2001 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

2001 held at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Champion – T’s 13/Nike, Omaha, NE (West)
Runner Up – Creative Stucco/Easton, Columbus, OH (East)


This season featured splitting the country into two halves (east and west) with the champions of each tournament going to Oklahoma City for the Hooters Softball Championship Series. In 2001 T’s 13/Nike would defeat Creative Stucco/Easton 3 games to 2.

In the first ever USA Softball National Championship Series, T’s 13 (Omaha, NE) opened up a huge lead after posting big numbers in the second and third innings, scoring 11 and 12 runs, respectively going on to win a decisive game 5 over Creative Stucho/Easton (Columbus, OH). Nick Sailors hit a two-run home run, double, RBI-single and two-run single, while tournament MVP Mike Irvine hit a two-run homer and added a pair of sacrifice flys. Scott Gerdes hit a solo home run, a two-run triple and an RBI-double, Nate Babbit had a three-run HR and two RBI-singles and Brian Holmes hit a two-run blast and a double. Jeff Vercellino and Dana Wendelin each had a home run, Wendelin’s was inside-the-park. Steve Skala drove in two runs with a single and Bobby Worden and Rick Kappius each had an RBI-double.

Tony Sharkins hit a three-run home run, a solo home run and a two-run double for Creative Stucco/Easton. Doug Shanyfelt had a three-run shot, Troy Rawlins a two-run and Jeff Click a solo. Tim Linson drove in a run with a double, while Rob Luneborg and Tom Ellis each had a double.

SCORES

  • Creative Stucco/Easton 21-26
  • T’s 13/Nike 33-21
  • Creative Stucco/Easton 22-25
  • T’s 13/Nike 26-11
  • T’s 13/Nike 32-13

T’s 13 down 2 games to 1, came back and won the fourth and fifth games behind the power or Mike Irvine. Irvine hot 3 Homers and drove in 9 runs to lead the way for T’s and earn Series MVP honors.

  • Game 1: Creative Stucco hit seven home runs, with the big blast a pinch-hit grand slam from Joe Ausec that broke an 18-18 tie in the bottom of the fifth. Tony Sharkins hit a pair of homers, while Matt Furrey had a home run and a two-run triple. Troy Rawlins hit a two-run HR and a two-run double, while Tim Linson had a three-run blast and Doug Shanyfelt added a solo shot. For T’s 13, Mike Irvine hit two home runs; a three-run and a two-run shot, and a triple. Steve Skala had a two-run HR and Dana Wendelin had a solo HR.
  • Game 2: A 17-run sixth inning pushed T’s 13 to victory. Scott Gerdes had a pair of home runs and a triple while Brian Holmes hit two home runs. Nick Sailors, Mike Irvine, Jeff Vercellino and Chad Merchant all had home runs for T’s and Steve Skala added two doubles. Tim Linson had two HRs for Creative Stucco, while Troy Rawlins, Jay Ross and Gene Paszke had one homer each.
  • Game 3: Creative Stucco hit nine home runs, with Tony Sharkins and Doug Shanyfelt hitting two each. Troy Rawlins, Matt Furrey, Tom Ellis, Tim Linson and Gene Paszke hit one HR each. T’s 13 got home runs from Mike Irvine, Jeff Vercellino, Scott Gerdes, Bobby Worden, Brent Mogenson and Steve Skala.
  • Game 4: Mike Irvine hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and had six RBI for T’s 13. Nick Sailors was 4-for-4 with a home run, Brian Holmes was 3-for-3 with a home run and Nate Babbit and Rick Kappius each had a HR and three RBI. Tony Sharkins was 3-for-3 with a solo home run for Creative Stucco, while Tim Linson also had three hits and Tom Ellis had a home run and two runs driven in.
  • Game 5: T’s 13 posted big numbers in the second and third innings, scoring 11 and 12 runs, respectively. Nick Sailors hit a two-run home run, double, RBI-single and two-run single, while tournament MVP Mike Irvine hit a two-run homer and added a pair of sacrifice flys. Scott Gerdes hit a solo home run, a two-run triple and an RBI-double, Nate Babbit had a three-run HR and two RBI-singles and Brian Holmes hit a two-run blast and a double Jeff Vercellino and Dana Wendelin each had a HR, Wendelin’s was inside-the-park, Steve Skala drove in two runs with a single and Bobby Worden and Rick Kappius each had an RBI-double. Tony Sharkins hit a three-run home run, a solo home run and a two-run double for Creative Stucco/Easton. Doug Shanyfelt had a three-run shot, Troy Rawlins a two-run and Jeff Click a solo. Tim Linson an RBI double, while Rob Luneborg and Tom Ellis each had a double.

