Category: ASA

2023 ASA Men’s Super Slow Pitch Nationals

2023 held at Joe Schleper Stadium at Tahpah Park in Shakopee, Minnesota on August 17-18.

Champion – Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S, Winter Haven, Florida
Runner Up – The Herd, Urbandale, Iowa

A champion was crowned today at Tahpah Park in Shakopee, Minn. as Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S defeated The Herd 27-14 in the final contest of the USA Softball Men’s Super Slow Pitch National Championship. With a perfect 4-0 record through the tournament, Resmondo outscored its opponents 98-32 en route to the prestigious National Championship title.

Kicking things off with a win in the first matchup of the tournament, Resmondo took Game 1 against NE/Pure by a score of 29-7 before defeating Tharaldson on Saturday morning, 18-2. Continuing its streak in the semi-final contest, Resmondo took down The Herd, 24-9, to clinch its spot in the title game at 4:30 p.m CT on Friday evening.

Also proving a dominate presence on the field, The Herd started the event strong with an explosive 33-12 win over Comatose/S2N/Monsta followed by a 10-5 victory against T’s 13. Dropping to the loser’s bracket after a loss to Resmondo in the semi-finals, The Herd bounced back with a 20-13 battle against T’s 13 to advance to the Championship game.

Resmondo pulled ahead early in the title matchup against The Herd thanks to a pair of singles and a home run to score three – but the Herd answered back with two singles of its own followed by a sac fly in the bottom of the frame to scratch a run and close the 3-1 gap after one inning. Consistently chipping away, Resmondo plated one in the top of the second before breaking the game open in the third with three home runs to extend the lead, 10-1. The Herd – known for its fight at the plate – refused to back down and strung together seven singles, two walks and a triple to steal the momentum and bring the squad within one run. With a score of 10-9 heading into the fourth inning, Resmondo was unfazed – leading off with a double followed by three more home runs to take back the momentum in the 14-9 game.

Threatening the lead once again in the bottom of the fourth, back-to-back singles and a home run from The Herd brought the score to 14-12 – but it wouldn’t last long as the Resmondo bats exploded in the fifth inning with three singles, three doubles and two home runs to score eight more runs. Continuing to add-on in the final two innings, Resmondo’s tally grew to 27 runs while The Herd added two with a home run in the seventh, but would prove not enough as Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S claimed the 27-14 victory and the 2023 Men’s Super Slow Pitch National Championship title.

This was the 33rd time the ASA Super National Championship has been held.

  • MVP – Tyler Marshburn, Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S
  • Batting Champion – Bradley Jones, Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (.867)
  • HR Champion – Jason Matusik, Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (6)


P – Travis Clark – Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (8-12, .667, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 Runs)
IF – Blaine Horsager – Tharaldson (5-8, .625, 2 Runs)
IF – Jake Hohensee – T’s 13 (8-13, .615, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 Runs)
IF – Brett Rettenmeier – The Herd (14-20, .700, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 11 Runs)
IF – Tyler Marshburn – Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (12-16, .750, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 11 Runs)
IF – Phil Matte – Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (10-12, .833, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 10 Runs)
OF – Zach Woodside – The Herd (10-16, .625, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 6 Runs)
OF – Brent Zomer – The Herd (7-13, .538, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 Runs)
OF – Bradley Jones – Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (13-16, .846, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 10 Runs)
OF – Jason Matusik – Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (11-15, .733, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 10 Runs)
UTIL – Bryan Dezern – T’s 13 (6-14, .429, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4 Runs)
UTIL – Alex Hovey – The Herd (15-21, .714, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 Runs)
UTIL – Chris Bauer – The Herd (12-19, .632, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 Runs)
UTIL – Matt Schrage – The Herd (13-20 , .650, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 12 Runs)
UTIL – Josh Riley – Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (9-15, .600, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 Runs)


1. Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S, Winter Haven, FL  (4-0)
2. The Herd, Urbandale, IA (3-2)
3. T’s 13, Omaha, NE (2-2)
4. Tharaldson, Fargo, ND (1-2)
5t. Comatose/S2N/Monsta, Beloit, WI (0-2)
5t. Northwoods Elite/Pure, Bloomer, WI (0-2)


Kyle Pearson (LA), Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (13-18, .722, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 11 Runs)
Greg Connell, Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (8-13 .615, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 9 Runs)
Andrew Collins, Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (7-12, .583, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 Runs)
Kevin Bazat, Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S (7-12, .583, 5 RBI, 4 Runs)
Kyle Aken, T’s 13 (8-14, .571, 1 Run, 4 RBI)
Patrick Ellwanger, The Herd (12-22, .545, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 Runs)
Quinn Cannoy, The Herd (9-17, .529, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 10 Runs)


The Super Division was created to combat pro softball leagues and to give all teams the chance to “bring what you got” to a national championship while preserving their amateur status in 1981.

