Category: 1991

1991 ASA Women’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1991 held at South Carolina.

Champion: Destin Roofing, Destin, Florida
Runner Up: Papa John’s Rogues, Louisville, Kentucky

  • MVP – Traci Beasley, Destin Roofing
  • Batting Leader – Jamie Kuhn, Arkansas A’s – .667
  • Home Run Leader – Helen Kelcher, Destin Roofing – 2
  • Home Run Leader – Cathy Bradley, Outburst – 2


P – Sue Williams, Destin Roofing
C – Helen Kelcher, Destin Roofing
EP – Natalie Stock, Arkansas A’s
1B – Amy Brantley, Arkansas A’s
2B – Jamie Kuhn, Arkansas A’s
3B – Sherrill Jackson, Trojanettes
SS – Jose Conlin, Papa John’s Rogues
OF – Angie Pendleton, Papa John’s Rogues
OF – Traci Beasley, Destin Roofing
OF – Vickie Hughes, Destin Roofing
OF – Cherice Cuyler, Trojanettes
UTIL – Vicki Brohm, Papa John’s Rogues
UTIL – Lashon Cuyler, Trojanettes
UTIL – Marva Winkler, Papa John’s Rogues
UTIL – Leslie Pierkowski, Arkansas A’s




1. Destin Roofing, Destin, FL (8-1)
2. Papa John’s Rogues, Louisville, KY (6-2)
3. Arkansas A’s, Jacksonville, AR (4-2)
4. Trojanettes, Bartow, FL (5-2)
5t. Outburst, Gainesville, FL (6-2)
5t. Montgomery Sparks, Montgomery, AL (4-2)
7t. Renegades, Tampa, FL (5-2)
7t. Casey’s Shell, Lynn, MA (3-2)
9t. Bud Light Ladies, Safety Harbor, FL (2-2)
9t. Lambert Roofing, Piedmont, VA (4-2)
9t. Tomboys, Jacksonville, FL (2-2)
9t. Wildcats, Lexington, KY (3-2)
13t. Studebakers, Orlando, FL (3-2)
13t. Grant, Millersville MD (3-2)
13t. Pan-A-View, Springfield, OH (3-2)
13t. Wholesale Tire, Faribault, MN (3-2)
17t. Foxes, Salem, AL (2-2)
17t. West Port, West Des Moines, IA (1-2)
17t. Thein Well Company, Rochester, MN (2-2)
17t. ACCA, Evansville, IN (2-2)
17t. Circle City Health, Indianapolis, IN (2-2)
17t. Styxx, Knoxville, TN (2-2)
17t. Bud Light, Bowie, MD (1-2)
17t. Jerry’s Cleaners, Tuscaloosa, AL (2-2)
25t. Patrick Paint, Dothan, AL (1-2)
25t. Crotwell Castaways, Mobile, AL (2-2)
25t. Blue Knights, Mobile, AL (0-2)
25t. Coffee Cup, St. Paul, MN (0-2)
25t. Cellular Concepts, Lebanon, TN (0-2)
25t. Armstrong Lady Rebels, Murfreesboro, TN (1-2)
25t. Detlefsen Insurance, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
25t. Coasters, Saucier, MS (0-2)
33t. Greener Pastures, Lamont, FL (0-2)
33t. Coastal Cardinals, Middleton, DE (0-2)
33t. Hilton, Panama City Beach, FL (0-2)
33t. M&M Brakers, Mobile, AL (0-2)
33t. Casanova, Edwards, MS (0-2)
33t. Lady Thoroughbreds, Nashville, TN (0-2)
33t. Hughes Supply, Orlando, FL (0-2)
33t. Romeo Rockets, Birmingham, AL (0-2)
33t. Lady Drifters, Dallas, TX (0-2)
33t. Tenn Tom, Columbus, MS (0-2)
33t. Budweiser, Woodbury, MN (0-2)
33t. Anderson Automotive, Norristown, PA (0-2)

1991 NCAA Women’s College World Series

1991 held at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 23-26.

Champion – Arizona Wildcats (56-16)
Runner Up – UCLA Bruins (56-7)

Arizona wins its first women’s team national championship in any sport. Pitching (Debby Day 30-8, 0.50; Susie Parra 14-3, 0.43; Julie Jones 12-5, 1.21) and defense (.970 team fielding percentage, Julie Standering 187 assists at shortstop) were keys to the season. The Cats also stole 119 bases. Jones (.350), Jamie Heggen (.330), Kristin Gauthier (.300), Standering (.296) and Jody Miller (.272) had outstanding seasons at the plate.

The Cats beat No. 1-ranked UCLA twice at the College World Series to earn the championship, including a 5-1 victory in the title game. UA had four extra-inning games in the classic. The Cats used short-game tactics much of the year and were led by Standering with 30 and Miller with 20 stolen bases. Arizona finished the year 56-16 overall. The Cats were frustrated in the tough Pac-10 Conference at 11-9 and a fourth-place finish.

