Category: 1999

1999 ASA Women’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1999 held at Dothan, Alabama.

Champion: Macken/Budweiser, Rochester, Minnesota
Runner Up: Fox Force, Dothan, Alabama

  • MVP – Patricia Etchason, Macken/Budweiser
  • Batting Leader – Angel Floyd, MRC’s Shiva (12-16) – .750
  • Home Run Leader – N/A


P – Kathia Holliday, Fox Force
C – Vicki Jo Thiesse, Macken Plumbing/Budweiser
1B – Maureen Bennett, MRC’s Shiva
2B – Cathy Vesel, Macken Plumbing/Budweiser
3B – Angel Floyd, MRC’s Shiva
SS – Eunice Knight, Fox Force
OF – Crissy Giles, Macken Plumbing/Budweiser
OF – Patricia Etchason, Macken Plumbing/Budweiser
OF – Beverly Reaves, Fox Force
OF – Blondell Floyerance, Fox Force
EH – Joanna Eickemeyer, Orthopedic Inst. Of Dayton
UTIL – Katrina Condry, Fox Force
UTIL – Cheryl Bradley, MRC’s Shiva
UTIL – Carla Sacher, Orthopedic Institute of Dayton
UTIL – Terri Schmitt, Macken Plumbing/Budweiser


P – Lynda Hart, Orthopedic Institute of Dayton
C – Rhonda Kirk, Fox Force
1B – Dee Lippke, Orthopedic Institute of Dayton
2B – Kimberly Dawsey, Fox Force
3B – Keri Grovdahl, Macken Plumbing/Budweiser
SS – Vicky Cescato, MRC’s Shiva
OF – Shirley Cummins, Orthopedic Institute of Dayton
OF – Cheryl Easterwood, MRC’s Shiva
OF – Tracey Clark, Orthopedic Institute of Dayton
OF – Carla Jefferson, MRC’s Shiva
EH – Esther Pittman, Fox Force
UTIL – Dee Bowling, Orthopedic Institute of Dayton
UTIL – Kristen Deandress, MRC’s Shiva
UTIL – Patty Harmon, MRC’s Shiva
UTIL – Bridget Vessel, Macken Plumbing/Budweiser


1. Macken Plumbing/Budweiser, Rochester, MN (6-1)
2. Fox Force, Dothan, AL 5-3
3. Orthopedic Institute of Dayton, Dayton, OH (2-2)
4. MRC Shiva, San Francisco, CA (3-2)
5t. PMI, LaGrange, IN (1-2)
5t. Destruction, Orlando, FL (2-2)
7t. Graham/Little Teche Metairie, LA (1-2)
7t. Media Spirit, Media, PA (1-2)
9t. Fraley’s Wildcats, Lexington, KY (0-2)
9t. Williams Shoes, Kokomo, IN (0-2)
9t. GTSI, Jacksonville, IL (0-2)

1999 NCAA Women’s College World Series

1999 held at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 27-31.

Champion – UCLA Bruins (63-6)
Runner Up – Washington Huskies (51-18)

The event returned to Oklahoma City after a one year hiatus, and it has remained there ever since. Arizona won their fifth NCAA championship by defeating UCLA 10–2 in the final game. Arizona pitcher Nancy Evans was named Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player.

The tournament also expanded from 32 to 48 teams with 8 regional sites hosting 6 teams each.

The winningest team in UCLA softball history set school records for runs scored (429), home runs (95) and total bases (1042), as the Bruins claimed the school’s ninth national championship. UCLA posted a 63-6 record, defeating all its non-conference opponents while winning its sixth Pac-10 title with a 22-6 mark. The Bruins won a school-record 35 games to start the season, averaging more than 6.5 runs per game.

The postseason was a clean sweep for the Bruins, going 4-0 in Regional play and 4-0 at the Women’s College World Series. UCLA outscored its opponents 38-5 during Regionals, but things were considerably closer in the World Series, as all four contests were one-run games with two going extra innings. In the championship game against Washington, the Bruins jumped on the Huskies with two in the first and one in the second. Adams singled in a pair to put UCLA up 2-0 and Dale led off the second with a solo homer to make it a three-run game. Washington rallied and had the tying run on base in the final inning, but Freed retired the final batter to make the Bruins victorious. Adams was named Most Outstanding Player of the World Series and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Ambrosi, Dale and Freed.

  • Most Outstanding Player – Julie Adams, UCLA
  • Batting Leader – Christie Ambrosi, UCLA – .429
  • RBI Leader – 3 tied at 3 Julie Luna, DePaul; Kim DePaul, Washington; Erin Helgelund, Washington
  • Home Run Leader – Lindsey Collins, Arizona – 2
  • Home Run Leader – Courtney Dale, UCLA – 2
  • ERA Leader – Amanda Freed, UCLA – 0.39
  • Strikeout Leader – Jocelyn Forest, California – 19
  • Strikeout Leader – Amanda Freed, UCLA – 19


P – Courtney Dale UCLA
P – Amanda Freed UCLA
P – Amanda Scott Fresno State
P – Jennifer Spediacci Washington
C – Katy Carter DePaul
1B – Melissa Downs Washington
2B – Lisa Iancin California
SS – Lovieanne Jung Fresno State
3B – Julie Adams UCLA
3B – Kim DePaul Washington
3B – Julie Luna DePaul
OF – Christie Ambrosi UCLA


  1. UCLA 3 DePaul 2 (9 inn.)
  2. Fresno State 1 Southern Mississippi 0
  3. Washington 4 Arizona State 1
  4. Arizona 3 California 0
  5. UCLA 1 Fresno State 0
  6. Washington 3 Arizona 0
  7. DePaul 1 Southern Mississippi 0 – Southern Mississippi eliminated
  8. California 2 Arizona State 0 – Arizona State eliminated
  9. DePaul 1 Arizona 0 – Arizona eliminated
  10. California 1 Fresno State 0 – Fresno State eliminated
  11. UCLA 2 DePaul 1 (8 inn.)
  12. Washington 3 California 0 – California eliminated
  13. UCLA 3 Washington 2 – Washington eliminated


1. UCLA Bruins (4-0)
2. Washington Huskies (3-1)
3. California Golden Bears (2-2)
4. DePaul Blue Demons (2-2)
5t. Fresno State Bulldogs (1-2)
5t. Arizona Wildcats (1-2)
7t. Arizona State Sun Devils (0-2)
7t. Southern Mississippi Lady Eagles (0-2)


Regional No. 1 – held at Los Angeles, California

  1. UCLA 7 Alabama 0
  2. Cal State Northridge 7 Missouri 3
  3. Minnesota 2 Creighton 0
  4. UCLA 14 Creighton 0 – Creighton eliminated
  5. Minnesota 2 Cal State Northridge 0
  6. Missouri 1 Alabama 0 – Alabama eliminated
  7. UCLA 5 Minnesota 0
  8. Missouri 3 Cal State Northridge 1 – Cal State Northridge eliminated
  9. Missouri 3 Minnesota 0 – Minnesota eliminated
  10. UCLA 12 Missouri 5 – Missouri eliminated

UCLA qualifies for the WCWS, 3-0.

Regional No. 2 – held at Tucson, Arizona

  1. Arizona 9 East Carolina 1 (5 inn.)
  2. Kansas Southeast Missouri State 1
  3. Maryland 5 Texas State 0
  4. Arizona 8 Texas State 0 – Texas State eliminated
  5. Maryland 1 Kansas 0
  6. Southeast Missouri State 2 East Carolina 1 – East Carolina eliminated
  7. Maryland 7 Arizona 3
  8. Kansas 3 Southeast Missouri State 1 – Southeast Missouri State eliminated
  9. Arizona 6 Kansas 1 – Kansas eliminated
  10. Arizona 10 Maryland 1 (5 inn.)
  11. Arizona 8 Maryland 0 (5 inn.) – Maryland eliminated

Arizona qualifies for the WCWS, 5-1.

