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Fargo, NAFA OPEN Wrap Up – Sooke over Angels

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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By Benjie Hedgecock / June 17, 2013
NAFA Executive Director

The 2013 NAFA Open World Series in Fargo, North Dakota was a huge success this past weekend and we want to thank these people for making it such a great experience for the teams, players and fans. The NAFA Website is at nafafastpitch.com

Tournament Director Kyle Koterba did an extraordinary job with the event and was a great host to the 10 teams, players and their fans that participated. Kyle did a great job moving the tourney to another park after the main park which had flooded earlier this year was unplayable.

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Big lumber swinging Loggers advance to NAFA Open championship

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

FARGO, ND – The undefeated (4-0) Sooke Loggers of British Columbia came into Sunday’s NAFA Open semifinal outscoring its opponents by a whopping 32-5 margin.

The big question? Could Randy’s A’s silence the Loggers’ hot bats?

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Sooke Loggers and Randy’s A’s advance to semifinals

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

FARGO, ND – Newton and Gabriel lead Randy’s to victory, while hard-hitting and high-scoring Sooke Loggers continue to roll in the NAFA Open-Holm Classic.

    Randy’s A’s 3
    Kegel Black Knights 2

The Black Knights trailed 2-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning and were two outs away from defeat. But Travis De Jong worked Randy’s pitcher Brian Newton for a walk, and B.J. Boom made him pay dearly by belting a triple that plated De Jong to tie the game.

After a scoreless eighth, the tiebreaker went into effect in the ninth. Kegel threatened in their top of the inning by putting runners on first and third with two out. But Newton struck out Rob Geisbrecht to end the threat.

Now the A’s had their opportunity. It started with tie-breaking runner Cory Giroux placed at second base, and Vegas Antoine at the plate. Jim Hartman, who was pitching a solid game, struck out Antoine.

But he couldn’t get Kevin Gabriel.

The third baseman hit a clean single, driving in Giroux with the game winner. Gabriel, batting in the No. 6 spot, led the A’s with two RBIs, while going 2-for-4. First baseman, Eli Jules also drove in a run and went 2-4, and catcher Chad Ghostkeeper was 3-4 with a run.

Newton turned in a gem in the circle for Randy’s. He allowed two runs, scattered four hits and struck out nine Black Knights to pick up the win and move his team on in the playoffs.

But Kegel’s Jim Hartman was tough too. The right-hander from South Dakota held a very good hitting A’s (3-1) to two earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts. Kegel’s exits the tournament with a 1-3 record, but all its games were decided by one run.

    Sooke Loggers 9
    Circle Tap Dukes 2

The Loggers were leading 3-2 into the fourth inning and then broke the game open by scoring six runs, highlighted by Adam Schnarr’s solo home run, Chad Bryden’s bases-loaded double that scored two runs; Blake Hunter’s two-run triple, and Brian Banners run-scoring single.

Loggers’ pitcher, Scott Lieph, made the lead stand up by holding a good hitting Circle Tap to two earned runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.

Sooke roughed up Circle Tap starter Rob Schweyer for 12 hits and nine earned runs, including three home runs by Kris Walushka, Kyle Cowick, and Schnarr.

The win advances Pool B, No. 1 seed, Loggers (4-0), into the semifinals of the lower bracket where they will meet Pool A, No. 2 seed, Randy’s A’s (3-1) in a noon game at Lindenwood Park in Fargo. The 2012 NAFA Open defending champion Circle Tap leaves the tournament at 2-3.

Angels knock off D-Backs, and Bullets survive Toros
Minnesota Angels 8 Saskatoon Diamondbacks 2 (no information available)
Winnipeg Bullets 1 Topeka Toros 0 (no information available)

The Angels and Bullets will battle in the upper bracket semifinal for the right to play for the 2013 NAFA Open-Holm Classic crown.

NAFA Open / Holm Classic tournament promises top-caliber men’s fastpitch

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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FARGO, ND – Ten outstanding ball clubs are converging on Fargo for the 2013 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Open World Series / Holm Classic that begins on June 14 and ends with the championship game on Sunday, June 16.

Just how good are some of the teams that represent four U.S. states and three Canadian provinces?

According to the International Softball Congress pre-season rankings, six of the 10 are ranked in the top 25 of all the men’s club teams playing in North America.

Heading the list is the hometown Kegel Black Knights at No. 7; Circle Tap of Denmark, WI, No. 8, and the Diamondbacks of Saskatoon Saskatchewan, No. 9.

Defending its 2012 title is Circle Tap which knocked off the Loggers of Sooke British Columbia, 9-8, in a thrilling come-from-behind victory. The Loggers are returning for a run at the championship.

The action kicks off Friday night at 8 p.m. between the West Fargo Knights and the Winnipeg Bullets.

On Friday and Saturday, the teams will compete in pool play. Comprising Pool A is Circle Tap, Randy’s A’s of British Columbia; the Minnesota Angels, St. Paul; Topeka Toros, Topeka, KS; and Rooters Bar, Fargo.

Pool B is just as formidable with the Sooke Loggers; Kegel Black Knights; Saskatoon Diamondbacks; Winnipeg Bullets, and West Fargo Knights.

The games will be played at Lindenwood Park, 1905 Roger Maris Drive, Fargo

Fans can keep track of the games by visiting the Fargo Moorhead Fastpitch Association website.

Teams wanted for Fargo NAFA tourney

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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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
701-367-3545