1987 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1987 held at Midland, Texas.


Champion – Minneapolis Merchants, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Runner Up – Thompson’s Sporting Goods, Savannah, Georgia


The Minneapolis Merchants scored 19 runs in the first three innings and went on to a 23-7 victory over Thompson’s Sporting Goods of Savannah, GA., in the championship game  of the 1987 Men’s Class A National Slow Pitch softball tournament in Midland, Texas.

Catcher Tom Anderson hit two home runs for the Merchants – a two-run shot in the second inning and a three-run blast in the third. Also hitting homers for the Merchants were designated hitter Kerry Burnett, first baseman Rick Goodsell, and outfielder Lance Peterson.

Thompson also collected five home runs, the maximum allowed under tournament rules (all others above become foul balls), but didn’t have the luxury of runners on board. Outfielder Steve Sims hit a two-run blast in the first inning to cu the Merchants’ lead to 7-3, but the remaining four homers were solo shots, including a second homer by Sims in the sixth inning.

The Merchants scored seven runs in the first inning and six in each of the next two to build a 19-3 lead.

By winning the title, with a 7-0 record that raised their season rcord to 97-18, the Merchants advance to the 1987 Men’s International Slow Pitch softball tournament, October 2-4 in Oklahoma City.


The Minneapolis Merchants are the 1987 Amateur Softball Association Class A slow-pitch champions.

Coach Jeff Swenson’s team went 7-0 in the Midland, Tex-as, tournament, defeating Thompson’s Sporting Goods of Savannah, Ga., 23-7 in the finals Monday. The winners led 19-3 after three innings.

Catcher Tom Anderson homered in the second inning with one on and in the third with two aboard. Designated hitter Kerry Burnett hit a three-run homer during a seven-run first inning. First baseman Rick Goodsell had a two-run homer in the second and right fielder Lance Peterson a solo shot in the third.

The Merchants edged the Daytona Beach, Fla., Lite Athletics 8-7 in the semifinals and the Allied Astros of Indianapolis 26-22 in the winners’ bracket final.

The Merchants (97-18) will play in the ASA international tournament in Oklahoma City Oct. 2-4.

Merchants shortstop Tom Hechsel was named tournament MVP. Teammates named to the all-tourney first team were pitcher Dave Rowe, Anderson, and utility infielder Mike Rosenow.

“This team was formed three years ago and we have only made minor changes on the way,” said Swenson.


  • MVP – Tom Hechsel, Minneaplis Merchants
  • Batting Champion – Gerald Braddy, Thompson’s Sporting Goods – .821
  • HR Champion – Mike Cuellar, Lou’s Super Scouts – 10

ASA A ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • 1B – Mickey Reynolds, Coils Plus
  • 2B – Doug Dowdy, Lite Athletic Club
  • 3B – Joey Bouchillon, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • SS – Tom Hechsel, Minneapolis Merchants
  • OF – Gerald Brady, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • OF – Paul Knight, Lite Athletic Club
  • OF – Mike Cuellar, Lou’s Super Scouts
  • OF – Mike Rouse, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • EP – Mike Dickerson. Allied Astros
  • UTIL – Bill Baker, Bud Light
  • UTIL – Doug Berfeldt, Coffee Cup
  • UTIL – Mike Rosenow, Minneapolis Merchants
  • UTIL – Dave Rohr, Allied Astros
  • C – Tom Anderson, Minneapolis Merchants
  • P – Dave Rowe, Minneapolis Merchants

ASA A ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • 1B – Joel Moody, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • 2B – John Spikerman, Lou’s Super Scouts
  • 3B – Harold Slate, Coils Plus
  • SS – David Clingman, Bud Light
  • OF – Henry Mays, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • OF – Albert “Bud” Weathers, Coils Plus
  • OF – Danny Thompson, Lou’s Super Scouts
  • OF – Jimmy Morris, Bud Light
  • EP – Wayne Otwell, Lou’s Super Scouts
  • UTIL – Gerald Braddy, Thompson’s Sporting Goods
  • UTIL – Kurt Hornus, Coffee Cup
  • UTIL – Jeff Poole, Thompson Sporting Goods
  • UTIL – Craig Schraub, Bud Light
  • C – Ed Sipe, Lite Athletic Club
  • P – Ronnie Andrews, Thompson’s Sporting Goods

