Category: 1981

1981 ASA Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1981 held at Burlington, North Carolina.


Champion – Elite Coatings, Gordon, Georgia
Runner Up – Fred Weber/Merchants, St. Louis, Missouri


  • MVP – Ricky Huggins, Elite (25-40, .625, 8 HR, 20 RBI)
  • HR Leader – Cecil Whitehead, Elite – 10 (18-35, .514, 21 RBI)
  • Batting Leader – Jessie Walter, Cline Brothers – .810 (17-21, 9 RBI)

Elite won 16-14 and 16-10. Ron Knight and Greg Smith hit 3-run homers and Ricky Huggins also homered in the first win. Then Huggins came through with a HR and two triples in the final to clinch the title.


ASA MAJOR ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Pat Nolan, Fred Weber Merchants (16-26, .615, 6 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • C – Ed Jones, Elite Coatings (20-31, .645, 8 RBI, 9 Runs)
  • C – Bob Narlock, Lilly Air Merchants (11-14, .786, 3 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • 1B – Gary Haas, Cline Brothers Roofing (13-21, .619, 2 RBI, 7 Runs)
  • 2B – Jerry Hopkins, Morgan Boots (15-24, .625, 4 RBI, 9 Runs)
  • 3B – Ricky Huggins, Elite Coatings (25-40, .625, 8 HR, 20 RBI, 18 Runs)
  • SS – Paul Wright, Elite Coatings (27-42, .643, 6 RBI, 18 Runs)
  • OF – Jesse Walter, Cline Brothers (17-21, .810, 9 RBI, 8 Runs)
  • OF – Don Clatterbough, Bradley’s (12-15, .800, 4 RBI, 5 Runs)
  • OF – Dave Meyer, Fred Weber Merchants (18-26, .692, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 17 Runs)
  • OF – Cecil Whitehead, Elite Coatings (18-35, .514, 10 HR, 21 RBI, 13 Runs)
  • UTIL – Rodney Nieman, Bayout Oilfield Rentals (14-24, .583, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 12 Runs)
  • UTIL – Paul Riess, Fred Weber Merchants (18-29, .552, 8 HR, 17 RBI, 12 Runs)
  • UTIL – Ron Smith, Morgan Boots (13-21, .619, 2 RBI, 3 Runs)

ASA MAJOR ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Donnie Maness, Fabmasters (18-29, .621, 7 RBI, 14 Runs)
  • P – Kenneth Carlton, Green Machine (11-18, .611, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • 1B – Clyde Zachery, Elite Coatings (19-27, .514, 3 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • 2B – George Wade, Fred Weber Merchants (14-30, .467, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • 3B – Tom Chmela, Lilly Air Systems (15-23, .652, 3 RBI, 14 Runs)
  • SS – Mike Foote, Sims NY Life (12-19, .632, 4 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • OF – Jay Lehman, Cline Brothers (11-21, .524, 2 RBI, 5 Runs)
  • OF – Mike Lorden, Sunrise Budweiser (11-18, .611, 4 RBI, 3 Runs)
  • OF – Don Knight, Elite Coatings (19-34, .559, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 13 Runs)
  • OF – Leslie Picard, Bayou Oil Field Rentals (8-17, .471, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • UTIL – Ted Larson, Shimers (14-23, .609, 3 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • UTIL – Jake Jacobi, Lilly Air Systems (15-23, .652, 7 RBI, 9 Runs)
  • UTIL – Tim Elridge, Shimers (18-29, .621, 8 RBI, 10 Runs)
  • UTIL – Mike Lewis, Bayou Oil Field Rentals (11-23, .478, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 5 Runs)

