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Bowen Fastpitch takes third at NAFA World Series

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
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

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

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – After dropping its opening game of the NAFA A-Major World Series, Bowen Fastpitch marched through the loser’s bracket winning six straight games before losing to the Northwest Merchants of New York, 7-1, to finish third at 6-2 in the 20-team field.

Hats off to Bowen Fastpitch, a long-time loyalist to NAFA that won the NAFA A Division championship in 2014, the first NAFA title for the ball club from Bowen, Illinois (pop. 500).

Bowen is led by Rocco Ramsey, a voracious leader and promoter of men’s fastpitch, who was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame in 2012.

Follow The 2016 NAFA World Series Team Results, Stats And More

Friday, August 12th, 2016
Cory Wertz fires a pitch during the A1 Rockies game with the BC A's. Photo By BOB OTTO

Cory Wertz, who will be pitching for the Beaumont (CA) Coyotes in the 2016 NAFA World Series, fires a pitch during the A1 Rockies game with the BC A’s in a So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League game. Photo By BOB OTTO

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – The NAFA World Series has over 90 teams playing for division championships at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Aug. 11-21, in what promises to be a most competitive event with teams competing from throught the United States and Canada.

FOLLOW THE RESULTS

  • 23-Under Pool Bracket
  • Statistics For All Divisions
  • Weather and rain information: 888-852-1115
  • Freeport State Bank Claims Minnesota Men’s Fastpitch State Championship

    Sunday, August 7th, 2016

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    Freeport State Bank from front row left to right, Dan Toenyan, Kevin Welle, Mike Mayers, Travis Atkinson and Craig Timp. Back row from left, Adam Moorman, Tyler Thomes, Cody Imdieke, Joe Hennen, Jonathan Linn and Glen Van Drehle.

    NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – No words are sweeter music to a fastpitch team, or so difficult to earn as the right to proudly proclaim: “We are state champions!”

    Freeport State Bank gained that right with a hard-fought 6-5 victory over Corvuso Meats / Heimy’s Place of New Germany in the Minnesota Sports Federation Class D Men’s State Tournament.

    State Bank rolled through the tournament’s nine-team field to finish with a 5-1 record at Caswell Park in North Mankato on July 31.

    “I have been playing in the state tournament for 15 years, and our pitcher (Joe Hennen) has been going for probably 20 years and we’ve never won,” said co-manager and outfielder Craig Timp. “This is so awesome.”

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    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

    Minnesota Sports Federation 2016 Men’s Fastpitch State Tournament

    Saturday, July 30th, 2016

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    NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – The next two weeks will decide championships in three classes of the Minnesota Sports Federation (MSF) Men’s Fastpitch North American Championship at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

    The Class B (13 teams) and Class D (9 teams) tournaments are being held July 30-31, while the Class C (19 teams) tournament takes place Aug. 5-7. The Minnesota Sports Federation is the leading supporter of men’s fastpitch in the state and annually offers post-season championships.

    State Commissioner Perry Coonce and Assistant State Commissioner Dan Bradley have long supported men’s fastpitch. To learn more, visit the MSP website.

    BRACKET LINKS

    MSF Class B
    MSF Class C
    MSF Class D

  • A special thanks to Richard Quigley, manager and sponsor of Minnesota Computers for providing this information. Minnesota Computers is competing in the Class B tournament and opened the tournament Saturday morning.
  • NAFA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
    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 – The North American Fastpitch Association announced that eight individuals – six players, one umpire and a coach / sponsor – will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at ceremonies held at various World Series during the 2016 season.

    2016 HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

    Umpire

  • Steve Komoroski, Wisc.
  • Coach / Sponsor

  • Doug Smith, New Jersey
  • Players

  • Kyle Goslee, Minn.
  • Chad Osterman, Minn.
  • Colin McKenzie, BC, Canada
  • Trevor Knight, Wash.
  • Duane Clarkson, Manitoba, Canada
  • Mario Pereira, Calif.
  • The 2016 NAFA World Series

  • Open World Series, Fife (Seattle), Wash., July 22-24
  • Boys Youth, Vassar, Mich., July 30-31
  • AA-Major, Quad Cities, IA/IL, Aug. 19-21
  • A-Major, Mankato / North Mankato, Minn., Aug. 11-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Upper Midwest, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 12-14
  • Wood Bat Nationals Lower Midwest, Newton, KS, July 30-31
  • Wood Bat Nationals West, Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 27-28
  • A and AA Divsions, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 18-21
  • 23-Under, Mankato / North Mankato, Aug. 19-21
  • Masters East, Niagara Falls, NY, Aug. 26-28
  • Masters Midwest, Quad Cities, Sept. 9-11
  • Masters West, Carson City, NV, Sept. 16-18
  • NAFA CONTACT INFORMATION
    Benjie Hedgecock, Executive Director
    email: Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    cell: 503-559-5398
    work: 503-864-4487
    fax: 503-864-3939
    P.O. Box 566
    Dayton, OR 97114

    NAFA hosting 23-Under Young Men’s World Series

    Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
    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, Ore. – The North American Fastpitch Association 23-Under Division World Series will be held Aug. 19-21 at the end of each night (so that there is no conflict of games times) during the Men’s “A” & “AA” World Series in the Mankato / North Mankato, Minnesota.

