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Premiere men’s fastpitch leads to Boys of Summer tournament in Denmark, Wisc.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

whitten.sean.1web Canadian pitcher Sean Whitten of the New York Gremlins will be one of the top pitchers in the 2014 Boys of Summer tournament in Denmark, Wisc., July 11-13. Photo By BOB OTTO

“Last year was the first time the Gremlins attended the Boys Of Summer and we loved the atmosphere and fans at Circle Tap.” – New York Gremlins Field Manager Gregg Leather.

DENMARK, Wisc. – In 1967, John Miller bought the Circle Tap Bar in Denmark, Wisc. An avid fastpitch player, Miller decided to build a ball diamond next to the bar. Because as he said in a previous interview, “the only way I could get on a team was to build a ball diamond at Circle Tap.”

Miller said this partly in jest. But truth told, by building that ball diamond, Miller set into motion one of the most prestigious men’s fastpitch locations in all of North America.

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54th Annual Seattle Invitational returns to Fife, Wash.

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Lief.Haldane.Sooke.1web Fastpitch fans can expect to see top-level pitching in the Seattle Invitational. Photo By BOB OTTO

FIFE, Wash. – The 2014 54th Annual Seattle Invitational returns stronger than ever with 11 teams currently entered including several Upper Division ball clubs:

  • California A’s
  • Sooke Loggers (Canada)
  • Cal-State Builders (Calif)
  • Portland Brewers
  • K-Club (defending champions) (Wash)
  • Rat City (state unknown)
  • Victoria Thunder (Canada).
  • Lower Division teams include Interbay Door, Cleon’s Auto, JRW & Associates, and the Richmond Stealers.

    The Tournament runs July 25-27 with games played at Dacca Park in Fife.

    For complete information, contact tournament director Ryan Daly, and visit the Seattle Invitational website.

    And see Tournament Flier 2014_Seattle_Invite_Flyer.

    Ryan Daly can be reached at:
    425-445-6028
    Rdaly24@gmail.com

    Sooke Loggers upend California A’s to claim Classic title

    Monday, July 1st, 2013

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    Sooke’s Scott Lieph, left, and Rich Haldane, middle, combined to pitch the Sooke Loggers of Sooke, British Columbia, Canada to the 2013 California Classic championship, denying world-class pitcher, Lucas Mata, right, of the Bakersfield, California A’s the victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

    SANTEE, CALIF – The pitching and the hitting have been solid, and at times spectacular. As a result? Tournament championships – four in fact.

    The Sooke Loggers from British Columbia, Canada, clinched their latest title in the Fourth Annual California Classic on Sunday by beating the host Bakersfield, California A’s 9-6 in a contest that featured four home runs and a combined 22 hits.

    A hitters’ game?

    Certainly, but also one that featured some fine pitching. Especially that of Sooke’s Rich Haldane. The tall right-hander from Great Britain came on in the fifth inning in relief of starter Scott Lieph, and pitched masterfully to pick up the save.

    HALDANE SUPERB IN RELIEF
    In three innings of relief, Haldane scattered two hits, struck out three, and didn’t allow any runs to an A’s team loaded with great hitters, one through nine.

    Sooke manager Len Banner’s decision to make the pitching change was masterful in its timing. California’s Matt Palazzo had just belted a home run, cutting the Loggers’ lead to 8-6 in the fifth. And the A’s seemed to be gauging the 23-year-old Lieph’s hard riser and drop. But Banner, knowing his two pitchers’ skills, didn’t hesitate in making the change.

    “They are a good combination and pick each other up,” Banner said. “Scott is a hard thrower and Rich hits his spots, moves the ball around, and changes speeds a bit more than Scott does.”

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    NAFA Open / Holm Classic tournament promises top-caliber men’s fastpitch

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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    FARGO, ND – Ten outstanding ball clubs are converging on Fargo for the 2013 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Open World Series / Holm Classic that begins on June 14 and ends with the championship game on Sunday, June 16.

