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Missouri holds off California in NAFA 23-Under World Series thriller

Saturday, August 25th, 2012


Northwest Implement of Maryville, Missouri, the 2012 NAFA 23-Under World Series Champions.

TOPEKA, KS – Northwest Implement came to the NAFA World Series with just nine players, but those nine had what pitcher Brody Abell calls, “the want.”

And that desire carried the Maryville, Missouri fastpitch team to a thrilling eight inning, 7-6 victory over the California Young Bucks in the championship game of the 2012 NAFA 23-Under World Series, August 19 in Topeka, Kansas.

“We got timely hitting, put up runs when we needed, and we had solid pitching,” said Northwest catcher Colby Miller, who caught every game and was 1-0 pitching with 13 strikeouts. “This was the solidest hitting we’ve had all year.”

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Donna ‘momma’ Abell, super fastpitch fan will not give up

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

She once went to the ball park after 72 hours of chemotherapy (but) she wasn’t going to miss the ball game. Fastpitch came along at the right time for us.” – Randy Abell


The Abell family includes Randy, left, Donna, and sons Tysen and Brody.
Courtesy photo

EAGLEVILLE, MO – At first glance, boys’ fastpitch brought a grimace and a groan from Donna Abell: “You’ve got to be kidding. Girls play softball!”

That was in 2003 when through the insistence of a friend, Donna’s 11-year-old son Brody switched from playing baseball to fastpitch softball.

She wasn’t keen on the move then. But she now has a distinctly different view of the underhanded game.

“We didn’t know back then how infectious fastpitch would become,” she said. “So you can say we took a leap of faith and fell head-over-heels for the game we call fastpitch.”

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