Category: ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch

1989 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1989 held at Decatur, Illinois.


Champion – Whittier Raiders, Whittier, CA (39-5)
Runner Up – Hi-Ho Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (71-3)


Lisa Longaker hurled the 1-0 11 inning championship game victory and struck out 10. She outdueled the legendary Kathy Arendsen for the win. Whitter Raiders Denise Correa doubled off Kathy Arendsen in the top of the 11th inning of the championship game. She then scored the winning run on Joy Steiner’s hard ground ball up the middle to give the Raiders the title 1-0. Longaker and Tiffany Boyd teamed up to lead the Raiders to the title. Longaker was 3-0 and Boyd was 3-1 with 30 IP, 3 shutouts and surrendered the only 2 runs given up by the Raiders.

Brakettes forced the final game by defeating the Raiders 3-2 in 11 innings behind Barbara Reinalda’s 10 innings and relief help from Tracey Compton, who picked up the save.

Lisa Longaker hurled 40 scoreless during the tournament, including a 1-hit shutout in which she struck out 14, She also pitched an 18 inning 1-0 victory over the West Covina Invasion and Pitcher Michele Smith. Longaker struck out 46 total in 40 IP without giving up a run.

Barb Reinalda was 2-0.

A youngster from New Jersey named Michele Smith pitched for the Southern Cal Invasion, she was 1-1 and struck out 22 batters in 25 innings and threw a shutout.


  • MVP – Dot Richardson, Hi-Ho Brackettes (11-28, 6 Doubles) – .393
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Lisa Longaker, Whittier Raiders (3-0, 3 Shutouts. She struck out 10 and won 1-0, 11 inning championship over Kathy Arendsen).
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Kris Peterson, Hi-Ho Brakettes
  • Batting Leader – Dot Richardson, Hi-Ho Brakettes (11-23) – .393
  • HR Leader – N/A

1989 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Pat Dufficy, St. Louis Classics
P – Debbie Doom, Orange County Majestics (3-0, 3 shutouts, 35 Ks, 21 IP, gave up only 4 hits in 3 games)
P – Lisa Longaker, Whittier Raiders
C – Karen Sanchelli, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Tammy Holloway, St. Louis Classics
1B – Sheila Cornell Douty, Raybestos Brakettes
2B – Pam Newton, Southern Cal Invasion
3B – Kris Peterson, Raybestos Brakettes
SS – Dot Richardson, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Mary Lou Flippen, Redding Rebels
OF – Jill Justin-Coffel, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Denise Eckert, Whittier Raiders
OF – Xan Silva, Southern Cal Invasion
DP – LeaAnn Jarvis, Raybestos Brakettes
UTIL – Suzy Brazney, Orange County Majestics

1989 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Tiffany Boyd, Whittier Raiders
P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes (3-1, 2 Shutouts)
P – Lori Sippel, Redding Rebels (4-1, 4 Shutouts)
C – Michelle Gromacki, Redding Rebels
C – Kim Katzenmeyer, Twin City Automatix
1B – Julie Parmenter, Orange County Majestics
2B – Michelle Deloso, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – Cindy Cooper, Redding Rebels
SS – Liz Mizera, Whittier Raiders
OF – Suzie Gaw, Orange County Majestics
OF – Pat Dufficy, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Libby Kestell, Bartlesville Caps
OF – Dee Brewer, Phoenix Sunbirds
DP – Cathy Hall, Redding Rebels
UTIL – Cathy Casarez, Southern Cal Invasion

1989 THIRD TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Michele Smith, Kirin Invasion
P – Tracy Compton, Raybestos Brakettes (3-1, save, 2 Shutouts, perfect game)
P – Debbie Day, Southern Cal Invasion
C – Stacy Sunny, Whittier Raiders
C – Denise Correa, Twin City Automatix
1B – Gena Strang, Whittier Raiders
2B – Julie Smith, Orange County Majestics
3B – Michele McAnany, Whittier Raiders
SS – Tracy Beadlescomb, Michigan Cruise
OF – Lorraine Maynez, Whittier Raiders
OF – Mary Ivy, St. Louis Classics
OF – Rina Foster, Redding Rebels
OF – Gretchen Larson, Twin City Automatix
DP – Joy Stiner, Whittier Raiders
UTIL – Cheri Kempf, St. Louis Classics


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Whittier Raiders, Whittier, CA (6-1)
2. Hi-Ho Brakettes, Stratford, CT (7-2)
3. Redding Rebels, Redding, CA (4-2)
4. Orange County Majestics, Orange, CA (4-2)
5t. Classics, St. Louis, MO (4-2)
5t. Southern Cal Invasion, West Covina, CA (4-2)
7t. Caps, Bartonville, IL (3-2)
7t. Phoenix Sunbirds, Tempe, AZ (3-2)
9t. Lady Hearts, Bloomington, IL (2-2)
9t. Lettes, Fresno, CA (2-2)
9t. Twin City Automax, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
9t. Michigan Cruise, Mt. Pleasant, MI (2-2)
13t. Cardinals, West Frankfort, IL (1-2)
13t. Dynasty, Houston, TX (1-2)
13t. Metros, Washington, DC (1-2)
13t. Shamrocks, Tonowanda, NY (1-2)
17t. Blue Wave, Plymouth, MA (1-2)
17t. Melton Electric Majic, Bartonville, IL (1-2)
17t. Avantis, East Peoria, IL (0-2)
17t. Blazers, Chattanooga, TN (0-2)
17t. Delina Suns, Celina, OH (0-2)
17t. Dolls, Downers Grover, IL (0-2)
17t. Rockettes, Decatur, IL (0-2)
17t. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (0-2)
25. Capitaland Jimmies, Albany, NY (0-2)

L-R, standing- Kathy Arendsen, Barbara Reinalda, Tracy Compton, Sheila Cornell, Karen Sanchelli, Lea Ann Jarvis, Donna McLean, Karen Walker, Jill Justin, Doreen Denmon, Michelle Delloso, Dot Richardson, Gina Vecchione, Coach Andy Van Etten, Manager Ralph Raymond

1988 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1988 held at Pekin, Illinois.


