Category: 1998

1998 USSSA Major World Series Report

Mike Schenk 1998 USSSA Major World Series MVP.

Team TPS won the USSSA World Series the hard way, winning five consecutive games on Sunday (Sept. 20) at Daytona Beach, Fla., including overcoming a 20-5 deficit in the finals for a 22-21 win over Sunbelt/Dan Smith. The last team to come out of the losers bracket and win the USSSA World Series was Bell Corp./Easton in 1993, and that team won five games on the final day. Sunbelt finished runner-up in a third straight Grand Slam event, while Team TPS closed out the season with two titles in a row, including the NSA World Series the weekend before in Burlington, N.C. Team TPS was the preseason No. 1 after the merger of the Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli and Shen Valley/Taylor teams from last season. Team TPS won six tournaments during the first half of the season, but a tailspin started in losses to Sunbelt and Sierra/TPS in the Minnesota Classic and the Smoky Mountain Classic the late June and early July. Team TPS suffered an 0-2 fate in the ISA, then placed third in the ASA. Sunbelt drew three blanks in a row, then managed only one run in the top of the seventh. Team TPS trailed by 21-19 going into the bottom of the seventh. John Mello got on via an error and Brad Stiles turned a single into a double. After a sac fly by Todd Martin, Jeff Wallace was intentionally walked. Rusty Bumgardner came through with an RBI single before an intentional walk to Doug Kissane. With the bases loaded, the winning run came on a walk to Doug Roberson. Bumgardner’s grand slam home run started the Team TPS comeback in the fifth inning and Dewayne Nevitt had a solo in the sixth. Nevitt had an earlier home run and MVP Mike Shenk had two HRs. Team TPS forced an extra game with a 29-19 win, jumping out to a 23-5 bulge with a 10-run top of the third. Bumgardner and Kissane had homers in the inning. Wallace had two homers and pitcher Phil Jobe one. Wallace had four hits, Martin, Bumgardner, Nevitt, Shenk, Jobe, Randell Boone and shortstop John Mello three each. Shenk at third and Kissane in left were impressive on defense throughout the tournament, while Martin from his middle infielder position and Stiles from his center field spot turned in spectacular plays in a 23-22 win over Sierra in the losers bracket finals. Bumgardner’s 375-foot-plus solo ho me run gave Team TPS a one-run lead in the top of the seventh and Sierra did not score in the bottom half of the inning. Veteran Rick Weiterman came in to pitch that inning. Then he came in to put out an 8-run fire by Sunbelt in the sixth inning of the first game of the finals. He stayed in to pitch a scoreless seventh. And guess who was pitching in the finale when Sunbelt went 0-0-0-1 over the last four innings? You guessed it, Weiterman. Wallace had three home runs and six RBI, while Shenk had two homers for five RBI in the win over Sierra. Team TPS and Sierra each finished the season with 70-17 records. Sunbelt was 59-23, Lighthouse 56-20. With a 7-0 record vs. Sunbelt, Sierra, Lighthouse and Steele’s in the final two outings, Team TPS finished 16-12 in “Big Five” competition, compared to 21-13 for Sierra, 16-18 for Sunbelt, 12-14 for Lighthouse and 11-17 for Steele’s. Team TPS was 7-5 vs. Sunbelt, 4-3 vs. Sierra, 1-2 vs. Lighthouse and 4-2 vs. Steele’s. Sierra was 4-6 vs. Sunbelt, 7-2 vs. Lighthouse and 5-1 vs. Steele’s. Lighthouse was 3-2 vs. Sunbelt and 5-4 vs. Steele’s. Steele’s was 4-3 vs. Sunbelt. Wallace managed only 2-for-11 in the first two games after coming in leading the on-base percentage at .805. He led the tournament in home runs with 10 (in nine games) and but finished with a .77601 mark, slightly behind the .77624 of Wendell Rickard of Lighthouse, who sat out this final tournament with an elbow injury. Hank Garris of Sierra won the home run trophy with 196, 10 ahead of teammate Larry Fredieu. Lighthouse’s Carl Rose, who had nine home runs in five games, topped the home run frequency chart at 2.122. Teammate Rickard, the pace-setter the last two years, was second at 2.192. Robin Higginbotham of Lighthouse was the Offensive MVP with 22-for-26 for an .846 batting average. The Defensive MVP award went to Todd Martin, who played infield and outfield for Team TPS. Lighthouse, winner of the first two legs of the Grand Slam and the winner of the 1997 USSSA World Series, suffered a stunning 30-25 upset at the hands of Brandon’s in the first round, then won three games before losing to Brandon’s again — 23-22. Lighthouse scored 11 runs in the last inning to make it close. The surprising Brandon’s team wound up fourth in the 16-team tournament. Rain played havoc. The teams had to play through the night on Friday (and Saturday). The first loss for Team TPS was inflicted by Wessel/Hague/SoJern/TPS (23-18). One of the Team TPS victims in the losers bracket was Wessel (26-20). One of the wins for Team TPS was 16-15 over Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno when Dewayne Nevitt hit a solo home run against the wind over the 375 mark. The other Team TPS wins in the losers bracket came over Brandon’s 24-17. Team TPS had to go an extra inning to turn back Reece/SportsWorld/Chip’s/TPS 29-24 in the opening round. Sunbelt had dropped Brandon’s into the losers bracket (28-7), while Wessel was knocked into the losers bracket by Sierra 30-14. Sunbelt then outlasted Sierra 35-33 in the finals of the winners bracket. Herb’s nipped Reece 10-9 in an extra inning, then was bumped by Long Haul 11-7. Steele’s managed only a 1-2 record, losing to JWM 27-19, beating Gil’s and losing to O&S 35-24. Lighthouse wins in the losers bracket came over RPM 30-12, JWM 35-26 and O&S 37-14. Brent Rodes, one of the Team TPS coaches, said, “The team showed a lot of character. Our players responded well. Our defense was outstanding. I couldn’t believe some of the plays, especially with our players being so tired.” Rodes added: “We salvaged the season. It was a great season, although not spectacular. If we had won Minnesota and Maryville and at least one of the first two Grand Slam events, it would have been a spectacular season.” Rodes pointed out that pitcher Phil Jobe and shortstop John Mello were overlooked by the all-tournament voters in the last two tournaments — the NSA and the USSSA. “They are out there doing the job for us, but they never get recognized,” he said. Wallace had two low on-base tournaments — .412 at Kettering, Md., back in May and the .522 at the USSSA World Series. His other tournaments read: .952, .960, .720, .742, .857, .793, .816, .903, .816, .762, .853, .714, .765 and .818. The home runs for Garris added up like this: 9, 21, 14, 9, 2, 13, 15, 18, 11, 13, 26, 13, 12, 8, 6, 6. The 26 came in nine games in the Smoky Mountain Classic. Garris saw his three-year-in-a-row home run derby domination come to an end as he lost an overtime tussle with Scott Elliott in the semifinal round. Last year, Garris beat Elliott in a marathon OT round. This year, Doug Kissane was the winner, outlasting Larry Carter in the semifinal round and Elliott in the final round. Wallace and Tom White, teammates along with Brett Helmer with SoJern last year, tied for the best “true” batting average — .753. Rickard was at .749, Garris .744, Jason Kendrick .736, Shenk .729, Helmer .728, J.C. Phelps .726, Rusty Bumgardner .725 and Jason Fleming .722, Rose .717, Dewayne Frizzell .713, Doug Roberson .711, Jeff Hall .710, Todd Martin and Jimmy Powers .708, Phil Jobe .703 and Chris Lashley .702, Kerry Everett and Robbie Ergle .699, Tot Powers .698, Albert Davis .695 and Dennis Mendoza .696. A 380-foot-plus home run by Larry Fredieu with the bases loaded capped a 9-run third in Sierra’s opening 25-16 win over Adams/RSH/Worth. Sierra hit four consecutive HRs in the third inning and Fredieu added a 375-foot-plus 2-runner in the next inning. Mike Rodriquez had homers in the fourth and fifth. Garris had a 3-runner in the second inning. Pitcher Paul Drilling had three homers while going 4-for-4. The Reno-based club had 11 homers. The Mississippi team cut into the final deficit with six runs in the top of the seventh. Lamar Echols, an added player from Xtreme/Hinson/Worth, had a double, triple and 3-run HR for Adams, while Chris Gambrill had a single, double and homer. Sunbelt had 10 homers in a 30-24 win over Gil’s Arizona Heat, which saved face with eight runs in the top of the seventh. Big Curt Gleaton, a recruit from Georgia, had two homers for Gil’s, while Raith Adair had a 5-for-5 game. It was 8-0 after one. Jimmy Powers had Sunbelt’s only HR in the first inning. Jeff Hall wound up 3-for-3, plus a walk. He had two homers and a triple totaling six RBI. Britt Hightower had two homers, including the first . . . and only one of the tournament . . . over the 24-foot green screen at the 400-foot mark in dead center field. The other two-thirds of Sunbelt’s Texas connection — Shane Dubose and Bobby Gilbert — combined for nine hits. Long Haul dropped Backstop/Easton 13-8, moving out to an 8-0 lead in the first three innings. Backstop scored 2 in the fourth and 6 in the fifth for a shortlived 8-0 tie, but did not score in the last two innings. A double off the 30-foot screen in left field by Tim Magner and a double off the top of the screen by pinch-hitter Jason Fleming, an added player from Chase (he played for Long Haul in 1997), plus triples by Chaun Demars and Tom Maslowski, in the Minnesota team’s last two at-bats produced five runs and the win. That big screen, which stretched over 60 feet, saved many, many home runs. Demars had two home runs, including an inside-the-parker. Rob Darhower had an IP and two other hits. Jeff Franks led off a 4-run first with a triple and little shortstop Richie Aliotti had two hits that led to runs. Melvin Mallernee connected for Backstop’s only home run. He had three hits along with David Crawley. Wessel, the USSSA Class AA champion, bombed Herb’s/KCS/TPS, the NSA AA champ, by a 29-9 score. Tom White went 5-for-5, with two home runs. Wessel had nine homers, with Howie Krause hitting two too. Tim Linson had a triple, homer and single. Pitcher Jim Burbrink had three hits, shortstop Randy Vollmer a triple and single for three RBI. Dale Sensenig, Chris Lashley and Mike Much homered in succession. Jon Meyers, Ed Starcher and Danny Zenovka had homers for Herb’s. JWM’s upset of Steele’s saw a 9-run top of the third open up a 16-9 lead. Andy Alvis had a 3-runner, Larry Carter a 2-runner. Carter finished with three homers, Alvis and Brian Greer two each. Carter and Tim Jones each had five hits, Ed Martin, shortstop Brian King and pitcher Bill Messina four each for the California team. Steele’s, which did not score in the last two innings, had Rod Hughes go 4-for-4 with three homers. Big Randy Kortokrax had four hits, including a homer, while Jim Devine had a double, triple and homer. Minnesota’s O&S/TPS trailed California’s RPM/TPS most of the game before scoring six in the sixth on homers by Doug Berfeldt and Derrick Williams. Then when RPM did not score in the top of the seventh when Chad Prybil made a nice catch against the wall, O&S won it 14-13 on a 375-foot homer by Scott Logan, who started the season with Herb’s. Berfeldt had another homer. R.J. Olson and John Whaley also homered. Veteran pitcher Gary Yost had three singles. RPM did not have a home run. Team TPS scored 10 runs (on only one home run) in the top of the first, but Reece had an 8-run second on homers by Steve Dickey and Keith Brady. Big Ron Wilson had a 3-runner in the first. Team TPS had a 1-1-2 stretch and Derek Oliver had a 3-runner and a 2-runner, and it was 24-24 when Brady homered again in the seventh. Team TPS had a 1-2-3 top half of the inning, but big Rusty Bumgardner capped a 5-run top of the eighth with a home run to win it 29-24. Team TPS managed only four homers, including two by Todd Martin, who was 5-for-6. Brad Stiles had two triples, a double and two singles. Mike Shenk had four hits, including a 2-run triple in a 6-run sixth. Pitcher Phil Jobe had three hits, plus 2 walks. Veteran shortstop Larry Sauceman had four hits, plus a walk, for Reece. Brady and Kinny Hooper each had four hits. One of Hooper’s was a homer. Oliver added a double off the top of the screen to his two homers for a total of seven RBI. Brady had six RBI. Brandon’s stunned Lighthouse with a 12-run second and when Lighthouse did not answer the scoreboard read: 16-2. Seven of the 12 runs came after two outs, and all but three were unearned. Chris Graves had a 3-runner and Eddie Foust a 2-runner. And Jerold Smith was robbed of a homer by Robin Higginbotham. Jerold’s twin brother, Jeff, played for Herb’s; one bats righthanded and throws lefthanded, the other bats lefty and throws righty. Smith made a nice play at first to help curtail a 13-run Lighthouse uprising in the fifth inning. That pulled Lighthouse within 29-22, but the No. 1 team coming into the final event of the season drew a blank in the seventh and ended up on the short end of a 30-25 score. Little Chris Beck had a 5-for-5 game for Brandon’s, which was ranked 22nd before jumping to 15th with a tie for fifth in the NSA. Chris Absher also went 5-for-5, including three triples and an inside-the-park homer. Foust had four hits, including another homer that capped a seven-run top of the fifth for a mind-boggling (Lighthouse’s) 27-9 command. Brandon’s totaled a whopping eight triples. Beck, Slim Bryant, pitcher Andy Cook, Keith Roberts and Smith each added one to Absher’s three. Lighthouse hit 10 homers, including three by Carl Rose and two each by Dewayne Frizzell and Higginbotham. New grandfather Ricky Huggins had five hits. Frizzell also had five hits, two of them triples. The second round saw JWM succumb to Sunbelt 21-12, Long Haul roll over for Sierra 17-3, Wessel surprise Team TPS and Brandon’s keep on charging . . . past O&S 33-12. Sunbelt hit for 11 runs in the top of the first as Jimmy Powers had two homers for five RBI and owned a 17-1 margin after three and a half innings. Pitcher Greg Harding had a 6-for-6 game, including a home run. Bobby Gilbert had four hits, giving him eight in two games. JWM did not have a homer. It was 5-2 after four innings before Sierra scored fifth in the fifth and seven in the seventh. Mike Rodriguez had the only HR of the game. Hank Garris had a 1-for-5 game. Ron