Category: USSSA Major Slow Pitch

1998 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1998 held at Daytona Beach, Florida.


Champion – Team TPS, Louisville, Kentucky
Runner Up – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton, Centerville, Georgia


Pre-Tournament favorite Team TPS lost early in the tournament to Wessell/Hague/SoJern and worked their way through the losers bracket even though the tournament was plagued by numerous rain delays. They reached the loser’s bracket final game. They dug down deep and eliminated Sierra/TPS 23-22 in a great game. Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton had been sitting around for a while to see who they would play in the championship. The first final was a blowout at first as Team TPS jumped out to a 23-5 lead, only to see Sunbelt come back and make it close, but the clutch hitting of Mike Shenk carried them to a 30-20 victory. The skies were threatening again and many wondered whether they would get the final Championship game in. Sunbelt woke up and took a 20-5 lead early on. Pitcher Rick Weiterman made an emotional speech to his team and whatever he said worked. Slowly, Team TPS battled back and Weiterman baffled Sunbelt with his array of pitches. Home Runs by Doug Kissane, Mike Shenk, Rusty Bumgardner’s grand slam and then Dewaynw Nevitt’s homer made it 20-19. In the top of the 7th, Britt Hightower singled and then some daring base running after a Shane Dubose base hit, Hightower came home on a head first slide to make it 21-19 in favor of Sunbelt. Sunbelt had scored just one run and just 3 hits in its last four at bats against Weiterman. In the bottom of the 7th, TPS scored two runs to tie the score. With one out and two runners on base, Sunbelt elected to intentionally walk Doug Kissane and take their chances with Doug Roberson. Sunbelt pitcher Jimmy Powers pitching carefully to Roberson, ended up walking him and that what is, the winning run came trotting home with the 22-21 championship.


  • MVP – Mike Shenk, Team TPS (26-38, .684, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Jeff Wallace, Team TPS (23-46, .500, 27 RBIs, 20 Runs) – 10
  • Batting Leader – Robin Higinbotham, Lighthouse – .846
  • Defensive MVP – Todd Martin, Team TPS
  • Offensive MVP – Robin Higinbotham, Lighthouse/Worth (22-26, .846, 6 HRS, 22 RBIs, 20 Runs)

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Greg Harding – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton (20-27, .741, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • First Base – Jimmy Powers – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton (18-27, .667, 6 HRS, 16 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • First Base – Jeff Wallace – Team TPS (23-46, .500, 10 HRs, 27 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • Second Base – Bobby Gilbert – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton (17-26, .654, 1 HR, 13 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Second Base – Carl Rose – Lighthouse/Worth (21-29, .724, 9 HRs, 28 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Second Base – Jeff Hall – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton (17-29, .586, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Second Base – Rusty Bumgardner – Team TPS (24-41, .585, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Third Base – Howie Krause – Wessel/Hague/So-Jern/TPS (11-17, .647, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Third Base – Mike Shenk – Team TPS (26-38, .684, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • Short Stop – Ron Pamell – Sierra/TPS (13-20, .650, 9 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Outfield – Robin Higginbotham – Lighthouse/Worth (22-26, .846, 6 HRS, 22 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • Outfield – Jason Kendrick – Sierra/TPS (15-20, .750, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Outfield – Doug Kissane – Team TPS (22-40, .550, 8 HRs, 21 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Outfield – Shane Dubose – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton (15-26, .577, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Outfield – Hank Garris – Sierra/TPS 13-21, .619, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dewayne Nevitt – Team TPS (24-36, .667, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • Utility – Paul Drilling – Sierra/TPS (14-20, .700, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Utility – Slim Brant – Brandon’s Trucking (13-17, .765, 13 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Utility – Todd Martin – Team TPS (21-37, .568, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Utility – Chris Absner – Brandon’s Trucking (14-20, .700, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Manager – Mike Glasscock – Team TPS

OTHERS

  • Dennis Mendoza, Lighthouse (16-21, .762, 10 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Dewayne Frizzel, Lighthouse (20-28, .714, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Jimmy Devine, Steele’s/R&D (10-14, .714, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Larry Carter, JWM (10-14, .714, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Billy Messina, JWM (10-14, .714, 5 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Bryan King, JWM (10-14, .714, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Jeff Franks, Long Haul (10-14, .714, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Kurt Gleeton, Gil’s Arizona Heat (7-10, .700, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • David Hood, Steele’s/R&D (9-13, .692, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Brett Helmer, Wessell/Hague (11-16, .688, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Lance Peterson, O&S Cattle, (11-16, .688, 5 HRs, 11 RBIS, 5 Runs)
  • Kerry Everett, Sierra/TPS (11-16, .688, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Rod Hughes, Steele’s/R&D (8-12, .667, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Derek Oliver, Reece/Sports World (6-9, .667, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Scott Striebel, Lighthouse (15-23, .652, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Keith Roberts, Brandons (13-20, .650, 5 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Randy Kortokrax, Steele’s/R&D (9-14, .643, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Albert Davis, Lighthouse (14-22, .636, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Mark Creson, Sierra/TPS (13-21, .619, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 14 Runs_
  • Tim Linson, Wessell/Hague (11-18, .611, 3 HRS, 13 RBIS, 9 Runs)
  • John Mello, Team TPS (21-35, .600, 2 HRs, 17 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Ricky Huggins, Lighthouse (15-25, .600, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Curtis Williams, Sunbelt/Dan Smith (15-25, .600, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Greg Cannedy, Sierra/TPS (12-20, .600, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Dennis Rulli, JWM (9-15, .600, 9 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Brad Stiles, Team TPS (18-30, .600, 12 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Steve Craven, Lighthouse (13-23, .565, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Phil Jobe, Team TPS (16-29, .552, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • Doug Roberson, Team TPS (22-40, .550, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • John McCraw, Sunbelt/Dan Smith (16-30, .533, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Scott Brown, O&S Cattle (8-15, .533, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Doug Berfeldt, O&S Cattlle (8-15, .533, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Randall Boone, Team TPS (15-30, .500, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Tim Cocco, Wessell/Hague (9-18, .500, 2 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Chaun Demars, Long Haul (6-12, .500, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Tot Powers, Sunbelt/Dan Smith (14-28, .500, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Britt Hightower, Sunbelt/Dan Smith (13-27, .481, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Darrell Beeler, Sierra/TPS (10-21, .476, 1 HR, 6 RBIS, 10 Runs)
  • Larry Fredieu, Sierra/TPS (10-21, .476, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Dal Beggs, Steele’s/R&D (5-14, .357, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Rick Weiterman, Team TPS (3-12, .250, 3 RBIs, 3 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Team TPS, Louisville, KY (8-1)
2. Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton, Centerville, GA (4-2)
3. Sierra/TPS, Reno, NV (3-2)
4. Brandon’s, Wilmington, NC (3-2)
5t. Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, GA (3-2)
5t. Wessel/Hague/SoJern/TPS, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
7t. Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno, Albertville, MN (2-2)
7t. O&S/TPS, South St. Paul, MN (2-2)
9t. Backstop/Easton, Aurora, IN (1-2)
9t. Herb’s/KCS/TPS, San Diego, CA (1-2)
9t. Steele’s/R&D/Reda, Brook Park, OH (1-2)
9t. JWM/Easton, Riverside, CA (1-2)
13t. RPM/TPS, Concord, CA (0-2)
13t. Gil’s Arizona Heat/Easton, Phoenix, AZ (0-2)
13t. Reece/SportsWorld/Chip’s/TPS, Lebanon, TN (0-2)
13t. Adams/RSH/Worth, Ridgeland, MS (0-2)

1997 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1997 held at Daytona Beach, Florida.


