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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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Great Memories of the Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Monday, July 1st, 2013

By RONN KOPP / Wisconsin Fastpitch
NAFA Vice President

RICE LAKE, WISC – Ronn Kopp, tournament director of the Rice Lake Invitational Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, has 35 years of great memories of one of the longest running and most popular tournaments in Wisconsin and the Midwest.

Looking back, five memorable moments stand out, but one in particular is a classic:

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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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