Champion – Hi-Ho Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (79-4)
Runner Up – Orange County Majestics, Orange, California (54-12)


A youngster by the name of Lisa Fernandez was called upon to pitch for the Orange County Majestics and she came through and defeated Downers Grove 3-1 in her first ASA National Championship game. She had to come in once again in the championship game when Michele Granger suffered an injury to her finger making her unable to pitch. Fernandez pitched a 3-hitter, but surrendered 2 runs in the 6th inning when the Brakettes took the league. The Majestics scored one run in the top of the 7th, but came up short. Fernandez was 1-1 in the tournament. 29 of the scheduled 44 games were shutouts.

Kathy Arendsen pitched the complete game final winning 2-1 and striking out 9. She gave up just 1 hit. Liz O’Connor of the Brackettes had a run scoring double that provided the margin of victory.

Michele Granger won the Bertha Tickey Award for the third straight year. Her stats for the last 3 years National Championships are 13-2 record, with 11 shutouts and in 116 Innings pitched, she has struck out an amazing 241 batters.


  • MVP – Michele Granger, Orange County Majestics (6-0, 6 shutouts, 99 K, 44 IP, had streaks of 16 and 18 straight K, 2 no hitters, perfect game)
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Michele Granger, Majestics (Pitched 1-0, 16-inn, 25 K game to force ‘if’ game, also had 20 K in a 7 inning game) – struck out 99 of the 159 batters she faced.
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Julie Standering, California SSK Invasion
  • Batting Leader – Gina Vecchione, Hi-Ho Brakettes (8-18) – .444
  • HR Leader – Janice Parks, Orange County Majestics – 2

1988 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Michele Granger, Orange County Majestics
P – Lori Vogel, Downers Grove Dolls
P – Margie Wright, Pekin Lettes
C – Linda Wells, Pekin Lettes
C – LeaAnn Jarvis, Raybestos Brakettes
1B – Sheila Cornell Douty, Raybestos Brakettes
2B – Pam Newton, California SSK Invasion
3B – Lisa Baker, Los Angeles Diamonds
SS – Dot Richardson, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Jodi Rathbun, East Peoria Avanti’s
OF – Barbara Jordan, California SSK Invasion
OF – Gina Vecchione, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Chenita Rogers, California SSK Invasion
DP – Cathy Hall, Redding Rebels
UTIL – Pat Dufficy, Raybestos Brakettes

1988 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Lisa Longaker, Orange County Majestics
P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes (pitched a 2-1 one-hitter in championship game, striking out 9)
P – Barbara Reinalda, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Suzy Brazney, Orange County Majestics
C – Deb Hartwig, Fifty One Fifty
1B – Debbie Langevain, California SSK Invasion
2B – Allyson Rioux, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – Janice Parks, Orange County Majestics
SS – Julie Standering, California SSK Invasion
OF – Julie Folliard, Downers Grove Dolls
OF – Emmy Lagolagi, Fifty One Fifty
OF – Suzie Gaw, Orange County Majestics
OF – Kris Peterson, Raybestos Brakettes
DP – Stacy Sunny, Raybestos Brakettes
UTIL – Allison Stowell, Los Angeles Diamonds

1988 THIRD TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Tracy Compton, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Kathy VanWyk, Los Angeles Diamonds
P – Becky Duffin, Jefferson City Classics
C – Sherri Lamar, Phoenix Sunbirds
C – Meg Haller, Downers Grove Dolls
1B – Sandy Winchester, Los Angeles Diamonds
2B – Karen Fellenz, Phoenix Sunbirds
3B – Cindy Cooper, Redding Rebels
SS – Pat Stoffel, Jefferson City Classics
OF – Cheryl Forgason, Pekin Lettes
OF – Karen Fifield, Redding Rebels
OF – Terry Oberg, Los Angeles Diamonds
OF – Ndidi Opia, Redding Rebels
DP – Michelle Gromacki, Los Angeles Diamonds
UTIL – Tammy Delp, Fifty One Fifty


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Hi-Ho Brakettes, Stratford, CT (6-0)
2. Orange County Majestics, Orange, CA (7-2)
3. California SSK Invasion, West Covina, CA (4-2)
4. Downers Grove Dolls, Downers Grove, IL (4-2)
5t. Los Angeles Diamonds, Los Angeles, CA (4-2)
5t. Redding Rebels, Redding, CA (3-2)
7t. Classics, Jefferson City, MO (3-2)
7t. Pekin-Lettes, Pekin, IL (3-2)
9t. Twin City Jammers, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
9t. 5150 Mission Viejo, Mission Viego, CA (2-2)
9t. East Peoria Avantis, East Peoria, IL (2-2)
9t. Phoenix Sunbirds, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
13t. Souderton Clippers, Souderton, PA (1-2)
13t. Bartlesville Caps, Bartlesville, OK (1-2)
13t. Celina Suns, Celina, OH (1-2)
13t. St. Charles Power, St. Charles, IL (1-2)
17t. Davenport Angels, Davenport, IA (0-2)
17t. Michigan Cruise, Ann Arbor, MI (0-2)
17t. Blazers, Chattanooga, TN (0-2)
17t. Ree-Gals, NJ (0-2)
17t. Vienna Fastpitch, Vienna, VA (0-2)
17t. Bloomington Hearts, Bloomington, IL (0-2)
17t. Coronets, West Haven, CT (0-2)
17t. Decatur Rockets, Decatur, IL (0-2)

L-R, top row- Coach Andy Van Etten, Gina Vecchione, Dot Richardson, Karen Walker, Lea Ann Jarvis, Donna McLean, Allyson Rioux, Doreen Denmon, bat boy Josh, Manager Ralph Raymond bottom row- Kris Peterson, Tracy Compton, Pat Dufficy, Barbara Reinalda, Kathy Arendsen, Sheila Cornell, Liz O’Conner, Stacy Sunny

1987 ASA Women’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1987 held at Pekin, Illinois.


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


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

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


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

1987 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

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

1987 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

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

1987 THIRD TEAM ALL AMERICANS

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


FINAL STANDINGS

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

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

1986 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1986 held at Pekin, Illinois.


