Category: Supreme Softball

2000 Team Schedules

Team TPS (Kentucky)

  • March 18-19 Las Vegas, Nev. (USSSA)
  • April 7-9 Altamonte Springs, Fla. (ASA)
  • April 29-30 Macon, Ga. (USSSA)
  • May 5-7 Rock Hill, S.C. (NSA)
  • May 12-14 Hendersonville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • May 26-28 Carencro, La. (USSSA)
  • June 2-4 Indianapolis, Ind. (NSA)
  • June 16-18 Brooklyn Center, Minn. (USSSA)
  • July 7-9 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • July 14-16 Cincinnati, Ohio (USSSA)
  • July 21-23 Salem, Va. (USSSA)
  • August 4-6 Sterling Heights, Mich. (USSSA)

Dan Smith/Worth (California)

  • April 7-9 Altamonte Springs, Fla. (ASA)
  • April 15-16 Pasadena, Texas (NSA)
  • April 29-30 Macon, Ga. (USSSA)
  • May 5-7 Cocoa, Fla. (USSSA)
  • May 12-14 Hendersonville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • May 26-28 Carencro, La. (USSSA)
  • June 2-4 Concord, Calif. (USSSA)
  • June 17-18 Cincinnati, Ohio (ASA)
  • June 23-25 Milwaukee, Wis. (USSSA)
  • July 7-9 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • July 21-23 Seattle, Wash. (USSSA)
  • July 29-30 St. Louis, Mo. (NSA)
  • August 4-6 Sterling Heights, Mich. (USSSA)

R&D/Easton (Ohio)

  • April 7-9 Altamonte Springs, Fla. (ASA)
  • April 28-30 Macon, Ga. (USSSA)
  • May 5-7 Rock Hill, S.C. (NSA)
  • May 12-14 Hendersonville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • May 26-28 Carencro, La. (USSSA)
  • June 2-4 Indianapolis, Ind. (NSA)
  • June 16-18 Brooklyn Center, Minn. (USSSA)
  • June 23-25 Richmond, Ky. (ASA)
  • June 30-July 2 Little Rock, Ark. (ASA)
  • July 7-9 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • July 14-16 Milford, Ohio (USSSA)
  • July 21-23 Salem, Va. (USSSA)
  • August 4-6 Sterling Heights, Mich. (USSSA)

Suncoast/Dudley (Florida)

  • March 4-5 Dudley Capitol City Tallahassee, FL
  • April 7-9 ASA Altamonte, FL
  • April 28-30 USSSA Macon, GA
  • May 5-7 USSSA Cocoa, FL
  • May 20-21 NSA Winter Haven, FL
  • June 2-4 Billy Bowlegs Fort Walton, FL
  • June 10-11 Southeastern Panama City, FL
  • June 23-25 USSSA Milwaukee, WI
  • June 30-July 2 Mullet Classic Niceville, FL
  • July 7-9 ASA Smoky Maryville, TN
  • July 21-23 USSSA Salem, VA
  • August 18-20 USSSA AA World Shawnee, KS
  • August 25-27 ISA World Winter Haven, FL

AJA/TPS (Texas)

  • March 17-19 Las Vegas, Nev. (USSSA)
  • April 1-2 Austin, Texas (Texas Triple Crown)
  • April 15-16 Pasadena, Texas (NSA)
  • April 29-30 College Station, Texas (ASA)
  • May 20-21 Grand Prairie, Texas (USSSA A/AA)
  • May 26-29 Carencro, La. (USSSA)
  • June 16-18 Brooklyn Center, Minn. (USSSA)
  • June 30-July 2 Sherbrooke, Quebec (Pif Invite)
  • July 7-9 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • August 4-6 Sterling Heights, Mich. (USSSA)
  • August 18-20 Shawnee, Kansas (USSSA AA)
  • Sept. 1-4 Lawton, Okla. (ASA Major)
  • Sept. 8-10 Pasadena, Texas (NSA AA)

Hague/Resmondo/TPS (Ohio)

  • April 29-30 College Station, Texas (ASA)
  • May 6-7 Cocoa, Fla. (USSSA)
  • May 20-21 Winter Haven, Fla. (NSA)
  • June 3-4 Hutchinson, Kan. (USSSA)
  • June 10-11 Brook Park, Ohio (USSSA)
  • June 17-18 Cincinnati, Ohio (ASA)
  • June 24-25 Lexington, Ky. (ASA)
  • July 7-9 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • July 15-16 Cincinnati (Milford) Ohio (USSSA)
  • August 12-13 Cincinnati, Ohio (ISA AA)
  • August 19-20 Shawnee, Kan. (USSSA AA)
  • August 26-27 Winter Haven, Fla. (ISA World Series)
  • Sept. 2-3 Lawton, Okla. (ASA Major)
  • Sept. 15-17 Sanford, Fla. (ASA Super)
  • Sept. 20-24 Orlando, Fla. (USSSA World Series)

Sunnyvale Valve/Easton (California)

  • March 18-19 Las Vegas (USSSA)
  • April 14-16 Pasadena, Texas (NSA)
  • May 5-7 Riverside, Calif.
  • May 27-28 Lancaster, Calif. (ASA) or Carencro, La. (USSSA)
  • June 3-4 Indianapolis, Ind. (NSA)
  • June 10-11 Concord, Calif. (USSSA)
  • June 16-18 Brooklyn Center, Minn. (USSSA)
  • July 1-3 Pif Invitational Fluerimont, Canada
  • July 21-23 Seattle, Wash. (USSSA)
  • July 29-30 St. Louis, Mo. (NSA)
  • August 11-13 ISA AA Championship Cincinnati, Ohio
  • August 18-20 USSSA AA Championship Shawnee, Kansas
  • Sept. 8-10 NSA AA Championship Pasadena, Texas

Aftershock/DTS/Easton (California)

