Category: Players

Christan Dowling

Christan Dowling

Christan Dowling of Rochester, New York has unexpectedly passed away on April 13, 2021.

Christan was named the USA Softball Female Slow Pitch Athlete of the Year in 2018. She will go be remembered as the most feared women’s slow pitch batter of all time. She once played in an ASA Open Women’s National where she hit a home run her first time at bat and then was intentionally walked the next 16 at bats.

Christan has won numerous ASA and USSSA Championships at the highest level of each association.

Christan was an employee of Easton Sports since 2013. Prior to that she was a rep at Combat Sports Group.

Christan was inducted into the USSSA Hall of Fame in 2019.

As more information becomes available we will post it here.

 

 

In 2012, Christan batted in the USSSA Men’s Major World Series Home Run Derby, the first time ever a woman has hit in it. She did not let us down. See the video below.

Denny Helmig

Denny Helmig

Denny Helmig (1948-2021)

Longtime Worth Softball rep and USSSA Hall of Famer, Denny Helmig has passed away.

Dennis C. “Hawk” Helmig, 72, passed away 10:45 a.m., Sun. Feb. 21, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was born Aug. 15, 1948, in Lima, the son of Charles & B. Maxine (Wright) Helmig, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 19, 1972, he married Polly (Forton) Helmig, and she survives.

Other survivors include, children, Gavin (Alisha) Helmig, Lima; Dr. Sara Helmig, Memphis, TN; Kara (Donovan Shuster) Helmig, Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren, Teagan Helmig, Lima; and Gavin Sargent, Minot, ND; siblings, Teresa DeCurtins, and Brent (Marsha) Helmig, both of Cincinnati, OH; Connie (Jeff) Partee, Painsville, OH; Carl (Dawn) Helmig, Lima; sister-in-law, Betsi (Pat) Hurd, Chesterfield, VA; brother-in-law, David (Sharon) Forton, Villa Hills, KY, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Gordon & Rosemary Forton, his brother-in-law, Dennis DeCurtins, and a nephew, Jonathan Hurd.

Denny was a 1966 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School, and then attended the Ohio University, Athens, OH, where he was a member of the baseball team. He was a sports enthusiast supporting his alma mater, working with Lima youth sports and also enjoyed coaching his children in basketball and softball throughout their years. His participation in sports also included coaching the men’s basketball team at Northwestern Business College now know as UNOH. Hawk’s (No. 44) involvement and success in the softball field resulted in earning his induction into Ohio Softball Hall of Fame, the National Softball Hall of Fame, and the USSSA Hall of Fame. He was employed by Steele’s Sports, Worth Sporting Goods, and recently retired from Rawlings as a Regional Sales Manager. Hawk enjoyed following the Lima Central Catholic teams and especially watching his granddaughter play sports. He enjoyed playing golf, gambling, cheering on his teams, especially Notre Dame, the Cleveland Indians, and the Cleveland Browns. Hawk would travel to Kentucky, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus to follow his special friends and family participating in their sports events. His memberships included St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, the Shawnee Country Club, and the Knights of Columbus.

A special thank you to St. Rita’s Hospice, and the many friends who helped and visited the past months.

Ty Stofflet

Is Ty Stofflet the Greatest Pitcher of All Time?

Ty Stofflet

  • Over 1500 wins and less than 300 losses.
  • 650 shutouts 172 no hitters 500 one-hitters 58 perfect games.
  • Won 71 straight games clocked at 104.7 mph.
  • ASA national record 14 consecutive wins 76 2/3 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run.

