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Bats heat up and blast Bowen Fastpitch to NAFA World Series A Division Championship

Monday, August 18th, 2014
WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! The Bowen Fastpitch team includes Corey Ramsey, Jack Carlisle, Shawn Altgilbers, Brody Gronewold, Tony Koehler, Derek Van Fleet, Austin Ramsey, Josh Gronewold, Matt Kissinger, Andy Gronewold, Collin Dooley, Brian Jansen, Austin Hardy, Greg Dowdall, and manager Rocco Ramsey, front row center. Photo By BOB OTTO

WORLD SERIES CHAMPS! The Bowen Fastpitch team includes Corey Ramsey, Jack Carlisle, Shawn Altgilbers, Brody Gronewold, Tony Koehler, Derek Van Fleet, Austin Ramsey, Josh Gronewold, Matt Kissinger, Andy Gronewold, Collin Dooley, Brian Jansen, Austin Hardy, Greg Dowdall, and manager Rocco Ramsey, front row center. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – About the fifth inning Rocco Ramsey felt confident his Bowen Fastpitch team was starting to find their groove at the plate.

Down 9-0, Bowen had erupted for five runs in the fifth inning of the first of two games that would decide the NAFA World Series A Division Championship.

Even though Bowen went on to lose 9-6 to Rude Pac of So. Calif. in that first game; it was in that fifth inning that Ramsey said to himself that his young team – seven under the age of 23 – would be just fine in the winner-take-all title game.

And indeed they were as Bowen blasted its way to a 22-11 victory to claim the A Division title.

“I really felt that in the fifth inning of that first game that our bats were back,” said Ramsey, a NAFA Hall of Fame manager and promoter. “I had a gut feeling it would carry over into the championship. Their pitchers were tired and we got on to them.”

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Kissinger and Koehler drive Bowen’s over Capitals

Friday, August 15th, 2014
HOW SWEET IT IS! Pitcher Tony Koehler, right, celebrates with Bowen Fastpitch Manager, Rocco Ramsey, after the team beat Capital, 7-6, in 10 innings. Photo By BOB OTTO

HOW SWEET IT IS! Pitcher Tony Koehler, right, celebrates with Bowen Fastpitch Manager, Rocco Ramsey, after the team beat Capital, 7-6, in 10 innings. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – Matt Kissinger and Tony Koehler have gotten a lot of big hits and big wins in their fastpitch careers.

But Friday’s winners bracket game against Capital Fastpitch of Barneveld, Wisconsin will surely be a pleasant memory for years to come.

In the top of the 10th with the score deadlocked at 6-6, Kissinger – batting in the leadoff spot – drilled a double into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Josh Gronewold, with the winning run to give Bowen a hard earned 7-6 victory in the NAFA World Series A-Division tournament.

When the ball was hit, Gronewold took off from first base and with his speed he wasn’t about to be caught.

Kissinger said he got a fastball and went with it.

But the Bowen second baseman paid his respects to the Capitals, who forced the game into extra innings when Chris Thousand tied the game in the seventh with a two-run blast.

“They are by far the best team we have played,” said Kissinger, 24. “We will probably see them again in the tournament.”

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