Category: 1987

1987 ASA Men’s Super Slow Pitch Nationals

1987 held at Parma, Ohio.


Champion – Steele’s Sports, Grafton, Ohio (340-15)
Runner Up – Budweiser, Youngstown, Ohio


Steele’s did what it was expected to do and that was win their third straight ASA Super National Championship. They defeated Budweiser of Youngstown, OH in the championship game 18-5. Steele’s went undefeated, winning their four pool play games and then three straight in the double elimination portion of the event to go 7-0 on the weekend and they hit 76 HR over the special 320 foot fence that was constructed for the event.


  • MVP – Mike Macenko, Steele’s (27-36, .750, 12 HR, 26 RBI)
  • HR Leader – Scott Virkus, Steele’s (22-33, .667) – 16
  • Batting Leader – Mike Macenko, Steele’s – .750

ASA SUPER ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Rick Weiterman, Steele’s Sports
  • C – Craig Elliott, Steele’s Sports
  • 1B – Dennis Graser, Steele’s Sports
  • 2B – Mike Macenko, Steele’s Sports (27-36, .750, 12 HRs, 26 RBIs)
  • 3B – Ken Dain, Steele’s Sports
  • SS – Ron Parnell, Steele’s Sports
  • OF – Mark Odabashian, ABC Driveway/Holy Name
  • OF – Doug Roberson, Steele’s Sports
  • OF – Scott Virkus, Steele’s Sports (22-33, 667, 16 HRs)
  • OF – Fred Trice, Steele’s Sports
  • EP – Phil Adams, Budweiser
  • UT – Dick Marlow, Budweiser
  • UT – Jeff Stamps, Steele’s Sports
  • UT – Jim Kuhl, Budweiser
  • UT – Mickey Vittardi, ABC Driveway/Holy Name

FINAL STANDINGS (overall record counting Pool Play games)

1. Steele’s Sports, Grafton, OH (3-0) 7-0 including pool play
2. Budweiser, Youngstown, OH (1-2) 2-5 including pool play
3. ABC Driveway/Holy Name, Parma, OH (0-2) 1-5 including pool play

1987 ASA Women’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1987 held at Pekin, Illinois.


Champion – Orange County Majestics, Orange, California
Runner Up – Hi-Ho Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (62-6)


The Majestics went undefeated (6-0 to capture the National Championship. They defeated the Hi Ho Brackettes 4-2 in the Championship game. Denise Correa smashed a 3-run Triple in the 4th inning to give the Majestics the 4-2 lead they would never relinquish. Debbie Doom started the game and went 4 innings for the win. Michele Granger came in to close it out in the final 3 innings to earn the save. Barbara Reinalda was the losing pitcher for the Brakettes, who finished 6-2.

In a 27 inning game between California Raiders and Pantera’s Classics, Tiffany Boyd struck out 33 and Becky Duffin struck out 32.


  • MVP – Michele Granger, Orange County Majestics (3-0, 23 IP, 33 K, did not allow an earned run)
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Michele Granger, Orange County Majestics (3-0, 2 shutouts)
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Dot Richardson, Hi-Ho Brakettes
  • Batting Leader – Kari Johnson, Redding Rebels (10-21) – .476
  • HR Leader – Liz Mizera, Orange Magestics (8-18, .444) – 2
  • HR Leader – Kris Peterson, Hi-Ho Brakettes (11-26, .423, 9 runs, also had a streak of 9 straight hits) – 2
  • HR Leader – Jodi Rathbun, Avanti’s – 2

1987 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Michele Granger, Orange County Majestics
P – Debbie Doom, Orange County Majestics (3-0, 24 IP, 1 ER, 26 K)
P – Susan LeFebvre, Kirin Invasion
C – LeaAnn Jarvis, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Kristin Glomboske, California Raiders
1B – Debbie Langevain, Kirin Invasion
1B – Liz O’Conner, Raybestos Brakettes
2B – Kari Johnson, Redding Rebels
3B – Cindy Mosteller, Lone Star Lady Lights
SS – Liz Mizera, Orange County Majestics
OF – Kris Peterson, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Karen Walker, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Kim Nutter, Orange County Majestics
OF – Barbara Jordan, Redding Rebels
DP – Leanne Bonifas, East Peoria Avanti’s
UTIL – Pam Newton, Kirin Invasion