ISC CAREER

  • 1958 St. John’s, Allentown – Local Church League
  • 1959 St. John’s, Allentown – Local Church League
  • 1960 St. John’s, Allentown – Local Church League
  • 1961 St. John’s, Allentown – Local Church League
  • 1962 St. John’s, Allentown – Local Church League – 2nd ISC East Church 0-1, 7 IP, 9 K
  • 1963 Allentown Patriots – ISC-14 0-1; 10-18, Outstanding Pitcher Award, Won ISC States, 3-1, 28 IP, 46 K
  • 1964 Allentown Patriots – ISC-10 2-2; 31-48, 2 Shutouts, Outstanding Pitcher Award, Won ISC States, 2-0, 18 IP, 25 K
  • 1965 Allentown Patriots – ISC-3 4-2; 42-47, 3 Shutouts, Outstanding Pitcher Award, Won ISC States, 2-0, 14 IP, 30 K, No Hitter
  • 1966 Allentown Patriots – ISC-4 4-2; 41-60, 4 Shutouts, Won ISC States, 1-1, 16 IP, 25 K
  • 1966 Mack Trucks – Won ISC Ind. States, 1-1, 14 IP, 21 K
  • 1967 Allentown Patriots – ISC-2 4-2 52 IP 85 K, 3 Shutouts, Perfect Game, MVP, All American, Won ISC States 2-0, 14 IP, 24 K, 2 Perfect Games
  • 1966 Mack Trucks – Won ISC Ind. States 1-0, 7 IP, 19 K, Perfect Game
  • 1968 Allentown Patriots – MVP, 2nd ISC States 2-1, 17 IP, 30 K
  • 1968 Sal’s Lunch, Philadelphia – ISC-4 3-1 35 IP, 71 K, 2 Shutouts, No Hitter, All American
  • 1968 Mack Trucks – MVP-Won ISC Ind. States 3-1, 30 IP, 66 K, 2 No Hitters
  • 1969 Sal’s Lunch, Philadelphia – ISC-1 5-0; 42 IP, 86 K, 5 Shutouts, No Hitter, Perfect Game, MVP, Outstanding Pitcher Award, All American, Outstanding Pitcher Award, Won ISC States 4-0, 28 IP, 54 K
  • 1971 Mack UAW Local – MVP-Won Ind East States 3-0, 21 IP, 54 K
  • 1984 Bank of PA Sunners – ISC-7 6-2; 64 IP, 83 K, 2 Shutouts, Outstanding Pitcher Award, All American, Won ISC States 1-0, 7 IP, 9 K
  • 1985 Bank of PA Sunners – ISC-5 3-1, 31 IP, 46 K, 2 Shutouts, Won ISC States, 1-0, 7 IP, 10 K, No Hitter
  • 1987 Saskatoon All-O-Matic A’s – ISC-25 0-1, 7 IP, 10 K
  • 1989 McD/Jimmy Macs, Baltimore – ISC-25 1-2, 19 IP, 21 K
  • 1990 TW Perry, Baltimore – ISC-25  1-1, 15 IP, 22 K
  • 1991 Class Walls, Whiteford, MD – ISC-17 1-1, 18 IP, 28 K
  • 1992 Class Walls, Whiteford, MD – ISC-13 4-2, 42 IP, 36 K, All American

ISC TOTALS

  • Nationals – 38-20, 449 IP, 661 K, 2 MVP, 1 Outstanding Pitcher Award, 5 All American
  • States – 26-6, 229 IP, 422 K, 3 MVP, 4 Outstanding Pitcher Awards