Champion – Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Runner Up – Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS, Windsor Locks, Connecticut


  • MVP – Carl Rose, Lighthouse (22-28, .786, 10 HRs, 26 RBIs)
  • Home Run Leader – Hank Garris, Ritch’s (18-27, .667, 24 RBIs) – 14
  • Batting Leader – Jeff Hall, Sunbelt (20-24, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs) – .833
  • Defensive MVP – Larry Sauceman, Lighthouse/Worth

USSSA WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Robbie Ergle – LighthouselWorth
  • Pitcher – Greg Cannedy – Ritch’s Superior/TPS
  • Catcher – Scott Elliott – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton
  • Catcher – Steve Craven – Lighthouse/Worth
  • Extra Hitter – Randy Kortokrax – R&D Grover
  • Extra Hitter – J.C. Phelps – Shen Valley/TPS
  • Extra Hitter – Wendell Rickard – Lighthouse/Worth
  • First Base – Dirk Androff – Ritch’s Superior/TPS
  • Second Base – Carl Rose – Lighthouse/Worth
  • Second Base – Bob Gilbert – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton
  • Short Stop – Larry Sauceman – Lighthouse/Worth
  • Short Stop – Todd Joerling – Sunbeltl/Dan Smith/Easton
  • Short Stop – Ron Pamell – Ritch’s Superior/TPS
  • Third Base – Dennis Mendoza – Lighthouse/Worth
  • Outfield – Hank Garris – Ritch’s Superior/TPS
  • Outfield – Jeff Hall – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton
  • Outfield – Todd Martin – Shen Valley/TPS
  • Outfield – Britt Hightower – Ritch’s Superior/TPS
  • Outfield – Randall Boone – Shen Valley/TPS
  • Outfield – Dewayne Frizzell – Shen Valley/TPS
  • Manager – Cecil Alford – Lighthouse/Worth

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, GA (5-0)
2. Ritch’s Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS, Windsor Locks, CT (4-2)
3. Shen Valley/TPS, Bridgewater, VA (4-2)
4. Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton, Centerville, GA (3-2)
5t. Sierra/TPS, Reno, NV (3-2)
5t. R&D Grover, Lima, OH (3-2)
7t. Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton, Plymouth, MN (2-2)
7t. Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, MN (2-2)
9t. So Jern/Specialty Tank/TPS, Levittown, PA (1-2)
9t. Hague/Ohio Transport/Wessel/Belcher, Columbus, OH (1-2)
9t. Steele’s, Grafton, OH (1-2)
9t. Gil’s Arizona Heat/Easton, Phoenix, AZ (1-2)
13t. D’s Alliance, Valley Center, CA (0-2)
13t. Adams/Worth, Jackson, MS (0-2)
13t. O&S Cattle/Worth, Crystal, MN (0-2)
13t. Joe Black’s/Land of Chevrolet/TPS, Elgin, IL (0-2)

1996 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1996 held at Frederick, Maryland.


Champion – Shen Valley/Superor/Taylor Brothers/TPS, Bridgewater, Virginia
Runner Up – Dan Smith Plastering/Easton, San Jose, California


  • MVP – Dewayne Frizzell, Shen Valley (21-28, .750, 13 HRs, 20 RBIs)
  • Home Run Leader – Ricky Huggins, Lighthouse (20-25, .800, 33 RBIs) – 14
  • Batting Leader – Doug Kissane, Steele’s (13-14, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs) – .929
  • Defensive MVP – Shane Dubose, Dan Smith Plastering/Easton

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Phil Jobe – Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • Pitcher – Greg Cannedy – Dan Smith Plastering/Easton
  • Pitcher – Robbie Ergle – Lighthouse/Worth
  • Catcher – Jimmy Powers – Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • Extra Hitter – Wendell Rickard – Lighthouse/Worth
  • Extra Hitter – J.C. Phelps – Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • First Base – Jeff Hall – Sunbelt/Eastern
  • First Base – Derek Jones – Lighthouse/Worth
  • First Base – Dirk Androff – Ritch’s Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS
  • First Base – Tot Powers – Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • Second Base – Tom Haden – Spectrum/POVS/Eastem
  • Second Base – Doug Kissane – Steele’s Silver Bullets/Hitmen
  • Third Base – Ricky Huggins – Lighthouse/Worth
  • Third Base – Andy Alvis – Dan Smith Plastering/Eastern
  • Short Stop – John Mello – Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • Short Stop – Ron Pamell – Ritch’s Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/ TPS
  • Outfield – Cory Snyder – Dan Smith Plastering/Easton
  • Outfield – Dewayne Frizzell – Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • Outfield – Doug Roberson – Ritch’s Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/ TPS
  • Outfield – Shane Dubose – Dan Smith Plastering/Easton
  • Manager – Mike Glasscock – Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS, Bridgewater, VA (5-0)
2. Dan Smith Plastering, San Jose, CA (5-2)
3. Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, GA (3-2)
4. Ritch’s Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS, Windsor Locks, CT (4-2)
5t. Spectrum/POVS/Easton, Plymouth, MN (3-2)
5t. Sunbelt/Easton, Centerville, GA (2-2)
7t. Grover/Franklin, Los Angeles, CA (2-2)
7t. Hague/Ohio Tansport/Wessel/TPS, Columbus, OH (2-2)
9t. Bell Corp II/Roberts/Easton, Orlando, FL (1-2)
9t. Steele’s Silver Bullets/Hitmen, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
9t. AJA/TPS, S. Houston, TX (1-2)
9t. Herrin/Dudley, Savannah, GA (1-2)
13t. Worth/Sports/Hooters, Richmond, VA (0-2)
13t. Harrison’s, Portsmouth, VA (0-2)
13t. Instant Landscape Whips/TPS, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
13t. Herb’s/TPS, San Diego, CA (0-2)

1995 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1995 held at Daytona Beach, Florida.