  • Honda Sports Award – Lisa Fernandez, UCLA (20-3, 0.25 ERA, 165 K, .341 BA, 2 HR 32 RBI)
  • Batting Leader – Debby Day, Arizona – .385
  • RBI Leader – 3 tied at 3. Julie Jones, Arizona; Lorraine Maynez, UCLA, DeDe Weiman, UCLA
  • Home Run Leader – Lisa Fernandez, UCLA – 1
  • Home Run Leader – Kim Maher, Fresno State – 1
  • ERA Leader – Karen Snelgrove, Missouri – 0.00
  • ERA Leader – Susie Parra, Arizona – 0.00
  • Strikeout Leader – Terry Carpenter, Fresno State – 23


P – Heather Compton, UCLA
P – Debbie Day, Arizona
C – Kerry Dienelt, UCLA
1B – Julie Jones, Arizona
2B – Julie Smith, Fresno State
3B – Lisa Fernandez, UCLA
SS – Julie Standering, Arizona
OF – Kristin Gauthier, Arizona
OF – Yvonne Gutierrez, UCLA
OF – Lorraine Maynez, UCLA
AL – Kim Maher, Fresno State
AL – Terry Carpenter, Fresno State


  1. UCLA 1 Florida State 0
  2. Arizona 1 UNLV 0 (13 inn.)
  3. Long Beach State 1 Missouri 0
  4. Fresno State 2 Utah 0
  5. Florida State 3 UNLV 1 – UNLV eliminated
  6. Missouri 2 Utah 0 (9 inn.) – Utah eliminated
  7. Arizona 1 UCLA 0 (9 inn.)
  8. Long Beach State 3 Fresno State 0
  9. Fresno State 3 Florida State 0 – Florida State eliminated
  10. UCLA 5 Missouri 0 – Missouri eliminated
  11. Arizona 1 Long Beach State 0 (8 inn.)
  12. Fresno State 1 Arizona 0 (8 inn.)
  13. UCLA 1 Long Beach State 0 – Long Beach State eliminated
  14. UCLA 5 Fresno State 1 (13 inn.) – Fresno State eliminated
  15. Arizona 5 UCLA 1 – UCLA eliminated


1. Arizona Wildcats (3-1)
2. UCLA Bruins (4-2)
3. Fresno State Bulldogs (3-2)
4. Long Beach State 49ers (2-2)
5t. Missouri Tigers  (1-2)
5t. Florida State Seminoles (1-2)
7t. Utah Utes (0-2)
7t. UNLV Rebels (0-2)


Regional No. 1

  1. Florida State 1 Louisiana-Lafayette 0
  2. Oklahoma State 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 2 – Louisiana-Lafayette eliminated
  3. Florida State 2 Oklahoma State 0
  4. Florida State 4 Oklahoma State 3 – Oklahoma State eliminated

Florida State qualifies for the WCWS, 3-0.

Regional No. 2

  1. UCLA 4 Central Michigan 0
  2. UCLA 5 Central Michigan 0

UCLA qualifies for the WCWS, 2-0.

Regional No. 3

  1. UMass 3 Connecticut 1
  2. UNLV 3 Connecticut 0
  3. UNLV 4 UMass 0
  4. UNLV 5 UMass 0

UNLV qualifies for the WCWS, 3-0.

Regional No. 4

  1. Arizona 4 Arizona State 2
  2. Arizona 4 Arizona 0

Arizona qualifies for the WCWS, 2-0.

Regional No. 5

  1. Cal State Fullerton 3 Long Beach State 2 (10 inn.)
  2. Long Beach State 2 Cal State Fullerton 1
  3. Long Beach State 5 Cal State Fullerton 1

Long Beach State qualifies for the WCWS, 2-1.

Regional No. 6

  1. Missouri 2 Southern Illinois 0
  2. Iowa 2 Southern Illinois 0 – Southern Illinois eliminated
  3. Missouri 2 Iowa 0
  4. Missouri 4 Iowa 0

Missouri qualifies for the WCWS, 3-0.

Regional No. 7

  1. Fresno State 2 California 0
  2. Fresno State 8 California 1

Fresno State qualifies for the WCWS, 2-0.

Regional No. 8

  1. Utah 1 Minnesota 0
  2. Minnesota 3 Texas A&M 0
  3. Texas A&M 1 Utah 0
  4. Utah 2 Minnesota 0 – Minnesota eliminated
  5. Utah 3 Texas A&M 0 – Texas A&M eliminated

Utah qualifies for the WCWS, 3-1.


P – Heather Compton, UCLA
P – Terry Carpenter, Fresno State
P – Michele Granger, California Golden
C – Diane Pohl, Iowa
1B – Julie Cavanaugh, Oregon
2B – Julie Smith, Fresno State
3B – Camille Spitaleri, Kansas
SS – Julie Standering, Arizona
OF – Yvonne Gutierrez, UCLA
OF – Pam Stanley, Central Michigan
OF – Tricia Popowski, South Carolina
UTIL – Lisa Fernandez, UCLA


P – Karen Snelgrove, Missouri
P – Karen Jackson, Iowa
P – Missi Young, Texas A&M
C – Erica Ziencina, UCLA
1B – Julie Jones, Arizona
2B – Michelle Delloso, South Carolina
3B – Gina LoPiccolo, Fresno State
SS – Tiffany Tootle, South Carolina
OF – Rachel Brown, Arizona State
OF – Leigh Ross, Toledo
OF – Charmelle Green, Utah
UT – Kelly Brookhart, Creighton
AL – Kari Blank, Minnesota

1991 Arizona Wildcats

1991 NSA Men’s Super Slow Pitch World Series

1991 held at East Ridge, Tennessee.

Champion – Ritch’s-Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Runner Up – Starpath/LeAlCo, Monticello, Kentucky

Ritch’s/Superior defeated second ranked Starpath/LeAlCo of Kentucky twice en-route to capturing the NSA World Series. The Scores were 31-5 in the winner’s bracket final and then 29-19 in the championship game. Darrell Beeler was the MVP as he went 8-8 in those final two games. Their other two victories were against Williams/Fink 34-33 and St. Louis Softball Club 33-8. Legendary Craig Elliott came out of retirement to play with Datom-Argus. He played with his brother Scott and they finished 3-2 in 5th place.

