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Todd Lubkeman selected Wisconsin NAFA Pitcher of The Year

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Todd Lubkeman has been the mainstay of the Willkomm Mobil pitching staff since 1992 and has helped the team achieve great success in NAFA World Series competition. In 2016 he was selected “Wisconsin NAFA Pitcher of The Year.” Photo By BOB OTTO

BRISTOL, Wisc. – Over 130 men’s softball teams play the fastpitch version in Wisconsin, and on those teams, the anchor is the pitcher. Without a pitcher, there is no fastpitch team.

And if a team has a hurler with talent that usually transpires into success.

For many years, Willkomm Mobil of Kenosha has been fortunate to have Todd Lubkeman anchoring its pitching staff. The big right-hander – about 6-foot-6, throws the ball hard with all the accompanying assortment of batter-baffling spinners – riser, curve, drop and change-up.

Over the years, Lubkeman has been as productive a pitcher as any Wisconsin has ever produced. 2016 was no exception.

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Willkomm Mobil, all about fun, family and winning

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Todd Lubkeman has been the mainstay of the Willkomm Mobil pitching staff and has helped the team achieve great success in NAFA World Series competition. Photo By BOB OTTO

Todd Lubkeman has been the mainstay of the Willkomm Mobil pitching staff and has helped the team achieve great success in NAFA World Series competition. Photo By BOB OTTO

KENOSHA, Wisc. – Chances are if you’re traveling in southeastern Wisconsin, you will happen upon Willkomm’s Mobil and one of it’s several Mobil service stations and restaurants.

The company’s reputation is excellent; it’s service and products great.

And if you’re into men’s fastpitch, somewhere, sometime on ball diamonds throughout the Midwest, you’ve most likely seen or played against a very fine team branded with Willkomm Mobil on its jerseys.

    PROUD TO WEAR THE UNIFORM

It all began when owner Jerry Willkomm agreed to sponsor the team in 1992, and it carries on yet today, 24 years later, with no plans on folding.

“Jerry Willkomm and the entire Willkomm Mobil company has been awesome,” said Willkomm general manager and player, Mark Nelson. “He has sponsored the team since 1992, and had sponsored other fastpitch teams before that. He’s a great person to play for, comes to games when he is in the area, and supports us 100-percent. The team takes pride in wearing the name on and off the field.”

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NAFA welcomes its newest Hall of Fame members

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

QUAD CITIES, Ia/Il – The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) welcomed its newest members into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies Thursday night at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, Ill.

080714-HernandezRobertHoF.71web Robert Hernandez, who served NAFA as a Vice President and national tournament director waves to fans during his Hall of Fame induction.

LubkemanNelsonHoF.52webTodd Lubkeman and Mark Nelson of Willkomm Mobil, Kenosha, Wisc. were inducted together into the NAFA Hall of Fame after playing years together for Willkomm, sponsored by Jerry Willkomm.

ParishHernandezHoF.33web Carley Parish, who served as the NAFA UIC and joined the organization in 1997 was presented by her good friend Robert Hernandez, who was also inducted.

HernandezEngleHoF.36web Rod Engle has played, coached and sponsored teams for over 50 years. He was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame for his service to the sport and to NAFA.

AlderGregHoF.44web Greg Alder of the Boise, Idaho RiverDogs has played, pitched and managed teams in the Boise area. During his playing days, he was instrumental in leading the Boise Metros to ISC, ASA and NAFA national tournaments. Alder also helped run and revitalize men’s fastpitch in the Boise City League. He was inducted for his service to the sport and to NAFA.

Mark Nelson, 2014 NAFA Hall of Fame inductee

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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KENOSHA, Wisc. – Mark Nelson grew up in a fastpitch family. His father Dale and brother Glen both played the game as pitchers. Glen went on to being selected as the Wisconsin NAFA Player of the year in 1999.

Mark got his start in the kids’ softball leagues in Bristol; and with a little experience advanced into the intermediate fast pitch leagues.

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NAFA Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

lubkeman.todd.willkomm.10web Todd Lubkeman is one of the outstanding ball players who will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame at scheduled ceremonies during the NAFA World Series in the Quad Cities of Iowa / Illinois, or at Masters World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

    NAFA Press Release

    DAYTON, Ore. – The North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) is pleased to announce its 2014 Hall of Fame class.

    2014 NAFA HALL OF FAME CLASS

UMPIRE CATEGORY

Carley Parish, Canada

COACH / SPONSOR CATEGORY

Rod Engle, Pennsylvania

Bud Olson, Wisconsin

Charlie Bendock, Washington

Greg Alder, Idaho

PLAYER CATEGORY

Todd Lubkeman, Wisconsin

Tim DeJong, South Dakota

Mark Nelson, Wisconsin

B.J. Boom, Minnesota

Larry Cushman, Wisconsin

“Congratulations to each of you for earning the respect of the NAFA family and achieving this honor,” said Benjie Hedgecock NAFA Executive Director. “Each of you will be inducted at one of these three times and locations that you can select by replying to this email thread.”

