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2014 NAFA World Series magazine sent to the publisher

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Cover of 2014 NAFA World Series magazine

Cover of 2014 NAFA World Series magazine


YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’ve sent my magazine entitled, 2014 NAFA World Series, to the publisher, but waiting for a hard copy to finish the final edit before releasing for purchase.

The magazine’s 112 pages contain dozens of photos, championship game stories and results (AA-Major, AA, A-Major, A, 23-Under, Wood Bat, and Masters East and West), feature stories, NAFA Hall of Fame stories, and a look at past World Series feats & stats of some of the games biggest stars.

Bats heat up and blast Bowen Fastpitch to NAFA World Series A Division Championship

Monday, August 18th, 2014
WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! The Bowen Fastpitch team includes Corey Ramsey, Jack Carlisle, Shawn Altgilbers, Brody Gronewold, Tony Koehler, Derek Van Fleet, Austin Ramsey, Josh Gronewold, Matt Kissinger, Andy Gronewold, Collin Dooley, Brian Jansen, Austin Hardy, Greg Dowdall, and manager Rocco Ramsey, front row center. Photo By BOB OTTO

WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! The Bowen Fastpitch team includes Corey Ramsey, Jack Carlisle, Shawn Altgilbers, Brody Gronewold, Tony Koehler, Derek Van Fleet, Austin Ramsey, Josh Gronewold, Matt Kissinger, Andy Gronewold, Collin Dooley, Brian Jansen, Austin Hardy, Greg Dowdall, and manager Rocco Ramsey, front row center. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – About the fifth inning Rocco Ramsey felt confident his Bowen Fastpitch team was starting to find their groove at the plate.

Down 9-0, Bowen had erupted for five runs in the fifth inning of the first of two games that would decide the NAFA World Series A Division Championship.

Even though Bowen went on to lose 9-6 to Rude Pac of So. Calif. in that first game; it was in that fifth inning that Ramsey said to himself that his young team – seven under the age of 23 – would be just fine in the winner-take-all title game.

And indeed they were as Bowen blasted its way to a 22-11 victory to claim the A Division title.

“I really felt that in the fifth inning of that first game that our bats were back,” said Ramsey, a NAFA Hall of Fame manager and promoter. “I had a gut feeling it would carry over into the championship. Their pitchers were tired and we got on to them.”

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Bowen Fastpitch reaches NAFA A Division winners final

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the NAFA A-Division tournament, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

Bowen Fastpitch manager Rocco Ramsey celebrates after his team pulled out a 7-6 walk-off win over Rude Pac of So. Calif. in the semifinals of the NAFA A-Division tournament, Saturday. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – It was the most unlikeliest of wins, but Rocco Ramsey and his Bowen Fastpitch ball club from Illinois will gladly take it.

In the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded and down by a run, Bowen scored twice to pull out a 7-6 victory over Rude Pac of So. Calif. that sends Bowen (4-0) into the winners bracket final to be played late Saturday night.

For Rude Pac (4-1), it was a devastating and most disappointing loss. All due to a game-costing error and free passes.

Bowen’s Corey Ramsey led off the seventh with a walk, then after a infield popup, Shawn Altgilbers worked a second walk off Rude Pac’s Ron Mizner. That brought Brody Gronewold to the plate, and he laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third.

Now it was Jack Carlisle’s turn, but Rude Pac chose to walk him intentionally to load the bases.

With two out, up to the plate stepped Austin Ramsey. He worked the count full, and then watched as ball four went by him forcing in Corey Ramsey with the tying run.

Now Derek Van Fleet stepped into the batter’s box and lifted what appeared to be a harmless and easy fly ball to centerfield. But the ball was dropped sending in Algilbers with the winning run.

And sending the Bowen team and their fans into delirious celebration.

“Wow, what a game,” said manager Rocco Ramsey. “Somebody is watching over us. That’s two in a row we’ve won like that.”

Bowen's Jack Carlisle slides into home plate as Rude Pac catcher Keith Herbster tries to field the ball and make the tag. Photo By BOB OTTO

Bowen’s Jack Carlisle slides into home plate as Rude Pac catcher Keith Herbster tries to field the ball and make the tag. Photo By BOB OTTO

For Rocco’s son, Austin Ramsey, the win means so much to him, his dad, and the entire team.

“This is as far as we have gone (in the NAFA World Series),” said Austin, who added that the ball four he walked on was about chin high. “Dad’s been playing fastpitch since 1981, and this means a lot to him. He’s been at it a long time with guys like Tony Koehler, Brian Janssen and Andy Gronewold.

Bowen will now face Oscar’s of Omaha, who survived Wright Way 6-4 to claim the bottom half of the 44-team winners bracket. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.

“We are finding ways to win,” Austin Ramsey said. “This is the farthest we’ve ever gone (in NAFA World Series). We want to keep going.”

Bowen had eight hits led by Matt Kissinger, who was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI; Collin Dooley 2 for 4, Jack Carlisle 1 for 1, 2 runs, 3 stolen bases; Derek Van Fleet 2 for 4, 2 RBI; and Jack Gronewold 1 for 2.

Left-hander Tony Koehler picked up his fourth win (4-0) and pitched a complete game giving up six runs on 11 hits with a walk and a strikeout.

For Rude Pac, Chris Nassour went 2 for 3 with an RBI; David Carrillo 2 for 4, run scored, 2 RBI; Ruben Lopez 1 for 4, Chris Paiva 3 for 4, Dave Demaid 1 for 2, RBI; Keith Herbster 1 for 3, Josh Sargent 1 for 1, and Scotty Pulcifer 1 for 3, run scored, RBI.

J&B Painting, Page Brake, Rude-Pac claim Las Vegas Road Trip VII championships

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Thirty seven teams from across the United States and from Canada, Mexico, Valenzuela, and Argentina competed for divisional championships in Las Vegas with two California and one Utah team taking the three titles against tough competition.

By ROBERT HERNANDEZ / Tournament Director

LAS VEGAS – The dust has all settled, the last out has been called, champions have been crowned and the 2014 edition of the Las Vegas Road Trip is in the books. Hopefully everyone had some fun in Sin City and left with a little extra cash in your pocket on the trip back home.

This year’s tournament had almost perfect weather; no rain forecasted but high clouds to bring the heat down in the afternoon. The wind did kick in hard on Sunday morning, making fly balls interesting to say the least.

Thirty-seven teams were entered into the tournament; however, one dropped out late Friday evening as only four players arrived to play-unfortunately making it too late to adjust the schedule.

The competition in all three levels was fantastic…To read game reports of the three division championships visit the SCIFL website and read Las Vegas Road Trip VII