Parnell, who went on to top the 100 mark in World Series hits, had three hits along with Jason Kendrick and pitcher Paul Drilling. Long Haul had nine hits, with Jeff Franks accounting for three of them. Wessel’s upset of Team TPS saw the Ohio outfit explode for nine runs in the top of the third for a 13-0 lead. It was 16-5, 21-7. Team TPS scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to get within 23-18. Tim Linson went 5-for-5, including a 2-run HR in the top of the seventh for a 23-13 margin. Dale Sensenig had two doubles, a triple and two walks. Mike Much had two homers, Tom White and Chris Lashley one each. Lashley’s was a 3-run in the 9-run third. Brett Helmer had four hits, including three doubles. Pitcher Jim Burbrink made a dandy play in the seventh. So did Joe Foley, who made a grab after a long run. Veteran Doug Roberson’s had two of the four TPS HRs. Brandon’s broke loose for eight runs after an O&S zip in the top of the first. The North Carolina club did not have a home run, but there were three triples — by Eddie Foust, Chris Calcutt and Slim Bryant. In fact, Brandon’s only home run was a 375-foot-plus 3-runner by Foust in the bottom of the sixth. Chris Calcutt had five hits and his brother, Randy, had two hits and two walks. Chris Graves had four hits. So did Tracy Logan, Bryant and pitcher Andy Cook. However, Brandon’s came back to earth against Sunbelt in one of the winners bracket semifinals. Sunbelt led 6-0 after one, 14-2 after four and 17-3 after five en route to a 28-7 rout. Brandon’s bright spot was a diving grab by left fielder Keith Roberts when Sunbelt failed to score in the third. Sunbelt had eight homers (Jimmy Powers, Greg Harding, Britt Hightower, Hightower again, JP again, Johnny McCraw and Jeff Hall) and two triples (Hall, Harding). Bobby Gilbert had four hits, giving up 13 in three games. Harding had two more hits, plus a walk. Brandon’s had three triples (by Chris Calcutt, Chris Graves and Tracy Logan) in one inning — a 4-run sixth. The other semifinal saw a runaway too — Sierra 30-14 over Wessel. A 12-run bottom of the sixth made it 30-11. Sierra had five homers (Mark Creson, Kerry Everett, Hank Garris, Greg Cannedy and Creson again . . . a slammer in the big sixth) and four triples (Garris, Everett and two by Dale Walters). Creson, Jason Kendrick and Everett each had four hits. Howie Krause homered three times for Wessel. Brett Helmer had four hits, including a homer. Sierra scored 10 runs in the first, 5 in the second and 11 in the third, but mustered only 8 runs in the last four innings. Sunbelt turned a 30-18 deficit into a 35-33 win. Sunbelt scored 10 runs in the fifth and seven in the bottom of the sixth for a 35-32 lead. Sunbelt sizzled with 12 homers, including two IPs, and six triples. Tot Powers socked four homers, Greg Harding three and Shane Dubose two. Harding, Jimmy Powers and Johnny McCraw each had five hits, Jeff Hall and Dubose four each. JP had two triples, Hall, McCraw, Bobby Gilbert and Curtis Williams one each. Britt Hightower and Todd Volkers had the inside HRs. For Sierra, Larry Fredieu was 6-for-6 with a double, triple and two homers. Jason Kendrick had five hits, including a double, triple, IP homer and 3-run homer. Hank Garris had four hits, including 2 HRs, and Mark Creson had four hits, including a long homer. The slender, swift Creson, who catches everything in the middle of a 3-man outfield, had a string of eight consecutive extra base hits, including three homers. Backstop opened losers bracket play with a 28-8 drubbing of Adams. It was 15-7 until Backstop broke loose for 13 runs in the top of the seventh. Judson Jackson had the only home run for Backstop. Kenny Pruitt, an added player from Xtreme, had an inside-the-parker. Jackson had four hits, Pruitt three. Chris Gambrill homered twice for Adams. Lighthouse had an easy time with RPM . . . after it was 12-12 after three. The final score: 30-12. Higginbotham, moved to the leadoff spot, went 6-for-6, including two doubles, two triples and a homer. Carl Rose and Scott Elliott each had two homers. Dennis Mendoza had five hits, Scott Striebel four. Rose and Dewayne Frizzell also had four hits. Playing manager Tim Millette had four hits for RPM. Bob Newman had two homers for five RBI. Herb’s 10-9 win over Reece came on Jeff Smith’s 2-run double in the bottom of the eighth. Jon Meyers had led off with a two-bagger. A leadoff home run by Ron Wilson gave Reece a shortlived lead in the top of the eighth. The teams combined for two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Smith had two homers for Herb’s, Steve Ellis two for Reece. Steele’s sent Gil’s home in a 23-20 game that was decided by shortstop Dal Beggs’ bases-loaded home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Jim Devine, Rod Hughes, Jason McRae, Randy Kortokrax and Dennis Pierce homered earlier, while McRae homered again in the bottom of the seventh. David Hood had four hits. Steele’s had to play without center fielder Rob Schleede, who went out with a bad back. Big Curt Gleaton had four homers and nine RBI for Gil’s. He had six homers in his team’s two games. Ruben Gonzales, an added player from Hendu’s, had four hits. Herb’s meager scoring continued vs. Long Haul. Herb’s went scoreless over the first four innings, giving the California club three runs over an 8-inning stretch. Long Haul won 11-7 as Doug Johnson and Chaun Demars homered and Butch Smith had an IP. Jeff Franks again had three hits. George Sampson’s 375-foot-plus HR was Herb’s only thing to cheer about. Lighthouse piled up a 15-3 lead lead in the first four innings, then had to keep scoring as JWM came alive with 23 runs in the last three innings. The final score was 35-26 as Lighthouse scored 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth only to see JWM score 10 in the top of the seventh. Higginbotham, Rose, Striebel, Albert Davis and Robbie Ergle each had four hits for the LH crew. Rose failed to homer. Higginbotham had a double, triple and homer. Frizzell, Ergle, Huggins, Steve Craven and Kirk Stafford homered. Stafford’s was a grand slam in the sixth. Carter and Ed Martin homered for JWM. Little Dennis Rulli had five hits. So did big Andy Alvis. Shortstop Brian King had four. This game ended at 7:35 a.m. The regularly scheduled program was to start at 8. O&S pulled the other surprise on Steele’s, scoring nine runs in the top of the fourth for a 27-6 bulge. R.J. Olson’s 3-runner was the big blow. In fact, it was his second 3-runner of the game. Scott Brown and Lance Peterson earlier homered, and Tdd Lindgren had an IP. Final: 35-24. Peterson had another homer, Brown another also (this one inside the park). Lindgren had four hits, plus two walks; Peterson, Scott Logan and Derrick Williams four hits each, plus a walk. Rod Hughes doubled, tripled and homered for Steele’s. Jim Devine had four hits, including a triple. Jason McRae had three hits, including a long drive to right center that the speedy former linebacker turned into an easy inside-the-parker. Billy Byrd, who sat out most of the season with a knee injury, had a triple and a long homer. Pierce, Hood and Jeff Ott also homered. Team TPS jumped out 8-0, but slowed down and had to have another 8-run inning for a 20-6 lead after four and a half innings vs. Backstop. A 9-run top of the seventh led to the final of 35-12. Todd Martin, Rusty Bumgardner, Doug Kissane, Dewayne Nevitt and Mike Shenk each had four hits, with Martin getting an IP, Bumgardner a homer and two triples, one off the 375 mark in center, Kissane a homer and Shenk two. Jeff Wallace also had two homers. Judson Jackson and David Burch, the two former W.W. Gay players from Florida, each had two homers for the Indiana-based team. Lighthouse hit O&S for 15 runs in the first inning on four home runs, including a pair of 2-runners by Dewayne Frizzell. Higginbotham had a double and 3-run HR in the inning, Rose two doubles, Scott Elliott two hits, Albert Davis a triple and walk and Dennis Mendoza a single and walk. Huggins had a homer and Kirk Stafford a triple. Higginbotham went 5-for-5, plus a walk; Rose 6-for-6, including a slammer in the sixth. Frizzell added three hits to his two HRs. Lance Peterson had all three of the O&S homers. Long Haul was down 7-0 after one vs. Team TPS, but Team TPS went 0-3-0 and Long Haul edged back 4-1-5-4 for a 14-13 lead in the top of the sixth. Jason Fleming had two homers and a single and John Keigley and Jeff Franks had inside-the-park homers. Franks added two more hits and Chaun Demars had a homer and double. Rob Darhower had three hits, including a triple. Long Haul gained a 15-15 tie on pinch-hit double by Mike Brodzinski and an opposite field triple by Butch Smith in the top of the seventh . . . but Team TPS won it on Nevitt’s awesome homer. The inning before Wallace and Bumgardner had back-to-back homers. Randell Boone had two HRs, plus a single. Nevitt had two other hits, plus a walk. Chris Graves had a single, triple and homer, Jerold Smith a double and homer and Eddie Foust a single, double and triple in Brandon’s 23-22 elimination of Lighthouse. Andy Cook added a triple, while Chris Calcutt, Tracy Logan and Keith Roberts three hits each as 10-5 after two, 18-10 after five and 23-11 going into the top of the seventh. Rose had four hits, including three homers, and Frizzell had three homers for Lighthouse. Higginbotham continued his hot tournament with 3-for-4, including a homer. Wessel had an 8-0 lead after one and half innings vs. Team TPS as Brett Helmer homered twice and Howie Krause and Tim Linson once each. Linson wound up with four hits. But Team TPS exploded for 12 runs on four homers in the bottom of the second. Doug Roberson had a solo and 3-runner. Doug Kissane and Dewayne Nevitt each had two hits, including a homer, in the inning. Roberson had four hits, including another homer, and Nevitt had four hits, including two doubles and a triple. Mike Shenk had a double, triple and homer and John Mello a single, triple and homer. Kissane added another homer, single and walk. A 2-runner by Todd Martin gave Team TPS a 26-20 lead in the bottom of the sixth, and it stayed that way when Wessel drew a blank in the top of the seventh. Team TPS built up an 18-9 lead in the first five innings vs. Brandon’s, then made it 22-12 in the sixth. Team TPS had eight homers. Wallace had two, including a grand slam, plus a triple, while Kissane had two homers and a double and Shenk two homers and two singles. Nevitt was 4-for-4, including a triple and homer. Jobe had a triple and two doubles and Roberson a homer and double. Andy Cook homered for Brandon’s, while Chris Calcutt and Chris Graves had back-to-back IPs. Calcutt, Keith Roberts, Chris Absher and Gene Lewis each had three hits as Brandon’s cut the final deficit to 24-17. The 23-22 Team TPS elimination of Sierra, producing a 4-3 season edge, saw three homers by Wallace, two by Shenk and one each by Martin, Boone and Jobe before Bumgardner’s long tie-breaker leading off the top of the seventh. Sierra had a 6-3 lead after one. Dale Walters, Mike Rodriguez and Mark Creson homered in the first, Hank Garris in the second, Darrell Beeler in the fourth and Jason Kendrick (IP) and Garris in the sixth. But Sierra drew a blank in the bottom of the seventh . . . after a leadoff walk. Creson was robbed of a hit with two on in the fourth and Parnell was robbed of an extra base hit with the bases loaded in the fifth. The catches were made by middle infielder Todd Martin and center fielder Brad Stiles. The 29-19 Team TPS win over Sunbelt in the first game of the finals saw Team TPS jump out 11-1 in the first inning and a half and led 23-5 after 12 runs in the top of the third. Wallace, Bumgardner and Kissane had the only homers. Wallace and Bumgardner each had two other hits, while Roberson, Nevitt, Shenk, Mello, Stiles, Boone, Jobe and Martin each had two hits. Jobe and Martin had triples. Wallace added another homer. Jobe also homered. Sunbelt had an 8-run sixth to get back within 27-19, but went scoreless in the seventh. Each team drew a blank midway in the game. Hall and McCraw each had two homers for Sunbelt, while McCraw had two other hits. But Sunbelt managed only one more homer (by Harding). Team TPS had seven homers in the finale, including two long ones by Nevitt over the left center field wall. “One of them must have gone 475 feet,” pointed out Rodes. Shenk had two, one over the 375 mark and another inside the park. Martin, Bumgardner (a long slammer) and Kissane (another over the 375 mark) had the other homers. Martin added a triple with two on and Wallace, who was walked twice, had a 3-run double up on the screen. He finished one behind Rose in the RBI department (28-27). Sunbelt had only three homers, and one of them was an IP by Curtis Williams. Still, Sunbelt was enjoying a stunning 20-5 lead going into the bottom of the third. That’s went Sunbelt drew three successive blanks, with the lead melting to 20-11, 20-14, 20-18. Shenk’s diving grab of a hot line drive off the bat of Harding was the big play. Hightower singled and scored all the way from first in the top of the seventh for a 21-19 lead. He earlier made a diving grab after a long run to the left field corner against the left-handed hitting Weiterman. Sunbelt built its big lead on the strength of two hits each by Hall, JP, Harding (one a triple), TP (one a 3-run HR) and Dubose. Gilbert had a homer and walk. Steve Toth had a triple. The 43-year-old Williams had two singles before his IP. He batted .560 after batting well over .600 when Sunbelt was runner-up to Team TPS in the NSA. Team TPS had 59 homers in nine games. Following Wallace’s 10 was Shenk with nine, Kissane with eight, Martin with seven and Roberson and Bumgardner with six each. While Shenk was the team’s leading hitter for average at .684, Nevitt was at .649 and Bumgardner at .600. Stiles had 11 doubles, Nevitt 10. Stiles was fourth on the batting list at .581, followed by Martin at .579, Jobe at .552 and Roberson and Kissane each at .550. Sunbelt had 42 homers in six games. Lighthouse had the best batting average (.640) and 37 homers in five games. Sierra had 32 homers in five games. Lighthouse had 49 doubles, 14 triples (including 4 by Higginbotham; he also had 6 homers). The surprising Brandon’s team had 35 doubles, 19 triples. Team TPS had 75 doubles, 20 triples.