  • MVP – Darrell Beeler, Ritch’s-Superior (15-17, .882, 4 HR)
  • HR Leader – Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior – 10
  • Batting Leader – Darrell Beeler, Ritch’s-Superior – .882

1991 NSA All-World Team (incomplete)

  • Darrell Beeler, Ritch’s-Superior (15-17, .882, 4 HRs)
  • Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior (10 HRs)
  • Charles Wright, Ritch’s-Superior (12-15, .800, 7 HRs)
  • Jim Fuller, Ritch’s-Superior (17-20, .850, 8 HRs)
  • Dave Steffen, Ritch’s-Superior (13-17, .765, 7 HRs)
  • Cecil Whitehead, Ritch’s-Superior (15-19, .789, 8 HRs)
  • Carl Rose, Williams/Finke

    *No info available on remainder of all-tournament team (Starpath and Sunbelt players)


Dennis Graser, Ritch’s-Superior (14-20, .700)


1. Ritch’s-Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks CT (4-0)
2. Starpath/Le-Al-Co, Monticello, KY (3-2)
3. Sunbelt/Worth, Centerville, GA (3-2)
4. Williams/Finke, Spring, TX (3-2)
5t. Datum-Argus/Moulton, Lebanon, TN (3-2)
5t. New Construction, Shelbyville, IN (2-2)
7t. St. Louis Softball Club, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
7t. Nanney’s Office Supplies, Spartenburg, SC (2-2)
9t. Rick’s (1-2)
9t. Barbees (1-2)
9t. Athletics Choice, Roanoke, VA (0-2)
9t. Big Daddy’s, Roswell, GA (0-2)
13. Brainard Lumber, Chattanooga, TN (0-2)

1991 NSA Men’s A Slow Pitch World Series

1991 held at Express-Way Park in Milford, Ohio.

Champion – Dryden/Georno’s, Newport News, Virginia
Runner Up – K&G Sports/IPC, Brownstown, Indiana

Dryden-Georno’s of Newport News, Virginia. scored 134 runs in six games to overpower the 27 team National Softball Association Men’s Class A World Series September 14-15 at Express-Way Park in Milford.

The champions, who never scored fewer than 20 runs and avenged 22 runs per game on their way to the title, were led by tournament MVP Greg Hardy. who batted .791 for the weekend.

But Hardy had plenty of help. Ten teammates hit .500 or better, with eight batting over .600. and three eclipsing the .700 mark.

Dryden had little difficulty in erasing their first two opponents. burying R. C. Cola of Middletown. Ohio. 25.5. and the Worth Astros of Indianapolis 21-8. Eugene Cunningham had four hits, and Steve Whitley. Wayne Latham, and Greg Hardy had three each against R. C. Cola, while Ricky Wiggins had three hits in the Astro game.

Six Dryden players – Latham, Hardy, Wiggins, Jeff Furbee, Dewey Fusell, and Kevin Darden had three hits to lead their club past Barnhill Construction softball club of Evansville, Indiana, 22-17 in game three.

Dryden rolled over Nanney’s School Supply of Greenville. South Carolina, 20-14 in game four, as Fusell, Hardy and Kenny Kirby combined for 12 hits, and Whitley, Darden, and Wiggins had three each.

That lifted Dryden into the winners’ bracket finals. where they outslugged RAM Engineering of Louisville 20-18.

Meanwhile K&G Sports/IPC of Brownstown, Indiana, was rallying through the losers’ bracket. K&G had fallen to RAM 21-4 after opening with victories over Aqua Science of Columbus 18-12 and Louie’s Sports Bar of Cincinnati 19-12.

But K & G rebounded to oust Gangl Jewelers of Cincinnati 20-8. Nanney’s 25-13. and RAM 19-17.

In a high-scoring. see-saw finals, that saw the lead change hands six times. Dryden finally broke a 21-21 tie with five unanswered runs in the top of the 7th to claim the championship. K & G had taken loads in the bottom of the first at 4.1. the bottom of the second at 10-5, and again in the third at 13-11. Dryden went ahead 18-13 with seven runs in the top of the fourth, and led 21-14 after five and a half, only to have K&G strike for seven runs in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game.

But in the 7th singles by Latham and Cunningham, a double by Darden and sac fly by Kirby. and singles by Brasley and Hardy produced the final five nuts of the game, as Dryden held on to win 26-21.

Offensive leaders for Dryden were tournament MVP Hardy at .791. Cunningham at .750. Wiggins at .714. Darden at .682. Fussell at .667. Latham at .652, Beasley and Furbee at .625. Whitley at .521. and Kirby at .500.

