Category: ASA

ASA Girls’ 14-Under A Fast Pitch National Champions

1989 – Crackerjacks, Santa Ana, CA
1990 – Crackerjacks, Santa Ana, CA
1991 – So Cal Outlaws, Huntington Beach, CA
1992 – Orange County Batbusters, Garden Grove, CA
1993 – So Cal Crunch, Chino, CA
1994 – So Cal Firecrackers, Irvine, CA
1995 – California Cruisers, Irvine, CA
1996 – So Cal Stealth Harris, Woodland Hills, CA (held at Midland, TX)
1997 –
1998 – Panther Gold, Sylmar, CA (held at Broken Arrow, OK)
1999 – Tuff-E-Nuff, Chino Hills, CA (held at Garland, TX)
2000 – California Cruisers, Tustin, CA (held at Panama Beach, FL)
2001 – San Diego Thunder, San Diego, CA (held at Broken Arrow, OK)
2002 – California Desperadoes, San Juan Capistrano, CA (held at Columbus, GA)
2003 – Corona Angels Red, Corona, CA (held at Normal, IL)
2004 – California Raiders, Corona, CA (held at Midland, TX)
2005 – USA Athletics, Cypress, CA (held at Owensboro, KY)
2006 – Smashers, Valencia, CA (held at Johnson City, TN)
2007 – American Athletics Naudin, South Orange, CA (held at Normal, IL)
2008 – Lakewood Ladies Black, Downey, CA (held at Midland, TX)
2009 – Victory USA Campbell, Cypress, CA (held at Marietta, GA)
2010 – San Jose Sting, San Jose, CA (held at Moline, IL)
2011 – Lasers Gold, Canton, OH (held at Midland, TX)
2012 – Tennessee Fury, Chattanooga, TN (held at Sioux Falls, SD)
2013 – Texas Impact Gold Elder, League City, TX (held at Normal, IL)
2014 – So Cal Athletics Quarles, Cerritos, CA (held at San Diego, CA)
2015 – Southern Force Carroll, Paducah, KY (held at Salem, VA)
2016 – Lady Lasers Green, Columbus, OH (held at Sioux Falls, SD)
2017 – Tennessee Mojo 2021, Cookeville, TN (held at Dallas, TX)
2018 – Germantown Red Devils, Germantown, TN (held at Bowling Green, KY)
2019 – West Bay Warriors Gold, Foster City, CA (held at Roseville, CA)

ASA Girls’ 12-Under A Fast Pitch National Champions

1982 – Gordon’s, Buena Park, CA
1983 – Tri-City Gamblers, Buena Park, CA
1984 – Tri-City Gamblers, Buena Park, CA
1985 – Orange County Bat Busters, Los Angeles, CA
1986 – The Gamblers, Cypress, CA
1987 – Orcutt Mini Exp, Santa Maria, CA
1988 – Gamblers, Cypress, CA
1989 – So Cal Outlaws, Huntington Beach, CA
1990 – Bat Busters, Orange County, CA
1991 – Bat Busters, Garden Grove, CA
1992 – Arizona Storm, Phoenix, AZ
1993 – Cruisers, Irvine, CA
1994 – California Dynasty, Riverside, CA
1995 – So Cal Firecrackers, Santa Ana, CA
1996 – Southern California Stealth, Van Nuys, CA (held at Altamonte Springs, FL)
1997 –
1998 – Invasion, Anaheim, CA (held at St. Louis, MO)
1999 – San Diego Thunder Mateo, San Diego, CA (held at Fresno, CA)
2000 – Corona Angels, Corona, CA (held at Bloomington, IN)
2001 – American Pastime, Upland, CA (held at Garland, TX)
2002 – Minor’s Gold, Sun City, CA (held at Sterling, VA)
2003 – USA Athletics, Cypress, CA (held at Marietta, GA)
2004 – Minor’s Gold, Chino, CA (held at Moline, IL)
2005 – Lakewood Freeman, Lakewood, CA (held at Aurora, CO)
2006 – Synergy 93, Saugus, CA (held at Bloomington, IN)
2007 – Victory USA, Cypress, CA (held at Roseville, CA)
2008 – Corona Angels Smith, Corona, CA (held at Montgomery, AL)
2009 – Power Surge 96, San Diego, CA (held at Normal, IL)
2010 – Orange County Bat Busters Ray, Anaheim, CA (held at Bloomington, IN)
2011 – Firecrackers Brashear, Chino, CA (held at Montgomery, AL)
2012 – San Diego Power Surge 99, San Diego, CA (held at Moline, IL)
2013 – Texas Kaos, Missouri City, TX (held at Chattanooga, TN)
2014 – Arkansas Team Worth, Sherwood, AR (held at Bloomington, IN)
2015 – Texas Sudden Impact, The Woodlands, TX (held at Sacramento/Roseville, CA)
2016 – East Cobb Bullets 03 Heath, Newnan, GA (held at Salem, VA)
2017 – Illinois Force, Johnston City, IL (held at Dallas, TX)
2018 – Georgia Impact 2023 Lunsford, Lawrenceville, GA (held at Spartanburg, SC)
2019 – Tennessee Heat 06, Knoxville, TN (held at Normal, IL)

1996 Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series

Q. I’ve heard Coors is sponsoring a national softball tournament. Can you give me more specifics
A. Coors has teamed up with the Amateur Softball Association (known as ASA and USA Softball) to create the Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series, the first comprehensive, nationwide, slow-pitch, amateur softball tournament.

Q. How do teams enter?
A. There are two ways for teams to enter the Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series: 1) Most teams will take a shot at scoring a direct berth in one of the 32 local championship tournaments held across the country by completing and mailing in entry forms to ASA between April 1 and April 26. Entry forms will be available nationwide on special Coors Light softball displays at participating retailers in March and April; 2) Teams also can enter by playing in a Coors distributor-sponsored qualifying tournament to be played in more than 300 towns across the United States beginning in late April. Winners of the qualifying tournaments advance to the local championship round.

Q. When will games take place?
A. Games will be played beginning in late April and will continue through the finals in October. There are four tiers of competition. From April to June, many Coors distributors will be sponsoring local qualifying tournaments. Winners of those tournaments will advance to 32 local championship tournaments played in June and July in major cities. Those 32 winners advance to eight regional playoffs which will be played in August and September. The eight finalists will battle for the Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series title in early October.

Q. Is it true there is prize money?
A. Yes. Winning teams of each local championship will receive $7,500. Regional playoff winning teams receive $20,000. The Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series final winning team receives $100,000. Only winning teams receive prize money or, as they say, winner takes all. There is no prize money at the local qualifying level.

Q. What exactly is the ASA?
A. Based in Oklahoma City, Okla., ASA – Amateur Softball Association (also known as USA Softball) — is the nation’s leading, and largest, amateur softball association and the national governing body of the sport. Its staff and more than 100 local commissioners sanction, organize and manage softball tournaments in all 50 states. ASA has more than 250,000 member teams and more than 50,000 member umpires.

Q. Do you need to be an ASA member team to participate in the tournament?
A. Any team can take a shot at entering. But if your team is chosen, there is a $175 team registration fee, which includes membership in the ASA.

Q. As a team progresses through the World Series, who pays for its travel expenses?
A. Each team is responsible for all its expenses, including travel.

Q. Even to the finals?
A. Yes, teams must pay for their own expenses to get to the finals.

Q. Is this a Coors Light brand promotion?
A. Yes. The Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series is Coors Brewing Company’s main or, as we say in the beer industry, “mega-promotion” for the spring season.

Q. It seems like quite a logistical undertaking.
A. Yes, it is. Most likely there will be close to 400,000 players taking the field in the Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series in more than 300 cities.

Q. Why did Coors choose softball?
A. Softball is the number one amateur participatory sport in the United States, with more than 40 million players. It is also a sport that demographically matches well with the marketing goals of Coors Brewing Company. Many softball players are beer drinkers.

Q. How much is Coors spending on this promotion?
A. Sorry, but for competitive reasons we don’t release promotional or advertising costs.

Q. This is a slow-pitch tournament?
A. Yes, men’s amateur Class C and D slow-pitch teams only.

Q. Are there any other player or team restrictions?
A. Yes. All team members must be legal U.S. residents and at least 21 years old by March 1, 1996. Each team is allowed a maximum of 18 members on its roster, including players, manager and coaches. All team members must be residents of the same state. Players cannot previously have participated on a class A or B team or played on teams that participated in A or B tournaments. As you can see, we want this to be a fair tournament and are trying to avoid entry or play by professionals, ringers or over-qualified teams.

Q. Last spring Coors had a round-the-world Concorde promotion. This year you’ve got a nationwide softball tournament. It seems you are developing some large and unusual promotions lately.
A. That’s true. We’re glad you noticed. Quite simply, Coors is dedicated to bringing consumers the most innovative and exciting promotions in the beer industry. Coors believes the Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series will truly captivate and excite beer drinkers and sports fans. It will be exciting, and it will be fun.