  • March 17-19 Las Vegas, Nev. (USSSA)
  • April 15-16 Pasadena, Texas (NSA)
  • April 29-30 Bowling Green, Ky. (ASA)
  • May 6-7 Las Vegas, Nev. (NSA)
  • May 13-14 Kettering, Md. (USSSA)*
  • May 27-28 Carencro, La. (USSSA)
  • June 3-4 Hutchinson, Kansas (USSSA) or Indianapolis, Ind. (NSA)
  • June 10-11 Concord, Calif. (USSSA)
  • June 16-18 Brooklyn Center, Minn. (USSSA)
  • July 1-2 Niceville, Fla. (ISA)
  • July 7-9 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)*
  • July 14-16 Milford, Ohio (USSSA)*
  • July 21-23 Seattle, Wash. (USSSA)*
  • July 29-30 St. Louis, Mo. (NSA)*
  • August 11-13 ISA AA Championship at Cincinnati, Ohio
  • August 18-30 USSSA AA Championship at Shawnee, Kansas
  • Sept. 1-4 ASA Major Nationals at Lawton, Okla.
  • Sept. 8-10 NSA AA Championship at Pasadena, Texas


Gasoline Heaven/Worth (New York)

  • April 29-30 Dover, Del. (ASA)
  • May 6-7 Rock Hill, S.C. (NSA)
  • June 10-11 Panama City, Fla. (ASA)
  • June 16-18 Cincinnati, Ohio (ASA)
  • July 7-9 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • August 5-6 Trenton, N.J. (ASA)
  • Sept. 1-4 Lawton, Okla. (ASA Major)
  • Sept. 9-10 Pasadena, Texas (NSA AA)

RSH/Worth (Mississippi)

  • March 11-12 Picayune, Miss.
  • March 18-19 Auburn, Ala.
  • April 1-2 Jackson, Miss.
  • April 14-16 Pasadena, Texas
  • April 28-30 Macon, Ga.
  • May 12-14 Hendersonville, Tenn.
  • May 26-28 Carencro, La.
  • June 2-4 Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
  • June 9-11 Concord, Calif.
  • June 30-July 2 Niceville, Fla.
  • July 14-16 Milford, Ohio
  • July 21-23 Salem, Va.
  • July 28-30 Sterling Heights, Mich.
  • August 11-12 ISA AA World at Cincinnati, Ohio
  • August 18-20 USSSA Class AA at Shawnee, Kansas
  • August 25-27 NSA AA World at Pasadena, Texas
  • Sept. 1-4 ASA Major Nationals at Lawton, Okla.

Sunbelt/Long Haul/TPS (Georgia/Minnesota) May be some revising

  • March 17-19 Las Vegas, Nev. (USSSA)
  • April 28-30 Macon, Ga. (USSSA)
  • May 6-7 Las Vegas, Nev. (NSA)
  • May 12-14 Hendersonville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • June 2-4 Hutchinson, Kan. (USSSA)
  • June 16-18 Brooklyn Center, Minn. (USSSA)
  • June 23-25 Milwaukee, Wis. (USSSA)
  • July 7-9 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • July 21-23 Seattle, Wash. (USSSA)
  • August 11-12 ISA AA Championship Cincinnati, Ohio
  • August 18-19 USSSA AA Championship Shawnee, Kansas
  • Sept. 9-10 NSA AA Championship Pasadena, Texas

P&D/Easton (Connecticut)

  • April 14-16 Pasadena, Texas (NSA)
  • April 29-30 College Station, Texas (ASA)
  • May 5-7 Rock Hill, S.C. (NSA)
  • May 13-14 Kettering, Md. (USSSA)
  • May 26-28 Carencro, La. (USSSA)
  • June 2-4 Indianapolis, Ind. (NSA)
  • June 9-11 Concord, Calif. (NSA)
  • June 16-18 Brooklyn Center, Minn. (USSSA)
  • June 30-July 2 Little Rock, Ark. (ASA)
  • July 7-9 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • July 14-16 Milford, Ohio (USSSA)
  • July 21-13 Salem, Va. (USSSA)
  • August 11-12 Cincinnati, Ohio (ISA AA)
  • August 18-20 Shawnee, Kansas (USSSA AA)
  • Sept. 1-4 Lawton, Okla. (ASA Major)
  • Sept. 9-10 Pasadena, Texas (NSA AA)

Florida Heat/Nave Plumbing/Worth (Florida)

  • March 18-19 Slugfest 2000 Florida
  • April 7-8 Thomasville, Ga.
  • May 5-7 Cocoa, Fla.
  • May 20-21 Sunshine Shootout Florida
  • June 10-11 Panama City Beach, Fla.
  • July 1-2 Niceville, Fla.
  • July 22-23 ISA State
  • TBA USSSA State
  • August 5-6 Dudley Florida
  • August 18-20 Shawnee, Kansas (USSSA A)
  • August 25-27 Winter Haven, Fla. (ISA A)

Budweiser/DeMarini (Texas)

  • April 1-2 Austin, Texas (Texas Triple Crown)
  • April 8-9 Altamonte Springs, Fla. (ASA)
  • April 15-16 Pasadena, Texas (NSA)
  • April 29-30 College Station, Texas (ASA)
  • May 20-21 Grand Prairie, Texas (USSSA AA)
  • May 27-28 Carencro, La. (USSSA)
  • July 1-2 Little Rock, Ark. (ASA)
  • July 7-9 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • July 29-30 Houston, Texas (NSA State)
  • August 5-6 Bryan, Texas (ASA State)
  • August 11-13 Cincinnati, Ohio (ISA AA)
  • Sept. 1-4 Lawton, Okla. (ASA Major)
  • Sept. 8-10 Pasadena, Texas (NSA AA)

Faith Baptist (Indiana)

  • March 18 Harrison, Ohio (USSSA)
  • April 1-2 McCracken, Ind. (NSA)
  • April 15-16 Seymour, Ind. (NSA)
  • April 28-30 Bowling Green, Ky. (ASA)
  • May 6-7 Maryville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • May 12-14 Hendersonville, Tenn. (ASA)
  • May 27-18 Lexington, Ky. (ASA)
  • June 3-4 Indianapolis, Ind. (NSA)
  • June 10-11 South Bend, Ind. (NSA)
  • June 17-18 Bloomington, Ind. (ASA)
  • July 8-9 Richmond, Ky. (ASA)
  • July 22-23 ASA State (TBA)
  • July 29-30 NSA State (Indianapolis)
  • August 12-13 NSA Regional (Indianapolis)
  • Sept. 1-3 ASA Church Nationals (Dothan, Ala.)
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1 NSA Industrial World (Indianapolis)
  • Oct. 7 Brown County Home Run Blast (Nashville, Ind.)

