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The Fenstermachers carry on the legacy of the fastpitch family

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
The Fenstermacher fastpitch family of sons Zac, left,  and Jacob, daughter Maia, with father Bart.

The Fenstermacher fastpitch family of sons Zac, left, and Jacob, daughter Maia, with father Bart.

KUTZTOWN, Penn. – Throughout the history of men’s fastpitch, fathers have brought their sons into the sport. And it’s still happening across the country today – generation upon generation.

In Idaho, there’s the Alders, with father Greg and son Shane anchoring the Boise RiverDogs. And into Washington, we find Dan Kolda and his three sons Rick, Mike and Ryan playing together on K-Club.

Heading northeast into Minnesota, we learn that Duke Nessler introduced his three boys to fastpitch in the 1970s – Jeff, Randy and Dan. And now Dan has his son Steven playing who is a member of the USA Junior Men’s National Team.

Winding our way south into Missouri we meet Eric Lewis, who with his sons Craig and Jacob, have won ASA boys’ national championships.

And traveling east to Kutztown, Pennsylvania, we come upon the Fenstermachers. As with the Alders and Koldas, Lewis’s and Nesslers, the Fenstermachers is a family with a distinguished fastpitch legacy.

Father Bart, 47, brought his boys Zac, 25, and Jacob, 22, into the sport when they were young boys. And eagerly waiting to join her dad and brothers is three-year-old Maia.

Zac Fenstermacher, 25, at shortstop helped the Bedford Rays finish third in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A-Division.

Zac Fenstermacher, 25, at shortstop helped the Bedford Rays finish third in the 2014 NAFA World Series, A-Division.

Proud of their kids’ venture into the fastpitch game? You bet say mother Erin and Bart.

“It’s awesome to have the opportunity to travel and play a sport you love and spend time with your boys,” said Bart, who began playing fastpitch at 22. “(They) started as pinch runners on some of my teams, and Zac had his first at bat when he was 14 years old.”

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K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

1995-FarmMillerToyota.2web Don’t miss out on all the great action and competition at the 4th Annual K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Moses Lake, Washington.

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – For the fourth consecutive year, the K-Club Men’s Fastpitch team is hosting its tournament that is open to teams classified as NAFA A-AA, and ASA C and B. Here’s the details.

CONTACTS
Mike Kolda, Tournament Director: 509-770-0886; MIKEKOLDA@hotmail.com
Rick Kolda, Asst. Tournament Director: 360-271-0845
2015 K-Club Tournament Flier

LOCATION

  • (Map) Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex in Moses Lake
  • DATE

  • June 6-7
  • FORMAT

  • Four game guarantee
  • Three game round robin Saturday
  • Single elimination on Sunday
  • Third place game
  • SANCTION

  • NAFA A-AA
  • ASA C-B
  • AWARDS

  • First, second and third place
  • Tournament MVP
  • All-Tournament team
  • EVENTS

  • 50/50 $$ raffle
  • HOST BUSINESS

  • Papa’s Sports Lounge & Casino
  • Ten Pin Brewery
  • HOTEL

  • See Hotel Flyer
  • ENTRY FEE
    $400

    Big K-Club comeback claims Seattle Invitational

    Sunday, August 4th, 2013

    k-club.1web K-Club won four games on Sunday, July 28 to claim the 53rd Annual Seattle Invitational Men’s Fastpitch tournament. Photo courtesy of K-Club.

    SEATTLE, WASH. – The Seattle Invitational Tournament has a long and distinguished list of champions since its launch in 1963. In those 53 years, elite teams like Seattle’s Pay ‘N Pak and Peterbuilt, along with Payless of Victoria, BC, and Larry Miller Toyota of Salt Lake City have claimed the championship.

    And now K-Club of Bremerton, Wash. can add its name along side the prominent ball clubs who have won this prestigious west coast tournament.

    K-Club, with a lineup of talent from throughout the Northwest, won the 2013 11-team tournament by defeating the Portland Brewers 7-6 at Dacca Park in Fife, July 28.

    “This is an indescribable feeling, I still can’t believe it,” said K-Club manager and player Mike Kolda. “This team has put in a lot of hard work and come a long way since our birth. We’ve suffered some tough championship game losses. To break through for our first win at such a quality event is better than anything I could have dreamed of for this program.”

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    Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Columbia Basin Men’s Fastpitch Invitational

    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

    MOSES LAKE, WASH – K-Club Men’s Fastpitch manager Mike Kolda is helping to revive men’s fastpitch in the great Northwest by hosting the ball club’s second annual tournament.

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    K-Club Men’s Fastpitch, gearing up for 2013

    Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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    Rick Kolda will be counted on to handle the catching duties as well as toe the rubber for the K-Club Men’s Fastpitch team of Moses Lake, Washington.

    MOSES LAKE, WASH – Planning and plotting for improvement always rates tops as a ball club’s chief goal heading into a new season.

    The 2013 K-Club men’s fastpitch team is no different.

    But there’s just one thing. K-Club had a great season in 2012, so how much more can they improve? Well, with a few key additions, along with several returning veterans, maybe just enough to reach the top rung on the sport’s ladder of success: winning a national fastpitch championship.

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    West Fargo tops K-Club for NAFA World Series crown

    Monday, August 13th, 2012

    ANTHONY S. BUSH
    THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL

    TOPEKA, KS – Two long balls and a dominate performance from a Kiwi pitcher led the West Fargo, N.D., Knights to a 9-2 victory Sunday against the Washington K-Club in the championship game of the NAFA A-Major World Series at the Shawnee North softball complex.

    Jackson Prime, a 17-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand, threw six innings of seven-hit ball for the Knights’ second win against the K-Club, a Seattle metro area squad, in the 32-team double elimination tournament.

    Relying on his drop ball, Prime surrendered seven hits, all singles, and walked just one batter.

    “I threw a lot of drop balls,” Prime said. “My fingers were a little sore, so I could not throw as hard as I wanted to. The win feels good, and we’re still undefeated.”

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    Columbia Basin Invitational draws top teams, scores high marks

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2012


    K-Club finishes third in inaugural Columbia Basin Tournament

    MOSES LAKE, WA – Ryan Welsh couldn’t have hit the ball much better, and in the circle, Rick Kolda was in mid-season form. But their efforts weren’t quite enough as K-Club finished third in its own inaugural Columbia Basin Men’s Fastpitch Invitational, May 12-13, in Moses Lake, Washington.

    Welsh blistered the ball at a 10-for-17 pace (.588 batting average), along with three home runs, and Kolda won three games (3-0), to help K-Club finish third with a 4-1 record.

    Despite coming up short in the title hunt, K-Club manager Mike Kolda deemed the eight-team tournament a huge success.

    “The feedback from the teams and players was that they thought the tournament was outstanding and greatly appreciated,” Kolda said. “All the teams said they were definitely returning next year.”


    Rick Kolda was 3-0 in the tournament.

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