Category: ASA

1976 Women’s College World Series (AIAW)

1976 held at Dill Softball Center and Al Caniglia Field in Omaha, Nebraska on May 13-16.

Champion – Michigan State Spartans (24-4)
Runner Up – Northern Colorado (19-5)

The eighth Women’s College World Series (WCWS) was held in Omaha, Nebraska on May 13–16, with nineteen college softball teams meeting in the 1976 ASA/AIAW fastpitch softball tournament. Most of the teams had won state championships. This was the last WCWS before the adoption of regional qualifying tournaments. Because college softball had not yet been separated into competitive divisions, large and small colleges competed together in one overall national championship.

Michigan State, the third-place team a year ago, won the Women’s College World Series Sunday with a 3-0 victory over the University of Northern Colorado at Al Caniglia Field.

The final day’s games were moved from Dill Field to the Astro turfed stadium at the University of Nebraska at Omaha because of rain and wet grounds.

Gloria Becksford, who pitched and won all five Michigan State tournament games. allowed Northern Colorado. 5-2 for the tournament, only three hits, all singles, in the championship game.

The three Michigan State runs were all unearned and all scored in the top of the sixth inning. Right fielder Susan Law-son opened the inning with a single and scored one out later when shortstop Carol Hutchins reached on an error.

Centerfielder Nancy Green filed out, but first-baseman Gayle Barrons and left fielder Laury Ward followed with consecutive run-scoring singles.

Earlier in the afternoon, Michigan State and Northern Colorado each defeated the defending champion University of Nebraska at Omaha.

UNO finished third and Arizona State fourth. Both had 3-2 records. Michigan State shut out UNO, 1-0, with Miss Becksford pitching a four-hitter. Then Northern Colorado defeated UNO, 3-2. avenging an earlier 3-2 loss to the Maverettes Phyllis Schachterle, who relieved in the second inning, earned the victory.

Marlene McCauley pitched both games for UNO, dripping her tournament record to 2-2. In Sunday’s first game, Arizona State defeated Tarkio College, 5-4, in a completion of a game suspended in the second inning Saturday afternoon because of rain.

Northern Colorado then eliminated Arizona State with a 13-3 victory. Venus Jennings broke that game open with a grand slam home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, the only extra-base hit all day.

  • MVP – N/A
  • Batting Leader – Diane Spoelstra, Michigan State (7-15, .467)
  • HR Champion – N/A


Gloria Becksford, Michigan State (5-0, 3 straight shutouts)




  1. Minnesota 5 Oregon 1
  2. Cal State-Sacramento 5 Utah 1
  3. East Stroudsburg 10 South Carolina 0
  4. Northern Iowa 3 Northern State 1
  5. Nebraska-Omaha 10 Mayville State 0
  6. Tarkio 3 Indiana State 0
  7. Illinois State 7 Northwestern Oklahoma State 0
  8. Northern Colorado 1 Texas-Arlington 0
  9. Michigan State 2 Minnesota 1
  10. Kansas defeated Cal-State Sacramento
  11. Arizona State 14 East Stroudsburg 4
  12. Utah 5 Northern State 1 (Northern State eliminated)
  13. Oregon 11 Mayville State 0 (Mayville State eliminated)
  14. South Carolina 5 Northwestern Oklahoma State 1 (Northwestern Oklahoma State eliminated)
  15. Cal State-Sacramento 6 Minnesota 1 (Minnesota eliminated)
  16. East Stroudsburg 4 Utah 1 (Utah eliminated)
  17. Indiana State 14 Oregon 6 (Oregon eliminated)
  18. Texas-Arlington 3 South Carolina 0 (South Carolina eliminated)
  19. Michigan State 6 Kansas 5
  20. Arizona State 2 Northern Iowa 0
  21. Nebraska-Omaha 3 Tarkio 1
  22. Northern Colorado 5 Illinois State 1
  23. Tarkio 3 East Stroudsburg 0 (East Stroudsburg eliminated)
  24. Illinois State 6 Cal State-Sacramento 3 (Cal-State Sacramento eliminated)
  25. Northern Iowa 10 Indiana State 2 (Indiana State eliminated)
  26. Texas-Arlington 2 Kansas 0 (Kansas eliminated)
  27. Michigan State 2 Arizona State 0
  28. Nebraska-Omaha 3 Northern Colorado 2
  29. Tarkio 5 Illinois State (Illinois State eliminated)
  30. Northern Iowa 6 Texas-Arlington 0 (Texas-Arlington eliminated)
  31. Arizona State 5 Tarkio 4 (Tarkio eliminated)
  32. Northern Colorado 1 Northern Iowa 0 (Northern Iowa eliminated)
  33. Michigan State 1 Nebraska-Omaha 0
  34. Northern Colorado 13 Arizona State 3 (Arizona State eliminated)
  35. Northern Colorado 3 Nebraska-Omaha 2 (Nebraska-Omaha eliminated)
  36. Michigan State 3 Northern Colorado 0 (Northern Colorado eliminated)


1. Michigan State Spartans (5-0)
2. Northern Colorado Bears (5-2)
3. Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks (3-2)
4t. Arizona State Sun Devils (3-2)
5t. Tarkio College Owls (3-2)
5t. Northern Iowa Panthers (3-2)
7t. Illinois State Redbirds (2-2)
7t. Texas–Arlington Mavericks (2-2)
9t. East Stroudsburg State Warriors (2-2)
9t. Cal State–Sacramento Hornets (2-2)
9t. Kansas Jayhawks (1-2)
9t. Indiana State Sycamores (1-2)
13t. Utah Runnin’ Utes (1-2)
13t. Oregon Ducks (1-2)
13t. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-2)
13t. Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-2)
17t. Northwestern Oklahoma State (0-2)
17t. Northern State Wolves (0-2)
17t. Mayville State Comets (0-2)