1999 Supreme Softball All Stars

Helmer, Wallace share Player of the Year honors

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

1999 Supreme Softball All Stars

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


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


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

Former Players of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supreme Softball’s Hall Of Fame

Bruce Meade, Rick Scherr, Craig Elliott, Mike Macenko, Dave Steffen, Charles Wright, Don Arndt, Stan Harvey and the Williams brothers, Curtis and Steve. Their names are at the top of the list when it comes to talking about All-Star performances on the national tournament slow pitch softball scene.

Bruce Meade, who played for such teams as Warren Motors of Jacksonville, Fla., Nelson’s Painting of Oklahoma City, Dave Carroll’s Skoal Bandits of Sherrills Ford, N.C., Jerry’s Caterers of Miami, Elite Coatings of Gordon, Ga., Smythe Sox of Houston, Steele’s of Grafton, Ohio, Starpath of Monticello, Ky., and Vernon’s of Jacksonville, has 20 All-Star selections between ASA and USSSA play. He is the leader with nine USSSA selections. He earned seven ASA first teams and four second teams. He was named MVP three times — for Nelson’s in the 1977 ASA, for Jerry’s in the 1982 ASA and for Jerry’s in the 1983 USSSA.

Elliott, Wright and Scherr each have a total of 17 selections. They called Meade “Bruiser,” Elliott “Crankin’ Craig,” and Scherr “The Crusher.” Wright didn’t really have a nickname. One annoucer on a stop on the Steele’s tour when Wright hit 503 home runs in 1986 called him “Good Night Wright” every time he homered. Harvey hit 290 home runs in 1977, James “The Rattler” Boyett hit 303 in 1978, Mighty Joe Young 337 in 1980, Scherr 356 in 1982, Elliott 390 in 1983 and Scherr 451 in 1985.

After Wright’s 503, along came Mike Macenko with 844 in 1987 and 830 in 1988 when the barnstorming Steele’s Silver Bullets were playing 355 and 386 games. Meade once hit a ball that was measured at 510 feet (in Amarillo, Texas, in 1978). Macenko hit one in Las Vegas in 1986 that went 508 feet. It hit the tournament director’s car way in the back of an empty parking lot. When Macenko was hitting all those home runs, he hit just as many in baseball parks as he did on softball fields. This writer is the only person to witness both the 510 and 508 shots by Meade and Macenko. The only people to have seen more home runs are Dave Neale, the Steele’s manager, and Macenko.

Two veterans who have retired in 1998 were Mike Macenko with 6 ASAs (plus 5 second teams) and 2 USSSAs and Dave Steffen with 6 ASAs (and 3 seconds) and four USSSAs. Macenko has five MVP selections, Steffen two. Macenko is coming back in ’99. Mike “The Masher” (he likes to be called “Big Cat” now) once had 10 home runs in one game, 16 in a doubleheader. Huggins and Arndt also have hit 10 homers in a game. Macenko once had 10 RBIs in one inning. So did Roberson. Macenko is one of several players with four HRs in one inning. Craig Elliott had five HRs in one inning, believe it or not. Macenko, Roberson and Mike Bolen each had 12 hits — in the same game when Steele’s scored 109 runs. Macenko had another 12-hit game. Jimmy Powers had 12 hits, including seven homers, and a walk in 13 at-bats when Shen Valley scored 122 runs in four innings in 1997 at Little Rock, Ark. Most of Macenko’s career was with the Men of Steele, all but 1991 when he played with Sunbelt (Steele’s did not field a team that year) and 1994-95 when he was with Ritch’s-Superior.

On the other hand, Steffen, a product of Flat Rock, Mich., has played with a long line of teams — Steele’s (in 1984), Lilly Air of Chicago, Shubin’s of L.A., Marlton of Oregon, Superior-Apollo, Ritch’s-Superior, Converters, Bell-Sunbelt and Sunbelt. He played part of last season with Steele’s. Steffen had a record nine home runs in one game in the 1989 USSSA World Series at Omaha, Neb., the last one inside the park when the opposing team sort of gave the 300-pounder they called “Daffy Dave” a “gift.” Steffen, once a pitcher in the Tigers’ chain, once had ambitions of being a professional wrestler. He was the Michigan heavyweight champion in high school. Macenko, who batted .750 as a “youngster” when he earned his first ASA All-Star honor in 1977, said he wanted to be like Craig Elliott. After “The Cranker” joined Steele’s, the home run chart usually had Macenko 1, Elliott 2.

Another fellow who hit some long home runs was Monty Tucker. He got the nickname “Mile High Monty” after winning a home run derby at Mile High Stadium in Denver while on tour with the Steele’s Silver Bullets. The 6-8, 308-pounder also was called “Montrous Monty” and “The Gentle Giant.” Nobody knows for sure how Boyett, who played for Dave Carroll and Jerry’s, got the nickname “The Rattler.” Elliott says somebody told him it was for “rattling” the chain-link fences with line drives, “but it probably was because he was always running his mouth.” Elliott was a pretty good talker too. Read on. Why was Andrew Young called “Mighty Joe.” He was the mighty one from Louisiana.

Elliott, who played for Ken Sanders of Augusta, Ga., Jerry’s, Ken Sanders again, Elite and Steele’s, has been named to 10 ASA All-Star teams and six USSSA All-Star teams. He added an ASA second team in 1982. He was on the first team five consecutive years (1977-81), then five more years in a row (1983-87). He is a six-time MVP — in the 1977 ASA, the 1982 and 1983 NSPC, the 1984 USSSA and the 1985 and 1986 ASA.

Wright, who played for Ken Sanders, Elite, Marlton Trucking of Portland, Steele’s, Ritch’s/Kirk’s of Harrisburg, N.C., Ritch’s-Superior of Windsor Locks, Conn., and Sunbelt of Centerville, Ga., has seven ASA selections, six USSSA selections and four ASA second teams. He is a four-time MVP — the ISA in 1991 and 1992, the ASA in 1989 and 1993. He played for Sunbelt at the age of 46. Wright played on a record six successive Smoky Mountain Classic winners between 1982-87, then on another four in a row from 1993-96.

Scherr, who played for Taylor Brothers of Texas, Howard’s/Western Steer and Superior/Apollo, has nine ASA selections, seven USSSA selections and an ASA second team. He is a five-time MVP — in the 1984 ISA, the 1981 ASA and USSSA, the 1983 ASA and the 1984 ASA.

