Category: 2001

2001 ASA Men’s (10) Modified Pitch Nationals

2001 held at Meadville, Pennsylvania on August 31-September 3.

Champion –  Bonnell’s, Erie, Pennsylvania
Runner Up – Kat’s, Binghamton, New York

  • MVP – Erik Wegelin, Bonnell’s
  • HR Champion – Oren Baughman, Hartland Homes
  • Batting Champion – Ken Menale, Bonnell’s


P – Ken Menale, Bonnell’s
P – Art Barnes, Bonnell’s
P – Rick Beers, Kat’s
C – Mike Anson, Pip’s
1B – Todd Bonlander, Dillinger’s
2B – Paul Wagner, Dillinger’s
3B – Erik Wegelin, Bonnell’s
SS – Natie Perez, Bonnell’s
OF – Bill Brozowski, Valente’s
OF – Oren Baughman, Hartland Homes
OF – Bob Juchno, Jr., Bonnell’s
OF – Mark Roedl, Dillinger’s
UTIL – Tom Bonlander, Dillinger’s
UTIL – Rob Bennett, Kat’s
UTIL – Mike Baburka, Kat’s


P – Todd Albrecht, Dillinger’s
P – Rick Eaton, Bett’s
P – Sean O’Bryan, Valente’s
C – Jon Sitler, Bett’s
1B – Mike Hotaling, Pip’s
2B – Chris Yost, Bett’s
3B – Rusty Kryzanowski, Dillinger’s
SS – Jason Rafalski, Bett’s
OF – Jason Fulmer, Hartland Homes
OF – Jeff Benedict, Bonnell’s
OF – Brooks Marzka, Valente’s
OF – Dan Barnes, Kat’s
UTIL – Brian Eckman, Hartland Homes
UTIL – Wayne Dolittle, Kat’s
UTIL – Mike Smith, Hartland Homes


1. Bonnell’s, Erie, PA (5-0)
2. Kat’s, Binghamton, NY (4-2)
3. Dillinger’s, Fond du Lac, WI (5-2)
4. Valente’s, Albany, NY (5-2)
5t. Pip’s, Troy, NY (2-2)
5t. Hartland Homes, Franklin, PA (4-2)
7t. Giddy Up, Lincoln University, PA (2-2)
7t. Bett’s, Warren, PA (3-2)
9t. Auntie Anne’s, Parkesburg, PA (2-2)
9t. Uzzie’s, Saxonburg, PA (2-2)
9t. Coach’s Sports Bar, Erie, PA (2-2)
9t. Task King, Livonia, MI (1-2)
13t. Carriage City, Franklin, PA (1-2)
13t. Star Grill, Saxonburg, PA (0-2)
13t. Los Rocios, Boston, MA (1-2)
13t. Fast Pax, Saginaw, MI (0-2)
17t. Michigan Indians, Plymouth, MI (0-2)
17t. Grace & Todd, Sandy Lake, PA (0-2)
17t. DSM, Sharon, PA (1-2)
17t. Hub Ticket, Boston, MA (0-2)
17t. Preditors, Petrolia, PA (0-2)

2001 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

2001 held at Decatur, Illinois on August 3-7.

Champion – Frontier Players Casino, St. Joseph, Missouri (50-17)
Runner Up – Decatur Pride, Decatur, Illinois

  • MVP – Kerry Shaw, Frontier Players Casino
  • Batting Leader – Trent Rubley, The Farm – .471
  • HR Leader – Steve Hovell, 51 Dukes – 3
  • Herb Dudley Pitching Award – Rob O’Brien, Frontier Players Saloon

Frontier Players Casino won their first 3 games before running into Darren Zack and the Decatur Pride and Zack silenced them in the 5-0 winners bracket win.

In the losers bracket, The Farm eliminated the NY Smokers 6-0 to advance to the losers bracket final against Frontier Saloon, only to be defeated 5-2. Frontier then had to defeat the Decatur Pride twice to claim the title. Well, they did so, 1-0 and 3-1 to win the championship. Rob O’Brien hurled a 1-0 no hitter in the first final. Then he bounced right back with a stellar effort, limiting the Pride to just 4 hits in the 3-1 victory, including a Boomer Brush home run.

Including the 5 innings he pitched in the losers bracket final, he hurled 19 innings on the day, allowing just 1 run. O’Brien was at his best in the 6th inning of the final championship game, as the Pride trailed 3-1. Ehren Earleywine led off the inning with a single, then O’Brien struck out the next 3 batters. In the first final, Kerry Shaw hit a hard line drive off Darren Zach to plate the winning run in the 1-0 thriller. Shaw was 3 for 3 in the game.