Champion – Southern Cal Kirin Invasion, West Covina, California
Runner Up – Hi-Ho Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (64-5)


SoCal Invasion was unscored upon during its 5 game waltz through the tournament. They defeated the Brakettes 1-0 in the winner’s bracket final on Lisa Baker’s Home run. They repeated the exact situation in the Championship game as Liz Mizera’s home run won the championship in the 12th inning. Susan Lebvre was the winning pitcher and Barb Reinalda was the losing pitcher in the final game.

Barb Reinalda was (2-1).

Michelle Granger became the only player in softball history to compete in the ISF Junior World Championship, the US Olympic Festival, the Pan-American Games and the ASA Women’s Major National in the same season.


  • MVP – Liz Mizera, Southern California Kirin Invasion (7-20, .350, 2 HRs, 3 game winning hits, including a 12th inning Home Run in championship provided 1-0 victory)
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Michele Granger, Orange Co. Majestics (4-2, 3 shutouts, 44 IP, 106 Ks out of 190 batters, also 8 inning perfect game as she struck out 20 of the 24 batters she faced)
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Dot Richardson, Hi-Ho Brakettes
  • Batting Leader – Liz Mizera, Southern California Kirin Invasion (7-20) – .350
  • HR Leader – Liz Mizera, Southern California Kirin Invasion – 2
  • HR Leaders – Sheila Cornell, Los Angeles Diamonds – 2

1986 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Kathy VanWyk, Los Angeles Diamonds (3-0, 2 shutouts, no hitter)
P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes (3-1)
P – Susan LeFebvre, Southern California Kirin Invasion (3-0, 3 Shutouts)
C – Suzy Brazney, Orange County Majestics
C – LeaAnn Jarvis, Raybestos Brakettes
1B – Sheila Cornell Douty, Los Angeles Diamonds
2B – Leslie Van Kirk, Los Angeles Diamonds
3B – Pat Dufficy, Raybestos Brakettes
SS – Liz Mizera, Southern California Kirin Invasion
OF – Lisa Baker, Southern California Kirin Invasion
OF – Rainey Miller, Utah Bees
OF – Wendy Smith, Pekin Lettes
OF – Josie Carter, Oklahoma City Classics
DH – Kelly Waldrup, Pekin Lettes
UTIL – Stacey Johnson, Oklahoma City Classics

1986 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Lori Stoll, Long Beach Renegades (3-2)
P – Michele Granger, Orange County Majestics
P – Rhonda Wheatley, Southern California Kirin Invasion (2-0, 2 Shutouts)
C – Donna McElrea, Southern California Kirin Invasion
C – Starleen Orullian, Utah Bees
1B – Carol Tarr, Topton VIP’s
2B – Allyson Rioux, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – JoAnn Ferrieri, Los Angeles Diamonds
SS – Dot Richardson, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Landa Harris, Southern California Kirin Invasion
OF – Liz O’Conner, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Alicia Curtis, Rockettes
OF – Elise King, Long Beach Renegades
DH – Kandi Burke, Orange County Majestics
UTIL – Sue Lewis, Los Angeles Diamonds

1986 THIRD TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Tracy Compton, Los Angeles Diamonds (1-0, shutout)
P – Debbie Doom, Los Angeles Diamonds (2-2, 2 shutouts)
P – Vicki Morrow, Budweiser Belles
C – Doreen Denmon, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Sue Bristow, Los Angeles Diamonds
1B – Kelly Jackson, Redding Rebels
2B – Barb Steffen, Long Beach Renegades
3B – Michele McAnany, Southern California Kirin Invasion
SS – Suzie Gaw, Arizona Scorpions
OF – Barb Drake, Twin City Jammers
OF – Pam Edde, Los Angeles Diamonds
OF – Cindy Cooper, Southern California Kirin Invasion
OF – Jamie Wheat, Arizona Scorpions
DH – Vickie Schneider, Twin City Jammers
UTIL – Suzi Olsen, Utah Bees


FINAL STANDINGS

1. California Kirin Invasion, West Covina, CA (5-0)
2. Hi-Ho Brakettes, Stratford, CT (5-2)
3. Los Angeles Diamonds, Los Angeles, CA (6-2)
4. Orange County Majestics, Orange, CA (4-2)
5t. Rockettes, Springfield, IL (4-2)
5t. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (3-2)
7t. Classics, Oklahoma City, OK (3-2)
7t. Long Beach Renegades, Long Beach, CA (3-2)
9t. Budweiser Belles, Parsippany, NJ (2-2)
9t. Utah Bees, Salt Lake City, UT (2-2)
9t. Redding Rebels, Redding, CA (2-2)
9t. Pekin Natural Lettes, Pekin, IL (2-2)
13t. Twin City Jammers, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
13t. Arizona Scorpions, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
13t. Sweetners, Decatur, IL (1-2)
13t. Bandits, Philadelphia, PA (1-2)
17t. T-Birds, Ashland, OH (1-2)
17t. Royals, Wyoming, MI (0-2)
17t. Mid-America Renegades, Lansing, MI (0-2)
17t. Pacers, Ann Arbor, MI (0-2)
17t. Pantera’s Classic, St Louis, MO (0-2)
17t. Bemis, Quincy, IL (0-2)
17t. Comets, Houston, TX (0-2)
17t. Blue Wave, Plymouth, MA (0-2)
25t. Sports Classic, Stockton, CA (0-2)
25t. Merchants, Nashville, TN (0-2)

L-R, top row- Coach Andy Van Etten, Doreen Denmon, Jackie Gaw, Dot Richardson, Liz O’Conner, Lisa Ishikawa, Gina Vecchione, Chris Dinoto, Allyson Rioux, Manager Ralph Raymond middle row- Deanne Moore, Diane Schumacher, Kathy Arendsen, Barbara Reinalda, Pat Dufficy, Kris Peterson, Lea Ann Jarvis bottom row- batgirl Sandy Bruxvoort, batboy Josh Milan

1985 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1985 held at Lansing, Michigan.