1987 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Tracy Compton, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Barbara Reinalda, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Suzy Brazney, Orange County Majestics
C – Cathy Sondag, East Peoria Avanti’s
1B – Pam Casper, East Peoria Avanti’s
2B – Jodi Rathbun, East Peoria Avanti’s
3B – JoAnn Ferrieri, Los Angeles Diamonds
SS – Dot Richardson, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Mary Ivy, Pantera’s Classic
OF – Kathy Escarcega, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Yvonne Gutierrez, Los Angeles Diamonds
OF – Chenita Rogers, Los Angeles Diamonds
DP – Gina Vecchione, Raybestos Brakettes
UTIL – Catherine Stedman, California Raiders

1987 THIRD TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Margie Wright, Twin City Jammers
P – Heather Compton, California Raiders
P – Connie Clark, Los Angeles Diamonds
C – Michelle Gromacki, Los Angeles Diamonds
C – Tammy Turner, Phoenix Sunbirds
1B – Sheila Cornell Douty, Los Angeles Diamonds
2B – Julie Smith, Orange County Majestics
3B – Tammy Joslin, Redding Rebels
SS – Charis Monroe, Kirin Invasion
OF – Margaret Seng, Ann Arbor Pacer’s
OF – Elise King, Kirin Invasion
OF – Sue Lewis, Los Angeles Diamonds
OF – Natalie King, Phoenix Sunbirds
DP – Vickie Schneider, Twin City Jammers
UTIL – Tiffany Boyd, California Raiders


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Orange County Majestics, Orange, CA (6-0)
2. Hi Ho Brackettes, Stratfors, CT (6-2)
3. Los Angeles Diamonds, Los Angeles, CA (4-2)
4. Kirin Invasion, Hacienda Heights, CA (4-2)
5t. Redding Rebels, Redding, CA (4-2)
5t. Raiders, Southern, CA (4-2)
7t. Twin City Jammers, Minneapolis, MN (3-2)
7t. East Peoria Avantis, East Peoria, IL (3-2)
9t. Lone Star Beer Lady Knights, Houston, TX (2-2)
9t. Pantera’s Classics, Jefferson City, MO (2-2)
9t. Phoenix Sunbirds, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
9t. Ann Arbor Pacers, Ann Arbor, MI (2-2)
13t. Budweiser Belles, Parsippany, NJ (1-2)
13t. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (1-2)
13t. Mount Pleasant Royals, Mount Pleasant, MI (1-2)
13t. Whittier Roadrunners, Whittier, CA (1-2)
17t. Coors Light Silver Bullets, Houston, TX (0-2)
17t. San Antonio Kidz, San Antonio, TX (0-2)
17t. Oklahoma Classics, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)
17t. West Chester Crickets, Collegeville, PA (0-2)
17t. 58 Bonding Company, Chattanooga, TN (0-2)
17t. Plymouth Blue Wave, Plymouth, MA (0-2)
17t. Metropolitan Poultry, Columbus, MA (0-2)
17t. Celina Suns, Celina, OH (0-2)

L-R, top row- unidentified, Coach Andy Van Etten, Dot Richardson, Beth Greig, Kathy Escarcega, Karen Walker, Gina Vecchione, Liz O’Conner, Lea Ann Jarvis, Kathy Dyer, Donna McLean, Allyson Rioux, unidentified, Manager Ralph Raymond, unidentified bottom row- Doreen Denmon, Sally Maher, Barbara Reinalda, Kathy Arendsen, Tracy Compton, Kris Peterson, bat boy Josh

1987 ISA Men’s Super Slow Pitch World Series

 1987 held at Greensboro, North Carolina.


Champion – Steele’s Sports, Grafton, Ohio
Runner Up – Smythe Sox, Houston, Texas


Steele’s, put into the losers bracket by Smythe Sox by a 43-36 score, came through the losers bracket and defeated Smythe 44-27 and 36-20 to win the ISA World Series. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Smythe hit 5 straight home runs (Bill Gatti, Mark Heirlmeier, Bruce Meade, Mike Parrot and Rick Wheeler), but to no avail. Ricky Huggins had a big grand slam for Steele’s to blow the game open in the 5th inning and give them a 26-17 lead. Nobody matched the power of Steele’s as the 6 players along on the All World team collected a combined total of 84 HR.