OTHERS

  • Ray Fleetwood, Green Machine (12-19, .632, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 12 Runs)
  • Larry Franklin, Hadens (9-15, .600, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • Mike Jacobs, Green Machine (14-24, .583, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 13 Runs)
  • Dennis Myers, Shimers (13-25, .520, 8 HR, 19 RBI, 10 Runs)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Elite Coatings, Gordon, GA (8-1)
2. Fred Weber Merchants, St. Louis, MO (5-2)
3. Bayou Oilfield Rentals, New Iberia, LA (4-2)
4. Morgan Boots, Dallas, TX (4-2)
5t. Cline Bros. Roofing, Archbold, OH (5-2)
5t. Lilly Air Systems, Chicago, IL (4-2)
7t. Fab Masters, Lexington, NC (5-2)
7t. Shimer’s, Minneapolis, MN (5-2)
9t. Frank Cannizzaro Const., Modesto, CA (2-2)
9t. Green Machine, Starke, FL (4-2)
9t. D-Bar-G Ranch, Renton, WA (2-2)
9t. Chisholm Spt. Goods, Malden, MA (2-2)
13t. Sunrise Budweiser, Las Vegas, NV (3-2)
13t. Bradley’s, Mechanicsville, VA (2-2)
13t. Sim’s N.Y. Life, Akron, OH (3-2)
13t. Pierson & Assoc., Houston, TX (2-2)
17t. North Central BJ’s, Waterloo, IA (1-2)
17t. SW Industries, Taylor, MI (1-2)
17t. Mr. Bob’s, Crystal, MN (2-2)
17t. Haden’s, Springfield, MO (2-2)
17t. Unique Cleaners, Alcoa, TN (1-2)
17t. Frierson’s Building Supply, Jackson, MS (1-2)
17t. Gartenhaus Cafe, Plainville, CT (1-2)
17t. Bob Hoffman Blue, York, PA (1-2)
25t. Sports Line, Mt. Kisco, NY (0-2)
25t. Volk & Son, Turlock, CA (0-2)
25t. Smokey’s, Detroit, MI (1-2)
25t. Erieside Elect., Willoughby, OH (1-2)
25t. Sure Shine, Santa Clara, CA (1-2)
25t. American Fitness Center, Jacksonville, FL (0-2)
25t. Valley House, Batesville, IN (0-2)
25t. O.J. Shoemaker, South Bend, IN (0-2)
33t. Hillcrest Tavern, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
33t. Ruth Realty, Kent, WA (0-2)
33t. Last Chance Restaurant, Richmond, VA (0-2)
33t. Pit Stop, Zion, IL (0-2)
33t. Goodrich, Midland, TX (0-2)

1981 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1981 held at Memphis, Tennessee.


Champion – Ray Sears & Son, Gambrills, MD (91-14)
Runner Up – U.S. Armed Forces, Oxnard, CA


MVP – Mike Norman, Armed Forces
HR Leader – no info available
Batting Leader – Dean Marquardt, Corner Pocket UAF – .714


Ray Sears and Son from Gambrills. MD, parlayed superb defense and timely base hits to down the Armed Forces all-stars from Oxnard, CA, 15-12, Sept. 7 at the Rodney Baber complex to win the Amateur Softball Association of America Class A Slow Pitch national championship at Memphis, TN.

It was the first trip to the nationals for Sears, a well-conditioned, speedy outfit that took advantage of its opponents’ mistakes to breeze through the tournament undefeated. Sears went 6-0 in the nationals and wound up the year with a 91-14 record. Ironically, the team was the runner-up In the Central Atlantic Regional to gain the berth in the finals.

The Armed Forces team, made up from all-stars picked from the all-military tournament, gained its highest finish ever in a national tournament, but manager Mike Jones was not particularly pleased. “It was a great tournament and I don’t want to take a thing away from Sears, they are the national champs, but I feel we were robbed by the umpiring in this game today,” he said. “There were a couple of calls that went against us that took our momentum away and I firmly believe we would have gone ahead in the fifth Inning if the calls hadn’t gone against us.”

Superb fielding by Sears nipped that rally, including a relay play in which an Armed Forces runner was thrown out at third before a run crossed the plate. It appeared that the runner had scored before the man was thrown out at third. Later, an Armed Forces runner was called out at first on a close play that cost another run and the crowd of an estimated 1,400 booed lustily.