Champion – Hi-Ho Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (65-3)
Runner Up – Southern California Renegades, Long Beach, California (40-9)


In a tournament where 29 of the 46 games played were shutouts. The Brakettes pitching staff was brilliant in the tournament. Barb Reinalda (2-0, 2 shutouts), Kathy Arendsen (2-0, 2 shutouts) and Lisa Ishikawa (2-0, gave up the only run) allowed only 1 run throughout the tournament. Ishikawa pitched the 4-0 Championship game and needed a little relief help from Kathy Arendsen to beat the Renegades and clinch the title. Pat Dufficy’s hit and a subsequent error accounted for 2 runs in the 5th inning to get the ball rolling for the Brakettets. Susan LeFebvre of the Renegades took the loss. She earlier hurled a 1-0 two hitter against defending champs, Los Angeles Diamond Blazers in the loser’s bracket final and then came back to pitch the final as well, losing 4-0 to the Brakettes. Lefebvre was 4-2 in the tournament and Lori Stoll was 1-0 for the Renegades pitching staff.

Debbie Doom, Orlando Rebels (2-2).

Beckie Duffin, Sitton Transportation (3-2).


  • MVP – Allison Rioux, Hi-Ho Brakettes (led the Brakettes to a 4-0 championship game win)
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Susan LeFebvre, Southern California Renegades (4-2)
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Allyson Rioux, Hi-Ho Brakettes
  • Batting Leader – Barb Drake, Sitton Transportation (8-16) – .500
  • HR Leader – Kandi Burke, Orange County Majestics – 3

1985 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Susan LeFebvre, Long Beach Renegades
P – Kathy VanWyk, Los Angeles Diamonds
P – Tracy Compton, Los Angeles Diamonds
C – LeaAnn Jarvis, Hi-Ho Brakettes
C – Doreen Denmon, Hi-Ho Brakettes
1B – Yo Arvizu, Long Beach Renegades
2B – Allyson Rioux, Hi-Ho Brakettes
3B – Sheila Cornell Douty, Los Angeles Diamonds
SS – Donna Whitley, Long Beach Renegades
OF – Kim Nutter, Orange County Majestics
OF – Kris Peterson, Hi-Ho Brakettes
OF – Mary Ricks, Long Beach Renegades
OF – Elise King, Long Beach Renegades
DH – Kandi Burke, Orange County Majestics
UTIL – Donna Michael, Budweiser Belles

1985 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Kathy Arendsen, Hi-Ho Brakettes
P – Barbara Reinalda, Hi-Ho Brakettes
P – Becky Duffin, Sitton Transportation
C – Donna McElrea, Long Beach Renegades
C – Stacy Lim, Atena Coeds
1B – Sue Lewis, Long Beach Renegades
2B – Pam Reinoehl, Los Angeles Diamonds
3B – Danne Leinger, Twin Cities Sports Print
SS – Dot Richardson, Hi-Ho Brakettes
OF – Gina Vecchione, Hi-Ho Brakettes
OF – Nikki Woo, Tucson Playmakers
OF – Lids Studnicki, Sitton Transportation
OF – Barb Drake, Twin Cities Sports Print
DH – Jackie Gaw, Hi-Ho Brakettes
UTIL – Mary Cassidy, Tucson Playmakers
DH – Diane Schumacher, Hi-Ho Brakettes


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Hi-Ho Brakettes, Stratford, CT (6-0)
2. Southern Cal Renegades, Long Beach, CA (5-2)
3. Los Angeles Diamonds, Los Angeles, CA (6-2)
4. Orange County Majestics, Orange, CA (5-2)
5t. Arizona Scorpions, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
5t. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (3-2)
7t. Tucson Playmakers, Tucson, AZ (3-2)
7t. Twin Cities Sports Print, Minneapolis, MN (3-2)
9t. Sitton Transportation, Jefferson City, MO (3-2)
9t. Uncle Leo’s, Salt Lake City, UT (2-2)
9t. Budweiser Belles, Parsippany, NJ (2-2)
9t. Hayward Hustle, Hayward, CA (1-2)
13t. Aetna Coeds, Brodgeport, CT (2-2)
13t. Bandits, Philadelphia, PA (1-2)
13t. Oklahoma Sundowners, Stillwater, OK (1-2)
13t. Wyoming Royals, Wyoming, MI (1-2)
17t. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (0-2)
17t. Lansing Laurels, Lansing, MI (0-2)
17t. Ashland Girls Softball Club, Ashland, OH (0-2)
17t. Mustangs, West Covina, CA (0-2)
17t. Mid-Michigan Renegades, Lansing, MI (0-2)
17t. Comets, Houston, TX (0-2)
17t. Rockets, Springfield, IL (0-2)
17t. Pacers, Ann Arbor, MI (0-2)

L-R, top row- Coach Andy Van Etten, Jackie Gaw, Dot Richardson, Elaine Amundsen, Lisa Ishikawa, Deanne Moore, Chris Dinoto, Gina Vecchione, Allyson Rioux, Manager Ralph Raymond bottom row- Doreen Denmon, Kris Peterson, Diane Schumacher, Kathy Arendsen, Barbara Reinalda, Pat Dufficy, Gretchen Larson, Renee Clarke

1984 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1984 held at Salt Lake City, Utah.