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Willkomm Mobil finishes top-three in NAFA AA World Series

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

DES MOINES – Wisconsin has a well-deserved reputation for fielding competitive fastpitch teams. Willkomm Mobil is one of the many. And they proved it in the 2013 NAFA AA World Series by finishing third in a strong field of 14 teams.

And perhaps with a little luck Willkomm of Kenosha could have won the title. They started strong by winning Pool A with a 3-0 victory over McCuen’s Pub and 11-3 over the Bronx of Saskatchewan, Canada.

081013-Willkomm.Team.Photo.1web The 2013 Willkomm Mobil ball club includes Jerrod Dulmes, Jordan Dahlke, Mark Nelson, Todd Lubkeman, Bryan Balde, Jordan Ziemanski, Jeff Ryczek, Scott Beal, Pat Kuhlmeier, Dirk Daniels, Joe Melograno, and Jon Selchert. Photo By BOB OTTO

That gave Willcomm a No. 1 seed into the AA division final, where they knocked off Rooter’s Bar, 3-0, and CPI Classics 7-2.

But then they ran into some tough luck, losing to enventual champion Wilber Lime 1-0 in the winners bracket final, and finally being eliminated with another one-run loss to runner-up Palazzo’s Java House, 3-2.

Willkomm finished 4-2 overall and placed three players on the All-World team, and one of them will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during next year’s World Series.

  • Jerrod Dulmes, .429 BA, 6 for 14
  • Mark Nelson, .421 BA, 8 for 19, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs (Nelson also was 1-0 pitching with a 3-0 win over McQuen’s Pub, allowing three hits, six walks with nine strikeouts)
  • 2014 NAFA Hall of Fame inductee, Todd Lubkeman had a 3-2 record in 32 innings, allowing 19 hits, 11 runs, 8 earned for a 1.75 ERA, with 56 strikeouts
  • lubkeman.todd.willkomm.10web Todd Lubkeman will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame in 2014. Here he is seen pitching against Wilber Lime in which he lost 1-0, but only allowed one run on three hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Dan Wall leads Wilber Lime over Willkomm Mobil

    Saturday, August 10th, 2013

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    Dan Wall of Wilber Lime, hurled a complete game in getting the win over Willkomm Mobil, Saturday, in a AA World Series matchup. Photo By Bob Otto

    DES MOINES – Dan Wall of Wilber Lime out-dueled Todd Lubkeman of Willkomm Mobil for a 1-0 victory in the NAFA AA World Series winners bracket final.

    Wall helped himself with a single in the fifth inning and later scored on Marty Becker’s run-scoring fly ball deep enough to right field.

    Wall allowed but one hit – to Scott Beal – while striking out seven and walking none. Lubkeman was nearly as good. Through six innings he fired a three-hitter, gave up the one run, walked two and struck out four.

    Wilber moves into the championship game Saturday night and will meet the winner of the losers bracket matchup between Willkomm, Palazzo’s and Napanee, who are left in the losers bracket.

    Nelson and Lubkeman pitching too much for McQuen’s

    Thursday, August 8th, 2013

    wilkomm.nelson.mark.27web Willkomm Mobil’s Mark Nelso picked up a 3-0 victory over McQuen’s Pub of Des Moines with relief help from Todd Lubkeman, Wednesday, in the opening game of the NAFA AA / AA-Major Divisions Pool Play. Photo By BOB OTTO

    DES MOINES, IOWA – Separately they’re two good hurlers, but when they combine their talents, Mark Nelson and Todd Lubkeman are tough to beat.

    The two right-handers combined to lead Willkomm Mobil of Kenosha, Wisc. to a 3-0 victory over Des Moines McCuen’s Pub in the opening game of the NAFA AA / AA-Major pool play, Wednesday night at Greater Des Moines Softball Complex.

    Nelson started and found himself in trouble with the first swing of the bat when McQuen’s Josh Dunham led off with a double, but he toughened by striking out Matt Palazzo, Mack McCuen and Dave McCuen to escape unscathed.

    And when Nelson finally departed with two out in the sixth with Lubkeman finishing, Nelson had allowed three hits, three walks, while striking out 11. Lubkeman allowed no wiggle room for McCuen’s as he struck out two and finished the game by getting Tyler Adams on a ground out.

    “Mark has a real hard drop and hits his locations,” said Willkomm’s Dirk Daniels, “and Todd has a real effective rise ball. The two of them make a good combination.”

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