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Final Call for 81 teams in NAFA Masters

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Final Call for 81 teams in NAFA Masters:
East(Rockford Sept. 10-12) and
West(Carson City Sept. 17-19)
and Las Vegas Oct 23-24

This is the final call for the NAFA Masters East(Rockford Sept. 10-12) and West(Carson City Sept. 17-19) World Series and Las Vegas date is now Oct 23-24 due to field availability.

1) Email us today as soon as you receive this at Nafafastpitch (at) and
2) reserve your motel rooms and
3) mail in your entry form and entry fee if you haven’t already.

The Entry Deadline is Now and Start Times are going out this week. If you haven’t mailed your entry fee, do it today.

Please Review the team list below for accuracy of spelling. It is also listed on our website at

The Executive Committee modified the under age player rule to 3 Players 3 years to young that can’t pitch for 2011.
35-Over, 40-Over, 45-over, 50-Over can have 3 players that are 3 years too young that are NOT allowed to pitch. Also in 2011 these three groups will drop to 3 players 2 year too young, and then in 2012, 3 players one year too young and then in 2013 everyone will have to play in the correct age bracket.

Please call them today to book your rooms as the blocks will have to be given up soon.

East Rockford- Motel 6 ask for Kal the GM, 815-397-1130cell or 815-397-8000

West Carson City-
GOLDDUST WEST 877-519-5567 Mary Beth NEW Rooms casino and restaurant
CITY CENTER MOTEL 775-882-5535
QUALITY INN MOTEL 775-883-7300

81 Team, List for Carson City, Rockford and Las Vegas


1) News & Lou’s Thunder, Michigan
2) Bowar Electric, Wisconsin
3) Cardinal Home Improvement, MN
4) Nohren Farms, Illinois
5) Insurance Center, Wisconsin
6) Masterkey, Michigan
7) Billy Montana & Company(looking for 4 more guys email Benjie if you want to play nafafastpitch (at)


1) Blackhawk AC, Illinois
2) New Image, Wisconsin
3) Montana Iron Works, Wisconsin
4) West Central Budweiser, Illinois
5) Marion Bombers, Indiana

Carson City

1) Nevada Power, Nevada
2) Yard Dogs, So Cal
3) Ladner Masters, British Columbia, Canada
4) NW Old Growth, Oregon
5) Seattle FP, Washington
6) Texas Stars/Si Senors, TX-AZ
7) Savala Painters, Hayward, California
8) Boise Fog, Boise, Idaho
9) So Cal Relics, SoCal
10) Ohio Battery, Ohio
11) Kansas Mobil Homes, KS


1) Ohio Battery, Ohio
2) Harold’s Supermarket, Missouri
3) Nohren Farms, Illinois
4) Sand Prairie Const.,Wisconsin
5) Berkenpas, Michigan
6) Insurance Center, Wisconsin
7) Bowar Electric, Wisconsin
8) Quad City Titans, Iowa
9) Masterkey, Michigan
10) Des Moines Metros, Iowa
11) Planggers(Clark)
12) Mark Jones Team

Las Vegas

1) Seattle FP, Washington
2) Oregon Masters, Oregon
3) Ohio Battery, Ohio
4) Texas Stars, Texas
5) Ladner Masters, British Columbia, Canada

Carson City

1) Oregon Masters
2) Tule Lake Aces, NorCal
3) Spaulding & Sons, Oregon
4) Ladner Masters, British Col, Canada
5) Strathmore Bulls, Alberta, Canada
6) The Fog, Santa Barbara, Californa
7) Tulsa Grey Sox, Tulsa, Oklahoma
8) Santa Rosa FP, California
9) Natives(Simpson), Nevada
10) Kansas Mobile Homes, Kansas

1) Eagle Pack(Clark), Indiana
2) Marquette Fox, Inc, Michigan
3) Insurance Center, Wisconsin
4) The Stock, Wisconsin
5) Jordan Realty, Minnesota
6) Quad City Titans, Iowa
7) CPI, Oswego, New York
8) Marion Bombers 45’s
9)Rowley & Co, Madison, Wisconsin

Las Vegas


Carson City

1) Yard Dogs, So Cal
2) Utah FP, Utah
3) So Cal Bandits, So Cal
4) Seadogs, Boston, Mass.
5) Budweiser, Orland, California
6) Fat City, NorCal
7) RMC Builders, NorCal
8) Cal State Builders, NorCal
9) Long Beach Black Sox, SoCal
10) San Antonio Classics, Texas
11) So Cal Rounders, So Cal
12) Rockers, Portland, Oregon
13) Lawdogs, Burney, California