Doug Middleton (1-1, shutout, save) and Terry Luster (1-0) also pitched for Frontier.

Mike White (1-1) pitched for the Pride.


P – Korrey Gareau, New York Smokers (3-0, 19 IP, 31 K)
P – Rob O’Brien, Frontier Players Casino (4-0, 19 IP, 34 K, 3 shutouts, no-hitter; won final 3 games, including the 1-0 no-hitter and 3-1 clincher, pitched 19 innings in the final day)
P – Darin Zack, Decatur Pride (3-1, 29 IP, 46 Ks, shutout)
C – Curt Martin, Larry Miller Toyota
1B – Trent Rubley, The Farm (8-17)
2B – Darren Derricks, Circle Tap
3B – Chad Boom, Larry Miller Toyota
SS – Kerry Shaw, Frontier Players Casino (7 for 8 on the final day; 3 for 3 in the losers bracket final and then 4 for 5 in two championship games and played a tremendous shortstop)
OF – Chris Hammack, Capital City Chaos
OF – Steve Hovell, 51 Dukes
OF – Paul Lynch, Decatur Pride
OF – Colin Abbott, The Farm
DP – Boomer Brush, Decatur Pride
UTIL – David Boys, New York Smokers
UTIL – Ross Dey, Frontier Players Casino


P – Ryan Brand, New York Smokers (2-2), 34 IP, 51 K)
P – Kris Kiefel, Circle Tap
P – Todd Martin, The Farm (3-1, 2 Shutouts, 23 IP, 41 K)
C – Todd Garcia, New York Smokers
1B – Mike Dryer, Frontier Players Casino
2B – Chris Miljavac, Frontier Players Casino
3B – Steve Scott, River City Rage
SS – Jess Ellestad, 51 Dukes
OF – Steve King, The Farm
OF – Vic Johns, Decatur Pride
OF – Tony Wilson, Capital City Chaos
OF – Fabian Barlow, Larry Miller Toyota
UTIL – Mike Roberts, 51 Dukes
UTIL – Fred Gegen, Decatur Pride
UTIL – Boyd Dallman, The Farm


1. Frontier Players Casino, St. Joseph, MO (6-1)
2. Decatur Pride, Decatur, IL (4-2)
3. The Farm, Madison, WI (4-2)
4. New York Smokers, Middletown., NY (5-2)
5t. 51 Dukes, Denmark, WI (3-2)
5t. Larry Miller Toyota, Salt Lake City., UT (2-2)
7t. Capital City Chaos, Springfield., IL (3-2)
7t. River City Rage, Peoria, IL (2-2)
9t. Explorers, Midland, MI (1-2)
9t. All Season Patriots, Allentown., PA (1-2)
9t. Circle Tap, Denmark, WI (2-2)
9t. Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks, Aurora., IL (1-2)
13t. Lafayette Pub, St. Louis., MO (1-2)
13t. A’s, Winterset, IA (0-2)
13t. Bandits, Pueblo, CO (0-2)
13t. Archie’s Bar, Terre Haute., IN (0-2)
17t. All American Cleaning, Boston, MA (0-2)
17t. Planggers, Mishawaka, IN (0-2)

2001 ASA Women’s Major Modified Pitch Nationals

2001 held at Churchville, Maryland on August 3-5.

Champion – Renegades, Hooksett, New Hampshire
Runner Up – Big Dawgs, Erie, Pennsylvania

  • MVP – Nicole Adamson, Renegades
  • Batting Champion – Terry Galley, Renegades
  • HR Champion – Amanda Cariello, Harford Blues


P – Nicole Adamson, Renegades
P – Tracy O’Blines, Amazon’s
P – Sherri Wantz, Big Dawgs
C – Jeanne St. Pierre, SECI
1B – Jackie Jimenez, Amazon’s
2B – Teresa Conn, Big Dawgs
3B – Terry Galley, Renegades
SS – Laura St. Laurent, Renegades
OF – Deb Muir, Renegades
OF – Veronica Sansom, Big Dawgs
OF – Julie Mazeika, Renegades
OF – Heather Clark, Big Dawgs
UTIL – Amanda Cariello, Harford Blues
UTIL – Johanna Castillo, Amazon’s
UTIL – Annette Gardner, George Products