    DETAILS

  • Four-game guarantee
  • Entry fee $250
  • Text or call NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, for more info at Nafafastpitch@gmail.com, or 503-559-5398

    Plan now for 2016 NAFA World Series

    Tuesday, December 15th, 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.

    By BENJIE HEDGECOCK / NAFA Executive Director

    DAYTON, OR – The NAFA World Series is just seven months away. Start planning to enter your team in one of the nine divisions offered by the organization that serves approximately 150 men’s, junior men’s and masters teams.

      Mark Your Calendar
  • “Open” World Series & West Championships( “A”, “AA”) will be July 22-24 in Seattle (Fife), Washington
  • “A-Major” Aug. 11-14 in Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
  • “AA-Major” Aug. 10-12 in Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
  • Wood Bat Nationals Upper Midwest Aug. 13-14 in Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
  • NAFA.cover Fastpitch softball: hitting, pitching, running and fielding – much like baseball except fastpitch does it underhanded and much faster! Many of NAFA’s top players come from Canada, United States, Mexico, Japan, Europe and South America.

      Mark Your Calendar
  • “A” Aug. 18-21 in Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
  • “AA” Aug. 19-21 in Mankato & North Mankato, Minnesota
  • 23-Under Aug. 19-21 in Mankato, Minnesota
  • Masters East Sept. 9-11
  • Masters West Sept. 16-18 in Carson City, Nevada
  • Visit NAFA website for up to date information.

    Benjie Hedgecock
    Nafafastpitch@gmail.com
    503-559-5398 cell
    503-864-4487 home
    503-864-3939 fax

    North Mankato hosting ASA National Boys Fastpitch Tournament

    Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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    NORTH MANKATO, MINN – The City of North Mankato together with Mankato Area Fastpitch will be hosting the 2013 ASA National Boys Fastpitch Tournament, Aug. 2-4, at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

    National championship play is being offered in age 10-Under, 12-Under, 14-Under, 16-Under, 18-Under and 23-Under.

    Tournament Director is Bruce Walters, who can be reached at (507) 340-6027, or email at fgroup21@gmail.com.

    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Wednesday, July 24: Official ASA tournament entry form and fee due

    Thursday, Aug. 1: Umpires meet

    Friday, Aug. 2, : 8 a.m., ages 10, 12, 14, 16 teams check in; 10 a.m. opening ceremonies; 12 p.m. games begin

    Friday, Aug. 2 or Saturday, Aug. 3: Ages 18 and 23-Under divisions begin play

    Sunday, Aug. 4: Awards and closing ceremony following championship games in each division

    For more information, please see: ASA_Packet_2013

    Amateur Softball Association of America

    Caswell Park Brochure

    As a welcome addition to the tournament, Tim Lyon Head Coach for USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team will be conducting a mini camp / clinic before the nationals. A tentative date has been set for Thursday afternoon, August 1st.

    New Image shuts down opposition to claim ASA Class A National Championship

    Monday, September 3rd, 2012

    NO. MANKATO, MN – New Image of Montfort, Wisconsin won five straight games and outscored its opponents 26-1 to finish undefeated with a 5-0 record in the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Men’s Class A National Championship, Sept. 1-2, in North Mankato, Minnesota.

    Thirteen teams played in the double elimination tournament at Caswell Park, ASA Fastpitch Men’s Nationals in No. Mankato.

    The Montfort, Wisconsin ball club topped off its undefeated run by defeating the Sioux Falls Sox (SD) 2-1 in the championship game to claim the title.

    The Sox lost 1-0 to Bac Pride (IL) in the semi-finals of the winner’s bracket, and then battled back into the championship with three consecutive wins: 5-1 over Odin (MN); held off Goring Lawn Care (MN), 5-3, and then knocked off Bac Pride in a rematch, 5-2, for the right to face off with New Image in the final.

    New Image defeated the Topeka (KS) Toros 7-0 in its opening game, and then downed Point Blank (WI), 2-0, Dekalb (IL), 7-0, Bac Pride, 8-0, and then the Sox 2-1.

    The Final Four
    1. New Image 5-0
    2. Sioux Falls Sox 4-2
    3. Bac Pride 3-2
    4. Goring Lawn Care 3-2

    No all-tournament or most valuable player and pitcher selections have been placed on the ASA website yet, but keep checking ASA Class A National Championship Results for information.