Champion – Los Angeles Diamond Blazers, Los Angeles, California (34-9)
Runner Up – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (64-8)


The Diamonds went undefeated (6-0) during the tournament. They beat Brakettes 1-0 in winner’s bracket finals on a Van Wyck shutout. Sue Lewis scored the only run of the game in the top of the first of losing pitcher Kathy Arendsen (2-2). The Brakettes then eliminated the Majestics 2-0 in the losers bracket final. Barb Reinalda (3-0) hurled the shutout. Tracey Compton then took the hill for the Diamonds in the Final and pitched a 1-0 shutout, defeating the Brakettes and Kathy Arendson (both of her losses in this tournament were by 1-0 scores and she gave up only 3 hits in both games). It was the first time the Brakettes had been shutout twice in the same tournament since going back to 1970, when Orange Lionettes turned the trick. Once again, Sue Lewis was the hero as she legged out an infield single allowing Debbie Langevain to score in the fifth inning with the game’s only run. The Brakettes finished 5-2. Diane Schumacher delivered the game winning RBI in 3 of the first 4 Brakettes wins.

Tracey Compton, Los Angeles Diamond Blazers (also went 3-0), also won the 1-0 Final Championship Game.

Leslie Partch, Hayward Computerland Hustle (Struck out 32 batters in a 17 inning game).


  • MVP – Sue Lewis, Los Angeles Diamonds (8-19, .421, 3 HR; including driving in the winning run in the 1-0 championship, as well as scoring the only run in the 1-0 winner’s bracket final.) In all, she scored 3 game winning hits and drove in 4 game winning runs.
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Kathy Van Wyk, Los Angeles Diamond Blazers (3-0)
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Dot Richardson, Raybestos Brakettes
  • Batting Leader – Sue Lewis, Los Angeles Diamond Blazers (8-19) – .421
  • HR Leader – Sue Lewis, Los Angeles Diamond Blazers – 3

1984 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Kathy VanWyk, California Blazers
P – Barbara Reinalda, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Tracy Compton, California Blazers
C – Marilyn Rau, Sun City Saints
C – Suzy Brazney, California Blazers
1B – Sue Lewis, California Blazers
2B – Pam Reinoehl, Computerland Hustle
3B – Terry Oberg, Bettencourt Blast
SS – Dot Richardson, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Tracy Beadlescomb, LaPalma Restaurant
OF – Linda Thaler, LaPalma Restaurant
OF – Mary Wisniewski, Shamrocks
OF – Kris Bergstorm, Bettencourt Blast
DH – Diane Schumacher, Raybestos Brakettes
UTIL – Pat Dufficy, Raybestos Brakettes

1984 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Tippy Borrego, Orange County Majestics
P – Kathy Neal, Budweiser Belles
P – Lori Stoll, Long Beach Renegades
C – Donna McElrea, Long Beach Renegades
C – Andria Sievers, Computerland Hustle
1B – Annette Blandford, Computerland Hustle
2B – Kodee Murray, Orange County Majestics
3B – Pam Lee, LaPalma Restaurant
SS – Debbie Langevain, California Blazers
OF – Mary Ricks, Long Beach Renegades
OF – Tammy McKinney, Sun City Saints
OF – Ann Mattson, Michigan All-Stars
OF – Sherry Popowski, Budweiser Belles
DH – Vickie Schneider, Outbound Travel
UTIL – Jody Oliverius, Outbound Travel

1984 THIRD TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Michelle Thomas, Sun City Saints
P – Rhonda Clarke, Orlando Rebels
P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Doreen Denmon, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Maridee Richards, Orange County Majestics
1B – Ella Vilche, Bettencourt Blast
2B – Karen Fellenz, Sun City Saints
3B – Rosie Bardwell, Computerland Hustle
SS – Brenda Thaler, LaPalma Restaurant
OF – Pam Edde, California Blazers
OF – Gina Vecchione, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Stacy Winsberg, California Blazers
OF – Leslie King, Long Beach Renegades
DH – Emmy Laolagi, Long Beach Renegades
UTIL – Jenny Moore, Orange County Majestics


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Los Angeles Diamonds, Los Angeles, CA (6-0)
2. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (5-2)
3. Orange County Majestics, Orange, CA (4-2)
4. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (4-2)
5t. Long Beach Renegades, Long BEach, CA (4-2)
5t. Computerland Hustle, Hayward, CA (4-2)
7t. Bettencourt Blast, Hayward, CA (3-2)
7t. Shamrocks, Buffalo, NY (3-2)
9t. Budweiser Belles, Parsippany, NJ (2-2)
9t. LaPalma Restaurant, Flint, MI (2-2)
9t. Outbound Travel, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
9t. Michigan All-Stars, Flint, MI (2-2)
13t. Lower Bucks Bandits, Levittown, PA (1-2)
13t. Macomb Magic, Macomb, IL (1-2)
13t. Aetna Coeds, Bridgeport, CT (1-2)
13t. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (1-2)
17t. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (0-2)
17t. Don Coburn Inc., Ashland, OH (0-2)
17t. Speedline, Chattanooga, TN (0-2)
17t. Belco Flyers, Orem, UT (0-2)
17t. Natural Light Comets, Houston, TX (0-2)
17t. Dolls, Downers Grove, IL (0-2)
17t. Iowa Aces, Huxley, IA (0-2)
17t. Tucson Playmakers, Tucson, AZ (0-2)

L-R, top row- Scorer Tom Ashcroft, Coach Andy Van Etten, Doreen Denmon, Jackie Gaw, Elizabeth Luckie, Renee Clarke, Gina Vecchione, Dot Richardson, Allyson Rioux, Chris Dinoto, Manager Ralph Raymond bottom row- Deanne Moore, Missy Mapes, Diane Schumacher, Kathy Arendsen, Barbara Reinalda, Gretchen Larson, Julie Bolduc, Kris Peterson

1983 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1983 held at Salt Lake City, Utah.


Champion – Raybestos Brackettes, Stratford, Connecticut (58-6)
Runner Up – California Blazers, Sepulveda, California


Brakettes, after winning their opening game, lost their second game 3-0, then won 9 straight games in final 48 hours of tournament to win. They finished with a 10-1 record. Reinalda won 3 and Arendsen won 2 and saved 1 on the final day. The Brakettes won both finals, 2-1 and then 5-2. Margaret Rebinar also did some pitching for the Brakettes in relief situations and was perfect. The Brakettes scored their 5 runs on RBI singles by Pat Dufficy, Diane Schumacher, Pat Guenzler and Gretchen Larson and a wild pitch by Blazers pitcher Tracy Compton.