  • MVP – Mike Irvine, T’s 13/Nike (7 HRs, 17 RBI)
  • HR Leader – Mike Irvine, T’s – 7
  • HR Leader – Tony Sharkins, Creative Stucco (12 RBI) – 7
  • Batting Leader – Mike Irvine, T’s

2001 ASA A East Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals – held at Dothan, Alabama on August 31 – September 3.

Champion – Creative Stucco/Easton, Columbus, OH
Runner Up – Paramount Builders/Worth, Virginia Beach, VA


  • MVP – Doug Shanyfelt, Creative Stucco/Easton
  • Batting Champion – Tracy Watson (17-20) – .850
  • Batting Champion – Derek Oliver, Paramount Builders (34-40, 24 HR) – .850
  • HR Champion – Derek Oliver, Paramount Builders/Worth (34-40, .850) – 24

ASA A EAST ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Doug Shanyfelt, Creative Stucco/Easton
  • C – Derek Oliver, Paramount Builders/Worth
  • 1B – Roy Jarman, Paramount Builders/Worth
  • 2B – Tim Linson, Creative Stucco/Easton
  • 3B – Gene Paszke, Creative Stucco/Easton
  • SS – Randy Romagna, Paramount Builders/Worth
  • OF – Matt Furrey, Creative Stucco/Easton
  • OF – Rob Luneborg, Creative Stucco/Easton
  • OF – Reggie Brown, Suncoast/Dudley/TPS/Smith Barney
  • UTIL – Jerry Reynolds, Suncoast/Dudley/TPS/Smith Barney
  • UTIL – Tim Smith, Paramount Builders/Worth
  • UTIL – Robert Lane, Perkins Roofing/TPS
  • UTIL – Brad Jones, Perkins Roofing/TPS
  • UTIL – Charlie Brown, Suncoast/Dudley/TPS/Smith Barney
  • UTIL – David Allen, Paramount Builders/Worth

ASA A EAST ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Bruce Matzdorf, Sid Grinker Co/Yamaha/TPS
  • 1B – Jason Wagner, C&M Sporting Goods
  • 2B – John Steele, Perkins Roofing/TPS
  • 3B – Mike Miller, Suncoast/Dudley/TPS/Smith Barney
  • SS – Dave Soult, Perkins Roofing/TPS
  • OF – Shane Buteaux, Suncoast/Dudley/TPS/Smith Barney
  • OF – Sean Mullins, Perkins Roofing/TPS
  • OF – Mike Much, Sid Grinker Co/Yamaha/TPS
  • OF – Kevin Atwood, Perkins Roofing/TPS
  • UTIL – Tim Lee, C&M Sporting Goods
  • UTIL – Travis Matthews, Paramount Builders/Worth
  • UTIL – Larry White, Paramount Builders/Worth
  • UTIL – Rick Terrill, Berardi’s/TPS
  • UTIL – Rob Roop, Central Paving
  • UTIL – Drew Judah, C&M Sporting Goods

ASA A EAST ALL AMERICANS THIRD TEAM

  • P – John Kotzelnick, Central Paving
  • C – Shawn Brandenburg, Sid Grinker Co/Yamaha/TPS
  • 1B – Steve Spille, Perkins Roofing/TPS
  • 2B – Ron Vogedes, Sid Grinker Co/Yamaha/TPS
  • 3B – Raymond Moscoe, Berardi’s/TPS
  • SS – Jeff Click, Creative Stucco/Easton
  • OF – Billow Harvey, Suncoast/Dudley/TPS/Smith Barney
  • OF – Brad Bennett, Central Paving
  • OF – Shawn Harkins, Berardi’s/TPS
  • OF – Steve Laney, C&M Sporting Goods
  • UTIL – Lee Trotter, Suncoast/Dudley/TPS/Smith Barney
  • UTIL – Tom Ellis, Creative Stucco/Easton
  • UTIL – Pete Tourek, Sid Grinker Co/Yamaha/TPS
  • UTIL – Shawn Settle, Berardi’s/TPS
  • UTIL – Rob Wagers, Central Paving