  • MVP – Greg Hardy, Dryden/Georno
  • Batting Champion – Greg Hardy, Dryden/Georno (.791)


  • Charlie Dryden, Dryden/Georno
  • Greg Hardy, Dryden/Georno
  • Wayne Lathum, Dryden/Georno
  • Dewey Fussell, Dryden/Georno
  • John Beasley, Dryden/Georno
  • Kevin Darden, Dryden/Georno
  • Rick Wiggins, Dryden/Georno
  • Brian Ellinghausen, K&G Sports/IPC
  • David Randolph, K&G Sports/IPC
  • Monte McCrory, K&G Sports/IPC
  • Jim Osterling, K&G Sports/IPC
  • Phil White, Nanney’s School Supply
  • Keith Burress, Nanney’s School Supply
  • Dennis Pierce, RAM Engineering
  • David Pohlman, RAM Engineering
  • Dave Martin, Gangl Jewelers
  • Chuck Atha, Louie’s Sports Bar


1. Dryden/Georno, Newport News, VA (6-0)
2. K&G Sports/IPS, Brownstown, IN (4-2)
3. RAM Engineering, Louisville, KY (4-2)
4. Nanney’s School Supply, Greenville, SC (4-2)
5t. Louie’s Sports Bar, Cincinnati, OH (4-2)
5t. Gangl Jewelers, Cincinnati, OH (5-2)
7t. Queen City Auggies, West Chester, OH (3-2)
7t. Ditt’s Liquor, Indianapolis, IN (3-2)
9t. Beavers Bud Dry, Springfield, IL (2-2)
9t. Lee-Roy’s Frame Co, Claremont, NC (3-2)
9t. McDonald’s, Washington Court House, OH (2-2)
9t. Barnhill Construction, Evansville, IN (2-2)
13t. Worth Astros, Indianapolis, IN (1-2)
13t. DeClaire Insurance, Sardinia, OH (1-2)
13t. SDS Contracting, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
13t. Aqua Science, Columbus, OH (2-2)
17t. Beechmont Billiards, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
17t. Undercover Wear, Wilminton, OH (1-2)
17t. Local #265, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
17t. Performance Plus, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
17t. Fry Fastening, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
17t. R.C. Cola, Middletown, OH (0-2)
17t. Marystown Thunder, Knoxville, TN (0-2)
17t. Troy Sports, Troy, OH (0-2)
25t. Tanks Video, Beech Grove, IN (0-2)
25t. Cutting Edge, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
25t. St. Paul’s Café, Oceanside, NY (0-2)

1991 ASA Industrial Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1991 tournament site unknown.

Champion – Country Fed Meats/Delta, Riverdale, Georgia
Runner Up – Gilman Paper Company, St. Mary’s, Georgia

  • MVP – Bill Graham, Country Fed Meats/Delta
  • Batting Champion – Mike Powers, Publix – .792
  • HR Champion – Jack Parr, Gilman Paper Company – 9


  • 1B – Mike Powers, Publix
  • 2B – Booster Kinsey, Gilman Paper Company
  • 3B – Richard Vegas, Country Fed Meats/Delta
  • SS – Ernest McIntyre, Pratt-Whitney
  • OF – Dale Aldrich, Dow Pirates
  • OF – Curtis Smith, Gilman Paper Company
  • OF – Phillip Murray, APCO Birmingham
  • OF – John James, Country Fed Meats/Delta
  • C – Harold Hunter, Russell Athletic
  • P – Robert Oliver, CPS Livewire
  • UT – Peter Gribben, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • UT – Jack Parr, Gilman Paper Company
  • UT – Bill Graham, Country Fed Meats/Delta
  • UT – Don Dixon, Country Fed Meats/Delta
  • EP – Mike Wooten, Gilman Paper Company


1. Country Fed Meats/Delta, Riverdale, GA (6-1)
2. Gilman Paper Company, St. Mary’s, GA (7-2)
3. Honda Wings, Maryville, OH (6-2)
4. Russell Athletic, Alexander City, AL (5-2)
5t. Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT (5-2)
5t. Dow Pirates, Lake Jackson, TX (5-2)
7t. Publix, Lakeland, FL (5-2)
7t. APCO Birmingham, Birmingham, AL (4-2)
9t. Pratt & Whitney Falcons, West Palm Beach, FL (3-2)
9t. Armco Steel, Ashland, KY (2-2)
9t. Amoco Oilers, Texas City, TX (3-2)
9t. Inland Steel/Local 1010, East Chicago, IL (4-2)
13t. Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS (2-2)
13t. Champion Blue, Biloxi, MS (4-2)
13t. CPS Livewire, San Antonio, TX (4-2)
13t. The Lane Company, Rocky Mount, VA (3-2)
17t. SNET-Telso, New Haven, CT (2-2)
17t. City of Lakeland, Lakeland, FL (3-2)
17t. Honda Express, Anna, OH (1-2)
17t. Ashland Oil/Atra, Huntington, WV (2-2)
17t. Northwest Airlines, Apple Valley, MN (2-2)
17t. Shell Oil, Norca, LA (2-2)
17t. Textron Lycoming, Stratford, CT (2-2)
17t. CES Wolfgang, Maplewood, MN (2-2)
25t. Pepsi, Birmingham, AL (1-2)
25t. GE Plastics, Mount Vernon, IN (2-2)
25t. Strickland Construction, Enterprise, AL (2-2)
25t. Granite City Steel, Granite City, AL (2-2)
25t. Martin Marietta, Oak Ridge, TN (1-2)
25t. Rohr, Foley, AL(2-2)
25t. NWNL, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
25t. Howard Industries, Laurel, MS (1-2)
33t. Delta/Southern Yankees, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
33t. MET Property & Casualty, Warwick, RI (0-2)
33t. Federal Hoffman, Anoka, MN (0-2)
33t. Tri State Lighting & Supply, Evansville, IN (0-2)
33t. GD Electric Boat, Warwick, RI (0-2)
33t. DuPont, Fayetteville, NC (0-2)
33t. Ellerbe Becket, Bloomington, MN (0-2)
33t. RR Donnelly & Sons, Newton, NC (0-2)
33t. Marathon Oil, Findlay, OH (0-2)
33t. Keller Crescent, Evansville, IN (0-2)
45t. Hystr, Sulligent, AL (0-2)
45t. Delco Products, Dayton, OH (0-2)
45t. Warwick Firefighters, Warwick, RI (0-2)
45t. Autoblok, Des Plaines, IL (0-2)
45t. Ashland Oil/Russell, Russell, KY (0-2)

1991 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1991 held at Sioux City, Iowa on August 9-18.