Regional No. 3 – held at Seattle, Washington

  1. Washington 8 Colgate 0 (6 inn.)
  2. Texas A&M 4 Hawaii 3
  3. Cal State Fullerton 12 Tennessee 0 (5 inn.)
  4. Washington 12 Tennessee 1 (5 inn.) – Tennessee eliminated
  5. Cal State Fullerton 2 Texas A&M 1
  6. Hawaii 7 Colgate 2 – Colgate eliminated
  7. Washington 1 Cal State Fullerton 0
  8. Hawaii 8 Texas A&M 3 – Texas A&M eliminated
  9. Hawaii 4 Cal State Fullerton 3 (11 inn.) – Cal State Fullerton eliminated
  10. Washington 3 Hawaii 0 – Hawaii eliminated

Washington qualifies for the WCWS, 4-0.

Regional No. 4 – held at Fresno, California

  1. Fresno State 5 Florida A&M 0
  2. Texas Tech 1 South Carolina 0
  3. Pacific 6 Stanford 5 (8 inn.)
  4. Fresno State 5 Stanford 2 – Stanford eliminated
  5. Texas Tech 1 Pacific 0
  6. South Carolina 2 Florida A&M 0 – Florida A&M eliminated
  7. Fresno State 3 Texas Tech 1
  8. South Carolina 2 Pacific 1 (12 inn.) – Pacific eliminated
  9. Texas Tech 4 South Carolina 1 – South Carolina eliminated
  10. Fresno State 5 Texas Tech 0 – Texas Tech eliminated

Fresno State qualifies for the WCWS, 4-0.

Regional No. 5 – held at Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  1. LSU 12 Southern 0 (5 inn.)
  2. Oklahoma 3 Long Beach State 1
  3. Southern Miss 1 Oregon State 0
  4. Oregon State 3 LSU 0
  5. Long Beach State 8 Southern 0 (5 inn.) – Southern eliminated
  6. Southern Miss 5 Oklahoma 0
  7. LSU 7 Oklahoma 3 – Oklahoma eliminated
  8. Oregon State 3 Long Beach State 0 – Long Beach State eliminated
  9. Southern Miss 4 LSU 3 – LSU eliminated
  10. Oregon State 9 Southern Miss 1 (6 inn.)
  11. Southern Miss 4 Oregon State 0 – Oregon State eliminated

Southern Miss qualifies for the WCWS, 4-1.

Regional No. 6 – held at Ann Arbor, Michigan

  1. Florida Atlantic 2 Michigan 0
  2. Nebraska 2 Notre Dame 0
  3. Arizona State 2 Central Michigan 1 (9 inn.)
  4. Florida Atlantic 8 Central Michigan 3 – Central Michigan eliminated
  5. Arizona State 1 Nebraska 0
  6. Notre Dame 1 Michigan 0 – Michigan eliminated
  7. Arizona State 2 Florida Atlantic 1
  8. Nebraska 4 Notre Dame 3 (8 inn.) – Notre Dame eliminated
  9. Nebraska 4 Florida Atlantic 2 – Florida Atlantic eliminated
  10. Nebraska 2 Arizona State 1 (8 inn.)
  11. Arizona State 4 Nebraska 2 – Nebraska eliminated

Arizona State qualifies for the WCWS, 4-1.

Regional No. 7 – held at Amherst, Massachusetts

  1. Southwestern Lousiana 15 Manhattan 0 (5 inn.)
  2. UMass 3 LIU Brooklyn 2
  3. California 5 Hofstra 4
  4. Southwestern Louisiana 2 Hofstra 1 – Hofstra eliminated
  5. California 1 UMass 0
  6. LIU Brooklyn 4 Manhattan 3 (8 inn.) – Manhattan eliminated
  7. Southwestern Louisiana 2 California 1
  8. UMass 3 LIU Brooklyn 0 – LIU Brooklyn eliminated
  9. California 2 UMass 0 – UMass eliminated
  10. California 3 Southwestern Lousiana 0
  11. California  Southwestern Lousiana 3

California  qualifies for the WCWS, 5-1.

Regional No. 8 – held at Chicago, Illinois

  1. Texas 8 Cornell 0 (6 inn.)
  2. DePaul 4 Michigan State 1
  3. Illinois-Chicago 1 Oregon 0
  4. Oregon 6 Texas 0
  5. Michigan State 9 Cornell 1 – Cornell eliminated
  6. DePaul 4 Illinois-Chicago 0
  7. Illinois-Chicago 4 Texas 1 – Texas eliminated
  8. Michigan State 9 Oregon 1 (6 inn.) – Oregon eliminated
  9. DePaul 5 Illinois-Chicago 1 – Illinois-Chicago eliminated
  10. DePaul 2 Michigan State 0 – Michigan State eliminated

DePaul qualifies for the WCWS, 4-0.


1999 UCLA Bruins

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  • Honda Sports Award – Danielle Henderson, UMass (30-4, 0.39 ERA, 465 K)


P – Courtney Dale SO. UCLA Bruins
P – Amanda Scott JR. Fresno State Bulldogs
P – Danielle Henderson SR. UMass Minutewomen
C – Stacey Nuveman SO. UCLA Bruins
1B – Angela Cervantez JR. Fresno State Bulldogs
2B – Jennifer Lizama JR. Nebraska Cornhuskers
3B – Ashlee Ducote JR. LSU Tigers
SS – Amy Berman JR. Southern Miss Golden Eagles
OF – Jessica Mendoza FR. Stanford Cardinal
OF – Becky Newbry SR. Washington Huskies
OF – Kim Pietro SR. South Carolina Gamecocks
DP – Erica Beach FR. Arizona State Sun Devils
UT – Amanda Freed FR. UCLA Bruins
AL – Courtney Blades JR. Southern Miss Golden Eagles
AL – Lynette Velazquez SR. Oklahoma Sooners
AL – Christie Ambrosi JR. UCLA Bruins
AL – Danielle Cox SR. FSU Seminoles
AL – Liza Brown SR. DePaul Blue Demons


P – Nicole Terpstra SR. DePaul Blue Demons
P – Jamie Graves JR. Washington Huskies
P – Christa Williams JR. Texas Longhorns
C – Kellie Wiginton SO. Stanford Cardinal
1B – Julie Marshall JR. UCLA Bruins
2B – Kelsey Kollen FR. Michigan Wolverines
3B – Julie Adams JR. UCLA Bruins
SS – Kelly Kretschman SO. Alabama Crimson Tide
OF – Catherine Davie SR. Michigan Wolverines
OF – Tiffany Clark JR. ULL Rajin’ Cajuns
OF – Amanda Michalsky JR. UTSA Roadrunners
DP – Shavaughne Desecki FR. DePaul Blue Demons
UT – Tarrah Beyster JR. Oregon State Beavers
AL – Samantha Iuli JR. UIC Flames
AL – Kristen Hunter FR. Fresno State Bulldogs
AL – Kellie Wilkerson FR. Mississippi State Bulldogs
AL – Kelli Bruce SR. ULL Rajin’ Cajuns
AL – Brandee McArthur SR. Pacific Tigers