  • MVP – Mike Macenko, Steele’s Sports (27-37, .730, 15 HR, 24 RBI)
  • Defensive MVP – Doug Roberson, Steele’s Sports
  • HR Leader – Ron Parnell, Steele’s (27-35, .771) – 17
  • Batting Leader – Ron Parnell, Steele’s Sports (27-35)  – .771

ISA SUPER ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Mike Macenko, Steele’s Sports (27-37, .730, 15 HR, 24 RBI)
  • Ron Parnell, Steele’s Sports (27-35, .771, 17 HR)
  • Doug Roberson, Steele’s Sports (14 HR)
  • Craig Elliott, Steele’s Sports (16 HR)
  • Jeff Stamps, Steele’s Sports (11 HR)
  • Scott Virkus, Steele’s Sports (12 HR)
  • Bill Blake, Smythe Sox
  • Bruce Meade, Smythe Sox
  • Cecil Whitehead, Smythe Sox
  • Bill Gatti, Smythe Sox
  • Kelly Stanley, Blanton’s/Kirks
  • Gerg Miller, Blanton’s/Kirks
  • Gary Markland, Blanton’s/Kirks

OTHERS

Monty Tucker, Steele’s Sports (12 HR)
Mike Bolen, Steele’s Sports (11 HR)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Steele’s Sports, Grafton, OH (5-1)
2. Smythe Sox, Houston, TX (3-2)
3. Blanton’s/Kirk’s, Fayetteville, NC (3-2)
4. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC (2-2)
5t. Ritch’s Salvage, Harrisburg, NC (3-2)
5t. Barry Peagrams BK, Montgomery, AL (3-2)
7t. Non-Ferrous Metals, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
7t. The Handy Pantry, Gastonia, NC (2-2)
9t. Action Awarda, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
9t. Kirkpatricks, Greensboro, NC (0-2)
9t. Cory-Doby Exxon, Greensboro, NC (0-2)
9t. Miller Lite/Jai-Alai, Ocala, FL (0-2)

1987 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1987 held at Waterloo, Iowa.


Champion – Smythe Sox, Houston, Texas
Runner Up – Steele’s Sports, Grafton, Ohio


The Smythe Sox defeated Steele’s 38-34 in the winners bracket final. Steeles beat a tough Marlton Trucking team 16-9 in the losers bracket final to gain a rematch with Smythe. The Men of Steele’s won the first final 24-20 behind Craig Elliott (4-5, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs) and Ron Parnell (4-4, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs) and appeared to gain the edge going into the winner take all deciding game. Leading 22-9 after three innings, Steele’s was on the verge on winning their first USSSA World Series. It was then, in the cold and rain that Steele’s met their “Waterloo”. Smythe scored 21 runs in the fifth inning and then scored another 17 more runs in the final two innings to come out on top of a 50-31 final. Ricky Huggins (5-5, 2 HRs), Doug Roberson (4-5, 3 HRs), Craig Elliott (4-6, 3 HRs), Mike Bolen (4-5, 2 HRs) and Jeff Stamps (4-5, 1 HR) led the Steele’s attack in the final game. Those were impressive stats, but Smythe Sox had some mind boggling numbers: Bill Gatti (8-8, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs), Cecil Whitehead (7-8, 5 RBIs), Bruce Meade (7-8, 6 HRs, 9 RBIs), Bill Blake and Doug Brown combined for 10 hits and 14 RBIs. Rick Wheeler and Mark Heirlmeier were both 5-7. Heirlmeier had 4 HRs and 7 RBIs. They out homered the men of Steel’s in the game 20-17. For the tournament, Steele’s smashed 140 total HRs as a team and batted .650. Smythe batted .641 and hit 85 HRs, but won when it counted. A word of note; Cecil Whitehead of Smythe, who is considered one of the best clutch performers of all time, played three games against Steele’s, all pressure packed games and all he did was go 15-18 (.833) with 5 HRs and 15 RBIs. Whitehead and teammate Bill have now won four USSSA World Series in a row (Elite; 1984-1985 and now Smythe 1986-1987).


  • MVP – Bill Blake, Smythe Sox – (23-31, .742, 18 HRs, 37 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Doug Roberson, Steele’s (25-33, .758, 27 RBIs, 30 Runs) – 19
  • Home Run Leader – Craig Elliott, Steele’s (26-38, .684, 26 RBIs, 24 Runs) – 19
  • Batting Leader – (based on 18 ABs) Jim Fuller, Marlton Trucking (26-32, 18 HRs, 29 RBIs, 26 Runs) – .813
  • Defensive MVP – Ron Parnell, Steele’s Sports

