Category: 2009

2009 Team USA Men’s Slowpitch

Created in 2009, the inaugural Border Battle slow pitch competition was held at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City where Team USA defeated Canada 30 to 23.  An instant success, the event has continued to grow with additional sponsors and multiple locations, including the 2014 and 2018 events in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and the 2015 and 2019 events in Midland, Mich.

Canada has twice claimed the Border Battle title, in 2010 with a 30-29 dramatic victory and in 2017 with a 31-28 win. Team USA has claimed every other Border Battle title: 2011 (25-3), 2012 (32-21), 2013 (25-10), 2014 (18-9), 2015 (22-7), 2016 (27-8), 2018 (30-13) and 2019 (30-14).

The USA Futures Team was established in 2012 to compete in the inaugural Slow Pitch Showdown against the U.S. Men’s Slow Pitch National Team.

Both the Border Battle and Slow Pitch Showdown are an opportunity for the top slow pitch athletes in the country to showcase their talents while exposing USA Softball Slow Pitch and promoting participation.

2009 Team USA Men’s Slow Pitch Roster

No. Name Position Hometown B/T Swings
24 Dexter Avery Outfield Decatur, GA R/R Combat Anti-Virus Morphes
4 Bryson Baker Infield Woodlands, CA R/R Worth Toxic
26 Rick Baker Outfield West Harrison, IN L/L Louisville Slugger Triton
16 Rusty Bumgardner Infield Gastonia, NC R/R Combat
3 Don DeDonatis III Infield Sterling Heights, MI L/R Worth Toxic
00 JD Genter Infield Chickamauga, GA R/R TPS Triton
44 Brett Helmer Utility Cicero, NY L/R Easton SCN11BH Synergy
25 Todd Joerling Infield New Melle, MO R/R Easton Synergy
7 Jason Kendrick Outfield Naples, FL L/L Combat Gear Afflicted
35 Johnny McCraw Outfield Lake Wylie, SC R/R Combat Gear Afflicted
19 Andy Purcell Pitcher Naples, FL R/R Worth Toxic
11 Brian Rainwater  Outfield Kathleen, GA L/L Worth Mutant/Toxic
 9 Dennis Rulli Infield Moore Park, CA R/R Worth Toxic
12 Brian Wegman Outfield Hamilton, OH R/R Easton Synergy
 13 Losson White Pitcher Omaha, NE L/L Easton Synergy

2009 ASA Men’s B Slow Pitch Nationals

2009 ASA B held at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, on October 3-5.


Champion – Tharaldson Enterprises, Fargo, North Dakota (WEST)
Runner Up – ChecKing/Worth, New Haven, Connecticut (EAST)


Tharaldson Enterprises sweeps through Men’s Class B with 3-0 Record

Tharaldson Enterprises took the Hooters Championship Series Men’s Class B National Championship trophy back to Fargo, N.D., after shutting out Checking/Worth 13-0. It marked the first time in the history of the tournament that the Western Champions have claimed the top spot in the nation.

On Friday, Tharaldson defeated Checking/Worth 18-8 in six innings then topped them again 8-7 for the advantage in the best of five series. The fourth and fifth games were not necessary for Tharaldson to take the championship, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of tournament MVP Chaun Demars. In the first game, he hit a two-RBI single to left field in the second and a two-RBI double to left center in the sixth. Demars hit a two-run homer in the first inning of Game 2 then hit two more two-run blasts, batting 6-for-8, with 10 RBI on the first day of competition.

Demars started Saturday by hitting his sixth home run of the tournament — a two run blast in the bottom of the first. After Demars was intentionally walked in the third and fourth innings, he still made an impact for Tharaldson, scoring on a Jim Schlieman (Fargo, N.D.) sacrifice fly to center field and a Schlieman three RBI double. First baseman Schlieman led Tharaldson on the day with three RBI. “It’s always nice to win but it’s a little extra special when you can lock down an MVP trophy,” said Demars (Becker, Minn.), who went 7-for-9 from the plate with 12 RBI over the three games. “Those don’t happen very often.”

But the greatest contributions to Tharaldson Enterprises may have been from someone on the bench — team sponsor Gary Tharaldson, who flew to Oklahoma City to support the team.“We did this for Gary,” Riggs said.

“I’ve been coaching Gary Tharaldson’s team for 10 years now. I’m not just saying this because he’s our sponsor but he’s the best sponsor in the nation,” Riggs said. “At this level, we get unlimited support from Gary. He’s a softball fanatic. He loves ASA Softball.”


GAME RESULTS

  • Game 1 – Tharaldson Enterprises 18 ChecKing/Worth 8 (6 Inn.)
  • Game 2 – Tharaldson Enterprises 8 ChecKing/Worth 7
  • Game 3 – Tharaldson Enterprises 13 ChecKing/Worth 0


2009 ASA East held at Tupelo, Mississippi on September, 3-6.


Champion – ChecKing/Worth, New Haven, Connecticut
Runner Up – SAL-8, Sutherlin, Virginia


  • MVP – Pete Rodrigues, ChecKing/Worth
  • Batting Champion – Josh Ulrey, Thorton’s/City Circle/John Snyder/B&C/Miken
  • HR Champion – Jason Baxter, Players Warehouse/Bertie’s/Miken

ASA B EAST ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

Catcher – Charlie Baumgartrum, Checking/Worth
Outfield – Derek Riolo, Checking/Worth
Outfield – Jamie Bare, SAL-8
Outfield – Bobby Wolfe, SAL-8
Utility – Josh Wiggs, All Air Force
Utility – Jason Baxter, Players Warehouse
Utility – Andy Urban, Logo Express/Bass Gloves
Utility – Jason Hurt, Thortons/City Circle/John Snyder/B&C/Miken
Utility – Richie Sexton, SAL-8
Utility – Justin Sanders, SAL-8
Infield – Ricky Potter, Players Warehouse/Bertie’s/Miken
Infield – Tyler Driskell, Logo Express/Bass Gloves
Infield – Mikah Fiveash, Thortons/City Circle/John Snyder/B&C/Miken
Infield – Pete Rodriguez, Checking/Worth


