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Matt Gable, a leader on and off the fastpitch field

Monday, August 14th, 2017

FARGO – Most young fastpitch players in their prime focus on one thing: improving their skills to become the best they can be. To win league titles. To win tournament titles. To win national titles.

Matt Gable has that same focus.

But he’s gone beyond the typical player’s tunnel vision and assumed leadership roles in the sport as well.

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Young West Fargo Knights Climbing High in NAFA Fastpitch

Thursday, June 13th, 2013


FARGO, ND – In 2008 a bunch of guys, many fresh out of high school, started a fastpitch softball team for the Fargo Fall League. Success was hard to come by in the early going, and they got knocked around a bit.

But steadily they improved, learning to hit risers and drops, learning to play the much quicker game than some of them had experienced with baseball.

Catcher and infielder, Matt Johnson, 27, who went through the struggles of those early years, said, “we just took our hits and kept going, and have moved on to where we are now.”

Now, going into their sixth season, many of those youngsters of the early years form the nucleus of the West Fargo Knights.

And what they accomplished last year is pretty amazing. The Knights swept through the 32-team NAFA A-Major World Series, winning six straight games, culminating with a 9-2 victory over K-Club of Washington to claim the title.

“They are a very good young team that can hit any pitch thrown at them,” said Rickey Kolda, who pitches and catches for K-Club. “They are the best team I’ve seen at hitting a pitcher’s (best) pitch. It was tough to call a game against them because it seemed that no matter what you called they hit that pitch hard.”

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