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2009 NAFA AA-Major World Series Update

August 10, 2009

Bay City, MI


2009 NAFA AA-Major World Series Update
Veteran's Park, Bay City, Michigan
Aug. 7-9
 
Friday's Round Robin Seeding Games delivered some great pitching and timely hits to great crowds on every Field at the Veteran's Sports Complex in Bay City, Michigan.
 
Pitching Duels such as Jeremy Holman vs Shawn Winship. Pete Lockridge, Sean Kelly, Dave Stokes, Todd Winkworth, Ryan Nichols, Jeff Murphy, MIke Joseph, Brian Lathrop, Mark Van Vleet, Brian Whitman, Jeff Hoover, Ryan Cummings just to name a few of the hurlers in attendance this weekend.
 
Marshall Lighting, Michigan, Hickson Reds, Canada and Ingersol Crush, Canada went undefeated in pool play. Keating Fitness, Pennsylvania, Munger Softball, Michigan and New Image, Wisconsin all went 1-1 in pool play. Up to Date Painting, Twisters and Tiffanys went 0-2 in pool play but Tiffany' barley lost both pool play games and took Lightning to extra innings in a thriller to end the day which attracted a large crowd.
 
Saturday's Schedule was complety rained out with over 2 inches of rain which lasted all day. All Teams advance to a Double Elimination bracket beginnning at 6am on Sunday with opponents as follows:
 
Munger Softball vs Ingersoll Crush at 6am and the winner plays the winner of
Twisters (won over Up to Date) vs Lightning at 6am
New Image, 1-1, plays Tiffany's, 0-2 at 6am and the winner plays Hickson Reds at 7:30am and that winner plays the winner of the Keating Fitness, 1-1 vs CPI, 1-1 game at 6am
 
The Bay City Pig Gig annual 20,000 person celebration created alot of excitement with the players and the Host Champion Diversified and owner Heather Bouman working with PIg Gig Operater Wendy Dure provided free passes to every player in the tournament.
 
NAFA appreciates the Bay County Convention & Visitors Association and Executive Director, Shirley Roberts and Heather Bouman's Champions Diversified for hosting the event in Bay City.
Tournament Directors Loren Lathrop and Dewey Yoke as well as UIC Steve Vail and Statistician Jan Tokorchok are overseeing the event with an excellent umpiring crew.
 
We will post a full report late Sunday/early Monday with results and stats.


 
2009 NAFA AA-Major World Series in Bay City, Michigan
 
After not being able to play a single game on Saturday, the Tournament Committee had the fields ready for play and for the completion of the Double Elimination Bracket. But through all their efforts, it rained again at 4am and the fields were again deluged. The Tournament was converted to a Single Elimination Bracket and two of the teams were unable to continue. Games began at 7am on one field, and at 8 am on the other field. The Championship game was an awesome pitching duel with no earned runs and the only runs scored were on a pickoff play that was just off barely off target. The Championship game was won 2-0 by New Image over Marshall Lightning. Most people expected the two teams that dominated Friday in round robin play to do the same, but in single elimination anything can happen, and it certainly did, with 3 upsets in the quarterfinals. It made the day very exciting.
 
Thanks to the Host Committee and their leader Heather Bauman and to Shirley Roberts of the Bay County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and to Bay City and Bay County Parks and Recreation and to the Bay City Softball Association for their support.
 
The umpiring was tremendous and the event was enjoyed by all, despite the weather, and several hundred fans attended the event making it one to remember. Thanks to UIC Steve Vail from Wisconsin and the great umpire staff of Rick Havercrof, Dave Seldon, Joe Squires, Ted Germain, Mike Clark, Jeff Yorke, Mark Larson, Jim Fitrakis, Steve Jahnke, Larry Tait, and Vic Cena.
 
Thanks to the NAFA Tournament Staff of Vice President, Loren Lathrop, Wisconsin, Dewey Yoke, Washington, and Jan Tokorcheck of Southern California doing the statistical analysis.
 
Benjie Hedgecock
Executive Director
 
Final Order of Finish
1st – New Image, Wisconsin, 4-1
2nd – Marshall Lightning, Michigan, 4-1
3rd – Munger Softball, Michigan, 2-2
3rd – Twisters, Michigan, 1-3
5th – Hickson Reds, Ontario Canada, 2-1
5th – Ingersoll Crush, Ontario Canada, 2-1
7th – Keating Fitness, Pennsylvania, 1-2
8th – Tiffany’s, Michigan, 0-3
9th – CPI, Ontario, Canada, 1-2
10th – UTD, Michigan, 0-3
 
Quarter Finals:
New Image-2 – Tiffany’s-1
            Winning Pitcher – Bryan Lathrop
            Losing Pitcher – Pete Loachridge
Munger Softball-4 – Ingersoll Crush-3
            Winning Pitcher – Mike Joseph
            Losing Pitcher – Ryan Cummings
Marshall Lightning-3 – Hixson Reds-0
            Winning Pitcher – Sean Kelly
            Losing Pitcher – Mark Vanvliet
Twisters-7 – Keating Fitness-6
            Winning Pitcher – Rick Engle
            Losing Pitcher – Dave Stokes
 
Semi-Finals
New Image-3 – Munger Softball-2
            Winning Pitcher – Jeremy Holman
            Losing Pitcher – Mike Joseph
 
Marshall Lightning-9 – Twisters-2
            Winning Pitcher – Sean Kelly
            Losing Pitcher – Rick Engle
 
Championship Game
New Image-2 – Lightning-0
            Winning Pitcher – Jeremy Holman
            Losing Pitcher – Sean Kelly
 
 
All-American Team Selections
Most Valuable Player Jeff Jahn, Catcher, New Image
Most Valuable Pitcher, Sean Kelly, Lightning
 
 
Name
Team
Avg
RBI
HR
Eric Scott
Ingersoll Crush:2009
700
1
0
Adam Learn
Hickson Reds:2009
667
3
1
Frank Keating Jr
Keating Fitness:2009
500
0
0
Steve Myers
Marshall Lightning:2009
500
4
0
Shea Bryant
Munger Softball:2009
455
1
1
Sean McLaren
Hickson Reds:2009
444
4
2
DJ Latford
Ingersoll Crush:2009
444
2
0
Jeff Jahn
New Image:2009
385
1
0
Todd Moore
Munger Softball:2009
385
0
0
Trevor Kelly
Marshall Lightning:2009
333
2
0
Todd Burlage
New Image:2009
313
4
1
Chris Rivard
Marshall Lightning:2009
267
5
2
Adam Fishbach
Hickson Reds:2009
333
4
2
 
Name
Team
ERA
SO
Bryon Lathrop
New Image:2009
0.00
12
Sean Kelly
Marshall Lightning:2009
0.49
42
Mike Joseph
Munger Softball:2009
1.59
14
Jeramie Holman
New Image:2009
1.64
29
 
Benjie Hedgecock
NAFA Executive Director
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