ASA CAREER

  • 1970 Rising Sun, Reading – ASA-3, 2-0, 14 IP, 21 K, MVP-Won States 7-1, 58 IP, 96 K
  • 1971 Rising Sun, Reading – ASA-3 MVP, All American 3-2; 43 IP, 79 K, ASA-1 MVP; 5-0, 40 IP, 65 K, 5 Shutouts, 2 No Hitters, MVP-Won States 3-0, 21 IP, 40 K
  • 1972 Rising Sun, Reading – ASA-2 MVP; 5-2, 49-77, 2 Shutouts, did not have to play states
  • 1973 Rising Sun, Reading – ASA-2, 3-2, 39 IP, 58 K, 3 Shutout, No Hitter, Outstanding Pitcher Award, Won States 3-0, 22 IP, 27 K
  • 1974 Rising Sun, Reading – ASA-4, MVP, Outstanding Pitcher Award, All American 2-1; 36 IP, 64 K, ASA-1 Outstanding Pitcher Award, 3-0, 21 IP, 41 K, 2 Shutout, Outstanding Pitcher Award, Won States 2-0, 18 IP, 30 K
  • 1975 Rising Sun, Reading – ASA-1, MVP, Outstanding Pitcher Award, All American 6-0; 53 IP, 88 K, ASA-1 MVP, 5-0, 44-82, 2 Shutout, No Hitter, did not have to play states
  • 1976 Billard Sunners – ASA-5, All American, 3-2; 33 IP, 54 K, did not have to play regionals, did not have to play states
  • 1976 Rising Sun – ISF-1, ISF World Cup, MVP, Outstanding Pitcher Award 4-2, 59 IP, 98 K, 3 Shutouts, 20 Inning No Hitter
  • 1977 Billard Sunners – ASA-1, MVP, Outstanding Pitcher Award, All American 5-0; 35 IP, 49 K, Won States 1-0; 7 IP, 18 K, No Hitter
  • 1978 Billard Sunners – ASA-1, MVP, Outstanding Pitcher Award, All American 4-0; 29 IP, 61 K, did not have to play regionals, did not have to play states
  • 1978 Billard Sunners – USA-1, US National Sports Festival 4-0; 28 IP, 50 K
  • 1979 York BB Sunners – ASA-2, Outstanding Pitcher Award, All American 5-1; 46 IP, 76 K, did not have to play regionals, did not have to play states
  • 1979 York BB Sunners – USA-1, US National Sports Festival 2-1, 21 IP, 30 K
  • 1979 Team USA – USA-2, Pan-Am Games, 4-1, 37 IP, 65 K, 2 Shutout, No Hitter
  • 1980 York BB Sunners – Broken Wrist- missed entire year
  • 1981 Reading Sunners – ASA-3, All American, 4-1; 41 IP, 69 K, At-Large team for Nationals
  • 1982 Bank PA Sunners – ASA-13, 1-2; 23 IP, 25 K, At-Large team for Nationals
  • 1982 Bank PA Sunners – USA-2, US National Sports Festival 2-2, 31 IP, 28 K
  • 1983 Bank PA Sunners, ASA-4, All American, 5-1; 48 IP, 58 K, At-Large team for Nationals
  • 1983 Team USA – USA-2, Pan-Am Games, 2-0, 14 IP, 22 K, No Hitter
  • 1984 Bank PA Sunners – ASA-13, 0-2; 16 IP, 16 K, At-Large team for Nationals
  • 1985 Bank PA Sunners – ASA-4, All American, 4-2; 40 IP, 46 K, At-Large team for Nationals
  • 1986 Allentown Sunners – ASA-5, All American, 3-2; 38 IP, 45 K, At-Large team for Nationals
  • 1986 Allentown Sunners – USA-3, US National Sports Festival, 1-1, 14 IP, 21 K
  • 1987 Annapolis Radiator – ASA-25, 0-2; 13 IP, 10 K,
  • 1987 Local Teams – Ski Brothers, Allentown and Beautyland, Philadelphia
  • 1988 Local Teams – Neffs, Allentown and Beautyland, Philadelphia
  • 1989 Riverside Lasers – ASA-17, 1-1; 14 IP, 14 K
  • 1989 Local Teams – T&S Vending (Neffs), Allentown
  • 1990 TW Perry-Jim Macs
  • 1990 Local Teams – Olympic Games, Allentown
  • 1991 Class Walls
  • 1991 Local Teams – Neffs, Allentown and Biello’s, Philadelphia
  • 1992 Class Walls – ASA-33, 0-2; 10 IP, 8 K
  • 1992 Local Teams – Chuckie’s Chicken & Ribs, Allentown
  • 1993 Class Walls
  • 1993 Local Teams – Petersville Rod & Gun, Allentown
  • 1994 Class Walls
  • 1994 Local Teams – Petersville Rod & Gun, Allentown
  • 1995 Class Walls
  • 1995 Local Teams – FA Rohrback, Allentown and Maryland Masters, Lebanon

ASA National Totals – 46-21, 518 IP, 762 K, 3 National Titles, 11 All Americans, 5 MVP, 5 Outstanding Pitcher Awards