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Craig Elliott – Steele’s Sports (26-38, .684, 19 HRs, 26 RBIs, 24 Runs)
  • Catcher – Bill Blake – Smythe Sox (23-31, .742, 18 HRs, 37 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Catcher – Dave Steffen – Marlton Trucking (23-34, .676, 15 HRs, 21 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • First Base – Mike Bolen – Steele’s Sports (21-31, .677, 8 HRs, 10 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • First Base – Rich Plante – Marlton Trucking (23-33, ..697, 10 HRs, 22 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • First Base – Rick Scherr – Howard’s/Western Steer (18-28, .643, 14 HRs, 27 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Second Base – Bill Gatti – Smythe Sox (20-27, .741, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Third Base – Doug Brown – Smythe Sox (21-31, .677, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Third Base – Jim Fuller – Marlton Trucking (26-32, .813, 18 HRs, 29 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • Third Base – Tim White – Howard’s/Western Steer (17-25, .680, 10 HRs, 22 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Ron Parnell – Steele’s Sports (23-36, .583, 13 HRS, 21 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • Outfield – Bruce Meade – Smythe Sox (21-27, .778, 14 HRs, 22 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Outfield – Ricky Huggins – Steele’s Sports (21-28, .750, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Outfield – Doug Roberson – Steele’s Sports (25-33, .758, 19 HRs, 27 RBIs, 30 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dan Schuck – Marlton Trucking (21-32, .656, 15 HRs, 25 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Outfield – Rick Wheeler – Smythe Sox (15-25, .600, 10 HRs, 16 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Outfield – Cecil Whitehead – Smythe Sox (23-31, .742, 8 HRs, 18 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • Utility – Stan Harvey – Howard’s/Western Steer (18-29, .621, 17 HRs, 23 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • Utility – Buddy Slater – Smythe Sox (8-18, .444, 1 RBI, 10 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Mike Nye, Marlton (14-18, .778, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Kelly Stanley, Kirk’s Glass (14-18, .778, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Ken Dain, Steele’s (15-20, .750, 12 HRs, 20 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Ed Berg, Superior Bombat (14-19, .737, 8 HRs, 14 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Danny Robichaux, Athletic Shop (11-15, .733, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Larry Magee, Capitol (11-15, .733, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Greg Fuhrman, Superior Bombat (13-18, .722, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Mike Wagner, Ritch’s Salvage (13-18, .722, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Hal Harlan, Athletic Shop (10-14, .714, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Jeff Stamps, Steele’s (21-30, .700, 11 HRs, 20 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Joey Raby, Howard’s (14-20, .700, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Dan Griffin, Marlton (19-28, .679, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Rick Weiterman, Steele’s (4-6, .667, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Scott Vikus, Steele’s (19-29, .655, 12 HRs, 15 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • Braxton Speller, Hammond Glass (7-11, .636, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Don Clatterbaugh, Kirk’s Glass (13-21, .619, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Danny Williams, Athletic Shop (8-13, .615, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Darrell Misenheimer, Ritch’s Salvage (11-18, .611, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Mike Cellura, Capitol (11-18, .611, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Monty Tucker, Steele’s (20-33, .606, 12 HRs, 24 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Scott McManis, Howard’s (18-30, .600, 10 HRs, 15 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Richard Wilborn, Howard’s (15-25, .600, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Clyde Guy, Howard’s (16-27, .593, 13 HRs, 17 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • Fred Stahman, Superior Bombat (10-17, .588, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Ron Dorsey, Superior Bombat (11-19, .579, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Mark Heirlmeier, Smythe Sox (12-21, .571, 10 HRs, 19 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Dennis Graser, Steele’s (12-21, .571, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Larry Neff, Marlton (17-30, .567, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Steve Williams, Howard’s (14-25, .560, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 14 RBIs)
  • Mike Macenko, Steele’s (21-38, .553, 18 HRs, 29 RBIs, 24 Runs)
  • Greg Whitlock, Smythe Sox (12-22, .545, 2 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Curtis Williams, Howard’s (13-24, .542, 7 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Greg Cannedy, RTS (7-13, .538, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Darrell Beeler, Athletic Shop (8-15, .533, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Britt Hightower, Smythe Sox (15-30, .500, 9 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Greg Schulte, Athletic Shop (8-16, .500, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Ken Loeri, Marlton (14-30, .467, 10 HRs, 14 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Larry Fredieu, Athletic Shop (6-15, .400, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Elby Bushong, RTS (3-8, .375, 4 RBIs, 1 Run)
  • Paul Drilling, Athletic Shop (4-11, .364, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Bob Louria, Hammond Glass (3-9, .333, 2 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Smythe Sox, Houston, TX (4-1)
2. Steele’s Sports, Grafton, OH (4-2)
3. Marlton Trucking, Portland, OR (4-2)
4. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC (4-2)
5t. Kirk’s Glass, Newport News, VA (2-2)
5t. Athletic Shop/Eaton Sports, Hammond, LA (2-2)
7t. Ritch’s Auto Salvage, Harrisburg, NC (2-2)
7t. Superior Bombat, Wildsor Locks, CT (2-2)
9t. Non-Ferrous Metal Fab, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
9t. RTS Enterprises, Phoenix, AZ (1-2)
9t. Capitol Softball Club, Northridge, CA (1-2)
9t. Starpath Softball, Lexington, KY (0-2)
13t. Budweiser Merchants, (0-2)
13t. Hammond Glass, Hammond, IN (0-2)

1987 ASA Men’s B Slow Pitch Nationals

1987 held in Lubbock, Texas on September 25-27.


