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Rivals claim second consecutive Hingham tourney

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

The Rivals Fastpitch team includes Wayne Gaura, Michael Andrew Skora, Anthony Hall, Trevor Gaura, Jake Jasinski, Michael Feest, Ryan Dalton and Josh Pfleger.

HINGHAM, Wisc.The Rivals Fastpitch team of Sheboygan won the 48th annual Hingham Men’s Fastpitch Tournament beating Countryside Remodeling in the final, 11-4.

Rivals posted a 5-0 record to win their second championship in as many years.

Wayne Gaura notched the win with five strikeouts, with Jerrod Dulmes and Mark Nelson splitting the pitching duties for Countryside. Nelson in relief struck out 8 Rivals batters.

  • The top hitters included Justin Zehel 2-for-3, Jerrod Dulmes 2-for-2 (Team MVP), Mike Skora 2-for-3, Tony Hall (Team MVP)
  • Trevor Gaura was selected the Tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player, while Wayne Gaura was named the Tournament Defensive MVP.

    40th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Crowns A Three-Time Champion

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

    Joel Cooley was selected to the All-Tournament team after pitching the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minn. to the 2018 40th Annual Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Tournament championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

    By RONN KOPP
    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    Tin Cup Returns, Resumes Winning Ways

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Tin Cup Tornado returned after a year hiatus, picking up where it left off by capturing the championship of the 40th edition of the Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament held at Tate Park in Rice Lake June 8-10. 12 teams took part in this year’s event.

    The St. Paul club, managed by first baseman Dave Marchio, had claimed the crown in 2015 and 2016 before having to withdraw in 2017 due to a scheduling conflict. Marchio has competed in numerous past tourneys, chiefly for the St. Paul Rice Street Merchants. He is the meet’s all-time home run leader.

    Dave Marchio manages and plays for the Tin Cup Tornado of St. Paul, Minnesota. His young and talented ball club won the 2018 Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament Championship in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 10. Photo By BOB OTTO

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    12 Teams to compete in 40th Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational men’s fastpitch tournament

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

    To watch some of the finest teams and players in Wisconsin and Minnesota, be sure to take in the action at the 40th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament in Rice Lake, Wisc., June 8-10. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    By RONN KOPP
    NAFA President / Wisconsin Fastpitch Media

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Eight teams from Wisconsin and four from Minnesota make up the roster of teams for the 40th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 8-10, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

    Defending champion Odin Fastpitch of Odin, Minnesota is returning as is, after a one year hiatus, St. Paul Tin Cup Tornado, winners in 2015 and 2016.

    Other Minnesota entries are Len’s Automotive of St. Paul, third place finishers a year ago prior to finishing the season as class A champions of the North American Fastpitch Association, as well as Pate Bonding of West St. Paul, Aquafest champions in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

    Wisconsin entries include Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Dugout Bar and Grill and the Cushing Tigers of Cushing, Silver Star Nutrition of La Crosse, The Stoneyard and The Bar Blues of Madison, and The Bar of Rice Lake.

    Also returning is the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 39 previous events. The Orangemen, runner-up in 2017, won their only Aquafest title in 2014.

    Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with the Cushing Tigers taking on Striker’s Lanes at 7:30 p.m. and the two Rice Lake sponsored teams, The Bar and the Orangemen, battling it out at 9:00 p.m.

    Play continues all day Saturday with opening games at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes late Sunday afternoon.

  • Visit Wisconsin Fastpitch for more informationa about men’s fastpitch softball in the state.
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  • A Step Back In Time: Mark Rako Joins Elite Company In Fastpitch Hall of Fame

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

    Mark “Vinnie” Rako poses with legendary U.S. Olympic softball player Dot Richardson during the University of Dubuque’s spring trip to Florida in March, 2013


    Platteville pitcher to join SW Wisocnsin Fast Pitch Hall of Fame

    By Jason Nihles
    sports@theplattevillejournal.com
    SWNEWS4u.com
    POSTED June 5, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    BOSCOBEL, Wisc. – Mark Rako’s fast-pitch softball career began 41 years ago as a 14-year-old boy on the old field in Arthur.

    Over the course of a career that spanned five decades “Vinnie”, as he was better known by teammates and opponents alike, developed into one of the best pitchers in the area.

    “I don’t think some people even know my real name,” Rako joked.

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    Rice Lake, Wisc. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Bracket

    Friday, June 9th, 2017

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – The nine teams are poised at the starting line and at 8 Friday night the host Rice Lake Orangemen will square off with Strikers Lane of Baldwin to kick off the 39th Annual Rice Lake Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament at Tate Park.