ASA Region Totals – 23-4, 207 IP, 343 K, 3 Regional Titles, 3 MVP, 1 Outstanding Pitcher Award

ASA State Totals – 16-1, 126 IP, 211 K, 5 State Titles, 2 MVP, 2 Outstanding Pitcher Awards

NSF (Olympic Festival) Totals – 9-4, 94 IP, 130 K, 2 Festival titles

ISF Totals – 4-2, 59 IP, 98 K, 1 World title, 3 Shutouts, No Hitter, MVP, Outstanding Pitcher Award

Pan-Am Totals – 6-1, 51 IP, 87 K, 2 Shutouts, 2 No Hitters


When he broke the record in 1986 ASA Nationals beating Midland 1-0 with no hitter to win 45th career ASA National tournament game, he was 45-14 at the time. He lost his next two games at the 1986 Nationals and then went 1-5 in the next 3 Nationals he played in.

Statistics for just advanced play tournaments like states/regionals/nationals/worlds.

  • ASA Nationals – 46-21, 518 IP, 762 K, 3 National Championships, 11 All Americans, 5 MVP, 5 Most Valuable Pitcher
  • ASA Regionals – 23-4, 207 IP, 343 K, 3 Championships, 3 MVP, 1 Most Valuable Pitcher
  • ASA States – 16-1, 126 IP, 211 K, 5 Championships, 2 MVP, 2 Most Valuable Pitcher
  • NSF Festival – 9-4, 80 IP, 109 K, 2 Championships
  • ISF World – 4-2, 59 IP, 98 K, 1 Championship, 1 MVP, 1 Most Valuable Pitcher
  • Pan Am Games – 6-1, 51 IP, 87 K
  • ISC National – 38-20, 449 IP, 661 K, 1 Championship, 5 All Worlds, 2 MVP, 1 Most Valuable Pitcher
  • ISC States – 26-2, 229 IP, 422 K, 12 Championships, 3 MVP, 4 Most Valuable Pitcher

TOTALS – 168-55, 1733 IP, 2714 K, 26 Championships, 16 All American/World, 16 MVP, 14 Most Valuable Pitcher

In ASA National Play, he hurled close to 20 shutouts and 8 no hitters, including 4 perfect games.

In ISC World play, he had another 21 shutouts with 3 no hitters and 2 perfect games.

In State and regional play, he probably had another 15 no hitters and 10 perfect games.

He saved his best for the big stage.  In what is still considered the greatest pitching performance of all time in the 1972 ISF World Championships, he pitched an incredible 1-0 win over New Zealand and its ace pitcher, Kevin Herlihy, in 20 innings. For 18 2/3 innings Stofflet had a perfect game before a batter was hit by a pitch. Stofflet had two of the five hits off Herlihy including the game’s only RBI with a single in the top of the 20th inning. Stofflet finished with an incredible 32 strikeouts in a game.

He was a pitcher with no equal and what people fail to realize it that he also had a career batting average of over .300.

Rick Wheeler

Year	HR	 Avg	Team
1980 			Campbell's Carpets 
1981 			Capitol Insulation
1982 	90		Capitol Insulation
1983 	128		Capitol Insulation
1984 	88		Jerry's Caterers
1985 	155	.660	Elite Coatings
1986 			Smythe Sox & Shubins
1987 			Smythe Sox
1988 	99	.729	Smythe & Howard's & Broken Drum
1989 			Ken Michaels
1990 	13	.511	Ritch's/Kirks
1991 	50	.644	Starpath
1992 	109	.625	Bell Corp
1993 	100	.663	Vernon's
1994 			Herb's Dynasty 
1995 			Herb's/TPS
TOTALS 832