Q. Why did you hook up with the ASA?
A. It’s simple. They are the sanctioning body of the sport.

Q. Then ASA manages the tournaments and games for you?
A. Yes. Through their staff, local commissioners and umpires, ASA manages the games and World Series. They run the events, Coors is the sponsor.

Q. What was the cost of your sponsorship with ASA?
A. Sorry, but Coors does not reveal its sponsorship or promotional costs.

Q. What marketing support will you be providing this promotion?
A. Coors will support the promotion with a complete line of exciting point-of-sale material, as well as radio advertising.

Q. I’ve also heard there is a special bottle to support the promotion?
A. Yes. To celebrate softball and its millions of players, as well as baseball in general, Coors is introducing the beer industry’s first bat-shaped bottle. The bat bottle is sure to hit a home-run with consumers and softball/baseball enthusiasts. The 18-ounce bottles, available in Coors Light and Original Coors, will hit retailers’ shelves nationwide in mid-March (not available in Texas, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama).

Q. Will there be TV advertising for the promotion or the bottle?
A. No, advertising will consist of radio only.

Q. Are there any cross-promotional offers or consumer tie-ins?
A. We will offer consumers, through our softball POS, the opportunity to purchase name brand softball equipment at very attractive prices. Items available include: Wilson softball glove; H&B; Louisville Slugger softball bat; H&B; batting gloves; Dudley softball; and Killer Loop sunglasses.

Q. Besides ASA, are there other companies working with you on this promotion?
A. Yes. Advantage International, a Connecticut-based marketing firm, is helping us manage the promotion. The Integer Group of Golden, Colo., designed the POS materials.

Q. If consumers want more information, especially on how to enter, what should they do?
A. For information on how to enter, consumers can call our toll-free softball hotline: 1-800-TO-COORS. But basically, consumers will need to obtain an entry form at a Coors Light softball display at participating retailers in late March or April, and mail their entry form to ASA between April 1 and April 26. Teams that don’t want to take a chance at entering the tournament through the mail, must enter via a Coors distributor-sponsored local qualifying tournament. Not all distributors are sponsoring tournaments.

Q. How will teams know if they have been selected for a spot in the local championship round?
A. The ASA will notify selected teams by mail on or about May 1. Others will be notified and placed on a waiting list.

Q. Will teams who mailed in entry forms be picked on a random basis in a drawing by ASA?
A. No. As clearly stated on the entry form, teams will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the order in which ASA receives their entry and request for registration form. Only entries post marked April 1 – April 26 will be considered.

Q. If your team is chosen, what then?
A. Your team manager will be notified and you will receive an official registration form which must be promptly returned with a registration fee of $175.

1996 Coors Light USA Softball World Series


Regional Playoff Schedule

August 10, 1996; Peoria, Arizona; Peoria Sports Complex

Game Time Teams
9:00am Air Force Academy Flyers (USAF , CO) vs. Omaha Frame (Omaha, NE)
10:30am J.T. Zook’s (Phoenix, AZ) vs. N.U.T.S. (Ogden, UT)
12:00pm Championship Game

August 17, 1996; Portland, Oregon; Portland Civic Center

Game Time Teams
11:00am Stratford Homes (Couer d’Alene, ID) vs. Chateau Realty (McMinnville, OR)
12:30pm Smog Stop (Sacramento, CA) vs. Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
2:00pm Championship Game

August 24, 1996; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Three Rivers Stadium

Game Time Teams
11:00am B&L Painting (Mt. Airy, MD) vs. E-Jay’s/Bulls (Charleston, SC)
1:00pm ZoZo’s Softball (Pittsburgh, PA) vs. Fuddrucker’s (Richmond, VA)
3:00pm Championship Game

September 14, 1996; Trenton, New Jersey; Mercer County Waterfront Park

Game Time Teams
11:00am Astoria (Woburn, MA) vs. Frenchy’s Bar & Grill (Roselle Park, NJ)
1:00pm Jerry’s Softball (Wilkes-Barre, PA) vs. Investor’s Assoc. (Long Island, NY)
3:00pm Championship Game

September 14, 1996; La Jolla, California, Triton Stadium

Game Time Teams
11:00am A-1 National Fence (Fresno, CA) vs. Sansone/TCS (Las Vegas, NV)
12:30pm Ruffnecks (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Balls Out (San Diego, CA)
2:00pm Championship Game

September 21, 1996; Knoxville, Tennessee; Bill Meyer Stadium

Game Time Teams
11:00am Kastaway’s (Marietta, GA) vs. Gremmels (Birmingham, AL)
12:30pm Paradise Christian (Miami, FL) vs. Extra Innings (Baton Rouge, LA)
2:00pm Championship Game

September 21, 1996; Louisville, Kentucky; Cardinal Stadium

Game Time Teams
11:00am Iron Horse Liquor (Owensboro, KY) vs. Mullinax Ford (Canton, OH)
1:00pm Oak Ridge Lndscpng (Ft Wayne, IN) vs. Granger’s (Milwaukee, WI)
3:00pm Championship Game

September 21, 1996; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Driller Stadium

Game Time Teams
11:00am Braves (Ft Worth, TX) vs. Pending
12:30pm Oilfield Pipe (Bartlesville, OK) vs. Hustlers (Austin, TX)
2:00pm Championship Game

It’s paradise on earth for the winner of the 1996 Coors Light.

After seven long months of competition, the first-ever Coors Light USA Softball World Series Champion has been crowned.

Paradise Christian School of Hialeah, FL emerged from a field of over 2,000 men’s C & D slow pitch teams from around the country that began the qualifying process for the event last April.

Teams qualified at local championships and then advanced through regional play picking up combined cash prizes totaling $400,000 along the way.

Eight teams ultimately advanced to Melbourne, FL with a shot at playing in the first ever Coors Light USA Softball World Series October 12. Along with the title, a grand prize of $100,000 was also awarded to the winner.

The eight quarterfinalists for the title included J.T. Zooks of Phoenix, AZ; Chateau Realty of McMinnville, OR; ZoZo’s Softball of Pittsburgh, PA; Astoria of Woburn, MA; Ruffnecks of Los Angeles, CA; Mullinax Ford of Canton, OH; Hustlers of Austin, TX; and Paradise Christian School of Hialeah, FL.


In the first day of competition, the field of eight was cut in half as Chateau Realty beat J.T. Zooks 24-7, Astoria beat ZoZo’s Softball 16-6, Paradise Christian beat the Ruffnecks 15-10 and Mullinax Ford blanked the Hustlers 13-0.


In the semifinals, Chateau Realty met Astoria to decide who would be the first team to reach the finals. Chateau Realty jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning before Astoria responded with eight runs in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a 375ft. blast over the right center field fence by Jim Duran.

Astoria posted four more runs in the bottom of the third with a two-run triple by Dick Queen and a two-run inside-the-park home run by Scott Queen. After erupting for five runs in the second inning, Astoria held Chateau Realty scoreless and advanced to the finals with 15-5 win.

In the night cap semifinal, Paradise Christian faced Mullinax Ford for the remaining spot in the finals. Paradise took the early lead in the top of the first, scoring five runs and holding Mullinax scoreless in the bottom of the inning.

In the third, Paradise erupted for 11 runs after stringing together seven straight run scoring singles. Mullinax responded in the bottom of the third posting six runs, including a three-run home run by Rick Mast but still trailed 17-9. Paradise shut the door on Mullinax in the sixth by scoring 10 runs to take a 30-17 win. Joseph Someillan led the Paradise attack in the sixth with two triples.

Championship Finals

In the finals, in front of an estimated crowd of over 2,000, Paradise looked solid from the beginning posting two runs in the top of the first and four in the second to take a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the second.

Astoria responded with three runs in the bottom of the second to cut the lead in half. Both teams were scoreless in the third but Paradise struck for four more runs in the fourth to stretch their lead to 10-3.

Astoria managed only one run in the bottom of the fourth and was shutout in the final two innings. Paradise scored seven more runs to ensure their 17-4 victory.

“You could say somebody above was responsible for this,” acting coach Juan Stefano said. “Astoria comes in averaging more than 20 runs a game and they only get four runs. How can you explain that?”

Most teams would celebrate because they had just put $100,000 in their pockets but the Paradise team donated the money they had won during the tournament (a total of $127,000) to the Paradise Christian School. The school, which is located in Hialeah, FL, is for under privileged kids.

William Springer, who is the head master of the school and also team manager, was unable to attend the series because of an illness. The team mutually decided that the gift would be the best way to thank him for his support.

“This is very satisfying,” Paradise pitcher Charlie Graham said. “We play softball because we love it and have fun. But we wouldn’t be here without Springer, and this was a way of paying him back.”

Paradise didn’t leave empty handed as each team member received a trophy and a Coors Light USA Softball World Series leather jacket.

