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40th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Crowns A Three-Time Champion

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Joel Cooley was selected to the All-Tournament team after pitching the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2018 40th Annual Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

By RONN KOPP
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tin Cup Returns, Resumes Winning Ways

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Tin Cup Tornado returned after a year hiatus, picking up where it left off by capturing the championship of the 40th edition of the Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament held at Tate Park in Rice Lake June 8-10. 12 teams took part in this year’s event.

The St. Paul club, managed by first baseman Dave Marchio, had claimed the crown in 2015 and 2016 before having to withdraw in 2017 due to a scheduling conflict. Marchio has competed in numerous past tourneys, chiefly for the St. Paul Rice Street Merchants. He is the meet’s all-time home run leader.

Dave Marchio manages and plays for the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club won the 2018 Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament Championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By BOB OTTO

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12 Teams to compete in 40th Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational men’s fastpitch tournament

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

To watch some of the finest teams and players in Wisconsin and Minnesota, be sure to take in the action at the 40th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 8-10. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

By RONN KOPP
NAFA President / Wisconsin Fastpitch Media

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Eight teams from Wisconsin and four from Minnesota make up the roster of teams for the 40th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 8-10, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

Defending champion Odin Fastpitch of Odin, Minnesota is returning as is, after a one year hiatus, St. Paul Tin Cup Tornado, winners in 2015 and 2016.

Other Minnesota entries are Len’s Automotive of St. Paul, third place finishers a year ago prior to finishing the season as class A champions of the North American Fastpitch Association, as well as Pate Bonding of West St. Paul, Aquafest champions in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

Wisconsin entries include Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Dugout Bar and Grill and the Cushing Tigers of Cushing, Silver Star Nutrition of La Crosse, The Stoneyard and The Bar Blues of Madison, and The Bar of Rice Lake.

Also returning is the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 39 previous events. The Orangemen, runner-up in 2017, won their only Aquafest title in 2014.

Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with the Cushing Tigers taking on Striker’s Lanes at 7:30 p.m. and the two Rice Lake sponsored teams, The Bar and the Orangemen, battling it out at 9:00 p.m.

Play continues all day Saturday with opening games at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes late Sunday afternoon.

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  • Hometown Rooters hold off Montana’s Desperado in NAFA AA-Major opener

    Thursday, August 10th, 2017

    ETHAN RINGLIEN fires a pitch for Rooters Bar of Fargo against Desperado Sports Bar of Missoula, Montana in the opening game of the AA-Major World Series, Wednesday night at Northside Sports Complex. Rooters scored in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off 2-1 victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

    ** Visit Play Nafa for scores, stats and standings. **

    FARGO, N.D. – Ethan Renglien was masterful in the circle in leading Rooters Bar of Fargo to a 2-1 victory over Desperado Sports Bar of Missoula, Mont. in the opening round of the AA-Major World Series at Northside Softball Complex, Wednesday night.

    The tall, right-handed Renglien fired risers and drops in striking out 11, and giving up just four hits. Desperado’s Leo Bresse was the hard-luck loser, matching Renglien pitch-for-pitch on a four-hit, nine strikeout effort. Only one run was earned.

    The game stayed tied into the seventh until Rooters plated a walk-off run to win it.

    Lane Lunde led Rooters with two hits in four attempts with an RBI, and Matt Kalesa, and Justin Kheanit had one hit each.

    For Desperado, Ryan Donovan, Kevin Yeaglin, Halbert Machinskinic and Shane Alder had a hit a piece, with Alder getting the lone RBI.

    RICE LAKE ORANGEMAN German Bocaccorsi slides safely into home to give the Orangmen a 3-0 lead against the Selects in the opening game of the 2017 NAFA World Series, AA-Major Division, Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Northside Softball Complex in Fargo. Photo By BOB OTTO

    AA-MAJOR SCORES

  • Portland CR Bartels Farms 12, Elanco Blackhawks
  • (w) Rob Schweyer, 2 innings, no hits, 4 strikeouts, Zack Pierce, 2 innings, 1 hit, 4 strikeouts

  • Rice Lake Orangemen 9, Watson’s Selects 0
  • (w) Nicolas Seibenist, 4 inn., no-hits, 7 strikeouts
    Matias Orfano, 2 inn., 2 strikeouts
    Francisco Sabate, 2-for-3, 4 RBI