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Checking/Worth, New Haven., CT (5-0)
2. SAL-8, Sutherlin, VA, (4-2)
3. Thorton’s/City Circle/John Snyder/B&C/Miken, Camby., IN (5-2)
4. Players Warehouse/Bertie’s/Miken, Mt. Washington., KY (4-2)
5t. All Air Force, Fort Walton Beach., FL (2-2)
5t. Logo Express/Bass Gloves, Byron., GA (2-2)
7t. All Army I, Fort Benning., GA (2-2)
7t. Gas-It, Lyman., SC (2-2)
9t. Kentucky Steel Erectors, London., KY (1-2)
9t. Quinn’s, Abington., IL (1-2)
9t. Sportscenter/Worth, Jackson., MS (1-2)
9t. Thunder-N-Lightning, Mechanicsville., VA (1-2)
13t. American Carpet Cleaning, Tupelo., MS (0-2)
13t. All Army II, Fort Benning., GA (0-2)
13t. MS Chargers, Brandon., MS (0-2)
13t. MS Xplosion, Tupelo., MS (0-2)


2009 ASA West held at Lawton, Oklahoma on September, 3-7.


Champion – Tharaldson Enterprises, Fargo, North Dakota
Runner Up – Viessman Trucking, Faribault, Minnesota


  • Batting Champion – Kelly Hartman, All Star Plumbing
  • HR Champion – Chad Johnson, TCP Easton
  • HR Champion – Trey Palacol, All Star Plumbing
  • HR Champion – Chaun Demars, Tharaldson Enterprises

ASA B WEST ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • Pitcher – Losson White, TCP Easton
  • Catcher – Chaun DeMars, Tharaldson Enterprises
  • Outfield – Trey Palacol, All Star Plumbing
  • Outfield – Jason Madsen, Tharaldson Enterprises
  • Outfield – Joe Tautges, Tharaldson Enterprises
  • Outfield – Cory Neugebauer, Viessman Trucking
  • Utility – Mike Irvine, TCP Easton
  • Utility – Lance Dalbey, Viessman Trucking
  • Utility – Andy Handson, Tharaldson Enterprises
  • Utility – Shane Leininger, Tharaldson Enterprises
  • Utility – Ron Brown, Tharaldson Enterprises
  • Infield – Kelly Hartman, All Star Plumbing
  • Infield – Ben Wheelock, Viessman Trucking
  • Infield – Chad Johnson, TCP Easton
  • Infield – Brent Molden, Carson’s Crusaders

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Tharaldson Enterprises, Fargo., ND (5-0)
2. Viessman, Faribault., MN (4-2)
3. TCP Easton, Burlington., IA (4-2)
4. All Star Plumbing, Lawton., OH (4-2)
5t. Wellman’s, Des Moines., IA (1-2)
5t. Carson’s Crusaders, Clive., IA (3-2)
7t. Texas Miken, Houston., TX (2-2)
7t. T’s 13, Omaha., NE (2-2)
9t. BBS/Miken, Bloomington., MN (0-2)
9t. Rentking Ambush, Norman., OK (1-2)
9t. SRS Broncos, Carrollton., TX (0-2)
9t. Outlaws, Altus., OK (0-2)
13t. Westoak, Woodward., OK (0-2)
13t. Lowatt, Lawton., OK (0-2)

2009 ASA Industrial Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

2009 held at Gadsden, Alabama on August 21-23.


Champion – Kentucky Steel Erectors, London, KY
Runner Up – Graphic Packaging, Macon, GA


  • MVP – no info available
  • HR Leader – no info available
  • Batting Leader – no info available

ASA INDUSTRIAL ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Richie Champion, Kentucky Steel Erectors
  • C – Daniel Bays, Kentucky Steel Erectors
  • IF – Ronnie McCullough, Graphic Packaging
  • IF – Shaun Ballard, Kentucky Steel Erectors
  • IF – Scott Storie, Kentucky Steel Erectors
  • IF – Ron Acabbo, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • OF – Shannon Touchton, Graphic Packaging
  • OF – Dustin Martin, Kentucky Steel Erectors
  • OF – Jerod Rigney, Kentucky Steel Erectors
  • OF – Jay Fields, Bestway Semi Trailers
  • UT – Barney Schwarzkopf, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • UT – Jay Roger, Graphic Packaging
  • UT – Cody Johnson, Graphic Packaging
  • UT – Shaun Bridger, Graphic Packaging
  • UT – John Tokarz, Sikorsky Aircraft

ASA INDUSTRIAL ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Josh Robinson, Bestway Semi Trailers
  • C – Mark Mihalik, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • IF – Richie Morris, Kentucky Steel Erectors
  • IF – Chuck Ledington, Kentucky Steel Erectors
  • IF – Sean Greer, Graphic Packaging
  • IF – Dusty Payne, Bestway Semi Trailers
  • OF – Bill Giambra, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • OF – Joe Power, Kentucky Steel Erectors
  • OF – Chivas Clark, Graphic Packaging
  • OF – Randall White, Graphic Packaging
  • UT – Darrien Gray, Kentucky Steel Erectors
  • UT – Dwayne Gunnels, Graphic Packaging
  • UT – Scott Layfield, Graphic Packaging
  • UT – Craig Morrison, Team Toyota
  • UT – John Higginbotham, Maxwell AFB Owlz