Ray Glisson of Paradise Christian was named the MVP of the World Series and was awarded a color TV and VCR, which he also donated to Paradise Christian School. During the series, Glisson went 8-11 with two home runs and eight RBIs.

Runner-up Astoria also took home individual trophies and jackets as a consolation award.

After the success of the Coors Light USA Softball World Series in 1996, the program is expected to explode in an expanded version throughout the United States in 1997.

The finals of the World Series will be aired on ESPN on a tape-delay basis on Friday November 8 and on Friday, November 15 on ESPN2.

“From the concept stage forward we have been very excited about the potential of this great event. Now, after a full year of competition, we are especially excited to see how it has been received by the players. This program has the potential to become one of the biggest, most dynamic events to ever be a part of slow pitch softball. It’s something the players wanted and USA Softball is proud to be a partner with Coors Brewing Company in making it happen,” said Don E. Porter, ASA executive director.


GAME 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Chateau Realty (McMinnville, OR) 0 1 9 3 0 1 10 24 20 0
J.T. Zooks (Phoenix, AZ) 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 7 14 8


GAME 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ZoZo’s Softball (Pittsburgh, PA) 2 1 3 0 0 0 6 11 2
Astoria (Woburn, MA) 3 0 2 7 3 1 16 23 2


GAME 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Ruffnecks (Los Angeles, CA) 7 0 0 1 2 0 0 10 15 0
Paradise Christian (Hialeah, FL) 0 0 0 5 7 3 x 15 17 1


GAME 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Mullinax Ford (Canton, OH) 0 1 9 3 0 1 10 13 13 0
Hustlers (Austin, TX) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

GAME 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Chateau Realty (McMinnville, OR) 0 5 0 0 0 5 10 0
Astoria (Woburn, MA) 0 8 4 1 2 15 17 1


GAME 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Paradise Christian (Hialeah, FL) 5 1 11 0 3 10 30 31 3
Mullinax Ford (Canton, OH) 0 3 6 8 0 0 17 18 4

Championship Game

GAME 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Paradise Christian (Hialeah, FL) 2 4 0 4 3 4 17 18 1
Astoria (Woburn, MA) 0 3 0 1 0 0 4 10 3
  • MVP – Ray Glisson, Left-Center/Catcher, Miami, Florida, (.727, 8-11, 8 RBI, 7 runs, 2 HR, 3 3B)

Championship Video –

Softball started in Minnesota — or did it?

While baseball has storied Cooperstown, N.Y., as its birthplace, softball’s creation began at Minneapolis Fire Station No. 19 — now a Buffalo Wild Wings on University Avenue SE. near Williams Arena.

A lieutenant with the Minneapolis Fire Department, Lewis Rober was pushing 40 and perhaps getting a little flabby. So in 1895, he devised a sporting alternative to keep himself and his fellow firefighters fit between runs.

Rober is widely considered the founding father of softball — at least the outdoor version of the game now enjoyed by 40 million people. He took the basics of baseball, shrank the field and used a cushy ball pitched underhand. With no gloves needed and less time required, the recreational version of baseball took off.

“Using a vacant lot adjacent to the firehouse, Rober laid out bases with a pitching distance of 35 feet,” according to the website of USA Softball, the sport’s national governing body in Oklahoma ( “His ball was a small sized medicine ball with the bat two inches in diameter. The game became popular overnight and other fire companies began to play.”

Rober named his first team the Kittens, so his game became known as Kitten Ball until the Minneapolis Park Board re-christened it Diamond Ball in the early 1920s. Also called “pumpkin ball” and “mush ball,” the sport wasn’t known as softball until 1926.

While baseball has storied Cooperstown, N.Y., as its birthplace, softball’s creation began at Minneapolis Fire Station No. 19 — now a Buffalo Wild Wings on University Avenue SE. near Williams Arena.

“Fire Station No. 19 is historically significant as the birthplace of a major variant of American softball known as ‘kittenball,’ ” according to the 1982 nomination that landed the firehouse on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rober was at Fire Station No. 11 (2nd Street SE.) when he devised his game before being transferred to brick firehouse No. 19 from 1896-1906 — when he printed a rule book.

“The first of its kind ever published,” a 1906 story in the Minneapolis Tribune reported, the Kitten League Guide “will prove of great value to those playing this game.” The article said Rober “has been one of the strongest supporters of the game and through his efforts the sport has gained a strong foothold in Minneapolis.”

Census records show Rober was the second son of French Canadians, born in November 1855 in Baldwinsville, N.Y. — about 100 miles northwest of Cooperstown. By 1885, he had moved to Minneapolis, and the 1900 census listed him as a widowed firefighter and father of two.

Rober remarried and died in Hennepin County on Sept. 2, 1930, at 74 — eight years before his lofty status as softball’s Minnesota creator was called into question. A math teacher at Cretin High School, then in downtown St. Paul, rather sheepishly debunked Rober’s pioneering role in the game’s early years in Minnesota.

As if the Minneapolis-St. Paul rivalry didn’t have enough dickering, check out this March 20, 1938, headline in the Sunday Minneapolis Tribune:

“Kittenball’s Origin in Minneapolis? No! Says Teacher at Cretin Who Brought Game to Twin Cities From Chicago.”

Writer Louis Greene led his story thusly: “Prepare for a rude shock, all you thousands upon thousands of diamond ball players and devotees. For that story claiming a Minneapolis fireman originated the game — which the entire nation has believed — is now shaken to its foundations.”

The story explained how teacher Lawrence Sixtus “hurled the bombshell” and stated “unequivocally” that he played an indoor version of kitten ball in Chicago schools from 1892-1894. By 1898, the math teacher said he coached a uniformed team at Cretin which played indoor games against the St. Paul Athletic Club, National Guard teams and various all-stars.

Most softball historians agree the game started indoors at a Chicago boat club in November 1887. When alumni of Yale and Harvard learned the former had won their annual football game, a Yale graduate heaved an old boxing glove at a Harvard guy — who tried to hit it back with a stick. An indoor version of softball played in a gym sprung from that moment.

Softball historians widely credit Rober with moving the game outdoors. There’s scant mention of the contributions of Cretin’s Sixtus, who was well aware of Rober’s standing as softball’s inventor in 1895.

Being a good Catholic, “Brother Lawrence has refrained from pushing himself to the fore in undignified denial,” the 1938 story said. “Even when pressed he refused to cast any aspersions on the claims to authorship on Rober’s behalf.” He “merely insisted” playing indoor softball in Chicago before 1895 and coaching a team at Cretin.

By the time Rober came out with his rule book in 1906, Brother Lawrence said 17-inch-circumference softballs were readily for sale in Chicago along with softball bats. Rober’s version of the rules called for balls 12 inches in circumference. That’s closer to the size commonly used today, although 16-inch softball remains popular in Chicago.

Whoever deserves the credit — the fireman or the math teacher — by 1936, in the midst of the Depression, nearly a half-million people were watching 10,000 players compete on 151 diamonds in Minneapolis alone.

“Diamond ball is not baseball,” Minneapolis Park Board recreation director Karl Raymond said in 1936. “It finds its basis in baseball, but it does not require the high degree of organization, nor the complete equipment that baseball requires. It is essentially a game of recreation.”

And for that, we can thank a Minneapolis fireman trying to stay fit — or a math teacher in St. Paul. Take your pick.

Softball born here

Minneapolis firefighter Lewis Rober, a pipeman on a chemical rig, is considered the father of outdoor softball — a game he devised to keep firemen fit in 1895.

Here’s a quote from Minneapolis assistant fire marshal George Wilson, looking back in 1936:

“Things were different in those days. There was a lot of vacant space around fire stations and it was no trick at all to lay out a diamond. The game itself did not require a great deal of space so the men could get plenty of exercise and enjoyment. ”

Minneapolis Park Board recreation director Karl Raymond said, in 1936, a smaller field paved the way for the sport’s popularity among women: “The longer baseline [in traditional baseball] makes the game too difficult, especially for girls, and also requires a larger area for play,” Raymond said. “Using the shorter distances, the game is much more adaptable for athletic recreation.”

2019 ASA Women’s Open Slow Pitch Nationals

2019 held at Waxahachie, Texas.

Champion: Lady SNI, Altamonte Springs, Florida
Runner Up: Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Lady SNI claimed the Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship trophy with a 5-1 overall record, scoring a total of 73 runs in their six games of the tournament.

In the Championship contest, scoring came early and often for Low Bobs, with four runs being plated in the top of the first inning. Lady SNI was quick to respond, scoring three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning and cutting the Low Bobs lead to one. Four more runs were added to the board for Low Bobs, extending their lead now 8-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning. After four quiet innings from Lady SNI, a three-run seventh inning threatened the Low Bobs lead but it was not enough to earn the victory as Low Bobs took the 8-7 win, forcing the if-necessary game for a winner-take-all contest.

The Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos offense struck first in the final game of the tournament, taking an early 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning. They plated another three runs in the top of the second after a lead off double by Alysia Hively and a triple from Holly Luciano to extend their lead, 5-0.

Lady SNI answered back in the bottom of the second, stringing together four singles and cutting the Low Bobs lead down to 5-3. Always quick to respond, however, a leadoff triple by Christina Ciolek and a sacrifice fly from Sarah Carlson scored another Low Bobs run, extending their lead to 6-3 after the top of third frame.

The Lady SNI offense exploded in the bottom of the third inning, plating four runs off of five singles. A 1-2-3 inning from Low Bobs in the top of the fourth sent Lady SNI back to the plate to score four more runs, extending their lead, 11-6, after four innings of play.

After another quiet inning from Low Bobs in the top of the fifth, Lady SNI gapped four singles in the bottom of the frame, adding one run to their lead. Luciano broke the offensive silence for Low Bobs in the top of the sixth with a sacrifice fly, scoring Erin Bradley who singled earlier in the inning, making the score 12-7.

A scoreless bottom of the sixth from Lady SNI brought Low Bobs to the plate for their final chance at the trophy, but a superior defensive inning from Lady SNI secured their 12-7 victory.

Megan Miller led the Lady SNI offense, going a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate and scoring three RBI.

  • MVP – Steph Hartness, Lady SNI (15-21, .714, 12 RBI, 11 Runs)
  • Batting Leader – Katie Burdeaux, SIS/OA/Red (15-19, 8 RBI, 8 Runs) – .789
  • HR Leaders – Terri Ross, Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos (12-22, .545, 10 RBI, 11 Runs) – 2
  • HR Leaders – Christan Dowling, Smash it Sports/Derby Girls (9-13, .692, 8 RBI, 5 Runs, 1 BB) – 2
  • HR Leaders – Valisha Fincher, Backman/Team 24/Miken/Worth (10-22, .455, 8 RBI, 6 Runs) – 2


P – Robin Stebbins, Lady SNI (6-15, .400, 2 RBI, 5-1 Pitching)
P – Annie Rardin, Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos (13-23, .565, 9 RBI, 7 Runs)
IF – Sarah Carlson, Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos (13-23, .565, 7 RBI, 2 Runs)
IF – Kelly Park, SIS/OA/Red (15-20, .750, 7 RBI, 11 Runs)
IF – Dani Wayt, Lady SNI (15-25, .600, 4 RBI, 8 Runs)
IF – Katie Mandigo, Lady SNI (9-17, .529, 2 RBI, 10 Runs)
IF – Terri Ross, Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos (12-22, 2 HR, 545, 10 RBI, 11 Runs)
OF – Steph Hartness, Lady SNI (15-21, .714, 12 RBI, 11 Runs)
OF – Kara Hatmaker, Lady SNI (15-25, .600, 7 RBI, 12 Runs)
OF – Tyquilla Abdoo, Backman/Team 24/Miken/Worth (10-19, .526, 7 RBI, 2 Runs)
UTIL – Alysia Hively, Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos (15-24, .625, 5 RBI, 3 Runs)
UTIL – Katie Burdeaux, SIS/OA/Red (15-19, .789, 8 RBI, 8 Runs)
UTIL – Paige Shields, SIS/OA/Red (14-18, .778, 16 RBI, 9 Runs)
UTIL – Ashley Mack, Backman/Team 24/Miken/Worth (11-21, .524, 5 RBI, 10 Runs)
UTIL – Laurel Pillifant, Backman/Team 24/Miken/Worth (8-11, .727, 3 RBI, 3 Runs)


Jessica Moudy, Traders Reloaded (10-13, .769, 4 RBI, 2 Runs)
Brittany Martin, On Point (10-14, .714, 7 RBI, 4 Runs)
Danielle Nadeau, SIS/FAI/Miken (11-16, .688, 4 RBI, 6 Runs)
Lauren Grun, SIS/OA/Red (10-15, .667, 3 RBI, 6 Runs)
Megan Higginbotham, Xtreme/Athlon (11-17, .647, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 12 Runs)
Stefanie Call, SIS/OA/Red (12-19, .632, 18 RBI, 10 Runs)
Kristina Sheriff, SIS/OA/Red (11-18, .611, 8 RBI, 12 Runs)
Tara Salcedo, SIS/Derby Girls/Easton (7-13, .538, 3 RBI, 4 Runs)


1. Lady SNI, Altmonte Springs, FL (5-1)
2. Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos, Harrodsburg, KY (5-2)
3. Backmanteam 24/Miken/Worth, Apollo Beach, FL (4-2)
4. SIS/OA/Red, Converse, TX (3-2)
5t. Traders Reloaded, Collierville, TN (2-2)
5t. Smash It Sports/Derby Girls/Easton, Kent, WA (2-2)
7t. Twisted Sistahs, Leominster, MA (2-2)
7t. On Point, Grimes, IA (2-2)
9t. SIS/FAI/Miken, Harmony, FL (1-2)
9t. Us Womens Armed Forces, Washington DC, MD (1-2)
9t. SIS/OA/Yellow, Manassas, VA (1-2)
9t. Xtreme/Athion, Lino Lakes, MN (1-2)
13t. Lady Mojo/F.A.I./Snc Sports, Louisa, VA (0-2)
13t. SIS/OA/Purple, Kent, WA (0-2)
13t. SIS/OA/Blue, Cicero, NY (0-2)

2019 ASA Women’s Open Slow Pitch Champion – Lady SNI


2019 ASA Women’s Open Slow Pitch Runner Up – Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos


2019 ASA Women’s Open Slow Pitch Third Place – Backman/Team 24/Miken/Worth

2002 ASA Men’s B Slow Pitch Nationals

2002 ASA B held at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, on October 3-5.

Champion – Tailgaters/R&R, Hagerstown, Maryland (EAST)
Runner Up – Team Miken/Michelob, Caledonia, Minnesota (WEST)

2002 ASA East held at Valdosta, Georgia on September 19-22.

Champion – Tailgaters/R&R, Hagerstown, Maryland
Runner Up – Deluxe Bakery, Bellmawr, New Jersey


Pitcher – Jerome Patterson, Tailgaters/R & R Trim/Worth
Catcher – Angelo Santiago, Deluxe Bakery
First Base – Bryan Borowy, Twohig III
Second Base – Mick Byers, Tailgaters/R & R Trim/Worth
Third Base – Jeff Reynolds, Tailgaters/R & R Trim/Worth
Shortstop – Anthony DeFrancisco, Deluxe Bakery
Outfield – Walt Dodson, Wakulla Bank
Outfield – Ralph Sims, Deluxe Bakery
Outfield – Bill Bakner, Tailgaters/R & R Trim/Worth
Outfield – Brett Livingston, Tailgaters/R & R Trim/Worth
Utility – Ryan Kennedy, Randy’s Sports
Utility – Derek Dolgowicz, Twohig III
Utility – George Hodge, Deluxe Bakery
Utility – Kevin Keefer, Deluxe Bakery
Utility – Bob Cleaver, Deluxe Bakery


Pitcher – Justin Muccarielli, Lookers/Lotierzo
Catcher – Jim Nye, Frederick Chevrolet
First Base – Butch Martel, Billy’s Sports Bar
Second Base – Pat Walsh, Gator’s Saloon
Third Base – Jim Clayton, KAOS
Shortstop – Rocky Wills, Tailgaters/R & R Trim/Worth
Outfield – Mike Engler, Gator’s Saloon
Outfield – Thomas Paturzo, Lookers/Lotierzo
Outfield – Robert Fair, Frederick Chevrolet
Outfield – Kevin Breckenridge, Tailgaters/R & R Trim/Worth
Utility – Jeff Krushinski, Frederick Chevrolet
Utility – Chad Dean, Love’s Jewelers
Utility – Greg Ruth, Frederick Chevrolet
Utility – Doug Virden, Coors Light/Mizuno
Utility – Chad LaFontaine, Billy’s Sports Bar


