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Rice Lake, Wisc. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014


By RONN KOPP / NAFA President


RICE LAKE, WISC. – Five teams from Wisconsin and five from Minnesota make up the roster of teams for the 36th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 13-15, once again in conjunction with the city’s annual Aquafest celebration.

Absent from the field is defending champion Wilber Lime of Galesville, eight-time tournament titlist, who ceased operations after capturing the North American Fastpitch Association “AA” championship in play at Des Moines, Iowa last August.

Wisconsin entries in the NAFA AA and A tournament include the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 35 previous events, along with the La Crosse Athletics, Saw Dust City of Eau Claire, J.R. Sports of Arcadia, and defending Wisconsin state “A” division champion Bol’s Lanes of Baldwin.

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NAFA 2013 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies

Friday, August 2nd, 2013


DAYTON, ORE – NAFA Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock announced that the 2013 NAFA Hall of Fame Class will be inducted during ceremonies at NAFA World Series tournaments in Des Moines, Iowa; Portland, Ore., and Madison, Wisc. on specified dates and times listed below.

Each inductee will have a close friend or NAFA Director make the induction speech, then each inductee will give an acceptance speech.

Each inductee will receive a NAFA Hall of Fame Pullover Jacket with their Name on it and a specially designed wall plaque.


Wednesday, August 7th, 6:45 p.m., Greater Des Moines Softball Complex Field One:

  • Matt Palazzo, Player Category, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Jeff Jahn, Player Category, Oregon, Wisc.
  • Josh Johnson, Player Category, Brooklyn, Wisc.
  • Wednesday, August 7th, 8:45 p.m., Greater Des Moines Softball Complex Field One:

  • Mark Miller, Sponsor Category, Appleton, Wisc.
  • Eric Steinbeck, Player Category, Hermann, Mo.
  • Darin Michael, Player Category, Lacey, Wash.
  • Thursday, August 8th, 12:45 p.m., Walker-Johnston Softball Complex Field Three:

  • Ed Gasper, Player Category, Stockton, Calif.
  • Friday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m. on Field B at the Bowling Green Softball Complex, Madison, Wisc.

  • Rick Radloff, Player Catergory, Madison, Wisc.
  • Saturday, August 24th, 6 p.m., Portland, Ore.

  • Dr. Tadashi Yoshimura, Coach Category, Waseda University, Japan
  • Grumpy’s Bar hosting tournament, preparing for NAFA World Series

    Saturday, July 27th, 2013

    Grumpys.NAFA.web Grumpy’s is offering a tune-up tournament for the 2013 NAFA World Series.

    ACKLEY, Iowa – Time is drawing near to post-season national tournament play and Grumpy’s Bar of Ackley is preparing for a run in the 2013 NAFA World Series in Des Moines.

    Grumpy’s will play in the A Division, which has the largest number of teams (61) competing of the five divisional championships (23-Under, A, A-Major, AA and AA-Major) that NAFA is hosting in Des Moines, Aug. 7-18.

    In 2010, Grumpy’s finished fifth in the 42-team event, and pitcher Chris Allen figures that this year’s ball club can do just as well or better.

    The 39-year-old Allen of Wellsburg, Iowa is joined by B.J. Hunhoff and Scott Mihal to form a deep pitching staff.

    Pitching coupled with a solid defense, key players and low turnover, has made Grumpy’s a competitive ball club since forming a decade a go.

    “We’ve had basically the same guys for the past 10 years,” Allen said. “Our team plays hard, but we take it light and loose. We don’t put a lot of pressure on each other and keep it a fun environment. That’s why players keep coming back.”

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    NAFA World Series photos, gallery eleven

    Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

    Photos By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, CA – NAFA World Series various team photos of Ramsey Financial (Bowen, IL), Thunder, Northwest 18-under, Capitals 23-under, Sand Prairie 23-under, Waseda University, and various All World awards and celebrations.

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    NAFA World Series photos, gallery ten

    Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

    Photos By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, CA – NAFA World Series photos of the Thunder, Northwest Implement, Crowbar, Scarlets, El Paso Steel, Goring Lawn Care, Capitals, The Bar, Waseda University, and more…

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    NAFA World Series photos, gallery nine

    Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

    Photos By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, CA – You can view photos of Star Prairie, the Boise River Dogs, Wessels, John’s Plumbing, Fenders Cycle, the Mudhens, Todds Feeds, Sand Prairie Construction, and Northwest Implement by visiting the photo gallery link.

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    NAFA World Series photos, gallery seven

    Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

    Photos By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, CA – NAFA World Series photos of Denver, The Bar, Fender Cycle, Todd’s Feed, Crouch Electric, Boise River Dogs, Kelso Fastpitch, Goring Lawn Care, Herzog, Wessel’s Coors Light, and New York Bombers. (Some teams have more pictures than others.)

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    NAFA World Series photos, gallery four

    Monday, August 30th, 2010

    Photo By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, CA – View photos of the Winnipeg Bullets, Ft. Collins, Cal-State Builders, The Bronx…

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    NAFA A and AA divisions kick off 91 team World Series

    Thursday, August 19th, 2010

    Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

    WEST DES MOINES, DES MOINES, IA – Gentlemen, start your engines for today the NAFA World Series A-Division starts play at 12:45 p.m. at Raccoon River Park Complex (RC) and the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex (DM) with 51 teams competing for the championship.

    The AA-Division, with its 24 teams, also begins today with games beginning at 4:15, with the final games scheduled for 9:30.

    A 12:45 in the A bracket, the Dugout (WI) takes on Smalltown Fastpitch (MI) at DM. And at Raccoon, it’s the Bradley Braves (MI) versus MG Construction (WI). Then games continue throughout the day with the final game slated for 9:30.

    The Greater Des Moines Softball Park is located at 46th Street, Des Moines. Raccoon River Park Complex is located at 2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines.

    For information about rain delays, call 888-852-1115.

    Check out the NAFA website for brackets, games results, and more.

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