1994 ASA Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1994 held at Lawton, Oklahoma.


Champion – Riverside/Ram/Taylor/TPS, Louisville, Kentucky
Runner Up – Back Porch/Worth, Destin, Florida


The ASA Major win two weeks ago in Lawton, Oklahoma, marked the second time Riverside has won the tournament under Glasscock. River­side, which went 6-1 in the double-elimination tournament, went unde­feated when it claimed the 1991 championship in Decatur, Ala. “That’s quite an accomplish­ment,” said Kenny Gavin, Louis­ville’s ASA director. “There’s only one step up from this, and that’s su­per. I don’t call that a softball game because they score 75 to 80 runs a game.”

“What we’ve done is almost un­heard of,” Glasscock said. “We worked hard all year for this. It’s very special to us.”

After finishing fourth in last year’s ASA Major, Riverside was champing at the bit to get back in this year’s field.

“We should have won it, and in the back of our minds the boys knew that and just wanted this one really bad,” Glasscock said. “De­fense was great and (we got) timely hitting. It was a total team effort. We weren’t going to be denied.” Riverside has a combined record of 69-27 this season as it heads into the World Series.

At the ASA Major, Riverside was paced by Most Valuable Player and home run champ Dennis Pierce, who had 18 homers and a tourna­ment record 50 RBIs in seven games. The catcher went 25 of 32 with 25 runs scored.

After breezing in its first two games of the ASA Major, Riverside trailed Bee Motors 29.9 heading into the top of the fifth inning of the third game. It scored nine runs to stay alive, then rallied from nine down and scored 20 in the seventh to win 44-33.

“We just kept coming back,” Glasscock said:

Moulton Furniture scored 15 runs in the top of the first in the winners’ bracket final, but Riverside didn’t worry. It rallied to win 40-27.

The only loss came in the final to Back Porch, 32-10. But Riverside re­grouped and ripped Back Porch 30­-18 to win the title.

This week’s tournament will be a test for Riverside because USSSA rules differ from the team’s normal ASA rules. There is a lower strike zone and the basepaths are longer. “It’s going to be different,” Glass­cock said. “We’re not accustomed to playing that style of ball. But we feel good. We’re an experienced team, even though we’re young for softball. It’ll take an awful lot, but I think (after winning the nationals) I can get them back down.”

Joining Pierce on the first-team All-America squad were Ernie Gumm (.769, 11 HRs, 27 RBIs), Eric Moore (.741, 9 HRs, 25 RBIs), and pitcher Brian Ellinghausen.

Riverside’s other members in­clude David Crawley, Mike Jackson, Eddie McCauley, Cole Elkin, Tom­my Scott, John Mello, Tony Stans­bury, Billy Adams, Dave Elder and Adam Jackson.


  • MVP – Dennis Pierce, Riverside (26-33, .788, 19 HR, 49 RBI, 25 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Dennis Pierce, Riverside – 19
  • Batting Leader – David Bear, Reece Astros, – .895

ASA MAJOR ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Brian Ellinghausen, Riverside/Ram (16-24, .667, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 19 Runs)
  • C – Dennis Pierce, Riverside/Ram (26-33, .788, 19 HRs, 49 RBI, 25 Runs)
  • EH – Russ Earnest, Back Porch (32-41, .780, 18 HR, 56 RBIs, 4 Grand Slams)
  • 1B – Kenny Bean, Thomas Oil
  • 2B – Mike Stanley, Back Porch (34-42, .810, 14 HR)
  • 3B – Butch Hacker, South Dixie
  • SS – Rob Darhower, Back Porch (.744)
  • OF – David Bear, Reece Astros
  • OF – Keith Eldridge, Back Porch (32-37, .865, 9 HR)
  • OF – Eric Moore, Riverside/Ram (20-28, .714, 11 HR, 27 RBI, 20 Runs)
  • OF – Bob Weidner, Coors/Easton
  • UTIL – Ronnie Douglas, Back Porch (28-36, .778, 9 HR)
  • UTIL – Bobby Bryant, RSH/Deep South
  • UTIL – Ernie Gum, Riverside/Ram (20-25, .800, 11 HR, 29 RBI, 21 Runs)