1976 ASA Women’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1976 held at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Champion: Sorrento’s Pizza, Cincinnati, Ohio (92-8)
Runner Up: Rubi-Otts, Graham, North Carolina (72-8)

Sorrentos lost their very first game of the tournament to the Jacksonville Raiders, then came back through the loser’s bracket and won 10 straight, beating Rubi-Otts twice, 8-3 and 5-2 in the final championship games. Pitcher Shirley Patterson won all 10 games and had an amazing 1.76 ERA. Sorrentos was led by the hot bat of Sue Malcolm who had 18 hits (.545 average). Martha Kidd, Marsha Replogle Ehler and Vicki Stambaugh also contributed big hits and outstanding defensive plays to lead Sorrento’s.

  • MVP – Marylyn Busse, Rubi-Otts (9-22, .409, 2 RBI, 8 Runs)
  • Batting Leader – Sue Malcolm, Sorrento’s (18-33, 10 RBI) – .545
  • Home Run Leader – Karen Krause, Warehouse Tapes & Records (5-14, .357) – 2
  • Most Outstanding Pitcher – Shirley Patterson, Sorrento’s (had a 1.76 ERA and led Sorrento’s through the losers bracket after losing their first game and then to the title winning 10 straight games)


P – Shirley Patterson, Sorrento’s Pizza
P – Judy Hedgecock, Dots
C – Linda Ares, Dots
C – Martha Kidd, Sorrento’s Pizza
1B – Marsha Replogle Ehler, Sorrento’s
2B – Linda Arford, Spooks
3B – Sue Malcolm, Sorrento’s Pizza
SS – Sheryl Chubb, Rubi-Otts
OF – Vicki Stambaugh, Sorrento’s Pizza
OF – Carol Smith, Dots
OF – JoAnn Avedisian, Sessions TV
OF – Marilyn Busse, Rubi-Otts
UT – Laura Roundtree, Blazers
UT – Beverly Shue, Rubi-Otts


P – Wanda Thomas, Spirits
P – Pam Clark, Rubi-Otts
C – Marlen Brice, Gremlins
C – Judy Lockhart, Rubi-Otts
1B – Sandy Patton, Dots
2B – Camille Talley, Warehouse Tape & Record
3B – Linda Wiemers, Spirits
SS – Sherri Amos, Playmates
OF – Nancy Brown, Gremlins
OF – Patti Green, Barbelettes
OF – Elaine Honig, Gremlins
OF – Marlene Gordon, Rubi-Otts
UT – Karren Newman, Dots
UT – Sue Bupp, York Barbelletes

NOTE: Pat Green, Barbellettes (11-19) – .579 (missed by one at bat at winning the batting crown)


1. Sorrento’s Pizza, Cincinnati, OH (10-1)
2. Rubi-Otts, Graham, NC (5-2)
3. Dots, North Miami, FL (5-2)
4. Gremlins, Tampa, FL (5-2)
5t. Blazers, Jacksonville, FL (3-2)
5t. Spooks, Anoka, MN (3-2)
7t. Spirits, Oklahoma City, OK (3-2)
7t. Barbelletes, York, PA (4-2)
9t. Botkins Trophies, Muncie, IN (2-2)
9t. Donnettes, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
9t. Sessions TV, Rhode Island, RI (3-2)
9t. Budweiser, Cookeville, TN (3-2)
13t. Hadisco, Hutchinson, KE (4-2)
13t. BYMC Debs, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
13t. Unpredictables, Las Vegas, NV (1-2)
13t. Playmates, Sacramento, CA (2-2)
17t. Ami-Co Travel, Copiague, NY (2-2)
17t. Progressive Printers, Dayton, OH (1-2)
17t. Warehouse Tapes & Records, Houston, TX (1-2)
17t. Robinettes, Springfield, OH (1-2)
17t. Reeder Sinco GMC, Fort Smith, AR (1-2)
17t. CP Dean, Richmond, VA (1-2)
17t. WFLI, Chattanooga, TN (2-2)
17t. Pavers, Lexington, KY (1-2)
25t. Stars, Rome, GA (0-2)
25t. Spirit of 76, Cleveland, OH (0-2)
25t. Avantis, Minneapolis, MN (0-2)
25t. BJs All Stars, Tacoma, WA (0-2)
25t. Auto Parts, Coeur d’Alene, ID (0-2)
25t. Brown’s Tire shop, Manchester, CT (0-2)
25t. Scott Rwuipment, Chattanooga, TN (0-2)
25t. Fairway, Blair, NE (0-2)
33t. Fox Valley Lassies, St. Charles, IL (0-2)

Softball Associations Agree on Competition

Two national softball organizations have filed an agreement in U.S. District Court that would allow their 45,000 member teams to compete against each other.

The agreement, which has to be approved by U S. Judge L. Clure Morton, would allow teams to belong to both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and the U.S. Slo-Pitch Softball Association (USSSA). Nearly one million participants are affected.