Champion – Prestige Realty, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Runner Up – Busch Beer, North Alexandria, Ohio


Fort Lauderdale’s Prestige Realty captured first place in the ASA Men’s B Slow-Pitch Division National Tournament Sunday with a 38-14 win over Busch Beer.

Prestige picked up seven wins in the six-team, round-robin tournament which began Thursday, including a 24-16 win over Insulators of Nevada in the winners’ bracket on the final day to send it into the final. Prestige won the ASA’s Southern Regional Class B Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., earlier this month to qualify for the tournament. In the national tournament, Prestige beat its first five opponents 30-24, 17-14, 16-5, 16-3 and 16-1.

Members of Prestige are Rick Sheetz, Rich Meyers, Glenn Zakany, Dale Franklin, Jim Proctor, Eddie Mintz, Dave Coins, Steve Neville, Ted Berguvin, Curt Glassman, Greg Killbride and Al Tanner. Norm Welter is the coach.


MVP – Glenn Zakany, Prestige Realty (.710, 7 HR)


ASA B FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

  • P – Dale Franklin, Prestige Realty (.656)
  • Glenn Zakany, Prestige Realty
  • Eddie Mintz, Prestige Realty (.657)
  • Jim Proctor, Prestige Realty (.545)

ASA B FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

  • Rick Sheetz, Prestige Realty (.677)
  • Curt Glassman, Prestige Realty (.700)

OTHERS

Dave Coins, Prestige Realty (.750)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Prestige Realty, Fort Lauderdale, FL (7-0)
2. Busch Beer, North Alexandria, OH

1987 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1987 held at Springfield, Missouri on August 15-22.


Champion – Pay’N Pak, Seattle, Washington (92-21)
Runner Up – Penn Corp, Sioux City, Iowa (89-21)


Pay n Pak lost first game to Tele-Connect 3-1 and then reeled off an incredible run of 11 consecutive victories to come back and win the Championship. This was the greatest comeback in the history of ASA National play on record. They also became only the second team to win three consecutive National titles since the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons did it in 1945-1947. Penn Corp won the final two title games by the same 2-1 scores. Bruce Beard’s bottom of the 7th walk off homer won the first final 2-1 to force the second game. Then he had a big 2-run double in the final to clinch the title. Graeme Robertson pitched and won the loser’s bracket final and then both the championship games. He finished with an 8-1 record. Doug Gillis pitched the other three victories for Pay n Pay as he finished 3-0 to cap a record 11-1 record for the tournament. Steve Schultz of Penn Corp won 5 games in the winners bracket; hurling 4 no hitters, including a perfect game, before hurting his knee in winners bracket final and he was done for the tournament.

Guanella Brothers Steve Padilla and Chuck D’Arcy combined to go (5-2). Padilla pitched 36 consecutive innings of scoreless ball.


  • MVP – Bruce Beard, Pay ‘n Pak (walk off HR in bottom of 7th to force “if” game, then 2-run double to won championship)
  • Batting Leader – Cleon Young, Midland Explorers (9-17) – .529
  • HR Leader – Brad Dodge, Penn Corp (9-17, .522) – 3
  • Herb Dudley Pitching Award – Graeme Robertson, Pay ‘N Pak (8-1)
  • Herb Dudley Pitching Award – Steve Schultz, Penn Corp (5-0, 4 no hitters including one perfect game)

1987 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Peter Meredith, Trans-Aire (5-2) He was 48-7 on the season with 857 K in just 400 Innings pitched.
P – Dave Scott, Decatur Pride (5-1)
P – Graeme Robertson, Pay ‘n Pak
C – Steve Zediker, Penn Corp
C – Steve DeFazio, Guanella Brothers
1B – Bruce Beard, Pay ‘n Pak
2B – Rick Minton, Decatur Pride
3B – Jeff Borror, Pay ‘n Pak
SS – Steve Kerian, Decatur Pride
OF – Brian Rothrock, Decatur Pride
OF – Mitch Munthe, Guanella Brothers
OF – Bobby Michaelson, Penn Corp
OF – Brian Lehrman, Trans-Aire
DP – Cleon Young, Midland Explorers
UTIL – Jim Clark, Guanella Brothers