Champion – Hague/R&D/Ohio Transport/TPS, Columbus, Ohio
Runner Up – Shen Valley/TPS, Bridgewater, Virginia


  • MVP -Doug Berfeldt, Hague (13-18, .722 , 8 HRs, 28 RBIs)
  • Home Run Leader – Scott Elliott, Shen Valley (15-27, .556, 20 RBIs) – 9
  • Batting Leader – Carl Rose, Lighthouse (11-13, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs) – .846
  • Defensive MVP – Jim Burbrink, Hague/R&D/Ohio Transport/TPS
  • Offensive MVP – Doug Berfeldt, Hague (13-18, .722 , 8 HRs, 28 RBIs)

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

  • Pitcher – Jim Burbrink – Hague/R&D
  • Pitcher – Butch Ovens – Shen Valley
  • Catcher – Steve Dickinson – Hague/R&D
  • Extra Hitter – Tommy Thompson – Hague/R&D
  • First Base – Dennis Graser – Spectrum/Easton
  • Second Base – Kurt Hoff – Hague/R&D
  • Third Base – Dewayne Nevitt – Shen Valley
  • Shortstop – Ron Parnell – Ritch’s/Superior
  • Shortstop – Richie Aloitti – Spectrum/Easton
  • Shortstop – Howie Krause – Hague/R&D
  • Outfield – Phil White – Bell/Sunbelt
  • Outfield – Jimmy Powers – Shen Valley
  • Outfield – Todd Martin – Shen Valley
  • Outfield – Scott Elliott – Shen Valley
  • Outfield – Doug Berfeldt – Hague/R&D
  • Outfield – Doug Kissane Steele’s
  • Outfield – Randy Kortokrax – Steele’s
  • Utility – Ted Larsen – Spectrum/Easton
  • Manager – Jeff Hague – Hague/R&D

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Hague/R&D/Ohio Transport/TPS, Columbus, OH
2. Shen Valley/TPS, Bridgewater, VA
3. Spectrum/Easton, Plymouth, MN
4. Steele’s Hit Men, Brook Park, OH
5t. Bell Corp./Sunbelt, Tampa, FL
5t. Ritch’s/Superior, Windsor Locks, CT
7t. Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, GA
7t. Riverside/RAM/Taylor Brothers/TPS, Louisville, KY
9t. Superior/Southland/TPS, Gainesville, GA
9t. Harrison’s Power Flite, Potomic, MD
9t. D&D Thoroughbreds, Portland, OR
9t. Tri Gem Builders, Cedar Brook, NJ
13t. Herb’s/TPS, San Diego, CA
13t. Pace/Leisure Time/Worth, Rochester, NY
13t. Dan Smith Plastering, San Jose CA
13t. RSH/Deep South/Worth, Jackson, MS

1994 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1994 held at Daytona Beach, Florida.


Champion – Converters/Vernon’s/TPS, Kinston, North Carolina
Runner Up – Spectrum/Easton, Golden Valley, Minnesota


  • MVP – Jimmy Powers, Convertors (16-23, .696, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs)
  • Home Run Leader – Hank Garris, Bell Corp. (11-20, .550, 19 RBIs) – 9
  • Batting Leader – John Whaley, O&S (14-19, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs) – .734
  • Defensive MVP – Randy Romagna, Converters/ Vernon’s/TPS

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Butch Ovens – Convertors/Vernons
  • Catcher – Rick Weiterman – Ritch’s/Superior
  • Extra Hitter – John Whaley – O&S/TPS
  • Extra Hitter – Mike Macenko – Ritch’s/Superior
  • First Base – Hank Garris – Bell Corp.
  • First Base – Dirk Androff – Ritch’s/Superior
  • First Base – Dennis Graser – Spectrum/Easton
  • Second Base – Dewayne Nevitt – Converters/Vernons
  • Second Base – Andy Alvis – Spectrum/Easton
  • Third Base – Rusty Bumgardner – Converters/Vernons
  • Third Base – Todd Volkers – Spectrum/Easton
  • Shortstop – Todd Joerling – Bell Corp.
  • Shortstop – Randy Romagna – Converters/Vernons
  • Outfield – Scott Othoudt – Spectrum/Easton
  • Outfield – Jimmy Powers – Converters/Vernons
  • Outfield – Jeff Franks – Spectrum/Easton
  • Outfield – Larry Carter – Labtec/Demarini
  • Outfield – Dan Schuck – Bell Corp.
  • Outfield – Scott Elliott – Converters/Vernons
  • Outfield – Todd Martin – Converters/Vernons
  • Manager – Elvin Herring – Converters/Vernons

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Converters/Vernon’s/TPS, LaGrange, NC (5-1)
2. Spectrum/Easton, Crystal, MN (6-2)
3. Ritch’s/Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, CT (3-2)
4. Bell Corp., Tampa, FL (4-2)
5t. O&S/TPS, Burnsville, MN (3-2)
5t. Hague/Ohio Transport/Four Star, Columbus, OH (2-2)
7t. Labtec/Demarini, Vancouver, WA (2-2)
7t. Dan Smith Plastering, San Jose, CA (2-2)
9t. Bunca/Worth, Kalamazoo, MI (1-2)
9t. Steele’s/Sunbelt Hitmen, Brook Park, OH (1-2)
9t. Riverside/RAM/Taylor Brothers/TPS, Louisville, KY (1-2)
9t. Williams/Worth, Spring, TX (1-2)
13t. Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, GA (0-2)
13t. Herb’s/Dynasty/TPS, San Diego, CA (0-2)
13t. RSH/Deep South/Worth, Jackson, MS (0-2)
13t. Shen Valley/DJ’s Sports/TPS, Atchisin, KS (0-2)

1993 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1993 held at Daytona Beach, Florida.


Champion – Bell Corp, Tampa, Florida
Runner Up – Williams/Worth, Houston, Texas


  • MVP – Dan Schuck, Bell Corp. (16-30, .533, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs)
  • Home Run Leader – Dan Schuck, Bell Corp. – 9
  • Home Run Leader – Carl Rose, Williams/Worth – (18-26, .692, 21 RBIs) – 9
  • Home Run Leader – Larry Friedieu, Vernon’s – (16-21, .762 , 23 RBIs) – 9
  • Batting Leader – Dirk Androff, Ritch’s/ Superior (8-10, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs) – .800
  • Defensive MVP – Greg Cannady, Bell Corp.