Catcher Al Leightner and first basemen Larry Hall had 80 homers each for Sears coming into the national tournament, but the Maryland team relied mostly on team speed and pesky hitting to gain the championship. Sears specialized in winning the close game.


ASA A ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • 1B – Larry Hall, Ray Sears & Son
  • 2B – Jeff Kirk, Eastwood Tavern
  • 3B – Leo Weitzel, Ride Motors
  • SS – Dean Marquardt, Corner Pocket UAF
  • OF – Fritz Drumm, Danny’s Drilling
  • OF – Mike Norman, Armed Forces
  • OF – Ronnie Herrin, Lufkin Raiders
  • OF – Cecil Norris, Lufkin Raiders
  • UTIL – Gurney Holley, Armed Forces
  • UTIL – Jack Rule, Western Sizzlin
  • C – Al Leightner, Ray Sears & Son
  • C – Jerome Cross, Lumberman’s Mutual Insurance
  • P – Dave Reed, Ride Motors
  • P – Robert Davis, Armed Forces

ASA A ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • 1B – Tim Rhinehart, Western Sizzlin
  • 2B – Jon Van Orden, Ray Sears & Son
  • 3B – Dennis Worley, Goodman Redbirds
  • SS – Mack Green, Western Sizzlin
  • OF – Rick Wheeler, Goodman Redbirds
  • OF – Al Vincent Jr., East Homes
  • OF – Pete Mercer, Deep South Technologies
  • OF – Ed Tisdel, Lufkin Raiders
  • UTIL – Bob Morency, Ride Motors
  • UTIL – Bud Weathers, Lufkin Raiders
  • C – Meredith Scruggs, Western Sizzlin
  • C – Daryl Pitcock, Lufkin Raiders
  • P – Jay Newton, Ray Sears & Son
  • P – Don Cooper, Deep South Trophies

FINAL STANDINGS (incomplete – 39 teams)

1. Ray Sears & Son, Gambrills, MD (6-0)
2. U.S. Armed Forces, Oxnard, CA (5-2)
3. Western Sizzlin, Gastonia, NC (5-2)
4. Lufkin Raiders, Lufkin, TX (7-2)
5t. Goodman Redbirds, Los Angeles, CA (3-2)
5t. Ride Motors, Miami Shore, FL (6-2)
7t. Eastwood Tavern, Kalamazoo, MI (4-2)
7t. Danny’s Drilling, Newark, OH (5-2)
9t. Corner Pocket UAF, Missoula, MT(3-2)
9t. Ascor Steel Building, Willmar, MN (2-2)
9t. Brothers, Yonkers, NY (3-2)
9t. Pace Electronics, Fairport, NY (3-2)
13t. RT Hughes, Modesto, CA (2-2)
13t. Lumberman’s Mutual, Bellevue, OH (3-2)
13t. East Homes, Omaha, NE (3-2)
13t. Deep South Trophies, Bastrop, LA (2-2)
17t. George’s Mobil, Davis, CA (2-2)
17t. KC’s Pub, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
17t. Houston Wreckers, Houston, TX (1-2)
17t. Sherrod Vans, Jacksonville, FL (1-2)
17t. Solcum Construction, Alexandria, LA (1-2)
17t. Independence Merchants, Independence, MO (1-2)
17t. Stark Pizza, Portland, OR (1-2)
17t. Brass Tomball, Spring TX (1-2)
25t. Williams Paint & Remodeling, Vinton, VA(1-2)
25t. Linn Corriher, Landis, NC (1-2)
25t. Conti Brothers, Johnston, RI (1-2)
25t. Straufler Realty, Warren, OH (1-2)
25t. Teresa Builders, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
25t. Grand Rapids Alloys, Wyoming, MI (0-2)
25t. Clark & Son, Rumford, RI (0-2)
25t. Chinook Resources, Douglas, WY (0-2)
33t. Monogram Industries, Seymour, IN (0-2)
33t. Nick Rack’s Sport Shack, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
33t. Annex Lounge, Warren, MI (0-2)
33t. Nick’s H&H Cafe, Cincinnati, OH (0-2)
33t. Coca Cola Clubbers, Memphis, TX (0-2)
33t. Engle Printing, Gap, PA (0-2)
33t. Pat Clark/Chet’s Best Food, Las Vegas, NV (0-2)

1981 ASA Men’s Super Slow Pitch Nationals

1981 held at Burlington, North Carolina.