  1. 1981 – Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, North Carolina
  2. 1982 – Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, Florida
  3. 1983 – Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, North Carolina
  4. 1984 – Howard’s/Western Steer, Denver, North Carolina
  5. 1985 – Steele’s Sports, Grafton, Ohio
  6. 1986 – Steele’s Sports, Grafton, Ohio
  7. 1987 – Steele’s Sports, Grafton, Ohio
  8. 1988 – Starpath, Monticello, Kentucky
  9. 1989 – Ritch’s Salvage, Harrisburgh, North Carolina
  10. 1990 – Steele’s Silver Bullets, Grafton, Ohio
  11. 1991 – Sunbelt/Worth, Centerville, Georgia
  12. 1992 – Ritch’s-Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
  13. 1993 – Ritch’s-Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
  14. 1994 – Bell Corp/Easton, Tampa, Florida
  15. 1995 – Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, Georgia
  16. 1996 – Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
  17. 1997 – Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
  18. 1998 – Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, Georgia
  19. 1999 – Team Easton, Burlingame, California
  20. 2000 – Team TPS, Louisville, Kentucky
  21. 2001 – Long Haul/Taylor Bros/Shen Corp/TPS, Albertville, Minnesota
  22. 2002 – Long Haul/Taylor Bros/Shen Corp/TPS, Albertville, Minnesota
  23. 2003 – Hague/Resmondo/Taylor Bros/Sunbelt, Columbus, Ohio
  24. 2013 – H. Auto/Easton, Cicero, New York
  25. 2014 – Long Haul/H. Auto/Easton, Cicero, New York
  26. 2015 – BBS/Mr. D’s/Rip City, Rochester, Minnesota
  27. 2016 – O&S Cattle/Mr. D’s, Stillwater, Minnesota
  28. 2017 – West Coast Monsta, Calimesa, California
  29. 2018 – H. Auto/RDD/All In/Sprizzi/Easton, Cicero, New York
  30. 2019 – H. Auto/RDD/Sprizzi/S&S/Easton, Le Sueur, Minnesota
  31. 2020 – H. Auto/RDD/Sprizzi/S&S/Easton, Cicero, New York
  32. 2021 – Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S, Cicero, New York
  33. 2023 – Resmondo/SIS/All American/Menosse/RDD/Stub Terminal/S&S, Winter Haven, Florida

2023 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

2023 held at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota on August 3-6.

Champion – NY Gremlins, Clifton Park, New York
Runner Up – Hill United Chiefs, Six Nations, Ontario

  • MVP – Eric Ochoa, NY Gremlins
  • Batting Leader – Braden Ducharme, LC Ostrander Norsemen – .565
  • Home Run Leader – Braden Ducharme, LC Ostrander Norsemen – 3

Coming out on top of the 91st annual USA Softball Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship was the NY Gremlins after inclement weather in the area forced a cancellation of Sunday’s championship action. Clinching a spot in the final contest during Saturday night’s semi-final, the Gremlins of Clifton Park, NY remained as the only undefeated team in the tournament – earning them the 2023 National Championship title.

Scheduled to compete in the loser’s bracket semi-final on Sunday morning – also cancelled due to weather – Hill United Chiefs finished as the runner-up while AWP Lumberjacks took home third place honors.

Claiming back-to-back victories to open the tournament, AWP Lumberjacks’ hot streak ended after meeting Hill United Chiefs on Saturday afternoon – sending them to the loser’s bracket where they rebounded with two shutout wins over Omma Tigres and Bear Creek Express, setting them up for a rematch against the Chiefs on Sunday morning. Hill United Chiefs also started the tournament strong with three wins over Ohio Bombers, Wander Spring Chippers and AWP Lumberjacks before dropping to the loser’s bracket after falling to the NY Gremlins in a 7-4 battle on Saturday night. With the weather halting play, neither the Chiefs nor the Lumberjacks were able to redeem themselves against their opponents – earning second and third place titles, respectively.

Ending the tournament with a pristine 4-0 record, the NY Gremlins made history while bringing home the hardware – earning its third straight title and becoming the first team in the 21st century to three-peat twice at the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship, also clinching three consecutive titles from 2016-2018. Since 2009, the NY Gremlins have improved to a 65-16 record, highlighted by a now eight National Championship titles and a spot in the record books.