Arndt, who played for his hometown Howard’s teams until he was 50 years old, is tied with Elliott for most ASA All-Star teams — 10. He has three second teams. He earned three USSSA All-Star teams. Howard’s did not start competing in the USSSA until 1978. By that time, Arndt was over 40. To give you an idea of the impact Arndt made as a player, he was the MVP in the 1972 ASA, despite the fact that Howard’s finished fourth. Arndt was the MVP in the 1985 ISA . . . at the age of 50. Herman Rathman, the Nelson’s catcher, called Arndt “Left Turn Don.” Rathman explained: “He would hit the ball, go down to first base and make a left turn.”

Harvey, Arndt’s running mate (they were labeled “The Hall of Fame Twins”), was named to seven ASA teams and five USSSA teams, plus two ASA second teams. Harvey started his career with teams from Chattanooga, Tenn. — Kobax, Golden Gallon, Thurman-Bryant — before joining Howard’s in 1973. That year produced the first of 12 Howard’s championships, thanks in part to two more “recruits” — Bert Smith from Long Island, N.Y., and H.T. Waller from Florida (Vernon, a tiny town in the Panhandle). Smith played for County Sports, Waller for Jo’s Pizza and they both played for the Virginia Beach Piledrivers in 1972. Rathman had a nickname for Harvey too. He called him “Sweet Swinging Stan.” Harvey’s son, Bryan, was an ace relief pitcher for the Angels and Marlins. He played a little softball with Howard’s (and Elite) coming out of high school.

The Williams brothers have combined for 25 All-Star teams, counting 10 second team selections. The Milton, Fla., products are ahead of the Elliott brothers (from Wadley, Ala.), thanks to Craig’s big numbers. Scott’s two ASA first teams and one ASA second team, plus three USSSA teams, give the Elliott family 23 All-Star recognitions. Scott has played for a host of powerful teams too — Steele’s, Converters, Shen Valley and Sunbelt. Take it from this observer, Scott can hit it as far as big Craig ever did, even without today’s high-tech equipment. The third-place brothers are way behind in the All-Star category. Steve Loya of Cleveland was named to three ASA first teams and one second, while his brother, Andy, was named to two. Larry and Fred Carter should eventually take over third place. The Loyas played in the 1960s and early 1970’s, before the USSSA came along.

Curtis, who earned his first ASA award for Jerry’s in 1977, has played for Ken Sanders, Howard’s, Vernon’s, Lighthouse of Stone Mountain, Ga., Williams of Spring, Texas, and Sunbelt. He’s still playing at the age of 43. He made six ASA first teams and six ASA second teams. He made four USSSA teams. Steve played for Buddy’s of Tallahassee, Fla., American Realty of Concord, Calif., Campbell’s Carpets of Concord, Triangle Sports of Eagan, Minn., Ken Sanders, Elite and Howard’s. Although he is the younger brother, Steve retired after the 1988 season. They played together with Howard’s for several years, Curtis in the outfield and Steve at shortstop. Curtis was playing for a team from Panama City in 1976. He told his manager: “I’m bringing my brother next weekend. He just got out of minor league baseball.” The manager asked: “What position does he play?” “Short,” was the reply. “That’s your position,” said the manager. “You can move me to the outfield,” Curtis said. They both could hit, they both could play defense, but their biggest calling card was their rifle arms.

When you talk about the Loya brothers, you have to talk about the All-Star dominators of the early years. Myron Reinhardt, who played for Kentucky teams across the river from Cincinnati and for Cincinnati teams, made the ASA All-Star team 5 times in the 1950s and early 1960s. Walt Wherry, from the same area, was honored 4 times in 4 years. Newport-Covington and Cincinnati won 6 titles and was runner-up 3 times between 1953-64. Paul Tomasovich, who played for Pittsburgh teams, made it five times in the 1960’s. Joe Albert called Tomasovich “no doubt the best two-way player of his time.” Dave Neale said the big Pennsylvanian was “a smooth fielder and he could hit it as far as Jim Galloway.” Galloway was a seven-time ASA All-Star for the County Sports teams out of Long Island in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. He also had a couple of second team selections. Tomasovich’s teammate on the Skip & Hogan outfits that ruled the ASA throne room in the ’60’s, pitcher Louis Del Mastro, was a four-time ASA All-Star. Albert called him “a real pitcher.” Neale said Del Mastro “took control of a game.” Two other four-time selections in the old days were Carl “Tex” Collins and Bob Auten, who played for the Michael’s Lounge and Little Caesars powers out of Detroit in the late 1960’s and the early 1970’s. Michael’s won the ASA in 1966 and was second in 1967, while Little Caesars won the ASA in 1970 and was runner-up in 1971. Little Caesars won five consecutive Springfield (Ohio) Invitationals between 1969 and 1973. That skein was ended by Howard’s in 1974.

When you talk about All-Stars, you can’t forget Cecil “Buddy” Slater, a little Texan who played with a lot of enthusiam. He pitched for 8 (out of a possible 9) championship teams in 1979-80-81 — Nelson’s, Campbell’s and Howard’s. Slater came out of retirement to pitch Elite and Smythe Sox to USSSA titles in 1985 and 1986, then went into managing. He earned five USSSA All-Star honors, then managed four USSSA winners — Smythe in 1987 and Ritch’s-Superior in 1991-92-93. Remember 1987 at Waterloo, Iowa? Steele’s had a 24-12 lead, only to see Smythe expode for a 21-run inning and go on to win 50-31. Dave Neale had this remark: “I guess you could say we met our Waterloo in Waterloo.” The R-S teams claimed the Grand Slam in 1992 and won three legs in 1991 and 1993. And Slater was a coach on the 1988 Steele’s team that won the USSSA crown. Slater once got two called third strikes on behind-the-back pitches against Steele’s . . . in the same inning.

Randy Gorrell, later a coach with Steele’s, managed back-to-back Triple Crown winners with Campbell’s and Howard’s in 1980 and 1981. Slater was part of the Texas connection for both teams that included Dick Bartel, Richard Willborn and Bill Ferguson. Willborn and Ferguson, plus Mickey McCarty, had played on the Nelson’s team too, along with Meade, Young, Rathman, Chic Downing, Mike Parrott, Danny Basso, Donnie Wood, Myles Schexnaydre and Terry Perryman. McCarty was on the Campbell’s team too. Nelson picked up Elliott for a tournament in Milwaukee. He wanted to play the Milwaukee Schiltz on the side for $5,000. “When they said they didn’t want to play, I offered to spot them 10 runs,” said Nelson. Remember the ASA at York, Pa., in 1979? They had a blind draw and Howard’s drew Campbell’s in the first round. Campbell’s won, then beat Howard’s again near the end of the tournament. That was the year that Nelco, with three of the Nelson’s players in Meade, Young and Terry Perryman, won in a stunner of herculean proportions. Most of the Nelco players were locals. Back then, the ASA did not allow players to come from all over the country. You had to establish residence in the state you played in by March 1.