1987 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Steve Padilla, Guanella Brothers
P – Darrel Bender, Nothdurft Tool
P – Al Rausch, Collins Radio
C – Steve Calvert, Collins Radio
C – Mark Burrup, Miller Toyota
1B – Jeff Bell, Bloomington Hearts
2B – Mickey Brusco, Pay ‘n Pak
3B – Eric Niepagan, Bloomington Hearts
SS – Chad Corcoran, Pay ‘n Pak
OF – Steve King, Bloomington Hearts
OF – Terry Lynch, Midland Explorers
OF – Brad Dodge, Penn Corp
OF – Bill Boyer, Pay ‘n Pak
DP – Dave Jackson, Decatur Pride
UTIL – Rod Towe, PFI

1987 THIRD TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Rick Plangger, Plangger’s Furniture
P – Bill Cooper, Teleconnect
P – Lonnie Marshall, PFI
C – Tim Wahl, Pay ‘n Pak
C – Tim Davis, Trans-Aire
1B – Frank Long, Sunners
2B – John McEldowney, Plangger’s Furniture
3B – Dave Bedford, Midland Explorers
SS – Tim Blasi, Osbern-Merit
OF – Boomer Brush, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Mark Rice, PFI
OF – Bob Blakley, Harold’s Supermarket
OF – Mike Glasser, Ashland ESS
DP – Dave Jackson, PFI
UTIL – Mike Hopkins, Osbern-Merit


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Pay ‘N Pak, Seattle, WA (11-1)
2. Penn Corp, Sioux City, IA (6-2)
3. Collins Radio, Cedar Rapids, IA (5-2)
4. Guanella Brothers, Santa Rosa, CA (5-2)
5t. Miller Toyota, Salt Lake City, UT (3-2)
5t. Trans-Aire, Elkhart, IN (5-2)
7t. Decatur Pride, Decatur., IL (5-2)
7t. Bloomington Hearts, Bloomington., IL (4-2)
9t. PFI, Springfield, MO (3-2)
9t. Midland Explorers, Midland, MI (4-2)
9t. Teleconnect, Cedar Rapids, IA (3-2)
9t. Sunners, Reading, PA (2-2)
13t. Plangger’s Furniture, Benton Harbor., MI (3-2)
13t. Ashland Ess, Ashland, OH (2-2)
13t. Nothdurft Tool, Detroit, MI (3-2)
13t. Robertson Homes, Stockton, CA (3-2)
17t. Broken Bow Travelers, Broken Bow, NE (1-2)
17t. Clancy’s, Paterson, NJ (1-2)
17t. Gary’s Auto Stereo, Palmdale, CA (1-2)
17t. Potter Enterprises, Nashville, TN (1-2)
17t. Sheraton Coors, Cambridge, MA (1-2)
17t. Stroh’s, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
17t. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL (2-2)
17t. Harold’s Supermarket, Lexington, MO (2-2)
25t. Osbern-Merit, Springfield, MO (2-2)
25t. Agri-Pro, Ames, IA (1-2)
25t. Annapolis Radiator, Annapolis, MD (1-2)
25t. Coors Silver Bullets, Aurora, IL (0-2)
25t. Boise Metros, Boise, ID (0-2)
25t. Lubbock, Lubbock, TX (0-2)
25t. Morgan Hill 9, Morgan Hill, CA (0-2)
25t. Piqua Fastballers, Piqua, OH (0-2)
33t. Faultless Rubber Company, Ashland, OH (1-2)
33t. Chick’s Tavern, Pleasant Valley, NY (1-2)
33t. Happy Chef, Mankato, MN (0-2)
33t. Har-Bell/JM Welding, Springfield, MO (0-2)
33t. Holliday Exterminating, Memphis, TN (0-2)
33t. Jefferson City Fastpitch, Jefferson, MO (0-2)
33t. Phoenix NSSI, Phoenix, AZ (0-2)
33t. Seeburg Muffler, Springfield, MO (0-2)
33t. Wellesley Trucking, Wellesley, MA (0-2)

New softball bat has 3 sides

Ted Williams, a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame and a life-time .344 hitter for 19 major league seasons, once said the hardest sports accomplishment of all was to hit a round ball squarely with a round bat.

With the use of geometry, Bill Merritt is attempting to make the art of hitting a ball easier.