The Gremlins outscored its opponents 35-8 during the 2023 event while picking up two shutout wins along the way. Combining for a .393 batting average with a .488 on-base percentage, the squad tallied 42 hits including nine doubles and eight home runs while reaching base a total of 20 times via walk or hit-by-pitch. Ben Enoka led the team at the plate with a .636 batting average, five singles, one double, one home run and 10 runs scored with Erick Ochoa also leading the pack racking up three singles, two doubles and a home run with seven RBI and a .462 batting average.

Holding down the defense for the Gremlins was Jack Besgrove and Andrew Kirkpatrick – splitting time in the circle with two wins apiece and a combined 2.04 ERA. Besgrove shut down his opponents through 15.1 innings, allowing a low of six runs to cross the plate while striking out 29 batters with Kirkpatrick posting 13 K’s of his own through 8.2 innings pitched.


P – Jack Besgrove, NY Gremlins
P – Bradley Kilpatrick, LC Ostrander Norsemen
P – Marco Diaz, AWP Lumberjacks
C – Cory Timu, LC Ostrander Norsemen
IF – Erick Ochoa, NY Gremlins
IF – Braden Ducharme, LC Ostrander Norsemen
IF – Lenny Villalvazo, JB
IF – Shane Boland, Hill United Chiefs
OF – Tom Czech, LC Ostrander Norsemen
OF – Bradley Ezekiel, Circle Tap Dukes
OF – Ben Enoka, NY Gremlins
UTIL – Fransisco Lombardo, AWP Lumberjacks
UTIL – Codi Pannebecker, AWP Lumberjacks
UTIL – Alan Peker, Hill United Chiefs


P – Andrew Kilpatrick, NY Gremlins
P – Adam Folkard, Hill United Chiefs
P – Roman Godoy, JB
C – Bruno Motroni, Hill United Chiefs
IF – Jerome Raemaki, NY Gremlins
IF – Blake Hunter, NY Gremlins
IF – Brent Meschke, LC Ostrander Norsemen
IF – Sisko Sabate, AWP Lumberjacks
OF – Mathieu Roy, NY Gremlins
OF – Colin Walsh, Bear Creek Express
OF – Quinten Bruce, Bear Creek Express
OF – Bryan Abbrey, NY Gremlins
UTIL – Zenon Winters, NY Gremlins
UTIL – Valdy Terkelson, AWP Lumberjacks
UTIL – Tony Gonzalez, Hill United Chiefs


1. NY Gremlins, Clifton Park, NY (4-0)
2. Hill United Chiefs, Six Nations, ON (3-1)
3. AWP Lumberjacks, Du Quoin, IL (4-1)
4. Bear Creek Express, Melbourne, ON (3-2)
5t. LC Ostrander Norsemen, Lake Crystal, MN (5-2)
5t. Omma Tigres, Midland, TX (3-2)
7t. J&B Painting, Agoura Hills, CA (4-2)
7t. Circle Tap Dukes, Denmark, WI (2-2)
9t. Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, ND (3-2)
9t. Midland Explorers, Midland, MI (2-3)
9t. Niagara Stompers, Niagara Falls, ON (1-2)
9t. Wander Spring Chippers, Greenleaf, WI (1-2)
13t. AHI Reapers, Kimberly, WI (2-2)
13t. Ohio Bombers, Bainbridge, ON (2-2)
13t. Pueblo Bandits, Pueblo, CO (1-3)
13t. Marchio Sausage Company, St. Paul, MN (1-3)
17t. Czech U18 National Team, Prague, CZ (1-2)
17t. San Antonio Glowworm, San Antonio, TX (0-3)
17t. The Bar Buzz, Appleton, WI (0-3)
17t. Southside Stingers, Brisbane, AU (0-3)

James Ellis

James Ellis

James Ellis

James Ellis (1959-2023)

Ellis became involved in athletics at a young age, beginning his career in the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department as a teenager before joining the department full time in 1978. After a promotion to Recreation Supervisor in 1980, Ellis continued to move up in positions — serving as the department Athletic Director for over three decades and the Assistant Director for six years before taking on the top position as Director in 2017.