FINAL STANDINGS

1st Kentucky Steel Erectors, London, KY (5-0)
2nd Graphic Packaging, Macon, GA (6-2)
3rd Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT (4-2)
4th Bestway Semi Trailers, Conley, GA (4-2)
5th Owlz (Maxwell AFB), Montgomery, AL (2-2)
5th Team Toyota, Princeton, IN (2-2)
7th Edwardsville Moose, Edwardsville, IL (2-2)
7th 7up/Dr. Pepper/Venom, Bethalto, IL (3-2)
9th Kabco, Boaz, AL (1-2)
9th Dirtbags, Longview, TX (1-2)
9th Diverse Power, LaGrange, GA (1-2)
9th Waste Management, Pine Bluff, AR (1-2)
13th Showerite Corp, Chicago, IL (0-2)
13th Grand American Devel, Fayetteville, GA (0-2)
13th City Of Dothan, Dothan, AL (0-2)
13th Shaw Industries, Resaca, GA (0-2)
13th American Cast Iron, Birmingham, AL (0-2)

2009 Old Scout All World Team

Catcher – Scott Brown – Dan Smith
Catcher – Jeff Wallace – Resmondo

Additional Hitter – JC Phelps – Long Haul
Additional Hitter – Hank Garris – Jean Shoppe

Infielder – Rusty Bumgardner – Dan Smith
Infielder – Todd Joerling – Jean shoppe
Infielder – Bryson Baker – Dan Smith
Infielder – Jeremy Isenhower – Long Haul
Infielder – Dennis Rulli – Resmondo
Infielder – Don Dedonatis Jr – Resmondo
Infielder – Brett McCullom – Long Haul
Infielder – JD Genter – Long Haul

Pitcher – Andy Purcell – Resmondo
Pitcher – Scott Nastally – Dan Smith
Pitcher – Kevin Filby – GTL

Outfielder – Brian Rainwater – Resmondo
Outfielder – Rick Baker – Dan Smith
Outfielder – Robert Blackburn – Long Haul
Outfielder – Bobby Hughes – Resmondo
Outfielder – Ryan Robbins – Long Haul
Outfielder – Jason Kendrick – Dan Smith
Outfielder – Mike Bowlin – GTL

Utility – Brett Helmer – Dan Smith
Utility – Greg Connell – Resmondo
Utility – Vince Bisbee – Resmondo
Utility – Brian Wegman – Dan Smith
Utility – BJ Fulk – Resmondo

Defensive Player of the Year – Don Dedonatis Jr – Resmondo

Offensive Player of the Year – Hank Garris – Jean Shoppe

Sponsor of the Year – Troy Nance – T&R Stucco

Manager of the Year – “Tiny” Tim Taylor – T&R Stucco

Coach of the Year – Jackie Hayes – T&R Stucco

HR Leader – Greg Connell – Resmondo – 90 HR

Player of the Year – Andy Purcell – Resmondo

Final Softball Report From “The Old Scout” – October 19, 2009

I’m writing the final Softball Report, as I’m retiring and shutting down the Old Scout website.

I can tell you all that my general health has not been good for approximately a year. I have decided to step aside and let somebody else start up a new major big time softball site. I started up the Old Scout website just after my good friend Jerome passed away. I tried to promote the big time game for the associations, the manufacturers, the softball teams and their sponsors, players, coaches and managers who were the game. I gave it my all to this great game that I love.

I personally played the game for 45 years. I never stopped playing from 1963-2008. I cannot play the game anymore due to my health nor can I travel like I used to. I really enjoyed traveling around the country and seeing the best teams and the best players who played the game. I know before I got sick I watched more big time softball games than anybody in the country. When I went to a tournament I watched the first game to the last game of every tournament.

I have seen big time softball played from 1965-2009. I have seen every big time player play the game from those years.

I managed and played a game against the Steele’s Silver Bullets in 1989 in Syracuse, NY. I have seen every world USSSA championship from 1988-2008. I missed the 2009 Worlds because of my health. I also attended a few other USSSA worlds over the years. I attended about five ASA National championships along with a few NSA and ISA worlds also.

I know this for sure, if I had got involved into the big time game like I have since 1990-2009 I would have tried to change the game in the late 80’s through the late 90’s. The game has always been the same, a dominating team year after year.

I also know nobody really tried to level the playing field until the late 90’s. Howards, Elite and some other older teams dominated in the early times. Steele’s, Rich’s, Team TPS, Long Haul, Dan Smith and Resmondo dominated from the 90’s to today. The teams I named were powerhouses throughout the seasons that they won championships. The most dominating team in all the years has been Resmondo with five USSSA World Championships.

I have tried to make changes in big time softball since 1998 to try to level the playing field. I also know that Hank Bassett, Jeff Hague and John Daniels tried to get changes made throughout the years they were involved. I believe the biggest change for major softball was the home run rule of 12 hrs. per game when the super teams played the class A, B, or any other teams.

Give the credit to Hank, Jeff and John for that one. I do not believe it helped out those teams that much. I wanted the 6 hr. hitters rule put in. The reason is that I believe the class A teams would have 5 or 6 good home run hitters, but the super teams have 10 or 11, and that’s the difference believe me.

I was the one who insisted the bases needed to be moved to 80′. NSA, ASA and ISA tried it and it worked. USSSA has put them to 75′ at their conference and USSSA Worlds. It does not work. The 75′ bases lets hitters get automatic doubles, and the defense cannot turn many double plays and that allows for big innings.

USSSA needs to put the bases at 80′ period. I know if that is done it will give the class A and B teams an even better shot of upsetting the big two. It just makes sense to say the big time game is a mess right now. The conference does make sense, but only if you eliminate the two big teams and let two elite players on a team.