ASA MAJOR ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • 1B – Tim Stephens, Mason Shell
  • 2B – Mike Tarpey, AJA/TPS
  • 3B – Kenny Vallone, Ray’s Softball
  • SS – Scott Cornett, Mason Shell
  • OF – Ron Probst, Schweizer’s
  • OF – Tom Margiotta, Pete’s Mobil Car Wash
  • OF – Jeff Toni, Ray’s Softball
  • OF – Kevin Keris, Ray’s Softball
  • EP – Walter Reaves, Armed Forces
  • UT – Mark Schobel, AJA/TPS
  • UT – Dennis Emhoff, Armed Forces
  • UT – Leon Curiel, Pete’s Mobil Car Wash
  • UT – Robert Jones, Mason Shell
  • C – Harold Koudelka, Armed Forces
  • P – Henry Culley, Schweizer’s

ASA MAJOR ALL AMERICANS THIRD TEAM

  • 1B – Gary Chimshaw, Vinnie’s Kentucky News
  • 2B – Charlie Hayden, Pete’s Mobil Car Wash
  • 3B – Todd Johnson, Vinnie’s Kentucky News
  • SS – Tim Barnett, The Backstop
  • OF – David Barnes, Vinnie’s Kentucky News
  • OF – John Diagiamo, Pete’s Mobil Car Wash
  • OF – Dan Houchin, The Backstop
  • OF – John Beasley, Armed Forces
  • EP – Mark Fette, The Backstop
  • UT – Tom Hardy, Mason Shell
  • UT – Mike Tisdel, AJA/TPS
  • UT – Kenny Matthews, Ray’s Softball
  • UT – John Pelaich, Ray’s Softball
  • C – Shawn Settle, Mason Shell
  • P – Raymond Moscoe, Vinnie’s Kentucky News

OTHERS

Brian Reed, Back Porch (29-37, .784, 10 HR)
John Hicks, Back Porch (28-38, .737)
Mike Jackson, Riverside/Ram (22-30, .733, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 23 Runs)
Barry Gordon, Back Porch (21-29, .724)
David Crawley, Riverside/Ram (20-30, .667, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 24 Runs)
John Mello, Riverside/Ram (16-28, .571, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 20 Runs)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Riverside/Ram/Taylor/TPS, Louisville, KY (7-1)
2. Back Porch/Worth, Destin, FL (8-2)
3. Moulton Furniture/Easton, Moulton, AL (4-2)
4. Thomas Oil/Worth, Benton, AR (4-2)
5t. Coors/Easton, Midland, TX (5-2)
5t. Eastern Demolition/TPS, Upton, MA (4-2)
7t. Midland Drillers, Midland, TX (3-2)
7t. South Dixie/TPS, Louisville, KY (3-2)
9t. Roberts Park/St. Louis Merchants, St. Louis, MO (3-2)
9t. Lawton Cablevision/Worth, Lawton, OK (2-2)
9t. Bee Motors, Dallas, TX (2-2)
9t. Softball World, Norman, OK (2-2)
13t. Reece Astros/TPS, Corbin, KY (2-2)
13t. RSH/Deep South/Worth, Ridgeland, MS (2-2)
13t. Denny Lumber/Merrill Lynch/Steele’s, Somerset, KY (2-2)
13t. Battlefield, Springfield, MO (2-2)
17t. Midas Touch Jewelers/Worth, Fairfield, CT (1-2)
17t. Roofmasters, Pensacola, FL (1-2)
17t. Devault/Steele’s, Cape Girardeau, MO (1-2)
17t. Nelms Sports, Wichita Falls, TX (1-2)
17t. Brothers & Sisters, Lawton, OK (1-2)
17t. Mid South/Dudley, Tulsa, OK (0-2)
17t. Budweiser/Pepsi, Lawton, OK (0-2)
17t. Wildwood, Madison, MO (0-2)
25t. Stonecold/Star, El Reno, OK (0-2)
25t. Cheyenne Truck, Wichita Falls, TX (0-2)
25t. Little Rock Tavern, Lawton, OK (0-2)
25t. Bailey’s, Lawton, OK (0-2)
25t. Jock’s Nitch/Worth, Louisburg, KS (0-2)

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