The pact resulted from a federal suit the USSSA and a Nashville team filed against the ASA last June. It challenged the MA’s suspension of the team for one year for playing in a USSSA tournament.

The ASA has 35,000 member teams and is headquartered in Oklahoma City. The USSSA, based in Petersburg, Va claims a membership of 10,000 teams.

Details of the accord were related by The Tennessean, Nashville’s morning newspaper, in a copyrighted story in its editions today.

The agreement would require members of each league to join the other in order to compete against each other. However, a team could compete in only one of the associations’ national tournament competition. It would have to decide by June 15 which com-petition it would enter. The agreement also would prevent governing officials from holding office in both groups.

The ASA uses a “restricted flight” ball, 275-foot fences in most parks and 60-foot bases and gives only trophies for tournament championships.

The USSSA uses a “live” ball, 300-toot fences and 65-toot bases. Sponsors of top finishers in its tournaments are awarded money, in some cases as much as $4,000 for a single tournament champion.

1975 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1975 held at Providence, Rhode Island.

Champion – Levittown Legion, Levittown, New York
Runner Up – Dubois Chemical, Columbus, Ohio

  • MVP – Chan Baker, Levittown Legion
  • Batting Champion – H.E. Bonin, Houston Reds (.687)
  • HR Champion – Chan Baker, Levittown


Chan Baker, Levittown Legion
Frank Balkasare, Red Carpet Inn
H.E. Bonin, Houston Reds
Angelo Galasso, Levittown Legion
Elmer Harbough, Conti Brothers
Mike Jacobs, Gainesville Merchants
Lee Kiger, Piedmont Steel
Phil Mason, Siegel’s Market
Joe McCabe, Levittown Legion
Jerry Pinoni, Dubois Chemical
Jimmy Purvis, Cannon Welding
Matt Verton, Levittown Legion
Charlie Walker, Dubois Chemical
Clyde Zachary, Reed Nuts


Steve Burrows, Conti Brothers
Jimmy Cannon, Collins Mfg. Co
John Evans, Piedmont Sheet Metal
Pete Fischer, Thielman’s Sausage
Larry Green, Siegel’s Market
Kerry Hirschy, Fix N’Fix
Jim Hopkins, Conti Brothers
Rich Isley, Levittown Legion
Jack Lambert, Cother Brothers
Shorty Lewis, Dubois Chemical
Roy Price, Stasiu’s Bar
John Sheridan, Levittown Legion
Jerry Sherrod, Cannon Welding
Jeff Williams, Gainesville Merchants


1. Levittown Legion, Levittown, NY (7-1)
2. Dubois Chemical, Columbus, OH (5-2)
3. Siegel’s Market, Richmond, VA (6-2)
4. Red Carpet Inn, St. Petersburg, FL (7-2)
5t. Thielman’s Sausage, Sheboygan, WI (7-2)
5t. Conti Brothers, Providence, RI (4-2)
7t. Gainesville Merchants, Gainesville, FL (5-2)
7t. Piedmont Sheet Metal, Winston-Salem, NC (5-2)
9t. Collins Mfg. Co., Cleveland, TN (5-2)
9t. Cannon Welding, Jacksonville, FL (3-2)
9t. Fix N’ Fix, Orlando, FL (3-2)
9t. Tacoma Office Supply, Tacoma, WA (2-2)
13t. Cother Brothers, Tampa, FL (3-2)
13t. Houston Reds, Houston, TX (3-2)
13t. City Lumber, Fayetteville, AR (4-2)
13t. Old Time Inn, Milbury, MA (3-2)
17t. Duitsman Insurance, Rantoul, MI (2-2)
17t. Stasiu’s Bar, Minneapolis, MN (3-2)
17t. American Amusement, Lansing, MI (2-2)
17t. Smiley’s, Baltimore, MD (2-2)
17t. Reed’s Nuts, Macon, GA (3-2)
17t. Mission Valley Merchants, Ronan, MT (1-2)
17t. Muskie’s Grille, Rochester, NY (3-2)
17t. Roman Carosuel, Queens, NY (3-2)
25t. Union Carbide, Charleston, WV (1-2)
25t. Ward Forging, Louisville, KY (2-2)
25t. Hilltop Inn, Ephrata, PA (2-2)
25t. Brouders Bar, Detroit, MI (2-2)
25t. Aces, Atlanta, GA (2-2)
25t. Mr. Bob’s, Crystal, MN (2-2)
25t. Miami Merchants, Miami, FL (2-2)
25t. Citizen Club, Pittsburgh, PA (2-2)
33t. Snowden-Mize Athletic Goods, St. Louis, MO (2-2)
33t. KEDA, Metro San Antonio, TX (2-2)
33t. Paddy Wagon, East Providence, RI (1-2)
33t. Chris’s Restaurant, Washington, D.C. (1-2)
33t. Merchants Grill, Rochester, NY (1-2)
33t. Friar’s Tuck, Norfolk, VA (1-2)
33t. Liberty Rock Elk, Milford, CT (1-2)
33t. Gabe & Walken, Iowa City, IA (1-2)
33t. Susie’s Inn, Elkton, MD (1-2)
33t. Vagabound Club, Cleveland, OH (1-2)
33t. Bay Area Bombers, Seabrook, TX (1-2)
33t. Ander’s Tile, Greenville, SC (1-2)
33t. BB&C Electric, Baton Rouge, LA (1-2)
33t. Jo Jo’s Pizzeria, Toledo, OH (1-2)
33t. McIntyre Chevrolet, Shreveport, LA (1-2)
33t. SSC, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
49t. Sir Pizza, Lexington, KY (0-2)
49t. Hardwick Fence, Bangor, ME (0-2)
49t. Rausch’s, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
49t. Franke Enterprise, Oklahoma City, OK (0-2)
49t. Warren’s Restaurant, Lynchburg, VA (0-2)
49t. Howard Savings Rank, Newark, NJ (0-2)
49t. Plywood Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (0-2)
49t. Richard’s Insurance, Brattleboro, VT (0-2)
49t. Trenton Capitals, Trenton, NJ (0-2)
49t. Frye’s Plumbing, Stapleton, NE (0-2)
49t. Linn Corriher, Landis, NC (0-2)
49t. Tri City Dodge, Nashua, NH (0-2)