Resmondo and Dan Smith will dominate in 2010. The rest of the teams don’t have a chance to win if changes aren’t made. The only time the class A teams can win is when the two big boys are not entered, period.

I cannot believe that any sponsor would invest it’s hard earned money and know from the get go it cannot win unless there are no super teams entered. It just does not make any sense. I have said many times before it is time to make the change.

John Daniels has decided not to play USSSA anymore, and that my friends is another story.

Resmondo and Dan Smith will be back in 2010. These two teams will get even more stronger with the pickup of some of the better Long Haul players and the rest of the Long Haul players will go elsewhere. Who knows it doesn’t matter.

I say now is the time for the USSSA to make the change to two elite players on a team. I know you might ask why two? It’s pretty simple money!!!

The only three sponsors in the game who could afford more than two elite players on their roster are Travis, Dan, and John Daniels. Gregg Blackburn from Jean Shoppe I believe could afford to have more than two. Nobody else in the game can afford over two.

Troy Nance, the TaylorMade sponsor, GTL and maybe two or three more can get enough money to have two elite players. That’s it my friends bottom line. That is why I say only two players.

I also will say by doing this the game will level out and there will be about 8-10 very competitive teams to play in the conference along with any of the other teams, and that is how big time softball should go starting in 2010.

I also will tell you the elite players list must be done right with no favors to anybody. Everybody gets their two players choice and then pick any other players in the country to make up your teams. I believe that could keep Travis and Dan having teams, but after their two picks they can only pick players that are not on the list to fill out their rosters, go to it.

I’m here to tell you if all that’s done the game will get better, the competition will get better, the playing field will level out. It’s pretty simple get it done. The best part about this plan is that most of the elite players still get paid what they’ve been getting. The other best part of this plan is there are about 8-10 elite players who are on the end of their career soon, with that making it even better because that will leave about 25 players on the list to choose from.

I will write a little about the 2009 USSSA Worlds. I have found it very hard to say much about this mess that happened at this year’s USSSA Worlds. I will write about why I believe this mess happened later, don’t miss it.

Resmondo won this one, but I’m sure the world will forever say it was tainted. I for one believe it was, but that is history. I also believe that if it went the way it’s supposed to have Resmondo would of still won. I don’t believe they needed any help and that is another story. I do know they were the best team in 2009, no doubt about that.

I will congratulate Travis and his great team on a great 2009 season and for winning the USSSA Worlds. Travis has now one five USSSA World championships.

T&R Stucco/Bass/Worth got the runner-up spot in this one, and deserved it by beating one of the super teams, Dan Smith to get 2nd. place. Tiny, Jackie, and Troy deserve everything they received for the job they did for the 2009 season. I ranked this team number 4 after the first NIT of the season in Florida this year. I can tell you my friends that is where they ended up  number 4 the best class A team in 2009. Congratulations to Troy, Tiny, Jackie and all the players for one hell of a year and good luck to all in 2010.

Third place went to Dan Smith who just did not get it together in 2009. I believe they had the talent to win. I also believe that they used legit bats and that might of hurt them this year, just my opinion. Congratulations on your worlds.

Congratulations to all the teams that participated in the 2009 worlds.

I will continue my story and write a little about the USSSA Executive Director & CEO Don Dedonatis, Sr. and other people involved with the USSSA. I personally met Don in 1993 when I took my team to Detroit to play in the Last Chance NIT. I had been warned by some pretty good people in softball to keep a good eye on Don, and that he was a pretty foxy guy.

I found Don to be a pretty friendly guy and tried to find out what he was really like. I come from New York and got to know some pretty big time people through my baseball and hockey career. I also worked for some pretty heavyweight people in downstate New York. I know for sure with my connections to some of these people it helped me out throughout my life including my nightclub business in New York and other venus.

I had heard some things about certain people in softball, so I decided to find out whether they were real or rumors. I can tell you all they were rumors and that put that to bed. I then knew how to work the softball world. I had a son-in-law Jeff Wallace who I knew was a very talented player. I had to get him moving in the right direction.

I got Louisville Slugger as my bat sponsor and got Jeff out to the NIT’s so that he could get seen. I did that and the rest is history. The years went by and I was into big time softball all the way. Jeff was making his career go and I had retired at a young age and met Jerome and started traveling the softball circuit, enjoying every minute of it.

I learned a lot from Jerome about people in the game. Don Dedonatis was one of them. Jerome told me to watch out for that guy. I told Jerome my background and he told me I like that. I could go on and tell you a lot more about Don, but I will not tell you all the story,

I will begin to tell you what I think hurt Don’s integrity and honesty was when Junior came into the game of big time softball. I want to tell you all that Junior needed no help in the game from his dad or anybody else. Don Sr. thought he needed to help Junior on any team he played on, and that is when Don Sr. got into trouble.

Don’s troubles started early on when he was elected Executive Director and CEO. Don began to tear down the USSSA as it was known by getting rid of good people and putting in his people. Don wanted to control the USSSA his way.

The people he put in were along for the ride, and it has worked.

Don has taken the USSSA to the top of the sports entertainment business known to man. I believe he has done a terrific job running this USSSA sports venues. Softball is a very small part of their whole program, especially the major part of softball. He took over for Al Ramsey and began to run softball his way or the highway.

I’m going to give you what I think has been wrong with softball for a long long time. Softball is like anything else, it’s about money. I will tell you there’s a whole lot of money in softball. The money has been a big problem for years.

The equipment used in the game is one of the big problems. The bat manufacturers have been great for the game, but have caused a lot of problems.

The game has always had teams who were sponsored by bat manufacturers who gave their teams bats, gloves and sometimes money.