1998 ASA A National Report

Thomas Bait & Tackle of North Carolina completed an undefeated run through the ASA Class A Nationals over Labor Day weekend at Lawton, Okla., by overcoming a 16-run fourth inning by Dalton Chiropractic of New Jersey to win 28-25. Thomas, with six players from the Jerry’s team that won the Class B crown in 1997, breezed 20-1 over Dalton in the finals of the winners bracket en route to a 7-0 record.

Defending Class A champion Coffee Cup of Minnesota was a third-place finisher this year.

The favorite, Smokes/Harrison’s/TPS of Maryland, finished fourth in the 62-team field. Jim Johnson of Gary’s Auto Body of Michigan was the home run champion with 17 in seven games. The home run limit was six. MVP honors went to Thomas outfielder Scott Grant. His on-base numbers were 34-of-37. He reached base in his last 19 trips to the plate. He had six homers.

The leading hitter was Brad Gidcumb of Jacksonville Grover of Florida with an .885 average. “Scott made some nice plays in the outfield,” pointed out Thomas manager, who serves as the team’s extra hitter. “Our middle was outstanding on defense — Grant Batts at shortstop and Cullen Clark at second base. They turned a lot of double plays. And our pitcher, Bob Carter, played good defense too.”

Thomas had three players on the first team all-tournament — Grant, John Dutch Jr. and Roy Jarman — and two more on the second team — John Adams and Hollis Brice.

Dalton had two on the first team — Tom Laska and Anthony Delarnesis.

Coffee Cup had only one selection — Mike Ritzer on the second team.

Smokes had Steve Gilbert and Dewey Fussell on the first team and Steve Helewicz and Bobby Bayne on the second team.

Thomas topped Smokes 26-21 and Dalton was a 33-18 winner over Coffee Cup in the semifinal round of the winners bracket.

Coffee Cup eliminated L&L Paint of Alabama 17-16, while Smokes ousted Mercer of Indiana 43-23. Coffee Cup then kayoed Smokes 24-22 before dropped by Dalton 12-11.

Mercer eliminated Gary’s 30-15, while L&L ousted SCB/Easton of New York 34-14. L&L had a 7-2 record, Dalton and Coffee Cup were 6-2 and Smokes, Mercer and Gary’s 5-2 and SCB 4-2.

Ashley’s of Delaware and Kentucky Tucker each went 5-2 en route to a tie for ninth with Maroadi of Pittsburgh and Scott of Iowa.

Jacksonville Grover, Galyan’s of Indiana, Universal Dome of Indiana and Allied Tool of Kentucky tied for 13th.

Some highly regarded team finished down the line, including K&G of Indiana, Riverside/Ram and Berardi’s of Kentucky, Paramount of Virginia, Deery Brothers of Iowa and Budweiser/DeMarini of Texas.

One of Paramount’s players was 52-year-old Don Clatterbaugh, a former Major player with such teams as Dave Carroll and Steele’s.

Berardi’s lost 25-16 to DeVault of Missouri and Budweiser/DeMarini lost 27-14 to Easton Sportstar of Kentucky in first-round games. Berard’s then lost 26-21 to Ohio Sealants.

Budweiser/DeMarini went 0-2 too, being ousted 20-18 by TCBY/DeMarini of Arkansas.

Deery was 0-2, losing to the Aragon Minnesota Merchants 32-23 and Barchella of New York (29-17).

Riverside lost 39-28 to SCB and K&G lost 27-26 to Jax Grover in the second round.

Paramount won two games before falling 29-28 to Mercer.

Thomas won 45-31 and 32-11, but had two tough games in the early rounds — 31-30 vs. Gateway Press of Kentucky and 28-25 vs. Allied Tool. Gateway built up a 27-7 lead going into the fifth inning. Thomas broke loose for 15 runs. “Then we were down nine going into the bottom of the seventh,” pointed out Marion. “We got 12 straight men on without an out.” Jay Lamm started things with a single and he ended it with a 2-run double.

Carter went 6-for-6, Grant 5-for-6 with a homer and Roy Jarman 5-for-5 with a homer. Lamm, John Dutch, Doug Flowers and Marion had homers.

Thomas won in the first round by 45-31 over Cooper Sports of Cincinnati. Grant was 7-for-7, while Adams was 6-for-7 with a homer and Dutch 6-for-7. Flowers and Brice Hollis each had two homers and Jarman one. The 28-25 win over Allied Tool saw Adams go 4-for-5 with two homers. Grant had two homers, Dutch and Hollis one each. A 32-11 romp over Scott’s of Iowa saw Grant and Adams each go 5-for-5 and Jarman, Dutch, Batts and Marion each go 4-for-4. Dutch, Flowers, Hollis and Marion homered. Thomas was a 26-21 winner over Smokes. Jarman had three homers, Grant, Lamm, Dutch and Flowers one each. Grant and Lamm each went 5-5, Jarman and Dutch 4-5. Carter, Adams and Hollis also went 4-5. The easy 20-1 win over Dalton in the finals of the winners bracket saw Jarman and Dutch hit homers and Grant and Hollis each go 4-for-4. Lamm and Flowers each had three hits. So did Jarman. Dalton’s only run was a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was a different story vs. Dalton in the finale. The New Jersey team scored 16 runs in the fourth inning for a 22-12 lead.

The North Carolinians came back with six in the fifth and nine in the sixth. Jarman and Dutch homered in the fifth and Grant’s grand slam tied the game in the sixth. The Thomas team went on to score five more after the slammer. Final score: 28-25. Grant was 5-for-5 with 2 homers, Jarman 4-for-5 with 2 homers. Hollis also had a homer. Carter, Dutch and Lamm each notched four hits. Marion made note that clean-up batter Jim Rogers had to miss the tournament. “All the guys pulled together, picking it up a little bit to take up the slack. We played really good team ball. It was real exciting. We had to come from behind in three games. We were not the best team there by far, but we showed a lot of heart.

Our boys never gave up. This was our first year in Class A.” Marion, whose team is based out of the central North Carolina town of Sanford, pointed out the inspiration of Jerry Sheffield, the team’s enthusiastic third base coach. “He was a motivator, slinging his towel around. He keeps everybody going.”

SCB dropped Gary’s into the losers bracket (23-14) before being bumped by Smokes 33-31. Smokes dropped L&L (37-8) and Jax Grover (30-7) into the losers bracket.

Coffee Cup won four — 27-20 over TCBY, 29-17 over Easton Sportstar, 26-13 over Las Vegas Funjet of Wisconsin and 30-17 over Maroadi — before losing to Dalton 33-18.

Dalton earlier won 34-21, 29-20, 31-26 (over B&A of Ohio) and 28-9 (over Mercer).

Ashley’s won four games in the losers bracket before being ousted 25-5 by SCB. Ashley’s was dropped into the losers bracket by Scott of Iowa (25-13).

Scott won 3 before losing to Thomas, then lost its first game in the losers bracket by 36-32 to L&L.

SCB won 4 games in the losers bracket before falling to Mercer (26-6).

Rounding out the first team all-tournament selections were Cliff Egan and Louis Brown of Universal, Mark Mastorovich of Maroadi, Rob Rash and Tom Shield of Grotto’s of Delaware, Gidcumb of Jax Grover and Johnson and Mark Moore of Gary’s. Rounding out the second team were Dean Bowrosen and Karl Komyat of SCB, Bill Gilbert and Ron Rash of Grotto’s, Mike Dill and Joe Spadifino of Ashley’s, Mark Hutchinson and Kevin Gillot of L&L, Greg Ackerbery of Gary’s and Mike Engler of Maroadi.

1998 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

1998 held at Shawnee, Kansas on September 4-6.

