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Tim DeJong joins NAFA Hall of Fame, class of 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Tim DeJong played in eight NAFA World Series from 2002 to 2012 for the Northwest Iowa Athletics and the Sioux Falls Sox.

During that span, as a player and assistant coach with the Sox, he helped the team win a NAFA World Series AA Championship in 2007, and was selected the Most Valuable Player. And in 2009 and 2010, he also helped the Sox take a second and third respectively in the AA division.

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New Image shuts down opposition to claim ASA Class A National Championship

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

NO. MANKATO, MN – New Image of Montfort, Wisconsin won five straight games and outscored its opponents 26-1 to finish undefeated with a 5-0 record in the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Men’s Class A National Championship, Sept. 1-2, in North Mankato, Minnesota.

Thirteen teams played in the double elimination tournament at Caswell Park, ASA Fastpitch Men’s Nationals in No. Mankato.

The Montfort, Wisconsin ball club topped off its undefeated run by defeating the Sioux Falls Sox (SD) 2-1 in the championship game to claim the title.

The Sox lost 1-0 to Bac Pride (IL) in the semi-finals of the winner’s bracket, and then battled back into the championship with three consecutive wins: 5-1 over Odin (MN); held off Goring Lawn Care (MN), 5-3, and then knocked off Bac Pride in a rematch, 5-2, for the right to face off with New Image in the final.

New Image defeated the Topeka (KS) Toros 7-0 in its opening game, and then downed Point Blank (WI), 2-0, Dekalb (IL), 7-0, Bac Pride, 8-0, and then the Sox 2-1.

The Final Four
1. New Image 5-0
2. Sioux Falls Sox 4-2
3. Bac Pride 3-2
4. Goring Lawn Care 3-2

No all-tournament or most valuable player and pitcher selections have been placed on the ASA website yet, but keep checking ASA Class A National Championship Results for information.

Someone to know: Travis DeJong, NAFA 20th Year Anniversary player

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, SD – It takes most young fastpitch players years before they stand shoulder-to- shoulder with the great veterans in the men’s game. But Travis DeJong appears to be an exception.

He’s just 26 and only been playing fastpitch full time since 2005. But what he has accomplished in the North American Fastpitch Association is quite remarkable.

As a catcher and first baseman for the Sioux Falls Sox and Kegal Black Knights of Fargo, ND, he’s won one NAFA World Series championship at the AA division in 2007, along with four All-World Selections.

Those achievements made DeJong a worthy selection to the NAFA “20th Year Anniversary Team.” A team comprised of the 36 top players who have achieved greatness over the span of NAFA’s 20 years (1993-2012) of World Series championship tournaments.

When notified of his selection, he said he was somewhat astounded and thrilled about having his name included with such a talented group of athletes.

“I am honored to be a part of this team,” DeJong said, who bats and throws right-handed. “Looking at the team, there are some very good ball players on the list, so to be selected to the team, I was very surprised, but excited.”

He says that winning the 2007 championship and being selected All-World are his biggest thrills. But at his young age – and in the prime of his career – he’ll probably be collecting a few more.