Michelle Thomas, Sun City Saints (3-1) and Debbie Doom were the Saints pitchers.


  • MVP – Pat Dufficy, Raybestos Brakettes (13-28, .484, 10 RBI, 9 Runs Scored)
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Barbara Reinalda, Raybestos Brakettes (6-0, including 5-2 final)
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Jonelle Johnson, Sports Time Express
  • Batting Leader – Pat Guenzler, Raybestos Brakettes (16-29, drove in the two runs to win the first final 2-1 to force the “if” game) – .552
  • HR Leader – Sheila Cornell, California Blazers – 3

1983 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Michelle Thomas, Sun City Saints
P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Linda Pagett, Royals
C – Marilyn Rau, Sun City Saints
C – Suzy Brazney, California Blazers
1B – Mary Faure, Sun City Saints
2B – Allyson Rioux, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – Sheila Cornell Douty, California Blazers
SS – Ginny Walsh, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Suzie Gaw, Sun City Saints
OF – Barbara Garcia, Sun City Saints
OF – Gina Vecchione, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Nedra Jerry, California Blazers
DH – Margaret Rebenar, Sun City Saints
UTIL – Wendy Hedberg, Macomb Magic

1983 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Debbie Doom, Sun City Saints
P – Clint Lowery, Orlando Rebels
P – Barbara Reinalda, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Carol Vanderbunte, Royals
C – Teresa Gumm, Hamilton Bears
1B – Diane Schumacher, Raybestos Brakettes
2B – Karen Fellenz, Sun City Saints
3B – Jill Larson, Hamilton Bears
SS – Kim Miller, Hamilton Bears
OF – Venus Jennings, Budweiser Belles
OF – Sue Lewis, Long Beach Renegades
OF – Lindy James, Orlando Rebels
OF – Patty Cutright, Macomb Magic
DH – Cindy Lyon, Utah Bees
UTIL – Carol Sullivan, United Eagles
Defense – Helen Andrade, Sun City Saints


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (10-1)
2. California Blazers, Sepulveda, CA (5-2)
3. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (4-2)
4. Downers Grove Dolls, Westmont, IL (3-2)
5t. Sports Time Express, Sacramento, CA (3-2)
5t. Oklahoma Sundowners, Stillwater, OK (3-2)
7t. Natural Light, Houston, TX (3-2)
7t. Utah Bees, Salt Lake City, UT (3-2)
9t. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (3-2)
9t. Beach City Desperados, Los Angeles, CA (2-2)
9t. Budweiser Belles, Parsippany, NJ (2-2)
9t. So Cal Renegades, Long Beach, CA (1-2)
13t. Ann Arbor Pacers, Ann Arbor, MI (2-2)
13t. Lower Bucks Bandits, Philadelphia, PA (2-2)
13t. Chico Peppers, Chico, CA (1-2)
13t. Westfield Whips, Westfield, MA (1-2)
17t. Outbound Travel, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
17t. Wyoming Royals, Wyoming, MI (1-2)
17t. Don Coburn Dons, Ashland, OH (0-2)
17t. Hamilton Bears, Hamilton, MO (0-2)
17t. Portland Storm, Portland, OR (0-2)
17t. Salt Lakers, Salt Lake City, UT (0-2)
17t. Arizona Playmakers, Tucson, AZ (0-2)
17t. WK, Inc., Flint, MI (0-2)
25. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (0-2)

L-R, top row- Coach Andy Van Etten, Doreen Denmon, Jackie Gaw, Allyson Rioux, Chris Dinoto, Lisa Murphy, Pat Guenzler, Stacey Cagenello, Gina Vecchione, Mary Schneider, Manager Ralph Raymond, bottom row- Missy Mapes, Pat Dufficy, Diane Schumacher, Kathy Arendsen, Barbara Reinalda, Sue Kragseth, Gretchen Larson

1982 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1982 held at Binghamton, New York.


Champion – Raybestos Brackettes, Stratford, Connecticut (62-4)
Runner Up – Sun City Saints, Sun City, Arizona (57-15)


  • MVP – Michelle Thomas, Sun City Saints (6-0, 43 IP, 26 K, 4 Runs, 1 ER)
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes (4-0, 28 IP, 42 K, 4 shutouts, 2 no-hitters, 1 a perfect game, the 2-0 final was almost a perfect game as well except for 1 error.)
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Helen Andrade, Sun City Saints
  • Batting Leader – Venus Jennings, NJ Budweiser Belles (8-15) – .533
  • HR Leader – Sheila Cornell, Glomati Blazers – 3

The Raybestos Brakettes won their 17th ASA National Championship. Kathy Arendsen finished the season with a 32-3 record.

Debbie Doom started the first final and went 4 innings and came out with the score tied 0-0. Michele Thomas finished the game and was the winning pitcher as the Saints scored a run off losing Pitcher Barbara Reinalda to win 1-0. Martha Rau was 2-3 in the game. In the final Championship game, the Saints went with the same pitching plan, start Doom, then bring in Thomas. Kathy Arendsen started for the Brakettes. She did what she does best, come through in the clutch as she pitched a no hitter and struck out 10 batters to clinch the title for the Brakettes. The Doom and Thomas duo wasn’t as effective this time as each gave up a run in the 2-0 final.