Champion – Wessel/Hague/SoJern, Cincinnati, Ohio
Runner Up – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno, Albertville, Minnesota

  • MVP – Jim Burbrink, Wessel (14-22, .636)
  • HR Leader – Ken Bean, Extreme (15-25, .600) – 9
  • Batting Leader – Rich Courtney, RPM (11-14) – .786
  • Defensive MVP – Richie Aliotti, Long Haul
  • Offensive MVP – Brett Helmer, Wessel/Hague (14-21, .667, 4 HR)


Jim Burbrink – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Brett Helmer – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Howie Krause – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Tim Cocco – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Joe Foley – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Mike Much – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Dale Sensenig – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Rob Darhower – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno
John Keigley – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno
Chaun Demars – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno
Mike Stanley – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno
Dan Bean – Xtreme/Hinson/Worth
James Beane – Xtreme/Hinson/Worth
Lamar Echols – Xtreme/Hinson/Worth
Chris Alvarado – RPM/TPS
Rich Courtney – RPM/TPS
Alex Lavorico – Hendu’s 42/TPS


Scott Alley, Resmondo (.727)
Kenny Pruitt, Xtreme (.682)
Chaun Demars, Long Haul (.667)
Bill Garber, Resmondo (.643)
Brian Arnold, Resmondo (.643)
Greg Schulte, Xtreme (7 HRs)
Tom White, Wessel/Hague (3 HR)


1. Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS, Cincinnati, OH (4-1)
2. Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno, Albertville, MN (5-2)
3. Xtreme/Hinson/Worth, Little Rock, AR (4-2)
4. RPM/TPS, Concord, CA (3-2)
5t. Resmondo/TPS, Lake Wales, FL (2-2)
5t. O&S/TPS, South St. Paul, MN (1-2)
7t. Hendu’s 42/TPS, Seattle, WA (2-2)
7t. Brandon’s, Wilmington, NC (1-2)
9t. Gil’s Arizona Heat/Easton, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
9t. Adams/RSH/Worth, Ridgeland, MS (1-2)
9t. Tiger/ChecKing/AirTransat/TPS, Somers, CT (1-2)
9t. JWM/Easton, Riverside, CA (0-2)
13. Joe Black’s/TPS, Chicago, IL (0-2)
AJA/TPS, Houston, TX (no show)

1998 USSSA Women’s Major Slow Pitch World Series

1998 held at Cocoa, Florida.

Champion – UPI/Kinder, Baxter, Tennessee
Runner Up – Diamond Queens, Nashville, Tennessee

UPI picked up some of the Cannan’s Illusions player at the start of the season. The team looked like a powerhouse on paper, but in realty, it was an explosive year as the teams long rivalry never really meshed into one team. But, the talent was just to hard to over come. The Diamond Queens high spirited squad went through the tournament without a loss and stood waiting for an opponent in the championship game. UPI eliminated the Santa Monica Yankees and then in the first final defeated the Diamond Queens 17-3 to force the “if” game. With Mary Hoff on the mound, the UPI squad clinched the title with a 6-3 win over the Queens.

  • MVP – Allison Cole, UPI (17-26, .654, 10 RBI)
  • Batting Leader – Sherri Lynn France, UPI/Kinder (12-15, 3 HR, 15 RBI) -.800
  • HR Leader – Sherri Lynn France, UPI/Kinder (12-15, 15 RBI) -.800  – 3
  • HR Leader – Faye Cobb Bailey, Taylor’s (8-14, .571, 6 RBI) – 3
  • Defensive MVP – Patrice Detlie, Diamond Queens
  • Offensive MVP – Marie Pesch, UPI/Kinder (17-26, .654, 2 HR, 18 RBI)


Connie Tutaj, Santa Monica Yankees (17-25, .680)
Shirley Moir, Santa Monica Yankees (19-27, .704)
Michelle Jackson, Santa Monica Yankees (16-23, .696, 16 RBI)
Kathy Warren, Shooters (11-17, .647)
Jackie Watkins, Diamond Queens (8-18, .444, 1 HR)
Kathie Mahoney, Diamond Queens (10-19, .526)
Patrice Detlie, Diamond Queens (10-17, .588)
Barbara Foxx, S&S/La Blue (11-16, .688)
Paula Vitulli, Fair Warning (9-14, .643)
Sherri Lynn France, UPI/Kinder (12-15, .800, 3 HR)
Allison Cole, UPI/Kinder (17-26, .654)
Kathy Riley, UPI/Kinder (15-25, .600)
Bev Lovett, UPI/Kinder (13-22, .591)
Marie Pesch, UPI/Kinder (17-26, .654, 2 HR)
Mary Hoff, UPI/Kinder (6-14, .429)
Manager – Don Kinder, UPI/Kinder
Manager – Ronnie Bennet, UPI/Kinder

FINAL STANDINGS (Incomplete – 16 teams)

1. UPI/Kinder, Baxter, TN (6-1)
2. Diamond Queens, Nashville, TN (4-2)
3. Santa Monica Yankees, Poway, CA (5-2)
4. Shooters, Orlando, FL (4-2)

1998 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1998 held at Decatur, Illinois.

Champion – California Commotion, Woodland Hills, California
Runner Up – Redding Rebels, Redding, CA

Lisa Fernandez of California Commotion came in first inning of 2-1 championship, 8 Ks, and also had an RBI, she defeated Redding’s Michelle Smith to win the championship. Fernandez (4-0) in the tournament came in relief of Lori Harrigan.

Brakettes came to the National undefeated (49-0 record), went (1-2) and finished 50-2 on the year. Behind the strong arm of Danielle Henderson, who pitched a 7-0 perfect game with 16 strikeouts in the Brakettes first game, only to lose two straight right after that.

  • MVP – Lisa Fernandez, California Commotion
  • HR Leader – N/A
  • Batting Leader – Danielle Cox, Decatur Twister – .688
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Lisa Fernandez, California Commotion
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Sheila Douty, California Commotion


P – Lisa Fernandez, California Commotion (4-0, 2 shutouts, 1 was a no hitter)
P – Michele Smith, Redding Rebels (2-2, 1 save, threw a perfect game)
P – Trinity Johnson, California Players (4-2 with 3 no-hitters)
C – Nicole Victoria, California Commotion
1B – Sheila Cornell Douty, California Commotion
2B – Julie Smith, Redding Rebels
3B – Kim Maher, Redding Rebels
SS – Dot Richardson, California Commotion
OF – Becky Witt, California Players
OF – Laura Berg, California Players
OF – Christie Ambrosi, Bloomington Lady Hearts
OF – Danielle Cox, Decatur Twister (11-16, .688, 5 runs scored) .688 broke 32 year old record of .632 set in 1975 by Diane Kalliam.
DP – Randi Berg, California Players
UTIL – Teri Klement, Redding Rebels
UTIL – Sara Pickering, California Commotion


P – Lori Harrigan, California Commotion (2-0)
P – Amanda Freed, Redding Rebels (3-0)
P – Courtney Dale, Decatur Twister
C – Michelle Gromacki, Redding Rebels
1B – Ronnie Marmitt, Michigan Cruise
2B – Selina Finck, Decatur Twister
3B – Missy Nowak, Decatur Twister
SS – Amy Pera, Decatur Twister
OF – Leah O’Brien, California Players
OF – Khara Good, Decatur Twister
OF – Barbara Jordan, Redding Rebels
OF – Holly Aprile, Decatur Twister
DH – Michelle Venturella, California Players
UTIL – Monica Triner, Sarasota Sugar Canes
UTIL – Nancy Evans, California Players (2-0)


P – Susie Parra, Riverside Hurricanes (3-1)
P – Keira Goerl, Phoenix Firestorm (pitched every inning but 2 in the tournament and was 4-2 with 2 shutouts and a 1-hitter)
P – Gina Ugo, Michigan Cruise
C – Suzy Brazney, California Jazz
1B – Traci Conrad, Decatur Twister
2B – Chrissy Buck, California Jazz
3B – Nina Lindenberg, California Jazz
SS – Jennifer McFalls, Redding Rebels
OF – Amy Doyle, Memphis Saints
OF – Mindy Bond, California Jazz
OF – Jenny Condon, California Commotion
OF – Brooke Boyer, Phoenix Firestorm
DH – Leticia Pineda, California Commotion
UTIL – Sara Kahler, Phoenix Firestorm
UTIL – Jennifer Brundage, California Commotion


1. California Commotion, Woodland Hills, CA (6-0)
2. Redding Rebels, Redding, CA (5-2)
3. California Players, Cypress, CA (5-2)
4. Decatur Twister, Decatur, IL (4-2)
5t. California Jazz, Bellflower, CA (3-2)
5t. Phoenix Firestorm, Phoenix, AZ (4-2)
7t. Sarasota Sugar Canes, Sarasota, FL (3-2)
7t. Riverside Hurricanes, Riverside, CA (3-2)
9t. Michigan Cruise, Ann Arbor, MI (2-2)
9t. Memphis Saints, Memphis, TN (2-2)
9t. Jammers, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
9t. Brakettes, Stratford, CT (1-2)
13t. Bloomington Lady Hearts, Bloomington, IL (2-2)
13t. Breakers, Minneapolis, MN (1-2)
13t. Elite Force, Palos Hills, IL (1-2)
13t. Pekinlettes, Pekin, IL (1-2)
17t. Decatur Scorpions, Decatur, IL (0-2)
17t. Celina Sun, Celina, OH (0-2)
17t. Landolls Flames, Ashland, OH (0-2)
17t. Topton VIP’s, Topton, PA (0-2)
17t. St. Louis Surge, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
17t. Starpath, Dyer, IN (0-2)
17t. Allentown Pates, Allentown, PA (0-2)
17t. Team Texas, Houston, TX (0-2)

L-R, top row- GM Bob Baird, Manager John Stratton, Jenn Huyett, Kristine MacLean, Donna McLean, Nicole Faessler, Danielle Henderson, Debra Larson, “Frankie” Spruce, Jen Goodwin, Jackie Catanese, Scorer Jeff Ellis, Coach Patti Fernandes. Bottom row- Jessica Yanosy, Michelle Gates, Jen Smith, Keri McCallum, Dana Bennett, Alicia Smith.

1998 ISA Men’s A Slow Pitch World Series

1998 held at Niceville, Florida.

Champion – W.E.T. (Waste Energy Tech.), Niceville, Florida
Runner Up – W.W. Gay, Gainesville, Florida

W.E.T., a home town team, went undefeated to become the surprise winner of the ISA Class A championship Aug. 28-30 in Niceville, Fla.

W.W. Gay of Gainesville, Fla., was a surprise second-place finisher, but was drowned by W.E.T. — 17-2 in the finals of the winners bracket and 29-4 in the championship finale.

Adams/RSH/Worth of Ridgeland, Miss., and Smokes/TPS of Maryland were considered the co-favorites. Adams suffered both of its losses to Gay (30-26 and 32-15). Smokes, winner of the big Pif tournamet in Canada over the July 4th weekend, lost to W.E.T. 25-24 in the third round, then later was eliminated 34-18 to McDonald’s of Georgia and wound up in a tie for ninth place.

Adams was third, while Harrison’s/Worth of Virginia was fourth. Harrison’s was ousted 38-34 by Adams after eliminating Woerner/Hudson’s/TPS of Alabama 22-21. Herrin/TPS of Georgia shared fifth place with Harrison’s, being ousted 20-18 by Adams after kayoing McDonald’s 27-14.

Jonesboro/TPS of Tennessee finished in a tie for ninth after being ousted by Woerner 33-27.

Harrison’s was knocked into the losers bracket by W.E.T. 20-18, after wins over Woerner (32-30) and Herrin (19-16).

W.W. Gay beat Jonesboro 37-32, Mizuno/DeMarini of Florida 25-8 and Lafayette (La.) Fire 44-16.

One of Adams’ wins was 31-11 over Mississippi rival Fast Eddie’s.

Journeyman of Michigan and Pov’s of Minnesota went out early. Lafayette Fire beat Journeyman 12-11, while Pov’s lost to W.E.T. 25-22 in the second round.

Journeyman was eliminated by Mizuno 43-37, while Pov’s was ousted by Jonesboro 36-28. Mizuno was eliminated by Herrin 35-30.