    Just how good are some of the teams that represent four U.S. states and three Canadian provinces?

    According to the International Softball Congress pre-season rankings, six of the 10 are ranked in the top 25 of all the men’s club teams playing in North America.

    Heading the list is the hometown Kegel Black Knights at No. 7; Circle Tap of Denmark, WI, No. 8, and the Diamondbacks of Saskatoon Saskatchewan, No. 9.

    Defending its 2012 title is Circle Tap which knocked off the Loggers of Sooke British Columbia, 9-8, in a thrilling come-from-behind victory. The Loggers are returning for a run at the championship.

    The action kicks off Friday night at 8 p.m. between the West Fargo Knights and the Winnipeg Bullets.

    On Friday and Saturday, the teams will compete in pool play. Comprising Pool A is Circle Tap, Randy’s A’s of British Columbia; the Minnesota Angels, St. Paul; Topeka Toros, Topeka, KS; and Rooters Bar, Fargo.

    Pool B is just as formidable with the Sooke Loggers; Kegel Black Knights; Saskatoon Diamondbacks; Winnipeg Bullets, and West Fargo Knights.

    The games will be played at Lindenwood Park, 1905 Roger Maris Drive, Fargo

    Fans can keep track of the games by visiting the Fargo Moorhead Fastpitch Association website.

    Teams wanted for Fargo NAFA tourney

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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    FARGO, ND – The annual Holm Men’s Faspitch Tournament is adding a special feature this year, a separate tournament for NAFA A and A-Major classified teams.

    The entry fee is just $200, with the winner guaranteed a free entry into the 2013 NAFA World Series in Des Moines, Iowa, that runs for all divisions, Aug. 8-18.

    “We are looking for a few teams for the NAFA A and A-Major tourney and we will be running it during the annual Holm tourney in Fargo (June 15-16),” said tournament organizer, Mike Oehlke. “It will be held at the same complex as the NAFA Open. This should be a fun weekend as there are some good teams to watch in the Holm.”

    Teams committed for the NAFA Open include:
    Saskatoon Diamondbacks, CA
    Randys A’s, BC, CA
    Circle Tap, Wisc
    Winnipeg Bullets, CA
    West Fargo Knights, ND
    Kegel Black Knights, ND
    Topeka Toros, Kansas
    Fargo Rooters Bar, ND
    Sooke Loggers, BC, CA
    Minnesota Angels, Minn

    URGENT, READ RECENT UPDATE: On Sunday June 9th, Oehlke writes that the NAFA A and A-Major tournament needs one more team on Saturday, June 15. And please note: It’s a three game guarantee with NO ENTRY FEE. That’s right, no entry fee. Please respond to Mike ASAP if interested.

    For more information about the Fargo NAFA A and A-Major tournament
    contact Mike Oehlke
    701-367-3545

    Tom Crouch, setting high standards in the NAFA World Series

    Friday, July 20th, 2012

    “The other 35 players on the 20th Year Anniversary Team (1993-2012) are high-class players, and I feel very proud to be in the same category as them.” – Tom Crouch on his selection to NAFA’s 20th Year Anniversary Team.

    DEKALB, IL – Tom Crouch has certainly made his mark in NAFA World Series play. For example – and this is a huge example – he may go down in NAFA history as the only player to be selected All-World in the Open, AAA, and AA-Major divisions of World Series championships.

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    Sooke Loggers Las Vegas bound

    Saturday, April 14th, 2012

    By Sharron Ho – Sooke News Mirror
    Published: April 11, 2012 5:00 AM

    SOOKE, BC, CANADA – The Sooke Loggers Fastball Club has moved up to Open Ball and will be starting up the season at a tournament in Las Vegas on April 14-15.

    The team, with players aged between 22 and 40, will be competing in the Vegas Roadtrip against teams from around the world like Portland, Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin.

    “We’re pretty excited,” said field manager Len Barry of the tournament.

    He said the 12 players, who are mostly tradesmen, have laboured throughout the year to raise the $70,000 budget for the season.

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