His involvement with USA Softball also spanned three decades as he served as the USA Softball of Tennessee District Commissioner for over 20 years in addition to a six-year stint as vice president of the organization. Ellis took over as State Commissioner in 2015 and was appointed to the USA Softball Board of Directors in 2020. Along with these leadership positions, Ellis also played various roles within the Legislative, Commissioner Appointments, Membership and Ethics Committees in addition to directing hundreds of invitational, state, regional and national tournaments over the years. His long list of accolades earned him enshrinement into the USA Softball of Tennessee Hall of Fame in 2017.

Ellis will be remembered by co-workers and friends for his passion in area youth and for the community he served.

James Ellis, the former Johnson City Parks & Rec Director who also served as USA Softball Commissioner for Tennessee, died Tuesday after an extended illness. He was 64.

Ellis was remembered by co-workers and friends for his passion for area youth and the community he served.

Joe Ebarb, athletic manager for Johnson City Parks & Rec, was a lifelong friend of Ellis. They started together with the Parks & Rec department as teenagers. Ebarb moved on to Eastman where he retired before coming back to the department, while Ellis stayed with the city of Johnson City. He retired in February.

Ellis’ first job was handing out roller skates at the Legion Street Rec Center. He joined the department full-time in 1978 and was promoted to recreation supervisor in 1980. Ebarb and Ellis crossed paths numerous times over the years as volunteer coaches, umpiring games and other roles.

Even after Ellis retired, he was a trusted source of knowledge the department could count on.

“Working with James through athletics was awesome. He only wanted the best for the kids,” Ebarb said. “He wanted Johnson City to have the best youth programs available and we were there when he retired. James was a wonderful man, but we lost so much more with all the years of experience you could count on. You can’t replace that.”

Ellis served as athletic director for the department for over three decades and another six years as assistant director before being promoted to the top position in 2017. In whatever role he had, his dedication was second-to-none.

“I never met a man who had more passion for his job than James did Parks & Rec,” Ebarb said. “He lived it 24/7. It wasn’t an 8-to-5 job for James Ellis. Whether it was Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon or through the week, you could find him checking on the facilities and seeing what had to be done or what needed to be done.”

It wasn’t the financial rewards, but the giving back to the community that meant the most to Ellis. He had the respect of his employees, who enjoyed the fact he could be serious, but also cut up at times.

“He was a crucial part of the city of Johnson City’s team,” said Bill Fuller, Johnson City golf maintenance manager. “Speaking as one of his employees, he is going to be greatly missed. He was a good leader, a great boss and I considered him a friend.”

Ellis was greatly involved in so many projects throughout the city from developing Winged Deer Park to fixing a flooding problem in the outfield at then Cardinal Park. He had experience in so many areas including administration, working with the Convention and Visitors Bureau and other civic groups. His loyalty to the department is something that brought him admiration amongst his peers.

“I know of no one who guarded the brand of Johnson City Parks & Rec more than James Ellis,” said Jim Hughes, the city’s former director of golf. “He started as a kid working there and didn’t really work anywhere else other than his ties with USA and ASA softball. It was all about the community.”

Ellis served as the Tennessee ASA/USA Softball District Commissioner over 20 years. He also served as a Vice President for ASA/USA Softball for six years and remained a member of softball council for years after that. He was inducted into the USA Softball Hall of Fame in 2017.

Hughes remembered while they had some heated discussions, they would always shake hands at the end of the day. He knew Ellis’ heart was in the right place, looking out for his community and department.

“We never saw eye-to-eye 100% on anything and had some pretty good disagreements at times,” Hughes said. “But, we always tried to reach a compromise that was best for the city, Parks & Rec and the employees. In so many ways, he was like a family member.”

William D. “Bill” Maher

William Maher

William Dale “Bill” Maher (1931-2023)

A constant for the sport in South Dakota, Maher first became involved with USA Softball as a player, coach and umpire before transitioning into the administrative side of the game in 1972 where he served as the USA Softball of South Dakota Commissioner for 42 years. While in this position, Maher worked as a team with his late wife, Rosemary Ann Maher (1939-2022), to boost team registrations from 350 to over 2,000 in the heyday of softball. The South Dakota umpire program also flourished under Maher’s guidance with yearly state or National Umpire Schools and registration numbers as high as 500. During his time as Commissioner, Maher instituted a permanent structure for the USA Softball of South Dakota Hall of Fame, began and distributed a quarterly “South Dakota Softball News” and created a scholarship program for eligible high school seniors with approximately $90,000 being awarded over the last 30 years. In 2022, Maher and Rosemary were jointly recognized for their trailblazing leadership and contributions to the sport as inductees into the USA Softball of South Dakota Hall of Fame.

