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Comeback K-Club Claims NAFA World Series Title

Monday, September 17th, 2018

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Winning championships doesn’t come easy in any sport. And so it is in men’s fastpitch softball. Just ask the K-Club squad of Moses Lake, Washington.

For ten years K-Club has steadily grown into a respected ball club, winning or placing in the upper echelon of club tournaments throughout the northwest.

The 2018 season can be chalked up as a resounding success. K-Club’s 26-12 record includes two second-place finishes in the Newberg, Ore. and Mt. Vernon, Wash. tournaments. And in the prestigious North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Seattle Invitational, K-Club claimed first place in the A-Major Division.

    Aiming High

But those tournaments were tune-ups of sorts. For the ultimate prize is winning a NAFA World Series championship – a destination K-Club has been aiming for ten long years.

And on Aug. 19 in Fargo, North Dakota, K-Club’s dream of a national championship was realized when they won five consecutive games to claim the 10-team, World Series AA-Division title.

“K-Club has progressively improved over the last nine years,” said co-manager Dan Kolda, who helped found the team with his sons Mike and Rickey. “We have had many successes, but the victory in the AA World Series, especially with all the comeback wins, has to be the most prestigious accomplishment for the program. The effort and contributions from each and every member of this team demonstrated what can be achieved when you have “heart!”

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K-Club Hosting Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Moses Lake, Washington

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Bowen vs Rude Pac.39webThe action promises to be fast, intense and competitive at the 5th Annual K-Club Invitational.

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Fastpitch season is fast approaching again this year and once again we will be hosting the 5th Annual K-Club Invitational in Moses Lake, WA, June 4-5, 2016.

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Moses Lake, Washington men’s fastpitch tournament in June

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Rick Kolda vs Generals

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Make your plans early!! Attached are the informational flyers ML Flyer ’15 Hotel Flyer-1 for the 2015 “4th Annual K-Club Invitational,” on June 6-7.

As always, the tournament information packet and schedule will be sent out when we get a bit closer, but it’s never too early to make your hotel reservations and pay your entry fees!!

For payments details, call or email Rick Kolda at (360) 271-085 or rickeykolda@yahoo.com

For all other questions, call / text/ email/ or Facebook me.

Thanks guys, we’re looking forward to another fun weekend in BEAUTIFUL Moses Lake, WA.

ALSO: We are always looking for new teams to enter this tournament; please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested in brining a team, or who I might have forgotten to included in this email, thanks again!

Mike Kolda
K-Club Men’s Fastpitch
(509) 770-0886
mikekolda@hotmail.com

K-Club Invitational draws top Northwest teams

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

paul.lauzier Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex, Moses Lake, Wash, will be the site of the 2014 K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.
See tournament flier: ML Flyer ’14

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Moses Lake lies about halfway between Seattle and Spokane off the 90 Interstate. Most people have never heard of Moses Lake, and have no reason to go to Moses Lake.

But there’s at least one exception. Men’s fastpitch softball. In particular the annual K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

Since the tournament began in 2012, spearheaded by the Kolda family – father Dan and sons Rickey and Mike – teams from the greater Northwest have become quite familiar with Moses Lake, and have taken a liking to the tournament.

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Third Annual K-Club Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament In Moses Lake

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

K-Club Team Photo K-Club men’s fastpitch softball team. Courtesy Photo By Rickey Kolda

By MIKE KOLDA / K-Club Tournament Director

Dear Managers / Coaches / Players:

Welcome TO THE 3rd ANNUAL K-CLUB MEN’S FASTPITCH INVITATIONAL, June 7-8, at the Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex in Moses Lake, Wash.

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Mike Trotter plays with passion

Saturday, July 6th, 2013


Mike Trotter of the Southern Oregon Bandits, shows his form while pitching for CR Adidas in the 2004 ASA Class A National Tournament.
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EAGLE POINT, OR – Mike Trotter’s not sure how he’ll feel in his final game when he throws his final pitch and steps off the pitching rubber for the final time. But he does know the time has come to finally say goodbye.

