RPFL's Rosebud Royals compete at NAFA World Series
The Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball Leagues, Rosebud Royals experienced their first out of country ball since the 90’s this past weekend at the North American Fastball Association (NAFA) World Series in Fargo, North Dakota. The Royals entered the “A” division of the event featuring 37 teams from 17 different States or Provinces. Most teams were from larger cities while Rosebud was made up of ALL Wadena players plus James Anderson, pitcher from Hudson Bay. The Royals lost to teams from Kansas, Wisconsin, North Dakota, defeated Prince Albert Saskatchewan’s Thunderbirds and finally lost a team made up of players from all along the East Coast the Hagerstown A’s based out of Maryland. Although the Royals lost more than they won they competed very well in all the games, usually only having one inning per game that cost them. The Royals players were very impressed with the immaculate facilities, featuring 13 lighted and irrigated softball diamonds in one location and 5 more under diamonds construction. Other teams from Saskatchewan in that division included the Kahkewistahaw Blue Jays, Tint Centre Cubs (Saskatoon), Peguis Redmen, Kelvington PDC Comets, PA Thunderbirds, and Conquest. The Comets had the most success from Saskatchewan loosing their first game in a close one only to go on a 4 game winning streak before loosing out in their 6th game.
Rosebud’s Dylon Murias extended his World Series Experience being picked up by the NAFA U23 “AA” Free Agents Team. Each year NAFA takes eligible players from the Adult Divisions to make up a “Free Agents” team. This year there was one college female player and 14 players in the Men’s “A” Division that played on the U23 “AA” Free Agents Team. This years U23 “AA” draw had 8 teams including The PA Thunderbirds and Conquest Jr Coyotes from Saskatchewan. Murias’ Free Agent Team went 0-2 in their pool but picked up a win in the first round of the Playoffs against the eventual B-side winners Bowen FP from Illinois. The Free Agents then lost to Wisconsin’s Sand Prairie Construction Team in the Event Semi-Final putting them in a tie for 3rd in the event. Saskatchewan Conquest Jr Coyotes won the U23 “AA” Men’s Championship after defeating the Prince Albert squad in the other Semi-Final. Murias played Short Stop for the U23 Tournament and also batted lead off for the team. “The Players were awesome people, and it was a great experience. I was very happy to be a part of it” said Dylon. Murias ended up playing 9 games in 3 days between the two divisions.
The Royals World Series experience completes one of their most International years in their 48 year history. Earlier this year the Royals also hosted the New Zealand Midgets in a June double-header.
Aerial Image and details of Fargo North Softball Complex:
Pictured Left to Right: Back: James Holowaty (Pitcher/Coach), Ian Lazar, Dylon Murias, Shain Scheschuck, Brynn Achtymichuk, Derek Ekstrom. Front: Ben Tokarchuk, Scott Comfort, James Anderson, Greg Tokarchuk, Dane Ward, Dryden Ekstrom.