1. Tailgaters/R&R Trim/Worth, Hagerstown, MD (6-1)
2. Deluxe Bakery, Bellmawr, NJ (9-2)
3. Frederick Chevrolet, Harrisburg, PA (4-2)
4. Randy’s Sports, Brookhaven, MS (4-2)
5t. Love’s Jewelers, Phoenix City, AL (3-2)
5t. JC Casner Equipment, Reading, PA (4-2)
7t. Twohig III, Cleveland, OH (4-2)
7t. Coors Light/Hale Storm, Mansfield, OH (5-2)
9t. American Mizuno, Mangate, FL (2-2)
9t. Spindle Tech/Pub Outback/Worth, Lawrenceburg, IN (2-2)
9t. KAOS, Palos Hills, IL (3-2)
9t. Billy’s Sports Bar, Manchester, NH (2-2)
13t. Lookers/Lotierzo, Scotch Plains, NJ (3-2)
13t. Winter Brothers, Blue Point, NY (3-2)
13t. Auto Max, Albany, GA (3-2)
13t. Gator’s Saloon, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
17t. D. J. Mizuno, Syracuse, NY (2-2)
17t. All Star Diner, Decatur, IL (1-2)
17t. County Sports, West Point, VA (2-2)
17t. Questar Capital, Topeka, IN (2-2)
17t. American Family/Mission, Roberts, WI (2-2)
17t. Throop Softball, Springfield, IL (2-2)
17t. C&D Appliance, Evansville, IN (1-2)
17t. Wakulla Bank, Crawfordville, FL (2-2)
25t. Emo Softball, York, PA (1-2)
25t. Don’s No Man’s Land, East Alton, IL (1-2)
25t. Cross River Construction, Norwalk, CT (1-2)
25t. Can Do Metals, St. Anne, IL (1-2)
25t. Trimex/Southern Rental/Exit 62, Walton, KY (1-2)
25t. Giant Glass/Nike, N. Andover, PA (1-2)
25t. Budweiser/Marshfield Merchants, Marshfield, WI (0-2)
25t. Jean Shoppe, MacKenzie, TN (1-2)
33t. Texas Roadhouse/Miken, Grayson, KY (0-2)
33t. Bounds & McPike Carpet, Bloomington, IN (0-2)
33t. Oakley Blacktop, Dayton, OH (0-2)
33t. Wells & West Samurais, Mineral Bluff, GA (0-2)
33t. Sports Coop, Wildwood, FL (0-2)
33t. Coors Light/Mizuno, Greenwood, IN (0-2)
33t. Byrns Construction, East Moline, IL (0-2)
33t. Gill’s Automotive, Manchester, NH (0-2)
33t. Lumber Kings, Valdosta, GA (0-2)
33t. River City Ready Mix/Bud Light, LaCrosse, WI (0-2)
33t. Mercersburg, Mercersburg, PA (0-2)

2002 ASA West held at McAllen, Texas on September 18-21.

Champion – Team Miken/Michelob, Caledonia, Minnesota
Runner Up – Meridian Softball, Houston, Texas


Pitcher – Mike Skelton, Team Miken/Michelob
Catcher – Kenny Seymour, Texas Merchants
First Base – Steve Hall, Meridian Softball
Second Base – Dave Feather, Meridian Softball
Third Base – Shawn Bauer, Team Miken/Michelob
Shortstop – Steve Lynn, Meridian Softball
Outfield – Randy King, Team Miken/Michelob
Outfield – Dustin Payne, Tharaldson Enterprises
Outfield – Ken McMullen, Meridian Softball
Outfield – Mike Swanson, Tharaldson Enterprises
Utility – Carlos Rosales, Diablos
Utility – Bud Weathers, Meridian Softball
Utility – Tony Hansen, Team Miken/Michelob
Utility – Mark Auguedahl, Team Miken/Michelob
Utility – Gerald Nixon, Texas Merchants


Pitcher – Bruce Neitsch, Texas Merchants
Catcher – Joel Granberg, Tharaldson Enterprises
First Base – Cory Klug, Team Miken/Michelob
Second Base – Matt Tharaldson, Tharaldson Enterprises
Third Base – Eric Peterson, Tharaldson Enterprises
Shortstop – Sergio Guerrero, Diablos
Outfield – Jerry Mahan, Texas Twins
Outfield – Mark Cerny, Meridian Softball
Outfield – Jeff Cross, Texas Merchants
Outfield – Perry Piatz, Tharaldson Enterprises
Utility – Tony Cooper, Meridian Softball
Utility – Gilbert Garcia, Texas Twins
Utility – Cesar Garza, Diablos
Utility – Tom Meuhlenkemp, Team Miken/Michelob
Utility – Shane Piatz, Tharaldson Enterprises


1. Team Miken/Michelob, Caledonia, MN (6-0)
2. Meridian Softball, Houston, TX (6-2)
3. Texas Merchants, Houston, TX (4-2)
4. Tharaldson Enterprises, Fargo, ND (6-2)
5t. Texas Twins, San Antonio, TX (4-2)
5t. Diablos, McAllen, TX (3-2)
7t. Albuquerque Merchants, Albuquerque, NM (3-2)
7t. East Texas Mavericks, Lufkin, TX (3-2)
9t. Network/FOB/Jazz, Inver Grove Heights, MN (3-2)
9t. Carmen’s Congressman, Cloquet, MN (4-2)
9t. Coaches Choice/Ovsak Financial, Fargo, ND (2-2)
9t. Boxers/MGD, Faribault, MN (3-2)
13t. D&L Express, Winona, MN (2-2)
13t. Oswego Drywall/Demarini, Portland, OR (2-2)
13t. Upper Deck/Worth, Danville, IA (3-2)
13t. Fairfield Rebels, Fairfield, IA (3-2)
17t. Capital City Construction, Bismarck, ND (2-2)
17t. Boomers, San Antonio, TX (2-2)
17t. All Star Plumbing/Crossroads, Lawton, OK (1-2)
17t. J&H Wall, Inver Grove Heights, MN (1-2)
17t. Moseng’s Adjusters, Montivido, MN (1-2)
17t. Eagle Siding/Easton, Burnsville, MN (1-2)
17t. Floor Concepts, Lincoln, NE (1-2)
17t. Team Ripp, McAllen, TX (1-2)
25t. Bellrud Transport, Fargo, ND (0-2)
25t. Promotional Resources, St. Joseph, MN (0-2)
25t. Southside/HMC/Spikes, Faribault, MN (1-2)
25t. Thompson Tile/Hoehn Trucking, Owatonna, MN (0-2)
25t. Minnehaha Liquors/Worth, St. Paul, MN (0-2)
25t. Veissman Trucking, Burnsville, MN (0-2)
25t. Payne’s Sports Legends, Hugo, OK (0-2)
25t. Pearson’s/SS Design, Shakopee, MN (0-2)
33t. Warning Track Power, College Station, TX (0-2)
33t. Lawton Heat, Lawton, OK (0-2)
33t. 3 Star Construction, Browerville, MN (0-2)

2003 ASA Men’s B Slow Pitch Nationals

2003 held at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, on October 3-5.

Champion – Jean Shoppe, MacKenzie, Tennessee (EAST)
Runner Up – Abbey Printing/Spurs, Buda, Texas (WEST)

2003 ASA East held at Gadsden, Alabama on September 18-21.

Champion – Jean Shoppe, MacKenzie, Tennessee
Runner Up – Ohio Sealants, Willoughby, Ohio


P – Doug Kosmerl, Ohio Sealants
C – Jeff Burnett, Jean Shoppe
1B – Bryan Borowy, Twohig III
2B – Bob Dorde, Romeo’s/Alabama Brick
3B – Steve Poff, Jean Shoppe
SS – Jim Dorsett, Jean Shoppe
OF – Charlie Taylor, Mad Beavers
OF – Heath Burns, Jean Shoppe
OF – Travis Lane, Jean Shoppe
OF – Chad LaFontaine, M & N Sport
UTIL – Hoyt Stanfield, Jean Shoppe
UTIL – Lennon Leggett, Sport Center/Worth
UTIL – AJ Shubic, Ohio Sealants
UTIL – Brooks Bryan, Sport Center/Worth
UTIL – Glen Fehr, C&C Sport


P – Mike Negray, Twohig III
C – Rick Arland, Ohio Sealants
1B – Greg Harlow, County Sports
2B – Tim Sullivan, M & N Sport
3B – Mike Ginn, Sport Center/Worth
SS – John Sbrocco, Ohio Sealants
OF – Danny Cox, Jean Shoppe
OF – Jeff Luker, Jean Shoppe
OF – Chris Gorta, Ohio Sealants
OF – David Richardson, County Sports
UTIL – Steve Horley, Ohio Sealants
UTIL – Mark Hutchenson, Romeo’s/Alabama Brick
UTIL – Jeff Drabik, Twohig III
UTIL – Brad Horley, Ohio Sealants
UTIL – Ryan Kennedy, Sport Center/Worth
UTIL – Paul Jones, Hub City Glass