William D. “Bill” Maher, youngest son of John B. and Rose E. (O’Connor) Maher was born January 27, 1931, in Pierre, South Dakota, and died May 15, 2023, at his Spearfish home surrounded by his loving family.

Bill married Rosemary Ann Bruner of Geddes, S.D., at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Pierre on June 22, 1963. To this union seven children were born. Twin daughters, Michelle and Patricia, sons, Michael (Jeanne) and Patrick John (Lisa); daughters, Mary Cook (Allen), Teresa Bartlett (Frank), and Colleen Thompson (Charles). Also blessed to share his life are grandchildren, Heather McQueen, Mia Semmler, Samantha Nordbye (Shawn), Andrea and Joel Thompson, Nicole, Max, Christina, and Jennifer Bartlett, Kathleen Cook, and Peyton Higgs, as well as great-grandchildren, Zachary Hagemann, and Victoria Nordbye.

Bill graduated from Pierre High School in 1949, where he lent a helping hand at Tyler’s Dairy prior to his enlistment in the U.S. Army which included a ten-month tour in Korea and teaching at the Infantry school in Ft. Benning, GA. Upon his honorable discharge, Bill attended S.D.S.U., Brookings. Returning to Pierre, ever helpful and work oriented, his diligence was noticed by the South Dakota Department of Veterans affairs in Pierre where he was hired as a veteran’s service officer, a position he held for 33 years, striving to improve the lives of fellow veterans. In 1978, this employment moved his family to Sturgis where they lived for nearly 25 years. In the midst of these differing employment opportunities, an entrepreneurial spirit led the couple in and out of insurance adjusting, concession businesses and eventual restaurant ownership.

His industriousness and high expectations could be seen in all areas of life, including his passion for the game of softball. This love of softball led him to join his local softball association which grew to greater involvement at a state and national level.  In 1972, Bill was appointed SD Amateur Softball Association State Commissioner, a position he held for forty-two years. Upon his retirement from SDASA in 2013, he was named Commissioner Emeritus. In honor of the tireless work that the couple undertook, Bill and Rosemary were inducted into the S.D. Softball Hall of Fame in 2022. They were proud to be part of this organization and were gifted with many friendships that lasted a lifetime. The couple relocated to Spearfish in 2002 and in their spare time they actively enjoyed the beauty of the Black Hills, especially Terry Peak, and traveled to a variety of destinations including Mediterranean countries and the British Isles.

Bill was a lifelong member of the VFW and the American Legion. Noble in purpose and ever mindful of his civic and patriotic duty, Bill served on the West River Draft Board for a twenty-year period. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Honorable Order of Blue Goose.

To all who knew him, Bill was a great conversationalist. He could and did develop a rapport with almost everyone he came in contact, even if not seeing eye to eye. Being very social, he taught his children and grandchildren the virtue of patience as we waited for these conversations to conclude.  Although Bill would never have described himself this way, those who knew and loved him best recount him as being caring, a fierce friend, headstrong (stubborn), honorable, loyal, selfless, and knowingly grateful and blessed. He was thoughtful and often found little things to make sure you knew he cared. He gave good advice to those who were wise enough to listen. Through it all, his great sense of humor made us laugh and find joy in all different aspects of life. We will remember the best times, the laughter, the song of a good life.

Dorothy “Dot” Wilkinson

Dot Wilkinson

Dot Wilkinson

Dorothy (Dot) Wilkinson (1921-2023)

Dot Wilkinson was a true trailblazer in the sport of women’s fast pitch softball, beginning her playing career for the Phoenix Ramblers in 1933 when she was just 11 years old and continuing through 1965. Wilkinson was a force to be reckoned with behind the plate, spending majority of her career as a catcher – a position that allowed her to capitalize on her natural leadership skills. A standout player for the Ramblers, Wilkinson helped lead the squad to national championship titles in 1940, 1948 and 1949, while earning 19 All-American honors throughout her 30-year career.

A member of the National Softball Hall of Fame (1970), Wilkinson collected a variety of accolades throughout her storied career including being enshrined into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame (1990) as well as being the first woman to be inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame (1975).

Dot Wilkinson excelled at softball as well as bowling. In fact, she’s the only member of the National Softball Hall of Fame who is a member of a Hall of Fame in another sport. Twenty years after being inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame, Wilkinson was inducted into the WIBC Hall of Fame for winning a Triple Crown event, the Women’s International Bowling Congress Queens Tournament in 1962 and the WIBC national singles in 1963.