Rich Plante

Year	HR	 Avg	Team
1976 	30		Murphy's Tavern
1977 	60	.725	Murphy's & Chelsea's Pie Shop
1978 	70 	.700	Murphy's & Chelsea's
1979 	40 	.754 	Murphy's Tavern (95-126) 
1980 	14 	.739 	Chelsie's Pie Shop (17-23)
1981 	110 	.750 	Unemployment Office (65 games)
1982 	39	.685	Mercury-Price-Molotte
1983 	41 	.633 	Mercury-Price-Molotte
1984 	85	.625	Price Enterprises (67 games)
1985 	167	.645	Price Enterprises
1986 		.701	Capitol Insulation & Shubins
1987 	150	.720	Marlton Trucking
1988 	118	.728	Marlton & Superior & Apollo
1989 	169	.636	Superior/Apollo
1990 	98	.642	Superior/Apollo
1991 	7	.667	Williams/Finke
1992 	90	.657	Starpath
TOTALS 1288

Mike Cellura

Year	HR	 Avg	Team
1976 			Capitol Insulation
1977 			Campbell's Carpets/BAM
1978 			Campbell's Carpets
1979 			Campbell's Carpets
1980 			Campbell's Carpets
1981 		.661	Capitol Insulation and Howard's
1982 	90		Howard's/Western Steer
1983 			Jerry's Caterers
1984 			Jerry's Caterers
1985 			Capitol Insulation
1986 	90	.661	Capitol Insulation
1987 	128	.658	Capitol Insulation
1988 			Broken Drum Insulation
1989 
1990 			Starpath
1991 
1992 
1993 
1994 
1995 	76	.631	D's Dynasty
1996 			D's Alliance
1997 			D's Alliance
TOTALS  384

Denny Hogan

Year	 AB	Hits	 HR	 Avg	Team
1968 					Linn-Corriher
1969 					Linn-Corriher
1970 					Linn-Corriher
1971 					Linn-Corriher
1972 					Linn-Corriher
1973 	422	218 	 60 	.516	Howard's Furniture
1974 	496	288 	 89 	.580	Howard's Furniture
1975 	564	351 	132 	.622	Howard's Furniture
1976 	549	326	131 	.604 	Howard's Furniture & Little Ceasars (USSSA Worlds; 9-16, 4 HRs)
1977 	577	351	165	.608	Howard's Furniture
1978 			116	.624	Howard's Furniture
1979 			 51	.579	Howard's Furniture
1980 					Howard's Furniture
1981 			  5	.529	Howard's Furniture

Ron Patterson

Yer	 HR	 Avg	Team
1967 	 80	.610	Kobax
1968 	185 	.680 	Kobax
1969 	104 	.631 	Kobax
1970 	140 	.660 	Kobax (Golden Gallons Nationals)
1971 	145 	.640 	Kobax
1972 	158 	.630 	Card's Carpets
1973 	156 	.670 	Thurman-Bryant
1974 	132 	.635 	Thurman-Bryant
1975 	141 	.610 	Thurman-Bryant
1976 	129 	.665 	Duggan & Duggan
1977 	132 	.671 	Burnett & Associates
1978 	130 	.698 	Burnett & Associates
1979 	?	?	Burnett & Carroll
Total	1550		INCOMPLETE - (Estimated to have over 2000 HR)

Mike Parrott

Year	 HR	 Avg	Team
1976			Coastal Rentals
1977	169	.655	Port City Ford
1978	136	.659	Port City Ford
1979	220	.624	Port City Ford, Nelson's and Dave Carroll's
1980	206	.606	Dave Carroll's Sports
1981	203	.685	Dave Carroll's Sports and Jerry's
1982			Jerry's Caterers
1983	101	.667	Garrett's Raiders
1984			?
1985			Smythe Sox
1986			Smythe Sox
1987			Smythe Sox
1988			?
1989			?
1990		.752	Hinson Capitals
Total	1035		INCOMPLETE

Al White

Year	 HR	 Avg	Team
1971	120	.640	Kobax
1972	172	.678	Warren Motors
1973	140	.650	Warren Motors
1974	106	.693	Jerry's Caterers
1975	123	.643	Nelson's Painting
1976	 95	.676	Jerry's Caterers
1977	101	.695	Nelson Painting
1978	109	.693	Campbell Carpets
1979	105	.615	American Realty		
1980	270	.625	Steele's Sports and Softball City
1981	 97	.605	Steele's Sports
1982			?
1983			Philly Steak Out (USSSA WS - 2 HRs)
Total	1073		INCOMPLETE