Problem Number One: when the manufacturer sponsors a team with equipment and money what do you think they are looking for, a favor for their team. The manufacturer also sponsors the NIT’s and the world tournaments, and what do the manufacturers want, a favor from the associations for their teams.

The associations want the manufacturer’s money to help support them, and what do the associations want, a favor. The problem with big time softball is that its all bias. The game has never been run by a non-biased person or people. The game has been run by the associations, the bat manufacturers looking for a favor, it doesn’t work. The game of softball needs an independent non-bias person who has no interest in money & favors. All he needs is what’s best for the game, teams, sponsors, players, coaches and managers, that’s all.

Now back to Don Sr. Junior starts playing big time softball with Mountain Top out of Michigan and the fun begins. Don Sr. wants Junior to win at all costs.

Osceola County Sports Complex Class A Worlds-Mountain Top versus Northwest Pipe two outs ground ball, runner out by five steps, the umpire calls the runner safe.

Mountain Top comes in scores and wins the Class A Worlds, Junior wins. Larry Q is from Michigan, doesn’t want any problems from Don, says nothing, Larry’s back the next season. I can tell you there’s nobody in the park who doesn’t believe that Don Sr. didn’t get help from the Michigan umpire, what do you think?

The Top team knew they were beat, how do they except that championship, no way believe me I saw it.

Problem Number Two: Junior is now playing for Dan Smith with Jerry Angel as the coach for the Smith team from Michigan, good friend of Don Sr. USSSA Worlds. Bat problems have been going on all year long, Don Sr. decides to test bats and put red stickers on the bats that were tested. I think it’s not a bad idea.

The bats are all tested and the red stickers are on the bats. Don Sr. decides Dan Smith and Junior need more red stickers and low and behold who appears upstairs, Jerry Angel and he gets some red stickers to put on his team’s bats that didn’t get tested.

Smith wins, Junior wins. The tournament is over and I’m walking out of the stadium and a high ranking USSSA official is walking out at the same time. The guy says to me, I am sick about what happened upstairs today.

I said I know I seen what happened. The guy says I don’t know what to do, I say quit. I don’t know how you can be a part of cheating, the end he’s back next year.

Problem Number Three: Junior starts playing for Resmondo, Don Sr. is no dummy. He sees this is going to be the best team in the game for 4 or 5 years. Don Sr. decides to make another move and gets in bed with Travis and the game is on.

I have to tell you there’s no sponsor that has put more money into the game than Travis Resmondo. Travis has done it himself for many years. I do know some people who said he wouldn’t last two years and now has five USSSA World Championships, not bad.

The question now is did Don Sr. help out the Resmondo team? By paying for hotel rooms or maybe car rentals or how about some flights once in awhile, I don’t know the answers to that. There are some people and rumors going around who say he did. I was told by the man this did happen. I can also tell you he has never lied to me since I’ve known him, I trust him.

I now must tell you what I think is the worst decision that Don Dedonatis Sr. ever made in the game of softball. I also believe he embarrassed the whole USSSA organization. This was the worst of all of his trying to help Junior and Junior’s team win. The sad problem with all that said is that Resmondo or Junior needed any help from Don Sr. to win, I guarantee you.

The bat testing is a flat-out useless tool to use. It does not work. The only thing it’s good for is to scare the players. The real problem is, if it did work why in hell would you use the USSSA lawyer and Don Sr. or anybody else who belongs to the USSSA organization to test the bats. It doesn’t make any sense, especially when some of the USSSA staff know that Don Sr. is involved with the Resmondo team. I would of thought that Don Sr. would of been much more smarter, but obviously not.

Dan Smith who won one world by using stickers on bats that weren’t legal, and in the 2008 season some of his players used painted bats that were illegal and won with them.

Dan decides to protest the Long Haul bats to try and win, it didn’t work this time. The Long Haul players get their bats tested and some are over the limit.

McCollum gets upset and hollers at the USSSA attorney, who by the way should not have been in there anyways. Don Sr. thinks about it, knows it’s not a gimme game against Long Haul and makes his decision to suspend McCollum for the rest of the tournament.

The big question is, did Don and Travis get mad at Brett for not wanting to sign with them in 2010, and did that help Don’s decision, who knows. I believe what really should of happened was that Don Sr. should of waited until after the tournament was over and then made his decision.

He did not, Junior wins.

John Daniels has a team vote and they vote to pull out of the tournament. The worst thing about this whole mess is that John will not return to the USSSA ever again, and the game and his players suffer for it and the USSSA is in a mess again.

I believe if Dan Smith would of pulled out also, Don Sr. would of been in real trouble with Travis’s team and his players. I honestly believe it would of been the end of what big time softball has been all about, big time teams. Don would of had to step back, that’s for sure.

I know it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that every team in the country knew that Resmondo’s bats were not going to be tested like the other teams when the USSSA officials were doing the testing. Don you’re a lot smarter than that.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I will close by saying it’s been a wonderful ride being the Old Scout all these years. I’ve met some great people over the years, and I’ll never forget any of you. I’ve had a lot of critics over the years. I’ve had some people who didn’t agree with me, but I can tell you all I had much more that did.

I can also say I did it my way, and that is why my website was very good with millions of hits over the years. I told the whole story whether you liked it or not.

I want to wish all my readers good luck in your life and enjoy the great game of softball. To all my critics when I pass I hope they bury me upside down so the critics can kiss my ass, ha ha Bobby Knight.

I do plan on writing a column once in awhile on the new major board. And as always I’ll sign off by saying this time there will be no more next time, goodbye the Old Scout.