  • Northwest Braves 3, Sommerside, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), Canada 2
  • Kyle Fry, 6 inn., 2 ER, 18 strikeouts

  • P.E.I. 10, Rooters Bar 1
  • (w) Mitch Hardy

  • Rice Lake 7, Elanco 0
  • (w) Nicolas Seibeniest

  • NW Braves 4, Desperado 3
  • (w) Bill Carson

  • CR Bartels 2, Watson’s Selects 1 (11 inn.)
  • (w) Sean Koster

    Top Ranked Teams Battle For Tin Cup Challenge Championship

    Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

    Eight International Softball Congress (ISC) top-rated teams will battle for the THE TIN CUP CLASSIC Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium, White Bear Lake, Minn., July 28-30. Courtesy Photo / Christopher Diethert

    By Christopher Diethert
    Tin Cup Fastpitch

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – The field is set and eight of the finest men’s fastpitch teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas and North Dakota will battle in the Tin Cup Men’s Challenge Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium in White Bear Lake, Minn. July 28-30.

    The tournament features a full slate of games Friday night and Saturday in pool play format with the playoffs on Sunday. Five of the eight teams are ranked in the top-20 by the International Softball Congress.

    POOL A / ISC RANKING

    No. 6 / Circle Tap Dukes, Denmark, Wisc.
    No. 15 / Ostrander Norsemen Fastpitch, Ostrander, Minn.
    Topeka Toros, Kansas
    Rice Lake Orangemen, Wis.

    POOL B / ISC RANKING

    No. 8 / Bloomington Stix, Bloomington, Ill.
    No. 11 / Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, No. Dak.
    No. 13 / Tin Cup, St. Paul, Minn.
    Jamo’s Fastpitch, St. Paul, Minn.

    The tournament opens Friday night with two games on tap. At 7 p.m., Ostrander Norsemen square off against the Rice Lake Orangemen, and in the nightcap, host Tin Cup battles Jamo’s at 9 p.m.

    SATURDAY SCHEDULE AT THE VILLAGE STADIUM

    9 a.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Rice Lake
    11 a.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Ostrander Norsemen
    1 p.m. – Topeka Toros vs. Ostrander Norsemen
    3 p.m. – Topeka Toros vs. Rice Lake Orangemen
    5 p.m. – Tin Cup vs. Kegel Black Knights
    ** 7 p.m. – Ceremony for 1976 All-American Bar (1976 ISC World Tournament Champions)
    7:30 p.m. – Tin Cup vs. Bloomington Stix
    9:30 p.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Topeka Toros

    SATURDAY AT PIONEER PARK

    11 a.m. – Jamo’s Fastpitch vs. Kegel Black Knights
    1 p.m. – Bloomington Stix vs. Kegel Black Knights
    3 p.m. – Bloomington Stix vs. Jamo’s Fastpitch

    SUNDAY PLAYOFFS AT THE VILLAGE STADIUM

    10 a.m. – A1 vs. B2
    12 p.m. – A2 vs. B1
    2 p.m. – Championship

    ** Tie breakers decides by head-to-head and runs allowed **

    Contact Information

    Christopher Diethert
    cgdiethert@gmail.com

    Circle Tap Tournament underway in Denmark, Wisconsin

    Saturday, July 8th, 2017

    DENMARK, Wisc. – The big-time tournament in the little town of Denmark is underway.

    Rice Lake, Wisc. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Bracket

    Friday, June 9th, 2017

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – The nine teams are poised at the starting line and at 8 Friday night the host Rice Lake Orangemen will square off with Strikers Lane of Baldwin to kick off the 39th Annual Rice Lake Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament at Tate Park.

    THE BRACKET


    Bracket Courtesy of Jess Chevrette

    39th Annual Rice Lake, Wisconsin Men’s Fastpitch Invitational a highlight of Aquafest celebration

    Tuesday, June 6th, 2017


    Rice Lake Orangemen pitcher Nicolas Siebenlist delivers a pitch to catcher Travis Thompson during the Jack Grafmeier Tournament in Kimberly, Wisc., June 4. The Orangemen return to action in the Rice Lake Invitational Tournament, June 9-10, seeking to win the championship in the ball club’s 39th appearance in the event that features teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas. Photo By SHAWNTELLE DAWES

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Six teams from Wisconsin, two from Minnesota, and one from Kansas make up the roster of teams for the 39th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 9-11, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

    2016 defending champion Tin Cup of St. Paul and runner-up Ostrander Norsemen of Ostrander, Minnesota are not entered in this year’s meet.