Nelson brought in Bruce Meade and Mike Nye that year, although Nye later jumped to the winning Detroit Caesars team in the new pro league. Meade, Nye and Ronnie Ford, who went to Caesars too, played the previous year with Warren Motors. Nelson tried to lure Ford too, prompting Harold Warren to protest to the ASA headquarters. Nelson’s retort was: “Tell Mr. Warren if he can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Campbell’s finished second, Howard’s third. Just before R.T. Nelson’s team came out of the losers bracket to beat Jerry’s, Howard’s and Ken Sanders twice in the 1977 ASA (one of the most exciting tournaments ever as Nelson’s and Ken Sanders played three one-run games), a former player shouted from the stands. “Old man, you will never win a national championship as long as your son (Mike) is playing.” Well, Mike played on two ASA title teams when you add the Nelco team. And Mr. Nelson had the last laugh on Mr. Warren. Warren wanted to bet on the 1977 ASA at Parma, Ohio. Nelson loved to bet. Nelson and Howard won $8,000 off Warren that year. And Nelson won a lot more. There was a fellow going through the stands getting up wagers for the final game. “I’ve got the green team (Ken Sanders),” he yelled. Nelson told one of his associates to cover everything “on the red team.” Dave Neale and Richard Howard liked to bet too. They once had a $10,000 bet in the Smoky Mountain Classic. “But don’t tell Eathel,” Howard said referring to his wife.

“You’ve got to have the hitters, but you’ve got to be able to catch the ball too,” said Gorrell. “I believe the Howard’s team was even a better defensive team than Campbell’s.” Slater pitched, Ferguson played third and Willborn and Bartel played in the outfield. The Campbell’s shortstop was Stevie Williams, the Howard’s shortstop was Russell “Rooster” Bradley. Both teams won over 100 games, losing less than 20. Howard’s won every tournament but one. Like Slater, Willborn and Ferguson, Meade, Rick Wheeler and Doug Brown played for three teams that won USSSA titles in a stretch — 1982-83 with Jerry’s, 1985 with Elite and 1986-87 with Smythe. Meade and Brown joined Steele’s after Smythe folded during the 1988 season. Steele’s won the USSSA that year, but they were not eligible.

Howard’s chalked up a gaudy 160-15 record in 1981 Triple Crown season, winding up with 1,981 homers while winning all but one tournament. Elite, with the likes of Meade, Wheeler, Brown, Wright, Ford, Whitehead, Freddie Trice, Bill Pollock and Stevie Williams, plus Slater pitching, had a 115-11 record in 1985, but did not claim the Triple Crown, being upset by Howard’s in the ISA and Steele’s in the ASA. The Smythe Sox, with Slater, Bartel, Meade, Wheeler, Brown, Bill Gatti, Britt Hightower, Bill Blake, Mark Hierlmeier and Greg Whitlock, went 85-5 and 96-10 in 1986-87. Steele’s was 217-13 in 1986, but lost to Smythe and Howard’s in the USSSA.

Of course, the best record ever was the 94-2 mark compiled by Warren Motors, with Meade, Nye, Ford and Ray Fleetwood setting the pace, in 1976. Warren won its first 78 games that year and wound up sweeping the ASA with some big contributions from local players before the home crowd in Jacksonville. Warren’s only two losses that year were inflicted by Tom’s of Columbus, Ga., which had such players as Craig Elliott, James Boyett, Charles Wright and a fellow named Sidney Cooper. Tom’s, by the way, did not make it to the national that year. The Warren team was so popular back then, that a radio station carried their games. Steele’s topped that with win streaks of 97 and 94 in 1987, then bettered that with a mind-boggling 142 wins in a row (and 13 tournament titles in a row) in 1990. The Silver Bullets’ final record: 226-9. They won the first three legs of the Grand Slam, but finished down the line in the USSSA. Bell Corp. of Tampa , the last team to beat Steele’s and the one that ended the streak, was the team that eliminated Steele’s in the USSSA. When Steele’s was in the heat of their barnstorming tour, the records were 340-15 in 1987 and 366-20 in 1988. Those were the years that Mike Macenko hit 844 and 830 home runs.

But nobody can match the success of the R-S Express in 1991-95. Ritch’s-Superior, a combination of the first and second place finishers in the 1990 USSSA World Series, plus the additions of Dirk Androff and Rick Weiterman when Steele’s did not field a team in 1991, ran off records of 80-7, 80-9 and 81-6 while winning 10 of 12 Grand Slam events, including all four legs in 1992. R-S added 1-2-1-3 and 1-2-1-6 finishes in the 1994 and 1995 Grand Slam events. Coy Honeycutt’s Ritch’s team became the only team to win both the ASA Major and the ASA Super in 1989. Superior was second and third in those two events, then won the USSSA. That was the only year the ASA allowed the “Super” teams to participate in both. Back in the old days, Skip’s, of Pittsburgh, and Gatliff of Newport, Ky., dominate the ASA. Gatliff was first in 1956 and 1957, first in 1963 and second in 1964 and 1965. Skip’s was first in 1962, second in 1963, first in 1964 and 1965. The same team, under the name of Jim’s Sport Shop, won in 1967.

Let’s go back to the subject of this column, listing the leaders in the ASA-USSSA All-Star sweepstakes:

Ron Parnell, who came from California to play for Steele’s and later became a Ritch’s-Superior mainstay, has been named to 6 ASA and 6 USSSA teams. Ditto for Dennis Graser, who played for the three-time pro champion Milwaukee Schiltz in his hometown before playing for such teams as Steele’s, Elite, Steele’s again, Superior, Ritch’s-Superior, DJ’s and Spectrum before retiring. “You’ve got to see this Graser,” said Dave Neale. “Everytime he gets a hit, it’s a double.” Later when Scott Virkus joined the Silver Bullets, an article called him the team’s fastest player. “He might be faster,” said Graser, “but I’m the best base runner.” Other speedsters in their time were Charlie “Beep Beep” Pierce and Tuck “Fast Feet” Hinton. Brad Stiles, Jason Kendrick, Johnny Allen and now Toiro Mieses are today’s speed demons. The big racehorse from the Dominican Republic, once a pitcher in the Twins’ chain, is the center fielder in a 3-man outfield and the other two outfielders are instructed to give him room to roam.

