Category: 1999

1999 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1999 held at Dothan, Alabama.

Champion: Lakerettes, Conneaut Lake, PA
Runner Up: Armed Forces, Williamsburg, VA

  • MVP – No MVP awarded
  • Batting Leader – ?
  • Home Run Leader – ?


  • P – Jennifer Sis Woods, Lakerettes
  • C – Sue Warner, Lakerettes
  • 1B – Sheri Nidiffer, Lakerettes
  • 2B – Sue Bupp Ilyes, Lakerettes
  • 3B – Pamela Smith, Armed Forces
  • SS – Carol Perroz, Lakerettes
  • OF – Jody Trimmer, Lakerettes
  • OF – Vivian Colbert, Armed Forces
  • OF – Bonnie Rodgers, Lakerettes
  • OF – Stephanie Minix, Armed Forces
  • DH – Carmela Williams, Armed Forces
  • UT – Barb Balestrino, Lakerettes
  • UT – Marie Schafer, Lakerettes
  • UT – Marcie May, Armed Forces
  • UT – Teri Andrew, Armed Forces


1. Lakerettes, Conneaut Lake, PA 3-0
2. Armed Forces, Williamsburg, VA 0-3

1999 NSA Super World Series

1999 NSA All World Team (no positions listed)

  • David Hood, R&D/Easton (11-15, .733, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs)
  • Billy Byrd, R&D/Easton (9-15, .600, 1 HR, 7 RBIs)
  • Keith Brockman, R&D/Easton 12-16, .750, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs)
  • Brian Hood, R&D/Easton (6-8, .750, 4 RBIs)
  • Randy Kortokrax, R&D/Easton (13-19, .684, 5 HRs, 10 RBIs)
  • Wendell Rickard, Dan Smith/Worth (21-30, .700, 10 HRs)
  • Scott Striebel, Dan Smith/Worth (17-25, .680, 2 HRs)
  • Paul Drilling, Dan Smith/Worth (17-23, .739)
  • Dennis Mendoza, Dan Smith/Worth (17-24, .708)
  • Al Davis, Dan Smith/Worth (17-28, .607, 6 HRs)
  • Mike Shenk, Team Easton (12-21, .571, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs)
  • Johnny McCraw, Team Easton (11-19, .479, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs)
  • Jeff Wallace, Team TPS (15-19, .789, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs)


  • Jim Burbrink, Hague/Resmondo (9-12, .750, 3 RBIs)
  • Shane Dubose, Hague/Resmondo (22-30, .733, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs)
  • Dennis Mendoza, Dan Smith/Worth (16-22, .727)
  • Doug Kissane, Team TPS (12-17, .706, 1 HR, 7 RBIs)
  • Todd Joerling, Team Easton (14-20, .700, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs)
  • Scott Striebel, Dan Smith/Worth (17-25, .680, 2 HRs)
  • Robbie Ergle, Dan Smith/Worth (19-28, .679, 3 HRs)
  • Tim Cocco, Hague/Resmondo (20-30, .667, 13 RBIs)
  • Dennis Turner, Hague/Resmondo (18-27, .667, 1 HR, 18 RBIs)
  • Hank Garris, Team TPS (10-15, .667, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs)
  • Larry Fredieu, Team Easton (8-12, .667, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs)
  • Ron Parnell, Team Easton (11-17, .647, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs)
  • Carl Rose, Dan Smith/Worth (19-30, .633, 5 HRs)
  • Dale Sensenig, Hague/Resmondo (17-27, .630, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs)
  • Jimmy Devine, R&D/Easton (13-21, .619, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs)
  • Jeff Hall, Team Easton (13-21, .619, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs)
  • Darrell Beeler, Team Easton (13-21, .619, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs)
  • Paul Brannon, Hague/Resmondo (17-29, .586, 3 HRs 18 RBIs)
  • Dewayne Nevitt, Team TPS (8-14, .571, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs)
  • JC Phelps, Team Easton (5-9, .556, 1 RBI)
  • Britt Hightower, R&D/Easton (11-20, .550, 1 HR, 5 RBIs)
  • Lonnie Fox, R&D/Easton (10-18, .556, 5 RBIs)
  • Rusty Bumgardner, Team TPS (10-18, .556, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs)
  • Randall Boone, Team TPS (8-15, .533, 1 HR, 6 RBIs)
  • Dan Houchin, R&D/Easton (9-17, .529, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs)
  • Tim Linson, Hague/Resmondo (14-28, .500, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs)
  • Greg Harding, Team Easton (8-16, .500, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs)
  • Dewayne Frizzell, Dan Smith/Worth (11-24, .458, 5 HRs)
  • Brett Helmer, Team Easton (9-18, .444, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs)
  • John Mello, Team TPS (7-16, .438, 1 HR, 11 RBIs)
  • Mark Creson, Dan Smith/Worth (10-23, .435, 1 HR)
  • Todd Martin, Team TPS (7-18, .389, 5 RBIs)
  • Dal Beggs, Dan Smith/Worth (9-26, .346, 3 HRs)
  • Jason Kendrick, Team TPS (5-15, .333, 1 HR, 7 RBIs)
  • Dan Schuck, Team Easton (5-19, .263, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs)

1999 ASA Industrial Major Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1999 held at Decatur, Alabama on September 3-6.

Champion – Action A’s, Belden, MS
Runner Up – Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT

  • MVP – Jeff Toni, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Batting Champion – Jeff Toni, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • HR Champion – Jeff Toni, Sikorsky Aircraft


  • Pitcher – Mark Tremblay, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Catcher – Mike McCraw, Action A’s
  • First Base – Tom DeBernardo, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Second Base – Tom Speaks, Action A’s
  • Third Base – Darrell Cox, CPS Livewire
  • Shortstop – Jeff Toni, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Outfield – Rodney Moore, Action A’s
  • Outfield – John Toni, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Outfield – Doug Little, Kimball International
  • Outfield – Dicky Frazier, Action A’s
  • Designated Hitter – Ed Muzyka, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Utility – Shawn Reeder, Action A’s
  • Utility – Paul Chadwick, CPS Livewire
  • Utility – Peter Gribben, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Utility – Anthony Hendrix, Action A’s


  • Pitcher – Bruce Smith, Pepsi
  • Catcher – Rick Leal, CPS Livewire
  • First Base – Art Sanez, CPS Livewire
  • Second Base – Bob Kowenski, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Third Base – Jaime O’Neil, Formosa Bulls
  • Shortstop – Dennis Holmes, Action A’s
  • Outfield – Tommy Clark, Formosa Bulls
  • Outfield – Gary Walker, Russell Athletic
  • Outfield – Steve Kluesner, Kimball International
  • Outfield – Michael Whitehead, Formosa Bulls
  • Designated Hitter – Greg Worthy, Russell Athletic
  • Utility – Danny Collier, Kimball International
  • Utility – Al Digianvittorio, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Utility – Mark Huber, Pipefitters #392 Blue
  • Utility – Brian Kelly, Russell Athletic


1st Action A’s, Belden, MS (4-1)
2nd Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT (7-2)
3rd CPS Livewire, San Antonio, TX (3-2)
4th Kimball International, Jaspe, IN (3-2)
5th Pepsi, Bryan, TX (2-2)
5th Pipefitters #392 Blue, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
7th Formosa Bulls, Bay City, TX (2-2)
7th Russell Athletic, Alexander City, AL (2-2)
9th Amoco Oilers, Texas City, TX (0-2)
9th Troup County Fire Dept, LaGrange, GA (0-2)
9th Wilson Art Warthogs, Benton, TX (0-2)
9th World Color, Corinth, MS (1-2)
13th Peaney Electronics, Philadelphia, MS (0-2)

1999 ASA Major Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1999 held at Johnson City, Tennessee on September 4-7.