    Wisconsin entries include Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Dugout Bar and Grill and Cushing Tigers of Cushing, Ben’s Northern Bar-Deer’s Food Locker of Luck, The Stoneyard of Appleton, and the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 38 previous events.

    Len’s Automotive of St. Paul and last year’s third-place finisher, Odin Fastpitch, are the two Gopher State entries.

    The Kansas entry is Wizard of Oz from Silver Lake, a perennial entry in national fastpitch competition of the North American Fastpitch Association.

  • Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with one game, that at 8:00 p.m., and continues all day Saturday with opening games at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes early Sunday evening.
  • Jack Grafmeier Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Features Eight Strong Teams

    Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

    Tin Cup’s Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Fastpitch Tournament championship. He returns with Tin Cup to seek back-to-back titles, June 2-4, in Kimberly. Photo By BOB OTTO

    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The field is set with eight talented teams competing for the prestigious Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament championship at Sunset Park’s upper and lower diamonds in Kimberly, June 3-5.

    Tin Cup of St. Paul, Minn. returns as defending champion after defeating Dolan and Murphy (IL), 6-4, in the final.

    THE TEAMS

    Pool A

  • Circle Tap Lumberjacks, Denmark, WI
  • Hitters, Kimberly
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, WI
  • Pool B

  • Stoneyard, Appleton, WI
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton, WI
  • Hustle Hogs, DeKalb, IL
  • Optimum Crush, Kenosha, WI
  • TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
    Click to view or download: 2017 Grafmeier Tournament

    TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
    Kimberly Recreation Association
    Justin Columbo
    jcolombo@humana.com
    bossdj32@yahoo.com
    Rainout number: 920-687-7890

    Explosive Fargo Bombers Take Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Sunday, July 10th, 2016

    BombersMVPsMeshke.3lr Jace Holm, left, was selected the Most Valuable Player and Brent Meshke was named to the All-Tournament team for helping the Fargo Bombers win the Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 9-10. Photo 2015 NAFA World Series / By Sheryl Meshke, Lake Crystal, Minn.

    Courtesy of Mike Groch / Rice Lake Orangemen

    WATERTOWN, Minn. – The Fargo Bombers went 6-0 to claim the Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. The Bombers defeated Minnesota Computers, Rice Lake Orangemen and Lens Auto in pool play Saturday. Then on Sunday in the single elimination playoffs, Fargo beat Dawson, Rice Lake and Odin to claim the championship.

      THE MVP
  • Most Valuable Player, Jace Holm, Fargo Bombers
    • ALL-TOURNEY
  • Brian Waldvogel, Minnesota Computers
  • Joe Ganther, Len’s Auto
  • Nick Leach, Len’s Auto
  • John Hohenstein, Odin, Minn.
  • Brent Meshke, Odin, Minn.
  • Dan Gallagher, PBI
  • Jerry Ball, PBI
  • Mike Groch, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • Bryce Ducharme, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • Brent Rohlik, RFG
  • Chad Feikema, RFG
  • Justin Jager, Dawson
  • Great weekend and hats off to the staff at the Hollywood Sports Complex for putting on a great tournament atmosphere and dealing with the puddles of water on the fields Sunday. Saturday was perfect but the fields got poured on saturday night and sunday morning.

    Mike Groch
    White Glove Cleaning
    651-768-0020
    www.wgcleaning.com

    Hollywood Sports Complex Hosting Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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    WATERTOWN, Minn. – Eight teams will battle it out for the championship of the popular Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, July 9-10, in Watertown, Minnesota. Saturday features round robin play, with a single elimination playoff on Sunday.

    The Teams

  • Odin Fastpitch
  • Fargo, ND
  • Minnesota Computers
  • Len’s Automotive
  • Rice Lake Orangemen
  • PBI
  • Dawson
  • RFG
  • Hollywood Sports Complex is located about 40 miles west of Minneapolis. Click for Directions

    For more information, visit the Hollywood Sports Complex website.

    Tournament Schedule

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