Champion – Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, North Carolina (160-15)
Runner Up
– Steele’s Sports, Lima, Ohio


Surprise team, B&S Construction from Rome, GA made it to the Winners Bracket final where they lost to Howard’s 30-10.

Steele’s Sports, already in the loser’s bracket, eliminated Jerry’s Caterers of Miami 31-16 and then eliminated B&S 11-6 in the loser’s bracket final to get a shot at Howard’s in the Championship.  The North Carolina club was just too strong as they  beat Steele’s 30-13 in final, Scherr 4-4, 3 HR, 6 RBI in final.

Dick Bartel (5 hits, including a home run), Tom Beall (4 hits, including 2 HR) and Don Arndt (4 hits and also 2 HR). Ed Roth and Bill Ferguson also hit dingers for Howard’s. Howard’s broke the game open with a big 13-run third inning as Rick Scherr hit 2 of his home runs in that inning. Scherr swept most of the awards winning the MVP and Batting title. He also tied for the Home Run Lead with teammate Don Arndt and Henry McBeth of Steele’s, all three had 8.

For the entire tournament, Howard’s players had some crazy numbers: Dick Bartel (15-19, .789, 6 HR, 11 RBI, 13 Runs), Bill Ferguson (12-17, .706, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 9 Runs), Russell Bradley (13-21, .619, 5 RBI, 11 Runs) and Tom Beall (9-18, .500, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 10 Runs).

For Steeles, Chic Downing (16-25, .640, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 14 Runs), Jerry King (13-21, .619, 7 HR, 16 RBI, 14 Runs), John Brenner (17-28, .607, 11 Runs), Al White (12-20, .600, 14 Runs). Rick Hollingsworth (14-17, .824) and Warren Scarborough (11-15, .733, 7 HR, 13 RBI) were the top 2 hitters for B&S. Harold Kelly and Mighty Joe Young were both 13-21 (.619) and combined for 13 HR and 24 RBI to lead Jerry’s. Bruce Meade chipped in with a (12-20, .600, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 13 Runs) performance.

York Barbell/Ken Sanders was led by the trio of Craig Elliott (9-12, .750, 6 HR, 15 RBI), James Boyette (9-14, .643) and Mike Nye (10-16, .625). This Howard’s team has been voted upon over the years to be one of the greatest teams of all time. They finished the season as the Triple Crown Champs, also winning the NSPC Regular Season and Playoff Championship and USSSA World Series Championships as well to finish the season 160-15.


  • MVP – Rick Scherr, Howards (16-19, .842, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 14 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Rick Scherr, Howard’s  – 8
  • HR Leader – Don Arndt, Howard’s (11-18, .611, 17 RBI, 11 Runs) – 8
  • HR Leader – Henry McBeth, Steele’s (14-21, .667, 12 RBI, 10 Runs) – 8
  • Batting Leader – Rick Scherr, Howards – .842

ASA SUPER ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

  • P – Don Arndt, Howard’s/Western Steer (11-18, .611, 8 HR, 17 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • C – Harold Kelley, Jerry’s Catering (13-21, .619, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 12 Runs)
  • 1B – Rick Scherr, Howard’s/Western Steer (16-19, .842, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 14 Runs)
  • 2B – Jerry King, Steele’s Sports (13-21, .619, 7 HR, 16 RBI, 14 Runs)
  • 3B – Bill Ferguson, Howard’s/Western Steer (12-17, .706, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 8 Runs)
  • SS – Russell Bradley, Howards/Western Steer (13-21, .619, 5 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • OF – Dick Bartel, Howard’s/Western Steer (15-19, .789, 6 HR, 11 RBI, 13 Runs)
  • OF – Henry McBeth, Steels’s Sports (14-21, .667, 8 HR, 12 RBI, 10 Runs)
  • OF – Chic Downing, Steele’s Sports (16-25, .640, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 15 Runs)
  • OF – Rick Hollingsworth, B&S Construction (14-17, .824, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 13 Runs)
  • UT – Joe Young, Jerry’s Catering (13-21, .619, 7 HR, 10 RBI, 8 Runs)
  • UT – Craig Elliott, York Barbell/Ken Sanders (9-12, .750, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 9 Runs)
  • UT – Warren Scarborough, B&S Construction (11-15, .733, 7 HR, 13 RBI, 9 Runs)
  • UT – Al White, Steele’s Sports (12-20, .600, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 14 Runs)