Champion – Chase Mortgage/Easton, Wilmington, NC
Runner Up – Reece/Sports World/Chip’s/TPS, Lebanon, TN

  • MVP – Doug Vigliotti, Gasoline Heaven


  • Pitcher – Moose White, Gasoline Heaven
  • Catcher – Trevor Bellamy, Jonesboro/TPS
  • First Base – Lou Mongelli, Gasoline Heaven
  • Second Base – Jeff Smith, JWM/Herb’s/TPS
  • Third Base – Mike Miller, DJ’s/Suncoast/Dudley
  • Shortstop – Dennis Rulli, JWM/Herb’s/TPS
  • Outfield – Larry Carter, JWM/Herb’s/TPS
  • Outfield – Joey Andrews, JWM/Herb’s/TPS
  • Outfield – Doug Vigliotti, Gasoline Heaven
  • Outfield – Phil Castellano, Gasoline Heaven
  • Designated Hitter – Tot Powers, Paramount Builders/TPS
  • Utility – Rock Massa, Gasoline Heaven
  • Utility – Jimmy Powers, Paramount Builders/TPS
  • Utility – Andy Alvis, JWM/Herb’s/TPS
  • Utility – Dave Norwall, Gasoline Heaven


  • Pitcher – Ricky Huggins, JWM/Herb’s/TPS
  • Catcher – Rick Lucas, DJ’s/Suncoast/Dudley
  • First Base – Jerold Smith, Paramount Builders/TPS
  • Second Base – Lee Trotter, DJ’s/Suncoast/Dudley
  • Third Base – Ken Scobee, JWM/Herb’s/TPS
  • Shortstop – Randy Romagna, Paramount Builders/TPS
  • Outfield – Brian Coreen, New Construction
  • Outfield – Dan Dillingham, DJ’s/Suncoast/Dudley
  • Outfield – Brian Foster, Jonesboro/TPS
  • Outfield – Derek Oliver, Paramount Builders/TPS
  • Designated Hitter – Mark Weaver, Creative Stucco/Roosters/Easton
  • Utility – Brad Jones, New Construction
  • Utility – Billy Grindstaff, Jonesboro/TPS
  • Utility – Vern Hensley, New Construction
  • Utility – Chris Chilton, Paramount Builders/TPS


1st Gasoline Heaven, Commack, NY 5-0
2nd JWM/Herb’s/TPS, Fontana, CA 6-2
3rd Jonesboro/TPS, Jonesboro, TN 3-2
4th New Construction, Shelbyville, IN 3-2
5th Paramount Builders/TPS, Virginia Beach, VA 3-2
5th Creative Stucco/Roosters/Easton, Columbus, OH 3-2
7th Riverside/Allied Tool/Easton, Louisville, KY 2-2
7th Herrin/TPS, Savannah, GA 2-2
9th Skipworth Plumbing, Wichita Falls., TX 2-2
9th Armed Forces, Eglin, FL 1-2
9th Terry’s/TNT, North Wilksboro, NC 2-2
9th DJ’s/Suncoast/Dudley, Sarasota, FL 3-2
13th Felts/TNT, Pinnacle, NC 0-2
13th Team Reece, Knoxville, TN 1-2
13th W.E.T./Easton, Niceville, FL 1-2
13th Sportsworld/Folk Jordon, Hendersonville., TN 1-2
17th Buckeye Softball, Beaver Dam., VA 0-2
17th Interior Connection/Lane/TPS, Soddy Daisy, TN 0-2
17th Southern Tag & Label, Mt. Home, AR 0-2
17th Watanabe Softball/TPS, Cincinnati, OH 1-2

1999 ASA B Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1999 held at Montgomery, Alabama on September 23-26.

Champion – Caraway Steel, Eufaula, AL
Runner Up – Miller/McGaffer, Forest Park, IL

Caraway Steel of Alabama and Miller/McGaffer of Illinois met three times in the ASA Class B national tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery, Ala. Caraway won two, and claimed the national title. A grand slam home run by MVP to be Paul Judah gave Caraway a 21-18 win in the semifinal round of the winners bracket. Miller McGaffer, which won a game late Saturday night and three on Sunday, forced an extra game in the championship round with a 31-12 romp as Scott Becker hit two home runs and Jim Walsh, Jim Lynch and Jeff Sahazian and John Doss one each. Walsh and Dave Shaff each had 4 hits. Lynch had a single and 2-run HR in a 10-run top of the first. Miller McGaffer built a 17-12 lead going into the bottom of the fourth of the deciding game. Caraway broke loose for 8 runs, with the big blow being a grand slam home run by Keith Eldridge. Caraway won 32-27 as Eldridge went on to total 9 RBI in the game. He had a 3-runner in a 12-run bottom of the fifth, and 3 homers in the game. He had 8 for the tournament. Becker was the tourney leader with 10. Other Caraway homers in the 12-run inning included a 2-runner by Andrew Judah and a 3-runner by Paul Judah. For the game, Eldridge was 4-for-5, Paul Judah 4-for-6. Jeff and Bill Sahagian each had 2 HRs for Miller. Key plays for Caraway in the infield in the last inning were made by second baseman Craig English, middle infielder Sandy Jones and pitcher J.R. Phillips.

(Note: D&K;/Worth of Los Angeles, one of the favorites, won six games in the losers bracket before being eliminated by the Bulls of S.C. (22-13). D&K; was knocked into the losers bracket by Shadowfax of Pa. (15-14). Jean Shoppe of McKenzie, Tenn., was another favorite, advancing all the way to the winners bracket finals before losing to Caraway 34-31. It was 10-9 after one and 20-9 after two innings. Caraway had back to back 11-run innings to build up a 34-23 command. Eldridge, Jerry Goodson and Sammy Moore had triples. Paul Judah had 3 hits. Ron Roland had a homer and another hit. Craig English had a homer. Big Barry Shirley had a grand slam in the first and another homer for Jean Shoppe, while Ricky Bryant had 2 HRs. Big plays on defense for Caraway were turned in by Terry Goodson at short, Sammy Moore in right field and pitcher J.R. Phillips. Eldridge was a steady performer in left field all weekend.)

  • MVP – Paul Judah, Caraway
  • Batting Champion – Kevin Gillott of Jean Shoppe (.867)
  • Home Run Champion – Scott Becker of Miller/McGaffer (10)


  • Steve Rayburn, Caraway
  • Paul Judah, Caraway
  • Keith Eldridge, Caraway
  • Randy Jones, Caraway
  • Sammy Moore, Caraway
  • Ronnie Roland, Caraway
  • Ed Stapinski, Miller/McGaffer
  • Nick Latore, Miller/McGaffer
  • Brad Reynard, Miller/McGaffer
  • Jim Lynch, Miller/McGaffer
  • Dave Shaff, Miller/McGaffer
  • Jim Walsh, Miller/McGaffer
  • Art Reboletti, Miller/McGaffer
  • Kevin Gillott, Jean Shoppe
  • Barry Shirley, Jean Shoppe