1982 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Michelle Thomas, Sun City Saints
P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Linda Pagett, Royals
C – Marilyn Rau , Sun City Saints (13-34, .383, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 Runs) and
C – Suzy Brazney, California Blazers
1B – Mary Faure, Sun City Saints
2B – Allyson Rioux, Raybestos Brakettes (7-19, .368, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
3B – Sheila Cornell Douty, California Blazers
SS – Ginny Walsh, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Suzie Gaw, Sun City Saints (10-34, .294, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 7 Runs)
OF – Barbara Garcia, Sun City Saints
OF – Gina Vecchione , Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Nedra Jerry, California Blazers
DH – Margaret Rebenar, Sun City Saints (7-15, .467 batting and 1-1, with a shutout, pitching)
UTIL – Wendy Hedberg, Macomb Magic

1982 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Debbie Doom, Sun City Saints (1-2, 40 IP, 50 Ks) – credited with the loss in the Championship game, going 4 innings and giving up the first run.
P – Clint Lowery, Orlando Rebels
P – Barbara Reinalda , Raybestos Brakettes (2-1, 21 IP, 7 hits, 1 Run)
C – Carol Vanderbunte, Royals
C – Teresa Gumm, Hamilton Bears
1B – Diane Schumacher , Raybestos Brakettes
2B – Karen Fellenz, Sun City Saints
3B – Jill Larson, Hamilton Bears
SS – Kim Miller, Hamilton Bears
OF – Venus Jennings, Budweiser Belles
OF – Sue Lewis, Long Beach Renegades
OF – Lindy James, Orlando Rebels
OF – Patty Cutright, Macomb Magic
DH – Cindy Lyon, Utah Bees
UTIL – Carol Sullivan, United Eagles

1982 THIRD TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Lori Stoll, Hamilton Bears
P – Pam Boswell, Glomati Blazers
C – Doreen Denmon, Stratford Brakettes
C – Marcia Newsome, Orlando Rebels
1B – Cathy Troost, Wyoming Royals
2B – Sandy Simpson, Long Beach Renegades
3B – Helen Andrade, Sun City Saints
SS – Donna Whitley, Long Beach Renegades
OF – Pam Edde, Long Beach Renegades
OF – Cindy Krueger, Utah Bees
OF – Kathie Sims, United Eagles
OF – Lucy Innuso, Glomati Blazers
DH – Lori Garrison, Oklahoma Sundowners
UTIL – Missy Mapes, Stratford Brakettes


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (6-1)
2. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (7-2)
3. Glomati Blazers, Sepulveda, CA (4-2)
4. Wyoming Royals, Wyoming, MI (3-2)
5t. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (4-2)
5t. Macomb Magic, Macomb, MI (4-2)
7t. Long Beach Renegades, Long Beach, CA (3-2)
7t. Hamilton Bears, Hamilton, MO (2-2)
9t. Oklahoma Sundowners, Stillwater, OK (3-2)
9t. United Eagles, Houston, TX (2-2)
9t. Budweiser Belles, Parsippany, NJ (2-2)
9t. Utah Bees, Salt Lake City, UT (2-2)
13t. Landmark Lettes, Peoria, IL (1-2)
13t. Waterford Mariners, Waterford, CT (1-2)
13t. Ponderosa Playmakers, Tucson, AZ (1-2)
13t. Budweiser Eagles, St. Louis, MO (1-2)
17t. Shimers Architect, Bloomington, MN (0-2)
17t. Allentown Patriettes, Allentown, PA (0-2)
17t. Binghamton Blazers, Binghamton, NY (1-2)
17t. Speedline, Chattanooga, TN (0-2)
17t. Jomac’s Sports World, Flint, MI (0-2)
17t. Chico Peppers, Chico, CA (0-2)
17t. Miller Pumpers, Wooster, OH (0-2)
17t. Philadelphia Spirit, Philadelphia, PA (0-2)

1981 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1981 held at Houston, Texas.


Champion – Orlando Rebels, Orlando, Florida (76-8)
Runner Up – Raybestos Brackettes, Stratford, Connecticut (66-5)


In the 1980s, there were more at-large Berths, plus national regional and qualifiers were starting to be held. This caused more teams to attend the nationals on a yearly basis. It was harder to determine who actually won their respected region and who was the at-large team and who got their due to a national qualifier, etc. From 1981 on, just the standings were listed.

Dot Richardson, Orlando Rebels (led team to 2-1 win in final “if” game). In the bottom of the 7th inning, She broke up Kathy Arendsen’s perfect game with a clutch line drive single. A bunt, an intentional walk and a single by Jo Ann Ackerman to load the bases. The next batter hit a ground ball and the play at the plate was close, but the ball eluded Brakettes Catcher Doreen Denman as Richardson slid head first into home with the tying run. Shirley Burton then hit a high chopper that Brakettes second Baseman Allyson Rioux grabbed, but threw wide to the plate. Patty Pyle slid into home giving Rebels Manager Marge Ricker her first National title in 28 years of coaching.

Brakettes won 8 games only to lose the final “if” game to Orlando Rebels. Kathy Arendsen was 2-1 (25 IP) and only gave up 2 runs, the ones that Orlando scored in the bottom of the 7th to win the championship. She pitched the 1-0 no hitter in the first final, winning in the 10th inning on Diane Schumacher’s HR. Arendsen (2-1, 2 no hitters) pitched 17 innings and struck out 23 in the 2 games; Vickie Swanson (2-1) and Barbara Reinalda (4-0) were a combined 6-1 for the Brakettes. Arendsen, by the way has been 90-6 over the last 3 years and incredibly has struck out 1368 batters in 738 innings.


  • MVP – Dot Richardson, Orlando Rebels
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Lou Piel, Orlando Rebels (5-1, lost first game, pitched 4 straight shutouts and pitched 2-1 final “if” game)
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Dot Richardson, Orlando Rebels
  • Batting Leader – Pat Cutright, Macomb Magic (9-23) – .391
  • Home Run Leader – Sue Kragseth, Bloomington MN – 2

1981 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Barbara Reinalda, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Lou Piel, Orlando Rebels
C – Marilyn Rau, Sun City Saints
C – Starleen Orullian, Utah Bees
1B – Lisa Clinchy, Sun City Saints
2B – Patty Pyle, Orlando Rebels
3B – Sue Kragseth, Shimers
SS – Dot Richardson, Orlando Rebels
OF – Denette Stottlemyre, Hamilton Bears
OF – Sue Enquist, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Patty Cutright, Macomb Magic
OF – Barbara Garcia, Sun City Saints
UTIL – Mary Owen, Shimers

