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Annual Rice Lake Invitational in Rice Lake, Wisconsin

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

By RONN KOPP
NAFA President

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – The 39th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held June 9-11 at Fred Tate Memorial Park in Rice Lake.

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS
  • Team Classifications: NAFA “AA,” “A-Major,” and “A”
  • Tournament Size: 12 Teams (The first 12 to submit complete entries, including roster)
  • Tournament Format: NAFA 3-game guarantee
  • Entry Fee: $225 payable to Rice Lake Orangemen Fastpitch
  • **Send separate check for $35 to “Wisconsin NAFA” if year 2017 NAFA team registration is desired. This is not required for Invitational entry.**

  • Rosters: Teams may list a maximum of 18 players on their roster. Rosters MUST be on the attached form and completely filled out, and MUST be submitted along with the tournament entry fee for entry to be accepted.
  • AWARDS (Based on 12 team field)

    • 1st place $600 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 2nd $450 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 3rd $300 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 4th $150 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • Individual trophies to tournament MVP and All-Tournament team selections
    • MAIL CHECKS TO

      Rice Lake Orangemen
      Post Office Box 202
      Rice Lake, WI 54868

      2017 TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
      Loren Lathrop, Phone 608-422-5781 or 608-228-2430)

    Orangemen win first ever 36th Annual Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational Title

    Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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    By RONN KOPP / NAFA President and Tournament Director

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – After falling to Bol’s Lanes of Baldwin 3-2 in the winners bracket final, the Rice Lake Orangemen bounced back to bounce La Crosse Athletics 10-2 and then defeated Bol’s twice in championship play 7-6 and 2-1 in 9 innings to capture the championship of the 10-team 36th annual Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational men’s fastpitch tournament.

    It was the first Aquafest championship for the Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 36 tourneys.

    The Orangemen opened tournament play with a 6-2 victory over Sawdust City of Eau Claire, followed with a 2-0 win over Ostrander, Minnesota, and a 7-0 win over Morelli’s of St. Paul before coming up a run short in their first encounter with defending NAFA state A division champion Bol’s Lanes.

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    Galesville Squad Wins 8th Invitational Title

    Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

    By RONN KOPP / 2013 Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational Tournament Director
    Wisconsin Fastpitch

    RICE LAKE, WI – A two-out, two-run seventh inning home run by Dan Stuhr gave Wilber Lime of Galesville a 7-5 victory over the host Rice Lake Orangemen in the championship game of the 35th Rice Lake Aquafest Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament.

    The Orangemen had led 5-2 after five innings before a 3-run Wilber sixth tied the game at five runs each. It was the second Aquafest title in a row for Wilber Lime and the eighth overall.

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    Sharing memories of Holm Classic and Rice Lake Invitational

    Thursday, June 13th, 2013

    This weekend marks a truly remarkable run for a couple of Midwest men’s fastpitch tournaments.

    The Holm Classic in Fargo, ND and Rice Lake Invitational in Rice Lake, WI have a combined 76 years in which the two popular Midwest tournaments have been up and running.

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    Ten teams to compete in 35th Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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    Rice Lake Orangemen pitcher Bryan Lathrop in action during the 2010 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series.

    By RONN KOPP / ronnkopp@charter.net
    Wisconsin Fastpitch

    RICE LAKE, WIS – Defending champion Wilber Lime of Galesville headlines the roster of ten teams for the 35th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 14-16, once again in conjunction with the city’s annual Aquafest celebration.

    Wilber has captured the tourney title a total of seven times.

    STRONG COMPETITION
    Five other Wisconsin squads and four from Minnesota complete the 2013 field.
    Wisconsin entries include the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 34 previous events, along with the La Crosse Athletics, Saw Dust City of Eau Claire, Dugout Bar and Grill of Cushing, and the Gators of Farmington.

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    Wilber Lime wins seventh title in Rice Lake Aquafest

    Friday, June 29th, 2012

    RICE LAKE, WI – It was the same two teams – Wilber Lime of Galesville and The Bar of Appleton Athletics – who locked horns in the championship game a year ago; and who now met once again, battling for the 34th annual 2012 Aquafest Men’s Fastball crown, June 15-17 at Tate Park in Rice Lake.

    But this time the result was reversed as Wilber – the winners of six previous Invitational titles – rallied from a 7-2 second inning deficit to prevail in a slugfest, 15-7.

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