1981 ASA MEN’S SUPER SLOW PITCH ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM

  • P – Larry Garrard, Steele’s Sports (12-22, .545, 4 RBI, 2 Runs)
  • C – Herman Rathman, Steele’s Sports (9-19, .473, 6 HR, 11 RBI, 10 Runs)
  • C – Ed Roth, Howard’s (7-14, .500, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 10 Runs)
  • 1B – James Washington, Jerry’s Catering (10-21, .476, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • 2B – James Boyett, York Barbell/Ken Sanders (9-14, .643, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 Runs)
  • UT – Curtis Williams, York Barbell/Ken Sanders (8-15, .533, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 Runs)
  • SS – John Brenner, Steele’s Sports (17-28, .607, 2 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • OF – Mike Nye, York Barbell/Ken Sanders (10-16, .625, 2 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • OF – Tom Beall, Howard’s (9-18, .500, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 10 Runs)
  • OF – Bruce Meade, Jerry’s Catering (12-20, .600, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 13 Runs)
  • OF – Denny Jones, Steele’s Sports (13-26, .500, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 10 Runs)
  • UT – Myles Schexnayder, Jerry’s Catering (9-19, .473, 5 HR, 5 RBI, 7 Runs)
  • UT – Buck Hall, B&S Construction (7-15, .467, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • UT – Sidney Cooper, B&S Construction (7-16, .438, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 6 Runs)

OTHERS

Mike Parrott, Jerry’s Caterers (10-20, .500, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 9 Runs)
Greg Fuhrman, Jerry’s Caterers (9-20, .450, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 6 Runs)
Freddie Trice, Jerry’s Caterers (5-12, .417, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 Runs)
Ron Ford, Yor Barbell/Ken Sanders (7-17, .412, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 7 Runs)
John Geckle, Steele’s Sports (10-25, .400, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 6 Runs)


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, NC (4-0)
2. Steele’s Sports, Lima, OH (4-2)
3. B&S Construction Company, Rome, GA (2-2)
4. Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL (3-2)
5t. York Barbell/Ken Sanders, York, PA (2-2)
5t. Skoal Bandits, Sherrills Ford, NC (1-2)
7t. Kelly’s, Waco, TX (1-2)
7t. Nationwide Advertising, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
9t. Capitol Insulation, North Hollywood, CA (0-2)
9t. LeAlCo, Lebanon, TN (0-2)


1981 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1981 held at Houston, Texas.


Champion – Orlando Rebels, Orlando, Florida (76-8)
Runner Up – Raybestos Brackettes, Stratford, Connecticut (66-5)


In the 1980s, there were more at-large Berths, plus national regional and qualifiers were starting to be held. This caused more teams to attend the nationals on a yearly basis. It was harder to determine who actually won their respected region and who was the at-large team and who got their due to a national qualifier, etc. From 1981 on, just the standings were listed.

Dot Richardson, Orlando Rebels (led team to 2-1 win in final “if” game). In the bottom of the 7th inning, She broke up Kathy Arendsen’s perfect game with a clutch line drive single. A bunt, an intentional walk and a single by Jo Ann Ackerman to load the bases. The next batter hit a ground ball and the play at the plate was close, but the ball eluded Brakettes Catcher Doreen Denman as Richardson slid head first into home with the tying run. Shirley Burton then hit a high chopper that Brakettes second Baseman Allyson Rioux grabbed, but threw wide to the plate. Patty Pyle slid into home giving Rebels Manager Marge Ricker her first National title in 28 years of coaching.

