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Wayne Ball’s 45th Annual West St. Paul Tournament features strong teams

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

WestStPaulTourney.1lr West St. Paul tournament bracket.

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 45th Annual West St. Paul Men’s Fastpitch Tournament got underway Friday night, July 17 and finishes Sunday afternoon with the championship scheduled for 4:30 p.m. If a second game is needed to decide a champion in the double-elimination format, the game will begin shortly after.

The 12-team field includes several top Midwest teams.

(1) Gallaghers (2) Len’s Auto (3) Kegel Black Nights (4) The Bar (5) Tin Cup (6) Odin Fastpitch (7) Sizzler (8) Ostrander Fastpitch (9) Rice Lake Orangemen (10) Jordan Realty (11) Circle Tap (12) Sawdust City

Under the direction of Wayne Ball, the tournament is being held at the West St. Paul Sports Complex.

See Wayne Ball feature story written in 2012: Ball family supports Dad’s goal in West St. Paul Tournament

Hard work pays off with NAFA 20th anniversary honor for Rebels, SuperChief ace

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012


David Beets, North American Fastpitch Association 20th Year Anniversary pitcher and player.

By DON CAMERON / Freelance Writer

ANADARKO, OK – The Dave Beets Shortstop Project took a detour many years ago when the starting pitcher for his Oklahoma men’s fastpitch team injured his knee and Beets was involuntarily thrust into the circle.

“It was the best thing that ever happened,” said Beets, 44, who was recently named to the NAFA 20th Anniversary Team that will be honored in Topeka, Kansas.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander has earned a national reputation for his workmanlike efforts in steering the Rocky Mountain Rebels (Boulder, Colorado) and SuperChief (Anadarko, Oklahoma) to tournament milestones.

“He’s an unbelievable warrior,” said Dave Parker, coach and pitcher for the Rocky Mountain Rebels. “He goes out and gives it everything he’s got, whether he’s healthy or hurt. He’s thrown against the best in the world and beaten them, and it’s not always with the best team in the world behind him.”

“What a tremendous athlete, and an even better person. It’s been truly a pleasure to have him on the Rebels, and a true honor for all of us on the Rebels that he was honored on the NAFA 20th anniversary team,” added Parker.

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Beets has come a long way since the days of watching his dad play fastpitch and begging to get on a team. After converting from shortstop to pitcher, he matured as a ballplayer under the likes of Wiley Washington, Jim Horse, W.G. Bushyhead and P.A. Wetselline.

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Wilber Lime wins seventh title in Rice Lake Aquafest

Friday, June 29th, 2012

RICE LAKE, WI – It was the same two teams – Wilber Lime of Galesville and The Bar of Appleton Athletics – who locked horns in the championship game a year ago; and who now met once again, battling for the 34th annual 2012 Aquafest Men’s Fastball crown, June 15-17 at Tate Park in Rice Lake.

But this time the result was reversed as Wilber – the winners of six previous Invitational titles – rallied from a 7-2 second inning deficit to prevail in a slugfest, 15-7.

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