  • J.R. Phillips, Caraway
  • Terry Goodson, Caraway
  • Andrew Judah, Caraway
  • Sandy Jones, Caraway
  • Chris Crittendon, Caraway
  • Scott Becker, Miller/McGaffer
  • Jeff Sahagian, Miller/McGaffer
  • Ronnie Talbert, Jean Shoppe
  • Heath Morris, Jean Shoppe
  • Craig Harris, Jean Shoppe
  • Buddy Majors, Jean Shoppe
  • Keith Vienneman, St. Louis
  • Scott Tierney, Popko’s
  • Dave Dudzinski, Popko’s
  • Ronnie Euther, Bulls


  • Tim Hopkins, Bulls
  • Tommy Lark, Bulls
  • Brian Batson, Bulls
  • Don Bruns, St. Louis
  • Jarrett Roserique, St. Louis
  • Gene Nebbitt, St. Louis
  • Nick Pizotto, Popko’s
  • Steve Lane, Popko’s
  • Javier Guana, Popko’s
  • Darren Stevens, Popko’s
  • Mike Aspray, D&K/Worth
  • Rob Wolkons, D&K/Worth
  • Dan Schnider, D&K/Worth
  • Rob Martinez, D&K/Worth
  • Tom Grudielanek, Newport


1st – Caraway Steel, Eufaula., AL 7-1
2nd – Miller/Mcgaffer, Forest Park., IL 8-2
3rd – Jean Shoppe, McKenzie., TN 5-2
4th – Popko’s, Crete., IL 5-2
5th – Bulls/Proline, North Charleston., SC 5-2
5th – St. Louis, St. Louis., MO 6-2
7th – Newport Softball, Milwaukee., WI 4-2
7th – Worth/D&K/Franklin, Los Angeles., CA 7-2
9th – Shadowfax, York., PA 4-2
9th – Pick’s Place/Worth Sports, Hagerstown., MD 6-2
9th – Coyne Sports/Nike, Brook Park., OH 3-2
9th – American Sportswear, Brooklyn Center., MN 3-2
13th – Select Specialty, Charlottesville., VA 4-2
13th – Gilmo’s 4th Turn, Enterprise., AL 3-2
13th – Buster Shiver Construction, Enterprise., AL 4-2
13th – Sports Center Hitmen, Nashville., TN 3-2
17th – Cen-Tex Spurs, Austin., TX 4-2
17th – Vessel Elizabethtown., KY 2-2
17th – Q-T Sports/Miken, West Babylon., NY 3-2
17th – Sporting Wood, Sugar Land., TX 3-2
17th – Minnesota Merchants/Mizuno, Minneapolis., MN 3-2
17th – Randy Sports Brookhaven., MS 2-2
17th – Sprint Premiere Management, Lititz., PA 2-2
17th – De Angelo’s, Hazelton., PA 4-2
25th – D.W. Landscaping, Norwalk., CT 3-2
25th – Cattle Dawgz, North St. Paul., MN 2-2
25th – Spikes/Gillen, Faribault., MN 3-2
25th – Giant Glass, Haverhill., MA 2-2
25th – B&C Softball, Edmonton., KY 2-2
25th – Royal Tee Zers, Pensacola., FL 3-2
25th – Capital City Construction, Bismark., ND 3-2
25th – Engine Room, Bloomington., MN 2-2
33rd – Deluxe Bakery, Bellmawr., NJ 2-2
33rd – Silva’s, Albuquerque., NM 2-2
33rd – Johnny Ray’s BBQ, Birmingham., AL 3-2
33rd – Bar-1 East, Hartford., CT 1-2
33rd – San Antonio Boomers, San Antonio., TX 1-2
33rd – Central Ave. Saloon, Rochester., NH 1-2
33rd – VFW Post 1431, Crawfordsville., IN 1-2
33rd – H.Y. Pressure, Reading., PA 1-2
33rd – Frawgs, Killeen., TX 2-2
33rd – OA Softball, Beavercreek., OH 1-2
33rd – Associated Steel Products Moultrie., GA 1-2
33rd – Wynnfield-Argo Phenix City., AL 1-2
33rd – Ultimate Milwaukee., WI 2-2
33rd – Duston’s Market, Dover., NH 1-2
33rd – Taco Bell, Sioux Falls., SD 2-2
33rd – Houston Merchants, Houston., TX 2-2
49th – Champion Athletics, West Point., IA 0-2
49th – Rumpleminze, Barnum., IA 0-2
49th – All American, Bryant., AR 0-2
49th – Subway, Durant., OK 0-2
49th – Telequip Storm, Hickory Creek., TX 0-2
49th – Fresh Pak, Spokane., WA 1-2
49th – Ohio Sealants, Cleve., OH 0-2
49th – Black Crows, Montgomery., AL 1-2
49th – Portland Plastic Pipe, Portland., ME 1-2
49th – I.B. Moore, Cynthiana., IN 1-2
49th – World Color, Corinth., MS 0-2
49th – Mission Mizuno, New Richmond., WI 0-2
49th – A-Bobs Geneseo., IL 0-2
49th – Memphis Bulldogs, Memphis., TN 0-2
49th – S&S Landscape Ashaway., RI 1-2
49th – Huebner Softball, Evansville., IN 1-2
65th – National Gold, Warwick., RI 0-2
65th – Bryant Chiropractic Bonecrushers, Monticello., AR 0-2
65th – Schnadig Belmont., MS 0-2
65th – Shorty’s, Altus., OK 0-2
65th – Good Life, Sylvester., GA 0-2
65th – Daniel Catering/Elite Greenfield., WI 0-2
65th – RSH/Worth, Jackson., MS 0-2
65th – Petro/Woody’s, Fargo., ND 0-2
65th – Fame Awards, Owatonna., MN 0-2
65th – Team Easton, Simpsonville., SC 0-2
65th – Kroner Paint/Timpe Insurance, Quincy., IL 1-2
65th – Southeast Mavericks Corbin., KY 0-2
65th – Tithof Construction Saginaw., MI 0-2

