1991 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1991 held at Decatur, Illinois at Borg-Warner Field.

Champion – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (64-2)
Runner Up – California Knights, Burbank, California

Knocked into the losers bracket originally by the Knights, the Brakettes fought back to capture the first final 2-1 in 10 innings and then in the final championship game behind Pat Difficy’s 2 Home Runs and Kathy Arendsen’s pitching, walked away with a 8-0 victory to clinch the title. The Brakettes came back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat the Redding Rebels 8-6 in the loser’s bracket final. They then came back in the first final, losing 1-0 and Knight pitcher Lori Harrigan on the mound and three outs to go, the Brakettes fought back to win a dramatic 10 inning 2-1 game. Which brought both teams to the winner take all championship game. The Brakettes won going way 8-0 on the strength of 3 home runs.

Barbara Reinalda was 1-0.

Chrissy Oliver was 1-0.

  • MVP – Lisa Fernandez, Raybestos Brackettes
  • HR Leader – Pat Dufficy, Stratford Brakettes – 3
  • Batting Leader – Charlotte Wiley, California Knights – .542
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Julie Smith, Redding Rebels


P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes (3-0, 2 Shutouts, 0 ER, 8-0 shutout in championship game)
P – Michele Smith, Redding Rebels
P – Lori Harrigan, California Knights (2-1, 2 shutouts)
C – Suzy Brazney, Orange County Majestics
C – Denise Correa, Whittier Raiders
1B – Sheila Cornell Douty, Raybestos Brakettes
2B – Julie Smith, Redding Rebels
3B – Sharon Sodano, California Knights
SS – Dot Richardson, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Jeannae Lambdin, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Lisa Erickson, California Knights
OF – Kris Schmidt, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Rina Foster, Redding Rebels
DP – Charlotte Wiley, California Knights (13-24, .542)
UTIL – Lisa Fernandez, Raybestos Brakettes (1-1 with save in first final, 22 K, 18 IP, 1 ER, .346 Average, 8 RBI, hit a 2-run Double in the final game)


P – Susie Parra, Phoenix Sunbirds (2-1 with 30 K in 22 IP)
P – Cheri Kempf, Raybestos Brakettes (3-0)
P – Debbie Doom, Orange County Majestics (4-2)
C – Barb Booth, Redding Rebels
C – Doreen Denmon, Raybestos Brakettes
1B – Debbie Langevain, Whittier Raiders
2B – Karen Walker, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – Cindy Cooper, Redding Rebels
SS – Shari Johnson, California Knights
OF – Priscilla Rouse, California Knights
OF – Suzy Lady, Redding Rebels
OF – Xan Silva, Whittier Raiders
OF – Dionne Harris, Raybestos Brakettes
DP – Jill Justin-Coffel, Raybestos Brakettes (game winning hit in 10th inning of 2-1 first final to get to the “if” game)
UTIL – Amy Gelbach, Whittier Raiders


P – Heather Compton, Whittier Raiders
P – DeDe Weiman, California Knights
P – Michele Granger, Whittier Raiders
C – Angie Jacobs, Redding Rebels
C – Leanne Bonifas, East Peoria Avantis
1B – Jodi Rathbun, East Peoria Avantis
2B – Pam Newton, Orange County Majestics
3B – Jill Matyuch, Orange County Majestics
SS – Ann Rowan, Whittier Raiders
OF – Jenny Condon, National Designwear
OF – Yvonne Gutierrez, Redding Rebels
OF – Carol Maioran, Budweiser Belles
OF – Natalie King, Phoenix Sunbirds
DP – Valerie Van Kirk, Whittier Raiders
UTIL – Nikki Busch, Orange County Majestics


1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (8-1)
2. California Knights, Burbank, CA (5-2)
3. Redding Rebels, Redding, CA (4-2)
4. Whittier Raiders, Whittier, CA (4-2)
5t. Orange County Majestics, Orange, CA (4-2)
5t. Phoenix Sunbirds, Phoenix, AZ (4-2)
7t. West Frankfort Cards, Frankfort, IL (2-2)
7t. Budweiser Belles, Parsippany, NJ (4-2)
9t. First Page Metros, Washington, D.C. (2-2)
9t. Purity Bakery Sting, Decatur, IL (3-2)
9t. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (1-2)
9t. St. Louis Classics, St. Louis, MO (3-2)
13t. Bloomington Lady Hearts, Bloomington, IL (2-2)
13t. Ballwin Saints, Ballwin, MO (2-2)
13t. East Peoria Avantis, East Peoria, IL (1-2)
13t. Des Moines Merchants, Des Moines, IA (1-2)
17t. Carterville Cougars, Carterville, IL (0-2)
17t. Michigan Cruise, Ann Arbor, MI (1-2)
17t. National Designerwear Bash Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
17t. Plymouth Blue Wave, Plymouth, MA (0-2)
17t. Celina Suns, Celina, OH (0-2)
17t. Decatur Rockettes, Decatur, IL (1-2)
17t. Texas Beverage KIDZ, TX (0-2)
17t. Mid-Michigan Express, Midland, MI (0-2)
25t. DeWyse Builders, Engadine, MI (0-2)
25t. Herrin Softball, Herrin, IL (0-2)
25t. DeFeo’s Jersey Blue Jays, NJ (0-2)

L-R, top row- Manager Ralph Raymond, Scorer Richard Peterson, Doreen Denmon, Julie Standering, Dot Richardson, Lisa Fernandez, Karen Walker, Mary Jo Firnbach, Dionna Harris, Michelle Palmer, Coach Bob Baird, Coach John Stratton bottom row- Jill Justin, Leslie Adams, Pat Dufficy, Barbara Reinalda, Kathy Arendsen, Cheri Kempf, Sheila Cornell, Kris Schmidt


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