1981 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Debbie Doom, Sun City Saints
P – Vickie Swanson, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Lori Stoll, Hamilton Bears
C – Doreen Denmon, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Val Strachan, Shimers
1B – Gail Scott, Macomb Magic
2B – Allyson Rioux, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – Marty Grzanich, Macomb Magic
SS – Wendy Hedberg, Macomb Magic
OF – Sue Lewis, Long Beach Renegades
OF – Melonie Kent, Utah Bees
OF – Snookie Mulder, Orlando Rebels
OF – Pat Stoffel, Macomb Magic
UTIL – Missy Mapes, Raybestos Brakettes


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (6-1)
2. Raybestos Brackettes, Stratford, CT (8-2)
3. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (3-2)
4. Macomb Magic, Macomb, MI (5-2)
5t. Renegades, Long Beach, CA (2-2)
5t. Bankettes, West Allis, WI (3-2)
7t. Coors, Springfield, MO (3-2)
7t. Shimers, Bloomington, MN (3-2)
9t. Salt Lakers, Salt Lake City, UT (3-2)
9t. Natural Light Comets, Houston, TX (2-2)
9t. Don Coburn, Ashland, OH (1-2)
9t. Lassies, Lansing, MI (1-2)
13t. Langhurst-Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA (1-2)
13t. Sunbirds, Buffalo, NY (1-2)
13t. Stealers, Yakima, WA (1-2)
13t. Patriettes, Allentown, PA (1-2)
17t. Bay Area Bandits, Sepulveda, CA (1-2)
17t. River City Gamblers, Memphis, TN (1-2)
17t. Spirits, Chattanooga, TN (1-2)
17t. Blazers, Sepulveda, CA (0-2)
17t. United Eagles, Conroe, TX (0-2)
17t. Stockman’s-Starman, Sioux City, SD (0-2)
17t. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (0-2)
17t. Westfield Whips, Westfield, MA (0-2)

1980 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1980 held at Lansing, Michigan.


Champion – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (60-11)
Runner Up – Long Beach Renegades, Long Beach, California (48-11)


Kathy Arendsen, Brakettes – pitched 5 consecutive no-hitters during the season, 14 total, 11 perfect games.

Rhonda Clark and Cindy Bristow split the pitching chores for the Long Beach Renegades.


  • MVP – Debbie Doom, Sun City Saints (6-1, 70 K, 58 IP, 1 ER)
  • Bertha Tickey Award (Pitching MVP) – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes (4-1, 71 K, 40 IP, 0 ER, 3-1 final game)
  • Erv Lind Award (Defensive MVP) – Suzy Brazney, Long Beach Renegades
  • Batting Leader – Marilyn Rau, Sun City Saints (13-25) – .520

1980 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Debbie Doom, Sun City Saints
P – Rhonda Clarke, Long Beach Renegades
C – Marilyn Rau, Sun City Saints
C – Doreen Denmon, Raybestos Brakettes
1B – Gail Coleman, Macomb Magic
2B – Gail Hamilton, Glendale Blazers
3B – Suzy Brazney, Long Beach Renegades
SS – Marlys Taber, West Allis Bankettes
OF – Joan Moser, Allentown Patriottes
OF – Pam Edde, Long Beach Renegades
OF – Louise Rodebush, Salt Lake Coors M&M
OF – Gina Vecchione, Raybestos Brakettes
UTIL – Patty Stockman, Langhurst Motors

1980 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Karen Andrews, Glendale Blazers
P – Elizabeth Pippus, Palo Alto Bandits
P – Cindy Bristow, Long Beach Renegades
C – Cindy Anderson, West Allis Bankettes
C – Judy Glazener, Houston Comets
1B – Camille Carter, Palo Alto Bandits
2B – Kathy Sherer, Bloomington Shimers
3B – Marty Grzanich, Macomb Magic
SS – Kathy Frazer, Bloomington Shimers
OF – Brenda VanAmburg, Sun City Saints
OF – Pat Dufficy, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Laura Paulus, Bloomington Shimers
OF – Jackie Crescio, Macomb Magic
UTIL – Kathie Maurice, Glendale Blazers


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Raybestos Brekettes, Stratford, CT (5-1) (New England)
2. Renegades, Long Beach, CA (6-2) (Pacific Coast-At Large)
3. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (6-2) (Defending Champs)
4. Macomb Magic, Macomb, MI (4-2) (Midwest)
5. Shimmers, Bloomington, MN (2-2) (Northern)
6. Bankettes, West Allis, WI (2-2) (Great Lakes)
7. Palo Alto Bandits, Palo Alto, CA (4-2) (Pacific Coast)
8. Glandale Blazers, Glendale, CA (4-2) (Pacific Coast-At Large)
9. Coors Salt Lakers, Salt Lake City, UT (2-2) (Rocky Mountain-Alpine)
10. Houston Comets, Houston, TX (2-2) (Texas)
11. Langhurst Motors, Marion, IA (2-2) (Mid American)
12. Pelabole, Memphis, TN (1-2) (Southwestern)
13. Allentown Patriettes, Allentown, PA (2-2) (Central Atlantic)
14. Chillicothe Sports, Chillicothe, MO (1-2) (Mid American-At Large)
15. Don Coburn, Ashland, OH (1-2) (East Central)
16. Buffalo Sunbirds, Buffalo, NY (1-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
17. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (1-2) (Southern)
18. Lansing Lassies, Lansing, MI (0-2) (Great Lakes-At Large)
19. Lakettes, Lake Oswego, OR (0-2) (Northwestern)
20. Lansing Laurels, Lansing, MI (0-2) (Host)
21. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (0-2) (Central Atlantic-At Large)
22. Stockman’s Bar, Sioux City, SD (0-2) (Northern-At Large)
23. Phoenix Bobettes, Phoenix, AZ (0-2) (Rocky Mountain-Cactus)
24. Lorelei Ladies, Atlanta, GA (0-2) (South Atlantic)