P – Becky Lemke SO. Arizona Wildcats
P – Megan Matthews FR. South Carolina Gamecocks
P – Kelly Shipman SR. Maryland Terrapins
C – Stephenie Little SR. Cal State Fullerton Titans
1B – Traci Conrad SR. Michigan Wolverines
2B – Nikki Cockrell SR. Texas Longhorns
3B – Isonette Polonius SR. East Carolina Pirates
SS – Lisa Carey SO. Oklahoma Sooners
OF – Becky Witt SO. Fresno State Bulldogs
OF – Nicole Giordano SO. Arizona Wildcats
OF – Autumn Eastes SO. Texas Longhorns
DP – Carrie Moreman SR. Alabama Crimson Tide
UT Monica Triner SR. USF Bulls
AL – Kirsten Voak FR. Arizona State Sun Devils
AL – Lauren Bauer SO. Arizona Wildcats
AL – Lovieanne Jung FR. Fresno State Bulldogs
AL – Kelli Metzger SR. Akron Zips
AL – Heather Stella SR. Illinois State Redbirds

1999 NSA Men’s Super Slow Pitch World Series

1999 held at Fort Wayne, Indiana

Champion – R&D/Easton, Lima, Ohio
Runner Up – Dan Smith/Wessell/Backstop/Worth, San Jose, California

  • MVP – David Hood, R&D/Easton – (11-15, 733, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs)
  • Defensive MVP – Scott Striebel, Dan Smith/Worth
  • Offensive MVP – Wendell Rickard, Dan Smith/Worth (21-30, ,700, 10 HRs)
  • HR Leader – Wendell Rickard, Dan Smith/ (21-30, 700) –10
  • Batting Leader – Jeff Wallace, Team TPS (15-19, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs) – .789


  • David Hood, R&D/Easton (11-15, .733, 6 HR, 14 RBI)
  • Billy Byrd, R&D/Easton (9-15, .600, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
  • Keith Brockman, R&D/Easton 12-16, .750, 4 HR, 9 RBI)
  • Brian Hood, R&D/Easton (6-8, .750, 4 RBI)
  • Randy Kortokrax, R&D/Easton (13-19, .684, 5 HR, 10 RBI)
  • Wendell Rickard, Dan Smith/Worth (21-30, .700, 10 HR)
  • Scott Striebel, Dan Smith/Worth (17-25, .680, 2 HR)
  • Paul Drilling, Dan Smith/Worth (17-23, .739)
  • Dennis Mendoza, Dan Smith/Worth (17-24, .708)
  • Al Davis, Dan Smith/Worth (17-28, .607, 6 HR)
  • Mike Shenk, Team Easton (12-21, .571, 9 HR, 17 RBI)
  • Johnny McCraw, Team Easton (11-19, .479, 4 HR, 11 RBI)
  • Jeff Wallace, Team TPS (15-19, .789, 4 HR, 13 RBI)


  • Jim Burbrink, Hague/Resmondo (9-12, .750, 3 RBI)
  • Shane Dubose, Hague/Resmondo (22-30, .733, 2 HR, 11 RBI)
  • Dennis Mendoza, Dan Smith/Worth (16-22, .727)
  • Doug Kissane, Team TPS (12-17, .706, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
  • Todd Joerling, Team Easton (14-20, .700, 3 HR, 10 RBI)
  • Scott Striebel, Dan Smith/Worth (17-25, .680, 2 HR)
  • Robbie Ergle, Dan Smith/Worth (19-28, .679, 3 HR)
  • Tim Cocco, Hague/Resmondo (20-30, .667, 13 RBI)
  • Dennis Turner, Hague/Resmondo (18-27, .667, 1 HR, 18 RBI)
  • Hank Garris, Team TPS (10-15, .667, 2 HR, 8 RBI)
  • Larry Fredieu, Team Easton (8-12, .667, 3 HR, 6 RBI)
  • Ron Parnell, Team Easton (11-17, .647, 3 HR, 5 RBI)
  • Carl Rose, Dan Smith/Worth (19-30, .633, 5 HR)
  • Dale Sensenig, Hague/Resmondo (17-27, .630, 2 HR, 15 RBI)
  • Jimmy Devine, R&D/Easton (13-21, .619, 4 HR, 12 RBI)
  • Jeff Hall, Team Easton (13-21, .619, 5 HR, 12 RBI)
  • Darrell Beeler, Team Easton (13-21, .619, 4 HR, 14 RBI)
  • Paul Brannon, Hague/Resmondo (17-29, .586, 3 HR 18 RBI)
  • Dewayne Nevitt, Team TPS (8-14, .571, 3 HR, 10 RBI)
  • JC Phelps, Team Easton (5-9, .556, 1 RBI)
  • Britt Hightower, R&D/Easton (11-20, .550, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
  • Lonnie Fox, R&D/Easton (10-18, .556, 5 RBI)
  • Rusty Bumgardner, Team TPS (10-18, .556, 3 HR, 10 RBI)
  • Randall Boone, Team TPS (8-15, .533, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
  • Dan Houchin, R&D/Easton (9-17, .529, 3 HR, 7 RBI)
  • Tim Linson, Hague/Resmondo (14-28, .500, 2 HR, 14 RBI)
  • Greg Harding, Team Easton (8-16, .500, 4 HR, 7 RBI)
  • Dewayne Frizzell, Dan Smith/Worth (11-24, .458, 5 HR)
  • Brett Helmer, Team Easton (9-18, .444, 2 HR, 8 RBI)
  • John Mello, Team TPS (7-16, .438, 1 HR, 11 RBI)
  • Mark Creson, Dan Smith/Worth (10-23, .435, 1 HR)
  • Todd Martin, Team TPS (7-18, .389, 5 RBI)
  • Dal Beggs, Dan Smith/Worth (9-26, .346, 3 HR)
  • Jason Kendrick, Team TPS (5-15, .333, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
  • Dan Schuck, Team Easton (5-19, .263, 3 HR, 10 RBI)


1. R&D/Easton, Lima, OH (4-1)
2. Dan Smith/Wessell/Backstop/Worth, San Jose, CA (5-2)
3. Team Easton, Burlingame, CA (3-2)
4. Team TPS, Louisville, KY (2-2)
5t. Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, Sunnyvale, CA (4-2)
5t. Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Columbus, OH (3-2)
7t. JWM/Herb’s/TPS, Riverside, CA (1-2)
7t. W.W. Gay/TPS, Gainesville, FL (0-3)
7t. Creative Stucco/Easton, Columbus, OH (0-3)
7t. Universal Dome/Worth, Indiana (0-3)

1999 ASA Industrial Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1999 held at Decatur, Alabama on September 3-6.

Champion – Action A’s, Belden, Mississippi
Runner Up – Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Connecticut

  • MVP – Jeff Toni, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Batting Champion – Jeff Toni, Sikorsky Aircraft – .742
  • HR Champion – Jeff Toni, Sikorsky Aircraft – 13


  • P – Mark Tremblay, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • C – Mike McCraw, Action A’s
  • 1B – Tom DeBernardo, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • 2B – Tom Speaks, Action A’s
  • 3B – Darrell Cox, CPS Livewire
  • SS – Jeff Toni, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • OF – Rodney Moore, Action A’s
  • OF – John Toni, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • OF – Doug Little, Kimball International
  • OF – Dicky Frazier, Action A’s
  • DH – Ed Muzyka, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • UTIL – Shawn Reeder, Action A’s
  • UTIL – Paul Chadwick, CPS Livewire
  • UTIL – Peter Gribben, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • UTIL – Anthony Hendrix, Action A’s


  • P – Bruce Smith, Pepsi
  • C – Rick Leal, CPS Livewire
  • 1B – Art Sanez, CPS Livewire
  • 2B – Bob Kowenski, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • 3B – Jaime O’Neil, Formosa Bulls
  • SS – Dennis Holmes, Action A’s
  • OF – Tommy Clark, Formosa Bulls
  • OF – Gary Walker, Russell Athletic
  • OF – Steve Kluesner, Kimball International
  • OF – Michael Whitehead, Formosa Bulls
  • DH – Greg Worthy, Russell Athletic
  • UTIL – Danny Collier, Kimball International
  • UTIL – Al Digianvittorio, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • UTIL – Mark Huber, Pipefitters #392 Blue
  • UTIL – Brian Kelly, Russell Athletic