Cecil Whitehead, who played on five consecutive USSSA winners with Elite (1983-84-85) and Smythe (1986-87), then hit homers in his first 12 at-bats en route to MVP honors for Ritch’s/Kirk’s in the 1990 USSSA, has been on 6 ASA and 4 USSSA, and the late Dirk Androff, with Steele’s before moving to R-S, has been on 7 ASA and 4 USSSA. Ray Molphy, the “Voice of Softball,” called Charles Wright “The Georgia Peach.” That label should have been saved for Whitehead, the All-America type who played football at the high school “football factory” of the nation — Valdosta. There is no telling the career numbers that would have been compiled by Androff, whose death while riding an exercise bike on Oct. 27, stunned the softball world. He averaged .752 over the last eight season, with 1,061 home runs. He played on 21 championship teams in Grand Slam play since 1989. The 6-7, 290-pounder had just turned 35. When Androff first joined Steele’s, Mike Macenko told this scribe: “This guy can hit it.” And he worked at it.

Dick “The Rocket Man” Bartel was named to five ASA and four USSSA. Five and five for Greg “The Baby Bull” Fuhrman, who went 17-for-18 as a hefty 18-year-old for his hometown York (Pa.) Barbell team in the 1978 ASA at Elk Grove, Calif., before going on to play with such teams as Jerry’s, Campbell’s, Jerry’s again, Steele’s and Superior. And Fuhrman was overlooked despite batting over .800 when Campbell’s won the 1980 ASA in Montgomery, Ala.

Bill Gatti, who was the MVP in the pro league for the Kentucky Bourbons from his hometown of Louisville, before being picked up by Elite, then Smythe, was named to five ASA teams, the first two back in 1971 and 1972 (he helped Jiffy Club to the ASA title in 1972; that was the year that Jiffy’s Cobbie Harrison, now the field manager for Steele’s, won the batting title with a 29-for-32 effort), and three USSSA teams. Elite sponsor Gary Hargis almost told Gatti not to come back after the first week, but a couple of players talked him out of it. At the end of the season, Gatti was ruled ineligible for the ASA at Burlington, N.C. Hargis said, “I went as crazy as an outhouse rat, and them’s the craziest kind.”

Hargis used to say about Elliott: “He’s like a machine, put a quarter in and watch him go.” And: “When Craig said he was going hit it over the tree, all you had to do was figure out which tree.” Elliott had a few sayings of his own. One was: “I ought to hit it, they are throwing it underhanded.” Another was when he was pitching. “Here it is fellows, I’m going to lay it in there. You get yours because we are going to get ours.”

Britt Hightower, a Houston product who has been big for R-S since 1991, has a 6-4 ASA-USSSA All-Star chart to his credit. Doug Roberson, the West Palm Beach product who would be in the running for the best all-around player of all time (he had an even better gun than the Williams brothers), has a 4-4 All-Star ledger. When he played on the barnstorming tour with the Silver Bullets, he went wild in the RBI department. He had 44 in a three-game Saturday. He had 20 in one game one night (in Utah), and 21 in one game the next night (in California). He twice had two grand slams in one inning. Wright and a fellow named Don Clatterbaugh, who is still playing at the age of 50, each had two grand slams in one inning. Clatter totaled 13 slammers in that 1977 season for Howard & Carroll Sports. Playing on the H&C team that year was Tony Cloninger, a pitcher for the Braves who once hit two grand slams in one game against the Giants.

Ricky Huggins, from Savannah and still going strong at 45, has been named to three ASA teams and four in the USSSA. He played on the Steele’s tour too, hitting 20 home runs in 21 swings in one span — part of it in Pembroke, Ga., and part in Kennewick, Wash., on back-to-back days; Steele’s flew then, but they drove when Roberson went on his Utah-California RBI binge.

Carl Rose and Dan Schuck each have a 3-4 ledger too. Greg Cannedy has a 4-3 to his credit. Harold Kelley has a 4-3 too. When he played for Buddy’s in 1977, the big guy hit a lot of singles. “The outfielders played so deep, they were giving me the base hit,” he said. But Buddy Brandt wanted home runs. “Home run hitters drive Cadillacs,” he said. Kelley played for Nelson’s, Dave Carroll and Jerry’s. He is still playing at the age of 47. Denny Jones was named to two ASA teams and four USSSA teams. He played for Dave Carroll, Campbell’s, Steele’s and Jerry’s. He’s still playing too, but like Clatterbaugh and Kelley at a lower level. When Dave Carroll announced the signing of Jones, who was coming from Louisiana, he said something like this: “He’s got long hair and a beard and he hits it so far, they call him Jesus Jones.” Jones was the MVP when Campbell’s won the ASA in 1978. One of the nicest guys you will ever meet, he won numerous defensive awards for his play in the outfield. But the best defensive outfielder this writer ever saw was Richard Willborn. There’s a young fellow on the scene now that might change that. His name is Robin Higginbotham.

Charlie Mitchell made only one national tourney All-Star team on the Major level. When R.T. Nelson lost the Al White to Campbell’s a week before the deadline, he needed a power-hitting first baseman. Someone suggested Mitchell. Nelson had already recruited Kelley and Earl Chambers from the Buddy’s team out of north Florida, plus Joel Todd and James Abercrombie from Alabama. The late addition, Mitchell, got off to a slow start, and spent most of the season on the bench . . . after giving up his job on the spur of the moment. But he ended up earning ASA All-Star honors, and the next year took a job in security for the school system in Detroit. He still lives in Detroit, and he’s the head of security for the school system. He was said to be the best hitter in Detroit. When he first joined a team in Panama City, he was asleep in his car the morning of his first tournament . . . after working the “graveyard” shift. All he did was hit homers in his first nine at-bats.