The MVP selection was W.E.T. outfielder Chad Roberts. He went 20-for-24 with nine home runs.

Veteran John Hicks came out of retirement to hit eight homers for W.E.T., five of them in one game — the 20-18 win over Harrison’s.

The Outstanding Defensive Player award went to W.W. Gay outfielder Mike Thomas. Roberts and Hicks were joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Shane Frederick and pitcher Dan Hensley.

W.W. Gay boss N.C. Ryals credited Hensley with “a great job of pitching.” Other all-tournament spots went to Mike Thomas, Ken Clark, John Thomas and Billy Eurice of W.W. Gay, Russ Tatum and Craig Upton of Adams and Chuck Boyle and Charles Prekel of Harrison’s. Eurice tied for most HRs, matching Roberts’ total of nine.

  • MVP – Chad Roberts, W.E.T. (20-24, .833, 9 HR)
  • Defensive MVP – Mike Thomas, W.W. Gay
  • HR Leader – Chad Roberts, W.E.T – 9
  • HR Leader – Billy Eurice, W.W. Gay – 9
  • Batting Leader – Chad Roberts, W.E.T – .833


  • Chad Roberts, W.E.T. (20-24, .833, 9 HR)
  • John Hicks, W.E.T. (8 HRs)
  • Shane Frederick, W.E.T.
  • Dan Hensley, W.E.T.
  • Mike Thomas, W.W. Gay
  • Ken Clark, W.W. Gay
  • John Thomas, W.W. Gay
  • Billy Eurice, W.W. Gay
  • Russ Tatum, Adams/RSH/Worth
  • Craig Upton, Adams/RSH/Worth
  • Chuck Boyle, Harrison’s/Worth
  • Charles Prekel, Harrison’s/Worth


1. W.E.T. (Waste Energy Tech.), Niceville, FL
2. W.W. Gay, Gainesville, FL
3. Adams/RSH/Worth, Ridgeland, MI
4. Harrison’s/Worth, Portsmouth, VA
5t. Woerner/Hudson’s/TPS, Elberta, AL
5t. Herrin/TPS, Savannah, GA
7t. McDonald’s, GA
7t. Team Mizuno/Demarini, Fort Pierce, FL
9t. Jonesboro/TPS, Jonesboro, TN
9t. Smokes/TPS, Ellicott City, MD

no info on remaining standings

Lafayette Fire & Safety, Lafayette, LA
Fast Eddies, Jackson, MS
Journeymen/Easton, Canton, MI
POV’s, Brooklyn Center, MN

1998 ASA Men’s Super Slow Pitch Nationals

1998 held at Sanford Memorial Stadium in Sanford, Florida on August 14-16, 1998

Champion – Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, Georgia (56-20)
Runner Up – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton, Centerville, Georgia (59-23)

Ricky Huggins ASA Super National MVP at age 46.

Lighthouse/Worth won the first two legs of the Grand Slam by breezing to a surprisingly easy sweep of the ASA Super Nationals August 13-16 at the Sanford Memorial Stadium near Orlando. Lighthouse opened with a 15-7 win over Xtreme/Hinson/Worth, then won four more games . . . all via the run rule.

Lighthouse, sparked by the MVP hitting of veteran pitcher Ricky Huggins, was a 29-14 winner over Team TPS in the finals of the winners bracket, then walloped Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton 37-10 in the championship game . . . after Sunbelt sent Team TPS reeling 26-25 with an 8-run rally in the bottom of the seventh that saw a grand slam by Greg Harding and a towering game-winning 2-run blast by Dan Schuck.

Sunbelt had to play the last game without Jimmy Powers and Johnny McCraw who cramped up because of the heat. Shane Dubose did the same thing late in the game. Sunbelt held off Sierra/TPS 25-22 in the late game on Saturday night, leaving Sierra to settle for fourth place. Lighthouse exploded for 17 runs on 9 home runs in the first inning of the finale. Dewayne Frizzell and Huggins each had two home runs in the big first inning. The 46-year-old Huggins had a triple and three homers in his last four at-bats in the win over Team TPS Saturday night. He added another HR for a string of 6 in a row, then hit another for a spree of 7 HRs out of 8 swings. Frizzell finished the final game with five home runs. Huggins had four, Carl Rose three as the LH crew totaled 18 on the baseball field with dimensions of 330-385-330. Robbie Ergle went 6-for-6, with a home run in the big first inning.

Elliott, Mendoza, Rickard and Rose also homered in the first. Huggins wound up with 11 home runs and a tourney leading 24 RBI while going 17-for-21 — an .810 average. Rose led in homers with 12. Frizzell had 11, Sunbelt’s Tot Powers 11. Rose, Frizzell and Powers had 5-HR games. Team TPS opened up an 8-1 lead going into the bottom of the third vs. Lighthouse. That’s when LH hit for 12 runs on 3 HRs — 3-runners by Frizzell and Scott Elliott and a 2-runner by Wendell Rickard, who opened the inning with a triple off the 385-mark in center. Two of Rickard’s HRs were awesome blasts.

Sunbelt’s Todd Joerling hit four home runs over the center field wall, and Robin Higginbotham of Lighthouse had seven triples. Lighthouse closed out the win over Team TPS with nine runs on five home runs in the bottom of the sixth — by Rose, Albert Davis, Dennis Mendoza, Huggins and Rickard.

Team TPS had to play without Todd Martin because his grandmother passed away.

Lighthouse had a 22-run first inning in a 39-24 win over Steele’s/R&D. The inning saw a whopping 12 home runs — three by Rose, and two each by Frizzell, Davis and Elliott. Rickard had a homer and two singles. Lighthouse had another big inning in an early matchup vs. Sierra — 18 runs on 8 homers in the top of the second. Higginbotham had a pair of 2-runners, Davis a slammer and a 2-runner. Sixteen of the runs came after two outs. Elliott had a single and homer in the inning, Huggins a single and a double off the left field wall, Striebel a single and homer, Rickard a single and homer, Rose a long double off the base of the left center field wall and a homer and Frizzell two walks. Sunbelt was upended 26-24 by Chase in the first game for Sunbelt.

Chase built up leads of 16-9 and 21-11 as Mark Weaver and Paul Brannon each walloped three home runs. Weaver had three as Chase opened with a 30-10 romp over Planet/New/TPS.

In nip-and-tuck games, Steele’s nipped Backstop/Easton 19-18 in an early matchup and Sierra held off Backstop 37-35 in the losers bracket.

The only team to win the Grand Slam was Ritch’s/Superior/TPS in 1992.

Last year, there were four different champions — Sunbelt in the ISA, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli in the ASA, Shen Valley/Taylor in the NSA and Lighthouse in the USSSA. Thus, Lighthouse has won three consecutive Grand Slam events — the USSSA last year and the ISA and ASA this year.

This was the second ASA Super title for Lighthouse. The other came in 1995. Huggins has now earned MVP honors in six championships. The others were the ASA Major in 1981 (with Elite), ASA Class A in 1985 (with Thompson’s), the USSSA Class A in 1986 (Ardis), the ISA Class A in 1990 (Lighthouse/Sunbelt) and the ASA Major in 1992 (Vernon’s).

Sierra’s Greg Cannedy was the leading hitter at Sanford. He went 12-for-14 for an .857 average. Plus, he had two walks.

Jason Fleming of Chase was next in line at .846 (11-for-13, plus three walks).

Huggins was third on the list at .810.

Other pace-setters for the red-hot Lighthouse crew included Mendoza at .773, Frizzell at .750, Rose at .731, Robbie Ergle at .714 (he missed the first two games because of his teaching duties) and Rickard at .708. Shane Dubose batted .731, Tot Powers .692 and Dan Schuck .682 for Sunbelt. Todd Joerling, who sparked as usual at short, and pitcher Greg Harding, who snared two rocket shots in the same inning, each had nine HRs for Sunbelt. Rickard had eight homers for Lighthouse.

That number was matched by Sierra’s Hank Garris and Darrell Beeler. Larry Fredieu had five for Sierra. Garris now has 184 homers compared to 177 for Fredieu, the leader until Garris hit 12 in the ISA World Series.

Jeff Wallace had a big tournament for Team TPS. He went 13-for-17 to hold on to his season on-base percentage lead at .804. He had four homers and three triples, one off the 385 sign to the opposite field in his first at-bat and one off the 385 mark in center field.

Robin Higginbotham had seven triples (and four doubles) for Lighthouse. Lighthouse totaled 67 home runs in five games, Sunbelt 62 in six. Team TPS had 33 homers in four games, Sierra 29 in four. Steele’s had 27 in three games. Chase had 21 home runs in its first two games, then only six in the next two, losing 20-4 to Team TPS and 27-12 to Sierra. The all-tournament team included Huggins, Rose, Rickard, Frizzell and Mendoza from Lighthouse, Joerling, Schuck, Harding and Tot Powers from Sunbelt, Wallace and Doug Kissane from Team TPS, Cannedy, Garris and Beeler from Sierra and Fleming from Chase. The second team included Davis, Elliott, Higginbotham and Scott Striebel from Lighthouse, Jeff Hall, Britt Hightower, Shane Dubose and Todd Volkers from Sunbelt, J.C. Phelps and Doug Roberson from Team TPS, Jason Kendrick from Sierra, Larry White from Chase, Rod Hughes and Dal Beggs from Steele’s and Judson Jackson from Backstop. Lighthouse opened with a 15-7 win over Xtreme/Hinson/Worth, but started slow. Xtreme led 7-5, but did not score over the last four innings. Lighthouse sewed it up with a 7-run bottom of the sixth as Frizzell, Davis, Huggins and Rickard homered. Fleming matched Weaver’s 3-HR output in the 30-10 romp for Chase over Planet/New. Chase had a 12-run top of the sixth when Fleming, Weaver and Paul Brannon led off with successive HRs. Bob Fisher, Kenny Carver, Tim Williamson and Jose Santiago also homered for Chase. It was 10-1 after two innings. Steele’s used a 10-run, 6-HR top of the fourth to take a 15-11 lead against Backstop. Lonnie Fox, Rob Schleede, Rod Hughes, Derek Jones, Dennis Pierce and Dal Beggs homered, with the last four coming in a row. It was the second HRs for Pierce and Beggs, and Hughes added a second. Backstop managed only 1-1-2 over the last three innings, leaving a runner on in the bottom of the seventh. Judson Jackson was 4-for-4 with 2 HRs for Backstop. Melvin Mallernee had two 3-runners in the first three innings. Team TPS grabbed an 8-1 lead in the first inning vs. Reece. Wallace and Kissane tripled and Todd Martin, Dewayne Nevitt, J.C. Phelps, Phil Jobe and John Mello homered. Nevitt and Jobe homered again in the third the lead ballooned to 12-3. Final score: 21-4 in 5 innings. Martin went 4-for-4 before having to return home. A home run by Huggins helped Lighthouse to a 6-run fourth for a stunning 27-9 lead over Sierra. After a rain delay, both Lighthouse and Sierra went 1-2-3. Sierra had scored three in the bottom of the fourth. Sunbelt found itself trailing Chase by 10-3 after the first inning. Chase led by 16-9, 21-11 and 26-14 before Sunbelt rallied for 10 runs in the top of the seventh. Brannon matched Weaver’s three HRs. Fisher, Carver, Fleming and Santiago also homered for Chase. Fisher had four hits, including a triple. Weaver totaled seven RBI. Backstop, getting two homers and five RBI from David Burch and a home run from Judson Jackson, eliminated Planet/New 10-9 and Reece ousted Xtreme 11-2 as Howie Krause, Steve Dickey, Steve Ellis and Derek Oliver homered. Krause was an added player from Wessel/Hague/TPS. Three other Wessel players were pickups — Tom White and Brett Helmer with Team TPS and Tim Cocco with Backstop. Sierra’s 37-35 elimination of Backstop saw Garris go 7-for-7 with 3 HRs and 7 RBI. Beeler had 9 RBI. He went 6-for-7 with a triple and 2 homers, one a 3-runner, one a grand slam. Kendrick had six hits, including a triple, and Cannedy and Mike Rodriguez five hits each. Ron Parnell also had a triple. Backstop scored 12 in the fifth to get within 24-25, but Sierra rebounded with 11 in the top of the sixth for a 36-24 command. Bob Van Erem had three homers for nine RBI for Backstop. Judson Jackson had five hits, including two homers, and Burch had four hits, including two homers. Phil White chipped in with two triples and a homer. Sunbelt’s 4-inning 26-6 rout of Reece saw nine runs in the first and eight in the second (for a 17-3 bulge). Thirteen of the 17 runs came after two outs. Sunbelt had only one HR in the first inning — a 3-runner by Todd Volkers, the last man in the lineup. Sunbelt wound up with nine homers. Volkers hit another one. Little Bobby Gilbert had two. Team TPS saw Chase scored four runs on three home runs (by Fisher, Fleming and Brannon) in the first inning, and trailed 4-3 after three innings. But Chase did not score again. Final score: 20-4. Team TPS finally broke it open with nine runs in the top of the sixth. Nevitt had 3-runners in the fifth and sixth. Wallace hit for the cycle. Jobe and Kissane were the only other TPS players to homer. Sunbelt eliminated Steele’s in a 38-27 slugfest. Sunbelt had leads of 19-6 and 27-11. Steele’s broke loose for 11 runs in the top of the sixth to get within 26-28, only to see Sunbelt retaliate with 10 runs on 4 homers in the top of the seventh, including a 3-runners by McCraw and Joerling. This was the 5-HR game for Tot Powers. Sunbelt had 18, with Joerling accounting for three and McCraw, Britt Hightower and Shane Dubose two each. Steele’s had 11, including three by Schleede and two by David Hood. Sierra eliminated Chase 27-12 as Garris and Beeler each had three homers while combining for 13 RBI. One of Garris’ blasts sailed over the 385 sign in right center. Fredieu had two homers as the top three batters in the Sierra lineup accounted for eight of the team’s nine homers. Brannon had two for Chase. Little Dennis Mendoza was 5-for-5, including a home run, in the winners bracket finals win for Lighthouse over Team TPS. Frizzell was 5-for-6 with a homer, Rickard 5-for-6 with a triple and three homers and Huggins had his triple and three homers. A bases-loaded single by Al Davis ended the game via the run rule . . . after intentional walks to Rose and Ergle. Rose had four hits, including a homer, and Scott Elliott had two homers. Frizzell and Elliott had 3-runners in a 12-run third inning as Lighthouse grabbed an 13-8 lead. Team TPS managed only four homers. Sunbelt had 13 homers compared to nine for Sierra in the 25-22 losers bracket semifinal. Joerling and Harding each had three, Volkers two. Schuck’s 3-runner (giving him four hits in the game) and Volkers’ 2-runner gave Sunbelt a 22-20 lead in the top of the sixth. Then Sierra managed only one in each of the sixth and seventh. A hit by Cannedy loaded the bases for Sierra in the bottom of the seventh, but Garris could not connect. He had two HRs. So did Beeler, Fredieu and Everett. Parnell had a slam in the fifth, then saw Hightower run down his long drive in the seventh. Three homers each by Wallace (he was 5-for-5), Nevitt and Kissane and two each by Phelps and Roberson had Team TPS leading by 25-18 going into the bottom of the seventh vs. Sunbelt. After the first batter went out, Jeff Hall homered (he was 4-for-5) and Jimmy Powers, Joerling and Hightower got hits. Tot Powers, who was 4-for-4 with a homer, walked, setting the stage for Harding’s slammer. It was his second homer and fourth hit of the game. After a double by Dubose, Schuck socked his game-winner. He had a 3-runner just the inning before.