1999 Supreme Softball All Stars

Helmer, Wallace share Player of the Year honors

Good company breeds good things. Brett Helmer of Team Easton and Jeff Wallace of Team TPS, who live about 15 minutes from each other just north of Syracuse, N.Y., and take batting practice together, have been named Supreme Softball’s Co-Players of the Year for 1999. This marked the second time in three years that batting practice partners have been named Co-Players of the Year. Jeff Hall of Gastonia, N.C., and Rusty Bumgardner of Kings Mountain, N.C., were honored after the 1997 season. This marked the second year in a row that Wallace has been a Co-Player of the Year. He shared the honor last year with Carl Rose of Lighthouse/Worth and Hank Garris of Sierra/TPS. This also was the second year in a row that Wallace has lost the season batting lead on the last weekend of the season. He was beaten out by none other than his best friend Helmer this year — .789 to .786. Last year he finished at .7760 compared to .7762 for Wendell Rickard of Lighthouse/Worth. Wallace says he is not bothered by losing the batting title. “A lot of people might not believe this, but I was more happy to see Brett win it,” he said. “He worked hard for it.” What Wallace is bothered by is the collapse of Team TPS in the Grand Slam championship series. After dominating the season with 11 titles in 13 tournaments, Team TPS did not win one Grand Slam crown, finishing fourth, fourth, second and in a tie for fifth in the ISA, NSA, ASA and USSSA, respectively. Team TPS had a second and a third during the season — Kettering, Md., when Team Easton pulled off a double dip and Brooklyn Center, Minn., which saw two upsets at the hands of Sunnyvale Valve/TPS; Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS won that tournament. Helmer had this to say about winning the batting title: “I would have been just as happy if Jeff won. I would have been happy for him.” Helmer said be able to work out in the gym and take batting practice “with my best friend was a huge help.” That’s one of the reasons he moved back to upstate New York from Connecticut. When asked about his season, Helmer said, “I’m happy. I thought I was consistent all season. There were a couple weekends I could have done better a little better, but you are going to have some rough weekends.” When asked about his philosophy when he steps into the batter’s box, Helmer said, “I try to have a plan going in, according to the situation. If it’s flying, I try to sit on it. But a lot of people were giving me the left side of field, and I will take it. It cut down on my home runs, but I consider myself a hitter. If they are going to give me a hole, I’m going to hit it.” For a guy so strong, Helmer will dink it to left, and run. Wow, can this guy run for a big man (6-0, 265). He had some triples and some inside-the-park home runs. He is such a good athlete, he played a lot in the outfield. Helmer was a fullback in high school and he played on the basketball team. He has been weight training for 11 years, since he was 17, and he credits that for his speed. “My high school coach got me into weight training,” he said. “I’ve always been big and strong. A lot of eating. I like to eat.” Helmer comes from a dairy farming community — Newport, near Utica in upstate New York. He has won nationals three times in power lifting. He has hit 750 pounds with the squat and deadlift and 530 with the bench press. After a ho-hum season, Team Easton stepped up and won two legs of the Grand Slam — the ISA and the ASA. And Team Easton might have won the USSSA if his blast had not be caught at the 400-foot mark by Rob Schleede of R&D;/Easton. R&D; was another surprise team down the stretch, winning the NSA and the USSSA World Series. Would Team Easton have won if Helmer’s drive had been a llittle longer? “Well, that’s hard to say,” he answered, “but obviously it was a huge momenturn turn for them and us. It was early in the tournament, so it might have put them over the edge. They played well the rest of the way. They did what they had to do to win.” Helmer said he knew “it was going to be close. The pitch was down the middle and I did not want to pull it. I thought I could drive it out. I thought I had it, but Rob made a great catch. He brought it right back. It helps when you’re 6-6.” The key to Team Easton’s success at the end? “Honestly, I think it was we did not have any pressure on us,” said Helmer, who was voted the MVP award after the ISA. “We never played up to our expectations all year, so nobody expected us to do anything . . . except us. Everybody kind of wrote us off. We used that as our momentum. But the main thing is our leadership really started to show. Ron Parnell, Darrell Beeler, Todd Joerling and Dan Schuck stepped it up big time and set a good example for the rest of us.” Would Helmer like to play on the same team with Wallace? “Sure,” he said. “TPS talked to me, but I had another year to go on my Easton contract. So it’s not going to happen anytime soon.” Helmer and Wallace have played on the same team “around here, and we played together one season (with SoJern/TPS in 1997).” Wallace told it like it was when he was asked about the Team TPS faltering in the Grand Slam events: “How did it feel? Like shit … it sucked.” He added: “It just goes to show you, stadium ball is a different game, no doubt. We picked the wrong time of the year to play like crap. Last year, it was earlier, but we finally got it going. But we will be there in the end next year. I think Robin Higginbotham (cracker jack left fielder from Team Easton) will help us a lot. He’s been on 4 or 5 championship teams in the last 2 or 3 years.” Higginbotham played for Lighthouse/Worth before. Wallace said he could not explain the zero by Team TPS in the Grand Slam events. “I don’t know why,” he said. “It was not from lack of effort. The effort was there. We just got in a lull.” Wallace said losing the batting title on the last weekend of the season again “doesn’t bother me. I got to be there 2 years in row, so I must be doing something right. I hit some balls 370, 380 for outs, so what are you going to do. That park at Cocoa was not too forgiving. But it was the same for everybody, no excuses. If I work hard, next year I will be right there again. I’ve had 3 good years. I’m ready to play again. I’ve got the itch. I’m ready to get back on the field.” And the season just ended. Wallace was asked if he wanted Helmer as a full-time teammate. “Of course I would, that’s a no brainer. Brett did what he thought was best for him. Easton gave him the chance, and obviously they have been successful. They gave him a shot, and he’s sticking to it. And that’s fine. He is going to do great things whether here or there. We work hard, and if we continue to work hard, we will be right there in the end next year. We just have to outwork everybody.” Wallace, a 6-2, 275-pounder, just turned 30. He grew up in Oswego, N.Y., playing football and baseball and wrestling in high school. He started playing tournament softball when he was 18. He eventually played for Pace and the Sporting Edge out of New York, then for New of Indiana, Sonny’s of Boston and Steele’s (the last part of the 1996 season). Wallace now lives in Phoenix, N.Y. He and his wife have three daughters. His father-in-law, Gordie Heagle, built a field out back, so he doesn’t have to go very far to take a little batting practice. He usually hit with his brother, David, who is a strong hitter in his own right. Now they have another batting practice partner in Helmer. R&D; will be Easton’s flagship team for the 2000 season. “I like our team,” Helmer said. “We’ve got a good mix of youth and veterans. We are younger at some spots, and we still have the leaders who have been there and done it all. I think we will have a good season. I think it will be close . . . the top three will be battling it out every weekend, no doubt about it. There will be other good teams — Hague, Long Haul, Sunnyvale, P&D.; There are a lot of good players out there. P&D; is going to have the Smith brothers (Jeff and Jerald).” The Smith brothers are up-and-coming power hitters from Virginia. Jeff played for JWM/Herb’s last year, Jerald for Paramount. Helmer and Wallace were an up-and-coming players a couple of years ago. They have arrived.

1999 Supreme Softball All Stars

  • P — Phil Jobe, Team TPS* Miami, Fla., Age 31, .692 OBA, 58 HRs
  • P — Paul Drilling, Dan Smith/Worth* Houston, Texas, Age 35, .650 OBA, 25 HRs
  • C — Hank Garris, Team TPS* Naples, Fla., Age 35, .755 OBA, first with 188 HRs
  • C — Wendell Rickard, Dan Smith/Worth* Hot Springs, Ark., Age 33, .742 OBA, second with 182 HRs
  • 1B — Jeff Wallace, Team TPS* Phoenix, N.Y., Age 30, second with .786 OBA, 156 HRs
  • 2B — Rusty Bumgardner, Team TPS* Kings Mountain, N.C., Age 30, .743 OBA, 144 HRs
  • 3B — Mike Shenk, Team Easton* Ephrata, Pa., Age 33, .693 OBA, 122 HRs
  • SS — Todd Joerling, Team Easton New Melle, Mo., Age 34, .750 OBA, 115 HRs
  • Middle Infielder — Todd Martin, Team TPS* Eden, N.C., Age 28, .739 OBA, 129 HRs
  • OF — Mark Creson, Dan Smith/Worth Phoenix, Ariz., Age 30, .669 OBA, 113 HRs
  • OF — Scott Striebel, Dan Smith/Worth Minneapolis, Minn., Age 28, .705 OBA, 73 HRs
  • OF — Derek Oliver, Paramount/TPS Goldsboro, N.C., Age 32, fourth with .769 OBA, 72 HRs
  • Utility — Jeff Hall, Team Easton* Gastonia, N.C., Age 29, .751 OBA, 118 HRs
  • Utility — Randell Boone, Team TPS Pembroke, Ga., Age 32, .753 OBA, 136 HRs
  • Utility — Jim Devine, R&D;/Easton Hamilton, N.J., Age 31, .756 OBA, 144 HRs
  • Utility — Keith Brockman, R&D;/Easton Greer, S.C., Age 33, .755 OBA, 104 HRs
  • Utility — Rod Hughes, R&D;/Easton* Connersville, Ind., Age 31, .745 OBA, 141 HRs
  • Utility — Brett Helmer, Team Easton* Liverpool, N.Y., Age 28, first with .789 OBA, 128 HRs
  • Utility — John Mello, Team TPS* Johnston, R.I., Age 33, .715 OBA, 128 HRs
  • Utility — Dewayne Nevitt, Team TPS Brandenburg, Ky., Age 34, .703 OBA, 148 HRs
  • Utility — Carl Rose, Dan Smith/Worth* Jesup, Ga., Age 33, .690 OBA, third with 159 HRs


