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Wisconsin NAFA State Tournament Bracket

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Bowen (Ill) Fastpitch takes title at Black Gold Fastpitch Softball Classic

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the 2014 NAFA A-Division World Series Photo By BOB OTTO

By MATT BENZ
Black Gold Fastpitch

NEW HAVEN, MO – For the third time in the last four years Black Gold finished second in their own men’s fastpitch softball tournament, held June 24-25 at New Haven City Park in New Haven, Missouri.

Bowen Fastpitch of Bowen, Illinois was led by pitcher and leadoff hitter Julian Fernandez who pitched 19 scoreless innings to lead his ball club to the title.

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NAFA Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Memorial Day Weekend In Newberg, Oregon

Monday, May 8th, 2017

NEWBERG, Ore. – The first annual President Hoover Fastpitch Tournament, Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, 2017 will be held in Newberg Oregon.

Tournament Director, Shayne Arndt, NAFA Oregon State Director is initiating this tournament with the support of Benjie Hedgecock, NAFA President, to keep the spirit of the historic Boatnik tourney in Grant’s Pass, Oregon going.

“I want to help fastpitch continue in Oregon and the northwest,” Arndt said. “I see this tournament having the potential to thrive as part of the NAFA circuit with the holiday weekend and close proximity to the Portland airport for teams traveling in the future.”

    CONTACT INFORMATION

North American Fastpitch Association
Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
503-559-5398 cell,503-864-4487 work, fax 503-864-3939
PO Box 566 Dayton, Or, 97114

2017 Wisconsin NAFA Men’s Fastpitch State Tournament

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Register now for 2017 NAFA Boys World Series

Monday, March 13th, 2017

VASSAR, Mich. – Contact Corey Haubenstricker for information on how to register your boys’ team in the North American Fastpitch Association World Series.

  • Corey@irdhomes.com
  • 989-529-9184
  • 321 Prospect St.
    Vassar, MI 48768
  • Still time to play in the 2016 NAFA World Series

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016

    DAYTON, Ore. – For teams and players who have yet to register to play in the 2016 NAFA World Series in North Mankato, Minnesota, you can still do so. But time is running short.

    “We would love to have (more teams) come and participate in our World Series,” said Hedgecock. “Or if you want to play, but don’t have a team, let us know and we will find you one.”

    The three divisions still open for registration

  • Aug. 18-21 Men’s “A” (lowest level)
  • Aug. 19-21 Men’s “AA”
  • Aug. 19-21 “23-Under” (no time conflicts with other divisions on Friday or Saturday nights)
  • Contact NAFA Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock and register now.
    Phone: 503-559-5398
    Email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com

    From the Land of Oz a Wizard of a men’s fastpitch team

    Monday, October 12th, 2015
    The Wizards of Oz from Kansas took runner-up in the 2014 Topeka Fiesta tournament, losing to the Topeka Toros in the championship. Front row, left, Gary Starkel, Chaz Williams, Niran Buckley, Jeff Tarwater, Ray Foster, and Colton Wray. Back row, left, Grady Wray, Colby Miller, Adam Henry, Kyle Starkel, Norm Hancock, Jarrod Lamott, and Tony Buckley.  Photo courtesy of Jeff Tarwater, player / manager

    The Wizards of Oz from Kansas took runner-up in the 2014 Topeka Fiesta tournament, losing to the Topeka Toros in the championship. Front row, left, Gary Starkel, Chaz Williams, Niran Buckley, Jeff Tarwater, Ray Foster, and Colton Wray. Back row, left, Grady Wray, Colby Miller, Adam Henry, Kyle Starkel, Norm Hancock, Jarrod Lamott, and Tony Buckley. Photo courtesy of Jeff Tarwater, player / manager

    SILVER LAKE, Kan. – Should you go searching for Oz, Kansas, good luck in finding it. For it’s a magical, mythical place involving a cast of characters including a young girl named Dorothy, her dog Toto, a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, wicked witches and a sham of a wizard.

    Most people are familiar with the Wizard of Oz. And by now are scratching their heads asking, “Okay, I’ve read the book and seen the movie, but what does it have to do with men’s fastpitch softball?”

    Well, one of the longest running teams in Kansas has embraced the classic fairy tale by spinning it into some good-natured fun and parlaying it into one of the most recognizable names in men’s fastpitch: Wizards of Oz.

      HAVING FUN WITH OZ

    Many folks believe that a town called Oz does exist claims Wizards of Oz player / manager Jeff Tarwater. And the charismatic team leader does little to change their perception.

    “My friend Mike Watson (NAFA Vice President) back in 2009 asked me, ‘why don’t you just tell people we are from Oz?’ I thought about it, and decided to have some fun with it,” said Tarwater. “Of course, that town doesn’t really exist, but it does get conversations started no matter where we go.”

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    Magnificent Masters battling in Carson City for NAFA World Series Championships

    Friday, September 18th, 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.

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – The masters teams have arrived, the brackets are set, and fastpitch softball’s top players from across the U.S. and Canada from ages 40 to 60 and older will battle for championships in five divisions: 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 and older from Sept. 18-20 at Centennial Park in Carson City.

    Check out the brackets and drop by the park to take in some great ball games from veterans who can still showcase their skills: NAFA WEST MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Need lodging? Then consider Gold Dust West Hotel and Casino in Carson City for your comfort, dining and gaming pleasure.

    Fond memories of The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

    YUCAIPA, CA – In the 1970s I began subscribing to a monthly magazine called The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin published by the late Ray Anderson (inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 1993).

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    NAFA World Series A Division championship tournament set to begin

    Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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    Greg “Chopper” Lammers will be one of the pitchers wind-milling his assortment of risers, drops and change-ups to the plate in the NAFA World Series A Division tournament, Aug. 14-17. Photo By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – At 11 a.m. Thursday, 44 teams will start competing for the NAFA World Series A Division championship.

    The action takes place at the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline.

    Teams are coming from Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowas and from our great neighbor to the north, Canada.

    Canada is sending the Kakebeka Red Ants, and Kelvington PDC.

    Will they be as successful as the Pepperjacks of Novia Scotia? Or the the Lloydminster Dodgers of Alberta? These two great ball clubs battled over three games to determine a champion in the AA Division with the Pepperjacks finally prevailing.

    If the A Division championship play-down is as exciting as last week’s A-Major, AA, and AA-Major, then this will be a great tournament.

    But only time will tell in the three day event that runs through Sunday with the championship scheduled for 1:15 p.m., with a second “if necessary” game at 3 p.m. if needed in the double knockout format.

    See printable bracket: 2014-NAFA A Bracket