1986 ASA Men’s Super Slow Pitch Nationals

1986 at Burlington, North Carolina.


Champion – Steele’s Sports, Grafton, Ohio
Runner Up – Pepsi-Cola, Danville, Virginia


Steele’s went undefeated in winning it’s second straight Super National Championship. They were 5-0 in Pool Play and then 3-0 in the Elimination round, defeating Pepsi-Cola 28-2 in the championship game. Pepsi had previously eliminated Pantry 28-11 in the semi-finals.  Craig Elliott and Mike Bolen each 3 homers in the title game. Steeles connected for 15 HRs during that game and had 94 total home runs in the tournament. Pitcher, Craig Elliott was the MVP for the second straight year as he went 8-0 pitching, and hit a tournament leading 17 HRs. He wound up batting .703 and had 28 RBIs. Mike Macenko had 14 HRs and Charles Wright walloped 12 homers in addition to batting .810. This was Elliott’s 6th career National MVP Award, (He won the 1977 Open/Major MVP for Ken Sanders Ford and the past 2 years for Steele’s captured his 2 ASA Super National MVPs. He also has earned 2 NSPC National MVP awards: 1982 with York Barbell/Ken Sanders and 1983 with Elite Coatings. Throw in the 1984 USSSA World Series MVP for 6 total, the most all time up to date.


  • MVP – Craig Elliot, Steele’s Sports (8-0 Piching; 26-37, .703, 17 HRs, 28 RBIs)
  • HR Leader – Craig Elliot, Steele’s – 17
  • Batting Leader – Charles Wright, Steele’s (17-21, 12 HRs, 16 RBIs) – .810

ASA SUPER ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Craig Elliott, Steele’s Sports (26-37, .703, 17 HRs, 28 RBIs)
  • C – Mike Bolen, Steele’s Sports
  • 1B – Dennis Graser, Steele’s Sports
  • 2B – Mike Macenko, Steele’s Sports (27-39, .692, 14 HRs, 20 RBIs)
  • UT – Tim White, Howard’s/Western Steer
  • SS – Greg Whitlock, Steele’s Sports
  • OF – Dan Schuck, Steele’s Sports
  • OF – Ken Loeri, Steele’s Sports
  • OF – Jay Setliff, Pepsi-Cola
  • OF – Ray Moore, Pantry
  • EH – Tim Rhinehart, Howard’s/Western Steer
  • UT – Steve Johnson, Pepsi-Cola
  • UT – Charles Gibson, Pepsi-Cola
  • UT – David Dixon, Pepsi-Cola
  • UT – Wayne Pyrtle, Pantry

ASA SUPER ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM

  • P – Jerry Robinson, Dickie’s TV
  • C – Neal Waltman, Pepsi-Cola
  • 1B – Kenny Reynolds, Pepsi-Cola
  • 2B – Tommy Spoon, Pantry
  • 3B – Charles Wright, Steele’s Sports (17-21, .810, 12 HRs, 16 RBIs)
  • SS – Richard Wilborn, Howard’s/Western Steer
  • OF – Joe Young, Steele’s Sports
  • OF – Doug Roberson, Steele’s Sports
  • OF – Wayne Barley, Pepsi-Cola
  • OF – Ken Broadwell, Pantry
  • UT – Johnny Hagins, Pantry
  • UT – John Baxter, Alamance Merchants
  • UT – Ed McGill, Dickie’s TV
  • UT – Doug Vincent, Alamance Merchants
  • UT – Mark Hierlmeir, Howard’s/Western Steer

FINAL STANDINGS – (overall record counting Pool Play games)

1. Steele’s Sports, Grafton, OH 3-0 – (8-0)
2. Pepsi-Cola, Danville, VA 4-2 – (5-6)
3. Pantry, Sanford, NC 2-2 – (4-5)
4. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC 1-2 – (4-4)
5t. Alamance Merchants, Burlington, NC 0-2 – (2-5)
5t. Dickie TV, Asheville, NC 0-2 – (2-5)


POOL PLAY RESULTS

  1. Steele’s Sports, Grafton, OH 5-0
  2. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC 3-2
  3. Pantry, Sanford, NC 2-3
  4. Dickie TV, Asheville, NC 2-3
  5. Alamance Merchants, Burlington, NC 2-3
  6. Pepsi-Cola, Danville, VA 1-4

Winners bracket

Alamance 13 Dickies 9
Steeles 39 Alamance 16
Pantry 14 Pepsi 8
Pantry 13 Howards 8
Steeles 29 Pantry 11

Losers bracket

Pepsi 9 Alamance 8
Howards 8 Dickies 5
Pepsi 15 Howards 12
Pepsi 28 Pantry 11

Final

Steeles 27 Pepsi 2

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