1971 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1971 held at Stratford, Connecticut.

Champion – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (57-0)
Runner Up – Orange Lionettes, Orange, California (67-14)

Joan Joyce of Raybestos beat Nancy Welborn of Orange Lionettes 1-0 in the Championship game. Joyce tossed a no-hitter and struck out 10 Lionettes. Welborn scattered six hits, walked none and struck out only one batter. Joyce and Donna Lopiano each had two hits in the championship game to lead the Brakettes. The Brakettes went through the tournament winning five straight games, 4 of them by shut out and outscored their opponents by a 15-1 margin. The only run of the game was registered in the bottom of the 4th inning when Pat Harrison smashed a double to score Joyce. The throw was on time at the plate, but catcher Nancy Ito couldn’t hold onto the ball as Joyce and her aggressive base running jarred the ball loose at the plate.

24 games of the total 34 games in the tournament were shutouts. – Brakettes Pitchers went 5-0, 37 IP, 51 K, 5 Hits, 1 Run, 0 ER.

  • Co-MVP – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes
  • Co-MVP – Donna Lopiano, Raybestos Brakettes
  • HR Leader – Marilyn Bradley, Pekinettes – 1
  • Batting Leader – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes – .467
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching MVP Award – Nancy Welborn, Orange Lionettes
  • Erv Lind Defensive MVP Award – Stephany Tenny, Orlando Rebels


P – Jean Daves, Orlando Rebels (4-2, 51 IP, 39 K, 3 shutouts)
P – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (3-0, 34 K, 21 IP, 0 ER, 2 no-hitters; 7-15, .467, 2 RBI, 2 Runs)
P – Nancy Welborn, Orange Lionettes (6-2, 46 K, 53 IP 1 ER)
C – Mary Jane Boyd, Telford PA Wanderers
C – Peggy Kellers, Raybestos Brakettes
1B – Donna Lopiano, Raybestos Brakettes (2-0, 17 K, 0 ER, no-hitter; 7-16, .438 average)
2B – Rose Marie “Rosie” Adams, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – Billie Moore, Raybestos Brakettes
SS – Sharron Backus, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Willie Roze, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Cyndi Lillock, Santa Clara Laurels
OF – Carol Lichtenberger, Plainfield Schaeferettes
OF – Diane Kalliam, Santa Clara Laurels (6-14, .429)
UTIL – Stephany Tenny, Orlando Rebels


P – Dot Elliott, Lorelei Ladies
P – Pat Whitman, Telford PA Wanderers
P – Charlotte Graham, Santa Clara Laurels (3-2, 34 IP, 3 ER, 13 K)
C – Nancy Ito, Orange Lionettes
C – Janice White, Lorelei Ladies
1B – Pat Dierking, Telford PA Wanderers
2B – Veronica Maurek, Telford PA Wanderers
3B – Sandy Ware, Lorelei Ladies
SS – Carol Spanks, Orange Lionettes
OF – Snookie Mulder, Orlando Rebels
OF – Diane Haataia, Orange Lionettes
OF – Cecilia Ponce, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Mickey Davis, Orange Lionettes
UTIL – Bobbie Damron, Lorelei Ladies


1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (5-0) (New England)
2. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (5-2) (Defending Champ)
3. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (3-2) (Host)
4. Santa Clara Laurels, Santa Clara, CA (3-2) (North Pacific Coast)
5t. Telford Wanderers, Telford, PA (3-2) (Central Atlantic)
5t. Lorelei Ladies, Atlanta, GA (3-2) (South Atlantic)
7t. Pekin-Lettes, Pekin, IL (2-2) (West Central)
7t. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (2-2) (Cactus)
9t. Little Devils, Birmingham, AL (1-2) (Southern)
9t. Utah Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT (1-2) (Rocky Mountain)
9t. Jolo’s, Seattle, WA (1-2) (Northwestern)
9t. Schafferettes, Plainfield, NJ (2-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
13t. Wooster Lumber Girls Girls Wooster, OH (1-2) (East Central)
13t. Houston Laurels, Houston, TX (0-2) (Texas)
13t. Moose Lodge, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2) (Southwestern)
13t. Teamsterettes Local 696, Topeka, KS (0-2) (Western)
17t. Anaheim Stars, Anaheim, CA (0-2) (South Pacific Coast)
17t. Gulfettes, Bloomington, MN (0-2) (Northern)


Alaska Champ – Tesoro Toppers #5, Anchorage, AK did not attend. Canada Champ – Kitchener Kieswetters, Kitchener, Ontario did not attend.


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