Wilkinson started out playing second base for the PBSW Ramblers and a few years later was switched to behind the plate by coach Ford Hoffman, who told her, “You’re the catcher, you run the team. You’re in a position to see everything that goes on, you can call every play, you can do the whole bit. That’s the place to be.” Before retiring in 1965, Wilkinson earned 19 All-America awards and had some outstanding years for the Ramblers, including:

  • 1952 (.374 batting average)
  • 1953 (.363 batting average )
  • 1957 (.387 average in national championship)
  • 1955 (.450 average in national with no errors on 36 chances)
  • 1954 (.455 average and 1.000 fielding percentage on 84 chances in national )

Dot said one of her greatest thrills came in 1940 when the Ramblers won their first of three national titles (1948 and 1949). Another thrill came in 1970 when she received her Hall of Fame plaque. If there was a disappointment, Dot said, it was not winning the national tourney in 1964. Retired from real estate sales in 1985, Wilkinson was born October 9, 1921. In 1999, Wilkinson was eighth and the only woman among the top 10 of The Republic’s Arizona Athletes of the Century.

Ron Boley

Ron James Boley (1946-2023):

Boley attended Oregon State University where he competed on the football and baseball teams, including the historic 1967 football squad – also known as the Giant Killers – that finished the year ranked seventh in the nation. Following his graduation from Oregon State, he began his tenure with USA Softball as the volunteer coordinator for the men’s fast pitch, men’s and women’s slow pitch and coed softball leagues. He was appointed the USA Softball of Portland Commissioner in 1982 where he oversaw various national championships and was a member of the Region 9 Adult Classification Committee while also serving as the assistant chairman and chairman of the National Classification Committee. Following his retirement as Commissioner for USA Softball of Portland in 2020, Boley remained involved with the organization as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2013, he was recognized for his leadership and contributions to the sport of softball in Portland with enshrinement in the Region 9 Hall of Fame.

Off the field, Boley began a career with the City of Portland Parks and Recreation Department where he eventually earned a role as the Sports Supervisor. For 30 years, Boley directed the Portland youth and adult football and basketball leagues while also serving as the director for the American Legion, Connie Mack and adult baseball leagues.

Boley was survived by his wife Vickye Boley and his son Erik.

Remembrances for Boley can be made to the Maurice Lucas Foundation or non-kill animal shelters in his name.

National body considers stopping titanium bats

Amateur Softball Association committee might decide as early as today to not allow new high-powered bat.

Like another famed offensive machine, the “T-bat” may be heading the way of the T-Rex.

The titanium bat, banned for some fast-pitch and modified fast-pitch tournaments by the Amateur Softball Association last month, could get the same treatment today when the ASA equipment standards committee addresses the bat’s future in slow-pitch.

Merle Butler, the ASA umpire-in-chief, said that the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association has completed an independent study of the bat. Five members of the seven-person committee met Friday in Oklahoma City to discuss the report’s findings. They were scheduled to meet again today and take a vote on the bat’s future in ASA-sanctioned events.

Bats using a titanium-based alloy enable the ball to jump off faster and travel farther. But critics say the ball leaves the bat so quickly that the risk of injury to infielders and pitchers is increased because their reaction time is cut.

Easton sports manufactures titanium bats in Burlingame, and Jim Darby, senior vice president of promotions, has heard the criticism.

“Their concerns are ours, too,” he said. “We want the game to be safe. We’re in this world of lawyers, too. “I’ve heard of no injury peculiar to the bat. I just hope people will keep an open mind and say, ‘OK, the bat has been out on the market for a year; let’s give it a fair evaluation.’ ”

But Darby and others involved in the titanium-bat industry admit that the bat’s future doesn’t look promising.

“Even though it’s approved now, it’s going to be very difficult to keep the bat on the market,” said Darby. Chris Chaney, manager of the San Diego-based Professionals Choice/TPS club that played at the recent Super National slow-pitch qualifier in Bakersfield, said the titanium bat is changing softball, and not necessarily for the better.

“It’s really changing the dynamics of the game,” said Chaney, whose team is sponsored by Tournament Player Series, a subsidiary of Hillerich & Bradsby Co., which makes Louisville Sluggers. “The average power hitter becomes a home run hitter. And what are you going to do? You can’t move the fences back because the fences are already established.”