1. Action A’s, Belden, MS (4-1)
2. Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT (7-2)
3. CPS Livewire, San Antonio, TX (3-2)
4. Kimball International, Jaspe, IN (3-2)
5t. Pepsi, Bryan, TX (2-2)
5t. Pipefitters #392 Blue, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
7t. Formosa Bulls, Bay City, TX (2-2)
7t. Russell Athletic, Alexander City, AL (2-2)
9t. Amoco Oilers, Texas City, TX (0-2)
9t. Troup County Fire Dept, LaGrange, GA (0-2)
9t. Wilson Art Warthogs, Benton, TX (0-2)
9t. World Color, Corinth, MS (1-2)
13. Peaney Electronics, Philadelphia, MS (0-2)

1999 Supreme Softball All Stars

Helmer, Wallace share Player of the Year honors

Good company breeds good things. Brett Helmer of Team Easton and Jeff Wallace of Team TPS, who live about 15 minutes from each other just north of Syracuse, N.Y., and take batting practice together, have been named Supreme Softball’s Co-Players of the Year for 1999. This marked the second time in three years that batting practice partners have been named Co-Players of the Year. Jeff Hall of Gastonia, N.C., and Rusty Bumgardner of Kings Mountain, N.C., were honored after the 1997 season. This marked the second year in a row that Wallace has been a Co-Player of the Year. He shared the honor last year with Carl Rose of Lighthouse/Worth and Hank Garris of Sierra/TPS. This also was the second year in a row that Wallace has lost the season batting lead on the last weekend of the season. He was beaten out by none other than his best friend Helmer this year — .789 to .786. Last year he finished at .7760 compared to .7762 for Wendell Rickard of Lighthouse/Worth. Wallace says he is not bothered by losing the batting title. “A lot of people might not believe this, but I was more happy to see Brett win it,” he said. “He worked hard for it.” What Wallace is bothered by is the collapse of Team TPS in the Grand Slam championship series. After dominating the season with 11 titles in 13 tournaments, Team TPS did not win one Grand Slam crown, finishing fourth, fourth, second and in a tie for fifth in the ISA, NSA, ASA and USSSA, respectively. Team TPS had a second and a third during the season — Kettering, Md., when Team Easton pulled off a double dip and Brooklyn Center, Minn., which saw two upsets at the hands of Sunnyvale Valve/TPS; Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS won that tournament. Helmer had this to say about winning the batting title: “I would have been just as happy if Jeff won. I would have been happy for him.” Helmer said be able to work out in the gym and take batting practice “with my best friend was a huge help.” That’s one of the reasons he moved back to upstate New York from Connecticut. When asked about his season, Helmer said, “I’m happy. I thought I was consistent all season. There were a couple weekends I could have done better a little better, but you are going to have some rough weekends.” When asked about his philosophy when he steps into the batter’s box, Helmer said, “I try to have a plan going in, according to the situation. If it’s flying, I try to sit on it. But a lot of people were giving me the left side of field, and I will take it. It cut down on my home runs, but I consider myself a hitter. If they are going to give me a hole, I’m going to hit it.” For a guy so strong, Helmer will dink it to left, and run. Wow, can this guy run for a big man (6-0, 265). He had some triples and some inside-the-park home runs. He is such a good athlete, he played a lot in the outfield. Helmer was a fullback in high school and he played on the basketball team. He has been weight training for 11 years, since he was 17, and he credits that for his speed. “My high school coach got me into weight training,” he said. “I’ve always been big and strong. A lot of eating. I like to eat.” Helmer comes from a dairy farming community — Newport, near Utica in upstate New York. He has won nationals three times in power lifting. He has hit 750 pounds with the squat and deadlift and 530 with the bench press. After a ho-hum season, Team Easton stepped up and won two legs of the Grand Slam — the ISA and the ASA. And Team Easton might have won the USSSA if his blast had not be caught at the 400-foot mark by Rob Schleede of R&D;/Easton. R&D; was another surprise team down the stretch, winning the NSA and the USSSA World Series. Would Team Easton have won if Helmer’s drive had been a llittle longer? “Well, that’s hard to say,” he answered, “but obviously it was a huge momenturn turn for them and us. It was early in the tournament, so it might have put them over the edge. They played well the rest of the way. They did what they had to do to win.” Helmer said he knew “it was going to be close. The pitch was down the middle and I did not want to pull it. I thought I could drive it out. I thought I had it, but Rob made a great catch. He brought it right back. It helps when you’re 6-6.” The key to Team Easton’s success at the end? “Honestly, I think it was we did not have any pressure on us,” said Helmer, who was voted the MVP award after the ISA. “We never played up to our expectations all year, so nobody expected us to do anything . . . except us. Everybody kind of wrote us off. We used that as our momentum. But the main thing is our leadership really started to show. Ron Parnell, Darrell Beeler, Todd Joerling and Dan Schuck stepped it up big time and set a good example for the rest of us.” Would Helmer like to play on the same team with Wallace? “Sure,” he said. “TPS talked to me, but I had another year to go on my Easton contract. So it’s not going to happen anytime soon.” Helmer and Wallace have played on the same team “around here, and we played together one season (with SoJern/TPS in 1997).” Wallace told it like it was when he was asked about the Team TPS faltering in the Grand Slam events: “How did it feel? Like shit … it sucked.” He added: “It just goes to show you, stadium ball is a different game, no doubt. We picked the wrong time of the year to play like crap. Last year, it was earlier, but we finally got it going. But we will be there in the end next year. I think Robin Higginbotham (cracker jack left fielder from Team Easton) will help us a lot. He’s been on 4 or 5 championship teams in the last 2 or 3 years.” Higginbotham played for Lighthouse/Worth before. Wallace said he could not explain the zero by Team TPS in the Grand Slam events. “I don’t know why,” he said. “It was not from lack of effort. The effort was there. We just got in a lull.” Wallace said losing the batting title on the last weekend of the season again “doesn’t bother me. I got to be there 2 years in row, so I must be doing something right. I hit some balls 370, 380 for outs, so what are you going to do. That park at Cocoa was not too forgiving. But it was the same for everybody, no excuses. If I work hard, next year I will be right there again. I’ve had 3 good years. I’m ready to play again. I’ve got the itch. I’m ready to get back on the field.” And the season just ended. Wallace was asked if he wanted Helmer as a full-time teammate. “Of course I would, that’s a no brainer. Brett did what he thought was best for him. Easton gave him the chance, and obviously they have been successful. They gave him a shot, and he’s sticking to it. And that’s fine. He is going to do great things whether here or there. We work hard, and if we continue to work hard, we will be right there in the end next year. We just have to outwork everybody.” Wallace, a 6-2, 275-pounder, just turned 30. He grew up in Oswego, N.Y., playing football and baseball and wrestling in high school. He started playing tournament softball when he was 18. He eventually played for Pace and the Sporting Edge out of New York, then for New of Indiana, Sonny’s of Boston and Steele’s (the last part of the 1996 season). Wallace now lives in Phoenix, N.Y. He and his wife have three daughters. His father-in-law, Gordie Heagle, built a field out back, so he doesn’t have to go very far to take a little batting practice. He usually hit with his brother, David, who is a strong hitter in his own right. Now they have another batting practice partner in Helmer. R&D; will be Easton’s flagship team for the 2000 season. “I like our team,” Helmer said. “We’ve got a good mix of youth and veterans. We are younger at some spots, and we still have the leaders who have been there and done it all. I think we will have a good season. I think it will be close . . . the top three will be battling it out every weekend, no doubt about it. There will be other good teams — Hague, Long Haul, Sunnyvale, P&D.; There are a lot of good players out there. P&D; is going to have the Smith brothers (Jeff and Jerald).” The Smith brothers are up-and-coming power hitters from Virginia. Jeff played for JWM/Herb’s last year, Jerald for Paramount. Helmer and Wallace were an up-and-coming players a couple of years ago. They have arrived.

