NAFA Class AA-Major World Champions
Image (Monfort, Wisconsin)
New Image (Monfort, Wisc) defeated the Black Knights (Fargo,
ND) 8-5 Sunday evening at Racoon River Park in West Des
Moines to win the inaugural NAFA Class AA-Major crown.
With the win, New Image becomes the first team in NAFA
history to win World Titles in back-to-back years after
claiming the AA World Title last year in Appleton,
New Image bumped the Black Knights into the Loser's Bracket
Saturday afternoon, forcing Kegel to play five games just to
get into the Championship Game.
A win by the Black Knights would have made them the first
three-time NAFA World Champions after winning the 2000 Class
A Title (Fargo, ND) and the 2003 Open Title (Eau Claire,
In the Championship Game, New Image jumped out to a 3-0 lead
in the first inning on RBIs by Jim Peccararo and Kris Agnew.
The Black Knights countered with a run in the bottom of the
first then tied the game in the second by scoring on a
passed ball and a Nathan Wiens RBI single.
The Black Knights grabbed the lead by scoring an unearned
New Image tied the game again the next inning on a Todd
Burlage RBI double.
In the sixth, New Image scored three runs on a sacrifice fly
by Brent Holman and singled by Harvey Knutson and Jim
The Black Knights cut into the lead in the bottom half with
a run, which New Image countered in the top of the seventh.
The Black Knights' Nathan Weins was named the Most Valuable
Player while Jeramie Holman of New Image was awarded the
Most Valuable Pitcher award.