Champion – Penn Corp, Sioux City, Iowa
Runner Up – Canadian Tire, Owen Sound, Ontario

  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – Tim Wahl, Penn Corp
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – Brad Underwood, Canadian Tire
  • Kevin Herlihy Newcomer of the Year – N/A
  • Leading Hitter – Tim Wahl, Penn Corp – .600
  • Leading Hitter – Richie Pfaff, Class Walls – .545
  • Most RBI – Eric Isenhart, Explorers – 10


P – Chubb Tangaroa, Guanella Bros. (4-2, 0.66 ERA, 85K)
P – Michael White, Penn Corp (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 29K)
P – Brad Underwood, Canadian Tire (6-2, 0.89 ERA, 110K)
C – Tim Wahl, Penn Corp .500
C – Greg Stockton, Colonial Baking .294
IF – Steve Hebeler, Bosch-Rausch .467
IF – Dan Cronkright, Explorers .421
IF – Al Burnham, Canadian Tire .296
IF – Denny Place, Decatur Pride .400
IF – Mark Sorenson, Penn Corp .278
OF – Jim Clark, Guanella Bros. .320
OF – Bill Boyer, Penn Corp .304
OF – Richie Pfaff, Class Walls .500
OF – Kevin Litz, Spirit .381
DH – Eric Isenhart, Explorers .400


P – Marty Grant, Decatur Pride (3-1, 0.50 ERA, 45K)
P – Dan Yantzi, Explorers (4-2, 1.79 ERA, 34K)
P – Paul Algar, Colonial Baking (3-0, 1.08 ERA, 40K)
C – Doug Fillmore, The Farm Tavern .250
C – Don Trotter, Guanella Bros. .090
IF – Keith Mackingtosh, Merchants .417
IF – Bob Richardson, Canadian Tire .296
IF – Tim Balsi, Midwest GMC Truck & Van .462
IF – Mike Cork, Colonial Baking .286
IF – Denny Rich, Decatur Pride .400
OF – Pete Turner, Guanella Bros. .269
OF – Doug Peyton, Bosch-Rausch .429
OF – Kevin Hartwig, The Farm Tavern .357
OF – Al Staats, Canadian Tire .161
DH – Mike Tranal, Bosch-Rausch .357


1. Penn Corp, Sioux City, IA
2. Canadian Tire, Owen Sound, ON
3. Guanella Bros., Rohnert Park, CA
4. Colonial Baking, Aurora, IL
5t. Seafirst, Bellevue, WA
5t. Explorers, Midland, MI
7t. Decatur Pride, Decatur, IL
7t. The Farm Tavern, Madison, WI
9t. Larry Miller Toyota, Salt Lake City, UT
9t. Spirit, Amsterdam, NY
9t. Payless, Victoria, BC
9t. Merchants, Camrose AB
13t. Page Brake, Salt Lake City, UT
13t. Hearts, Bloomington, IL
13t. Soos, Sioux City, IA
13t. Cole County Jazz, Marshall, MO
17t. ESS/Planggers, Ashland, OH
17t. Midwest GMC Truck & Van, St. Louis, MO
17t. Mustangs, Prescott, AZ
17t. Bosch-Rausch, Cedar Rapids, IA
17t. Carnation, Green Bay, WI
17t. Sting, Shelbyville, IN
17t. Diamonds, Portage La Prairie, MB
17t. Class Walls, Whiteford, MD
25t. Rangers, El Cajon, CA
25t. York Sundance, Toronto, ON
25t. Black Sox, Las Cruces, NM
25t. Knights, Des Moines, IA
25t. Carp Valley Pride, Carp, ON
25t. Silver Bullets, St. Paul, MN
25t. Faultless-Garber, Ashland, OH
25t. Metros, Des Moines, IA
33t. Stewart Taylor-Printing, Duluth, MN
33t. Stout Tower Eagles, Lakewood, CA
33t. Lusby’s Rebels, Pine Bluff, AR
33t. Nogales Sonora Amigos
33t. Magicians, Vancouver, BC
33t. Texas Flyers, Houston, TX
33t. Oilers, Shreveport, LA
33t. Beer Nuts, Bloomington, IL
33t. Athletics, Orlando, FL
33t. Pro Sportwear, Davenport, IA
33t. Asham Fastball Club, Winnipeg, MB
33t. R E Scott, Sioux City, IA
33t. Flora Craft, Ludington, MI
33t. Hawks, Baytown, TX
33t. Hertz, Topeka, KS
33t. United Surgical Steel, Montgomery, AL

1991 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

1991 held at San Clemente, California.

Champion – Dan Smith Plastering, San Jose, California
Runner Up – Gooslin Construction, Columbus, Ohio

Coach Tim Millette of Dan Smith Plastering recently waxed retrospective. Amidst all of the excitement that has surrounds his 1991 “AA” World Champion club from San Jose, California, Millette’s thoughts harkened back to long summer days and nights of the past, talk with the “Bear”.

“You know, the Bear and I used to talk for hours and hours about winning the ‘AA” Championship,” said Millette. “Sometimes, that was all we would talk about.