1. Jean Shoppe, MacKenzie, TN (7-0)
2. Ohio Sealants, Willoughby, OH (7-2)
3. Sport Center/Worth, Grenada, MS (5-2)
4. Romeo’s/Alabama Brick, Maylene, AL (7-2)
5t. M&N Sport, Nashua, NH (5-2)
5t. Twohig III, Cleveland, OH (4-2)
7t. Benge Trucking/Full Gospel, Hamilton., OH (6-2)
7t. County Sports, West Point, VA (6-2)
9t. C&C Sport, Evansville, IN (3-2)
9t. Mad Beavers, Nashville, GA (3-2)
9t. Emo Softball, York, PA (3-2)
9t. Bond Dodgers, Annville., KY (3-2)
13t. Dr. Gremmels, Boaz., AL (2-2)
13t. Miken/MBS, Mio, MI (4-2)
13t. Avalon Screen, Muscle Shoals, AL (4-2)
13t. Red Boys, Verona, KY (3-2)
17t. Rox Star, New Castle, PA (1-2)
17t. 4-Stool, Wisconsin Rapids, WI (2-2)
17t. Oakley Trophy/Mizuno, Xenia, OH (2-2)
17t. Square News/King Investigation, Brownsville., PA (2-2)
17t. Ballyhoo Tavern/Worth, Terre Haute, IN (1-2)
17t. Lookers/Lotierzro/Showtime, Scotch Plains, NJ (2-2)
17t. Aqua Blast/Hooters/Miller Lite, Fort Wayne, IN (3-2)
17t. Budweiser, Mansfield, OH (3-2)
25t. Tiribassi, Kenosha, WI (2-2)
25t. Coors Light/Nine Mile, Decatur, IN (2-2)
25t. JR Ranch, Hudson, WI (2-2)
25t. Coors Light/Custom Siding/BWW, Mansfield, OH (2-2)
25t. All-Star Diner, Mt. Zion, IL (2-2)
25t. Avon, Indianapolis, IN (2-2)
25t. Don’s No Man’s Land, East Alton, IL (2-2)
25t. Betus.Com, Seymour, CT (2-2)
33t. Vern’s/B&B, Richmond, KY (1-2)
33t. Giant Glass, West Boxford, MA (1-2)
33t. Nationwide Insurance, Spring Run, PA (1-2)
33t. Barksdale Softball, Bossier City, LA (1-2)
33t. Team Fury, Jacksonville, FL (1-2)
33t. Randy Smith/Roland’S, Lafayette, LA (1-2)
33t. Checking/Worth, New Haven, CT (1-2)
33t. Mid-South, Buchanan, MI (1-2)
33t. 37776, Alton, IL (1-2)
33t. Mel’s Pub, Willow Grove, PA (1-2)
33t. 5th/3rd Bank, Evansville, IN (1-2)
33t. Blockbuster Video, Norwalk, CT (0-2)
33t. Buck’s Pit Shop, Willow Springs, IL (0-2)
33t. Gieco/Body Exchange, Samson, AL (1-2)
33t. All American Specialty, Jacksonville, FL (0-2)
33t. Kaos, Palos Hills, IL (0-2)
49t. Ace Softball, Jacksonville, FL (0-2)
49t. Warthen Fuel/ABS/TPS, Dover, DE (0-2)
49t. Blitz Softball, Lawrenceburg, IN (0-2)
49t. Lumberjack Softball, Houma, LA (0-2)
49t. Hampton Inn, Lancaster, PA (0-2)
49t. Coors Light/Champ, Sterling, IL (0-2)
49t. Century 21, Beacon Falls, CT (0-2)

2003 ASA West held at Killeen, Texas on September 18-21.

Champion – Abbey Printing/Spurs, Buda, Texas
Runner Up – Spike’s/Viessman Trucking, Faribault, Minnesota

  • MVP – Frank Ramirez, Abbey Printing/Spurs
  • Batting Champion – Frank Ramirez, Abbey Printing/Spurs
  • HR Champion – Kent Ferns, Abbey Printing/Spurs


P – Mark Lynse, Spike’s Viessman’s Trucking
C – Stan Thompson, Spike’s Viessman’s Trucking
1B – Bob Mechtel, BYC/Pearson’s
2B – Dave Knutson, Team Chuk-N-Duk
3B – Marcello Gonzales, Sporting Wood
SS – Tony Ashcraft, Abbey Printing/Spurs
OF – Wade Westphal, Spike’s Viessman’s Trucking
OF – Rob Borchardt, Abbey Printing/Spurs
OF – Shane Pauley, BYC/Pearson’s
UTIL – Dale Deming, OCP/Bud Light Weber
UTIL – Bobby Lade, BYC/Pearson’s
UTIL – Scott Sannes, Spike’s Viessman’s Trucking
UTIL – John Brown, Abbey Printing/Spurs
UTIL – Bruce Neitsch, Abbey Printing/Spurs


1. Abbey Printing/Spurs, Buda., TX (6-1)
2. Spike’s Viessman Trucking, Faribault., MN (6-2)
3. BYC/Pearson’s, Chaska., MN (4-2)
4. OCP/Bud Light Weber, Owatonna., MN (5-2)
5t. Sporting Wood, Sugarland., TX (3-2)
5t. Team Chuk-N-Duk, Sioux Falls., SD (3-2)
7t. Network FOB/Jazz, Burnsville., MN (3-2)
7t. Pete’s Inn Of Kansas City, Kansas City., MO (3-2)
9t. Rooster’s Bar & Grill, Harker Heights., TX (4-2)
9t. Capital City Construction, Bismarck., ND (3-2)
9t. Texas Merchants, Houston., TX (3-2)
9t. Albuquerque Merchants, Albuquerque., NM (3-2)
13t. Viessman/Moseng’s, Montevideo., MN (2-2)
13t. Jags Softball Club, Cedar Park., TX (2-2)
13t. TCT Softball, Faribault., MN (2-2)
13t. Smurfs, Temple., TX (2-2)
17t. Cyclones, Sheppard Air Force Base., TX (1-2)
17t. Upper Deck, Burlington., IA (1-2)
17t. Hubs, Mankato., MN (2-2)
17t. Promotional Resources, Cold Spring., MN (1-2)
17t. S&R Rebels, Waterloo., IA (1-2)
17t. Gators, Kerrville., TX (1-2)
17t. Goins Lumber, Colera., OK (1-2)
17t. Mavericks, Lufkin., TX (1-2)
25t. Bob Herron Insurance, Kalispell., MT (0-2)
25t. WTP, Bryan., TX (0-2)
25t. Team Thirsty’s, Kearney., NE (0-2)
25t. Bellerud Trucking, Fargo., ND (0-2)
25t. HIP/Bigelow, Rochester., MN (0-2)
25t. Gabbard & Company, Oklahoma City., TX (0-2)
25t. Outlaws, Killeen., TX (0-2)
25t. Yard Dawgs, Washington., IA (0-2)

2004 ASA Men’s B Slow Pitch Nationals

2004 ASA B held at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, on October 3-5.

Champion – The Scene/Hit & Run, Medford, New York (EAST)
Runner Up – Warpig Softball Club, Seattle, Washington (WEST)

2004 ASA East held at Dothan, Alabama on September 23-26.

Champion – The Scene/Hit & Run, Medford, New York
Runner Up – ChecKing/Worth, New Haven, Connecticut

  • MVP – Justin Muccarelli, The Scene/Hit & Run
  • Batting Champion – Marc Mitchell, ChecKing/Worth
  • HR Champion – Marc Mitchell, ChecKing/Worth


Pitcher – Justin Muccarelli, The Scene/Hit & Run
Catcher – Craig Arcuri, The Scene/Hit & Run
Infield – Sal Ventarola, The Scene/Hit & Run
Infield – Marc Mitchell, Checking/Worth
Infield – Jack Bowker, The Scene/Hit & Run
Infield – Gary Mendello, Checking/Worth
Infield – Dan Dorsey, The Scene/Hit & Run
Outfield – Anthony Gallo, Checking/Worth
Outfield – Duke Donaldson, Jean Shoppe/Worth
Outfield – Gary McIntyre, Checking/Worth
Outfield – Tim Riley, Warthen Fuel
Utility – Anthony DeFrancesco, The Scene/Hit & Run
Utility – Joe Costanzo, Checking/Worth
Utility – Ken DeVito, The Scene/Hit & Run
Utility – Edgard Sevilla, Checking/Worth
Utility – Donald Probst, Warthen Fuel


Pitcher – Bill Honeycutt, Warthen Fuel
Catcher – Michael Dill, Warthen Fuel
Infield – Darrien Gray, Hub City Glass
Infield – John Brooks, XLT Trucking
Infield – Travis Lane, Jean Shoppe/Worth
Infield – Paul Jones, Hub City Glass
Outfield – Clarke Farrell, XLT Trucking
Outfield – Steve Moloney, XLT Trucking
Outfield – Jay Lanza, Checking/Worth
Utility – Greg Rush, Warthen Fuel
Utility – Ty Porter, Hub City Glass
Utility – Keith Berry, XLT Trucking
Utility – Travis Wooten, Hub City Glass
Utility – Craig Harris, Jean Shoppe/Worth
Utility – JD Berkenstiner, Jean Shoppe/Worth


