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Morelli’s scores big in NAFA A World Series opener

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

morellis.lammers.59web Gregg “Chopper” Lammers picked up the win in Morelli’s Fastpitch 13-4 victory over Mazon Fastpitch of Illinois. Photo By BOB OTTO

URBANDALE, IOWA – Ryan Thomas went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs and Gregg “Chopper” Lammers allowed four earned runs, walked none and struck out two, and Morelli’s Fastpitch of St. Paul defeated Mazon, Illinois Fastpitch 13-4 in the opening round of the NAFA A World Series, Thursday, at Walker-Johnston Softball Complex.

morellis.bunter.15 The Morelli’s offense pounded out 16 hits in winning their first game ever in the NAFA World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

Morelli’s collected 16 hits with Matt Fitzenberger going 3 for 3, three RBIs, Brooks Albrecht went 2 for 2, RBI, and Tyler Bouley was 4 for 4 with an RBI.

Morelli’s ended the game in the fourth under the mercy rule and now moves on in the 40-team tournament with a Friday morning game.

Timeless St. Paul team makes first appearance in NAFA World Series

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013


ST. PAUL, MINN – Matt Fitzenberger has played for Morelli’s Fastpitch for about 15 years. But he’s just a youngster when it comes to the storied history of this St. Paul team, and the countless numbers of players who have come long before him and worn the Morelli’s uniform.

Morelli’s Market in St. Paul has been sponsoring a men’s fastpitch team for over 40 years.

A baseball player fresh out of college, Fitzenberger was asked by Jim Morelli to play for his team. He accepted and has never left.

“A lot of original team members got into the game because of Jim,” said Fitzenberger, 30, who is the player / manager of the team.

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