1999 Supreme Softball All Stars

  • P — Phil Jobe, Team TPS* Miami, Fla., Age 31, .692 OBA, 58 HRs
  • P — Paul Drilling, Dan Smith/Worth* Houston, Texas, Age 35, .650 OBA, 25 HRs
  • C — Hank Garris, Team TPS* Naples, Fla., Age 35, .755 OBA, first with 188 HRs
  • C — Wendell Rickard, Dan Smith/Worth* Hot Springs, Ark., Age 33, .742 OBA, second with 182 HRs
  • 1B — Jeff Wallace, Team TPS* Phoenix, N.Y., Age 30, second with .786 OBA, 156 HRs
  • 2B — Rusty Bumgardner, Team TPS* Kings Mountain, N.C., Age 30, .743 OBA, 144 HRs
  • 3B — Mike Shenk, Team Easton* Ephrata, Pa., Age 33, .693 OBA, 122 HRs
  • SS — Todd Joerling, Team Easton New Melle, Mo., Age 34, .750 OBA, 115 HRs
  • Middle Infielder — Todd Martin, Team TPS* Eden, N.C., Age 28, .739 OBA, 129 HRs
  • OF — Mark Creson, Dan Smith/Worth Phoenix, Ariz., Age 30, .669 OBA, 113 HRs
  • OF — Scott Striebel, Dan Smith/Worth Minneapolis, Minn., Age 28, .705 OBA, 73 HRs
  • OF — Derek Oliver, Paramount/TPS Goldsboro, N.C., Age 32, fourth with .769 OBA, 72 HRs
  • Utility — Jeff Hall, Team Easton* Gastonia, N.C., Age 29, .751 OBA, 118 HRs
  • Utility — Randell Boone, Team TPS Pembroke, Ga., Age 32, .753 OBA, 136 HRs
  • Utility — Jim Devine, R&D;/Easton Hamilton, N.J., Age 31, .756 OBA, 144 HRs
  • Utility — Keith Brockman, R&D;/Easton Greer, S.C., Age 33, .755 OBA, 104 HRs
  • Utility — Rod Hughes, R&D;/Easton* Connersville, Ind., Age 31, .745 OBA, 141 HRs
  • Utility — Brett Helmer, Team Easton* Liverpool, N.Y., Age 28, first with .789 OBA, 128 HRs
  • Utility — John Mello, Team TPS* Johnston, R.I., Age 33, .715 OBA, 128 HRs
  • Utility — Dewayne Nevitt, Team TPS Brandenburg, Ky., Age 34, .703 OBA, 148 HRs
  • Utility — Carl Rose, Dan Smith/Worth* Jesup, Ga., Age 33, .690 OBA, third with 159 HRs


  • Greg Cannedy, Dan Smith/Worth Concord, Calif., Age 35, .719 OBA, 38 HRs
  • Al Davis, Dan Smith/Worth Okeechobee, Fla., Age 31, .704 OBA
  • Randy Kortokrax, R&D;/Easton* Columbus, Ohio, Age 34, .729 OBA, 139 HRs
  • David Hood, R&D;/Easton Nashville, Tenn., Age 32, .701 OBA, 129 HRs
  • Lonnie Fox, R&D;/Easton Knoxville, Tenn., Age 27, .719 OBA, 148 HRs
  • Jeff Smith, JWM/Herb’s/TPS Ruther Glen, Va., Age 28, fifth with .766 OBA, 100 HRs
  • Larry Carter, JWM/Herb’s/TPS Oklahoma City, Okla., Age 32, .658 OBA, 132 HRs
  • Tim Cocco, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Erlanger, Ky., Age 30, .711 OBA, 73 HRs
  • Tim Linson, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Columbus, Ohio, Age 31, .681 OBA, 92 HRs
  • Shane Dubose, Hague/Resmondo/TPS* Houston, Texas, Age 34, .718 OBA, 56 HRs
  • Jim Burbrink, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Cincinnati, Ohio, Age 34, .604 OBA, 3 HRs
  • John Keigley, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Bakersfield, Calif., Age 38, .602 OBA, 1 HR
  • Alex Lavorico, Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS Woodland, Calif., Age 31, .695 OBA, 103 HRs
  • Ted Larson, Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS Minneapolis, Minn., Age 37, .563 OBA, 0 HRs
  • Lance Peterson, Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS, Minneapolis, Minn., Age 35, .709 OBA, 77 HRs
  • Paul Brannon, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Kings Mountain, N.C., Age 28, .678 OBA, 98 HRs
  • Judson Jackson, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Starke, Fla., Age 28, .675 OBA, 90 HRs
  • Jeff Ott, Sunnyvale Valve/TPS Waterloo, Iowa, Age 34, .686 OBA, 120 HRs, tops in HR frequency at 2.158
  • Derrick Williams, Sunnyvale Valve/TPS Oakland, Calif., Age 31, .672 OBA, 97 HRs
  • Dennis Rulli, JWM/Herb’s/TPS Los Angeles, Calif., Age 28, .687 OBA, 60 HRs
  • Andy Purcell, Sunnyvale Valve/TPS San Jose, Calif., Age 29, .636 OBA, 36 HRs
  • Jimmy Powers, Paramount/TPS* Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Age 37, .752 OBA, 93 HRs
  • Tot Powers, Paramount/TPS* Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Age 38, .726 OBA, 91 HRs
  • Jerald Smith, Paramount/TPS Ruther Glen, Va., Age 28, .634 OBA, 61 HRs
  • Larry Sauceman, Team Reece Greeneville, Tenn., Age 34, .678 OBA, 97 HRs
  • Ernie Montgomery, Team Reece Knoxville, Tenn., Age 33, .709 OBA, 134 HRs


Co-Players of the Year: Jeff Wallace, Team TPS, and Brett Helmer, Team Easton.

Former Players of the Year

  • 1990 — Cecil Whitehead, Ritch’s/Kirk’s. (No selections in 1991-92.)
  • 1993 — Charles Wright, Ritch’s-Superior/TPS
  • 1994 — Jimmy Powers, Converters/Vernon’s/TPS
  • 1995 — Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior/TPS
  • 1996 — Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth
  • 1997 — Rusty Bumgardner, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS, and Jeff Hall, Sunbelt/Easton
  • 1998–Hank Garris, Sierra/TPS; Carl Rose, Lighthouse/Worth; Jeff Wallace, Team TPS.

NOTES: Todd Joerling has been honored for the sixth time since 1990. He had a string of five years in a row end last year. Dirk Androff had five selections in succession before his death after the 1997 season. Britt Hightower saw a string of four years in a row come to an end in 1998. Hank Garris has led the home run chase for the second year in a row. The Florida product hit 196 last year for Sierra/TPS, 188 this year for Team TPS. Jeff Wallace of Team TPS saw his on-base percentage lead slip away for the second year in a row on the final weekend of the season. He wound up at .786, compared to .789 for friend and upstate New York neighbor Brett Helmer of Team Easton. Wallace earned co-Player of the Year honors for the second year in a row. He lost to on-base title to Wendell Rickard in 1998, winding up at .7760 compared to .7762 for Rickard. J.C. Phelps has posted seasons of .798, .796, .770 and .758. Jeff Hall posted the best ever — .817 in 1997 — when he was co-Player of the Year with Rusty Bumgardner. Bumgardner and Wendell Rickard have been named four years in a row. Phelps (1994-96-97-98) is a four-time selection and Larry Fredieu (1993-94-95) is a three-timer. Androff, Joerling and Hightower were honored on the Softball USA team in 1990. Until this year, Tot Powers had been second team or honorable mention every year since 1993. He was a first-team selection in 1998. A four-timer and three-timer, including 1990, with two HMs or 2nd team: Carl Rose and Doug Roberson. A two-timer with three HMs or second team: Ron Parnell. Two-timers with two HMs or second team: Dan Schuck, Jimmy Powers. Repeat honorees include Jobe, Drilling, Garris, Rickard, Wallace, Bumgardner, Shenk, Martin, Hall, Hughes, Kortokrax, Helmer, Mello, Rose, Dubose, and Jimmy and Tot Powers. First-time selections: Creson, Striebel, Devine, Brockman, Hood, Fox, the Smith brothers, Carter, Cocco, Brannon, Linson, Burbrink, Keigley, Larson, Peterson, Lavorico, Jackson, Ott, Williams, Rulli and Purcell.