The “Bear”, better known as Dennis Fransen, the longtime coach of Pro Team Sports and its recent moniker, Dan Smith Plastering, wasn’t able to enjoy his dream of winning a world title, as he died of a heart attack early this season.

The indescribable loss of this man – who served as a friend, coach and mentor to all members of Dan Smith Plastering – would have destroyed most softball teams. The team seemd to follow this pattern at first, as the veteran ball club slumped at the beginning of ’91.

But despite early problems, Millette knew it was only a matter of time before Dan Smith turned it around. After all, this team was on a mission – to win it all for the “Bear.”

Dan Smith Plastering did eventually turn it around, and completed its mission by capturing the “AA” World title at San Clemente, California Labor Day weekend with a 5-0 record.

For Millette and the rest of his charges, it wasn’t a matter of “if’ they would take the trophy back to San Jose, but of “how” they would do it. “We had to win – that’s why we were here,” said Millette. “Coming in second wasn’t good enough – we would just as soon as come in last than do that.”

Behind the MVP performance of outfielder Jeff Peterson, who hit .882, and the offensive power of Gary Robertson, Wes Lord, and Dave Feather, Dan Smith Plastering was able to put the runs on the board with regularity, as an opening 28-10 win over Budweiser from Omaha can attest.

However, Dan Smith presented itself as a champion in a field of winners by winning the money games. Down and nearly out in the bottom of the seventh to Taylor Brothers from Rhode Island 15-9 with one out, divine intervention seemed to be taking place.

“It was a miracle – a couple of those hits didn’t have a chance to get through,” said Millette of the rally. In probably the biggest inning in the team’s long history, Dan Smith Plastering completed the miracle with a three-run homer from Robertson to give the team a shocking 17-15 win.

“Dennis must have been up there helping us,” said Millette.

The defense, led by infielders Chris Alverado, Tim Allen and Todd Verner, served as gatekeepers in a 7-2 win over Michigan’s Bunca Car Wash, as few balls found the outfield grass. The Plastering crew completed its storybook finish with dual wins over Gooslin Construction of Columbus, Ohio, 29-13 and 13-11.

With the team still on cloud nine after winning at San Clemente, Dan Smith Plastering brought their amazing brand of softball to the cast coast with a remarkable fourth place finish at the Major World Series in Daytona Beach, Florida two weeks later. “Teams were looking right past us, but when we beat them, they were amazed,” said Millette. “I hope that a west coast teams will get more respect.”

Dan Smith’s torrid post-season finish culminated a complete turnaround from 1990, when the ten-named Pro Team Sports went 0-2 at the “A” Worlds after tearing up the west coast during the year.

“Some people in the grapevine were saying we couldn’t win the big one, and that hurt:’ said Millette.

But amid all of the hoopla that still surrounds Dan Smith, Millette is still thoughtful of the past season, and what it meant to all of those involved, past and present.

Millette could almost hear “Bear” say “Timmy, we did it!”

  • MVP – Jeff Peterson, Dan Smith Plastering
  • HR Leader – N/A
  • Batting Leader – Jeff Peterson, Dan Smith Plastering – .882
  • Defensive MVP – Brad Farrar, Gooslin Construction


Kevin Birkofer, Gooslin Construction
Rich Courtney, Dan Smith Plastering (.700, 4 HR, 7 RBI)
Steve Dickinson, Gooslin Construction
Bill Dunlap, Slo-Pitch News
Brad Farrar, Gooslin Construction
Dave Feather, Dan Smith Plastering (.737, 10 RBI)
Tim Linson, Gooslin Construction
Wes Lord, Dan Smith Plastering (.687, 7 HR, 17 RBI)
Ron Pease, Slo-Pitch News
Jeff Peterson, Dan Smith Plastering (.882, 5 HR, 19 RBI)
Gary Robertson, Dan Smith Plastering (.813, 7 HR, 10 RBI)
Doug Shaneyfelt, Gooslin Construction
Todd Verner, Dan Smith Plastering


1. Dan Smith Plastering, San Jose, CA (5-0)
2. Gooslin Construction, Columbus, OH (4-2)
3. Slo-Pitch News, Seattle, WA (5-2)
4. Stottler Stagg, Cocoa, FL (4-2)
5t. Bunca Car Wash, Kalamazoo, MI (2-2)
5t. Spectrum Screen Printing, Crystal, MN (2-2)
7t. Boys of Summer, Naples, FL (2-2)
7t. Pace Electronics, Rochester, NY (2-2)
9t. Rainbow Carpets, Houston, TX (2-2)
9t. Murls/Sonny’s/Worth, Broomfield, CO (1-2)
9t. Budweiser of Omaha, Omaha, NE (1-2)
9t. Taylor Brothers, Providence, RI (1-2)
13t. R&M/Midwest Metals, Waterloo, IA (0-2)
13t. Las Vegas Aces, Las Vegas, NV (1-2)
13t. Worley’s Maverick’s, Jefferson City, MO (0-2)
13t. McDonald’s Survival, Wylie, TX (0-2)
17. Pacific Blues, Seattle, WA (0-2)

1991 USSSA Men’s A Slow Pitch Worlds

1991 held at  San Clemente, California on August 30-September 2.

Champion – Undercoverwear, Wilmington, Massachusetts
Runner Up – Post/Showtime Floor, Sacramento, California

UndercoverWear Refuses To Go Down In A World

It was a classic case of a team that wouldn’t allow itself to be beaten, as Undercoverwear of Wilmington, Massachusetts captured the 1991 USSSA “A” World Championship in San Clemente, California August 30-September 2. The winners overcame long odds as well as a long series to post a 9-1 record.