1) Goshen Gators, Indiana
2) Silver Stars, South Dakota
3) Cary’s Trucking, Michigan
4) West Central Bud, Illinois
5) Gardner Company/PB, Wisconsin
6) Marion Bombers, Indiana
7) Altamonte(Tom Lester)
8) Jordan Realty, MN
9) KC Indios,MO

Las Vegas


NAFA Masters Las Vegas Battle of East vs West
50-Over, 45-Over, 40-over, 35-Over

Las Vegas, Nevada Host Motel Arizona Charlies special NAFA Rate
Any team that played in the East or West Tournament may participate
October 23-24, 2010, Saturday to Sunday
Format – 4 game guarantee, 3 round robin games that seed all teams into a single elimination
First Game Saturday 9am or later with the championship game at 3 PM on Sunday
On Saturday night a one game playoff will take place between the East and West Champ

Rice Lake Orangemen – Runner-up in NAFA AA World Series

Monday, August 30th, 2010

[RICE LAKE, WI]- The Rice Lake Orangemen came up just short in their bid for a championship in the double A division of the North American Fastpitch Association in tournament play at Des Moines, Iowa August 19-22, losing to Keating Fitness Center of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 11-3 in the title contest. The Orangemen finished with a record of 7 wins and 2 losses in the 20-team field, including five wins in a row after falling into the loser’s bracket in round 3 play.

Pitcher Bryan Lathrop worked all nine games for Rice Lake until tiring in the 6th inning of the final game, giving way to reliever Sam Hall. For the tournament Lathrop hurled 59 2/3 innings, striking out 63 and posting an earned run average of 1.57. He was the easy choice as the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher.

The Orangemen opened tournament play with a 3-1 win over Franny’s Old Irish Pub of Springfield, Illinois, and followed with a 2-1 victory over the pre-tournament favorite Toros of Topeka, Kansas. The Rice Lake squad was then shut out 3-0 and bumped into the loser’s bracket by the Sioux Falls Sox. Consecutive wins over the Gamecocks of Ottumwa, Iowa, 2-1, Pickseed Bronx of Balcarres, Saskatchewan, 4-3, Cerro Gordo of Dawson, Minnesota, 6-0, Willkomm Mobil of Kenosha, Wisconsin 7-4, and 5-0 in a rematch with Sioux Falls propelled the Orangemen into the championship showdown with Keating.

A two run home run by Andy Mathews was the key hit in the opening round win over Franny’s. A sacrifice fly by Mathews provided the game winning RBI in the Topeka victory, a game in which Travis Thompson’s single drove in the other run and Josh Calleja was 2 for 3. Mathews and Joby Davidsavor had the only two Orangemen hits, both singles, in the loss to Sioux Falls.
Thompson was 2 for 3 with a double and Calleja 2 for 4 in the squeeker over Ottumwa. Tim Hall was 3 for 3 with a triple and drove in Aldie Halverson with the game winning run in the bottom of the 7th versus Balcarres Halverson was running for Mathews who had doubled. Keith Kuklinski chipped in a 3 for 3 performance and Lathrop was 2 for 2. In the Cerro Gordo matchup Adam Bayer had a pair of home runs in 3 at bats, Mathews 2 for 3 with a home run, Tim Hall 2 for 3, and Jeremy Andersen had a triple.

Bayer was 3 for 3 with a home run in the comeback win over Willkomm. Andersen, Davidsavor, and Mathews were all 2 for 3 and Tim Hall had a double. Nick Goodremote was 3 for 3 and Tim Hall, Davidsavor, and Jim Milkowski were all 2 for 4, Hall with a double. Bayer made the play of the game in left field by racing with his back toward the fence to make a diving catch. Bayer and Davidsavor both batted 2 for 3 in the championship game loss.

In addition to Lathrop, Orangemen Mathews, Calleja and Bayer were selected to the all-tournament team. The second place finish equals Rice Lake’s 2nd place finish in single A play in 2002 at Salem, Oregon.

The Orangemen also participated in the single A division, with Lathrop not allowed to pitch, and finished with a 3-2 record. Rice Lake lost the opening game 4-1 in 8 innings to IRC Militia of Indianapolis, rebounded with a 5-4 victory over Life of Iowa Insurance of Oelwein, rolled to a 10-1 triumph over the Hastings, Michigan Merchants, and edged Images of Ostrander, Minnesota 8-6 before bowing to Brittain and Sons Construction of Des Moines, 7-3.

Rice Lake scored a run in the 7th as Mathews singled in Milkowski to force the extra frame, but the Orangemen lost an inning later to IRC. Tim Hall had a double while Bert Ford was losing pitcher. Mathews homered, Milkowski tripled, and Andersen doubled to give Ford the relief win over Life of Iowa.