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Greg Cannedy – Bell Corp.
  • Catcher – Brian Ward – Bunca/Worth
  • Extra Hitter – Wendell Rickard – Williams/Worth
  • First Base – Ricky Huggins – Vernon’s
  • First Base – Jeff Arnold – Bell Corp.
  • Second Base – David Pohl – Bunca/Worth
  • Third Base – Rusty Bumgardner – Convertors/TPS
  • Third Base – Dewayne Nevitt – Vernon’s
  • Third Base – Jon Meyers – Williams/Worth
  • Third Base – Scott McDaniel – Bunca/Worth
  • Shortstop – Todd Joerling – Bell Corp.
  • Shortstop – Mark Martin – Bell Corp.
  • Outfield – Ed Starcher – Williams/Worth
  • Outfield – Scott Flood – DJ’s Sports/TPS
  • Outfield – Phil White – Bell Corp.
  • Outfield – Carl Rose – Williams/Worth
  • Outfield – Larry Fredieu – Vernon’s
  • Outfield – Hank Garris – Williams/Worth
  • Outfield – Dan Schuck – Bell Corp.
  • Manager – Terry Perryman – Bell Corp.

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Bell Corp., Tampa, FL (7-1)
2. Williams/Worth, Spring, TX (4-2)
3. Vernon’s, Jacksonville, FL (3-2)
4. Bunca/Worth, Kalamazoo, MI (4-2)
5t. Convertors Unlimited/TPS, LaGrange, NC (3-2)
5t. DJ’s Sports/TPS, Atchison, KS (2-2)
7t. Herb’s Synasty, San Diego, CA (2-2)
7t. Dan Smith Plastering, San Jose, CA (2-2)
9t. Ritch’s/Superior, Windsor Locks, CT (1-2)
9t. Steele’s/Sunbelt, Brook Park, OH (1-2)
9t. Pace/Worth, Rochester, NY (1-2)
9t. TPS/AJD Softball, Richmond, VA (1-2)
13t. Taylor Brothers, New Kingston, RI (0-2)
13t. Spectrum/Easton, Crystal, MN (0-2)
13t. New Construction/TPS, Shelbyville, IN (0-2)
13t. St. Louis/Worth, St. Louis, MO (0-2)

1992 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1992 held at Daytona Beach, Florida.


Champion – Ritch’s-Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Runner Up – Williams/Worth, Houston, Texas


Ritch’s-Superior became the first team in Softball History to win the Grand Slam of Softball. They won the ISA, NSA, ASA and now the USSSA World Championships. They finished the season with an 80-9 record and will always be mentioned when considering the greatest teams of all time. The R-S Express won without their leading hitter, big Jim Fuller, who broke the single season batting average record sent by Mike Nye back in 1976. Nye batted .769. Fuller ended the season with a .774 batting average. Dave Steffen had 12 HRs among his 15 hits, was named the MVP. Ritch’s defeated Williams/Worth 25-22 in the championship game. Britt Hightower, who always comes up big in championship games, was 4-5 with 2 HRs. Ron Parnell hit 3 HRs, while Rick Weiterman, Doug Roberson and Darrell Beeler all had 3 hits in the game. Sterlin Ibrom was 4-4 for Williams/Worth. Carol Rose, Jon Meyers and Freddie Johnson all added two HRs each. Ritch’s out-homered Williams 12-11 and out hit them 24 to 23. Williams eliminated Spectrum 27-13 in the loser’s bracket final as John Grissom had 5 Home Runs in the game. A word of note; this was Cecil Whitehead’s 7th USSSA World Series Championship, more then any other player.


  • MVP -Dave Steffen, Ritch’s-Superior (15-24, .625, 12 HRs, 25 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Dave Steffen, Ritch’s-Superior – 12
  • Home Run Leader – Carl Rose (18-27, .667, 25 RBIs, 23 Runs), Williams/Worth – 12
  • Batting Leader – (min. 15 ABs) – Curtis Williams, Vernon’s (19-22, 7 RBIs, 13 Runs) – .864
  • Defensive MVP – Carl Rose, Williams/Worth

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Paul Drilling – Ritch’s/Superior (13-25, .520, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Catcher – Freddie Johnson – Williams/Worth (17-26, .654, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Catcher – Rick Weiterman – Ritch’s/Superior (18-27, .667, 5 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Catcher – Tim Magner – Spectrum (16-24, .667, 8 HRs, 14 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • First Base – Dennis Graser – Ritch’s/Superior (11-21, .524, 5 HRs, 7 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Second Base – Jon Meyers – Williams/Worth (16-27, .593, 11 HR, 21 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Third Base – Charles Wright – Ritch’s/Superior (10-17, .588, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Ron Parnell – Ritch’s/Superior (14-23, .609, 11 HRs, 18 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Outfield – Curtis Williams – Vernon’s (19-22, .864, 7 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Outfield – Kent Johnson – Slo-Pitch News (10-17, .588, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Outfield – Doug Berfeldt – Spectrum (13-24, .542, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Outfield – Cecil Whitehead – Ritch’s/Superior (13-21, .619, 5 HRs, 5 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Outfield – Carl Rose – Williams/Worth (18-27, .667, 12 HRs, 25 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • Outfield – Roy Eppley – Vernon’s (10-18, .556, 2 HRs, 19 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Outfield – Britt Hightower – Ritch’s/Superior (17-25, .680, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Utility – Dave Steffen – Ritch’s/Superior (15-24, .625, 12 HRs, 25 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Utility – John Grissom – Williams/Worth (17-27, .630, 11 HRs, 16 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Utility – John Whaley – Spectrum (15-20, .750, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Utility – Ted Larsen – Spectrum (10-18, .556, 4 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Utility – Kenny Pruitt – Nanny’s (15-19, .789, 6 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Manager – Buddy Slater – Ritch’s/Superior