After dropping into the loser’s bracket after falling in game three, Undercoverwear reeled off seven consecutive victories in the loser’s bracket to claim the title. The final two wins came against previously unbeaten Showtime floor of Sacrament, who finished with a 5-2 marl.

Third place went to Alliance of Woodland Hills, California with a 4-2 mark, and Arizona Elite from Mesa surprised many with a fourth place finish and a 7-2 record. In all, 34 teams from around the United States participated in the tournament.

Undercoverwear’s success at world was surprising since teams from the New England region are usually not competitive in the “A” ranks. Even more impressive was the fact that Undercoverwear did it with local players from Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut.

To win the title, Undercoverwear went through a lot of adversity. “People laughed at us because of our name,” said coach Steve Crampton of the second year team “Our sponsor is a women’s lingerie producer.”

No one is laughing anymore, though.

Undercoverwear’s only “easy” win came in their opening game against Schooner Tavern from Tacoma, Washington, as they breezed to a 16-5 triumph. Schooner came back strong, however, to win four straight en route to an eighth place finish.

A tidy 10-5 victory over A&W Produce out of San Leandro, California was one of many victories Undercoverwear had over California-based teams. However, in their only had game of the tournament, Undercoverwear lost 10-2 to Showtime Floor to drop into the loser’s bracket.

At the same time, most of the attention was focused on local favorites such as Itchy Foot, Rebs, Dynasty and Alliance — the four top-ranked teams in the “A” division at the time.

Dynasty opened with runaway wins of 19-4 over Bancroft Softball Club from Grand Prairie, Texas and 33-8 over Beloli Heating of Taunton, Massachusetts. Reb’s, led by veterans Mike Cellura and Greg “C-Train” Cannedy, rolled in their first two games, including a 36-7 thrashing of Haro’s Team Sports from San Jose. Alliance and Itchy Foot also breezed through their early games.

Other teams that seemed to have beat on the world title included Arizona Elite, Showtime Floor, RAM/Unocal ’76 from Richmond, California and Bull on the Beach from Ocean City, Maryland. However, since many of these teams had the misfortune to play each other at this point, some of the favorites began to fall out of the picture.

Alliance edged rival Itchy Foot 14-13 to knock them into the loser’s bracket. RAM/Unocal 76 topped Dynasty and Arizona Magic to remain in contention. Maryland’s Bull on the Beach surprised Reb’s with a narrow 15-14 win, a loss which Reb’s wouldn’t recover from.

As Alliance Showtime Floors and Arizona Elite began to emerge from the pack in the winner’s bracket, Undercoverwear began what would prove to be a glorious run to the top. The East Coast team began to make their move with an efficient 12-6 win over Mizuno/Cooper from Martinez, California.

Reb’s was next, and Undercoverwear jumped out to a narrow lead and maintained it for most of the contest. However, they could never pull away from Reb’s and held a slim 13-11 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.

In the bottom of the inning, Reb’s put the tying and winning runs on second and third with two outs. Reb’s sent the consistent Donnie Furnald to the plate. Furnald couldn’t deliver, however, as he one-hopped the first pitch back to the mound, resulting in the third out and the win for Undercoverwear.

As Undercoverwear continued to climb through the loser’s bracket, the equally surprising Showtime Floor squad continued their run through the winner’s bracket. Their 27-14 rout of RAM/Unocal set Showtime up for a showdown with the other undefeated club, Alliance.

As North met South for California supremacy, Showtime Floor upended Alliance 20-10 to gain a spot in the championship final against the survivor of the loser’s bracket.

Meanwhile, Arizona Elite defeated Bull on the Beach 29-12 to knock them out of the tournament, while Undercoverwear eaked out a tough 8-7 decision over RAM/Unocal. Arizona Elite and Undercoverwear clashed for the right to meet Alliance in the loser’s bracket final, and the Wilmington-based squad recorded another narrow victory, 11-10, to win their third straight.

Playing in its fourth consecutive game on Labor Day, the hard-charging New Englanders fell fell behind once-beaten Alliance early in the contest. Undercoverwear trailed by two runs after six innings, but the tide seemed to turn when Alliance’s John thrown “Bull” Kramer was out at the plate to end the top of the seventh.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, a two-run single by Gino Espinal was disputed by Alliance players and coaches. Complaining that there was too much pine tar on the bat, the intensity of the game reached a fever pitch. However, the play stood and the score was knotted at 14-14. This dispute seemed to fuel Undercoverwear’s fire, however, and a fly ball to left scored the winning run from third to give Undercoverwear a 15-14 win and another crack to Showtime Floor.

In the championship game, Showtime Floor jumped out to an early 6-0 lead over Undercoverwear, and seemed on the verge of blowing the contest open. But over the next three innings, the Easterners came back to knot the score at 6-6.

After battling back and forth over the next few innings, Showtime held a slim 11-10 lead before Undercoverwear put two runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth to take a 12-11 lead. Showtime couldn’t respond, as they left runners on second and third to end the game.

Despite losing the first game, coach Rudy Rodriguez of Showtime Floor wasn’t worried. “We had never been beaten twice in a row like this,” he said. “We felt that they were tired. We honestly felt we could beat them.” It was almost a carbon copy of the first game, as Showtime Floor erupted for seven runs to take an early lead. Undercoverwear came back with four of its own the bottom of the inning to keep the game close.

