1999 ASA Men’s B Slow Pitch Nationals

1999 held at Montgomery, Alabama on September 23-26.

Champion – Caraway Steel, Eufaula, Alabama
Runner Up – Miller/McGaffer, Forest Park, Illinois

Caraway Steel of Alabama and Miller/McGaffer of Illinois met three times in the ASA Class B national tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery, Ala. Caraway won two, and claimed the national title. A grand slam home run by MVP to be Paul Judah gave Caraway a 21-18 win in the semifinal round of the winners bracket. Miller McGaffer, which won a game late Saturday night and three on Sunday, forced an extra game in the championship round with a 31-12 romp as Scott Becker hit two home runs and Jim Walsh, Jim Lynch and Jeff Sahazian and John Doss one each. Walsh and Dave Shaff each had 4 hits. Lynch had a single and 2-run HR in a 10-run top of the first. Miller McGaffer built a 17-12 lead going into the bottom of the fourth of the deciding game. Caraway broke loose for 8 runs, with the big blow being a grand slam home run by Keith Eldridge. Caraway won 32-27 as Eldridge went on to total 9 RBI in the game. He had a 3-runner in a 12-run bottom of the fifth, and 3 homers in the game. He had 8 for the tournament. Becker was the tourney leader with 10. Other Caraway homers in the 12-run inning included a 2-runner by Andrew Judah and a 3-runner by Paul Judah. For the game, Eldridge was 4-for-5, Paul Judah 4-for-6. Jeff and Bill Sahagian each had 2 HRs for Miller. Key plays for Caraway in the infield in the last inning were made by second baseman Craig English, middle infielder Sandy Jones and pitcher J.R. Phillips.

(Note: D&K/Worth of Los Angeles, one of the favorites, won six games in the losers bracket before being eliminated by the Bulls of S.C. (22-13). D&K was knocked into the losers bracket by Shadowfax of Pa. (15-14). Jean Shoppe of McKenzie, Tenn., was another favorite, advancing all the way to the winners bracket finals before losing to Caraway 34-31. It was 10-9 after one and 20-9 after two innings. Caraway had back to back 11-run innings to build up a 34-23 command. Eldridge, Jerry Goodson and Sammy Moore had triples. Paul Judah had 3 hits. Ron Roland had a homer and another hit. Craig English had a homer. Big Barry Shirley had a grand slam in the first and another homer for Jean Shoppe, while Ricky Bryant had 2 HRs. Big plays on defense for Caraway were turned in by Terry Goodson at short, Sammy Moore in right field and pitcher J.R. Phillips. Eldridge was a steady performer in left field all weekend.)

  • MVP – Paul Judah, Caraway
  • Batting Champion – Kevin Gillott of Jean Shoppe (.867)
  • Home Run Champion – Scott Becker of Miller/McGaffer (10)


  • Steve Rayburn, Caraway
  • Paul Judah, Caraway
  • Keith Eldridge, Caraway
  • Randy Jones, Caraway
  • Sammy Moore, Caraway
  • Ronnie Roland, Caraway
  • Ed Stapinski, Miller/McGaffer
  • Nick Latore, Miller/McGaffer
  • Brad Reynard, Miller/McGaffer
  • Jim Lynch, Miller/McGaffer
  • Dave Shaff, Miller/McGaffer
  • Jim Walsh, Miller/McGaffer
  • Art Reboletti, Miller/McGaffer
  • Kevin Gillott, Jean Shoppe
  • Barry Shirley, Jean Shoppe


  • J.R. Phillips, Caraway
  • Terry Goodson, Caraway
  • Andrew Judah, Caraway
  • Sandy Jones, Caraway
  • Chris Crittendon, Caraway
  • Scott Becker, Miller/McGaffer
  • Jeff Sahagian, Miller/McGaffer
  • Ronnie Talbert, Jean Shoppe
  • Heath Morris, Jean Shoppe
  • Craig Harris, Jean Shoppe
  • Buddy Majors, Jean Shoppe
  • Keith Vienneman, St. Louis
  • Scott Tierney, Popko’s
  • Dave Dudzinski, Popko’s
  • Ronnie Euther, Bulls


  • Tim Hopkins, Bulls
  • Tommy Lark, Bulls
  • Brian Batson, Bulls
  • Don Bruns, St. Louis
  • Jarrett Roserique, St. Louis
  • Gene Nebbitt, St. Louis
  • Nick Pizotto, Popko’s
  • Steve Lane, Popko’s
  • Javier Guana, Popko’s
  • Darren Stevens, Popko’s
  • Mike Aspray, D&K/Worth
  • Rob Wolkons, D&K/Worth
  • Dan Schnider, D&K/Worth
  • Rob Martinez, D&K/Worth
  • Tom Grudielanek, Newport