  • Greg Cannedy, Dan Smith/Worth Concord, Calif., Age 35, .719 OBA, 38 HRs
  • Al Davis, Dan Smith/Worth Okeechobee, Fla., Age 31, .704 OBA
  • Randy Kortokrax, R&D;/Easton* Columbus, Ohio, Age 34, .729 OBA, 139 HRs
  • David Hood, R&D;/Easton Nashville, Tenn., Age 32, .701 OBA, 129 HRs
  • Lonnie Fox, R&D;/Easton Knoxville, Tenn., Age 27, .719 OBA, 148 HRs
  • Jeff Smith, JWM/Herb’s/TPS Ruther Glen, Va., Age 28, fifth with .766 OBA, 100 HRs
  • Larry Carter, JWM/Herb’s/TPS Oklahoma City, Okla., Age 32, .658 OBA, 132 HRs
  • Tim Cocco, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Erlanger, Ky., Age 30, .711 OBA, 73 HRs
  • Tim Linson, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Columbus, Ohio, Age 31, .681 OBA, 92 HRs
  • Shane Dubose, Hague/Resmondo/TPS* Houston, Texas, Age 34, .718 OBA, 56 HRs
  • Jim Burbrink, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Cincinnati, Ohio, Age 34, .604 OBA, 3 HRs
  • John Keigley, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Bakersfield, Calif., Age 38, .602 OBA, 1 HR
  • Alex Lavorico, Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS Woodland, Calif., Age 31, .695 OBA, 103 HRs
  • Ted Larson, Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS Minneapolis, Minn., Age 37, .563 OBA, 0 HRs
  • Lance Peterson, Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS, Minneapolis, Minn., Age 35, .709 OBA, 77 HRs
  • Paul Brannon, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Kings Mountain, N.C., Age 28, .678 OBA, 98 HRs
  • Judson Jackson, Hague/Resmondo/TPS Starke, Fla., Age 28, .675 OBA, 90 HRs
  • Jeff Ott, Sunnyvale Valve/TPS Waterloo, Iowa, Age 34, .686 OBA, 120 HRs, tops in HR frequency at 2.158
  • Derrick Williams, Sunnyvale Valve/TPS Oakland, Calif., Age 31, .672 OBA, 97 HRs
  • Dennis Rulli, JWM/Herb’s/TPS Los Angeles, Calif., Age 28, .687 OBA, 60 HRs
  • Andy Purcell, Sunnyvale Valve/TPS San Jose, Calif., Age 29, .636 OBA, 36 HRs
  • Jimmy Powers, Paramount/TPS* Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Age 37, .752 OBA, 93 HRs
  • Tot Powers, Paramount/TPS* Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Age 38, .726 OBA, 91 HRs
  • Jerald Smith, Paramount/TPS Ruther Glen, Va., Age 28, .634 OBA, 61 HRs
  • Larry Sauceman, Team Reece Greeneville, Tenn., Age 34, .678 OBA, 97 HRs
  • Ernie Montgomery, Team Reece Knoxville, Tenn., Age 33, .709 OBA, 134 HRs


Co-Players of the Year: Jeff Wallace, Team TPS, and Brett Helmer, Team Easton.

Former Players of the Year

  • 1990 — Cecil Whitehead, Ritch’s/Kirk’s. (No selections in 1991-92.)
  • 1993 — Charles Wright, Ritch’s-Superior/TPS
  • 1994 — Jimmy Powers, Converters/Vernon’s/TPS
  • 1995 — Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior/TPS
  • 1996 — Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth
  • 1997 — Rusty Bumgardner, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS, and Jeff Hall, Sunbelt/Easton
  • 1998–Hank Garris, Sierra/TPS; Carl Rose, Lighthouse/Worth; Jeff Wallace, Team TPS.

NOTES: Todd Joerling has been honored for the sixth time since 1990. He had a string of five years in a row end last year. Dirk Androff had five selections in succession before his death after the 1997 season. Britt Hightower saw a string of four years in a row come to an end in 1998. Hank Garris has led the home run chase for the second year in a row. The Florida product hit 196 last year for Sierra/TPS, 188 this year for Team TPS. Jeff Wallace of Team TPS saw his on-base percentage lead slip away for the second year in a row on the final weekend of the season. He wound up at .786, compared to .789 for friend and upstate New York neighbor Brett Helmer of Team Easton. Wallace earned co-Player of the Year honors for the second year in a row. He lost to on-base title to Wendell Rickard in 1998, winding up at .7760 compared to .7762 for Rickard. J.C. Phelps has posted seasons of .798, .796, .770 and .758. Jeff Hall posted the best ever — .817 in 1997 — when he was co-Player of the Year with Rusty Bumgardner. Bumgardner and Wendell Rickard have been named four years in a row. Phelps (1994-96-97-98) is a four-time selection and Larry Fredieu (1993-94-95) is a three-timer. Androff, Joerling and Hightower were honored on the Softball USA team in 1990. Until this year, Tot Powers had been second team or honorable mention every year since 1993. He was a first-team selection in 1998. A four-timer and three-timer, including 1990, with two HMs or 2nd team: Carl Rose and Doug Roberson. A two-timer with three HMs or second team: Ron Parnell. Two-timers with two HMs or second team: Dan Schuck, Jimmy Powers. Repeat honorees include Jobe, Drilling, Garris, Rickard, Wallace, Bumgardner, Shenk, Martin, Hall, Hughes, Kortokrax, Helmer, Mello, Rose, Dubose, and Jimmy and Tot Powers. First-time selections: Creson, Striebel, Devine, Brockman, Hood, Fox, the Smith brothers, Carter, Cocco, Brannon, Linson, Burbrink, Keigley, Larson, Peterson, Lavorico, Jackson, Ott, Williams, Rulli and Purcell.

1998 All-Stars — P–Phil Jobe, Team TPS; Paul Drilling, Sierra/TPS. C–Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth; Jimmy Powers, Sunbelt/Easton. 1B–Jeff Wallace, Team TPS; 2B–Rusty Bumgardner, Team TPS. 3B–Mike Shenk, Team TPS; SS–John Mello, Team TPS. Middle IF–Jeff Hall, Sunbelt/Easton. OF–Todd Martin, Team TPS; Doug Kissane, Team TPS; Jason Kendrick, Sierra/TPS; Robin Higginbotham, Sunbelt/Easton; Dewayne Frizzell, Lighthouse/Worth; Larry Fredieu, Sierra/TPS. EH–Carl Rose, Lighthouse/Worth; Hank Garris, Sierra/TPS. Utility–Greg Harding, Sunbelt/Easton; Tot Powers, Sunbelt/Easton; Al Davis, Lighthouse/Worth; Darrell Beeler, Sierra/TPS; Dennis Mendoza, Lighthouse/Worth; Randy Kortokrax, Steele’s/R&D;/Reda; Rod Hughes, Steele’s/R&D;/Reda; Tom White, Wessel/Hague/SoJern/TPS; Brett Helmer, Wessel/Hague/SoJern/TPS; Howie Krause, Wessel/Hague/Sojern/TPS.