P.S I want to thank some very special people who helped me through the years: Richard Howard, John Daniels, Travis Resmondo, Dan Smith, Ed Menosse, Pat Dalsanders, Jerry Backman, Jeff Hague, Greg Blackburn, Woody Bell, Dave Neall, Bill Taylor, Mike Glascock, Hank Bassett, Jackie Hayes, Mike Cunningham, Carlie LaRoche, Cheeze, Pat Kehoe and Gene from Pace, but most of all my website readers, all the bigtime players who I got to watch play and know, thanks for all the memories. Also to all the sponsors I got to know, the bat manufacturer reps., a special thank you to Steve Dimitry, you’re the best, and also a very very special thank you to my good friend Bubba Tatum, you are a class act. I may have left out some, but I won’t forget you all.

The Old Scout…

2009 ISA Men’s Fast Pitch World Tournament

2009 held at Quad Cities, Iowa and Illinois.


Champion – Kitchener Rivershark Twins, Kitchener, Ontario
Runner Up – Broken Bow Patsy’s, Broken Bow, Nebraska


  • Cleo Goyette Memorial MVP Award – Dean Holoien, Kitchener Rivershark Twins
  • Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Pitching Award – Adam Folkard, Broken Bow Patsy’s
  • Kevin Herlihy Newcomer of the Year – N/A
  • Leading Hitter – Todd Budke, Taylor Farms California A’s
  • Leading Hitter – Jason Hill, The Farm Tavern
  • Most RBI – Blair Ezekiel, Kitchener Rivershark Twins – 8
  • Most RBI – Eduardo Leonardo, Santo Domingo DR – 8

2009 ISC FIRST TEAM ALL WORLD

P – Sean Cleary, PA Power
P – Jeremy Manley, Chicago/NY Fastpitch
P – Adam Folkard, Jarvis Travelers
C – Brad Theys, PA Power
C – Patrick Shannon, Rivershark Twins
IF – Brennan Pokoway, Diamondbacks
IF – Brad Rona, Jarvis Travelers
IF – Blair Ezekeil, Rivershark Twins
IF – Nick Shailes, Jarvis Travelers
IF – Ian Fehrman, Jarvis Travelers
OF – Steve Mullalay, Chicago/NY Fastpitch
OF – Calem Gardiner, California A’s
OF – Jeremy Tracy, New York Gremlins
OF – Ryan Wolfe, Jarvis Travelers
DH – Rob Schweyer, PA Power

2009 ISC SECOND TEAM ALL WORLD

P – Regan Manley, Albaugh, Inc.
P – Doug Gillis, Mickey’s Sleds
P – Jonas Mach, Pete’s Blues
C – Sean O’Brien, Jarvis Travelers
C – John Zeiger, ADCO Electric
IF – Blake Miller, Rivershark Twins
IF – Jamie Boyd, Shakespeare Falcons
IF – Juan Thomas Nunez, Chicago/NY Fastpitch
IF – Keith Ranklin, Alvinston Indians
IF – Todd Schultz, Chicago/NY Fastpitch
OF – Brad deBelleval, Hickson Reds
OF – Tommy Thompson, Minnesota Angels
OF – Ryan Gray, Alvinston Indians
OF – Dave Lohman, ADCO Electric
DH – Greg Garrity, ADCO Electric


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Kitchener Rivershark Twins, Kitchener, ON (5-1)
2. Broken Bow Patsy’s, Broken Bow, NE (4-1)
3. Aspen Interiors, Saskatoon, SK (4-2)
4. Midwest Stampede, Bondurant, IA (3-2)
5t. Albaugh Inc., Elkhart, IA (3-2)
5t. The Farm Tavern, Madison, WI (3-2)
7t. Jarvis Gamblers, Jarvis, ON (2-2)
7t. Vancouver Grey Sox, Vancouver, BC (2-2)
9t. Explorers, Midland, MI (4-2)
9t. Bandits, Pueblo, CO (4-2)
9t. Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, DR (4-2)
9t. New York Gremlins, Clifton Park, NY (4-3)
13t. Taylor Farms California A’s, Salinas, CA (2-3)
13t. Evergreen Centennials, St. Thomas, ON (3-3)
13t. Poly Plus Diamondbacks, Saskatoon, SK (2-3)
13t. Ashland Mets, Ashland, OH (2-2)
17t. Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks, Aurora, IL (2-3)
17t. The Bar of Appleton, Appleton, WI (2-3)
17t. Selects, Owen Sound, ON (1-3)
17t. Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, ND (1-3)
17t. Winterset A’s, Winterset, IA (0-3)
17t. The Bar of Green Bay, Green Bay, WI (0-3)
17t. Quad City Sox, Davenport, IA (0-3)
17t. Thomson Area Merchants, Thomson, IL (1-3)

2009 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

2009 held at Champion Stadium in Osceola, Florida.


Champion – Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth, Winter Haven, Florida
Runner Up – T&R Stucco/Worth, Polk City, Florida


This was the year Long Haul Trucking was in the championship game against Resmondo and decided to vacate the tournament. Notice no Long Haul players appear in the All World Team.

What began as a well played and entertaining tournament was marred in the winner’s bracket semi-final game Friday night between Long Haul and Dan Smith when what appeared to be a bat protest by the Dan Smith team turned into a 17 minute debacle in front of the largest crowd in recent softball memory. The end result appears to be the suspension of Long Haul’s star shortstop Brett McCollum who argued after the game with USSSA officials who said his bat compression test was too low. To set the stage for this scene, you have to realize that USSSA has been compression testing bats all year long. At the World Series the testing was being administered right on the field behind home plate so that it could be done as quickly as possible. In the managers meeting teams and players were warned that bats that tested too low could lead to ejection for unsportsmanlike conduct and runs could even be removed from the score.

(The accounts, descriptions, and opinions expressed in this article are soley the thoughts of Dale Weiser and are NOT representative of the USSSA.)

