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JRW & Associates Claim Columbia Basin Invite

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


Moses Lake, WA – JRW & Associates of Yakima, WA defeated the Spokane Souvenirs 8-2 in the championship game of the 2nd Annual Columbia Basin Fastpitch Invite in Moses Lake, WA on Sunday May 19th.

Most Valuable Pitcher Sam Aldridge only gave up three hits and struck out 12 in the championship game. The two runs that were allowed were a two-Run home run by Nick Leva which was totally lost in the sun.

Most Valuable Player and Designated Hitter Tom Magers batted .500, had a double and a two-run home run. His three RBIs contributed to breaking up two close games to aid in JRW wins. Tom will celebrate his 60th birthday at the NAFA West Masters in Carson City on September 13th.

Tournament host K-Club defeated Interbay Door of Seattle for third place. Mike Kolda and Ricky Kolda of K-Club are to be congratulated for conducting an excellent tournament. Ground prep was outstanding and the tournament package was excellent.

A special treat for the fans for the weekend was observing the planes that passed directly over the playing field during their landing pattern. We were treated to many up close observations of Boeing’s new 787 in the two days of the tournament. The airfield in Moses Lake is Boeing’s practice facility.

Other scores, JRW Line Scores and other tournament details will be provided in a couple days.

For more JRW & Associates tournament results, visit Yakima Herald

Jim Williamson
Sponsor/Manager of JRW & Associates Fastpitch Team
Founder Emeritus, NAFA

Carson City, perfect for NAFA Masters World Series

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

CARSON CITY, NV – North American Fastpich Association (NAFA) Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock has a few good reasons why he likes hosting the West Masters World Series in Carson City. Well, actually he has a lot of good reasons.

For one, there’s Joel Dunn, Carson City’s parks and recreation operations manager.

In a word, he’s “awesome to work with,” Hedgecock said. “The parks department provides field rental, homerun fences and field prep for free to keep us coming back. Concession staff and field prep staff, and scorekeepers and gate staff are awesome and have become part of the family.”

Hedgecock goes on to add that Carson City is within reasonable driving and flying distance for western states’ ball players, family and fans. And you just never know whose going to be leaving Carson City a big winner. Away from the ball park, that is.

“Someone in our party wins a $15,000 or more jackpot every year,” Hedgecock said.

Couple those positives with great weather, a city (and nearby Reno) in which the wives and girl friends can have fun away from the ball park, friendly people and great fields, and there’s little not to like about playing fastpitch softball in Carson City.

“There are just no negatives to lead players to say they want someplace new,” Hedgecock said. “Because they love it here.”

The World Series runs Sept. 14 – 16 at, John D. Winters Centennial Sports Complex 500 Centennial Park Drive, Carson City.

A total of 34 teams will be battling it out in four masters age divisions: 55-Over, 50-Over, 45-Over, and the “kids” tournament, the 40-Over.

And these ball players, still infatuated with a sport many have played well over 40 and 50 years, come from many parts of North America: Including Canada, and the U.S. states of California, Idaho, Washington, Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, Kansas, and even Massachusetts.

On Saturday afternoon, a special ceremony will be held at 3:30, inducting Terry Traverso, Dean Waltier and Sam Aldridge into the NAFA Hall of Fame.

For more information, visit NAFA Fastpitch