1992 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1992 held at Redding, California.

Champion – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (51-1)
Runner Up – Redding Rebels, Redding, California

The Rebels forced the extra game with Lori Sippel defeating the Brakettes 2-0.  Consecutive Singles by Dot Richardson, Trisha Popowski and Pat Dufficy accounted for the games only run in the 8th inning of the final championship game to give the Brakettes the title. Dufficy’s two out single scored Richardson who scored on a beautiful hook slide to just beat the throw. Earlier in the tournament, the Brakettes set a record by defeating a team from Washington DC 30-0. They hit 10 homeruns in the game to set a record for homers in a game also. Fernandez pitched the final, defeating Dee Dee Weiman of the Rebels. The Rebels defeated the Arizona Sunbirds 6-0 in the loser’s bracket final behind Michele Smith. The Brakettes defeated Smith and the Rebels 7-1 in the Winner’s bracket final behind Fernandez 3 hitter and 9 K. Once again, the Brakettes entered the ASA National Championship with an undefeated season record of 45-0.  They went 6-1 to finish up 51-1.

The Brakettes, at the end of their 46th season, has won 2465 games and lost only 278 games for a winning percentage of 90%. Since 1958, they have won 23 national championships and lost in the finals 10 times. So, in the last 35 years, there have only been two years where this team was not in the national championship game. These years were 1962, when they finished 3rd with a 4-2 record and in 1979, they were 17th with a 1-2 record. This is one of the greatest streaks in sports history.

Dee Dee Weiman (1-1) for the Rebels.

Lisa Longaker (3-1, Shutout) and Lori Harrigan 2-1, Shutout) pitched for the Commotion.

Barbara Reinalda and Cheri Kempf (0-1, lost a 2-0 game) also pitched for the Brakettes.

  • MVP – Lisa Fernandez, Raybestos Brakettes
  • HR Leader – Lisa Fernandez, Raybestos Brakettes – N/A
  • Batting Leader – Janice Parks, California Commotion – .500
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Lisa Fernandez, Raybestos Brakettes
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Ann Rowan, California Commotion


P – Debbie Doom, Orange County Majestics (3-0, 3 Shutouts)
P – Lori Sippel, Redding Rebels (3-0)
P – Lisa Fernandez, Raybestos Brakettes (5-0, 1 Shutout, 5 runs, 0 ER, including 1-0, 8 inning championship game win)
C – Suzy Brazney, Orange County Majestics
C – Christy Sereitella, Phoenix Sunbirds
1B – Sheila Cornell Douty, Raybestos Brakettes
2B – Trish Popowski, Raybestos Brakettes (had 5 hits in one game)
3B – Janice Parks, California Commotion
SS – Karen Walker, California Commotion
OF – Jill Justin-Coffel, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Rachele Brown, Phoenix Sunbirds
OF – Yvonne Gutierrez, California Commotion
OF – Barbara Jordan, Redding Rebels
DP – Michele Smith, Redding Rebels (2-1)
UTIL – Kelly Jackson, Redding Rebels


P – Susie Parra, Phoenix Sunbirds (4-0, hurled 4 straight shutouts)
P – Lori Harrigan, California Commotion
P – Pam Amabile, Shamrocks
C – Laurie Miller, Shamrocks
C – Terrie Cissna, Lynch Mob Express
1B – Trish Johnson, Michigan Cruise
2B – Julie Smith, Redding Rebels
3B – Wendy Spratt, St. Louis Classics
SS – Bonnie Tholl, Michigan Cruise
OF – Pat Dufficy, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Angela Marzetta, Lightning
OF – Dionne Harris, Raybestos Brakettes (9 RBI total, 7 coming in one game)
OF – Barbara Jordan, Redding Rebels
DP – Mary Ivy, St. Louis Classics
UTIL – Mona Nard, Lightning


P – Michele O’Neal, St. Louis Classics
P – Kacey Marshall, Ballwin Saints
P – Shelly Hawkins, Michigan Cruise
C – Barb Booth, California Commotion
C – Leanne Bonifas, East Peoria Avantis
1B – Stephanie Fleischaker, Orange County Majestics
2B – Karen Schneider, Ballwin Saints
3B – Cathy Wylie, Raybestos Brakettes
SS – Theresa Wardlaw, St. Louis Classics
OF – Vivian Villa, Lynch Mob Express
OF – Kim Kaul, Shamrocks
OF – Denise Day, Redding Rebels
OF – Suzy Lady, Redding Rebels
DP – Jackie Cipolloni, Raybestos Brakettes
UTIL – Roanna Brazier, St. Louis Classics
Defense – Ann Rowan, California Commotion


1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CA (6-1)
2. Redding Rebels, Redding, CA (6-2)
3. Phoenix Sunbirds, Phoenix, AZ (5-2)
4. Diamond Bar Commotion, Diamond Bar, CA (5-2)
5t. Tonawanda Shamrocks, Tonawanda, NY (5-2)
5t. Sacramento Express, Sacramento, CA (2-2)
7t. St. Louis Classics, St. Louis, MO (3-2)
7t. Ballwin Saints, Ballwin, MO (3-2)
9t. East Peoria Avantis, East Peoria, IL (3-2)
9t. Orange County Majestics, Orange, CA (3-2)
9t. Phoenix Lightening, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
9t. Michigan Cruise, Ann Arbor, MI (2-2)
13t. First Page Metros, Washington, DC (1-2)
13t. Orland Stars, Orland CA (1-2)
13t. Twin City Jammers, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
13t. Lady Knights, Bloomington, MN (1-2)
17t. Montclair Majestics, Montclair, NJ (1-2)
17t. Fresno Force, Fresno, CA (1-2)
17t. Allentown Pates, Allentown, PA (1-2)
17t. Plymouth Blue Wave, Plymouth, MA (0-2)
17t. Celina Suns, Celina, OH (0-2)
17t. Sunnyvale Diamonds, Sunnyvale, CA (0-2)
17t. Tacoma Shamrocks, Tacoma, WA (0-2)
17t. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (0-2)
25t. Royal Ladies, Yardley, PA (0-2)
25t. Lady Hawks, Normal, IL (0-2)
25t. Sid Grinker, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)

L-R, top row- Manager Ralph Raymond, Dot Richardson, Lisa Fernandez, Jill Justin, Dionna Harris
middle row- Tricia Popowski, Leslie Adams, Doreen Denmon, Jackie Cipolloni, Cathy Wylie
bottom row- Coach John Stratton, Pat Dufficy, Tracy Bunge, Barbara Reinalda, Kathy Arendsen, Cheri Kempf, Sheila Cornell, Kris Schmidt, Coach Andy Van Etten



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