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Hank & Karen’s strives to ‘four-peat’ in Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament June 3-5

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

LathropRiceLake.286lr The 2016 Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament will feature strong pitching and highly ranked teams and players competing for the championship in this coveted tournament at Sunset Park in Kimberly, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO

By Justin Colombo / Tournament Director
Bossdj32@yahoo.com

KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The Jack Grafmeier Memorial Tournament opens Friday night at 7 and taking center stage on fabled Sunset Park’s lower diamond will be Hank & Karen’s Fastpitch.

Hank & Karen’s Pub & Grill, located in Appleton, will look to defend its title – for a FOURTH time. But it won’t be easy. Seven teams are looking to seize the title, including:

    POOL A
  • Hank & Karen’s Fastpitch
  • Hitter’s of Kimberly
  • Hustle Hogs, Dekalb, IL
  • Tin Cup, St. Paul, MN
    • POOL B
  • Stoneyard, Appleton
  • Bar Buzz, Appleton
  • Dolan & Murphy, Aurora, IL
  • Rice Lake Orangemen, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • The tournement continues through Saturday with a full slate of pool play games to decide seeding for Sunday’s playoffs.

    The tournament features three teams ranked highly by the International Softball Congress. Aurora Dolan & Murphy is ranked No. 24; Bar Buzz, No. 27, and Tin Cup (fresh from taking the championship of the Dugout Memorial Tournament in Cushing, Wisc.) holds the No. 31 spot.

    TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

    For more information, contact Tournament Director, Justin Colombo
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com

    2016 Grafmeier Tournament Has Strong Field, One More Team Needed

    Monday, April 11th, 2016

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    KIMBERLY, Wisc. – The 2016 Grafmeier Tournament will be held June 3-5 at legendary Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI.

    Entry fee is $300 per team with a $500 prize pool for Sunday. Format is pool play with top-four teams moving to a single elimination Championship Bracket on Sunday.

    The bottom four teams will move to single elimination bracket for the Consolation Title. Please contact Tournament Director Justin Colombo with any questions or inquiries.

    “We are still in need of one more team for the Grafmeier tournament to fill out the eight-team field,” said Colombo.

    TEAMS COMMITTED

  • Hank and Karens
  • Dekalb Hustle Hogs
  • Stoneyard
  • The Bar Buzz
  • Dolan and Murphy
  • Tin Cup
  • Hitters
  • Justin Colombo
    Bossdj32@yahoo.com
    920-585-0179

    Speed and power drive Roseville Eagles to NAFA World Series A-Major Championship

    Sunday, August 10th, 2014
    High flying Eagles win NAFA World Series A-Major Championship. The includes Jabari Wimbs, Mario Pereira, Adam Traugh, Mark Summers, Joel Manfredi, Nathan Dondero, Ed Gasper, Brandon Sharer, Kevin Fontana, Kary Moore, Steven Tyler Phillips, Rusty Newman, Nicholas Freitas, and Aaron Glaum. Photo By Bob Otto

    High flying Eagles win NAFA World Series A-Major Championship. The team includes Jabari Wimbs, Mario Pereira, Adam Traugh, Mark Summers, Joel Manfredi, Nathan Dondero, Ed Gasper, Brandon Sharer, Kevin Fontana, Kary Moore, Steven Tyler Phillips, Rusty Newman, Nicholas Freitas, and Aaron Glaum. Photo By Bob Otto

    QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – The Roseville, Calif. Eagles have the kind of lineup that can give many a pitcher a severe case of the jitters. They’ve got the speedsters up front slapping and poking their way on base, and the big bashers lining up to drive them in.

    Stoneyard of Madison, Wisc. can attest to that.

    In the bottom of the first inning, Aaron Glaum – possibly the fastest man in the World Series – hit a line shot into the left-centerfield gap, and before the ball could be flagged down he was rounding third and heading for home for an inside the park home run.

    That huge hit was the spark that ignited the Eagles’ offense and led to a 7-0 victory to claim the NAFA World Series A-Major Division Championship, Sunday, at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill.

    “It’s a great combination to have speed up front in Jabari (Wimbs) and Aaron, and power hitters that go three, four, five, six and seven and then we roll the lineup to speed again,” said Eagles’ player and manager Mario Pereira, who bats third. “Aaron set the tone for us today.”

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    Roseville awaits the winner between Stoneyard and Bedford

    Sunday, August 10th, 2014
    Salt Lake City Page Brake pitcher Kevin Black fires a pitch in the game against the Roseville Eagles. Black the son of manager, Steve Black, is fast becoming one of Utah's best pitchers. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Salt Lake City Page Brake pitcher Kevin Black fires a pitch in the game against the Roseville Eagles. Black the son of manager, Steve Black, is fast becoming one of Utah’s best pitchers. Photo By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIED, IA/IL – The Roseville (Calif.) Eagles are sitting in a comfortable spot, undefeated and awaiting in the championship ring as the Bedford, Penn. Rays and Stoneyard of Madison, Wisc. do battle in the losers’ bracket final.

    The winner will take on the Eagles at 1:15 p.m. to decide the A-Division World Series title.

    The Eagles defeated the Rays Saturday night, 5-4, in 11 innings, and now have a 5-0 record in the 36-team tournament.

    Stoneyard (4-1) beat Salt Lake Page Brake 7-0 Sunday morning to advance. Page Brake, managed by Steve Black, finished fourth in the tournament with a 3-2 record.

    Roseville flying high in NAFA World Series A-Major, but set to meet tough Bedford

    Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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    Roseville’s Mario Pereira takes a good cut during the Eagles 14-6 victory over Salt Lake City Page Brake, Saturday, in an A-Major matchup. Photo By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – The Roseville, Calif. Eagles beat Salt Lake Page Brake 14-6 to advance to the winners bracket final of the A-Major Division where they will take on the Bedford, Penn. Rays in Saturday’s featured game.

    Roseville scored runs in each of the first four innings to run-rule Page Brake and end the game in the fifth inning. The Eagles have been on an offensive mission, averaging nine runs a game by outscoring four opponents 37 to 9.

    The Eagles (4-0) opened the A-Major Division by beating Sibley Fastpitch, 7-1, Ostrander, 7-0, Mac’s Fastpitch Weezers, 9-2, and Page Brake.

    BlackKevinPageBrake.9 Kevin Black delivers a pitch for Page Brake. Photo By BOB OTTO

      Bedford 7, Stoneyard 2

    Bedford scored four runs in the first inning highlighted by Mike Rohrer’s run scoring double and a two run home run by Dan Moyer. The Rays added three more runs in the fifth to seal the win.

    Stoneyard plated a single run in the fifth on Robb Kay’s RBI double, bringing home Dean Rogers, who led off the inning with a double. Then in the seventh, Rogers’ double brought in Brendan Stable for the final run.

    Bedford (4-0) defeated Cleon’s Auto 7-5, Bushue Tree Service 8-7, KC New Age Outlaws 4-1, and Stoneyard to advance and meet Roseville.