1998 All-Stars — P–Phil Jobe, Team TPS; Paul Drilling, Sierra/TPS. C–Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth; Jimmy Powers, Sunbelt/Easton. 1B–Jeff Wallace, Team TPS; 2B–Rusty Bumgardner, Team TPS. 3B–Mike Shenk, Team TPS; SS–John Mello, Team TPS. Middle IF–Jeff Hall, Sunbelt/Easton. OF–Todd Martin, Team TPS; Doug Kissane, Team TPS; Jason Kendrick, Sierra/TPS; Robin Higginbotham, Sunbelt/Easton; Dewayne Frizzell, Lighthouse/Worth; Larry Fredieu, Sierra/TPS. EH–Carl Rose, Lighthouse/Worth; Hank Garris, Sierra/TPS. Utility–Greg Harding, Sunbelt/Easton; Tot Powers, Sunbelt/Easton; Al Davis, Lighthouse/Worth; Darrell Beeler, Sierra/TPS; Dennis Mendoza, Lighthouse/Worth; Randy Kortokrax, Steele’s/R&D;/Reda; Rod Hughes, Steele’s/R&D;/Reda; Tom White, Wessel/Hague/SoJern/TPS; Brett Helmer, Wessel/Hague/SoJern/TPS; Howie Krause, Wessel/Hague/Sojern/TPS.

1997 All-Stars — P–Greg Cannedy, Ritch’s/Superior/TPS. C–Dewayne Nevitt, Ritch’s/Superior/TPS. 1B–Dirk Androff, Ritch’s/Superior/TPS. 2B–Rusty Bumgardner, Shen Valley/TPS. 3B–Jeff Wallace, Sojern/TPS. SS–Todd Joerling, Sunbelt/Easton. Middle IF–Jeff Hall, Sunbelt/Easton. OF–Todd Martin, Shen Valley/TPS; Brad Stiles, Lighthouse/Worth; Randell Boone, Shen Valley/TPS; Doug Kissane, Ritch’s/Superior/TPS; Jason Kendrick, Shen Valley/TPS. EH–J.C. Phelps, Shen Valley/TPS; Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth. Utility–Carl Rose, Lighthouse/Worth; Shane Dubose, SoJern/TPS.

1996 All-Stars — Phil Jobe, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS; J.C. Phelps, SV; Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS; Rusty Bumgardner, SV; Albert Davis, SV; Todd Joerling, Sunbelt/Easton; Britt Hightower, R-S; Doug Roberson, R-S; Todd Martin, SV; Doug Kissane, Steele’s; Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth; Ricky Huggins, LH; Mike Shenk, LH; Ron Parnell, R-S; Johnny McCraw, Sunbelt.

1995 All-Stars — Butch Ovens, Shen Valley/TPS; Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth; Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior/TPS; Greg Harding, Bell/Sunbelt/Easton; Rusty Bumgardner, SV; Todd Joerling, Bell; Britt Hightower, R-S; Dewayne Frizzell, Superior/Southland/TPS; Jimmy Powers, SV; Larry Fredieu, R-S; Doug Roberson, R-S; Shane Dubose, Tri-Gems/Easton.

1994 All-Stars — Rick Weiterman, Ritch’s-Superior/TPS; J.C. Phelps, Shen Valley/DJ’s/TPS; Dirk Androff, R-S; Dewayne Nevitt, Converters/Vernon’s/TPS; Jon Meyers, Williams/Worth; Todd Joerling, Bell Corp./Easton; Britt Hightower, R-S; Hank Garris, Bell; Jimmy Powers, Converters; Dan Schuck, Bell; Larry Fredieu, R-S; Ron Parnell, R-S.

1993 All-Stars — Paul Drilling, Ritch’s-Superior/TPS; Dave Steffen, R-S; Dirk Androff, R-S; Darrell Beeler, R-S; Charles Wright, R-S; Todd Joerling, Bell Corp./Easton; Britt Hightower, R-S; Larry Fredieu, Vernon’s/TPS; Steve Craven, Steele’s/Sunbelt; Carl Rose, Williams/Worth; Phil White, Bell.

1990 All-Stars — Rick Weiterman, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Paul Drilling, Ritch’s/Kirk’s; Mike Macenko, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Dirk Androff, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Carl Rose, Lighthouse/Sunbelt; Charles Wright, Ritch’s/Kirk’s; Todd Joerling, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Cecil Whitehead, Ritch’s/Kirk’s; Doug Roberson, Superior/Apollo; Britt Hightower, Ritch’s/Kirk’s; Scott Virkus, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Jim Fuller, Superior/Apollo; Monty Tucker, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Kerry Everett, Bell Corp.; Dave Johnson, Starpath.

1999 NSA C Men’s Slow Pitch Super Worlds

1999 held at Kissimmee, Florida

Champion – T.J. Lite, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Runner Up – Nutter Mortgage, Kansas City, Missouri