Brakettes won 8 games only to lose the final “if” game to Orlando Rebels. Kathy Arendsen was 2-1 (25 IP) and only gave up 2 runs, the ones that Orlando scored in the bottom of the 7th to win the championship. She pitched the 1-0 no hitter in the first final, winning in the 10th inning on Diane Schumacher’s HR. Arendsen (2-1, 2 no hitters) pitched 17 innings and struck out 23 in the 2 games; Vickie Swanson (2-1) and Barbara Reinalda (4-0) were a combined 6-1 for the Brakettes. Arendsen, by the way has been 90-6 over the last 3 years and incredibly has struck out 1368 batters in 738 innings.


  • MVP – Dot Richardson, Orlando Rebels
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Lou Piel, Orlando Rebels (5-1, lost first game, pitched 4 straight shutouts and pitched 2-1 final “if” game)
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Dot Richardson, Orlando Rebels
  • Batting Leader – Pat Cutright, Macomb Magic (9-23) – .391
  • Home Run Leader – Sue Kragseth, Bloomington MN – 2

1981 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Barbara Reinalda, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Kathy Arendsen, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Lou Piel, Orlando Rebels
C – Marilyn Rau, Sun City Saints
C – Starleen Orullian, Utah Bees
1B – Lisa Clinchy, Sun City Saints
2B – Patty Pyle, Orlando Rebels
3B – Sue Kragseth, Shimers
SS – Dot Richardson, Orlando Rebels
OF – Denette Stottlemyre, Hamilton Bears
OF – Sue Enquist, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Patty Cutright, Macomb Magic
OF – Barbara Garcia, Sun City Saints
UTIL – Mary Owen, Shimers

1981 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Debbie Doom, Sun City Saints
P – Vickie Swanson, Raybestos Brakettes
P – Lori Stoll, Hamilton Bears
C – Doreen Denmon, Raybestos Brakettes
C – Val Strachan, Shimers
1B – Gail Scott, Macomb Magic
2B – Allyson Rioux, Raybestos Brakettes
3B – Marty Grzanich, Macomb Magic
SS – Wendy Hedberg, Macomb Magic
OF – Sue Lewis, Long Beach Renegades
OF – Melonie Kent, Utah Bees
OF – Snookie Mulder, Orlando Rebels
OF – Pat Stoffel, Macomb Magic
UTIL – Missy Mapes, Raybestos Brakettes


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (6-1)
2. Raybestos Brackettes, Stratford, CT (8-2)
3. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (3-2)
4. Macomb Magic, Macomb, MI (5-2)
5t. Renegades, Long Beach, CA (2-2)
5t. Bankettes, West Allis, WI (3-2)
7t. Coors, Springfield, MO (3-2)
7t. Shimers, Bloomington, MN (3-2)
9t. Salt Lakers, Salt Lake City, UT (3-2)
9t. Natural Light Comets, Houston, TX (2-2)
9t. Don Coburn, Ashland, OH (1-2)
9t. Lassies, Lansing, MI (1-2)
13t. Langhurst-Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA (1-2)
13t. Sunbirds, Buffalo, NY (1-2)
13t. Stealers, Yakima, WA (1-2)
13t. Patriettes, Allentown, PA (1-2)
17t. Bay Area Bandits, Sepulveda, CA (1-2)
17t. River City Gamblers, Memphis, TN (1-2)
17t. Spirits, Chattanooga, TN (1-2)
17t. Blazers, Sepulveda, CA (0-2)
17t. United Eagles, Conroe, TX (0-2)
17t. Stockman’s-Starman, Sioux City, SD (0-2)
17t. Topton VIPs, Topton, PA (0-2)
17t. Westfield Whips, Westfield, MA (0-2)

1981 ASA Men’s Major Fastpitch Nationals

1981 held at St. Joseph, Missouri.