1997 All-Stars — P–Greg Cannedy, Ritch’s/Superior/TPS. C–Dewayne Nevitt, Ritch’s/Superior/TPS. 1B–Dirk Androff, Ritch’s/Superior/TPS. 2B–Rusty Bumgardner, Shen Valley/TPS. 3B–Jeff Wallace, Sojern/TPS. SS–Todd Joerling, Sunbelt/Easton. Middle IF–Jeff Hall, Sunbelt/Easton. OF–Todd Martin, Shen Valley/TPS; Brad Stiles, Lighthouse/Worth; Randell Boone, Shen Valley/TPS; Doug Kissane, Ritch’s/Superior/TPS; Jason Kendrick, Shen Valley/TPS. EH–J.C. Phelps, Shen Valley/TPS; Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth. Utility–Carl Rose, Lighthouse/Worth; Shane Dubose, SoJern/TPS.

1996 All-Stars — Phil Jobe, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS; J.C. Phelps, SV; Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS; Rusty Bumgardner, SV; Albert Davis, SV; Todd Joerling, Sunbelt/Easton; Britt Hightower, R-S; Doug Roberson, R-S; Todd Martin, SV; Doug Kissane, Steele’s; Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth; Ricky Huggins, LH; Mike Shenk, LH; Ron Parnell, R-S; Johnny McCraw, Sunbelt.

1995 All-Stars — Butch Ovens, Shen Valley/TPS; Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth; Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior/TPS; Greg Harding, Bell/Sunbelt/Easton; Rusty Bumgardner, SV; Todd Joerling, Bell; Britt Hightower, R-S; Dewayne Frizzell, Superior/Southland/TPS; Jimmy Powers, SV; Larry Fredieu, R-S; Doug Roberson, R-S; Shane Dubose, Tri-Gems/Easton.

1994 All-Stars — Rick Weiterman, Ritch’s-Superior/TPS; J.C. Phelps, Shen Valley/DJ’s/TPS; Dirk Androff, R-S; Dewayne Nevitt, Converters/Vernon’s/TPS; Jon Meyers, Williams/Worth; Todd Joerling, Bell Corp./Easton; Britt Hightower, R-S; Hank Garris, Bell; Jimmy Powers, Converters; Dan Schuck, Bell; Larry Fredieu, R-S; Ron Parnell, R-S.

1993 All-Stars — Paul Drilling, Ritch’s-Superior/TPS; Dave Steffen, R-S; Dirk Androff, R-S; Darrell Beeler, R-S; Charles Wright, R-S; Todd Joerling, Bell Corp./Easton; Britt Hightower, R-S; Larry Fredieu, Vernon’s/TPS; Steve Craven, Steele’s/Sunbelt; Carl Rose, Williams/Worth; Phil White, Bell.

1990 All-Stars — Rick Weiterman, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Paul Drilling, Ritch’s/Kirk’s; Mike Macenko, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Dirk Androff, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Carl Rose, Lighthouse/Sunbelt; Charles Wright, Ritch’s/Kirk’s; Todd Joerling, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Cecil Whitehead, Ritch’s/Kirk’s; Doug Roberson, Superior/Apollo; Britt Hightower, Ritch’s/Kirk’s; Scott Virkus, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Jim Fuller, Superior/Apollo; Monty Tucker, Steele’s Silver Bullets; Kerry Everett, Bell Corp.; Dave Johnson, Starpath.

1999 NSA C Men’s Slow Pitch Super Worlds

1999 held at Kissimmee, Florida

Champion – T.J. Lite, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Runner Up – Nutter Mortgage, Kansas City, Missouri

T.J. Lite of Dunkirk, Md., chalked up a 6-0 record to win the rain-marred 32-team NSA Super C Nationals at the Osceola County Softball Complex in Kissimmee, Fla. Nutter Mortgage of Kansas City was runner-up, losing 11-10 in the championship game when Earl Harris hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Harris wound up getting the MVP award He went 12-for-21 with 2 HRs. Brad Kolczyk went 17-for-22 with 2 HRs and Dave White 16-24. Nutter had lost to the Maryland club 26-22 in the finals of the winners bracket earlier Sunday. Nutter grabbed an 8-7 lead in the top of the sixth when Rodell Ridenhaur hit an inside-the-park home run with one on. T.J. Lite right fielder John Boice ran into the fence on the play, and had to be taken to the hospital via an ambulance. Nutter notched two more runs in the inning for a 10-7 lead. Bob Van Schoelandt, Buddy Johnson and Jon Rutledge had hits, the last one with 2 outs. Darin Clauder made a catch in right center to hold Lite off in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Ellis, Butch Reed and Scott McInergey had hits for one run. After a sac and an RBI hit by Kevin Keeter tied the game, Dave White was walked intentionally and Greg Rush hit one hard and long to right. Clauder fought it, but caught it while falling down. Hurricane spurred rain fell most of Saturday. The sun broke through for a rain-free Sunday. T.J. Lite was a 26-22 winner over Nutter in the finals of the winners bracket. It was 6-2 after one and 10-7 after two. Nutter drew a blank in the top of the third, but so did Lite. Then Lite outscored Nutter 9-2 in the fourth. Scott McInerey, Toby Durnbaugh and Earl Harris tripled and Shane Kolczy homered.Harris later homered and he also had two triples. Larry Adams added a home run. Leadoff man Butch Reed had two triples, a single and a walk. Durnbaugh and Greg Rush each had 4 hits, while Kolczyk had two hits and two walks. Jeff Smith, Darrin Clauder (twice), Jon Rutledge and Brett O’Donnell homered for Nutter. Rutledge had 4 hits. Nutter had 5-5-3 over the last 3 innings, but Lite held onto the lead with 4 in the bottom of the fifth and 3 in the bottom of the sixth. T.J. Lite’s semifinal winners bracket win of 24-14 over M&M; of Miami, with veteran J.C. Batista in the infield, was a key one. Lite jumped ahead 10-4, then after M&M; tied it, Lite went zip, then hit for 14 big runs in the top of the fifth to win by the run rule. John Boice Jr., Brad Kolczyk, Mike Ellis, Larry Adams and Butch Reed each had 2 hits in the big inning. Ellis and Greg Rush had homers. Dave White had 2 hits and 2 walks for the winners. Batista had a double and walk in 4 at-bats while hitting in the leadoff spot for M&M.; Shane Bowell and Alex Ravelo homered. Another key win for the Maryland club was 17-15 over another Florida team, Orange Lake/Mizuno of Orlando. The local team led 6-1 after one inning. The Maryland team battled back and led 17-12 after 7 runs in the bottom of the sixth. Greg Rush capped the big inning with a home run. Kevin Keeler had a triple. Mike Ellis had a homer in the second inning. David Marlette and Charlie Miller homered in the first for Orange Lake. Dave White and John Boice Jr. eadh had 3 hits for Lite. Alan Tanner had a 3-runner to lift M&M; ahead of Gianni’s/Worth of Maryland 13-12 in the sixth. Jerry Duran added another 3-runner later in the inning. Batista made two plays in the bottom of the seventh, including starting a game-ending double play (with shortstop Ricky Macias). Final score: 17-12. Orange Lake had to squeeze past American Sports Wear of Minnesota 23-17. Orange Lake scored 6 runs in the top of the seventh after American left the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. American would have won as the time limit had expired. A home run by Mike Hilgar capped the top of the seventh for Orange Lake. M&M; outlasted Orange Lake 17-15 in a duel of Florida powers. Home runs by Shane Bowell and Ricky Macias accounted for 6 runs for M&M; in the bottom of the fifth after Orange Lake owned a 10-9 lead. Orange Lake pushed across 5 runs in the top of the seventh as David Marlette hit a long home run, but a nifty play by second baseman J.C Batista got the last out with 2 men on. Alex Jimenez and Chris Wilson also homered for M&M.; Batista and Jerry Duran each had 3 hits. Charlie Miller had 4 hits and Richie Cobb and Larry Hingle 3 each for Orange Lake. Orange Lake won the ISA, with Southern third, while Southern won the ASA, with Orange Lake second. Southern, which won a couple of Class A crowns two years ago, dropped out of this tournament when the hurricane went through Fort Lauderdale on Friday night. Nutter broke loose for 14 runs in the top of the seventh to oust M&M; 36-18. It was 22-15 going into the inning. Mike Matter had 2 hits in the inning, including a home run. He was 0-for-3 before getting a hit when Nutter scored 6 in the sixth. Nutter led 16-12 at that point. Tony Kolarik had five hits, including 3 HRs, for Nutter. Ron Lipps and Jeff Smith each had 4 hits. That’s 14 hits between the first three batters in the Nutter lineup. And the fourth batter, Darrin Clauder, went 6-for-6, including a home run. Named to the all-tournament team were Charlie Miller of Orange Lake, Shane Bowell and Lino Alvarez of M&M;, Jon Rutledge, Tony Kolarik and Jason Smith from Nutter, Brad Kolczyk, Earl Harris, Butch Reed and Dave White from T.J. Lite. Rutledge of Nutter was the offensive MVP. He went 18-for-21. Kolczyk was the defensive MVP. Going into the final game, T.J. Lite had Brad Kolczyk 16-for-19 and Dave White 15-20. Butch Reed was 14-22 and Greg Rush 13-19. Troy Durnbaugh was 12-20, Earl Harris 10-19 and Butch Reed 12-21. Rush and Mike Ellis each had 2 homers, Earl Harris, Larry Adams and Kolczyk 1 each. Gianni’s/Worth dealt both losses to the Baytown Aces of Texas — 15-3 and 12-2.


