1970 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1970 held at Stratford, Connecticut.


Champion – Orange Lionettes, Orange, California (74-13)
Runner Up – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (53-3)


The first championship game was a 20 inning, 1-0 classic. Nancy Welborn out pitched Joan Joyce to lead the Lionettes. Welborn surrendered 8 hits, walked only one and struck out 17 Brakettes. Joyce had 21 K for the Brakettes in a losing effort. In the Final Championship game, Welborn came back to throw another shutout to clinch the title for the Orange 1-0, beating the Brakettes and Donna Lopiano. Mickey Davis opened up the top of the 7th with a single. She advanced to third base on two infield ground outs. Mary Lou Adams of the Lionettes squad (2-22 up to her last at bat), then singled in Davis with the winning run. Welborn pitched 65 innings in the tournament, breaking Joan Joyce’s record for innings pitched. Also, Jackie Rice combined with Nancy Welborn for one of the shutout victories.

The Lorelei Ladies of Atlanta were City Champs 27 times, won the State and/or Metro championship 21 times and were 11 time Regional Champ.


  • MVP – Nancy Welborn, Orange Lionettes (7-1, 65 IP, 49 K, 6 shutouts, no-hitter, two 1-hitters, Won final 2 games, both 1-0, Welborn’s Sac Fly won first final in 20th)
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Nancy Welborn, Orange Lionettes (17 K in 20 inn 1-0 win, 27 scoreless innings in the two final games, 65 IP, 58 K, gave up 4 runs in 8 games)
  • Erv Lind Defensive MVP Award – Carol Spanks, Orange Lionettes
  • Batting Leader – Cathy Benedetto, Portland Dr. Bernard’s (7-17, 2 RBI, 2 Runs; 3-0 Pitching, 26 IP, 26 K) – .412
  • HR Leader – Joan Moser, Telford Wanderers – 1

1970 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Nancy Welborn, Orange Lionettes
P – Nancy Ito, Orange Lionettes
P – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (3-1, 3 shutouts, 2 no hitters, 66 K, 41 IP, 21 in one game, gave up 1 run)
C – Jean Daves, Orlando Rebels (4-2, 1 ER, 49 IP)
C – Ann Mullins, Pekin Lettes
1B – Donna Lopiano, Raybestos Brakettes (2-1, 2 shutouts, gave up 1 run)
2B – Pat Adams, Lorelei Ladies
3B – Eva Johnson, Texas Beverage Canning
SS – Chris “Pettina” Miner, Portland Dr. Bernard’s
OF – Pat Harrison, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Marlene Piper, Portland Dr. Bernard’s
OF – Cecilia Ponce, Orange Lionettes
OF – Sandra June Wells, Lorelei Ladies
UTIL – Cathy Benedetto, Portland Dr. Bernard’s

1970 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Fern Gardner, Utah Shamrocks
P – Lorene Ramsey, Orlando Rebels
P – Dot Elliott, Lorelei Ladies
C – Peggy Kellers, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Janice White, Lorelei Ladies
1B – Shirley Topley, Orange Lionettes
2B – Gladys Crespo, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – Dorothy “Dot” Dobie, Portland Dr. Bernard’s
SS – April Scherman, Utah Shamrocks
OF – Marilyn Bradley, Pekin Lettes
OF – Willie Roze, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Mickey Davis, Orange Lionettes
OF – Snookie Mulder, Orlando Rebels
UTIL – Leslie Ball, Utah Shamrocks


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (7-1) (Defending Champ)
2. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (5-2) (Host)
3. Dr. Bernards, Portland, OR (4-2) (Northwestern)
4. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (4-2) (Southern)
5t. Pekin-Lettes, Pekin, IL (4-2) (West Central)
5t. Utah Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT (2-2) (Rocky Mountain)
7t. Lorelei Ladies, Atlanta, GA (2-2) (South Atlantic)
7t. Texas Beverage Canning, San Antonio, TX (2-2) (Texas)
9t. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (1-2) (Cactus)
9t. Bridgeport Co-Eds, Bridgeport, CT (1-2) (New England)
9t. Telford Wanderers, Telford, PA (1-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. Celina Girls, Celina, OH (1-2) (East Central)
13t. Dixie Belles, Tulsa, OK (1-2) (Southwestern)
13t. Gulfettes, Bloomington, MN (0-2) (Northern)
13t. Teamsterettes Local 696, Topeka, KS (0-2) (Western)
13t. Schaeferettes, Plainfield, NJ (0-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
17t. Sup. Fast Freight Express, Los Alamitos, CA (0-2) (South Pacific Coast)
17t. Santa Clara Laurels, Santa Clara, CA (0-2) (North Pacific Coast)

NOTES: Alaska Champ – Anchorage Gold Nuggets, Anchorage, AK did not attend. Hawaii Champ – Jokers, Oahu, HI did not attend. Canada Champ – Saskatoon Imperials, Saskatoon, SK did not attend.

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