Showtime padded its lead by scoring four more runs midway through the game to take a 11-4 lead. However, Undercoverwear roared back for seven runs in the fifth inning to Showtime’s one to edge closer, 12-11.

Showtime held a 14-13 lead going into the bottom of the sixth, but Undercoverwear struck with two runs to take a 15-14 lead, which held to the end.

“It was incredible because the team jelled a the right time,” said Crampton. “It was sweet to win it in their backyard.”

Rodriguez, though disappointed to lose two straight games to Undercoverwear, had no complaints. “The story in those two games was they got the timely hits, and we didn’t,” he said. “They wanted to win it really bad, and everything was going their way. They deserved to win, because they played better than we did.”

Espinal collected the MVP award, despite a bad shoulder that almost force the standout to stay at home. It was this type of dedication and perserverence that helped Undercoverwear go all of the way. “We just kept coming back and winning,” said Crampton. “We were like mosquitos out there.”

  • MVP – Gino Espinol, Undercoverwear
  • HR Leader – N/A
  • Batting Leader – N/A
  • Defensive MVP – N/A
  • Offensive MVP – N/A


  • No Information Provided


1. Undercover Wear, Wilmington, MA (9-1)
2. Post Oil/Showtime Floors, Sacramento, CA 5-2)
3. Alliance, San Fernando Valley, CA (4-2)
4. Arizona Elite, Mesa, AZ (7-2)
5t. Ram/Unocal 76, Richmond, CA (3-2)
5t. Bull on the Beach, Ocean City, MD (3-2)
7t. Rebs, North Hollywood, CA (3-2)
7t. Schoner Tavern, Tacoma, WA (4-2)
9t. Muzuno/Cooper, Martinez, CA (3-2)
9t. Arizona/Majic, Tempe, AZ (3-2)
9t. Trygg’s/Edina Realty/Ed’s Body Shop, Crystal, MN (3-2)
9t. Itchy Foot, San Gabriel, CA (2-2)
13t. Haro’s/Team Sports/Mizuno, San Jose, CA (2-2)
13t. Beloli Heating, Taunton, MA (2-2)
13t. Dan Smith Plastering, San Jose, CA (2-2)
13t. Dynasty, Downey, CA (2-2)
17t. Roof Mechanics/GES, Wichita, KS (1-2)
17t. A&W Produce, San Leandro, CA (1-2)
17t. All Line Construction, Clearwater, FL (1-2)
17t. Hutchinson Softball Club, Hutchinson, KS (1-2)
17t. House of Travel, Waco, TX (1-2)
17t. Keystone/Bahama Bob’s, Fairfield, CT (1-2)
17t. Herb’s, San Diego, CA (2-2)
17t. Chipper’s Pub, South Beloit, IL (1-2)
25t. Bancroft Softball Club, Grand Prairie, TX (1-2)
25t. Steichen’s/Keller Lake Lounge, Roseville, MN (0-2)
25t. Landsharks/Rancho Suspension, Phoenix, AZ (0-2)
25t. Jimmies, Kalamazoo, MI (0-2)
25t. Coors, Midland, TX (0-2)
25t. Hopkins Bowl/Hopkins JC’s, Hopkins, MN (0-2)
25t. Softball Express, Lunwood, WA (1-2)
25t. Precision Construction, Independence, MO (0-2)

1991 USSSA Women’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1991 held at Concord, California.

Champion – Lady Blue, Carrollton, Texas (60-8)
Runner Up – Salem Hawks, Bellville, Illinois

Pitcher Mary Hoff cemented her MVP award by going 2-3 with 2 HR and 5 RBI in the championship game. She pitched the 16-14 victory. Leslie Kanter and Anna Clements were both 3-4 for the Lady Blue squad. Sue Kozoil smashed a HR and had 4 RBI. For the Hawks, Lori Ergenbeck was 3-4, with 2 HR and 6 RBI. Manager Al Campbell won his 5th USSSA World Series title.

  • MVP – Mary Hoff, Lady Blue (11-21, .524, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • Batting Leader – Lori Ergenbeck, Salem Hawks (11-15, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 10 Runs) – .733
  • HR Leader – Denise Day, Lady Blue (12-23, .522, 12 RBI, 11 Runs)  – 9
  • Defensive MVP – Gina Vitale, Salem Hawks
  • Offensive MVP – Lori Ergenbeck, Salem Hawks (11-15, .733, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 10 Runs)


P – Mary Hoff, Lady Blue
C – Janet Dial, Mr. A’s Express
AH – Fran Nicholson, Mich
AH – Sue Day, Mr. A’s Express
AH – Lori Erpenbeck, Salem Hawks
1B – Jeril Junker, Auto Body Panels
2B – Leslie Kanter, Lady Blue
3B – Denise Day, Lady Blue
SS – Deanna Darrell, Empre
SS – Trina Hertzog, Salem Hawks
SS – Sue Koziol, Lady Blue
OF – Laura Troutman, Auto Body Panels
OF – Andy Auto Body Panels
OF – Allison Cole, Lady Blue
OF – Gina Vitale, Salem Hawks
Manager – Al Campbell, Lady Blue

FINAL STANDINGS (Incomplete – 16 Teams)

1. Lady Blue, Carrollton, TX (5-0)
2. Salem Hawks Softball, Belleville, MI (4-2)
3. Auto Body Panels, Cincinnati, OH (4-2)
4. Mr A’s Express, Sacramento, CA (4-2)
5t. Empress Chili, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)