  • MVP – Ricky Huggins, Lighthouse
  • HR Leader – Carl Rose, Lighthouse – 12
  • Batting Leader – Greg Cannedy, Sierra/TPS – .857


Ricky Huggins, Lighthouse (17-21, .810, 11 HR, 26 RBI)
Carl Rose, Lighthouse (19-26, .731, 12 HR, 18 RBI)
Dewayne Frizzell, Lighthouse (18-24, .750, 11 HR, 19 RBI)
Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse (17-24, .708. 8 HR, 16 RBI)
Dennis Mendoza, Lighthouse (17-22, .773, 2 HR, 11 RBI)
Todd Joerling, Sunbelt (15-28, .636, 9 HR, 19 RBI)
Tot Powers, Sunbelt (18-26, .692, 11 HR, 15 RBI)
Greg Harding, Sunbelt (17-27, .630, 9 HR, 19 RBI)
Dan Schuck, Sunbelt (15-22, .682, 6 HR, 15 RBI)
Jeff Wallace, Team TPS (13-17, .765, 4 HR, 9 RBI)
Doug Kissane, Team TPS (10-13, .769, 5 HR, 8 RBI)
Greg Cannedy, Sierra/TPS (12-14, .857, 6 RBI)
Darrell Beeler, Sierra/TPS (15-20, .750, 8 HR, 20 RBI)
Hank Garris, Sierra/TPS (14-19, .737, 8 HR, 20 RBI)
Jason Fleming, Chase (11-13, .846, 5 HR, 11 RBI)


Shane DuBose, Sunbelt (19-26, .731, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
Todd Volkers, Sunbelt (13-21, .619, 5 HR, 15 RBI)
Rod Hughes, Steele’s (9-12, .750, 4 HR, 6 RBI)
Albert Davis, Lighthouse/Worth (12-22, .545, 6 HR, 14 RBI)
Dal Beggs, Steele’s (7-10, .700, 3 HR, 7 RBI)
Scott Elliott, Lighthouse/Worth (12-20, .600, 7 HR, 15 RBI)
Britt Hightower, Sunbelt (17-27, .630, 6 HR, 12 RBI)
Doug Roberson, Team TPS (9-12, .750, 3 HR, 6 RBI)
Robin Higginbotham, Lighthouse/Worth (14-22, .636, 2 HR, 14 RBI)
Scott Striebel, Lighthouse/Worth (12-21, .571, 4 HR, 9 RBI)
JC Phelps, Team TPS (11-15, .733, 3 HR, 7 RBI)
Jeff Hall, Sunbelt (15-25, .600, 4 HR, 10 RBI)
Larry White, Chase Mortgage (5-13, .385, 3 RBI)
Jason Kendrick, Sierra/TPS (13-18, .722, 4 RBI)
Judson Jackson, Backstop/Easton (10-13, .769, 5 HR, 9 RBI)


Rob Schleede, Steele’s (8-10, .800, 4 HR, 7 RBI)
Robbie Ergle, Lighthouse (10-14, .714)
Bob VanErem, Backstop/Easton (8-12, .667, 4 HR, 12 RBI)
Greg Harding, Sunbelt/Easton (17-27, .630, 9 HR, 19 RBI)
Dennis Pierce, Steele’s (5-8, .625, 3 HR, 9 RBI)
Tim Williamson, Chase (8-13, .615, 1 HR, 3 RBI)
David Burch, Backstop/Easton (7-12, .583, 5 HR, 11 RBI)
John McCraw, Sunbelt/Easton (10-18, .556, 4 HR, 12 RBI)
Rusty Bumgardner, Team TPS (8-15, .533, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
Larry Fredieu, Sierra/TPS (10-19, .526, 5 HR, 10 RBI)
Jimmy Powers, Sunbelt/Easton (11-21, .524, 4 HR, 10 RBI)
Dewayne Nevitt, Team TPS (7-15, .467, 7 HR, 13 RBI)
Mark Weaver, Chase (7-15, .467, 6 HR, 12 RBI)
Paul Brannon, Chase (7 HR)


1. Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, GA (5-0)
2. Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton, Centerville, GA (4-2)
3. Team TPS, Louisville, KY (2-2)
4. Sierra/TPS, Reno, NV (2-2)
5t. Chase/Easton, Wilmington, NC (2-2)
5t. Steele’s/R&D/Reda, Brook Park, OH (1-2)
7t. Backstop/Easton, Aurora, IN (1-2)
7t. Reece/Sports World/Chip’s/TPS, Lebanon, TN (1-2)
9t. Planet/New/TPS, Lexington, KY (0-2)
9t. Xtreme/Hinson/Worth, Little Rock, AR (0-2)



Lighthouse 15, Xtreme 7
Chase 30, Planet/New 10, 6 innings
Steele’s 19, Backstop 18
Team TPS 21, Reece 4, 5 innings
Lighthouse 27, Sierra 12, 5 innings
Chase 26, Sunbelt 24
Lighthouse 39, Steele’s 24, 5 innings
Team TPS 20, Chase 4, 6 innings
Lighthouse 29, Team TPS 14, 6 innings


Backstop 10, Planet/New 9
Reece 11, Xtreme 2
Sierra 37, Backstop 35
Sunbelt 26, Reece 6, 4 innings
Sunbelt 38, Steele’s 27
Sierra 27, Chase 12, 6 innings
Sunbelt 25, Sierra 22
Sunbelt 26, Team TPS 25


Lighthouse 37, Sunbelt 10, 5 innings



Greg Cannedy, Sierra 12-14 .857
Jason Fleming, Chase 11-13 .846
Ricky Huggins, Lighthouse 17-21 .810
Dennis Mendoza, Lighthouse 17-22 .773
Jeff Wallace, Team TPS 13-17 .765
Dewayne Frizzell, Lighthouse 18-24 .750
Darrell Beeler, Sierra 15-20 .750
Hank Garris, Sierra 14-19 .737
J.C. Phelps, Team TPS 11-15 .733
Carl Rose, Lighthouse 19-26 .731
Shane Dubose, Sunbelt 19-26 .731
Jason Kendrick, Sierra 13-18 .722


Carl Rose, Lighthouse 12
Dewayne Frizzell, Lighthouse 11
Ricky Huggins, Lighthouse 11
Tot Powers, Sunbelt 11
Greg Harding, Sunbelt 9
Todd Joerling, Sunbelt 9
Wendall Rickard, Lighthouse 8
Darrell Beeler, Sierra 8
Hank Garris, Sierra 8
Scott Elliott, Lighthouse 7
Paul Brannon, Chase 7
Dewayne Nevitt, Team TPS 7
Albert Davis, Lighthouse 6
Mark Weaver, Chase 6
Britt Hightower, Sunbelt 6
Dan Schuck, Sunbelt 6


Ricky Huggins, Lighthouse 24
Darrell Beeler, Sierra 20
Hank Garris, Sierra 20
Dewayne Frizzell, Lighthouse 19
Greg Harding, Sunbelt 19
Todd Joerling, Sunbelt 19
Carl Rose, Lighthouse 18
Wendall Rickard, Lighthouse 16

1998 USSSA Men’s Major Slow Pitch Worlds

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 (29-35, .829, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 21 Runs)
  • HR Leader – Jeff Wallace, Team TPS (20-41, .488, 27 RBI, 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 HR, 22 RBI, 20 Runs)


  • P – Greg Harding – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton (20-27, .741, 7 HR, 16 RBI, 20 Runs)
  • 1B – Jimmy Powers – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton (18-27, .667, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 19 Runs)
  • 1B – Jeff Wallace – Team TPS (23-46, .500, 10 HR, 27 RBI, 20 Runs)
  • 2B – Bobby Gilbert – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton (17-26, .654, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 13 Runs)
  • 2B – Carl Rose – Lighthouse/Worth (21-29, .724, 9 HR, 28 RBI, 19 Runs)
  • 2B – Jeff Hall – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton (17-29, .586, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 17 Runs)
  • 2B – Rusty Bumgardner – Team TPS (24-41, .585, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 22 Runs)
  • 3B – Howie Krause – Wessel/Hague/So-Jern/TPS (11-17, .647, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 10 Runs)
  • 3B – Mike Shenk – Team TPS (26-38, .684, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 21 Runs)
  • SS – Ron Pamell – Sierra/TPS (13-20, .650, 9 RBI, 13 Runs)
  • OF – Robin Higginbotham – Lighthouse/Worth (22-26, .846, 6 HRS, 22 RBI, 20 Runs)
  • OF – Jason Kendrick – Sierra/TPS (15-20, .750, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 14 Runs)
  • OF – Doug Kissane – Team TPS (22-40, .550, 8 HR, 21 RBI, 19 Runs)
  • OF – Shane Dubose – Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton (15-26, .577, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 17 Runs)
  • OF – Hank Garris – Sierra/TPS 13-21, .619, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 14 Runs)
  • OF – Dewayne Nevitt – Team TPS (24-36, .667, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 21 Runs)
  • UTIL – Paul Drilling – Sierra/TPS (14-20, .700, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 10 Runs)
  • UTIL – Slim Brant – Brandon’s Trucking (13-17, .765, 13 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • UTIL – Todd Martin – Team TPS (21-37, .568, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 22 Runs)
  • UTIL – Chris Absner – Brandon’s Trucking (14-20, .700, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 10 Runs)
  • MGR – Mike Glasscock – Team TPS


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


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)

1998 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

1998 tournament site unknown.