No Shows – J J Ferguson, Greenwood, MS and Bourbon Rat, St. Paul, MN.

1975 ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1975 held at Salt Lake City, Utah.

Champion – Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, Connecticut (67-3)
Runner Up – Santa Clara Laurels, Santa Clara, California (58-18)

In what turned to be her final appearance in ASA Championship play, Joan Joyce captured both the MVP and the Bertha Tickey Most Valuable Pitcher Award. Joan batted .471 and drove in 8 runs. She pitched 36 total innings, had 4 shutouts, struck out 48 batters and gave up only 11 hits and 3 runs, only 2 of them were earned.

After this season, she joined the Connecticut Falcons of the Women’s Professional Softball League and led them to 4 straight championships (the league disbanded after the 4th season).

She won the 1976 League MVP award and the League’s Most Valuable Pitcher award as she went 39-2 with an ERA of 0.13. She had 13 shutouts, 4 no hitters and 2 perfect games. She also struc out 494 batters in 312 innings pitched. And if that wasn’t enough, she finished 8th in the league in batting (.286) and 4th in RBIs (49). In all, she won 3 total Most Valuable Pitcher Awards. After the first season where she set every pitching record that will stand forever in the history of that league, she had seasons of 24-2, 18-1 and 20-8. She led the league in Pitching Victories, ERA and Strike outs three times each. She made the All-Star team in both years that one was selected. She finished her career in the all time top 10 in batting (.295), Home Runs (16), RBI (137), Runs Scored (117). And in Pitching, she was the all time triple crown winner with a 101-15 record, along with an 0.52 ERA and 912 Strikeouts.

Diane Kalliam broke 25 year old record of .615 batting average record set in 1950 by Margaret Dobson.

  • MVP – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes
  • HR Leader – Marianne Cardillo, Buffalo Breski’s – 2
  • Batting Leader – Diane Kalliam, Santa Clara Laurels – .632
  • Bertha Tickey Pitching Award – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes
  • Erv Lind Defensive Award – Bethel Stout, Kutis Funeral Home


P – Joan Joyce, Raybestos Brakettes (5-0, 4 straight shutouts, 2 ER, 36 IP, 48 K; 8-17, .471, 4 2Bs, 9 RBI batting, 6 RBI in one game)
P – Sue Sinovich, Kutis Funeral Home (4-0)
P – Paula Noel, Sun City Saints
C – Marilyn Rau, Sun City Saints
C – Kay Purves, Lansing Laurels
1B – Cindy Breski, Buffalo Breski’s
2B – Sherri Diamond, Sexton Ford Redbirds
3B – Irene Shea, Raybestos Brakettes (12-22, .545, 9 Runs);
SS – Diane Kalliam, Santa Clara Laurels (12-19, .632, 3 RBIs, 6 Runs)
OF – Pat Guenzler, Kutis Funeral Home – 14 hits broke record (14-32, .438, 2 RBI, 6 Runs)
OF – Skig Russell, Lansing Laurels
OF – Mary Nutter, Lansing Laurels
OF – Judy Hoke, Sun City Saints
UTIL – Val Strachan, Precision Plating Golddiggers


P – Charlotte Graham, Santa Clara Laurels (2-2, 22 K in 27 IP)
P – Margie Wright, Sexton Ford Redbirds
P – Bonnie Johnson, Santa Clara Laurels (2-0, 14 IP)
C – Marilyn Carlson, Santa Clara Laurels
C – Janice Aubechon, Kutis Funeral Home
1B – Joyce Compton, Raybestos Brakettes
2B – Karen Ambler, Santa Clara Laurels
3B – Bitsy Dobby, Kutis Funeral Home
SS – Mary Ann Kluge, Buffalo Breski’s
OF – Kathy Elliott, Raybestos Brakettes
OF – Diane Weiner, Santa Clara Laurels
OF – Denny Buchanan, Sun City Saints
OF – Sue Guenzler, Kutis Funeral Home
UTIL – Vickie Schneider, Kutis Funeral Home