At the end of the season, Trotter will leave fastpitch softball after a 63-year career that began in 1947. And above all else there’s one thing he’d like to be remembered for.

“I would like to be remembered for my passion for the sport,” said the 71-year-old, right-hander. “It’s what has kept me going.”

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How they got started, and why they continue to play fastpitch softball

Monday, October 22nd, 2012


Rickey Kolda has worked hard to become a pitcher on the K-Club team based in the state of Washington.
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I thank God every day for letting me enjoy this game that I watched my dad playing, while I was growing up.” – Frank Hendrix III, Missoula, MT

BELFAIR, WA – Most people can recall a time, a place, an instance when something memorable happened in their lives. For many of us who play fastpitch softball, we remember the time, the place, and the circumstance that got us started in this sport that has become such an important and special part of our recreational lives.

Rickey Kolda of the K-Club men’s fastpitch team, asked a question on his Facebook page recently:

“To all men’s fastpitch players: how did you get introduced to fastpitch and why do you continue to play the game?”

The replies poured in manyfold. So I thought I would share those replies to Rickey’s question. Replies that bring back fond memories of how, why and when men young-and-old started playing the game we call fastpitch or fastball. And why they continue to play.

Ricky Kolda:

“I started like a lot of you by following my dad (Dan Kolda) from city to city watching him play fastpitch with my brother, and playing catch or throwing a tennis ball against the dugouts. I wasn’t introduced to the “other” softball game until I was 17. The main reason that I play is for the competition, the fast pace of the game, and the pitcher versus batter duels. It’s also pretty cool seeing my summer weekend family at different ballparks across Washington and Oregon.” (Rickey, Michael and their dad, Dan Kolda, started the K-Club team based in Washington.)

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K-Club hosting men’s fastpitch tournament in Moses Lake

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

MOSES LAKE, WA – The last time a men’s fastpitch softball tournament was played in Moses Lake, Washington? Most likely a very long time ago. But that’s about to change.

Mike Kolda, a Moses Lake resident, and player / manager of the K-Club men’s fastpitch team is busy organizing the first annual “Columbia Basin Men’s Fastpitch Invitational.”


Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex

The tournament will take place May 12 to 13 at the Paul Lauzier Athletic Complex in Moses Lake. Registration deadline is May 7, and the entry fee is $350. Please see the attached flier Tourney Flyer for complete information.

“We want eight to 10 teams,”said Kolda. “It’s a four-game guarantee with three games played Saturday in round robin. The complex is in great shape, and there’s a lot of fun stuff to do here with a water park, golfing, and public parks.”

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K-Club fastpitch, father and sons building a quality ball club and lasting memories

Monday, January 30th, 2012

“I enjoy pitching and playing with my sons. It brings tears to my eyes realizing it. It’s a wonderful experience…,” – Dan Kolda


The K-Club: Back Row from left, Ryan Welsh, Randy Bitterman, Jeff Hannan, Chayce Christensen, Carlos Gonzalez, Scott Schmidt, Rick Kolda. Front Row from left, Joe McCormick, Duey Christensen, Jerry Sanders Jr, Mike Kolda and Dan Kolda.
Contributed Photo By Mike Kolda

MOSES LAKE, WA – Pitcher Dan Kolda has enjoyed his share of success on the fastpitch softball diamond. The 55-year-old is an Amateur Softball Association (ASA) All-American. He’s won ASA and North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) national championships. He’s also pitched in four International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournaments.

And he beat one of the greatest fastpitch teams ever assembled in the history of the sport: The Guanella Brothers of Santa Rosa, Calif. (2-0) in the 1986 ASA Major National Championship.

In his still active 38-year career, he’s amassed a treasure trove of fond memories. But none will compare with the memories he’s building right now: playing with his three sons, Michael Kolda, Rickey Kolda and stepson Ryan Welsh on a ball club aptly named – the K-Club – K standing for Kolda, of course.

“It will rank up there in my career,” said Kolda. “I had this idea that it would be fun to have a team with the boys, but it was Mike that put the program together and built it.”

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