Champion – Wessel/Hague/SoJern, Cincinnati, Ohio
Runner Up – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno, Albertville, Minnesota

  • MVP – Jim Burbrink, Wessel (14-22, .636)
  • HR Leader – Ken Bean, Extreme (15-25, .600) – 9
  • Batting Leader – Rich Courtney, RPM (11-14) – .786
  • Defensive MVP – Richie Aliotti, Long Haul
  • Offensive MVP – Brett Helmer, Wessel/Hague (14-21, .667, 4 HRs)


  • Jim Burbrink, Wessel/Hague (14-22, .636)
  • Brett Helmer, Wessel/Hague (14-21, .667, 4 HRs)
  • Howie Krause, Wessel/Hague (.667, 2 HRs)
  • Tim Cocco, Wessel/Hague
  • Joe Foley, Wessel/Hague (3 HRs)
  • Mike Much, Wessel/Hague
  • Dale Sensenig, Wessel/Hague
  • Rob Darhower, Long Haul (18-26, .692)
  • John Keigley, Long Haul
  • Chaun Demars, Long Haul
  • Mike Stanley, Long Haul (.625)
  • Ken Beane, Xtreme (15-25, .600, 9 HRs)
  • Lamar Echols, Xtreme (5 HRs)
  • Chris Alvarado RPM
  • Rich Courtney, RPM (11-14, .786)
  • Alex Lavorico, Hendu’s (.750, 8 HRs)


  • Scott Alley, Resmondo (.727)
  • Kenny Pruitt, Xtreme (.682)
  • Chaun Demars, Long Haul (.667)
  • Bill Garber, Resmondo (.643)
  • Brian Arnold, Resmondo (.643)
  • Greg Schulte, Xtreme (7 HRs)
  • Tom White, Wessel/Hague (3 HRs)


1. Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS, Cincinnati, OH (4-1)
2. Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno, Albertville, MN (5-2)
3. Xtreme/Hinson/Worth, Little Rock, AR (4-2)
4. RPM/TPS, Concord, CA (3-2)
5t. Resmondo/TPS, Lake Wales, FL (2-2)
5t. O&S/TPS, South St. Paul, MN (1-2)
7t. Hendu’s 42/TPS, Seattle, WA (2-2)
7t. Brandon’s, Wilmington, NC (1-2)
9t. Gil’s Arizona Heat/Easton, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
9t. Adams/RSH/Worth, Ridgeland, MS (1-2)
9t. Tiger/ChecKing/AirTransat/TPS, Somers, CT (1-2)
9t. JWM/Easton, Riverside, CA (0-2)
13. Joe Black’s/TPS, Chicago, IL (0-2)

Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS of Cincinnati won two of three meetings with Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno of Albertville, Minn., to win the USSSA Class AA championship Sunday (Sept. 6) at the Mid-America Complex in Shawnee, Kan. Wessel won 16-10 in the finals of the winners bracket, but Long Haul forced an extra game with a 13-11 win. Wessel built up an 8-0 lead in the first three innings and went on to win 10-4 in the deciding game. Two of Long Haul’s runs came in the bottom of the seventh. Wessel pitcher Jim Burbrink was an overwhelming choice for the MVP award. The tournament was played on two baseball fields. The dimensions on the main field were 325-400-325. The second field was the same except for a 310 left field that had a 24-foot screen. Ken Bean of third-place Xtreme/Hinson/Worth of Little Rock, Ark., won the home run trophy with nine. Alex Lavorico of Hendu’s 42/TPS of Seattle had eight. Greg Schulte of Xtreme had seven. Wessel’s big Brett Helmer was the Offensive MVP. He batted .667 with four home runs. Other Wessel pace-setters were Howie Krause at .667 with two homers, Joe Foley and Tom White each with three HRs. Burbrink helped his own cause with a .636 mark. Long Haul shortstop Richie Aliotti was the Defensive MVP. Long Haul had the tournament’s leading hitter (based on 20 at-bats). Rob Darhower went 18-for-26 for a .692 average. RPM/TPS of Concord, Calif., was fourth. O&S/TPS of South St. Paul, Minn., and Resmondo/TPS of Lake Wales, Fla., tied for fifth, while Hendu’s/TPS of Seattle and Brandon’s of Wilmington, N.C., tied for seventh. Lavorico had five of his homers in the first game. It was on the short left field fence, but all over his homers cleared it with plenty to spare. Plus, he had a double that hit high off the screen in left center. Lavorico homered 7 times in his first 9 swings, and 8 in his first 13 (out of 18). Lamar Echols was another Xtreme HR producer with 5. The Xtreme squad by far hit the most home runs — 35 in six games. In addition to Krause, who batted .667 with 2 homers, left fielder Dale Sensenig stood out on defense for Wessel. Long Haul’s Doug Johnson and Chaun Demars each had 4 homers. RPM opened with a 16-12 win over Brandon’s. RPM took an 11-5 lead in the first two innings as Ken Dain and Scott Purcell each had a homer and another hit and Bob Newman had a homer. Larry Grant had two hits in the first two innings and wound up 4-for-4 with a home run. Newman added another home run. Brandon’s managed only one run over four innings, then put on a 6-run rally in the top of the seventh as Eddie Foust homered and Keith Roberts and Chris Graves tripled. Jerold Smith had a 3-run HR in the first inning. Graves and Chris Calcutt each had three hits in a losing effort. Hendu’s dropped Resmondo into the losers bracket (31-18). Lavorico smacked home runs in his first three trips to the plate, totaling seven RBI, as Hendu’s moved into a 14-9 lead. He finished with a 6-for-6 game, with 5 HRs and 11 RBI. His only non-HR at-bat was a double off the screen in left center. Kent Johnson chipped in with five hits and Ken Briggs and Billy Wallace four each. Hendu’s totaled 11 HRs, with Joe Sposi hitting two. Jeff Vargo, Marty Dailey, Scott Alley and Ron Howard homered for Resmondo, which led 16-14 and was within 19-17 after five innings. Long Haul was a 9-3 winner over Joe Black’s of Chicago. Leading 4-1 after three and 7-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, it was an easy game for veteran pitcher Ted Larson (47). Long Haul did not have a home run. Jeff Franks, Rob Darhower and John Keigley had triples. Darhower had three hits for four RBI. Mike Stanley had two walks and a hit. Jeff Ross was 3-for-3 for Joe Black’s, which did not have a home run either. Adams/Worth of Mississippi knocked Xtreme into the losers bracket (12-10). Xtreme had a 6-2 lead after two innings on the strength of a homer and triple by Lamar Echols, but did not score again until the top of the seventh. Adams won it with a 9-run bottom of the fourth. Richie McAlister singled, Jody Hurst doubled, Scott Holman singled, Clay Hudson singled and Bobby Fowler doubled before the first out. Cleveland Dortch then singled, Craig Upton doubled and Richard White tripled. Fowler added a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth before Xtreme scored four runs, then left the bases loaded. Tiger was a 23-6 winner over Gil’s Arizona Heat/Easton. Ten runs in the third and 10 more in the bottom of the fourth made it a run-rule game. Rich Lonquil homered in each inning, while Chris Santucci had three hits in the two innings. Mark Gabourel and Dave Koser also homered. It was Koser’s second of the game. Gabourel had two other hits, Koser another. Lonquil walked twice for a perfect game at the plate. Randy Noe drew three walks. Tiger had to play without three of its Canadian players, including Jacques Millier. Santucci was 4-for-4. Manager Alan Walker had to play, and produced a 3-for-3 game. Glenn Flood homered and doubled in a losing cause. RPM beat California rival JWM/Easton for the second weekend in a row. The score was 9-6. RPM built up a 9-4 lead with three runs in the top of the sixth. Chris Alvarado and Bob Newman had hits, along with two errors and two sacs. Alvardo had three hits. Tim Jones and Dennis Rulli each had three hits for JWM. Wessel/Hague opened with a 29-5 hammering of Hendu’s. Wessel pushed across 11 runs in the top of the fifth for the run rule win. Howie Krause had a 3-runner, Joe Foley a 2-runner and Tom White a grand slam. It was the second HR of the game for Krause. He was 4-for-4, plus a walk. Foley and Tim Cocco each had 4 hits. So did Chris Lashley, one of them an inside-the-park job with the bases loaded. Pitcher Jim Burbrink had 3 hits. Lavorico, Ruben Gonzalez and Rob Crane homered for Hendu’s. O&S/TPS of Minnesota turned back Adams 16-6. O&S owned an early 8-4 lead, then exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh. R.J. Olson had a pinch hit double, Scott Brown and Doug Berfeldt singles, Lance Peterson a 2-run double, Mark Crandall and Tedd Lindgren singles and Scott Logan an inside-the-park homer with two on. Derrick Williams had a 2-run HR in the first and Peterson a 3-runner in a 6-run third. Brown had three hits. Long Haul rolled over Tiger 26-5 in 4 innings. Tiger was missing French Canadian slugger Jacques Millier, and a couple other Canadians. Doug Johnson had 2-run homers in the first two at-bats. Butch Smith and Shawn Demars also homered in the second inning. In fact, it was three in a row. Long Haul led 16-0 after two, then hit for 10 in the top of the fourth. Jeff Franks had a 5-for-5 game, Richie Aliotti 4-for-4. Rob Darhower had three hits, plus a walk. Demars added a double and triple. Pitcher Ted Larson had three hits. Mark Gabourel and Randy Noe homered for Tiger. Gil’s eliminated Joe Black’s 15-9. Gil’s pushed across six runs in the top of the seventh, then Joe Black’s drew a blank. Gil’s big seventh saw hits by Tim Kellner, Dan Semiento, Mike Aquila, Chuck Henniger, Raith Adair and Kelly Radcliff. Adair had three hits and Curt Gleaton had a first-inning homer. Mike Bombardier, Bob Woldyk and Burgess Watts homered for Joe Black’s. Xtreme sent JWM packing 25-23. James Beane’s 3-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh sent JWM reeling with an 0-2 record after a third-place finish last year. Xtreme plated 10 runs in the second inning as Chris Butler and Ken Bean hit 2-run homers. Beane had two hits in the inning. Bean homered in the first and he homered again in the fifth as he had a 4-for-5 game. Beane had another homer in the fifth as he went 4-for-5 too. Rick Goyette had an inside-the-park homer and Lamar Echols homered in the 6-run fifth. Another HR was hit by Greg Schulte. For JWM, Andy Alvis and Ed Martin each had two homers and Mike Moore, Larry Carter and Bryan King each had one. JWM scored seven runs in the top of the seventh for a short-lived 23-21 lead. Tim Jones had four hits. Alvis added tow hits to his two HRs. Wessel sneaked past RPM 9-8 in an extra inning. Wessel did not score in the fifth, sixth or seventh, and had to win it with two runs in the bottom of the first extra inning. After one out, Howie Krause tripled to deep right center and Tim Linson’s hit went for a triple when the right fielder misplayed the ball. The next two batters (Tim Cocco and Joe Foley) were given free passes and Dale Sensenig produced a short sac fly to left. Tom White homered in the first for Wessel and Cocco homered in the fourth. RPM tied the score with two in the top of the seventh as Larry Grant singled and, after two outs, Rich Courtney tripled and Chris Alvardo doubled. Courtney had four hits, Alvarado three. RPM got a run in the top of the eighth on a singles by Bob Newman, Ken Ritter and Grant. The latter two came after two outs. Long dropped Minnesota rival O&S into the losers bracket (29-13 in 5 innings). Scoring 10 in the second, seven in the third and eight in the fourth, Long Haul won easily. Nine of the O&S runs came in the third inning. Chaun Demars had three of Long Haul’s nine HRs. Tim Magner had two, Mike Stanley, Rob Darhower, Doug Johnson and Butch Smith one each. Jeff Franks had an inside-the-park homer, two triples, a double and a walk, Smith a single, double and a walk in addition to his homer and Johnson two singles and a walk in addition to his homer. Lance Peterson had a homer, triple and walk for O&S. John Whaley, Scott Bailey and Derrick Williams homered. Brandon’s ousted Adams 17-14. Brandon’s pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh, and Adams did not answer. Hits by Chris Beck, Randy Calcutt, Chris Absher and Gene Lewis led to the winning runs. Calcutt and Lewis each went 4-for-4. Eddie Foust was 4-for-5 and Jerold Smith homered. Chris Gambrill had a homer and two singles and Jody Hurst a homer and single for Adams. They combined for 11 RBI. Tiger had to forfeit to Resmondo when Mike McColman left to catch a plane, leaving his teammates miffed. Resmondo was a 43-28 winner over Brandon’s. Resmondo went into the bottom of the third on the short end of a 14-2 count, then went crazy with 12, 17 and 11 runs over the next four inings. Gar King had three home runs, a single and two walks. Scott Alley and Brian Arnold each had two homers and seven RBI. Arnold added a triple and single, Alley two singles and a walk. Resmondo had four triples (Marty Dailey had two and Ron Howard one). Resmondo was helped by eight free passes and three Brandon’s errors. Dailey, Jeff Vargo and Charlie Brown also homered. Jeff Haag was 6-for-6. Garber, Marty Lanoux, Dailey and Howard each had four hits. Gene Lewis had four hits for Brandon’s, while Eddie Foust, Chris Calcutt, Chris Graves, Chris Roberts and Chris Absher homered. Three were 3-runners, the other two 2-runners. Hendu’s eliminated Gil’s 14-12. Lavorico had a single, double and homer and Ruben Gonzalez a double and two homers for Hendu’s, which built up a lead with five in the third and four in the fourth. Gil’s accounted for seven of its runs in the fourth. Joe Sposi and Briscoe Baker also homered for Hendu’s. Chad Sylte had a inside-the-parker and Tommy Shinn a double and triple. Kenny Briggs had two triples. Glenn Flood had two homers and Tom Kellner one for Gil’s. Randy Medina had three hits. Hendu’s then was kayoed by Xtreme (25-11). Greg Schulte had three homers for six RBI to set the pace for the Xtreme team. Chris Butler had two HRs.