OTHERS

  • Mark Baker, Bell Corp (9-11, .818, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Mark Martin, Bell Corp (10-13, .769, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Sylvin Little, Nanney’s (11-15, .733, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Tim Millette, Dan Smith (8-11, .727, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Jason Kendrick, Datom-Argus (7-10, .700, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Todd Martin, Nanney’s (11-16, .688, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Cody Wyatt, Starpath (10-15, .667, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Dan Schuck, Bell Corp (8-12, .667, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Danny Williams, Steele’s Sunbelt (5-8, .625, 3 Runs)
  • Doug Roberson, Ritch’s-Superior (15-25, .600, 8 HRs, 18 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Bruce Meade, Starpath (9-15, .600, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Greg Whitlock, Starpath (9-15, .600, 5 Runs)
  • Steve Craven, Steele’s Sunbelt (3-5, .600, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Donnie Rardin, Starpath (10-17, .583, 10 Runs)
  • Darrell Beeler, Ritch’s-Superior (14-24, .583, 9 HRs, 14 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Larry Carter, DJ’s Sports (7-12, .583, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Doug Brown, AJD (4-7, .571, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Jimmy Powers, Steele’s Sunbelt (4-7, .571, 4 HRs, 5 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Mike Macenko, Steele’s Sunbelt (4-7, .571, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior (13-23, .565, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • John Keigley, Williams/Worth (13-23, .565, 5 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Derek Oliver, Nanney’s (9-16, .563, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Phil White, Nanney’s (10-18, .556, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Kenny Carver, Williams/Worth (14-25, .560, 9 HRs, 16 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Mark Heirlmeier, DJ’s Sports (6-11, .545, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Ed Berg, Dryden (6-11, .545, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Hank Garris, Bunca (6-11, .545, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Sterlin Ibrom, Williams/Worth (14-26, .538, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Doug Burns, DJ’s Sports (7-13, .538, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Ken Dain, Slo-Pitch News (8-15, .533, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Dewayne Frizzell, Vernons (12-23, .522, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Ron Ford, Vernons (10-20, .500, 3 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Mike Nye, Vernons (3-6, .500)
  • Rick Plante, Starpath (7-14, .500, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Monty Tucker, Steele’s Sunbelt (2-4, .500, 1 RBI)
  • Robbie Ergle, Vernons (12-25, .480, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Mike Jacobs, Vernons (10-21, .476, 3 RBIs 10 Runs)
  • Greg Harding, Dryden (4-9, .444, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Larry Fredieu, Bell Corp (5-12, .417, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Todd Joerling, Bell Corp (5-12, .417, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Don Clatterbaugh, Dryden (4-10, .400, 2 Runs)
  • Rick Scherr, AJD (2-5, .400, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Craig Elliott, AJD (2-5, .400, 1 RBI, 1 Run)
  • Tot Powers, Steele’s Sunbelt (2-5, .400, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Wendell Rickard, Datom-Argus (3-8, .375, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Ricky Huggins, Vernons (8-22, .364, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Dewayne Nevitt, Starpath (5-14, .357, 3 HRs, 3 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Bill Blake, Bell Corp (4-12, .333, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Rick Wheeler, Bell Corp (2-10, .200 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Mike Bolen, Datom-Argus (1-5, .200, 2 RBIs, 1 Run)
  • Clyde Guy, AJD (1-6, .167, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Ritch’s/Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, CT (5-0)
2. Williams/Worth, Spring, TX (4-2)
3. Spectrum/Easton, Golden Valley, MN (4-2)
4. Vernon’s, Jacksonville, FL (4-2)
5t. Slo-Pitch News, Seattle WA (3-2)
5t. Nanney’s Office Supply, Spartenburg, SC (2-2)
7t. DJ Sports, Atchison, KS (2-2)
7t. Starpath, Monticello, KY (2-2)
9t. Bunca Car Wash/Worth, Kalamazoo, MI (1-2)
9t. Bell Corp., Tampa, FL (1-2)
9t. Dan Smith Plastering, San Jose, CA (1-2)
9t. Dryden/Ragtop Pizza/Harrison, Newport News, VA (1-2)
13t. AJD/Wilson Sportign Goods, Richmond, VA (0-2)
13t. Datum Argus, Lebanon, TN (0-2)
13t. Pace/Worth, Rochester, NY (0-2)
13t. Steele’s/Sunbelt, Brook Park, OH (0-2)

1991 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1991 held at Daytona Beach, Florida.


Champion – Ritch’s-Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Runner Up – Starpath/LeAlCo, Monticello, Kentucky


Starpath, the second ranked team, most of the season put Ritch’s-Superior in the losers bracket with a 29-24 win in which they hits 21 Homers. Starpath then beat Sunbelt 28-17 in the winner’s bracket finals. Ritch’s won games in the losers bracket by scores of 6-5 and 13-11. Then in the loser’s bracket finals, their bats came alive as they defeated Sunbelt 24-3. The R-S Express then defeated undefeated Starpath twice to win the Championship. The scores were 29-6 and 18-8. In the final victory, Jim Fuller was 4-5 with 3 RBIs. Dirk Androff, Britt Hightower, Dave Steffen and pitcher Paul Drilling all had 3 hits. Bruce Meade was 3-3 with 3 homers for Starpath. Big Dirk Androff, the regular First Basemen, had to play in the outfield when Cecil Whitehead went down with an injury, he was named the MVP for his play in the field and also for his clutch hitting as he went 23-34 (.696) with 13 HRs and 27 RBIs.

The Stottler Stagg team met for its morning meeting to talk softball and swill coffee.

But neither words nor caffeine could awaken the team. “I kept telling them that the fire and intensity weren’t there,” manager Dick Landress said. “I saw it in the first game [a 10-9 loss]. For some reason, we didn’t come here wanting to win badly enough. “I told them we lacked spirit [Thursday night]. I talked to them about it over our team meeting this morning, and they agreed. If we didn’t turn it around, we knew this game could be our last.” This game was Stottler Stagg’s last. The team, based in Cocoa, was eliminated from the United. States Slowpitch Softball Association Men’s Major World Series, 16-13, by Murfs (Colo.) before an estimated crowd of 600 Friday morning. Other scores from the second day of the tournament: Coors/Atkins (Kan.) beat Sports Hero’s (Minn.). 11-6; Neuse Sand and Gravel (N.C.) defeated AJD/Russell (Va.) 18-3; and Gooslin Construction (Ohio) topped Spectrum (Minn.), 12-5.

The only team from Florida left in the series is Bell Corp. of Tampa. Today’s games of the double-elimination tournament begin with the losers’ bracket pairings at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. The winners’ bracket games are scheduled for 6:30 and 8 p.m. Stottler Stagg, ranked ninth by Softball USA, wasn’t expected to win, but Landress said his team should have done better. Three players had hit 50 home runs or more during the season. And the team had chances but failed to capitalize. Stottler Stagg was beaten by Bunca in extra innings in its opening game. Then Muris scored five runs in the top of the seventh (last) inning to score a comeback victory in its last. “We didn’t play half as well as we could have,” said Landress, whose Stottler Stagg team has competed in three consecutive USSSA World Series. “We have six months apart in the off-season. “I’d like to have these same guys next year. They’ve been too good for too long not to come back and try again.”