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Creative Stucco/Easton, Columbus, OH (6-0)
2. Paramount Builders/Worth, Virginia Beach, VA (8-2)
3. Suncoast/Dudley/TPS/Smith Barney, Bradenton, FL (4-2)
4. Perkins Roofing/TPS, Cincinnati, OH (4-2)
5t. C&M Sporting Goods, Dothan, AL (3-2)
5t. Sid Grinker Co/Yamaha/TPS, Milwaukee, WI (6-2)
7t. Berardi’s/TPS, Lexington, KY (3-2)
7t. Central Paving, Carmel, IN (3-2)
9t. SCB/Denelex, Lake Grove, NY (3-2)
9t. Chief Transport, Benton, AR (2-2)
9t. EMR/Worth Softball, Cincinnati, OH (3-2)
9t. Riverside/TPS, Louisville, KY (3-2)
13t. Lighthouse Baptist, Chattanooga, TN (3-2)
13t. MS/Worth, Jackson, MS (3-2)
13t. Florida Heat/Nave Plbg/Joe Blacks/Worth, Sanibel, FL (2-2)
13t. Team Mizuno, Ft. Pierce, FL (2-2)
17t. Aubrey’s TPS, Savannah, GA (1-2)
17t. Bridges Sportsbar, Griffith, IN (1-2)
17t. Elza Construction, London, KY (1-2)
17t. Las Vegas Funjet/TPS, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
17t. Reynolds Concrete/Fish Net, Panama City, FL (1-2)
17t. L&L Painting/TPS, Prattvile, AL (1-2)
17t. Smokes/Abs/Joe Corbis/TPS, Elliott City, MD (1-2)
17t. Worth/Sports Star, Louisville, KY (1-2)
25t. Kluever’s Snap-On/Easton, Metamora, IL (0-2)
25t. Team/South Dixie, Etown, KY (0-2)
25t. Diamond Sports, Gainsville, GA (0-2)
25t. J.W. Construction, Riverdale, GA (0-2)
25t. W.W. Gay/TPS, Gainesville, FL (0-2)
25t. Team A-H, West Carolton, OH (0-2)
25t. Jonesboro/TPS, Kingsport, TN (0-2)
25t. Viggiani Plumbing, Toms River, NJ (0-2)
33t. Bradlock/Tailgaters, Hagerstown, MD (0-2)
33t. Tommy Currid Investments, Milton, FL (0-2)


2001 ASA A West Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals – held at McAllen, Texas on August 31-September 2.


Champion – T’s 13/Nike, Omaha, NE
Runner Up – Quick Roofing/Advanced, Texarkana, TX


  • MVP – Bobby Worden, T’s 13/Nike
  • HR Leaders – Wade Casey, Quick Roofing – 9
  • HR Leaders – John Glidewell, Quick Roofing – 9
  • HR Leaders – Rob Gundry, Quick Roofing – 9
  • Batting Leader – Frankie Kubenka, Quick Roofing/Advanced Softball – .811

ASA A WEST ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Paul Sinnett, T’s 13
  • C – Soctt Gerdes, T’s 13
  • 1B – Vince Bisbee, Quick Roofing/Advanced/Nike
  • 2B – Jeff Vercellino, T’s 13
  • 3B – Shawn Watson, Phonemasters/TPS
  • SS – Wade Casey, Quick Roofing/Advanced/Nike
  • OF – Mike Irving, T’s 13
  • OF – Tim Kluner, Phonemasters/TPS
  • OF – Bobby Wordon, T’s 13
  • OF – Wayne Habermehl, Phonemasters/TPS
  • UTIL – Terry Fowler, Quick Roofing/Advanced/Nike
  • UTIL – James King, Quick Roofing/Advanced/Nike
  • UTIL – Kevin Rasmussen, T’s 13
  • UTIL – Frankie Kubenka, Quick Roofing/Advanced/Nike
  • UTIL – Paul Sheppard, Quick Roofing/Advanced/Nike

ASA A WEST ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Troy Summerfield, Phonemasters/TPS
  • C – John Glidewell, Quick Roofing/Advanced/Nike
  • 1B – Tuffy Martinez, McAllen Diablos/Lopez Tires
  • 2B – Danny Eagan, Phonemasters/TPS
  • 3B – Jeff Lutt, T’s 13
  • SS – Brian Arnold, Hooters/Easton/B & B
  • OF – Rob Gundry, Quick Roofing/Advanced/Nike
  • OF – Kirk Swain, Quick Roofing/Advanced/Nike
  • OF – Matt Valenzuela, McAllen Diablos/Lopez Tires
  • OF – Mike Kunz, Phonemasters/TPS
  • UTIL – Scott Nichols, Hooters/Easton/B & B
  • UTIL – Dana Wendelin, T’s 13
  • UTIL – Brady Arview, Phonemasters/TPS
  • UTIL – Louie Miller, Phonemasters/TPS
  • UTIL – Jeff Turtle, Hooters/Easton/B & B

FINAL STANDINGS

1. T’s 13/NIKE Omaha, NE (5-0)
2. Quick Roofing/Advanced, Texarkana, TX (4-2)
3. Phonemasters/TPS, St. Louis, MO (3-2)
4. Hooters/Easton/B&B, Kansas City, KS (3-2)
5t. McAllen Diablos/Lopez Tires, McAllen, TX (2-2)
5t. Deery Bros/Gold’s/Easton, Waterloo, IA (1-2)
7t. Team RIPP, McAllen, TX (1-2)
7t. TPS NW, Everett, WA (1-2)
9t. The Mob, Angleton, TX (0-2)
9t. Reds/J&J/Fairweather/Worth, Kent, WA (0-2)
9t. Ten Bear Construction/CAI, Lawton, OK (0-2)

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