T.J. Lite of Dunkirk, Md., chalked up a 6-0 record to win the rain-marred 32-team NSA Super C Nationals at the Osceola County Softball Complex in Kissimmee, Fla. Nutter Mortgage of Kansas City was runner-up, losing 11-10 in the championship game when Earl Harris hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Harris wound up getting the MVP award He went 12-for-21 with 2 HRs. Brad Kolczyk went 17-for-22 with 2 HRs and Dave White 16-24. Nutter had lost to the Maryland club 26-22 in the finals of the winners bracket earlier Sunday. Nutter grabbed an 8-7 lead in the top of the sixth when Rodell Ridenhaur hit an inside-the-park home run with one on. T.J. Lite right fielder John Boice ran into the fence on the play, and had to be taken to the hospital via an ambulance. Nutter notched two more runs in the inning for a 10-7 lead. Bob Van Schoelandt, Buddy Johnson and Jon Rutledge had hits, the last one with 2 outs. Darin Clauder made a catch in right center to hold Lite off in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Ellis, Butch Reed and Scott McInergey had hits for one run. After a sac and an RBI hit by Kevin Keeter tied the game, Dave White was walked intentionally and Greg Rush hit one hard and long to right. Clauder fought it, but caught it while falling down. Hurricane spurred rain fell most of Saturday. The sun broke through for a rain-free Sunday. T.J. Lite was a 26-22 winner over Nutter in the finals of the winners bracket. It was 6-2 after one and 10-7 after two. Nutter drew a blank in the top of the third, but so did Lite. Then Lite outscored Nutter 9-2 in the fourth. Scott McInerey, Toby Durnbaugh and Earl Harris tripled and Shane Kolczy homered.Harris later homered and he also had two triples. Larry Adams added a home run. Leadoff man Butch Reed had two triples, a single and a walk. Durnbaugh and Greg Rush each had 4 hits, while Kolczyk had two hits and two walks. Jeff Smith, Darrin Clauder (twice), Jon Rutledge and Brett O’Donnell homered for Nutter. Rutledge had 4 hits. Nutter had 5-5-3 over the last 3 innings, but Lite held onto the lead with 4 in the bottom of the fifth and 3 in the bottom of the sixth. T.J. Lite’s semifinal winners bracket win of 24-14 over M&M; of Miami, with veteran J.C. Batista in the infield, was a key one. Lite jumped ahead 10-4, then after M&M; tied it, Lite went zip, then hit for 14 big runs in the top of the fifth to win by the run rule. John Boice Jr., Brad Kolczyk, Mike Ellis, Larry Adams and Butch Reed each had 2 hits in the big inning. Ellis and Greg Rush had homers. Dave White had 2 hits and 2 walks for the winners. Batista had a double and walk in 4 at-bats while hitting in the leadoff spot for M&M.; Shane Bowell and Alex Ravelo homered. Another key win for the Maryland club was 17-15 over another Florida team, Orange Lake/Mizuno of Orlando. The local team led 6-1 after one inning. The Maryland team battled back and led 17-12 after 7 runs in the bottom of the sixth. Greg Rush capped the big inning with a home run. Kevin Keeler had a triple. Mike Ellis had a homer in the second inning. David Marlette and Charlie Miller homered in the first for Orange Lake. Dave White and John Boice Jr. eadh had 3 hits for Lite. Alan Tanner had a 3-runner to lift M&M; ahead of Gianni’s/Worth of Maryland 13-12 in the sixth. Jerry Duran added another 3-runner later in the inning. Batista made two plays in the bottom of the seventh, including starting a game-ending double play (with shortstop Ricky Macias). Final score: 17-12. Orange Lake had to squeeze past American Sports Wear of Minnesota 23-17. Orange Lake scored 6 runs in the top of the seventh after American left the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. American would have won as the time limit had expired. A home run by Mike Hilgar capped the top of the seventh for Orange Lake. M&M; outlasted Orange Lake 17-15 in a duel of Florida powers. Home runs by Shane Bowell and Ricky Macias accounted for 6 runs for M&M; in the bottom of the fifth after Orange Lake owned a 10-9 lead. Orange Lake pushed across 5 runs in the top of the seventh as David Marlette hit a long home run, but a nifty play by second baseman J.C Batista got the last out with 2 men on. Alex Jimenez and Chris Wilson also homered for M&M.; Batista and Jerry Duran each had 3 hits. Charlie Miller had 4 hits and Richie Cobb and Larry Hingle 3 each for Orange Lake. Orange Lake won the ISA, with Southern third, while Southern won the ASA, with Orange Lake second. Southern, which won a couple of Class A crowns two years ago, dropped out of this tournament when the hurricane went through Fort Lauderdale on Friday night. Nutter broke loose for 14 runs in the top of the seventh to oust M&M; 36-18. It was 22-15 going into the inning. Mike Matter had 2 hits in the inning, including a home run. He was 0-for-3 before getting a hit when Nutter scored 6 in the sixth. Nutter led 16-12 at that point. Tony Kolarik had five hits, including 3 HRs, for Nutter. Ron Lipps and Jeff Smith each had 4 hits. That’s 14 hits between the first three batters in the Nutter lineup. And the fourth batter, Darrin Clauder, went 6-for-6, including a home run. Named to the all-tournament team were Charlie Miller of Orange Lake, Shane Bowell and Lino Alvarez of M&M;, Jon Rutledge, Tony Kolarik and Jason Smith from Nutter, Brad Kolczyk, Earl Harris, Butch Reed and Dave White from T.J. Lite. Rutledge of Nutter was the offensive MVP. He went 18-for-21. Kolczyk was the defensive MVP. Going into the final game, T.J. Lite had Brad Kolczyk 16-for-19 and Dave White 15-20. Butch Reed was 14-22 and Greg Rush 13-19. Troy Durnbaugh was 12-20, Earl Harris 10-19 and Butch Reed 12-21. Rush and Mike Ellis each had 2 homers, Earl Harris, Larry Adams and Kolczyk 1 each. Gianni’s/Worth dealt both losses to the Baytown Aces of Texas — 15-3 and 12-2.


1. T.J. Lite, MD (6-0)
2. Nutter Mortgage, MO (6-2)
3. M&M, FL (5-2)
4. Orange Lake/Mizuno, FL (5-2)
5t. American Sportswear, North St. Paul, MN (3-2)
5t. Gianni’s/Worth, MD (5-2)
7t. Baytown Aces, Baytown, TX (3-2)
7t. Extreme, NC,  (3-2)
9t. Southside, KY (2-2)
9t. Auto Design, IN (3-2)
9t. Madmen, MD (3-2)
9t. Airport Tanning, Providence, RI (3-2)
13t. Taylor, Elkton, MD (2-2)
13t. Kuykendall’s, CA (2-2)
13t. Love Construction, WA (2-2)
13t. Warm Trucking, Waterloo, IA (2-2)
17t. Team Worth, CA (1-2)
17t. Hackers, KY (1-2)
17t. Larsen, NV (1-2)
17t. Trump Yankees, MD (1-2)
17t. 12 Gauge, CA (1-2)
17t. Marc Anthony, FL (1-2)
17t. Perkins, MI (1-2)
17t. Team Rawlings, CA (1-2)
25t. Liners, AZ (0-2)
25t. Peterson, WA (0-2)
25t. Calvert, TX (0-2)
25t. Seadogs, FL (0-2)
25t. The Valley, WA (0-2)

No shows

Thermco/Sports Center (RI)
Southern (FL)
AA&W; (FL)


American Sportswear (Minn.) 18, 12 Gauge (Calif.) 5
Gianni’s/Worth (Md.) 10, Seadogs (Fla.) 5
Baytown Aces (Texas) 20, Marc Anthony (Fla.) 18
Taylor (Md.) 29, The Valley (Wash.) 14
Orange Lake/Mizuno (Fla.) forfeit over Thermco/Sports Center (R.I.)
Southside (Ky.) forfeit over Southern (Fla.)
Nutter (Mo.) forfeit over AA&W; (Fla.)
Madmen (Md.) 13, Team Worth (Calif.) 3
Kuydendall (Calif.) 18, Warm Trucking (Iowa) 8
Larsen (Nev.) 10, Airport Tanning (R.I.) 7
Extreme (N.C.) 29, Calvert (Texas) 18
Perkins (Mich.) 28, Peterson (Wash.) 14
M&M; (Fla.) 20, Auto Design (Ind.) 16
T.J. Lite (Md.) 7, Liners (Ariz.) 4
Love (Wash.) 14, Hacker’s (Ky.) 12
American Sportswear 15, Gianni’s/Worth 3
Baytown Aces 27, Taylor 25
Southside 20, Larsen 19
Nutter def. Kuykendall’s
Orange Lake 22, Madmen 19
T.J. Lite 10, Love 3
M&M; 23, Perkins 18
Extreme 23, Team Rawlings 10
M&M; 15, Extreme 13
T.J. Lite 17, Orange Lake 15
Nutter 11, Southside 2
American Sportswear 23, Baytown Aces 6
Nutter 15, American Sportswear 5
T.J. Lite 24, M&M; 14
T.J. Lite 26, Nutter 22


12 Gauge 24, Seadogs 13
Airport Tanning forfeit over Southern
Warm Trucking forfeit over AA&W;
Team Worth forfeit over Thermco
Hackers 12, Liners 9
Auto Design 14, Peterson 4
Auto Design 20, Larsen 10
Trump Yankees 13, Calvert 9
Madmen 23, 12 Gauge 22, 8 innings
Marc Anthony 29, The Valley 18
Airport Tanning 8, Perkins 7
Warm Trucking 24, Team Rawlings 14
Gianni’s 17, Team Worth 16
Gianni’s/Worth 19, Southside 18
Baytown Aces 16, Auto Design 15
Extreme 15, Love 13
Orange Lake/Mizuno 23, Airport Tanning 13
Airport Tanning 17, Warm Trucking 7
Love 19, Madmen 2
Gianni’s/Worth 12, Baytown Aces 2
Orange Lake/Mizuno 3, Extreme 1
M&M; 17, Gianni’s/Worth 12
M&M; 17, Orange Lake 15
Nutter 36, M&M; 18