  • MVP – Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior (23-34, .676, 13 HRs, 27 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Bruce Meade, Starpath (18-23, .783, 23 RBIs, 18 Runs) – 16
  • Batting Leader (15 ABs) – Gary Adams, Dan Smith (13-15, 7 RBIs, 6 Runs) – .867
  • Defensive MVP – Larry Fredieu, Starpath/Le-Al-Co

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Andy Cook – Starpath (11-22, .500, 1 HR, 8 RBIS, 6 Runs)
  • Pitcher – Paul Drilling – Ritch’s/Superior (13-28, .464, 3 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Catcher – Bruce Meade – Starpath (18-23, .783, 16 HRs, 23 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • First Base – Rich Plante – Wlliams/Finke (14-21, .667, 7 HRs, 17 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Second Base – Darrell Beeler – Ritch’s/Superior (15-29, .517, 10 HRs, 15 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Second Base – Dan Schuck – Larry’s Used Cars (14-20, .700, 11 HRs, 20 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Third Base – Charles Wright – Ritch’s/Superior (14-25, .560, 9 HRs, 15 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • Third Base – Carl Rose – Sunbelt Plastics (15-20, .750, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Greg Whitlock – Starpath (11-20, .550, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Outfield – Gary Jones – Starpath (12-17, .706, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Outfield – Larry Fredieu – Starpath (14-23, .609, 11 HRs, 12 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dirk Androff – Ritch’s/Superior (23-34, .676, 13 HRs, 27 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Outfield – Greg Schulte – Sunbelt Plastics (13-21, .619, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs,11 Runs)
  • Outfield – Jeff Peterson – Dan Smith (14-21, .667, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Outfield – Wes Lord – Dan Smith (14-19, .737, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Outfield – Sylvin Little – Sunbelt Plastics (12-21, .545, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Utility – Jim Fuller – Ritch’s/Superior (22-33, .667, 8 HRs, 21 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Manager – Buddy Slater – Ritch’s/Superior

OTHERS

  • Hank Garris, Stottler Stagg (6-6, 1.000, 2 HRS, 2 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Randy Romagna, Neuse Sand & Gravel (11-14, .786, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Mark Heirlmeier, Bell Corp (11-15, .733, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Freddie Johnson, Larry’s Used Cars (14-20, .700, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Mark Baker, Bell Corp (11-16, .688, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Bob Louria, Bunca (2-3, .667, 1 Run)
  • Rick Weiterman, Ritch’s/Superior (14-22, .636, 6 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Cliff Carpenter, Bell Corp (10-16, .625, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Dave Steffen, Ritch’s/Superior (17-28, .607, 8 HRS, 21 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Cecil Whitehead, Ritch’s/Superior (7-12, .583, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Doug Flynn, Bell Corp (8-14, .571, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • John Keigley, Williams/Finke (9-16, .563, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Steve Craven, Sunbelt (12-22, .545, 7 HRs, 13 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Jeff Arnold, Williams/Finke (12-22, .545, 9 HRs, 14 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Chuck Maiorana, Bunca (6-11, .545, 2 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Kenny Carver, Sunbelt (10-19, .526, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Danny Williams, Sunbelt (11-22, .500, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Ernie Montgomery, Larry’s Used Cars (10-20, .500, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Mike Martin, Bell Corp (7-14, .500, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Todd Martin, Neuse Sand & Gravel (4-8, .500, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Britt Hightower, Ritch’s/Superior (15-33, .484, 9 HRs, 15 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • John Grisson, Williams/Fink (12-25, .480, 6 HRs, 7 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Bill Blake, Larry’s Used Cars (9-19, .474, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Doug Roberson, Ritch’s/Superior (15-33, .455, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Todd Joerling, Sunbelt (9-20, .450, 6 HRs, 8 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Mike Macenko, Sunbelt (10-23, .435, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Ron Parnell, Ritch’s/Superior (12-28, .429, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Doug Berfeldt, Sports Heros (3-7, .429, 1 RBI, 1 Run)
  • Clyde Guy, Sunbelt (6-14, .429, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Dave Allen, Starpath (8-20, .400, 5 HRs, 9 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Craig Elliott, Neuse Sand & Gravel (4-10, .400, 3 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Rick Wheeler, Starpath (9-24, .375, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Doug Brown, Starpath (9-24, .375, 7 HRs, 15 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Jimmy Powers, Neuse Sand & Gravel (4-11, .364, 3 Runs)
  • Tot Powers, Neuse Sand & Gravel (4-13, .308, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 4 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Ritch’s/Superior, Windsor Locks, CT (7-1)
2. Starpath/LeAlCo, Monticello, KY (4-2)
3. Sunbelt Plastics/Worth, Stone Mountain, GA (3-2)
4. Dan Smith Plastering, San Jose, CA (3-2)
5. Larry’s Used Cars/Capitols, Grand Prairie, TX (3-2)
6. Williams/Finke, Spring, TX (3-2)
7t. Bell Corp., Tampa, FL (2-2)
7t. Neuse Sand & Gravek, La Grange, NC (2-2)
9t. Coors/Atkins, Dodge City, KS (1-2)
9t. Murfs/Sonny’s/Worth, Denver, CO (1-2)
9t. Bunca Car Wash, Kalamazoo, MI (1-2)
9t. Gooslin Construction, Columbus, OH (1-2)
13t. Spectrum Screen Print Inc., Crystal, MN (0-2)
13t. AJD/Russell Athletics, Richmond VA (0-2)
13t. Stottler Stagg/Cocoa Express, Cape Canaveral, FL (0-2)
13t. Sports Heros Athletics, Eagan, MN (0-2)

1990 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1990 held at Greensboro, North Carolina.


Champion – Ritch’s/Kirk’s, Harrisburgh, North Carolina
Runner Up – Superior/Apollo, Windsor Locks, Connecticut


The big story was whether Steele’s Silver Bullets could complete the Grand Slam of Slow Pitch. They had previously won the ISA, NSA and ASA World Series and were trying to be the first to win all four Championships in the same year. Sports Heros of Minnesota stunned Steele’s in their first game by defeating them 21-18. After defeating the Las Vegas Aces and then Lighthouse of Stone Mountain, GA, the Men of Steele’s were eliminated by Bell Corp 29-28 on a 2-run walk off HR by Bell Corp’s Hal Harlan. The Grand Slam would have to wait. This tournament belonged to Cecil Whitehead and the Ritch’s/Kirk’s squad as they went undefeated and defeated defending champ, Superior/Apollo 35-14 in the Championship game. Whitehead was 4-5 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs and made some of the most incredible catches in left field. He was the HR and Batting leader of the tournament. Britt Hightower (4-5, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs), Greg Whitlock (4-5, 2 RBIs), Charles Wright an Rick Wheeler (3 HRs each) led the R/K offense. Clyde Guy was 4-4 for Superior/Apollo in a losing effort.