1. The Scene/Hit & Run, Medford, NY (7-1)
2. Checking/Worth, New Haven, CT (5-2)
3. Warthen Fuel, Hartley, DE (5-2)
4. Jean Shoppe/Worth, McKenzie, TN (5-2)
5t. Hub City Glass, Elizabethtown, KY (5-2)
5t. XLT Trucking, Chester Springs, PA (3-2)
7t. Bugs Softball, Cookesville, TN (3-2)
7t. M&N Gills Auto, Manchester, NH (4-2)
9t. PCA Wireless, Greenwood, IN (1-2)
9t. Throop Softball, Worden, IL (2-2)
9t. Stepan Softball, Mosinee, WI (2-2)
9t. Bond Dodgers, Annville, KY (3-2)
13t. B&C Softball, Edmonton, KY (2-2)
13t. Twohig III, Parma, OH (2-2)
13t. Cooper Sports/Community Cab, Hamilton, OH (2-2)
13t. PYC/5 Star, Cleves, OH (1-2)
17t. HSB/Hill Topper Pub/Miken, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
17t. Diamond Corner Deli, Norwalk, CT (1-2)
17t. Aus/Miken, Jacksonville, FL (1-2)
17t. Robke/Reds Boys/Tps, Verona, KY (0-2)
17t. Oakley Blacktop/Trophy Sports, Zenia, OH (0-2)
17t. Romeo’s Sports, Fultondale, AL (0-2)
17t. Questar Capital/Forest River, Topeka, IN (0-2)
17t. Giant Glass, West Boxford, MA (0-2)
25t. Fat Daddy’s, Albany, GA (0-2)
25t. Creative Design, Palos Hills, IL (0-2)
25t. Ross Electric/Concepts, Lawrenceburg, IN (0-2)
25t. Labarons Easton, Binghamton, NY (0-2)
25t. C&M, Dothan, AL (0-2)

2004 ASA West held at McAllen, Texas on September 23-26.

Champion – Warpig Softball Club, Seattle, Washington
Runner Up – Texas Twins, San Antonio, Texas

  • Batting Champion – Paul Verver, Texas Twins
  • HR Champion – Damon Helmbold, Texas Twins


Pitcher – Erik Zimmerman, Warpig Softball Club
Catcher – Chris Welblinger, Lufkin Tornados
First Base – Geno Buck,
Second Base – Eddie Collazo, Texas Twins
Third Base – Joel Muirhead, Warpig Softball Club
Shortstop – Paul Verver, Texas Twins
Outfield – Dan Clemens, Warpig Softball Club
Outfield – Damon Helmbold, Texas Twins
Outfield – Dustin Payne, Tharaldson Enterprises
Outfield – Lance Dalbey,
Utility – Bruce Neitsch, Texas Twins
Utility – Mark Cerny, Texas Twins
Utility – Rob Borchardt, Texas Twins
Utility – Clayton DeJong, Warpig Softball Club
Utility – Jay Meyer, Warpig Softball Club


Pitcher – Chris Duda,
Catcher – Terrell Townsend, Texas Twins
First Base – Anthony Cooper, Texas Twins
Second Base – Joel White, Warpig Softball Club
Third Base – Brad Berry, Lufkin Tornados
Shortstop – Tom Bielenberg, Warpig Softball Club
Outfield – Ron Brown,
Outfield – Mike Swanson, Tharaldson Enterprises
Outfield – Jimmy Eby, Lufkin Tornados
Outfield – Phillip Valenzuela, Texas Twins
Utility – Travis Benway,
Utility – John Brown, Texas Twins
Utility – Ross Sannes, Tharaldson Enterprises
Utility – Jerry Maham, Texas Twins
Utility – Javier Rojas, Texas Twins


1. Warpig Softball Club, Seattle., WA (5-0)
2. Texas Twins, San Antonio., TX (5-2)
3. Lufkin Tornados, Lufkin., TX (2-2)
4. Sportsdiamond.Com, Rogers., MN (4-2)
5t. Tharaldson Enterprises, Fargo., ND (3-2)
5t. Sandoval Trucking, Brownsville., TX (1-2)
7t. Houses Plus/Miken, Shakopee., MN (2-2)
7t. NM Transportation/MN Jazz, Bloomington., MN (1-2)
9t. Capital City Construction, Bismarck., ND (1-2)
9t. S&R Rebels, Fairfield., IA (1-2)
9t. McAllen Diablos, McAllen., TX (1-2)
9t. Naico Seabass, Sapulpa., OK (0-2)
13t. Budweiser Smurfs, Temple., TX (0-2)
13t. Pearson Auto Body/Floyds/Miken, Chaska., MN (0-2)

2005 ASA Men’s B Slow Pitch Nationals

2005 held at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, on October 3-5.

Champion – Jean Shoppe, Macon, Georgia (East)
Runner Up – Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear, El Monte, California (West)

2005 ASA East held at Lagoon Park in Montgomery, Alabama on September 1-4.

Champion – Jean Shoppe, Macon, Georgia
Runner Up – B&C/Miken, Edmonton, Kentucky

  • MVP – Duke Donaldson, Jean Shoppe
  • Batting Champion – Seath Butts, Spitz Seeds/TPS
  • HR Champion – Duke Donaldson, Jean Shoppe


Pitcher – Bill Honeycutt, ABS/TPS
Catcher – Mike Dill, ABS/TPS
First Base – Greg Winchester, B&C/Miken
Second Base – Travis Lane, Jean Shoppe
Third Base – Lee Daniels, Jean Shoppe
Shortstop – Jamie Nelson, Jean Shoppe
Outfield – Heath Burns, Jean Shoppe
Outfield – Adam Shoopman, B&C/Miken
Outfield – Joe Cash, Jean Shoppe
Outfield – Rodney Falls, B&C/Miken
Utility – Mike Wilson, Craig’s Bullshippers
Utility – JD Burgesteiner, Jean Shoppe
Utility – Jason Hurt, B&C/Miken
Utility – Micah Fiveash, B&C/Miken
Utility – Les Winchester, B&C/Miken


Pitcher – Chris Owens, Spitz Seeds/TPS
Catcher – Seath Butts, Spitz Seeds/TPS
First Base – Eric Thompson, Jean Shoppe
Second Base – Ray Glanden, ABS/TPS
Third Base – Chris Dedes, Craig’s Bullshippers
Shortstop – Bill White, ABS/TPS
Outfield – Tommy Bilger, Craig’s Bullshippers
Outfield – Duke Donaldson, Jean Shoppe
Outfield – George Brauer, ABS/TPS
Outfield – Wally Maybrier, B&C/Miken
Utility – Tim Wolfe, Red’s Boys/Tanel/TPS
Utility – Troy Autry, Spitz Seeds/TPS
Utility – Guy Neuschwand, B&C/Miken
Utility – Greg Ruth, Craig’s Bullshippers
Utility – Jim Perry, Red’s Boys/Tanel/TPS


1. Jean Shoppe, Macon, GA (6-0)
2. B&C/Miken, Edmonton, KY (5-2)
3. ABS/TPS, Dover, DE (7-2)
4. Craig’s Bullshippers, Chambersburg, PA (6-2)
5t. Red’s Boys/Tanel/TPS, Verona, KY (3-2)
5t. Spitz Seeds/TPS, Mt. Washington, KY (3-2)
7t. Concepts/Blitz Softball, Lawrenceburg, IN (4-2)
7t. XTL Trucking, Manahawkin, NJ (4-2)
9t. St. Claire A’s, Fairview Heights, IL (2-2)
9t. Logo Express, Commerce, GA (2-2)
9t. Coastal Masonry, Virginia Beach, VA (2-2)
9t. Giant Glass, Haverhill, MA (2-2)
13t. JL Transportation, Birmingham, AL (2-2)
13t. Can Do Metals, St. Anne, IL (2-2)
13t. Twohig III, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
13t. Mid State Trucking, Marshfield, WI (2-2)
17t. Johnny Rays, Birmingham, AL (1-2)
17t. Gills Automotive, Manchester, NH (1-2)
17t. Ohio Sealants, Mentor, OH (1-2)
17t. Players Sport Pub, Montgomery, AL (1-2)
17t. Pioneer/Alpha/TPS, Pelham, AL (1-2)
17t. Questar/Forest River/Easton, Topeka, IN (1-2)
17t. J.F. Menzia Softball, Milwaukee, WI (1-2)
17t. Grand Prairie Physical Therapy Bonecrushers, Stuttgart, AR (1-2)
25t. C&C Sport, Evansville, IN (1-2)
25t. Village Inn/Select One, River Falls, WI (0-2)
25t. For Him Ministries, Enterprise, AL (0-2)
25t. Stepan Enterprises, Mosinee, WI (0-2)
25t. PCA/Drillers, Greenwood, IN (0-2)
25t. Hub City Glass, Elizabethtown, KY (0-2)
25t. Ad-Craft, Evansville, IN (0-2)
25t. Gaskin Package, Samson, AL (0-2)

2005 ASA West held at Kiest Park in Dallas, Texas on September 1-4.

Champion – Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear, El Monte, California
Runner Up – Pete’s Inn, Kansas City, Missouri