1. Raybestos Brakettes, Stratford, CT (6-0) (Defending Champ)
2. Santa Clara Laurels, Santa Clara, CA (4-2) (North Pacific Coast)
3. Kutis Funeral Home, St. Louis, MO (6-2) (Western)
4. Sun City Saints, Sun City, AZ (3-2) (Cactus)
5t. East Lansing Laurels, Lansing, MI (3-2) (East Central)
5t. Sexton Ford Redbirds, Moline, IL (2-2) (West Central
7t. Buffalo Breskis, Buffalo, NY (2-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
7t. Orlando Rebels, Orlando, FL (2-2) (Southern)
9t. Perkasie Glenettes, Perkasie, PA (1-2) (Central Atlantic)
9t. Precision Plating, Bloomington, MN (1-2) (Northern)
9t. Lowry Construction, Memphis, TN (1-2) (Southwestern)
9t. Orange Lionettes, Orange, CA (1-2) (South Pacific Coast)
13t. Utah Shamrocks, Salt Lake City, UT (1-2) (Host)
13t. Houston Comets, Houston, TX (0-2) (Texas)
13t. Lilacs, Spokane, WA (0-2) (Northwestern)
13t. Sunset Sports, Roy, UT (0-2) (Rocky Mountain)
17t. Lorelei Lades, Atlanta, GA (0-2) (South Atlantic)
17t. Waltham Drifters, Waltham, MA (0-2) (New England)


Canada Champ – Kitchener Kieswetters, Kitchener, Ontario did not attend.

1975 ASA Men’s Major Fast Pitch Nationals

1975 held at Hayward, California.

Champion – Rising Sun Hotel, Reading, Pennsylvania
Runner Up – Home Savings & Loan, Aurora, Illinois

Rising Sun Hotel “Sunners” from Reading, rallied from 2 runs down in the bottom of the 7th inning of the championship game to defeat a strong Aurora squad 4-3. Reading went through the tournament undefeated (6-0) to capture its first National Championship. MVP Ty Stofflett pitched every single inning for his team (53 innings) and struck out 88 batters.

  • MVP – Ty Stofflet, Rising Sun Hotel
  • Batting Leader – Larry Hale, Emerald Finance – .545
  • Batting Leader – Abe Baker, Interstate Battery Men – .545
  • Home Run Leader – Carl Walker, Nothdurft – 2
  • Most Outstanding Pitcher Award  – Ty Stofflet, Rising Sun Hotel


P – Ty Stofflet, Rising Sun Hotel (6-0, 53 IP, 88 K, 4 Runs, 2 ER)
P – Dick Brubaker, Home Savings and Loan (3-1, 25 IP, 24 K)
P – Ed Johnson, Nothdurft Tool (3-2, 35 IP, 48 K)
C – Bob Cahir, Interstate Battery Men
C – Carl Solarek, Rising Sun Hotel
1B – Carl Walker, Nothdurft Tool (10-21, .455, 7 RBI, 7 Runs, 3 Doubles)
2B – Bob Barron, Home Savings and Loan
3B – Bill Hielscher, Nothdurft Tool
SS – Gary Distasio, Rising Sun Hotel
OF – Abe Baker, Interstate Battery Men (6-11, HR, 1 RBI, 5 Runs)
OF – Tom Penders, Interstate Battery Men
OF – Bill Pfeiffer, Home Savings and Loan
OF – Bill Stewart, Pay ‘n Pak
UTIL – Art Weida, Rising Sun Hotel


P – Al Lewis, Raybestos Cardinals
P – Larry Powell, Plains Cooperative Oil Mill
P – Roy Burlison, Emerald Finance
C – Jim Campbell, Home Savings and Loan
C – Harry Haroian, Nothdurft Tool
1B – Larry Hale, Emerald Finance (6-11, 2 RBI, 1 Run, 2 Doubles)
2B – Joe Lalli, Rising Sun Hotel
3B – Tom Wagner, Pay ‘n Pak
SS – Evans Telegades, Nothdurft Tool
OF – Rod Johnson, Nothdurft Tool
OF – Jerry Bernet, Emerald Finance
OF – Tom Norwood, Futo’s Body Shop
OF – Dale Lagow, Home Savings and Loan
UTIL – Bob Yoder, Rising Sun Hotel


1. Rising Sun Hotel, Reading, PA (6-0) (Central Atlantic)
2. Home Savings & Loan, Aurora, IL (4-2) (West Central)
3. Nothdurft Tool Company, Detroit, MI (5-2) (East Central)
4. Interstate Batterymen, Worcester, MA (4-2) (New England)
5t. Futo’s Body Shop, Atlanta, GA (2-2) (South Atlantic)
5t. Booger’s Inc., Mankato, MN (2-2) (Northern)
7t. Emerald Finances, Springfield, MO (2-2) (Western)
7t. Pay ‘n Pak, Seattle, WA (2-2) (Northwestern)
9t. Lynch Industries, Oklahoma City, OK (1-2) (Southwestern)
9t. Plains Cooperative Oil Mill, Lubbock, TX (2-2) (Texas)
9t. Sizzler Steakhouse, Salt Lake City, UT (2-2) (Rocky Mountain)
9t. Clearwater Bombers, Clearwater, FL (1-2) (Southern)
13t. Guanella Brothers, Santa Rosa, CA (1-2) (Defending Champ)
13t. USMC Armed Forces, CA (0-2) (Armed Forces)
13t. Little Brauhaus, Poughkeepsie, NY (1-2) (Mid-Atlantic)
13t. Continental Furniture, Glendale, CA (1-2) (South Pacific Coast)
17t. Napa Grand Auto, Napa, CA (0-2) (North Pacific Coast)
17t. Alameda County Merchants, Hayward, CA (0-2) (Host)
17t. Lamb Chevrolet, Prescott, AZ (0-2) (Cactus)


Alaska Champ – Burger King, AK did not attend. Hawaii Champ – Midas Muffler, Oahu, HI did not attend. Canada Champ – Victoria Bates Construction, British Columbia did not attend.