1998 ASA Men’s B Slow Pitch Nationals

1998 held at Cargill Park in Shreveport, Louisiana on September 24-27.

Champion – Wine Trucking, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Runner Up – Austin Spurs, Austin, Texas

Wine Trucking of Virginia took the title in the ASA Men’s Slow-pitch Class B National Championship held at Cargill Park last weekend.

Wine Trucking went undefeated (8-0) taking a victory of 24-10 over the Austin Spurs from Texas in the final game on Sunday.

The area’s host team, the Ark-La-Tex Pallets finished thirteenth out of 78 participating teams. The team lost its first game and won the next four before being eliminated Saturday evening with a loss to the Miller Screwballs from Maine. 25-12.

“We made a lot of fielding mistakes and didn’t hit the ball as well as we have,” said Palletts coach Bill Bennett, who said several of the teams at the tournament were impressive. “Teams that could hit the ball inside the field after hitting the three home runs that were allowed, were the one that won.”

In ASA Class B three home runs are allowed per team per game, any home run made after that is counted as an out for that tourney.

The tournament marked the end of the softball season. but Bennett said they will be ready for next year. “I think our team will be intact for next year,” he said.

The other top five finishers were Select Specialty from Virginia. Willimantic Brewery/Anderson Builders, of Connecticut, Flyjuice, of Connecticut and Powertel/Team Victory), of Tennessee.

The Most Valuable Player award went to pitcher Bobby Fox from Wine Trucking. The Batting champion and Home-run champion was Dean Thomas of Acme Woodworking from Massachusetts, who hit .826 (19 of 23) and had 10 home runs during the tournament.

  • MVP – Bobby Fox, Wine Trucking
  • Batting Champion – Dean Thomas, Acme Woodworking (.826)
  • Home Run Champion – Dean Thomas, Acme Woodworking (10)


  • P – Bobby Fox, Wine Trucking
  • C – Greg Harlow, Wine Trucking
  • 1B – Wil Searcy, Select Specialty
  • 2B – Billy Lenzi, Wine Trucking
  • 3B – Dave Cushman, Willimantic Brewery/Anderson Builders
  • SS – Russ Desrocher, Willimantic Brewery/Anderson Builders
  • OF – Mike Fayard, Wine Trucking
  • OF – Ernest Kee, Powertel/Team Victory
  • OF – Darrell Lambert, Select Specialty
  • OF – Phil Sheets, Select Specialty
  • EP – Terrell Townsend, Austin Spurs
  • UTIL – Ronald Acker, Austin Spurs
  • UTIL – William Thomas, Wine Trucking
  • UTIL – Scott Schaefer, Austin Spurs
  • UTIL – Ernest Teague, Austin Spurs


  • P – Richie Corder, Southern Spray
  • C – Dennis Quarlis, Southern Spray
  • 1B – Richard Phillippi, Wine Trucking
  • 2B – Mike Fayard, Wine Trucking
  • 3B – Mark Bowles, Wine Trucking
  • SS – Mark Pevey, Austin Spurs
  • OF – Kevin Dollins, Austin Spurs
  • OF – Chris Spates, Austin Spurs
  • OF – Keith Savoie, Willimantic Brewery/Anderson Builders
  • OF – John Gustafson, Willimantic Brewery/Anderson Builders
  • EP – David Kuchinsky, Willimantic Brewery/Anderson Builders
  • UTIL – George Coffey, Select Specialty
  • UTIL – Todd Byrd, Select Specialty
  • UTIL – Darrin Nicely, Select Specialty
  • UTIL – Dane Davidson, Southern Spray


  • P – Eric Killinger, Wine Trucking
  • C – David Richardson, Wine Trucking
  • 1B – Steve Laxton, Deluxe Bakery
  • 2B – Mike Taylor, Deluxe Bakery
  • 3B – Steve Piniero, Deluxe Bakery
  • SS – Gary Lynch, Team Talikka
  • OF – Rennis Rouse, Team Talikka
  • OF – Jack Penrod, Powertel/Team Victory
  • OF – Joey Kite, Powertel/Team Victory
  • OF – Joe Cennamo, Flyjuice
  • EP – Barry Shular, Flyjuice
  • UTIL – Chris Jones, Flyjuice
  • UTIL – Jimmy Guy, Southern Spray
  • UTIL – Mike Reed, Southern Spray
  • UTIL – Andy Harris, Wine Trucking


1. Wine Trucking, Fredericksburg., VA (8-0)
2. Austin Spurs, Austin., TX (7-2)
3. Select Specialty, Palmyra., VA (5-2)
4. Willimantic Brewery/ Anderson Builders, Willimantic., CT (5-2)
5t. Flyjuice, Stamford., CT (5-2)
5t. Powertel/Team Victory, Millington., TN (5-2)
7t. Minnesota Merchants/Mizuno, Eden Prairie., MN (6-2)
7t. Southern Spray, Memphis., TN (5-2)
9t. Deluxe Bakery, Bellmawr., NJ (5-2)
9t. Twohig Iii, Lakewood., OH (4-2)
9t. Miller Screwballs, Berwyn., IL (5-2)
9t. Accu Truss/The Sun Deck/Vessels, Elizabeth Town., KY (3-2)
13t. Team Talikka, Mentor., OH (5-2)
13t. Tulsa Heat, Tulsa., OK (5-2)
13t. Acme Woodworking/Doc Holidays, Wakefield., MA (5-2)
13t. Ark-La-Tex Palletts, Haughton., LA (4-2)
17t. Sun Valley, Maryland Heights., MO (3-2)
17t. Driftwood Lounge, Whapeton., ND (3-2)
17t. S&S Landscaping/Xtreme Softball, Ashaway., RI (3-2)
17t. T&B, Glen Ellyn., IL (3-2)
17t. Mizuno On-A-Mission, Roberts., WI (2-2)
17t. Franchise, Crete., IL (2-2)
17t. Ichabod’S, Effington., IL (2-2)
17t. Logomax, Coalvalley., IL (2-2)
25t. Boomers, San Antonio., TX (3-2)
25t. Hot Rod Café, Post Falls., ID (3-2)
25t. Moose’s Saloon, Kalispell., MT (3-2)
25t. Millinax Ford/Steele, Parma., OH (3-2)
25t. Turner Motor Company, Dardanelle., AR (3-2)
25t. A&B Contracting, West Columbia., WV (2-2)
25t. Team Yager, Kalispell., MT (2-2)
33t. Hooters-Memphis, Memphis., TN (3-2)
33t. Frame-All, Hinds Dale., MA (2-2)
33t. LA Express, Bossier City., LA (2-2)
33t. K.R. Plaza, Iowa City., IA (2-2)
33t. Baker Insurance, Bismark., ND (2-2)
33t. Bartok Kennels, Enterprise., AL (1-2)
33t. A1 T’s, Utica., NY (1-2)
33t. Telequip Storm, Hickory Creek., TX (1-2)
33t. Team Dudley, Houston., TX (1-2)
33t. Hooters-Dropped Out, Thibodeaux., LA (1-2)
33t. Spirit Softball Club, Sacramento., CA (1-2)
33t. Spirit Graphics, Mechanicsville., VA (1-2)
33t. Odd Fellows Lodge, Bloomington., IN (1-2)
33t. Ultimate, Franklin., WI (1-2)
33t. Potomac Valley Brick, Wheaton., MD (1-2)
33t. Brent’S Carpet, Belmont., MS (1-2)
49t. OEI/S.S. Softball, Livonia., MI (2-2)
49t. T-Shirt Express, Edinburgh., IN (2-2)
49t. Cleary’s Home Plate, Greenfield., WI (1-2)
49t. Pudgy’s Cycle, Auburn., ME (1-2)
49t. Team Thirsty’s, Kearney., NE (1-2)
49t. Regulators, Cedar Rapids., IA (0-2)
49t. Warren Construction, Smyrna., TN (0-2)
49t. Allsport Mfg/Equalizer, Mercer Island., WA (0-2)
49t. Bigelow Enterprises, Bryon., MN (0-2)
49t. National Roofing, Grand Blane., MI (0-2)
49t. All American Athletics, Lumberton., TX (0-2)
49t. Free Agents, Port Lavaca., TX (0-2)
49t. Jimmy’s Fish & Seafood, Brownsdale., MN (0-2)
49t. Bat Source, Manchester., TN (0-2)
49t. Mayslack’s/Déjà Vu, Minneapolis., MN (0-2)
49t. Hooters Softball Club, Plano., TX (0-2)
65t. Brew/Kidd Jones, Tyler., TX (0-2)
65t. Stingers, Waco., TX (1-2)
65t. Jackson Softball Club, Jackson., WY (0-2)
65t. Colby Telephone, Harrisville., RI (0-2)
65t. Gem City, Frankfort., IN (0-2)
65t. GPAC/Reda Sports, Easton., PA (0-2)
65t. Advantage Softball, Papillion., NE (0-2)
65t. Memphis Reds, Olive Branch., MS (0-2)
65t. Sports Fanatic/Acorns, Amesbury., MD (0-2)
65t. Three Star Construction, Browersville., MN (0-2)
65t. P.A.C., Booneville., MS (0-2)
65t. Shelter Insurance, Lockesburg., AR (0-2)