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By all standards, NAFA Open-Holm Classic a success

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

FARGO, ND – If Benjie Hedgecock and Kyle Koterba were exuding an air of satisfaction following the 2013 NAFA Open-Holm Classic men’s fastpitch tournament, June 14-16, in Fargo, it’s well deserved.

Hedgecock, executive director of the North American Fastpitch Association, and Koterba, tournament director for the NAFA Open-Holm Classic, collaborated to put on one of the most competitive NAFA Open’s in recent years. And Koterba, now in his second year running the tournament, deserves credit for raising the number of teams to ten this year.

But as with any endeavor, there’s always room for improvement.

“Just to have the live streaming video and send more top level umpires and to take it to 12 or 16 teams,” said Hedgecock, referring to just a few goals he and Koterba are striving for.


The reason for the lack of live video coverage this year was because the tournament had to be moved from flood-ravaged Mickelson Field to Lindenwood Park. Mickelson had the resources to broadcast the games, while Lindenwood didn’t.

But a new dike holding back Fargo’s notorious springtime floodwaters, should bring the tourney back to Mickelson next year. So next year look for the tournament back at its intended home field along with live viewing.


…Speaking of NAFA World Series locations, Fargo appears ideal for the Open Division because of the city’s close proximity to Canada, which sent three teams to the event this year (Randy’s A’s and Sooke Loggers from British Columbia, and the Diamondbacks of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.)

“I believe that with the number of Canadian teams we drew that we should keep it in Fargo,” Hedgecock said, “and get the other Midwest AA-major/Open teams to come and it will be perfect. So I am leaning towards keeping it in Fargo but I haven’t talked to Kyle yet. Kyle has suggested that we have a three-city rotation with Kimberly (Wisc.) and one other Midwest city, but we haven’t developed that thought yet.”

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Grand slammin’ Loggers take fastpitch trophy in North Dakota

Friday, June 21st, 2013

By Britt Santowski – Sooke News Mirror

SOOKE, BC – Last year, the Sooke Loggers left the NAFA Open-Holm Classic with slumped shoulders after a deflating 9 – 8 loss in the final game against the Circle Tap Dukes. This year, after five undefeated games, the Loggers clinched the sixth for the ultimate victory, emerging as the new Classic title holders.

The championship was played over two days, Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16.

On Saturday, the Loggers played three games, starting against the Kegal Black Knights followed by the West Fargo Knights and later that afternoon against Circle Tap.

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Undefeated, Loggers take the fast-pitch trophy

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

By Britt Santowski – Sooke News Mirror
Published: May 29, 2013 5:00 AM

SOOKE, BC – The Sooke Loggers played in the Kelowna May Days fast pitch softball tournament on May 17 to 19, and walked away as the undefeated champions.

On Friday night, squinting into the 9 p.m. sunset, the Loggers squared up against the Westbank Cardinals and made the sport look easy with a 17 to 7 victory.

“We hit four home runs in the game and the hitting attack was lead by Nick Medwedrich and Kyle Cowick,” summarized Len Banner, the team’s Field Manager.

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Sooke Blue Flames burn for more players

Sunday, June 16th, 2013


“It’s very developmental at this stage…The goal is to catch any developing bad habit and correct it, and to catch any developing good habit and nurture it. These players are a dedicated bunch, and are having a lot of fun trying different positions and learning this great game.” – boys’ coach Darrell Ell

By Britt Santowski – Sooke News Mirror
Published: June 05, 2013 5:00 AM

SOOK, BC – Saturday’s weather was great for a two game set of fast pitch softball at Art Morris Park. The Sooke U12 Boys, also known as the Sooke Blue Flames, faced some great pitching in the first game and lost 16-7 to Langford. Continue reading about boys’ fastpitch in Canada

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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Sooke Loggers victorious in Manitoba tournament

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

The Sooke Loggers, 2011 Western Canadian Senior Fastpitch champions, take a team photo with their medals after the tournament in Stonewall, Manitoba that took place Aug. 11 to 14. From front left: Andrew Medwedrich, Darcy Walushka, Kris Walushka, Nick Medwedrich, Harley Thompson, Darren Koster, Sean Koster. Back left: Coach Len Banner, Chad Bryden, John Bishop, Chris Caron, Adam Shnarr, Rich Haldane, Brian Banner, Jared Cooper, coach Joe Medwedrich.

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Originally published Aug. 24, 2011

SOOKE BC, CANADA – Sooke’s own Loggers men’s fastball team are the Western Canadian Senior Fastpitch champions.

Returning home last week from the four-day event at Quarry Park in Stonewall, Manitoba, the team lost only one game at the tournament on their way to the top.

“We were pretty confident—there’s four really good teams and it just worked out, we just got hot and played really hot,” said player manager Brian Banner.

Play was a round-robin format with nine teams

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