1969 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1969 held at Stratford, Connecticut.


Champion – Orange Lionettes, Orange, California (61-10)
Runner Up – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (61-8)


The Orange Lionettes defeated Raybestos 1-0 in the winners bracket as Nancy Welborn pitched a 14 inning no hitter. Welborn also scored the winning run. Joan Joyce was the losing pitcher as she struck out 20 batters. The Brakettes then bested the Yakima Webb Cats as Donna Lopiano outdueled Billie Harris 1-0 in the semi finals for the right to get another crack at the Lionettes. Once again, it was Welborn who was the deciding factor as she pitched a 4-1 rain-delayed victory. She surrendered only 2 hits. The Lionettes Rosie Adams came up with the bases loaded and cleared them to give the Orange a 3-1 lead in what turned out to be the big blow of the game.


  • MVP – Billie Harris, Yakima Webb Cats (4-1, 26 K, 35 IP, 3 shutouts; 8-20, .400 average, 1 Run, 2 RBI)
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Nancy Welborn, Orange Lionettes (5-0, 3 shutouts, 35 K, 40 IP, 1 ER, 14 inning 1-0 no-hitter vs Brakettes and then 4-1 final game win)
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Carol Spanks, Orange Lionettes
  • Batting Leader – Carol Lichtenberger, NJ Schaeferettes (9-15, 2 Runs) – .600
  • HR Leader – Sylvia Holly, Tucson Roadrunners – 1

1969 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Nancy Welborn, Orange Lionettes
P – Billie Harris, Yakima Webb Cats
P – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (2-2, 34 IP, 58 K)
C – Nancy Ito, Orange Lionettes
C – Ieva Sijats, Indianapolis Anchorettes
1B – Cathy Benedetto, Yakima Webb Cats (1-1, 14 IP, 15 K) pitched the other 2 games for the Webb Cats
2B – Wanda McCargar, Yakima Webb Cats
3B – Toni Swartout, Orlando Rebels
SS – Carol Spanks, Orange Lionettes
OF – Carol Lichtenberger, Schaeferettes
OF – Mary Taylor, Yakima Webb Cats
OF – Darlene May, Orlando Rebels
OF – Willie Roze, Raybestos Brakettes
UTIL – Joy Peterson, Utah Shamrocks

1969 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Donna Lopiano, Raybestos Brakettes (3-0, 21 IP, 20 K, 3 shutouts)
P – Donna Schwenk, Indianapolis Anchorettes
P – Jean Daves, Orlando Rebels (4-1, 32 Ks, 31 IP, 2 ER)
C – Peggy Kellers, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Maggie Bean, Yakima Webb Cats
1B – Shirley Topley, Orange Lionettes
2B – Rose Marie “Rosie” Adams, Orange Lionettes
3B – Dorothy “Dot” Dobie, Yakima Webb Cats
SS – Sharron Backus, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Snookie Mulder, Orlando Rebels
OF – E. Louise Albrecht, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Mary Lou Adams, Orange Lionettes
OF – Mickey Davis, Orange Lionettes
UTIL – Sandra Koelsch, Schaeferettes


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (5-0) (South Pacific Coast)
2. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (5-2) (Defending Champ)
3. Yakima Webb Cats, Yakima, WA (5-2) (Northwestern)
4. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (5-2) (Southern)
5. Anchor Fence Anchorettes, Indianapolis, IN (2-2) (West Central)
6. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (2-2) (Cactus)
7. Schaeferettes, Plainfield, NJ (2-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
8. Utah Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT (2-2) (Rocky Mountain)
9. Lakers, Lake Jackson, TX (1-2) (Texas)
10. Wooster Lumber Girls, Wooster, OH (1-2) (East Central)
11. Telford Wanderers, Telford, PA (1-2) (Central Atlantic)
12. Teamsterettes Local 696, Topeka, KS (1-2) (Western)
13. Kropp Realty, Shakopee, MN (1-2) (Northern)
14. Manero’s Waltham Drifters, Waltham, MA (1-2) (New England)
15. Santa Clara Laurels, Santa Clara, CA (0-2) (North Pacific Coast)
16. Universal Dynamics, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2) (Southwestern)
17. Tucson Roadrunners, Tucson, AZ (0-2) (Host)
18. Lorelei Ladies, Atlanta, GA (0-2) (South Atlantic)

NOTES: Alaska Champ – Anchorage Gold Nuggets, Anchorage, AK did not attend. Hawaii Champ – no representative was listed. Canada Champ – Saskatoon Imperials, Saskatoon, SK did not attend.

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