1975 Women’s College World Series (AIAW)

1975 held at Dill Softball Complex in Omaha, Nebraska on May 15-18.

Champion – Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (17-7)
Runner Up – Northern Iowa Panthers

Connie Claussen, the tournament director for the first eleven editions of the WCWS, was also the coach of the victorious Nebraska–Omaha team.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha won the seventh annual Women’s College Softball World Series Sunday by defeating the University of Northern Iowa 6-4 in a playoff game.

UNO defeated Northern Iowa 1-0 in a Saturday game but the Iowans, after ousting Michigan 7-3, defeated the Mavericks 11-1 Sunday to set up the playoff game in the double elimination tourney. Defending champion Southwest Missouri State failed to reach the tournament.

  • MVP – N/A
  • Batting Leader – Chris Thoronock, Weber St. (9-10, .900)
  • HR Champion – N/A


Julie Wolfe, Nebraska-Omaha (3-1, 2 shutouts)
Pat Linson, Nebraska-Omaha (.333)
Kathy Dickey, Nebraska-Omaha (.455, 5-11)
Judy Melius, Nebraska-Omaha (.385, 5-13)
Mickey Gehringer (.348, 8-23)


  1. Western Oregon 6 Texas Woman’s 2
  2. East Stroudsburg 8 Ohio 0
  3. Nebraska-Omaha 18 Northern State 0
  4. Northern Colorado 1 North Dakota State 0
  5. Western Illinois 1 Mankato State 0
  6. Kansas 6 Weber State 2
  7. Michigan State 3 Northwest Missouri State 1
  8. Northern Iowa 5 Oklahoma 0
  9. Western Oregon 14 Ball State 9
  10. Arizona 4 East Stroudsburg 3
  11. Texas Woman’s 9 Oklahoma 2 (Oklahoma eliminated)
  12. Ohio 10 Mankato State 2 (Mankato State eliminated)
  13. Weber State 7 East Stroudsburg 6 (East Stroudsburg eliminated)
  14. Ball State 6 Northern State 2 (Northern State eliminated)
  15. Northwest Missouri State 14 Texas Woman’s (Texas Woman’s eliminated)
  16. Ohio 6 North Dakota State 1 (North Dakota State eliminated)
  17. Nebraska-Omaha 1 Western Oregon 0
  18. Western Illinois 5 Northern Colorado 4
  19. Kansas 4 Arizona 3
  20. Northern Iowa 4 Michigan State 3
  21. Northern Colorado 6 Northwest Missouri State 0 (Northwest Missouri State eliminated)
  22. Western Oregon 8 Weber State 7 (Weber State eliminated)
  23. Michigan State 17 Ohio 0 (Ohio eliminated)
  24. Arizona 10 Ball State 4 (Ball State eliminated)
  25. Nebraska-Omaha 4 Western Illinois 2
  26. Northern Iowa 4 Kansas 1
  27. Northern Colorado 1 Western Oregon 0 (Western Oregon eliminated)
  28. Michigan State 3 Arizona 2 (Arizona eliminated)
  29. Northern Colorado 6 Kansas 0 (Kansas eliminated)
  30. Michigan State 5 Western Illinois 0 (Western Illinois eliminated)
  31. Nebraska-Omaha 1 Northern Iowa 0
  32. Michigan State 4 Northern Colorado 3 (Northern Colorado eliminated)
  33. Northern Iowa 7 Michigan State 3 (Michigan State eliminated)
  34. Northern Iowa 11 Nebraska-Omaha 1
  35. Nebraska-Omaha 6 Northern Iowa 4 (Northern Iowa eliminated)


1. Nebraska–Omaha Maverettes (5-1)
2. Northern Iowa Panthers (5-2)
3. Michigan State Spartans (5-2)
4. Northern Colorado Bears (4-2)
5t. Kansas Jayhawks (2-2)
5t. Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-2)
7t. Western Oregon Wolves (3-2)
7t. Arizona Wildcats (2-2)
9t. Weber State Wildcats (1-2)
9t. Northwest Missouri State Bearcats (1-2)
9t. Ball State Cardinals (1-2)
9t. Ohio Bobcats (2-2)
13t. Texas Woman’s Pioneers (1-2)
13t. North Dakota State Bison (0-2)
13t. East Stroudsburg State Warriors (1-2)
13t. Northern State Wolves (0-2)
17t. Oklahoma Sooners (0-2)
17t. Mankato State Mavericks (0-2)

1975 ASA Women’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1975 held at Jacksonville, Florida.

Champion: Marks Brothers Dots, Miami, Florida
Runner Up: Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels, Jacksonville, Florida

In a repeat of last year’s finals, Pitcher Judy Hedgecock went 7-0 as a pitcher, won the final game 8-6 as she had 2 doubles and 4 RBIs. The Dots had previously beaten the Rebels 2-1 in the winners bracket finals. The Jacksonville Rebels then eliminated Avantis of Minneapolis to get back to the finals and another crack at the Dots.

  • MVP – Judy Hedgecock, Marks Brothers Dots (11-19, .579, 9 RBI, 4 Runs)
  • Batting Leader – Sandra Russum, Gremlems (10-17, 1 RBI, 7 Runs) – .588
  • Home Run Leader – Many tied with 1 (Sherry Bierman, Cardinals – 7-14, .500, 5 RBI, 2 Runs) – player with highest average with 1 HR.