Ford again got the win in the trouncing of Hastings. Thompson was 3 for 3 with a 3 run home run, Tim Hall, 2for 2, Sam Hall 2 for 3, and Andersen 2 for 3 with a double. Andersen got the win in relief in the conquest of Ostrander. Calleja batted 3 for 3, Davidsavor 3 for 4 with a triple, Bayer 2 for 3, Tim Hall 2 for 4, and Thompson 2 for 4 with a double.

Thompson was 2 for 3, Milkowski 2 for 4, and Davidsavor doubled in the elimination loss to Des Moines.
51 teams competed in the single A tourney.

Champions crowned in addition to AA Keating Fitness were: Open Division, the Bar of Appleton, Wisconsin; AA-Major, Dirt Bags of Manor, Texas; A-Major, El Paso Steel of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; 23-under, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan; and 18-under, Northwest Implement of Maryville, Missouri.

Winnipeg roars through NAFA World Series to claim the “A” championship

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Click here for story and photos at Bob Otto’s site, “OttoInFocus”.

Manor TX Dirtbags NAFA AA Major Champions

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Click here for Bob Otto’s article and photos.

Keating NAFA AA Champions

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Click here for story at Bob Otto’s site.

2010 NAFA World Series

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

With the 2010 ISC World Tournament in the books, we’re up for air and turning to the NAFA World Series, well underway. Apologies to NAFA teams for being late in catching up with postings, but work commitment have trimmed my available time this month.

A couple of great places to catch up on things are the NAFA website, and Bob Otto’s “Otto in Focus”. Bob is in Des Moines, and has been doing a stellar job of covering the tournament. Don’t miss his feature stories and photos. For those who may not know Bob, he was a working newspaper man and photographer, so the work is top shelf.

Click here for Bob Otto’s “OttoinFocus”

Click here for the NAFA website.

For Cali fans, a NAFA World Series AA Major update on the Cal State Builders, courtesy of Kevin Nishinaga:

Builders 8 Pickseed (Saskatchewan) 10. We were down as much as 10-5, before we got a 3-run homer in the 6th, but never got any closer. Their pitcher was a lefty that had a good rise/slide from right to left. It was exceedingly hot, even after 4pm.

‎1:30am, just finished getting beat by palazzos java house, team of matt palazzo (team USA) and Tony peeples. AA major format is round robin then single elim (12 teams). We play till we lose starting 9:45 Sunday.

Defeated smalltown fastpitch 11-2. They are a local c team playing in the AA major. Next up manor dirt bags. Rematch from ASA A nationals opening game, but this time they have their best pitcher, a guy from Cuba.

Editor’s note: So who does Maddy root for? 😉

El Paso Steel Wins NAFA A-Major World Series

Monday, August 16th, 2010

El Paso Steel won the A-Major World Series in Des Moines Iowa this past weekend going 7-1. It was not an easy saturday night after losing to Goring Law Care out of Minnesota 10-3. On sunday morning Steel came back to face a strong New York City Bombers team and won 8-4 as El Paso’s offense came to life in the sixth after being down 4-3. El Paso then had to win two games against GLC to take the world title. Tony Mancha was given the ball all day Sunday pitching 3 games and winning all three earning him the ALL WORLD MVP. Noe Soto, Lauro Felix and Hector Garcia also earned All World honors. Albert Gomez said it was a total team effort, the guys showed alot of heart and determination. In the first game Steel had a quick start scoring four runs in the first inning. Hector Garcia hit a big two run home run putting Steel ahead 6 – 2 and held the lead comfortably to win 8 – 4. In the “if” game Henry Sedillo started a big rally with a lead off single jump starting once again Steel’s big bats that lead to a 5 – 0 lead in the first inning. GLC manage to scratch 2 runs in the second cutting the lead 5 -2. Jorge Correra kept the scoring going for Steel with a big home run giving them a 7 – 2 lead. Tony Mancha kept GLC at bay mixing a variety of pitches. El Paso Steel went on to dominate the final game with the score ending at 7 -3 to win the NAFA World Series title. Robert Erives said it was a great feeling winning the title among close friends. This marks the second tournament that two southwest teams have competed well in National and World tournaments; The Las Cruces Wolfpack also won second place in Mens Class C ASA National Tournmanent in Salem, Oregon.

Japan travels long-distance to play in NAFA World Series

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

(click banner for original news story at OttoinFocus)

Written by Bob Otto on August 6th, 2010

The Waseda University men’s fastpitch softball team from Tokyo, Japan, will be playing in the NAFA World Series 23-Under Division, Aug. 13-15, in Des Moines, Iowa. Waseda won the 2005 AA Division, and is looking to win another championship in its four World Series appearances.