  • MVP – Cecil Whitehead, Ritch’s/Kirk’s (18-23, .783, 15 HRs, 25 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Cecil Whitehead, Ritch’s/Kirk’s – 15
  • Batting Leader – Cecil Whitehead, Ritch’s/Kirk’s – .783
  • Defensive MVP – Richard Wilborn, Hinson Capitals

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Paul Drilling – Ritch’s/Kirk’s (13-24, .542, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Catcher – Brian Ward – Sunset (10-17, .588, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Catcher – Jim Fuller – Superior/Apollo (24-35, .750, 12 HRs, 26 RBIs, 25 Runs)
  • First Base – Freddie Johnson – Hinson Capitols (15-22, .682, 9 HRs, 15 RBIS, 13 Runs)
  • First Base – Bruce Rains – Ritch’s/Kirk’s (10-18, .556, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Second Base – Dennis Graser – Superior/Apollo (16-24, .667, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • Third Base – Mike Cuellar – Hinson Capitols (16-23, .696, 9 HRs, 11 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Greg Whitlock – Ritch’s/Kirk’s (16-23, .696, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Outfield – Mike Gunnels – Hinson Capitols (15-24, .625, 8 HRs, 13 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Outfield – Richard Wilborn – Hinson Capitols (12-21, .571, 7 HRs, 13 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Outfield – Cecil Whitehead – Ritch’s/Kirk’s (18-23, .783, 15 HRs, 25 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • Outfield – Britt Hightower – Ritch’s/Kirk’s (17-27, .630, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Outfield – Cody Wyatt – Ritch’s/Kirk’s (13-23, .565, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Outfield – Rick Wheeler – Ritch’s/Kirk’s (12-24, .500, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Outfield – Dave Steffen – Superior/Apollo (20-31, .645, 10 HRs, 20 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Outfield – Andy Sanzaro – Superior/Apollo (18-28, .643, 8 HRs, 13 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Utility – Chuck Drewicz – Sunset (9-14, .643, 4 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Manager – Buddy Slater – Ritch’s/Kirk’s

OTHERS

  • Rick Scherr, Superior/Apollo (1-1, 1.000)
  • Craig Elliott, Stewart’s (5-6, .833, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Todd Joerling, Steele’s (12-17, .706, 8 HRs, 9 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Mike Macenko, Steele’s (14-20, .700, 9 HRs, 15 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Howard Copeland, Bell Corp (13-19, .684, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Greg Fuhrman, Superior/Apollo (8-12, .667, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Ernie Montgomery, Steele’s (10-15, .667, 5 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Chuck Maiorana, Sunset (9-14, .643, 1 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • Scott Virkus, Steele’s (7-11, .636, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Roger Snatchko, STewart’s (7-11, .636, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Ron Parnell, Superior/Apollo (19-30, .633, 11 HRs, 21 RBIs 21 Runs)
  • Rich Plante, Superior/Apollo (17-27, .630, 8 HRs, 14 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • Mark Martin, Bell Corp (13-21, .619, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Clyde Guy, Superior/Apollo (15-25, .600, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Doug Roberson, Superior/Apollo (9-15, .600, 8 HRs, 14 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Kerry Everett, Bell Corp (13-22, .591, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Dirk Androff, Steele’s (10-17, .588, 7 HRs, 13 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Bill Blake, Steele’s (10-17, .588, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse (5-9, .556, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Charles Wright, Ritch’s/Kirk’s (12-23, .522, 9 HRs, 14 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Cliff Carpenter, Bell Corp (12-22, .545, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Mark Heirlmeier, Ritch’s/Kirk’s (12-22, .545, 9 HRs, 16 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Darrell Beeler, Superior/Apollo (17-32, .531, 10 HRs, 25 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Monty Tucker, Steele’s (9-18, .500, 5 HRs, 6 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Doug Brown, AJD (9-18, .500, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • John Beasley, Bell Corp (9-18, .500, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Steve Craven, Lighthouse (6-12, .500, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Curtis Williams, Lighthouse (5-10, .500, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Danny Williams, Steele’s (7-15, .467, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • John Keigley, Superior/Apollo (12-27, .444, 6 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Rick Weiterman, Steele’s (7-16, .438, 1 RBI, 7 Runs)
  • Bob Louria, Sunset (3-7, .429, 3 Runs)
  • Carl Rose, Lighthouse (5-12, .417, 4 HRs, 5 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Jon Meyers, Hinson Capitols (9-22, .409, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Chic Downing, Coors Atkins (4-11, .364, 1 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • Dan Schuck, Steele’s (4-12, .333, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Mike Cellura, Starpath (2-6, .333)
  • Mike Parrott, Hinson Capitols (6-19, .316, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Ron Ford, Stewart’s (4-13, .308, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 Runs)
  • Dewayne Frizzell, Lighthouse (3-10, .300, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Ricky Huggins, Lighthouse (3-11, .273, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Ted Larsen, Sports Heros (3-15, .200, 1 RBI, 4 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Ritch’s/Kirk’s, Harrisburg, NC (5-0)
2. Superior/Apollo, Windsor Locks, CT (4-2)
3. Hinson/Capitols Softball Club, Houston TX (4-2)
4. Sunset Technology, Warren, MI (3-2)
5. AJD Moody’s/Russell, Richmond, VA (3-2)
6. Bell Corp., Tampa, FL (3-2)
7t. Sports Hero Athletics, Eagan, MN (2-2)
7t. Steele’s Silver Bullets, Grafton, OH (2-2)
9t. Stewart’s Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
9t. Coors/Atkins, Dodge City, KS (1-2)
9t. Lighthouse, Stone Mountain, GA (1-2)
9t. Stottler Stagg, Cape Canaveral, FL (1-2)
13t. Williams & Thompson, Spring, TX (0-2)
13t. Las Vegas Aces, Las Vegas, NV (0-2)
13t. VIP/Express Transport, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
13t. Starpath, Lexington, KY (0-2)

1989 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1989 held at Omaha, Nebraska.


Champion – Superior/Apollo, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Runner Up – Ken Michael’s-Franny & Parr, Rockville, Maryland


The championship game was not even close as Superior/Apollo defeated Ken Michael’s/Fanny & Parr 65-16. Ken Michaels, in high spirits after knocking off powerful Steele’s 32-20. Steele’s was sent to the loser’s bracket by Superior/Apollo in the winner’s bracket final 32-31. In the Championship game, Dave Steffen set a record by hitting 9 Home Runs in the game. Steffen was 9 for 9 with 9 HRs and 13 RBIs. MVP Clyde Guy was 8-9 with 5 HRs. Rick Scherr (7-9, 6 HRs), Doug Roberson (8-8, 3 HRs), Rich Plante (8-8, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs), Darrell Beeler (7-8, 3 HRs) and winning Pitcher Greg Fuhrman 4-7 with 4 HRs) led the offensive explosion. In the game where Ken Michaels eliminated Steele’s, Rick Wheeler and Ted Cox both had 4 home runs and combined for 14 RBIs. Mike Macenko was 4-4 for Steele’s in the loss.