1. Renegades, Hooksett, NH (5-0)
2. Big Dawgs, Erie, PA (6-2)
3. Amazon’s, Bronx, NY (3-2)
4. George Products, Chestertown, MD (3-2)
5t. SECI, Keene, NH (2-2)
5t. Harford Blues, Harford County, MD (2-2)
7t. Johnny B’s, Green Bay, WI (2-2)
7t. KJP, Midland, MI (1-2)
9t. Cha Cha’s, Brooklyn, NY (0-2)
9t. Drifters, Worton, MD (0-2)
9t. Quik Turn, Church Hill, MD (0-2)
9t. Bravas, Parksburg, PA (0-2)
13t. Monte Carlo’s, Harrisburg, PA (0-2)

2001 ASA Girls Gold 18-Under Fast Pitch Nationals

2001 held in Marietta, Georgia on July 30 – August 5.

Champion – Katy Cruisers Gold, Katy, Texas
Runner Up – California Cruisers, La Palma, California

Simple logic dictates that it’s better to pitch to a batter with the bases loaded, rather than intentionally walk her. She might strike out, ground into a double play, pop up, whatever, but a run is in no way guaranteed.

California Cruisers manager Ron McCard agreed, choosing to pitch to Katy Cruisers cleanup hitter Iyhia McMichael in that situation Sunday.

On the second pitch, McMichael hit a grand slam that landed well beyond the left field fence to give the Katy Cruisers a 5-0 victory over California and their second consecutive ASA Girls Gold 18-and-under Fastpitch National Tournament championship in Marietta. Katy went 9-0 in the tournament, including two wins in pool play.

“This one’s just so much sweeter because we didn’t lose,” Katy manager Jimmy Lyons said. “And nobody’s ever won this back-to-back, so that makes it ever sweeter. It was destiny.”

Opposing coaches had taken the bat out of McMichael’s hands four times over the final two days out of respect for one of the tournament’s most dangerous hitters. But after Tina Boutelle, Sara Fitzgerald and Tiffany Anders hit consecutive singles in the third inning, California pitcher Summer Tobias had no choice but to pitch to McMichael.

“It was just so frustrating because I was in a slump, and all I wanted to do was go up there and hit,” McMichael said. “But I never really got that chance until they were absolutely forced to pitch to me.”

“Come on, what am I gonna do, walk her?” McCard said. “Even though she is one of the best hitters here, we still wanted to play the percent-ages and bet on a ground-out or a double play.”

Back in June, McMichael helped Katy defeat California in similar fashion in a national qualifier tournament by hitting an extra-inning double to score the winning run. Same pitcher, same pitch.

“She threw it to me in June, so I kinda felt what was coming,” McMichael said. “I just knew.”

Defending national champion Katy Cruisers Gold defeated Sudden Impact 3-0 behind 17 strikeouts from U.S. National Team player Cat Osterman on Saturday.


P – Catherine Osterman, Katy Cruisers
P – Alicia Hollowell, Gordon’s Panthers
P – Summer Tobias, California Cruisers
C – Ashlee D’Errico, Gordon’s Panthers
1B – Jaclyn Holden, California Cruisers
2B – Dominique Lastrapes, Orange County Batbusters Haning
3B – Andrea Duran, Orange County Batbusters Haning
SS – Stephanie Churchwell, Orange County Batbusters
OF – Julie Watson, Southern California Athletics Gold
OF – Tina Boutelle, Katy Cruisers
OF – Carrie Hagen, California Cruisers
OF – Autumn Champion, Gordon’s Panthers
UTIL – Val Sevilla, California Cruisers
UTIL – Kelly Osburn, Katy Cruisers
UTIL – Tiffany Anders, Katy Cruisers


P – Meredith Cervenko, Batbusters-Haning
P – Kami Keiter, Colorado Comets
P – Cori VanDusen, Sudden Impact
C – Lauren Lappin, California Cruisers
1B – Christina Clark, Orange County Batbusters Haning
2B – Kendra Singley, Southern California Athletics Gold
3B – Jessica Vernaglia, California Cruisers
SS – Jennifer Johnson, Southern California Athletics Gold
OF – Kim Hopkin, Orange County Batbusters
OF – Katie Decker, Colorado Comets
OF – Adrienne Alo, Gordon’s Panthers
OF – Cameron Astiazaran, California Cruisers
UTIL – Melissa Sanchez, Sudden Impact
UTIL – Briana Bates, Colorado Comets
UTIL – Tara Henry, Orange County Batbusters Haning