For more information go to: https://www.softballcenter.com/2009-usssa-major-world-series/


  • Co-MVP – Dennis Rulli, Resmondo (13-14, .929, 3 HR, 12 RBI)
  • Co-MVP – Andy Purcell, Resmondo (12-14, .857, 3 HR, 14 RBI)
  • HR Leaders – Brian Rainwater, Resmondo (10-15, .667, 15 RBI) – 7
  • HR Leaders – Tim Cocco, Jean Shoppe (12-19, .632, 16 RBI) – 7
  • Batting Leader – Dennis Rulli, Resmondo – .929
  • Defensive MVP – Brian Rainwater, Resmondo
  • Offensive MVP – Tim Mattox, T&R Stucco/Worth

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

Rich Gulash – T&R Stucco/Worth
Tim Cocco – Jean Shoppe/Chaneys/Easton/Sports55
Ed Vega – Johnny Blaze/Combat/Elite
Don DeDonatis III – Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth
Mitch Mabe – T&R Stucco/Worth
Sam Lopez – GTL Cartel/Stucco/Worth/Elite
Bryson Baker – Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth
Todd Martin – Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth
Jeff Wallace – Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth
Greg Connell – Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth
Oscar Shipley – T&R Stucco/Worth
Chris Larsen – Johnny Blaze/Combat/Elite
Randall Poplin – T&R Stucco/Worth
Timothy Mattox – T&R Stucco/Worth
Bobby Hughes – Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth
Rick Baker – Dan Smith/Menosse/Benfield/Combat
Donovan Pokraka – GTL Cartel/Stucco/Worth/Elite
Johnny McCraw – Dan Smith/Menosse/Benfield/Combat
Rick Sedlacek – GTL Cartel/Stucco/Worth/Elite
Brian Wegman – Dan Smith/Menosse/Benfield/Combat
BJ Fulk – Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth, Winter Haven, FL (5-0)
2. T&R Stucco/Worth, Polk City, FL (5-2)
3. Long Haul/Miken/Phonemasters, Albertville, MN (3-2)
4. Dan Smith/Menosse/Benfield/Combat, San Jose, CA (3-2)
5t. GTL Cartel/Stucco/Worth/Elite, Othello, WA (3-2)
5t. Johnny Blaze/Combat/Elite, Las Vegas, NV (3-2)
7t. TaylorMade/Titan/PAS/Mizuno, Spotsylvania, VA (2-2)
7t. Jean Shoppe/Chaneys/Easton/Sports55, McKenzie, TN (2-2)
9t. Combat USA/Elite, Seattle, WA (1-2)
9t. Blitz/Watanabe/Weller/Minges/Easton, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
9t. Suncoast/Quick Roofing/Reebok, Sarasota, FL (1-2)
9t. O&S/Povs/Hoffman/Combat, South St. Paul, MN (1-2)
13t. Bud Light/TPS/LineDrive/Sports55, Plymouth, MI (0-2)
13t. Northwest Combat/Trojans, Seattle, WA (0-2)
13t. Wood Law/Combat, Dallas, TX (0-2)
13t. A.J.S./Easton/3N2/Dssbats, Fort Myers, FL (0-2)

2009 USSSA Women’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

2009 held at Orlando, Florida.


Champion – Kinder Sharks, Cincinnati, Ohio
Runner Up – Karphone Express, Los Angeles, California


With three-time defending champ Enough Said not entering the World Series, Kinder Sharks proved the dominant one as they won four games in a row, including the final over Karphone Express 14-7.


  • MVP – Tamara Perez, Kinder/Sharks
  • Defensive MVP – Gina Oliver, Karphone Express
  • Offensive MVP – Tiffany Daniels, Kinder Sharks

2009 ALL WORLD TEAM

Theresa Hunt, Kinder/Sharks
Shirley Snell, Kinder/Sharks
LeAnne Connolly, Minnesota Ice
Karen Kusmich, Kinder/Sharks
Corrie Brock, Karphone Express
Amber Hegland, Minnesota Ice
Beverly Lovett, Kinder/Sharks
Tracy Galloway, Supersonics
Ropekia Gunn, Supersonics
Neishell Wiliams, Karphone Express
Sherri France, Kinder/Sharks
Rosalyn Gallaher, Supersonics
Kristen Zabalavicius. Karphone Express
Maria Fatty, Trimm Kinder/Sharks
Crystal Savage Karphone Express


FINAL STANDINGS (Incomplete)

1. Kinder Sharks, Cincinnati, OH
2. Karphone Express, Los Angeles, CA

2009 ISA Men’s Elite Slow Pitch Worlds

2009 held at Gallatin, Tennessee.


Champion – Players Warehouse/Bertie’s/Miken, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Runner Up – Logo Express/Bass Gloves, Byron, Georgia


  • MVP – Mike Harrington (Pitcher)- Players Warehouse/Berties/Miken (.760)
  • Golden Glove – Matty Crawford – Players Warehouse/Berties/Miken
  • Base Burglar Award – Jordan Laswell – Players Warehouse/Berties/Miken – 16 Runs Scored
  • Batting Leader – Jason Gilfillan – Gas It – .820

ISA ELITE ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Mike Harrington (Pitcher)- Players Warehouse/Berties/Miken (.760)
  • Matty Crawford – Players Warehouse/Berties/Miken
  • Jason Krack – Players Warehouse/Berties/Miken (.700)
  • Chris Moon – Players Warehouse/Berties/Miken (.740)
  • Robbie Grindstaff – Players Warehouse/Berties/Miken (.770)
  • Cody Gilbert – Players Warehouse/Berties/Miken (.810)
  • Matt Blanton – Logo Express/Bass Gloves (.750)
  • Robert Cancoran – Logo Express/Bass Gloves (.740)
  • Brian Autry – Logo Express/Bass Gloves (.700)
  • Chad Akers – The Scene/The Sports Den (.710)
  • Shaun Ballard – The Scene/The Sports Den (.700)
  • Jason Gilfillan – Gas It (.820)