Merritt, an architect and sometime softball player, has attempted to maximize the batter’s potential by designing a softball bat that, believe it or not, has three flat sides. In principle, this bat gives the batter, provided he has the correct mechanics, a much greater chance of hitting a line drive than with a standard bat.

The triangular bat, called “The Broadsider,” is currently being used in several softball leagues around the country and has received favorable comment from both the Amateur Softball Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

“I had the idea three summers ago. It was the beginning of the season and I went out to play for the first time and I had one of those days that nobody likes to talk about where I hit a lot of pop flies,” Merritt re-called. “I saw other people doing the same thing. I don’t know what got me to thinking about it later, but I couldn’t get it out of my mind — making contact with the ball and the concept of sweet spot.

“I thought there was a better way to increase the sweet spot by changing the geometry of the bat. I played around with shapes and what made sense and pretty quickly I came up with a triangular shape.”

Putting his idea to work, Merritt made three bats himself on a lathe in the shop where he worked as an architect. It was an extremely difficult task.

“When you’re one individual with an idea, you don’t have the same resources a big company does,” Merritt said. “When I made the first one I didn’t even have ash. I had to make it out of poplar, which you can’t play with. I got some ash and made two bats, so I was very careful. It took about 20 hours to do it.”

Satisfied that his bat worked, he then began the arduous task of getting the bat accepted. His first contact in organized softball was Donna Terry, head coach of the women’s softball team at the University of California. Terry, one of the top players and coaches in the country, took an immediate liking to the bat and had her team try it out in practice.

“She thought it was a tremendous concept and had a lot of validity,” said Merritt. “I then did a mailing to all the college teams and about 30 teams purchased the bats. The response from them was pretty favorable. I did a survey of those schools prior to the ASA convention last January. They were all in favor of seeing it approved for ASA and NCAA play.”

The ASA, softball’s governing body, has expressed an interest in the bat. It was voted down at last year’s convention but only because there were too many commissioners who had not seen the bat in play. It needed a two-thirds majority to be approved on the floor and got only 50 percent.

“It got enough support that they wanted to see the bat in play this year, so they could get some statistical feedback and get comments from umpires and players to see if there is anything detrimental to this,” said Merritt. “There have been about 50 to 60 city leagues around the country that have approved it.

“I’ve also talked to the NCAA and the coaches have recommended a rule change to allow for a three-sided bat.”

Without full ASA approval, however, Merritt’s ability to market the bat is limited because teams can’t take it into tournament play unless it is ASA sanctioned. He’s also run into another problem.

1987 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1987 held at Pensacola, Florida.


Champion: Key Ford Lady Mustangs, Pensacola, Florida
Runner Up: Spooks, Anoka, Minnesota


The Key Ford Mustangs reached the National Semi Finals for the fourth straight year, finishing third in 1984, 1st in 1985 and fourth last year. They went through this year’s tournament undefeated with a 7-0 record. They defeated The Ghostley Spooks from Minnesota in the championship 6-1. Tournament MVP Myra Williams and Trina Hartzog both singled and scored in the first inning to make it 2-0. After the Spooks scored and the Mustangs countered with a couple more runs, the score was at 4-1. In the sixth inning, Myra Williams singled again and scored on Tammi Terrell’s drive to left. Charlotte Cates singled and she scored Stephanie Sugg’s hit to make the score 6-1. The Mustangs defense was incredible with Charlotte Cates pitching, giving up only 10 runs in 7 games.


  • MVP – Myra Williams, Key Ford Lady Mustangs
  • Batting Leader – Joanne Zayac, WW Gay Rebels (16-25) – .640
  • Home Run Leader – Myra Williams, Mustangs – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Gina Green, Mustangs – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Tracey Kruger, Spooks – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Freda Miller, Lakerettes – 1

1987 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Charlotte Cates, Key Ford Mustangs
C – Helen Kelchner, Key Ford Mustangs
1B – Debbie Bregler, WW Gay Rebels
2B – Judy Knight, Spooks
3B – Judy Krantz, UPI
SS – Kelly Henderson, WW Gay Rebels
OF – Carol Moeling, UPI
OF – Tammi Terrell, Key Ford Mustangs
OF – Myra Williams, Key Ford Mustangs
OF – Carol Bemis, Spooks
DP – Joanne Zayac, WW Gay Rebels
UT – Linda Polley, Spooks
UT – Lorraine Hudson, Key Ford Mustangs
UT – Teresa Held, Spooks
UT – Trina Hartzog, Key Ford Mustangs