T.J. Lite 11, Nutter 10, 8 innings

1999 TPS Power Ratings


1. Dan Smith/Wessell/Worth, San Jose, CA (70-24) 91.08238
2. R&D/Easton, Lima, OH (64-22) 90.36988
3. Team TPS, Louisville, KY (77-14) 89.85300
4. Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, MN (45-21) 87.02040
5. Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Columbus, OH (59-20) 86.98426
6. Team Easton, Burlingame, CA (56-27) 85.03568
7. KCS/TPS, Houston, TX
8. P&D/Tri-Gems/Tiger/Easton, Sommers, CT
9. JWM/Herb’s/TPS, Riverside, CA
10. Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, Sunnyvale CA
11. Paramount/TPS, Virginia Beach, VA
12. Herrin/TPS, Georgia
13. Creative Stucco/Easton, Columbus, OH
14. RPM/TPS, Concord, CA
15. Planet/Easton, Lexington, KY

1999 Supreme Softball All-Star Team

Co-Players of the Year – Jeff Wallace, Team TPS
Co-Players of the Year – Brett Helmer, Team Easton

P — Phil Jobe, Team TPS, Miami, Fl., .692 OBA, 58 HRs
P — Paul Drilling, Dan Smith/Worth, Houston, Tx, .650 OBA, 25 HRs
C — Hank Garris, Team TPS, Naples, Fl., .755 OBA, 188 HRs
C — Wendell Rickard, Dan Smith/Worth, Hot Springs, Ak., .742 OBA, 182 HRs
1B — Jeff Wallace, Team TPS, Phoenix, NY,.786 OBA, 156 HRs
2B — Rusty Bumgardner, Team TPS, Kings Mt., NC,.743 OBA, 144 HRs
3B — Mike Shenk, Team Easton, Ephrata, Pa., .693 OBA, 122 HRs
SS — Todd Joerling, Team Easton, New Melle, Mo., .750 OBA, 115 HRs
MI — Todd Martin, Team TPS, Eden, NC, .739 OBA, 129 HRs
OF — Mark Creson, Dan Smith/Worth, Phoenix, Az., .669 OBA, 113 HRs
OF — Scott Striebel, Dan Smith/Worth, Minneapolis, Mn., .705 OBA, 73 HRs
OF — Derek Oliver, Paramount/TPS, Goldsboro, NC, .769 OBA, 72 HRs
Ut.– Jeff Hall, Team Easton, Gastonia, NC, .751 OBA, 118 HRs
Ut.– Randell Boone, Team TPS, Pembroke, Ga., .753 OBA, 136 HRs
Ut.– Jim Devine, R&D/Easton, Hamilton, NJ, .756 OBA, 144 HRs
Ut.– Keith Brockman, R&D/Easton, Greer, SC, .755 OBA, 104 HRs
Ut.– Rod Hughes, R&D/Easton, Connersville, In., .745 OBA, 141 HRs
Ut.– Brett Helmer, Team Easton, Syracuse, NY, .789 OBA, 128 HRs
Ut.– John Mello, Team TPS, Johnston, R.I.,.715 OBA, 128 HRs
Ut.– Dewayne Nevitt, Team TPS, Brandenburg, Ky., .703 OBA, 148 HRs
Ut.– Carl Rose, Dan Smith/Worth, Jesup, Ga., .690 OBA, 159 HRs

Honorable Mention

Greg Cannedy, Dan Smith/Worth, Concord, Ca.,
Al Davis, Dan Smith/Worth, Okeechobee, Fl., .704 OBA
Randy Kortokrax, R&D/Easton, Columbus, Oh., .729 OBA, 139 HRs
David Hood, R&D/Easton, Nashville, Tn., .701 OBA, 129 HRs
Lonnie Fox, R&D/Easton, Knoxville, Tn., .719 OBA, 148 HRs
Jeff Smith, JWM/Herb’s/TPS, Ruther Glen, Va., .766 OBA, 100 HRs
Larry Carter, JWM/Herb’s/TPS, Oklahoma City, Ok., .658 OBA, 132 HRs
Tim Cocco, Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Erlanger, Ky., .711 OBA, 73 HRs
Tim Linson, Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Columbus, Oh., .681 OBA, 92 HRs
Shane Dubose, Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Houston, Tx., .718 OBA, 56 HRs
Jim Burbrink, Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Cincinnati, Oh., .604 OBA, 3 HRs
John Keigley, Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Bakersfield, Ca., .602 OBA, 1 HR
Alex Lavorico, Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS, Woodland, Ca., .695 OBA, 103 HRs
Ted Larson, Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS, Minneapolis, Mn., .563 OBA, 0 HRs
Lance Peterson, Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS, Minneapolis, Mn., .709 OBA, 77 HRs
Paul Brannon, Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Kings Mt., NC, .678 OBA, 98 HRs
Judson Jackson, Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Starke, Fl., .675 OBA, 90 HRs
Jeff Ott, Sunnyvale/TPS, Waterloo, Ia, .686 OBA, 120 HRs, #1-HR freq.2.158
Derrick Williams, Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, Oakland, Ca., .672 OBA, 97 HRs
Dennis Rulli, JWM/Herb’s/TPS, Los Angeles, Ca., .687 OBA, 60 HRs
Andy Purcell, Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, San Jose, Ca., .636 OBA, 36 HRs
Jimmy Powers, Paramount/TPS, Roanoke Rapids, NC, .752 OBA, 93 HRs
Tot Powers, Paramount/TPS, Roanoke Rapids, NC, .726 OBA, 91 HRs
Jerald Smith, Paramount/TPS, Ruther Glen, Va., .634 OBA, 61 HRs
Larry Sauceman, Team Reece, Greenville, Tn.
Ernie Montgomery, Team Reece, Knoxville, Tn.

1999 Softball Today Player of the Year – Hank Garris, Sierra/TPS, C (188, .755)

1999 NSA AA Super Worlds

1999 Tournament Site Unknown

Champion – Premier/Century, St. Louis, MO
Runner Up – Dixie Carpets, Houston, TX

  • Freddie Johnson, Premier (17 HRs, 36 RBIs)


1. Long Haul/Hendu/TPS, Albertville, MN 5-1
2. Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, Sunnyvale, CA 5-2
3. P&D/Tri-Gems/Tiger/Easton, Sommers, CT 2-2
4. Gasoline Heaven/Worth, Commack, NY 3-2
5t. New Construction, Shelbyville, IN 2-2
5t. RPM/TPS, Concord, CA 2-2
7t. TaylorMade, Spotsylvania, VA 1-2
7t. Creative Stucco/Roosters/Easton 1-2
9t. Central Paving/TPS, Decatur, IL 1-2
9t. Joe Black’s/TPS, Chicago, IL 0-2
9t. Planet/Easton, Lexington, KY 0-2
9t. Universal Dome, Fort Wayne, IN 0-2

*There is 1 more loss than wins, due to Planet and Universal having a double forfeit.

1999 ISC Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

1999 held at Sioux City, Iowa on August 11-20.

Champion – The Farm Tavern, Madison, Wisconsin
Runner Up – Travelers, Broken Bow, Nebraska

  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – N/A
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – N/A
  • Kevin Herlihy Newcomer of the Year – N/A
  • Leading Hitter – N/A
  • Most RBI – N/A


2. TRAVELERS, Broken Bow, NE
4. FIEFLIN SMOKERS, Ballston Lake, NY