Clearing the 300-foot fences at Sports park was no problem for Chaney’s club, which in one half-inning sent 33 batters to the plate, hit 21 home runs and scored 29 runs in a 71-52 victory over D&D Thoroughbred of Seattle, Wash. The half-inning lasted 64 minutes.

“I like home runs, but I also think there’s a place for the singles and spray hitters in softball,” said Chaney, whose team would eventually finish third.

Titanium bats have already been banned by the U.S. Slo-Pitch Association and National Softball Association. ASA also initially outlawed the bat but lifted the ban until conclusive testing could be done.

The Voice of Softball, Ray Molphy

Ray Molphy

Ray Molphy

The awful screech from the public address system at Municipal Stadium was pure noise, and loud at that. It worse than any amateur rock band, worse than any late-night horror movie.

It was less than five minutes before the opening game of the 20th annual Stroh’s softball tournament, but Ray Molphy, softball’s best and most well-known voice, wasn’t worrying yet.

“I hope you guys know what you’re doing,” he said to the two men hurriedly trying to correct the mess. “because I don’t know a thing about those systems. All I do is talk into the microphone.”

Molphy, busy filling in his scoresheet and his position-by-position chart. turned to the reporter. “See the trials and tribulations of this job?” he asked. laughing.

In 25 years of public address announcing. Molphy’s come to expect such problems. Maybe not like them, but expect —and accept — them.

He began by announcing high school games in Seaford, N.Y., on Long Island. He now does all of Hofstra University’s football and basketball games, the ECAC basketball games at Nassau Coliseum and the basketball games of perennial power Long Island Lutheran High.

He does junior international basketball. He hosts an Inter-national Night program for a various foreign nation every year before crowds of 10,000-12,000. And he even did a New York Nets game when the regular announcer didn’t show.

But Ray Molphy will not be remembered as the Voice of Hofstra. He will be remembered as the Voice of Softball.

He’s announced the American Softball Association nationals the past “14 or 15” years. Last year, he also did the U.S. Slo-Pitch Softball Association nationals. In the first infant year of the National Slo-Pitch Conference, he did its tournaments, as he had done games in 1977 for the new pro league. He’ll do its all-star game July 22 in Louisville, Ky.

Already this year, he’s been to Las Vegas, Concord, Calif., Jacksonville, Fla., Winston-Salem, N.C., Chattanooga. Tenn., Springfield, Ohio.

“This is one of the best,” he said of Springfield. “Cleveland-Parma — that is really the mecca of slow-pitch softball. It turns out more for softball than any other.

“I’ll be going from March to mid-September,” he said. Then it’s football and basketball. “It’s a year-around job.”

Job? Not quite. The NSPC, for instance, merely pays softball’s best announcer expense money. No salary. And since he’s on the road on Fridays and sometimes even Mondays, he uses his six weeks of vacation time just to announce softball.

And doing all these weekend tourneys should qualify him for some sort of marathon talk award. After flying into Springfield Friday, for instance, he did all four games. Saturday, he did nine, working from 9 a.m. until around midnight. ;Today, he’ll be back at 12:30 p.m. for the two semifinals and the title game.

It’s a long, grueling schedule. Howard Cosell would never do it. But Ray Molphy? His only complaint is that it’s not his job.

“Is it my living? Unfortunately, no,” the 56-year-old Molphy said. “I work in personnel administration at Union Carbide.

“I was a frustrated jock. That’s what I wanted to be. So I made it My avocation instead. Listening to Molphy’s deep. sonorous voice, his colorful, varied delivery developed through years as a one-man announcing team, you’re surprised he isn’t announcing for some big station or network — because he certainly would like to.

“I think of it all the time, but I fed some radio reports on the ASA back to Long Island.” But that was about it.

“That’s my problem. I don’t have enough chutzpah. “Are there any openings in Springfield?” He laughed.

But he meant it. Molphy would love a job doing what he loves — especially since Union Carbide is moving to Connecticut within the next 18 months and “I’m not going with them. Then I’ll get serious about doing something.”

Until then, he’ll be doing what he does best — announcing softball games — every weekend. He sees a bright future for the NSCP, which just might mean a real job — pay and all for him in the future.

“Already, a number of teams want to come in next year,” he said of the 22-team league, which has more than doubled since 1977. “It’s the best thing that’s happened to slow-pitch softball. I think it might possibly get into a regional setup to minimize travel. But the level of competition — it just pro-vides fans everywhere with .the best in softball.