    THE BRACKET


    Bracket Courtesy of Jess Chevrette

    2017 Annual Rice Lake Invitational in Rice Lake, Wisconsin

    Friday, June 2nd, 2017

    By RONN KOPP
    NAFA President

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – The 39th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be held June 9-11 at Fred Tate Memorial Park in Rice Lake.

      TOURNAMENT DETAILS
  • Team Classifications: NAFA “AA,” “A-Major,” and “A”
  • Tournament Size: 12 Teams (The first 12 to submit complete entries, including roster)
  • Tournament Format: NAFA 3-game guarantee
  • Entry Fee: $225 payable to Rice Lake Orangemen Fastpitch
  • **Send separate check for $35 to “Wisconsin NAFA” if year 2017 NAFA team registration is desired. This is not required for Invitational entry.**

  • Rosters: Teams may list a maximum of 18 players on their roster. Rosters MUST be on the attached form and completely filled out, and MUST be submitted along with the tournament entry fee for entry to be accepted.
  • AWARDS (Based on 12 team field)

    • 1st place $600 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 2nd $450 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 3rd $300 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • 4th $150 sponsor’s expense money plus trophy
    • Individual trophies to tournament MVP and All-Tournament team selections
    • MAIL CHECKS TO

      Rice Lake Orangemen
      Post Office Box 202
      Rice Lake, WI 54868

      2017 TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
      Loren Lathrop, Phone 608-422-5781 or 608-228-2430

    Bill Hopeman put Hingham, Wisc. on the fastpitch map

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    Since the late 1930s, hundreds of softball players have played fastpitch at the Hingham ballfields. Courtesy Photo

    “I have skipped class reunions and some marriages because of ball. It was probably wrong, but nothing was more important than playing ball. I just loved the game.” – Bill Hopeman

    HINGHAM, Wisc. – When he was six years old, Bill Hopeman got his first taste of fastpitch softball on Hingham’s grade school playground.

    Swinging a bat, catching and throwing a softball soon became a passion. His favorite position?

    “Anywhere they would let me play,” said Hopeman, who was younger than many of the school kids back in the early 1950s. “But mostly I played third base, shortstop and some first base.”

    But over the ensuing years, “let me play,” became a plea of sorts to “please pitch for us,” as Hopeman switched from infielder to pitcher. An outstanding one at that – who many claim the best to hurl a softball in the Hingham fastpitch league.

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    Step Back In Time: Keg Bar Captures Prairie Du Chien Title

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    La Crosse Tribune
    June 6, 1972

    PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wisc. – The Keg Bar fastpitch softball team downed four straight opponents, including S&H of La Crosse to take the Prairie du Chien Minor Tournament title over the weekend.

    The Keg plundered three unknowns before facing S&H in the championship, rapping the La Crosse Classic League foes 8-4 for the crown.

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    Bud Olson, Wisconsin NAFA Manager of The Year

    Monday, May 8th, 2017

    Bud Olson, left, was inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame in 2014 and was presented by NAFA Vice President Mike Watson (2015 NAFA Hall of Famer). Photo By BOB OTTO

    LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Most managers are quick to down play their contribution when their team has a winning season.

    They usually spin it like, “I was fortunate to have great players,” or “we played well together,” or “we had good leadership on the field,” or “everybody knew their job and went out and did it.”

    You get the point. Taking credit for winning is not in most manager’s character. And that includes Bud Olson of La Crosse Animal House, who was selected Wisconsin NAFA 2016 Manager of The Year.

    “Over the years, I’ve learned managing is easier when you get runs and your pitcher shuts them down,” said Olson, 72. “It takes good players and I’ve been very fortunate to have players that have stayed around a long time.”

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    TJ Nereng selected Wisconsin’s player of the year

    Thursday, May 4th, 2017

    2016 NAFA WOPLD SERIES, A Division All-World selections from Animal House of La Crosse are, from left, Brian Leonhard, Ethan Ringlien and TJ Nereng. The three award winners helped Animal House finish third in the A Division with a 7-2 record. After losing its opener, Animal House won seven games straight before falling in the losers bracket final. Courtesy Photo.

    “T.J. could have jumped ship and played with stronger teams, but chose to stay and help us grow.” – Animal House Manger Bud Olson

    LA CROSSE, Wisc. – To make Bud Olson’s ball club takes more than just talent. His measuring stick extends yards beyond just physical skills into what lies within the heart, soul and mind of any player wishing to wear the Animal House uniform.

    Mention the name T.J. Nearing and a smile spreads across Olson’s face. He has known T.J. – now in his 30s – since he was a youngster. He watched him evolve into a good athlete in football, basketball and finally fastpitch softball.

    “T.J. is the totally consulate unselfish player,” said Olson. “He is willing to play where we have our greatest need. We value character, too, because it plays a huge role in the overall success of any team.”

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