A player who never made a national tournament All-Star team because he never got an opportunity was Steve Jones, from that same Panama City team. Everybody called him “Yank.” He was from South Bend, Ind. He was the best defensive pitcher this writer has ever seen, better than Rick Pinto of the Detroit Snyder’s teams in the 1970’s, better than Greg Cannedy, the best defensive pitcher today. He could hit a golf ball, but he had trouble hitting a softball 250 feet. But he could snag shots back up the middle like they were going out of style. Jones played on that last Buddy’s team too (1977). Mr. Brandt wanted to make it back to one more ASA national tournament. He had been there with his team in 1962. He didn’t make it. Buddy’s finished third in the regional . . . behind Ken Sanders and Jerry’s.

The All-Stars numbers will balloon when the ISA, NSA, NSPC and pro league all-star teams are compiled. Rick Weiterman will be the biggest benefactor. People like Parnell, Hightower, Huggins, Rose, Schuck and Cannedy will surely add more in the years to come. Even Huggins, because he will probably play until he’s 50. All he did was earn the 1996 USSSA World Series Offensive Player award.

By Jerome Earnest (editor since 1977 of such softball publications as Super Slowpitch, National Slo-Pitch, Softball Insight, Softball USA and Supreme Softball. Earnest had his own team in Panama City, Fla., from 1962-1976. His players included H.T. Waller, Harold Kelley, Charles Mitchell, and Curtis and Steve Williams. Earnest covered Waller’s high school (little Vernon, Fla.) and college football career (at FSU). Waller was said to have played every minute of every game in high school at quarterback and linebacker. He was a defensive end at FSU, despite being a 5-11, 190-pounder. He hit four home runs in his first game as an added player with Jo’s Pizza of Milton, Fla., in the regional. Jo’s was the ASA runner-up that year (1968), and the next year. Waller hit with technique, not muscle. He was the last player to go to the new aluminum bats and he was one of the first players to “cut” the ball and made it sail, even against the wind. Larry Fredieu, not a big guy either, is the best at that “art” today. Unlike a lot of players, Waller retired from the game early . . . at 34 after the 1980 ASA national. His last at-bat was a “Waller Wallop,” in the words of Ray Molphy. Thanks to the Internet, these words can be read a few seconds after they are filed away by someone across the country, or from around the world. When this writer does his book on softball, all this will be just a part of it. There’s much, much more. The title of the book-to-be? What about “You’ve Got To Love It.” You’ve got to love it to drive 8 hours and play a doubleheader, like Steele’s did on tour. You’ve got to love it to play nine games . . . in one day. You’ve got to love it to play, or watch, marathon games in 90-degree heat. You’ve got to love it, to drive all night after a tournament . . . to get home just in time to go to work. You’ve got to love it to play 30 tournaments, like the Bunch Brothers team from Arab, Ala., did in 1972. You’ve got to love it to be at a softball tournament when your NASCAR driver (Cale Yarborough) is winning a big race, like Richard Howard did more than once. If you are a sponsor, you’ve got to love it to spend money, and all you get in return is a trophy.)

