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.
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.
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 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.
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
1985 Smythe Sox
1986 Smythe Sox
1987 Smythe Sox
1990 .752 Hinson Capitals
Total 1035 INCOMPLETE