ASA A ALL AMERICANS THIRD TEAM

  • 1B – Steve Implay, Allied Astros
  • 2B – Chuck Harmon, Thompson’s Sporting Goods
  • 3B – Mike Reiling, Coffee Cup
  • SS – ?
  • OF – Dan Nelson, Minneapolis Merchants
  • OF – Keith Weathers, Coils Plus
  • OF – Ronnie Hawkins, Lou’s Super Scouts
  • OF – Steve Sims, Thompson’s Sporting Goods
  • EP – Kerry Burnett, Minneapolis Merchants
  • UTIL – Michael Schervish, Lite Athletic Club
  • UTIL – Max Reed, Lite Athletic Club
  • UTIL – Fred Shipley, Allied Astros
  • UTIL – Jeff Swenson, Minneapolis Merchants
  • C – Ed McConnell, Coils Plus
  • P – Mike Phelps, Allied Astros

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Minneapolis Merchants, Minneapolis, MN (7-0)
2. Thompson’s Sporting Goods, Savannah, GA (7-2)
3. Allied Astros, Indianapolis, IN (5-2)
4. Lou’s Super Scouts, Houston, TX (6-2)
5t. Coils Plus, Longview, TX (5-2)
5t. Lite Athletic Club, Daytona Beach, FL (4-2)
7t. Bud Light, Midland, TX (5-2)
7t. Coffee Cup, St. Paul, MN (6-2)
9t. DeBacco Brothers, Newark, NJ (3-2)
9t. Armed Forces, Little Creek, VA (5-2)
9t. Barracuda?, Apple Valley, CA (4-2)
9t. C&M/Home Oil, Dothan, AL (3-2)
13t. McDonald’s, Davenport, IA (3-2)
13t. Chaney Enterprises, Lothian, MD (3-2)
13t. Jo-Mac Brothers, Yonkers NY (3-2)
13t. Ranger Boats, Flippin, AR (3-2)
17t. Builders Millwork, Anchorage, AK (3-2)
17t. Lite Peppers, Laredo, TX (3-2)
17t. Worth Sports, Midland, TX (3-2)
17t. JC Perry, Ridley Township, PA (2-2)
17t. SA Cannons, San Antonio, TX (3-2)
17t. Ruth Realty, Kent, WA (2-2)
17t. Springfield Strohs, Springfield, OH (3-2)
25t. Capital Industries, Seattle, WA (2-2)
25t. Miller Premium Brand, Stevens Point, WI (2-2)
25t. Mayfield Brothers, Richardson, TX (2-2)
25t. Midas Touch Jewelers, Trumbull, CT (2-2)
25t. JD Sports, Irving, TX (2-2)
25t. Jones & Sons, Washington, IN (2-2)
25t. OC Swats, Anaheim, CA (2-2)
25t. Massey’s, La Place, LA (2-2)
33t. Professional Forms, Little Rock, AR (1-2)
33t. Wendel Huskey, La Grande, OR (1-2)
33t. D&D Produce, San Ramon, CA (1-2)
33t. Pete’s Car Wash, Pughkeepsie, NY (1-2)
33t. Kidd Plumbing, Irving, TX (1-2)
33t. NW Pipe/T&C Lounge, Missoula, MT (1-2)
33t. Bale Chevrolet, Little Rock, AR (1-2)
33t. Hi-Ho Tavern, Great Falls, MA (1-2)
33t. Dash Long Distance, Odessa, TX (1-2)
33t. MT Pockets, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
33t. Farrell’s Maintenance, Lititz, PA (1-2)
33t. Winchell Chirpractic, Evansville, IN (1-2)
33t. Conrad-Paterson, Wyoming, MI (1-2)
33t. Ruud’s Roofing, Bloomington, MN (1-2)
33t. Kohler’s & Logan’s, Cranston, RI (1-2)
49t. Arensberg Pharmacy, Newark, OH (1-2)
49t. Georgia Merchants, Savannah, GA (1-2)
49t. Bull on the Beach, Berlin, MD (1-2)
49t. Campbell Sports, Bloomington, MN (0-2)
49t. Coors Scooters, Cheyenne, WY (0-2)
49t. Sonny’s Westport, CT (0-2)
49t. Stanley’s, Midland, TX (0-2)
49t. Seguin Cannons, Seguin, TX (0-2)
49t. Snyder’s Steak House, Lincoln, NE (0-2)
49t. Mississippi Truck, Davenport, IA (0-2)
49t. Amark Industries, Livingston, NJ (0-2)
49t. Wendy’s Worth Sports, Lansing, MI (0-2)
49t. Norris Fridley Reality, Owensville, MT (0-2)
49t. Starr-Precision, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
49t. Benchmark Printers, Grand Blanc, MI (0-2)
49t. Yogi’s Sports Bar, Terre Haute, IN (0-2)
65t. Merrill’s, Corpus Christi, TX (0-2)
65t. Malarky’s Pub, Westland, MI (0-2)
65t. Frontier Inspection, Farmington, NM (0-2)

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