P – Mary Jo Blake, Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels
P – Judy Hedgecock, Marks Brothers Dots
C – Linda Ares, Marks Brothers Dots
C – Sissy Morgan, Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels
1B – Sandy Russum, Gremlins
2B – Dot Stansel, Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels
3B – Lewanne Fenty, Marks Brothers Dots
SS – Debbie McLane, Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels
OF – Bunny Riley, Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels
OF – Karen Newman, Marks Brothers Dots
OF – Jan DuBois, Avantis
OF – Nancy Brown, Gremlins
UT – Chris Padgett, Marks Brothers Dots
UT – Ernestine Hamel, Marks Brothers Dots


P – Rose Dedante, Isis
P – Marcia Wilkerson, Robinettes
C – Linda Joseph, Avantis
C – Emma Lou Pope, Bay Skippers
1B – Princess Carpenter, Robinettes
2B – Debbie Wohler, Gremlins
3B – Sherry Bedingfield, Gremlins
SS – Jeanne Priebe, Isis
OF – Mary Ann Murphy, Isis
OF – Carol Stromberg, Avantis
OF – Katie Ray, Avantis
UT – Linda Polley, Avantis
UT – Debbie Bregler, Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels


1. Marks Brothers Dots, N. Miami, FL (7-0)
2. Budget Rent-A-Car Rebels, Jacksonville, FL (6-2)
3. Avantis, Minneapolis, MN (5-2)
4. Isis, Cleveland, OH (6-2)
5t. Robinettes, Springfield, OH (3-2)
5t. Gremlins, Tampa, FL (3-2)
7t. Bay Skippers, Virginia Beach, VA (4-2)
7t. Hamilton’s, Billingham, WA (3-2)
9t. Fun-A-Far, Huntington, NY (2-2)
9t. Hi-Landers, Louisville, KY (3-2)
9t. Fairway, Blair, NE (3-2)
9t. Raney Tire, Cleveland, OH (2-2)
13t. CP Dean, Richmond, VA (2-2)
13t. Road Runners, Columbus, OH (2-2)
13t. Cardinals, Cincinnati, OH (2-2)
13t. Hodisco, Hutchinson, KS (2-2)
17t. Pizza Pete, Aberdene, WA (1-2)
17t. Belvedere’s, Wilmington, DE (1-2)
17t. Rubi-Otts. Graham, NC (1-2)
17t. Scott Equipment, Chattanooga, TN (1-2)
17t. Downtowners, Fond du Lac, WI (1-2)
17t. Socialites, New Haven, CT (1-2)
17t. Playmates, Sacramento, CA (1-2)
17t. Colts, Mobile, AL (1-2)
25t. Cenla Merchants, Alexandra, LA (1-2)
25t. Stein Goetz, Ann Arbor, MI (1-2)
25t. Allain’s Gems, New Iberi, LA (0-2)
25t. Powers Gulf, Macon, GA (0-2)
25t. Marco’s Pub, New Bedford, MA (0-2)
25t. Spooks, Anoka, MN (0-2)
25t. Southern Beverage, Jackson, MS (0-2)
25t. WSA All Stars, Berlin, NJ (0-2)
33t. BYMC Debs, Pittsburgh, PA (0-2)
33t. Breakers, Corpus Christi, TX (0-2)

1974 ASA Women’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1974 held at Louisville, Kentucky

Champion: Seaman’s IGA, Athens, Ohio
Runner Up: Patriots, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • MVP – N/A
  • Batting Leader – N/A
  • Home Run Leader – N/A


P – Janeen Sands, Seaman’s IGA
UTIL – Pam Burch, Seamans IGA
UTIL – Sue Reed, Seamans IGA
UTIL – Cindy Pettibone, Seamans IGA


1. Seaman’s IGA, Athens, OH (5-0)
2. Patriots, Cincinnati, OH (5-1)
3. Charley Lassies, Charleston, WV (4-1)
4. Shamrocks, Winston-Salem, NC (5-1)
5t. Zodiacs, Knoxville, TN (4-2)
5t. Degries, New Orleans, LA (3-2)
7t. Shipwreck Kelly, Ithaca, NY (3-2)
7t. Roadrunners, Louisville, KY (4-2)
9t. Vinceres, Pittsburgh, PA (2-2)
9t. Stingers, Detroit, MI (3-2)
9t. Florida Truck & Tractor, Palatka, FL (3-2)
9t. Jonesboro Insurance Agency, Jonesboro, AR (3-2)
13t. Stompers, Richmond, VA (2-2)
13t. McNamara, Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
13t. Powers Mavericks, Warner Robbins, GA (2-2)
13t. Halfway House, Frankforut, KY (3-2)
17t. Chez Beau, Detroit, MI (2-2)
17t. CAGE Babes, Sacramento, CA (2-2)
17t. VFW Post, Grafton, ND (1-2)
17t. Do Diggers, Louisville, KY (1-2)
17t. Local 14-A, Rochester, NY (1-2)
17t. Moon Indys, Corapolis, PA (1-2)
17t. White Records, Pontiac, MI (1-2)
25t. Penguins, Atlanta, GA (0-2)
25t. Pittsfield, Pittsfield, MA (0-2)
25t. Our Gang, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
25t. Williams Drugs, Columbus, MS (0-2)
25t. Mets, Warwick, RI (0-2)
25t. Burlington Northliners, St. Paul, MN (0-2)
25t. East Audubon Baptist, Louisville, KY (0-2)
25t. Rag Dolls, Austin, TX (0-2)
33t. St. Charles Hospital, Long Island, NY (0-2)
33t. Todd Oil, Savannah, GA (0-2)

* This tournament was not completed due to weather. The first four teams listed were invited back to the 1975 national tournament.

