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Big game at noon in NAFA 23-Under, Bowen Fastpitch taking on Japan’s Waseda University Maroon

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
The two Waseda University teams - White and Maroon - from Tokyo, Japan, have impressed their competition and fastpitch fans with their skill, excellent fundamentals, and sportsmanship, while playing in the NAFA 23-Under World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

The two Waseda University teams – White and Maroon – from Tokyo, Japan, have impressed their competition and fastpitch fans with their skill, excellent fundamentals, and sportsmanship, while playing in the NAFA 23-Under World Series. Photo By BOB OTTO

QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – At noon today the future stars of fastpitch return to the ball diamond with some big match-ups.

The biggest is two evenly matched ball clubs playing in Pool A, Bowen Fastpitch of Illinois and Waseda University Maroon of Tokyo, Japan.

Both teams have 2-0 records; both teams can score runs; and both teams have excellent pitching.

Michael Cantrell hurled two complete games on Friday night in leading Bowen to a 9-2 victory over the Young Bucks of Santa Barbara, Calif., and 8-0 over Sight & Sound of Canada.

Waseda University Maroon claimed two victories late Friday night by scoring a pair of shutouts in beating Sight & Sound, 18-0, and the Young Bucks, 8-0.

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Also in Pool A, the Young Bucks, managed by the legendary Clyde Bennett, will try and rebound against Sight & Sound at noon.

In Pool B at noon, undefeated Kegel / Minnesota Computers (2-0), meets Nebraska (0-2), while Waseda University White (1-1) takes on Mid America Advertising of Illinois (1-1)

These games will complete pool play, and after the seedings are determined, the young men will return to the ball diamond at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline and battle it out for the championship.

The two pool play winners will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing into Sunday’s championship scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

See bracket for complete results: Saturday 23U Schedule

Young Guns of NAFA World Series ready to show their stuff

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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QUAD CITIES, Il/Ia – Some of the best players age 23 and under will take to the ball fields at the 2014 NAFA World Series, competing for the right to be crowned the best young team in the world of young men’s fastpitch.

Eight teams will be vying for the 23-Under championship that runs in pool play, followed by a seeded playoff bracket, Aug. 15-17.

See Bracket: 2014 23-Under Bracket

    POOL A
  • Waseda University (Maroon), Japan
  • Young Bucks, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Brown Fastpitch, 23U, Ill.
  • Sight & Sound 23U, Ontario, Canada
    • POOL B
  • Waseda University (White), Japan
  • Kegel 23U, Minn. / So Dak. / No Dak.
  • Nebraska 23U, Neb.
  • Mid America Advertising, Ill.