Courtesy Photo

NAFA Reporter / Photographer
botto3 (at)

“For our team, this is a real privilege to play a team that cares to travel that far to play ball.” – Rich Markham, manager Westerville Capitals

TOKYO, JAPAN – Stadium Lanes of Duluth, Minnesota will travel 314 miles to Des Moines, Iowa to play softball. That’s a short drive compared with Waseda University’s travel plans.

The Tokyo, Japan University fastpitch softball team will fly 6,313 miles to Chicago, Illinois, then board a bus for another 307-mile jaunt to Des Moines – site of the 2010 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series.

All for the love of playing fastpitch softball. And for the opportunity to once again lay claim to a World Series championship. Waseda will play in the 12-team, Age 23-Under Division (Aug. 13-15) that features top young men’s teams from Canada and the U.S.


Bar of Appleton tops New Image in NAFA Open World Series

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Bar of Appleton (last years AAA Champions) claimed the NAFA Open World Series with a 3-0 shutout over New Image(last years AA-Major Champion). Andrew Blackshaw was the winning pitcher and Kevin Kammueller took the loss. Josh Johnson, Bar of Appleton, was the MVP and Jeremy Holman,New Image, was the MVPitcher with a zero era, 3-0 and a perfect game. Other all world selections not already listed were Dan Wall of Wilber Lime, Jim Pecoraro and David Schuett of Dolan & Murphy, Joe Benash, Todd Burlage, Harvey Knuteson, Adam Bussan of New Image and Pat Humphries, Chris Delorit, Andrew Blackshaw,Jess Delorit and Tom Crouch of the Bar.

Final Order of Finish

1-Bar of Appleton, 4-0
2-New Image, 5-2
3-Rocky Mountain Rebels, 3-2
4-Pete’s Blues, 2-2
5-Dolan & Murphy, 3-2
6-Wilber Lime, 2-3
7-Gehrig Falcons, 2-3
8-Willkom Mobil, 2-3
9-Kegel Knights,0-3
9-BAC Pride, 0-3

Dolan & Murphy won the Sunday Single Elimination Bracket 4-1 over Wilber Lime with Ales Jetmer taking the win and Dan Wall taking the loss.

Editor’s note: Click here for the complete recap of the NAFA Open World Series.

See You in Des Moines (says Bob Otto)

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

One man, one camera, 160 teams

(click banner for original news story at OttoinFocus)

Written by Bob Otto on July 22nd, 2010

YUCAIPA, CA – I emailed Maddy Flanagan, ISC photographer extraordinaire, and the lovely wife of Fastpitchwest Editor, Jim Flanagan.

I needed some camera lens advice.

“Maddy I’m thinking of shooting the NAFA World Series in Des Moines, and I’m thinking (usually I don’t do much of that) of buying a 300mm lens. What f-stop is yours?”

“That would be awesome if you could shoot NAFA!” said Maddy.

Well, Maddy gave me her lens advice, I bought the lens (received it yesterday) and this morning I told NAFA Executive Director, Benjie Hedgecock, that I’ll be in Des Moines.

It’s been a long drought for me. My last national tournament was the 2000 ISC World Tournament in St. Joseph, Missouri. A great tournament and wonderful city, by the way.

Now, 10 years later, I’m off to Des Moines. And I’m jazzed about it. Just imagine, more than 160 teams battling in six divisions for World Series championships from Aug. 13 to Aug 22.

More than 160 teams!


I just realized that I’m going to attempt to shoot a LOT of teams and players. The most I’ve covered before was when the ISC World Tournament had the double-knockout, 48 team bracket.

Make that a double, “gulp, gulp.”

But since Benjie and I have emailed back and forth, I’m ready to go. Ready to photograph and report as much as possible. We want the NAFA website to sizzle and sing with game reports, photos, and ballpark updates.

And that’s where we need the help of the teams making the trip to Des Moines.

You’re going to see this guy – me – lugging around two cameras, one hanging off each shoulder, along with a notepad. Oh, and a tape recorder stuck in my pants pocket. (If you talk faster than I can write, you will be recorded.)

I’m going to be asking you managers for a few minutes of your time – perhaps BEFORE a game is about to begin. I’m going to be asking to talk with your players. I promise I won’t take much of your time because I know you want to focus on the games at hand.

And I’m always on the hunt for short profile stories. So if you’ve got someone on your ball club I should know about, then flag me down.

And if there’s someone who wants to help me out, perhaps gathering post-game information (I can furnish you with a guide), that’d be awesome.

I’ve been emailing and talking on the phone with many of you for the past year. I’m looking forward to finally putting faces with the names. This is going to be fun.

See you in Des Moines!