1. Caraway Steel, Eufaula., AL (7-1)
2. Miller/Mcgaffer, Forest Park., IL (8-2)
3. Jean Shoppe, McKenzie., TN (5-2)
4. Popko’s, Crete., IL (5-2)
5t. Bulls/Proline, North Charleston., SC (5-2)
5t. St. Louis, St. Louis., MO (6-2)
7t. Newport Softball, Milwaukee., WI (4-2)
7t. Worth/D&K/Franklin, Los Angeles., CA (7-2)
9t. Shadowfax, York., PA (4-2)
9t. Pick’s Place/Worth Sports, Hagerstown., MD (6-2)
9t. Coyne Sports/Nike, Brook Park., OH (3-2)
9t. American Sportswear, Brooklyn Center., MN (3-2)
13t. Select Specialty, Charlottesville., VA (4-2)
13t. Gilmo’s 4th Turn, Enterprise., AL (3-2)
13t. Buster Shiver Construction, Enterprise., AL (4-2)
13t. Sports Center Hitmen, Nashville., TN (3-2)
17t. Cen-Tex Spurs, Austin., TX (4-2)
17t. Vessel Elizabethtown., KY (2-2)
17t. Q-T Sports/Miken, West Babylon., NY (3-2)
17t. Sporting Wood, Sugar Land., TX (3-2)
17t. Minnesota Merchants/Mizuno, Minneapolis., MN (3-2)
17t. Randy Sports Brookhaven., MS (2-2)
17t. Sprint Premiere Management, Lititz., PA (2-2)
17t. De Angelo’s, Hazelton., PA (4-2)
25t. D.W. Landscaping, Norwalk., CT (3-2)
25t. Cattle Dawgz, North St. Paul., MN (2-2)
25t. Spikes/Gillen, Faribault., MN (3-2)
25t. Giant Glass, Haverhill., MA (2-2)
25t. B&C Softball, Edmonton., KY (2-2)
25t. Royal Tee Zers, Pensacola., FL (3-2)
25t. Capital City Construction, Bismark., ND (3-2)
25t. Engine Room, Bloomington., MN (2-2)
33t. Deluxe Bakery, Bellmawr., NJ (2-2)
33t. Silva’s, Albuquerque., NM (2-2)
33t. Johnny Ray’s BBQ, Birmingham., AL (3-2)
33t. Bar-1 East, Hartford., CT (1-2)
33t. San Antonio Boomers, San Antonio., TX (1-2)
33t. Central Ave. Saloon, Rochester., NH (1-2)
33t. VFW Post 1431, Crawfordsville., IN (1-2)
33t. H.Y. Pressure, Reading., PA (1-2)
33t. Frawgs, Killeen., TX (2-2)
33t. OA Softball, Beavercreek., OH (1-2)
33t. Associated Steel Products Moultrie., GA (1-2)
33t. Wynnfield-Argo Phenix City., AL (1-2)
33t. Ultimate Milwaukee., WI (2-2)
33t. Duston’s Market, Dover., NH (1-2)
33t. Taco Bell, Sioux Falls., SD (2-2)
33t. Houston Merchants, Houston., TX (2-2)
49t. Champion Athletics, West Point., IA (0-2)
49t. Rumpleminze, Barnum., IA (0-2)
49t. All American, Bryant., AR (0-2)
49t. Subway, Durant., OK (0-2)
49t. Telequip Storm, Hickory Creek., TX (0-2)
49t. Fresh Pak, Spokane., WA (1-2)
49t. Ohio Sealants, Cleve., OH (0-2)
49t. Black Crows, Montgomery., AL (1-2)
49t. Portland Plastic Pipe, Portland., ME (1-2)
49t. I.B. Moore, Cynthiana., IN (1-2)
49t. World Color, Corinth., MS (0-2)
49t. Mission Mizuno, New Richmond., WI (0-2)
49t. A-Bobs Geneseo., IL (0-2)
49t. Memphis Bulldogs, Memphis., TN (0-2)
49t. S&S Landscape Ashaway., RI (1-2)
49t. Huebner Softball, Evansville., IN (1-2)
65t. National Gold, Warwick., RI (0-2)
65t. Bryant Chiropractic Bonecrushers, Monticello., AR (0-2)
65t. Schnadig Belmont., MS (0-2)
65t. Shorty’s, Altus., OK (0-2)
65t. Good Life, Sylvester., GA(0-2)
65t. Daniel Catering/Elite Greenfield., WI (0-2)
65t. RSH/Worth, Jackson., MS (0-2)
65t. Petro/Woody’s, Fargo., ND (0-2)
65t. Fame Awards, Owatonna., MN (0-2)
65t. Team Easton, Simpsonville., SC (0-2)
65t. Kroner Paint/Timpe Insurance, Quincy., IL (1-2)
65t. Southeast Mavericks Corbin., KY (0-2)
65t. Tithof Construction Saginaw., MI (0-2)


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