1. Katy Cruisers, Katy, TX (7-0)
2. California Cruisers, La Palma, CA (7-2)
3. Gordon’s Panthers, Fullerton, CA (9-2)
4. Colorado Comets, Broomfield, CO (5-2)
5t. Orange County Batbusters Haning, Santa Ana, CA (4-2)
5t. Sudden Impact, Riverside, CA (6-2)
7t. Southern California Athletics Gold, Montclair, CA (4-2)
7t. Orange County Batbusters, Garden Grove, CA (6-2)
9t. Tuff-E-Nuff, Chino Hills, CA (5-2)
9t. San Jose Lady Sharks, San Jose, CA (3-2)
9t. St. Louis Chaos, St. Louis, MO (3-2)
9t. Flash D’ Gold, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (3-2)
13t. West Bay Nuggets, Burlingame, CA (4-2)
13t. Paradise Valley Premier, Scottsdale, AZ (4-2)
13t. T.E. Elite, Madison, TN (4-2)
13t. Fighting Irish, Kennesaw, GA (3-2)
17t. Kc Lasers, Kansas City, MO (3-2)
17t. Strike Zone, Sunnyvale, CA (3-2)
17t. Tomball Hawks, Magnolia, TX (2-2)
17t. Stealth, Oklahoma City, OK (2-2)
17t. Colorado Legend, Parker, CO (2-2)
17t. Hot Stuff Gold, Yorba Linda, CA (2-2)
17t. Panthers Gold, Sylmar, CA (2-2)
17t. Worth Firecrackers Wardein, San Diego, CA (2-2)
25t. Louisiana Gold, Lafayette, LA (3-2)
25t. So. Cal Minor’s Gold, Mira Loma, CA (2-2)
25t. Valley Breeze, Agoura, CA (2-2)
25t. Parker Eagles, Chattanooga, TN (2-2)
25t. Maddogs Hileman, Alliance, OH (2-2)
25t. Southern California Rebels, Fullerton, CA (2-2)
25t. Echoes Gold, Ralston, NE (2-2)
25t. San Diego County Breakers Beddow, Cardiff, CA (2-2)
33t. Washington Ladyhawks, Renton, WA (2-2)
33t. Esko Ice, Duluth, MN (1-2)
33t. Spring Klein Hawks, Houston, TX (1-2)
33t. Vipers, Conyers, GA (1-2)
33t. Boone & Darr, Ann Arbor, MI (1-2)
33t. Plantation Gold, Plantation, FL (1-2)
33t. Riviera Beach Spirit, Riviera Beach, MD (1-2)
33t. Prestige Belles, San Clemente, CA (1-2)
33t. Runnin Rebels Gold Regalpa, Stockton, CA (1-2)
33t. Desoto Belles, DeSoto, KS (1-2)
33t. Shamrocks, Vienna, VA (1-2)
33t. Magic Gold, Missouri City, TX (1-2)
33t. Lady Bombers Gold, Clearwater, FL (1-2)
33t. Beach Girls, Brooklyn, NY (1-2)
33t. Orange County Rebels, Anaheim Hills, CA (1-2)
33t. Strikkers, San Jose, CA (2-2)
49t. Blazing Angels, Warminster, PA (2-2)
49t. Arizona Cats, Tucson, AZ (1-2)
49t. Chattanooga Stars, Chattanooga, TN (1-2)
49t. Huntsville Storm, Huntsville, AL (1-2)
49t. NJ Pride, Newark, NJ (0-2)
49t. Fresno Force Gold, Visalia, CA (0-2)
49t. Georgia Elite, Douglasville, GA (0-2)
49t. California Rebels, Bellflower, CA (0-2)
49t. Minors Gold Way, Corona, CA (0-2)
49t. So Cal Stealth, Thousand Oaks, CA (0-2)
49t. Lil Saints Gold, Phoenix, AZ (0-2)
49t. Redbirds, Washington, DC (0-2)
49t. Missouri War Cats, Wright City, MO (0-2)
49t. Southern Force, Johnston City, IL (0-2)
49t. Thunder, Chattanooga, TN (0-2)
49t. American Pastime Gold-Farnworth, Whittier, CA (1-2)
65t. Aphis Gold, Vancouver, WA (1-2)
65t. San Diego Thunder-Mateo, San Diego, CA (1-2)
65t. Texas Storm, Pasadena, TX (1-2)
65t. American Pastime Gold-Dutton, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (0-2)
65t. Indiana Heat, Arcadia, IN (0-2)