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Minnesota Computers close season strong at NAFA World Series

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Mn Computers Collage.llr Minnesota Computers / Coasters Beer Garden of St. Paul / Minneapolis turned around a sluggish season with an exceptional perforance at the 2016 NAFA A-Division World Series at Caswell Park in North Mankato, to finish second in the 50-team tournament with a 6-2 record. Courtesy Photo / Matt Fitzenberger

ST. PAUL / Minneapolis – If manager Richard Quigley were to grade his ball club for the regular season, he’d probably hand out a big red F. But in post-season play, he would surely have to swap it for a big shiny A+. Maybe even hand out some gold stars.

The Minnesota Computers / Coasters Beer Garden men’s fastpitch team plodded through the regular season with a so-so record. They finished fourth in the 12-team Dunning League at 6-4-2.

And in tournament play, they took third at Milltown, Wisconsin (3-2), and had a dismal weekend at the Hollywood tournament, going 0-4.

It’s the kind of results that will have opponents thinking we’ll crush these patsies. But pity the team with this thought in the post-season.

For MN Computers woke from its slumber to have an outstanding NAFA A-Division World Series at North Mankato, Aug. 19-21, at Caswell Park.

    CATCH FIRE AT WORLD SERIES

MN Computers fashioned a 6-2 record to finish runner-up to the Buzzards of Taft, California, who claimed the 24th Annual A-Division Championship with a 7-1 record in the 50-team tournament.

Quigley is as puzzled as anyone about how his team can suddenly turn mediocrity into excellence, like flipping a light switch from off to on.

“We’re a veteran team that was horrible until state (tournament) and NAFA World Series,” said Quigley. “But both seasons (2015, 2016) at the end were huge successes.”

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Iron man pitching and young talent leads Tin Cup to Dugout tournament title

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
2015 Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar. Front row left, Dave Reiter, Tyler Bouley, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Newton, Sam Nieman, Chris Diethart. Back row left,  Dave Marchio, Joel Cooley, Zack Lopez, Shawn Gibbons, Alex Killa, Dom Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

2015 Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar. Front row left, Dave Reiter, Tyler Bouley, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Newton, Sam Nieman, Chris Diethart. Back row left,
Dave Marchio, Joel Cooley, Zack Lopez, Shawn Gibbons, Alex Killa, Dom Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

Cooley pitches all four games as Tin Cup of St. Paul wins the Cushing Memorial Tournament

CUSHING, Wisc. – His manager praises his effort, his heart, his talent, and his willingness to take the ball game after game. And all admirable qualities were in evidence as Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar of St. Paul, Minnesota to the 12th Annual Dugout Memorial Weekend Tournament title in Cushing, Wisconsin.

As a one-man pitching staff, the right-hander pitched every inning of four games, culminating with a 7-2 victory over instate-rival Ostrander Fastpitch to claim Tin Cup’s first title in the nine-team event.

    NOTCHING THE K’s

Cooley finished 4-0 and beat Ostrander twice, 2-1 on Saturday, and then again in the championship, where he struck out eight and allowed four hits. The right-hander hurled 28 innings with 45 strikeouts to emerge as the top pitcher in the tournament.

Joel Cooley pitching for Tin Cup in the 2014 NAFA World Series, AA Division, in which the team finished fifth. Photo By BOB OTTO

Joel Cooley pitching for Tin Cup in the 2014 NAFA World Series, AA Division, in which the team finished fifth. Photo By BOB OTTO

Tin Cup manager Dave Marchio might be a bit biased but he proclaims Cooley as Minnesota’s top pitcher.

“He’s got all three pitches, throws about 75 (mph), and is the best pitcher in the state,” said Marchio. “He is cerebral, nothing bothers him. He’s pitched every inning for us and is a good team leader by example.”

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