“The good thing about this new conference is the fences are 300 feet, the bases 65 feet. That’s really separated the men from the boys in the home run competition. There’s con-siderably fewer homers in the conference than in most week-end tournaments where the bases are 60 feet and the fences are 275-290 feet. “This is much more enjoyable. You see the double plays, guys getting thrown out at first, legitimate home runs, lower-scoring games.

“This,” Molphy continued. “is not just a trot-around-the-bases league. Last week, for instance, there were two unassisted double plays in consecutive innings. “I love it.” Now if he’d only get paid. Now that would be heaven.

Elections need residency rules; softball doesn’t

Last January, the American Softball Association Commissioners’ Council voted to eliminate “summer employment exceptions” to residency requirements for the 1980 season.

Henceforth, a player’s residence must be established by March 1.

The move was aimed at removing special privileges for teachers and students, who were excluded in the past from having to abide by the March 1 residency rule.

Both teachers and students formerly were allowed three separate areas where they could choose to play:

  • The area where their school was located;
  • Their place of summer employment;
  • Their permanent residence.

Once a teacher or student determined in which of these areas he cared to play, he was not allowed to play in any other area.

In 1975, the two-time slow pitch national champion, Howard’s Furniture of North Carolina, lost the services of their All American second baseman, H.T. Waller.

The ASA’s reasoning was that Waller was a school teacher and permanent resident of northwest Florida, and although he had summer employment in North Carolina, he was not eligible to play.

Howard’s failed to win its third consecutive national championship that season and many believe that the absence of Waller had a lot to do with that.

In 1976, Waller became eligible to play for Howard’s by claiming a full-time residence in North Carolina, even though he still taught school in Florida. That’s when the question arose: “What is a full-time resident?”

Interpretations include a person owning property in an area, having a voter’s registration card, or spending at least part of their time in a given area.

Richard Howard felt that it would be impossible to prove Waller was not a full-time resident of North Carolina, especially with him spending the entire summer there. He was right.

It was the feeling that teachers and students should have to abide by the same restrictions as others that led to the new rules.

To some, this seems somewhat unfair since most school years do not end until June. It Wouldn’t be surprising if the controversy ends up in the courts, which seems ridiculous for an amateur sport.

One answer to the problem would be to abolish any restrictions on residency in the Open Division, while retaining restrictions in the other divisions.

Industrial and church leagues already have strict guidelines concerning team membership. As long as he is not openly being paid by a sponsor, it seems unfair to restrict a player from playing where he desires. And if the sponsor or player can afford travel expenses, why prohibit them?

Many successful sponsors find loopholes in the residency rule to allow their players to live in one area and play in another, and the ASA is not in a financial position to have a full-time security force.

Amateur softball is supposed to be played for fun and recreation, and the rules makers should remember this when making decisions on residency.

From The Miami News, November 8, 1979.1979 Miami News Residency Rule

Allan F. Yaeger

Al Yaeger

National Softball Hall of Famer Al Yaeger passed away on January 14, 2023.

Yaegar attended Michigan State University before signing a contract with the Boston Red Sox where he played professionally for four years in the minor league system. Following his career with the Red Sox, Yaegar starred on the Raybestos Cardinals for nearly 17 years (1965-1981) and led the squad to four national championship titles. He earned three All-American honors throughout his softball career and participated in four All-Star games. Following his playing career, Yaegar transitioned into coaching and led the 1984 USA Softball Men’s National Team to a bronze medal at the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship. Yaegar was inducted into the Connecticut ASA Hall of Fame in 1986 before his enshrinement into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 2009.Allan F. Yaeger who starred for the Raybestos Cardinals from 1965-1981, is the 12th former Cardinal elected to the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame. An outfielder, Yaeger was a member of four National Championships teams, in fact his two out, bases loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning landed the Cardinals their third National Championship title in four years. Yaeger had a career .298 batting average, played in four All-Star Series games, and participated in ten National Tournaments during his ASA career. Yaeger earned All-America honors three times and led the 1971 ASA National Championship in batting (.455). After 1981, Yaeger got into coaching, and he helped lead the Franklin Cardinals to an ASA National Championship. A year later, he coached the 1984 USA Men’s Softball team to a bronze medal in the International Softball Federation (ISF) Men’s World Championships. For his accomplishments, Al was inducted into the Connecticut ASA Hall of Fame in 1986.

Off the field, Yaegar worked for Pitney Bowes for over 28 years in both their Newtown and Stamford locations. Following his retirement in 2000, he became a very successful coach at Sacred Heart University and the University of New Haven.