Pitcher – Thad Eagan, Pete’s Inn
Catcher – Chris Armstrong, Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear
First Base – Tyson Stull, Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear
Second Base – Shawn Creswell, Pete’s Inn
Third Base – Mike Messinger, Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear
Shortstop – Rene Lopez, Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear
Outfield – Tony Velasquez, Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear
Outfield – James Stout, Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear
Outfield – Shane Cody, Pete’s Inn
Outfield – Wade Westphal, Boomtown/Spikes
Utility – Matt Pesso, Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear
Utility – Mark Lamb, Pete’s Inn
Utility – John Hudson, Pete’s Inn
Utility – Ben Wheelock, Boomtown/Spikes
Utility – Geno Buck,


Pitcher – Chris Duda,
Catcher – Travis Benway,
First Base – Todd Hodapp, Boomtown/Spikes
Second Base – Victor Garcia, Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear
Third Base – Mike Niemczyk, Boomtown/Spikes
Shortstop – Kelly Wrangham, Capital City Construction
Outfield – Julio Salazar, Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear
Outfield – Chris Baldridge, Pete’s Inn
Outfield – Dan Bauman, Boomtown/Spikes
Outfield – Jason Ward, Pete’s Inn
Utility – Jeff Smith, Pete’s Inn
Utility – Chad Wolff, Boomtown/Spikes
Utility – Chad Coleman, Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear
Utility – Joey Waggoner, Texas Mavericks
Utility – Lou Petersen,


1. Sancho’s/East/Ultimate Gear, El Monte, CA (6-0)
2. Pete’s Inn, Kansas City, MO (5-2)
3. Boomtown/Spikes, Faribault, MN (6-2)
4. Sportsdiamond.Com, Delano, MN (3-2)
5t. Smash Mouth, Denison, TX (4-2)
5t. Texas Mavericks, Lufkin, TX (3-2)
7t. Capital City Construction, Bismarck, ND (3-2)
7t. Smith/Easton, San Jose, CA (4-2)
9t. R&M/S&R Metals/Waste Management/Legends, Fairfield, IA (3-2)
9t. Team Chuk-N-Duk, Sioux Falls, SD (1-2)
9t. Abbey Printing/Spurs, Austin, TX (2-2)
9t. L&F Budweiser/Texas Twins, San Antonio, TX (2-2)
13t. Columbia Heat, Columbia, MO (2-2)
13t. EAS/Pollards/Easton, Ft. Collins, CO (2-2)
13t. Tangletown Financial/Real Business Solutions/Miken, Bloomington, MN (2-2)
13t. Pearson/Lake Café/Miken, Bloomington, MN (1-2)
17t. West Oak, Enid, OK (0-2)
17t. Bully’s, Reno, NV (1-2)
17t. Tharaldson Enterprises, Devils Lake, ND (1-2)
17t. Rusty’s Electric, Lawton, OK (1-2)
17t. Rallytimesports.Com, Spokane, WA (1-2)
17t. Caltex Pacers/TPS, Tomball, TX (1-2)
17t. Cash Plus Pawn/Promed/Quick Roofing, Mansfield, TX (1-2)
17t. Team VIP, San Antonio, TX (1-2)
25t. LBSC, Lawton, OK (0-2)
25t. NLM Transportation/MN Jazz, Burnsville, MN (0-2)
25t. Pagel & Sons, Killeen, TX (0-2)
25t. Bigelow Homes, Kasson, MN (0-2)
25t. NDIH/Boston’s/Broncos, Lewisville, TX (0-2)

2006 ASA Men’s B Slow Pitch Nationals

2006 ASA B held at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, on October 3-5.

Champion – The Scene, Commack, New York (EAST)
Runner Up – Columbia Heat/Hooters, Columbia, Missouri (WEST)

2006 ASA East held at Columbus, Georgia on August 31 – September 4.

Champion – The Scene, Commack, New York
Runner Up – Bertie’s/Hub City Glass, Elizabethtown, Kentucky


None Listed


1. The Scene, Commack, NY (5-1)
2. Berties/Hub City Glass, Elizabethtown, KY (5-2)
3. B2 Sports, River Falls, WI (3-2)
4. ABS/Team LTP/Easton, Hartley, DE (4-2)
5t. Logo Express, Commerce, GA (3-2)
5t. Taylor Made, Spotsylvania, VA (4-2)
7t. Craig’s Bullshippers, Chambersburg, PA (4-2)
7t. Spitz Seeds/TPS, Mt. Washington, KY (3-2)
9t. Giant Glass, North Andover, MA (2-2)
9t. Stepan Enterprises, Mosinee, WI (2-2)
9t. A&K Tile/Wessel/Grk/Blitz, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
9t. Tirabassi/Rope Club, Chicago, IL (1-2)
13t. Sports Center, Jackson, MS (1-2)
13t. Team Kitty, Homewood, AL (1-2)
13t. AMR/Big Dogs/Tailgaters, Centerville, PA (0-2)
13t. Brooks Sports, Shepherdsville, KY (1-2)
17t. Love’s, Columbus, GA (1-2)
17t. Albany Hitmen, Albany, GA (0-2)
17t. C & C Sport, Evansville, IN (0-2)
17t. Twohig III/Citigroup, Lakewood, OH (0-2)
17t. Midwest Softball, Evansville, IN (0-2)
17t. Unique Sports, Greenwood, FL (0-2)

2006 ASA West held at Topeka, Kansas on August 31 – September 4.

Champion – Columbia Heat/Hooters, Columbia, Missouri
Runner Up – Care Plus EMS, Pearland, Texas

  • Batting Champion – Bart Hakeman, WCS/LCV
  • HR Champion – Larry Cross, Care Plus EMS


Pitcher – Nolan Twehous, Columbia Heat/Hooters
Catcher – Jamey Smith, Columbia Heat/Hooters
First Base – Jimmy Heflin, WCS/LCV
Second Base – Justin Butler, H & H Impact
Third Base – Shane Milligan, H & H Impact
Shortstop – Jonathan Lenz, Care Plus EMS
Outfield – Brian Barnett, H & H Impact
Outfield – Kenneth McMullen, Care Plus EMS
Outfield – Kevin Bazat, Columbia Heat/Hooters
Outfield – Mark Darby, RFC
Utility – Nate Staats, H & H Impact
Utility – Dan Driskill, RFC
Utility – Mark Thompson, RFC
Utility – Bart Hakeman, WCS/LCV
Utility – Jimmy Torres, WCS/LCV


Pitcher – Ram Sisneros, Care Plus EMS
Catcher – Jeff Henning, RFC
First Base – Steve Hall, Care Plus EMS
Second Base – Dennis Mendoza, Care Plus EMS
Third Base – Kalin Sharkey, Columbia Heat/Hooters
Shortstop – Rob Hawkins, Columbia Heat/Hooters
Outfield – Scott Marquardt, Care Plus EMS
Outfield – Michael Holland, Columbia Heat/Hooters
Outfield – Jason Schaffer, RFC
Outfield – Brandon Beisserherz, Columbia Heat/Hooters
Utility – Heath Marks, RFC
Utility – Timo Mataalii, WCS/LCV
Utility – Jasen Bierk, Columbia Heat/Hooters
Utility – Billy Blake, Care Plus EMS
Utility – Glen Laird, Care Plus EMS


1. Columbia Heat/Hooters, Columbia, MO (6-0)
2. Care Plus EMS, Pearland, TX (7-2)
3. RFC, Derby, KS (3-2)
4. WCS/LCV, San Diego, CA (5-2)
5t. Team Elite/Craft Cochran, Cedar Falls, IA (2-2)
5t., St. Michael, MN (3-2)
7t. Spike’s/Veissman Trucking, Faribault, MN (2-2)
7t. H&H Impact, New London, IA (3-2)
9t. EAS/Pollards/Easton, Ft. Collins, CO (3-2)
9t. T’s 13, Omaha, NE (2-2)
9t. Tangletown/Selloxx/Person/Miken, Bloomington., MN (3-2)
9t. Diamond Dogs, Farmington, NM (1-2)
13t. Capital City Construction, Bismarck, ND (1-2)
13t. S&R/R&M Metals, Waterloo, IA (1-2)
13t. BNK Mortgage, Norman, OK (1-2)
13t. Supreme Sportswear, Bloomington, MN (2-2)
17t. Traders, Enid, OK (0-2)
17t. T&R Siders/Hausemann Construction, Lincoln, NE (1-2)
17t. Tharaldson Enterprises, Fargo, ND (1-2)
17t. Mid America Lift, Independence, MO (1-2)
17t. Oklahoma Seabass, Tulsa, OK (0-2)
17t. West Oak/Sides, Weatherford, OK (1-2)
17t. Tacoma Dodge/Easton, Tacoma, WA (1-2)
17t. RTS Power Softball, LaCrosse, KS (0-2)
25t. Viessman Trucking/Chuk-N-Duk, Sioux Falls, SD (0-2)
25t. Rudy’s Red Eye Grill/MN Jazz, Burnsville, MN (0-2)