Champion – Peterbilt Western, Seattle, Washington
Runner Up – Midwest Galleries, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


After Ashland stunned ADM with a 2-0 victory behind the shutout pitching of Hank Miller and forcing the extra game, ADM’s Mike Fenton 11th inning single scored Brian Rothrock with the winning run to win the championship. Ashland’s pitcher Hank Miller held ADM scoreless for 17 straight innings, before the losing run.

61 year old Herb Dudley, Clearwater Bombers was named to the first team All-America tea m as a Relief Pitcher as he recorded 2 saves (3 IP, 2 Ks) and became the oldest pitcher to ever pitch in an ASA National. He saved the Bombers 4-2 victory coming in the 7th inning with the bases loaded and giving up a ground ball and the struck out the last batter. Then against last year’s champ, he came in with his team leading 3-2 in the 6th inning, 2 runners on base and no outs, he retired three men in a row and then in the 7th inning, did the same to preserve the win.

Hank Miller, Ashland Falutless Rubber (4-1) pitched brilliantly. Dick Riley (1-1) also pitched for Ashland.

Ty Stofflett, Reading Sunners (4-1, 2 shutouts, Perfect Game, 41 IP, 69 Ks) – his ASA National Record now stands at 32-7.

Brian Rothrock and Steve Kerian of Decatur both collected 11 hits in the tournament). ADM stands for Archer Daniels Midland Co.


  • MVP – Dave Scott, ADM (6-1, 76 K, 51 IP, 3 ER)
  • Batting Leader – Steve Moore, Reading Sunners (8-20, HR, 5 RBI) – .400
  • Batting Leader – Leon Wood, Clearwater Bombers (8-20) – .400
  • Home Run Leader – Jeff Seip, Reading Sunners (5-14, .357, 3B, 7 BB) – 2
  • Home Run Leader – Jim Messmer, Ashland – 2
  • Home Run Leader – Charles Blakley, Walnut Products – 2
  • Most Outstanding Pitcher Award  – Dave Scott, ADM (struck out 20 batters in ADM’s 1-0 11inning championship game win)

1981 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Tim Reynolds, Walnut Products
P – Hank Miller, Faultless Rubber Company
P – Dave Scott, Decatur ADM
RP – Herb Dudley, Clearwater Bombers
C – Mark Crawford, Decatur ADM
C – Chip Kunnen, Clearwater Bombers
1B – Darryl Day, Decatur ADM
2B – Mike Fenton, Decatur ADM
3B – Steve Moore, Billard
SS – Leon Wood, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Ray Truluck, Clearwater Bombers
OF – Alan Rohrback, Jets
OF – Mike Nevin, Guanella Brothers
OF – Bob Miller, Peterbilt
UTIL – Jim Messner, Faultless Rubber Company

1981 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Chuck D’Arcy, Guanella Brothers
P – Vaughn Alvey, Miller Toyota
P – Ty Stofflet, Billard
C – Jim Marsh, Guanella Brothers
C – Mike Van Dyne, Faultless Rubber Company
1B – Bob Aquilar, Jets
2B – David Grimes, Clearwater Bombers
3B – Ted Hicks, Decatur ADM
SS – Vin Sausa, Solomon’s Sports Shop
OF – Charles Blakely, Walnut Products
OF – Rick Riley, Jets
OF – Mark Burris, Decatur ADM
OF – Pete Zoppi, Franklin Cardinals
UTIL – Jeff Seip, Billard


