titles

    Thursday, August 15th, 2013


    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


    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