  • MVP – Clyde Guy, Superior/Apollo (25-29, .862, 18 HRs, 25 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • Home Run Leader – Mark Baker, Bell Corp. (23-28, .821, 32 RBIs, 24 Runs) – 19
  • Batting Leader – Clyde Guy, Superior/ Apollo .862
  • Defensive MVP – Lou Page, Ken Michael’s

USSSA MAJOR WORLD SERIES ALL WORLD TEAM

  • Pitcher – Greg Fuhrman – Superior/Apollo (17-25, .680, 11 HRs, 16 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • Pitcher – Paul Drilling – Ken Michael’s (18-28, .643, 7 HRs, 13 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Catcher – Dave Steffen – Superior/Apollo (24-31, .774, 18 HRs, 29 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Catcher – Hal Harlan – Bell Corp. (21-27, .778, 13 HRs, 28 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • First Base – Mike Macenko – Steele’s (19-26, .731, 10 HRs, 15 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • First Base – John Grissom – Ken Michael’s (23-29, .793, 13 HRs, 27 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • Second Base – Mark Baker – Bell Corp. (23-28, .821, 19 HRs, 32 RBIs, 24 Runs)
  • Third Base – Ted Cox – Ken Michael’s (22-32, .688, 10 HRs, 16 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Third Base – Rick Scherr – Superior/Apollo (26-32, .813, 17 HRs, 32 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • Shortstop – Darrell Beeler – Superior/Apollo (21-32, .656, 10 HRs, 17 RBIs, 20 Runs)
  • Outfield – Rick Wheeler – Ken Michael’s (21-33, .636, 15 HRs, 25 RBIs, 22 Runs)
  • Outfield – Rich Plante – Superior/Apollo (24-32, .750, 14 HRs, 23 RBIs, 23 Runs)
  • Outfield – Lou Page – Ken Michael’s (23-35, .657, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Outfield – Clyde Guy – Superior/Apollo (25-29, .862, 18 HRs, 25 RBIs, 28 Runs)
  • Outfield – Ken Loeri – Steele’s (14-21, .667, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Outfield – Doug Roberson – Superior/Apollo (24-33, .727, 15 HRs, 32 RBIs, 26 Runs)
  • Manager – Frank LaTeano – Superior/Apollo

OTHERS

  • Baxter Burris, Ritch’s Salvage (9-10, .900, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 7 Runs)
  • Phil Higgins, Joe Black’s Softball (7-8, .875, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 4 Runs)
  • Dennis Graser, Superior/Apollo (11-13, .846, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Rick Weiterman, Steele’s (14-17, .824, 5 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Britt Hightower, Ritch’s Salvage (8-10, .800, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Tony Dedonatis, Coors Light (11-14, .786, 6 RBIs, 8 Runs)
  • Steve Skladany, Stewart’s (17-22, .773, 11 HRs, 23 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Jim Fuller, Superior/Apollo (25-33, .758, 12 HRs, 24 RBIs, 27 Runs)
  • Steve Blanchette, Stewart’s (18-24, .750, 7 HRs, 20 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Ted Larsen, Century/Worth/Coors (18-24, .750, 7 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Mike Ambers, Bell Corp (18-25, .720, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Leland Nelson, Century/Worth/Coors (15-21, .714, 2 HRs, 8 RBIS, 14 Runs)
  • Chuck Maiorana, Coors Light (9-13, .692, 6 RBIs, 10 Runs)
  • Ed Berg, Stewart’s (17-25, .680, 9 HRs, 20 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Scott Virkus, Steele’s (16-24, .667, 7 HRs, 11 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Cliff Carpenter, Bell Corp (18-27, .667, 6 HRs, 12 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Roger Snatchko, Stewart’s (18-27, .667, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 18 Runs)
  • Cody Wyatt, Starpath/Kirk’s (12-18, .667, 4 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Myles Schexnaydre, Ken Michael’s (21-32, .656, 10 HRs, 21 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Andy Cook, Superior/Apollo (17-26, .654, 11 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Larry Fredieu, Steele’s (15-23, .652, 9 HRs, 16 RBIs, 19 Runs)
  • Jon Meyers, Bell Corp (18-28, .643, 7 HRs, 17 RBIs, 17 Runs)
  • Mark Cauley, Bell Corp (18-28, .643, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Bruce Rains, Starpath/Kirk’s (9-14, .643, 8 HRs, 14 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Scott Jones, Starpath/Kirk’s (9-14, .643, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs, 9 Runs)
  • Phil Jobe, Budweiser/San Francisco (10-16, .625, 3 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Greg Whitlock, Ritch’s Salvage (6-10, .600, 6 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Dirk Androff, Steele’s (14-24, .583, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Craig Elliott, Steele’s (15-26, .577, 13 HRs, 23 RBIs, 16 Runs)
  • Bruce Meade, Ken Michael’s (20-35, .571, 12 HRs, 27 RBIs, 21 Runs)
  • Doug Flynn, Starpath/Kirk’s (8-14, .571, 1 RBI, 9 Runs)
  • Dave Allen, Starpath/Kirk’s (8-15, .533, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 11 Runs)
  • Butch Ovens, Ken Michael’s (17-32, .531, 8 HRs, 13 RBIs, 14 Runs)
  • Mike Nye, Ritch’s Salvage (4-8, .500, 3 Runs)
  • Charles Wright, Ritch’s Salvage (5-10, .500, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 5 Runs)
  • Ron Parnell, Steele’s (14-28, .500, 6 HRs, 9 RBIs, 15 Runs)
  • Bill Blake, Steele’s (13-26, .500, 10 HRs, 20 RBIs, 13 Runs)
  • Cecil Whitehead, Steele’s (10-21, .476, 6 HRs, 7 RBIs, 12 Runs)
  • Bill Gatti, Ritch’s Salvage (4-9, .444, 4 Runs)
  • Bob Louria, People’s Choice (4-10, .400, 1 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • Tim Linson, People’s Choice (4-10, .400, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 3 Runs)
  • Dan Schuck, Starpath/Kirk’s (5-16, .313, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 6 Runs)
  • Don Clatterbaugh, Starpath/Kirk’s (4-16, .250, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Superior/Apollo, Windsor Locks, CT (5-0)
2. Ken Michael/Franey & Parr, Rockville, MD (5-2)
3. Steele’s Silver Bullets, Grafton, OH (3-2)
4. Bell Corp., Tampa, FL (3-2)
5t. Stewart’s Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA (3-2)
5t. Century Worth/Coors/Atkins, St. Louis, MO (3-2)
7t. Budweiser, San Francisco, CA (2-2)
7t. Starpath/Kirk’s Glass, Lexington, KY (2-2)
9t. Coors Light, Warren, MI (1-2)
9t. Capitols, Austin, TX (1-2)
9t. Joe Black’s Softball Club, Highland Park, IL (1-2)
9t. Premier Sports, Tempe, AZ 0-2
13t. King’s Auto/Ford & Lloyd, Lynchburg, VA 0-2
13t. Budweiser of Omaha, Omaha, NE 0-2
13t. Ritch’s Salvage, Mooresville, NC 0-2
16. *People’s Choice TV/Glass, Champaign, IL (1-2)

* Forfeited out for illegal player and placed last