1987 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Nancy Garbett, Spooks
C – Patricia Nealing, WW Gay Rebels
1B – Brenda Pena, Key Ford Mustangs
2B – Sharon Mancil, Keen Carpet Tomboys
3B – Shelley Johnson, Spooks
SS – Judy Wrather, UPI
OF – Valerie Mercado, Bay Brats
OF – Anna Clements, Bay Brats
OF – Vivian Langley, WW Gay Rebels
OF – Lori Wright, WW Gay Rebels
DP – Libby Parrish, Keen Carpet Tomboys
UT – Melissa Tanner, Bay Brats
UT – Linda Nelson, Spooks
UT – Jody Trimmer, Mr. Dario’s Pacers
UT – Karen Baker, Atlanta Trumps

1987 THIRD TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Gaye Wilson, WW Gay Rebels
C – Ann Peters, Mr. Dario’s Pacers
1B – Lee Delk, Atlanta Trumps
2B – Tracy Shellnut, Atlanta Trumps
3B – Marilyn Proher, WW Gay Rebels
SS – Denize Wentz, R&R Concrete
OF – Toni Robinetter, Bay Brats
OF – Lisa Robinson, Sheriff’s Stars
OF – Linda Garbett, Spooks
OF – Tracey Kruger, Spooks
DP – Karen Murphy, Bobby Gene’s Comets
UT – Peggy Begy, Tosti Raiders
UT – Jennifer Harp Oliver, UPI
UT – Darby Cottle Veazey, Keen Carpet Tomboys
UT – Anne Barlow, Sheriff’s Stars


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Key Ford Mustangs, Pensacola, FL (7-0)
2. Spooks, Anoka, MN (6-2)
3. WW Gay Rebels Jacksonville, FL (6-2)
4. UPI, Cookeville, TN (5-2)
5t. Bay Brats, Tampa, FL (5-2)
5t. Mr. Dario’s Pacers, York, PA (6-2)
7t. Tosti Raiders, Farmington Hills, MI (3-2)
7t. Atlanta Trumps, Atlanta, GA (4-2)
9t. R&R Concrete, Lexington, KY (4-2)
9t. Keen Carpet Tomboys, Tifton, GA (3-2)
9t. Sheriff’s Stars, Pensacola, FL (3-2)
9t. Bobby Gene’s Comets, Omaha, NE (4-2)
13t. Busch Whiz Kids, Belleville, IL (3-2)
13t. Star Precision, Mentor, OH (3-2)
13t. Olympic Sports, Seattle, WA (3-2)
13t. Holiday Hill, Mansfield, CT (2-2)
17t. Tuffies, Farmington Hills, MI (2-2)
17t. Illusion/Chance, Houston, TX (2-2)
17t. Tele Power Services, Muncie, IN (2-2)
17t. State Farm Insurance, Mansfield, LA (3-2)
17t. All Pro Line Inc., Brookpark, OH (1-2)
17t. Lakerettes, Conneaut Lake, PA (2-2)
17t. Macon Chargers, Macon, GA 1-2
17t. Zanderettes, Apopka, FL (2-2)
25t. Kwik-Way Roadrunners, Charlotte, NC (2-2)
25t. McBride’s, Champaign, IL (1-2)
25t. Ozark Express, Springfield, MS (1-2)
25t. Cobra Trucking, Pearl, MS (1-2)
25t. Three Brothers, Milford, CT (1-2)
25t. Brentwood Center, Springfield, MO (1-2)
25t. Turner Express, Youngtown, OH (1-2)
25t. Sports Page, Ames, IA (1-2)
33t. Little Falls Stingers, Little Falls, MN (0-2)
33t. Jack Daniel Chapter Debs, Pittsburgh, PA (0-2)
33t. Mid America, Detroit, MI (0-2)
33t. Arkansas Naturals, Little Rock, AR (0-2)
33t. Cannan’s Flames, San Antonio, TX (0-2)
33t. Spencer Water Filters, Shreveport, LA (0-2)
33t. Kruse Furniture, Elida, OH (1-2)
33t. Andre’s, Medford, MA (0-2)
33t. Cannan’s Blazers, Bryan, TX (0-2)
33t. Joe’s Pharmacy, Montgomery, AL (0-2)
33t. McGlaughlin Oil, Columbus, OH (0-2)
33t. B+1 Sports, Tacoma, WA (0-2)
33t. Bud Light Spirits, Hooksett, NH (0-2)
49t. Dahco’s Wichita A’s, Derby, KS (0-2)
49t. Pacers, Moline, IL (0-2)