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Peterbilt Western, Seattle, WA (6-0) (Northwestern)
2. Midwest Galleries, Cedar Rapids, IA (4-2) (Mid America)
3. Home Savings & Loan, Aurora, IL (5-2) (Midwest)
4. Guanella Brothers, Santa Rosa, CA (3-2) (Pacific Coast-At Large)
5t. Lakewood Jets, Lakewood, CA (4-2) (Pacific Coast)
5t. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL (2-2) (Southern)
7t. Decatur ADM, Decatur, IL (3-2) (Host)
7t. Made Rite Potato Chips, Bay City, MI (3-2) (Great Lakes- At Large)
9t. Walnut Products, St. Joseph, MO (2-2) (Mid America-At Large)
9t. Rochester Rockets, Rochester, NY (2-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
9t. York Barbell, Reading, PA (2-2) (Central Atlantic-At Large)
9t. All American Bar, St. Paul, MN (2-2) (Northern)
13t. McArdle Pontiac, Midland, MI (2-2) (Defending Champ)
13t. Ohio Caverns, West Liberty, OH (2-2) (East Central)
13t. Poindexter Lumber, Winston-Salem, NC (1-2) (South Atlantic)
13t. Butt’r Top, Clear Lake, IA (1-2) (Northern- At Large)
17t. Petrochen Kings, Camerillo, CA (1-2) (Pacific Coast-At Large)
17t. Plangger’s Furniture, Benton Harbor, MI (1-2) (Great Lakes)
17t. Poyner’s, Portales, NM (0-2) (Rocky Mountain-Cactus)
17t. Hampshire, Baltimore, MD (0-2) (Central Atlantic)
17t. Bad Bob’s, Memphis, TN (0-2) (Southwestern)
17t. Southern States Petroleum, Ogden, UT (0-2) (Rocky Mountain-Alpine)
17t. Interstate Batterymen, Spencer, MA (0-2) (New England)
17t. Odessa Merchants, Odessa, TX (0-2) (Texas)

NOTES: Poyner’s, Portales, NM went in place went in place of Rocky Mountain-Cactus Champ – Reno Toyota, Reno, NV, who could not attend.

1981 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1981 held at Austin, Minnesota.


Champion: Tifton Tomboys, Tifton, Georgia
Runner Up: Spooks, Anoka, Minnesota


After winning four ASA Youth National Championships, the Tifton Tomboys moved up to the Women’s Major Division and proceeded to go undefeated (6-0) to capture the Championship. The Tomboys defeated the Spooks 5-2 in the title game. Darby Cottle made some incredible defensive plays from her shortstop position and also had a run scoring double in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the Tomboys the lead for good.


  • MVP – Darby Cottle, Tifton Tomboys (also named USA Amateur Athlete of the Year for Women’s Slow Pitch)
  • Batting Leader – Debbie Bregler, PDS Sunshriners (10-19) – .526
  • Home Run Leader – Leann Harrell, Tifton Tomboys – 3

1981 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Gayle Dowler, Tifton Tomboys
P – Nancy Garbett, Spooks
C – Terry Lancaster, Tifton Tomboys
C – Kate Yerick, JAE Awards
1B – Debbie Bregler, PDS Sunshiners
2B – Janice Crumpley, O’Byrne Electric
3B – Shelly Johnson, Spooks
SS – Darby Cottle, Tifton Tomboys
OF – Linda Garbett, Spooks
OF – Cindy Gross, York Barbellettes
OF – Sue Manaham, Stompers
OF – Charlotte Cates, Tifton Tomboys
UT – Carol Bemis, Spooks
UT – Anita Epperly, Sorrento’s Pizza

1981 SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICANS

P – Patty Gliniani, Spooks
P – Cricket Olafson, PDS Sunshiners
C – Venus Ross, PDS Sunshiners
C – Brenda White, GB Wilcher
1B – Barbara Nick, Agora DBA
2B – Kelly Tillman, Tifton Tomboys
3B – Kathy Stilwell, PDS Sunshiners
SS – Judy Knight, Spooks
OF – Teresa Held, Spooks
OF – Sandy Karlsson, JAE Awards
OF – Barbara Murray, Tifton Tomboys
OF – Martha Kidd, Sorrento’s Pizza
UT – Francis Kiski, Getz
UT – Paula Fay, Fraley’s Wildcats


FINAL STANDINGS (Incomplete)

1. Tifton Tomboys, Tifton, GA
2. Spooks, Anoka, MN
3. Jacksonville Sunshiners, Jacksonville, FL
4. Sorrento’s Pizza, Cincinnati, OH