1990 Supreme Softball All-Stars

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

1993 Supreme Softball All-Stars

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

1994 Supreme Softball All-Stars

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

1995 Supreme Softball All-Stars

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

1996 Supreme Softball All-Stars

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

1998 ISA Super World Series Report

Carl Rose 1998 ISA Super MVP

Carl Rose slammed a no-doubt-about-it grand slam home run after a walk to big Wendell Rickard with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Lighthouse/Worth to a 26-24 win over Sierra/TPS Sunday (Aug. 9) in the championship game of the Independent Softball Association (ISA) World Series at Sims Park in Gastonia, N.C. The tournament was played on a baseball park, with dimensions of 335-360-380-360-335. Sierra forced an extra game with a 20-12 win over Lighthouse that saw Hank Garris wallop four home runs. Darrell Beeler had two homers and Kerry Everett and Greg Cannedy each had 4-for-4 games. Rickard had four boomers for Lighthouse in the deciding game. Al Davis had three and he was the tournament’s leading hitter with an .810 average. He had four walks. The ISA counts walks as hits and sacrifice flies as outs. Rose was the MVP. His final figures read: .708 with seven home runs, including three in the deciding game. Rickard had nine homers. Garris had a big tournament for Sierra. He was 10-for-10 with five home runs in the first two games, winding up 26-for-34 with a tourney leading 12 home runs and a tourney leading 22 RBI. Darrell Beeler had 11 HRs for Sierra. Garris has taken over the season home run lead from teammate Larry Fredieu. He has 176 compared to 172 for Fredieu, the defensive award winner for his play in left field. Lighthouse has now won all four legs of the Grand Slam . . . in the last four years (the ASA Super in 1995, the NSA in 1996 and the USSSA World Series in 1997). This tournament was upset filled, like last year when Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS went 0-2. Lighthouse was an upset victim last year too. Team TPS, the top team in the power ratings, went 0-2, losing first to Backstop/Easton 14-13 in 8 innings, then to Steele’s/R&D by a whopping 30-10 score in 4 innings. Defending champion Sunbelt/Easton, the top-ranked team in the Supreme Softball Top 25 (Sierra was second, Team TPS third, Steele’s fourth and Lighthouse fifth), also lost on opening night — 15-10 to sixth-ranked Wessel/Hague/SoJern/TPS. Sierra was knocked into the losers bracket in the second round — 20-19 by Wessel when a rally fell short in the bottom of the 7th. Sierra came back to oust Steele’s 18-13, Sunbelt 18-15 and Wessel 15-9. Lighthouse was a 33-13, 4-inning winner over Wessel in the finals of the winners bracket, exploding for 17 runs in the fourth inning. Lighthouse won easily over Backstop 14-2 in the semifinal round after holding off Steele’s 26-24 in the first round. The other first round game saw Sierra beat O&S/TPS 28-12. Early losers bracket play saw Sunbelt top O&S 16-5 and Backstop 30-14. The second leading hitters were Garris and Jeff Hall of Sunbelt at .765. Speedy center fielder Scott Striebel had a nifty running catch to rob Garris of an extra base hit with two runners on in the top of the seventh. He then helped set the stage for Rose’s game-winner with a single. After one out, Davis and Dewayne Frizzell homered. Then after two outs, Dennis Mendoza, Ricky Huggins and Striebel singled. Lighthouse averaged 7 home runs per game, Sierra 6. Steele’s, which played only three games, was tops at 8 HRs per game. The all-tournament team included Rose, Davis, Rickard, Dennis Mendoza, Robin Higginbotham and Scott Striebel of Lighthouse, Garris, Fredieu, Beeler, Mark Creson and pitcher Paul Drilling of Sierra, pitcher Jim Burbrink and shortstop Randy Vollmer of Wessel/Hague (they were good in the hit department too) and Shane Dubose, Jeff Hall and Johnny McCraw of Sunbelt. Hall and McCraw and Rusty Bumgardner of Team TPS were playing before home fans. Hall and McCraw (and Sunbelt manager Gary Lowe) are from Gastonia, Bumgardner from nearby Kings Mountain. Lighthouse jumped out to leads of 5-0 and 9-3 in the final game. Rickard, Rose and Davis homered in the first and Davis homered after a triple by Robbie Ergle in the second. Mendoza had a homer leading off the third after a 2-run double in the first. He another another RBI hit, plus his hit in the seventh. Rickard and Rose combined for 13 RBI. Sierra tied it at 11-11 in the top of the fourth, then moved into leads of 18-11 and 23-14. Garris, Fredieu and Parnell each had two homers, Beeler and Everett one each (both 3-runners). Mark Creson was 5-for-5. Parnell had two other hits, Kendrick, Drilling and Cannedy triples. Rickard had two homers and Rose a triple and homer in the 20-12 loss. Elliott had the only other HR for Lighthouse. Sierra built up a 12-3 lead going into the bottom of the fourth vs. Wessel. Sierra’s only HRs were by Garris and Beeler (a 3-runner). Garris was 4-4, Drilling 3-3. Sierra jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first inning and held on in the 18-15 elimination of Sunbelt. Creson, Beeler and Fredieu homered, while Garris had two hits in the big first. Everett went 4-4 with a homer. Beeler added another one. Dale Walters had a homer. Hall had two homers, Hightower, Tot Powers, Schuck and McCraw one each for Sunbelt. The 17 runs in the bottom of the fourth of the 33-13 run-rule romp for Lighthouse over Wessel in the winners bracket finals saw homers by Frizzell, Elliott, Davis, Rickard and Rose and a triple and single each by Mendoza and Kirk Stafford. It was Mendoza’s second triple of the game. Rickard had a 375-foot line-drive double earlier in the big inning and Huggins and Striebel each had two singles. Rickard and Rose each homered earlier. So did Frizzell, Ergle and Higginbotham. Sunbelt’s 30-14 ouster of Backstop saw two 1-2-3 innings, including the first, but a 10, 9 and 9. Jeff Hall drew 4 of Sunbelt’s 12 walks. Jimmy Powers had four hits, Britt Hightower, Bobby Gilbert and Johnny McCraw two homers each Bob Van Erem was 4-4 with 2 HRs for Backstop. For three games, he was 10-for-11 with 8 HRs. Steele’s was within 9-10 and 12-13 before Sierra pushed across five runs without a home run in the top of the seventh and won 18-13. Fredieu and Beeler had homers and Kendrick an inside-the-parker for Sierra. Big Randy Kortokrax had three Steele’s HRs. Lighthouse had an easy 14-2 win over Backstop, with Davis and Rickard hitting the only two homers. Mendoza was 4-4. Wessel got a 3-runner from Tim Lins on, a solo and two other hits from Howie Krause and a grand slam and a 380-foot line-drive double from Brett Helmer in the 20-19 upset of Sierra. But the big key a 4-4 game from Jim Burbrink and a 3-3 game from Randy Vollmer batting in the 10 and 11 spots. Garris, Beeler and Fredieu socked successive HRs for Sierra in the bottom of the seventh, but the 5-run rally was one short. Steele’s 30-10, 4-inning elimination of Team TPS saw a whopping 12 home runs — two each by Jim Devine, Rod Hughes, Derek Jones, Jeff Ott and Keith Brockman and one each by Dennis Pierce and Dal Beggs. Devine also had a triple and single. Jones, Brockman and Beggs also went 4-4. Steele’s hit for 12 runs on 4 HRs in the second for a 15-7 lead, then produced the run rule with nine runs on 4 HRs in the bottom of the fourth. Wallace was 3-3 with 2 HRs (his team’s only two) and Nevitt had an opposite field triple and a single for Team TPS. Sunbelt’s 16-5 win over O&S saw Hall go 4-4 with a 3-run HR. Jimmy Powers, McCraw and Hightower also homered. Derrick Williams had a triple (off the 360 mark) and a single for O&S. Backstop struck for six runs on three homers in the top of the first in the upending of Team TPS. Judson Jackson had a 2-runner, Melvin Mallernee a solo and Monty McCory a 3-runner. Van Erem and Burch homered in the third as Backstop led 8-3. Four homers (by Mike Shenk, Phil Jobe, Wallace and Todd Martin) pulled Team TPS even at 13-13 in the bottom of the seventh. ISA rules allow a baserunner put on second base in extra innings. It took a groundout and a sac fly for Backstop to score. Team TPS did not score, going 1-2-3 — all routine fly balls. Team TPS had routine 14 fly balls (or popups) in the game. A 2-run homer by Frizzell (he also homered, tripled and singled) and a 2-out RBI single by Rick Huggins gave Lighthouse a 26-24 lead vs. Steele’s . . . after Steele’s seized a 24-23 lead with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth as Jeff Ott hit a grand slam, Jim Devine a single and triple and Kortokrax and Hughes homers. However, Steele’s went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Hughes had four hits, including another homer, and Dal Beggs had four hits, with a HR, for Steele’s. Kortokrax had another homer. Pierce and Brockman homered. Lighthouse had a 10-run fifth for a 23-13 lead. Davis had 2 HRs, Rose, Stafford and Higginbotham one each. Huggins had two hits in the 10-run inning, Higginbotham his HR and a single. Burbrink’s lefthanded pitching was the key in Wessel’s 15-10 reversal of Sunbelt, which scored five runs in the fifth, then drew blanks in the sixth and seventh. Jimmy Powers had Sunbelt’s only homer. A 3-run HR by Tom White in the sixth and a 2-runner by Dale Sensenig in the seventh made the difference. White also had a triple and another homer. Howie Krause had two HRs, Tim Linson and Chris Lashley one each. O&S enjoyed an early 9-1 lead vs. Sierra as Williams and Doug Berfeldt hit 3-run HRs, but Sierra enforced the run rule with 13 runs on 6 HRs in the bottom of the fifth. Garris hit his second and third HRs, Beeler his second. Fredieu, Everett and Kendrick also homered.