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A Step Back In Time: Wausau fastpitch team takes third in 2000 NAFA World Series

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

WAUSAU REP & BAJA’S men’s fastpitch team, front row from left: Craig Filizetti, Mark Zee, Tim Spagnola, Riggs Repking, Greg Spindler, Brooks Repking, Jay Wilder, Jeff Zeller. Back from left: J.W. Dachel, Scott Rasmussen, Mark Repking, Mike Witter, Kevin Leick, Al Gringras, Rick Larson and Tom Feck. Not pictured, Dave Kamke. Photo By Wausaw Daily Herald / Sept. 22, 2000

FARGO, No. Dak. – In 2000, Rep and Baja’s finished third out of 48 teams in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series, A Division, in Fargo.

The Wausau, Wisc. team finished 5-2, including a 2-0 victory over eventual champion Kegel Black Knights of Fargo, whose only pitcher John Desaulniers threw every inning, including 37 the final day, to finish at 8-1.

Rep and Baja’s burst out to a 5-0 start to reach the winners bracket final, but lost twice to take the third spot in the tournament that featured teams from throughout the United States and Canada.

Rep and Baja’s beat River City Brewers of Winnipeg, 9-8; Stadium Club of Billings, Mont., 4-3; the Cardinals of Sydney, Nova Scotia, 4-1; and the Black Knights, 2-0, to reach the final round. But the team then lost 3-2 to Rissers of Devils Lake, No. Dak. and 5-4 to Kegel in a rematch.

The club placed five players on All-World team including outfielder Mark Zee, and utility and pitching ace Kevin Leick both of Marshfield, Wisc. Leick had a 21-3 pitching record for the season.

In other NAFA divisions, the Denmark Dukes (Wisc.) won the AAA division, and the Toronto, Ontario, CA, Jaguars won the AA.

Fargo will once again host the NAFA World Series, marking the 25th anniversary of the organization that began in 1993. The tournament will be held Aug. 9-20, with games played at Fargo’s NEW Northside Softball Complex.

To learn more about NAFA, visit the organization’s website: North American Fastpitch Association