FINAL RESULTS

1. Players Warehouse/Bertie’s/Miken, Elizabethtown, KY
2. Logo Express/Bass Gloves, Byron, GA
3. The Scene/Sports Den, Somerset, KY
4. Gas It, Blacksburg, SC
5t. Fence Brokers/Illustrated Sportswear, Bryant, AR
5t. Major League, Suwanee, GA
7t. H&H Building/CTS/Miken
7t. Softball Times, Lexington, KY
9t. Pro Built Homes
9t. Gutterworks/3N2/Tint On Wheels/Easton, Nashville, TN
9t. Coleman & Burris Investigations
9t. Diamond Blade/Angle Inn/Easton/Sports 55, Baltimore, MD

*Class A Discontinued, Class Open, Class A and Class B combined into Class Elite.

2009 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

2009 held at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on October 1-4.


Champion – Long Haul Trucking, Albertville, Minnesota
Runner Up – Fence Brokers/Gametimesupply/Worth, Bryant, Arkansas


Long Haul pounded out 40 hits to only 15 for Fence Brokers in finishing the championship as the only undefeated team (they went 4-0). Fence Brokers, which wasn’t picked as one of the teams favored to win the Class A title. Geno Buck hurled all of the Long Haul wins and allowed 45 runs in walking away with the tournament’s MVP award. Buck also batted fourth for Long Haul and had a (3-5 performance including a 2-run HR) in the championship game. It was one of 8 home runs hit by Long Haul. Mike Rhines (3B) and Brett McCollum (SS) had two homers apiece to lead Long Haul. Fence Fence Brokers hit seven homers with Dennis Schrum leading the offense with a 3-3 performance. Chaun Demars of FenceBrokers was the Home Run leader with 10. He batted .600 and had 22 RBI.


  • MVP – Geno Buck, Long Haul Trucking (13-19, .684, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 11 Runs, Pitcher)
  • HR Leader – Chaun DeMars, Fence Brokers/Gametimesupply/Worth (15-25, .600, 22 RBI, 12 Runs) – 10 HR
  • Batting Leader – Brent McCollum, Long Haul Trucking (12-15, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 10 Runs) – .800
  • Batting Leader – Kevin Bazat, Long Haul Trucking (12-15, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 12 Runs) – .800
  • Batting Leader – Ralph Hogddon, US Armed Forces (12-15, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 9 Runs) – .800
  • Batting Leader – Andrew Shiltz, TCP/Pipac/Easton (12-15, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 6 Runs) – .800

2009 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Chaun DeMars, Fence Broker/Gametimesupply/Worth (15-25, .600, 10 HR, 22 RBI, 12 Runs)
C  – Brett Helmer, TCP/PIPAC/Easton (11-16, .688, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 12 Runs)
IF – Andy Schiltz, TCP/PIPAC/Easton (12-15, .800 3 HR, 15 RBI, 6 Runs)
IF – JD Genter, Long Haul Trucking (12-16, .750, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 13 Runs)
IF – Kevin Bazat, Long Haul Trucking (12-15, .800, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 12 Runs)
IF – Brett McCollum, Long Haul Trucking (12-15, .800, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 10 Runs)
OF – Brian Wegman, TCP/PIPAC/Easton (13-18, .722, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 12 Runs)
OF – Raul Cardenas, Fence Broker/Gametimesupply/Worth (16-23, .696, 12 RBI, 14 Runs)
OF – Reggie Schulte, Fence Broker/Gametimesupply/Worth 11-18, .611, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 11 Runs)
OF – John Bailey, Chaney’s/WCS/Easton (10-15, .667, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 9 Runs)
UTIL – Ralph Hodgdon, Armed Forces (12-15, .800, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 9 Runs)
UTIL – Chris Larson, Long Haul Trucking (11-15, .733, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 10 Runs)
UTIL – Jeremy Isenhower, Long Haul Trucking (11-19, .579, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 10 Runs)
UTIL – Joe Tautges, Fence Broker/Gametimesupply/Worth (9-16, .563, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 8 Runs)
UTIL – Tim Bowser, Fence Broker/Gametimesupply/Worth (19-27, .704, 8 HR, 20 RBI, 14 Runs)


 OTHER PLAYERS

Dennis Rulli, FBI/Gametimesupply (21-29, .724, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 13 Runs)
Dexter Avery, Armed Forces (12-17, .706, 6 HR, 13 RBI, 12 Runs)
Brian Jost, Long Haul (12-17, .706, 9 RBI, 11 Runs)
Michael “Sid” Stephany, Long Haul (12-17, .706, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 14 Runs)
Donovan Pokraka, Chaney’s/Easton (10-15, .667, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 Runs)
Rusty Bumgardner, Team Combat (10-17, .588, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 8 Runs)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Long Haul Trucking, Albertville, MN (4-0)
2. Fence Brokers/Gametimesupply/Worth, Bryant, AR (5-2)
3. Chaney’s/WCS/Easton, Escondido, CA (2-2)
4. TCP/Pipac/Easton, Burlington, IA (2-2)
5t. Team Combat, Kent, WA (2-2)
5t. Payne’s Sports/Wood Law, Hugo, OK (2-2)
7t. U.S. Armed Forces, Washington, DC (2-2)
7t. CSI/JSA Oklahoma City, OK (1-2)
9t. Rentking/Ambush Norman, OK (0-2)
9t. All Star Plumbing Lawton, OK (0-2)
9t. SW OK Outlaws Altus, OK (0-2)