1974 ASA Men’s A Slow Pitch Nationals

1974 held at Jones Beach, New York.

Champion – Piedmont Sheet Metal, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Runner Up – Thompson Sporting Goods, Savannah, Georgia

  • MVP – Monroe White, Piedmont Sheet Metal
  • Batting Champion – John Sheridan, Levittown Legion – .714
  • HR Champion – Glenn Dorch, Levittown Legion – 6
  • HR Champion – Chan Baker, Levittown Legion – 6


P – Monroe White, Piedmont Sheet Metal (6-0 pitching)
C – John Evans, Piedmont Sheet Metal
1B – John Sheridan, Levittown Legion
2B – Dick McCabe, Levittown Legion
3B – Barry Black, Piedmont Sheet Metal
SS – Gary Mixon, Thompson Sporting Goods
OF – Bob Ligon, Mama Jean’s Mobile Service
OF – Bob Lane, Thompson Sporting Goods
OF – Tom Clinard, Piedmont Sheet Metal
OF – Mike Jackson, Thompson Sporting Goods
UTIL – Rickie DePaola, Levittown Legion


P – Dean Jeseritz, Norling’s Silo
C – Glen Dorsch, Levittown Legion
1B – John Blanton, Piedmont Sheet Metal
2B – Ronnie James, Piedmont Sheet Metal
3B – Terry Webb, Thompson Sporting Goods
SS – Bob Hosford, Abbgy’s Computer Service
OF – Dock Booker, Mama Jean’s Mobile Service
OF – Bubba Garrett, Siegel’s Supermarkets
OF – Jerry Negan, Norling’s Silo
OF – Chan Baker, Levittown Legion
UTIL – Rickie Leek, Levittown Legion


1. Piedmont Sheet Metal, Winston-Salem, NC (6-0)
2. Thompson Sporting Goods, Savannah, GA (6-2)
3. Levittown Legion Post No. 1711, Levittown, NY (6-2)
4. Siegel’s Supermarket, Richmond, VA (5-2)
5t. Norling Brothers Silo, Svea, MN (6-2)
5t. Wechtel’s Sunoco, Metro Toledo (4-2)
7t. Dases, Cincinnati, OH (4-2)
7t. Rusty Nail-Jack’s Bottle Shop, Metro Minneapolis (4-2)
9t. Frieberger Furniture, Metro Louisville (5-2)
9t. Ranch House, Kentucky (5-2)
9t. Mama Jean’s Mobil Service, Metro Cleveland (4-2)
9t. Abbgy’s Computer Service, Michigan (3-2)
13t. Conti Brothers, Providence, RI (3-2)
13t. Dayton Blue Chip Tavern, Dayton, OH (3-2)
13t. Roman Carousel, Queens, NY (3-2)
13t. Trenton Capitals, Trenton, NJ (4-2)
17t. Spanaway Furniture, Tacoma, WA (3-2)
17t. Stowe’s Sporting Goods, Bristol, PA (2-2)
17t. Cougars, Lake Charles, LA (2-2)
17t, King Construction & Cannon Welding, Jacksonville, FL (2-2)
17t. Down South Snakes, Corpus Christi, TX (2-2)
17t. Collins Manufacturing Co., Cookeville, TN (2-2)
17t. Jarrell Truck Plaza, Richmond, VA (2-2)
17t. Moore’s International, Florida (1-2)
25t. Antonio’s Flying Pizza, Houston, TX (2-2)
25t. East First Auto Supply, Austin, TX (2-2)
25t. Shakey’s Pizza, Oshkosh, WI (1-2)
25t. V.R. Moore & Sons, Aberdeen, MD (1-2)
25t. Manchester Tire & Battery, Manchester, NH (1-2)
25t. Blackwell-Kasl-Hutton Pharmacy, Blackwell, OK (1-2)
25t. American Legion Post No. 420, Springfield, MA (1-2)
25t. Maple Wheel, St. Paul, MN (1-2)
33t. Christy’s Cleaners, White Plains, NY (1-2)
33t. Hermann’s World of Sports, Valley Stream, NY (1-2)
33t. Bob Banning’s Dodge Men, Washington, D.C. (1-2)
33t. Dahlstrom’s Motors, Grand Forks, ND (1-2)
33t. Love Furniture, Arkansas (1-2)
33t. Classic Bar, Papillion, NE (1-2)
33t. LeBaun-O’Brien, Vermont (1-2)
33t. Etna Hawks, Pittsburgh, PA (1-2)
33t. Du Penn, Rock Hill, SC (0-2)
33t. Ladner’s Friendly Inn, St. Louis, MO (0-2)
33t. Moore Painting, Orlando, FL (0-2)
33t. Tolers, Felton, DE (0-2)
33t. WGUY, Bangor, ME (0-2)
33t. East St. Louis Saints, East St. Louis, IL (0-2)
33t. U Totem, Kansas City, MO (0-2)
33t. Half Century Bar, Detroit, MI (0-2)
49t. Richie’s on Broadway, Milwaukee, WI (0-2)
49t. Chesapeake AC, Norfolk, VI (0-2)
49t. Henco, Rochester, NY (0-2)
49t. Park Liquor, West Haven, CT (0-2)