1. T.J. Lite, MD (6-0)
2. Nutter Mortgage, MO (6-2)
3. M&M, FL (5-2)
4. Orange Lake/Mizuno, FL (5-2)
5t. American Sportswear, North St. Paul, MN (3-2)
5t. Gianni’s/Worth, MD (5-2)
7t. Baytown Aces, Baytown, TX (3-2)
7t. Extreme, NC,  (3-2)
9t. Southside, KY (2-2)
9t. Auto Design, IN (3-2)
9t. Madmen, MD (3-2)
9t. Airport Tanning, Providence, RI (3-2)
13t. Taylor, Elkton, MD (2-2)
13t. Kuykendall’s, CA (2-2)
13t. Love Construction, WA (2-2)
13t. Warm Trucking, Waterloo, IA (2-2)
17t. Team Worth, CA (1-2)
17t. Hackers, KY (1-2)
17t. Larsen, NV (1-2)
17t. Trump Yankees, MD (1-2)
17t. 12 Gauge, CA (1-2)
17t. Marc Anthony, FL (1-2)
17t. Perkins, MI (1-2)
17t. Team Rawlings, CA (1-2)
25t. Liners, AZ (0-2)
25t. Peterson, WA (0-2)
25t. Calvert, TX (0-2)
25t. Seadogs, FL (0-2)
25t. The Valley, WA (0-2)

No shows

Thermco/Sports Center (RI)
Southern (FL)
AA&W; (FL)


American Sportswear (Minn.) 18, 12 Gauge (Calif.) 5
Gianni’s/Worth (Md.) 10, Seadogs (Fla.) 5
Baytown Aces (Texas) 20, Marc Anthony (Fla.) 18
Taylor (Md.) 29, The Valley (Wash.) 14
Orange Lake/Mizuno (Fla.) forfeit over Thermco/Sports Center (R.I.)
Southside (Ky.) forfeit over Southern (Fla.)
Nutter (Mo.) forfeit over AA&W; (Fla.)
Madmen (Md.) 13, Team Worth (Calif.) 3
Kuydendall (Calif.) 18, Warm Trucking (Iowa) 8
Larsen (Nev.) 10, Airport Tanning (R.I.) 7
Extreme (N.C.) 29, Calvert (Texas) 18
Perkins (Mich.) 28, Peterson (Wash.) 14
M&M; (Fla.) 20, Auto Design (Ind.) 16
T.J. Lite (Md.) 7, Liners (Ariz.) 4
Love (Wash.) 14, Hacker’s (Ky.) 12
American Sportswear 15, Gianni’s/Worth 3
Baytown Aces 27, Taylor 25
Southside 20, Larsen 19
Nutter def. Kuykendall’s
Orange Lake 22, Madmen 19
T.J. Lite 10, Love 3
M&M; 23, Perkins 18
Extreme 23, Team Rawlings 10
M&M; 15, Extreme 13
T.J. Lite 17, Orange Lake 15
Nutter 11, Southside 2
American Sportswear 23, Baytown Aces 6
Nutter 15, American Sportswear 5
T.J. Lite 24, M&M; 14
T.J. Lite 26, Nutter 22


12 Gauge 24, Seadogs 13
Airport Tanning forfeit over Southern
Warm Trucking forfeit over AA&W;
Team Worth forfeit over Thermco
Hackers 12, Liners 9
Auto Design 14, Peterson 4
Auto Design 20, Larsen 10
Trump Yankees 13, Calvert 9
Madmen 23, 12 Gauge 22, 8 innings
Marc Anthony 29, The Valley 18
Airport Tanning 8, Perkins 7
Warm Trucking 24, Team Rawlings 14
Gianni’s 17, Team Worth 16
Gianni’s/Worth 19, Southside 18
Baytown Aces 16, Auto Design 15
Extreme 15, Love 13
Orange Lake/Mizuno 23, Airport Tanning 13
Airport Tanning 17, Warm Trucking 7
Love 19, Madmen 2
Gianni’s/Worth 12, Baytown Aces 2
Orange Lake/Mizuno 3, Extreme 1
M&M; 17, Gianni’s/Worth 12
M&M; 17, Orange Lake 15
Nutter 36, M&M; 18


T.J. Lite 11, Nutter 10, 8 innings

1999 ASA A Men’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1999 held at Sioux City, Iowa on September 3-6.

Champion – L&L Painting, Pratville, AL
Runner Up – Smokes/ABS/TPS, Ellicott, MD

  • MVP – Steve Helewicz, Smokes/ABS/TPS
  • Batting Leader –  Jerry Williams, Mercer Softball (21-23, .913)
  • HR Champion – Steve Helewicz, Smokes/ABS/TPS (21)


  • P – Larry Huff, K&G/TPS/Bike/Webbs
  • C – Dennis Buis, Mercer Softball Club
  • 1B – Mike Steffe, K&G/TPS/Bike/Webbs
  • 2B – Russ Ortega, Gary’s Auto Body
  • 3B – Richard White, L&L Painting
  • SS – Luis Ruiz, L&L Painting
  • OF – Barry Sutherland, Smokes/ABS/Harrisons/TPS
  • OF – Rob Smith, Smokes/ABS/Harrisons/TPS
  • OF – Jim Ostrander, Gary’s Auto Body
  • OF – Steve Helewicz, Smokes/ABS/Harrisons/TPS
  • DH – Jerry Williams, Mercer Softball Club
  • UTIL – Tommy Flood, Worth/Sports Star
  • UTIL – Craig Upton, L&L Painting
  • UTIL – Bob Bayne, Smokes/ABS/Harrisons/TPS
  • UTIL – Shane Frederick, L&L Painting


  • P – Jeff Nolan, L&L Painting
  • C – Kevin Clark, K&G/TPS/Bike/Webbs
  • 1B – Steve Gilbert, Smokes/ABS/Harrisons/TPS
  • 2B – Bobby Freeland, Worth/Sports Star
  • 3B – John Adams, Thomas Bait & Tackle
  • SS – Steve Graves, The Mob
  • OF – Jayson Sterling, K&G/TPS/Bike/Webbs
  • OF – Rick Meyers, K&G/TPS/Bike/Webbs
  • OF – Don Berry, L&L Painting
  • OF – Ben Kreischer, Mercer Softball Club
  • DH – Kenneth Pellien, Team Miken
  • UTIL – Kevin Keefer, Dalton Chiropractic/Viggiani Plumbing
  • UTIL – Pat Bass, Gateway Press/TPS
  • UTIL – Greg Ackerberg, Gary’s Auto Body
  • UTIL – Scotty Cardwell, Gateway Press/TPS


  • P – Rick Brown, Dalton Chiropractic/Viggiani Plumbing
  • C – Dewey Fussell, Smokes/ABS/Harrisons/TPS
  • 1B – Steve Guillaume, Gateway Press/TPS
  • 2B – Steve Matic, Las Vegas Funjet/TPS
  • 3B – Jim Johnson, Gary’s Auto Body
  • SS – Troy Summerfield, Phone Master/Commercial Bank
  • OF – Ryan Robbins, Worth/Sports Star
  • OF – Rick Forton, The Mob
  • OF – Ricky Jackson, K&G/TPS/Bike/Webbs
  • OF – Chuck Norris, Thomas Bait & Tackle
  • DH – Steve Melton, Eagle Group/Al’s TPS
  • UTIL – Bud Weathers, All American Athletes
  • UTIL – Mark Ledinsky, Sid Grinker Co./TPS
  • UTIL – Bryan Welch, L&L Painting
  • UTIL – Steve Hall, All American Athletes


1st L And L Painting, Pratville, AL (6-1)
2nd Smokes/ABS/TPS, Ellicott, MD (10-2)
3rd K&G/TPS/Bike/Webbs, North Vernon, IN (5-2)
4th Gary’s Auto Body, Muskegon, MI (6-2)
5th Worth/Sports Star, Louisville, KY (4-2)
5th Mercer Softball Club, Indianapolis, IN (3-2)
7th Gateway Press/TPS, Louisville, KY (6-2)
7th Thomas Bait & Tackle, Sanford, NC (4-2)
9th All American Athletes, Lufkin, TX (2-2)
9th Las Vegas Funjet/TPS, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)
9th Dalton Chiropractic Softball, Ocean Rwp, NJ (3-2)
9th Team Miken, Caledonia, MN (3-2)
13th The Mob, Angleton, TX (3-2)
13th Eagle Group/Al’s TPS, Dover, DE (3-2)
13th Sid Grinker Co./TPS, Milwaukee, WI (3-2)
13th Phone Master/Commercial Bank, Wood River, IL (3-2)
17th Mid State Thunder, Kansas City, MO (2-2)
17th Doug’s Sports Pub/Barrell Inn, Stevens Point, WI (2-2)
17th Doc’s, Sioux City, IA (1-2)
17th Citizen’S Mortgage, St. Robert, MO (2-2)
17th Thomas Oil, Benton, AR (1-2)
17th Computer SOS, Sioux City, IA (3-2)
17th J&A/RAM/TPS, Louisville, KY (3-2)
17th Derry Bros., Waterloo, IA (2-2)
25th BJ’s/Mickey, Waterloo, IA (2-2)
25th Can Do Metals, St. Anne, IL (1-2)
25th Mr. Label/Plant Detail, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
25th Ultimate Central Paving, Indianapolis, IN (2-2)
25th Berardi’s, Lexington, KY (2-2)
25th Mark Twain, Waynesville, MO (1-2)
25th Richard’s Construction, Independence, MO (1-2)
25th Aragon/Merchants, Albert Lea, MN (1-2)
33rd OCP/Bud Light/Worth, Owatonna, MN (0-2)
33rd AFLAC/Prime, Inc., Springfield, MO (1-2)
33rd Fairfield Rebels, Fairfield, IA (0-2)
33rd Viessman Trucking, Willmar, MN (0-2)
33rd SCB/Denelex/Easton, Smithtown, NY (0-2)
33rd Wise Guys/Scotts Decorating, Davenport, IA (1-2)
33rd Express Personnel/Snapper/Cryo, Mankato, MN (0-2)
33rd Classic Floors/Nally’s, Carthege, MO (0-2)
33rd Keith & Co, Princeton, IA (0-2)
33rd Budweiser, Altoona, WI (1-2)
33rd Marty’s Pub, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
33rd Captain’S Table, Washington, IA (0-2)
33rd St. Louis Steel Stones, Bethalto, IL (0-2)
33rd B&A Sports/Tiny Town Pizza, Harrison, OH (0-2)
33rd T’s 13, Omaha, NE (0-2)
33rd Louie’s Floor Covering, Des Moines, IA (0-2)
49th Silver Bullets, Columbia, MO (0-2)
49th B&R Auto/No Mans Land Aces, Woodriver, IL (0-2)
49th Sports Page, Fort Dodge, IA (0-2)

1999 NSA A East and West Super Worlds

1999 East held in Georgia

Champion – L&L Painting, Montgomery, AL
Runner Up – Beloli/Tailgaters, Pittsburgh, PA


1. L&L Painting, Montgomery, AL 5-1
2. Beloli/Tailgaters, Pittsburgh, PA 4-2
3. Plumbers & Pipefitters, Lansing, MI 5-2
4. Dalton Chiropractic, New Jersey 4-2
5t. Riverside/Allied Tool, Louisville, KY 4-2
5t. K&G/TPS/Blue/A & R Pallet 3-2
7t. Special Edition 2-2
7t. Las Vegas Funjet/TPS 2-2
9t. Worth/Sportstar 2-2
9t. The Crew, Georgia 2-2

*remainder of standings unknown

1999 West held in Texas

Champion – Aftershock/DTS, Sacramento, CA
Runner Up – PhoneMasters, Wood River, IL


1. Aftershock/DTS, Sacramento, CA, 4-0
2. PhoneMasters, Wood River, IL 6-2
3. Advanced Softball 2-2
4. T’s 13, Omaha, NE, 3-2
5t. The Mob 2-2
5t. RSH-Worth 2-2

*remainder of standings unknown

Final 1999 TPS Power Ratings


1. Dan Smith/Wessell/Worth, San Jose, CA (70-24) 91.08238
2. R&D/Easton, Lima, OH (64-22) 90.36988
3. Team TPS, Louisville, KY (77-14) 89.85300
4. Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, MN (45-21) 87.02040
5. Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Columbus, OH (59-20) 86.98426
6. Team Easton, Burlingame, CA (56-27) 85.03568
7. KCS/TPS, Houston, TX
8. P&D/Tri-Gems/Tiger/Easton, Sommers, CT
9. JWM/Herb’s/TPS, Riverside, CA
10. Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, Sunnyvale CA
11. Paramount/TPS, Virginia Beach, VA
12. Herrin/TPS, Georgia
13. Creative Stucco/Easton, Columbus, OH
14. RPM/TPS, Concord, CA
15. Planet/Easton, Lexington, KY