2002 Local Area Tournament Results
ASA Women's Class-B National Championship Series, Montgomery, AL
front row: Shawn Turoski, Meghan Brogan, Theresa Dunbar,
Patti Mulvihill, Pam Jackson, Natalie Shytle
Max Magees Pub of Delaware County captured the ASA National Championship by defeating Team Xtreme of Seattle, WA in the best of five series 3 games to 2. Here is the game by game summary as provided by the ASA. (Game 1): Team Xtreme (Seattle, WA), winner of the 2001 Women’s Class C National Championship Series, used an 11-run fifth inning to get past Max Magees (Boothwyn, PA),18-12, in the opening game of the Women’s Class B division. Chrissy Russell went 5-for-5 with four RBI to lead the offensive attack. Cesilee Coulson had two inside the park home runs to collect a total of four RBI. Angela Murphy had a grand slam in the fourth to add to her four hit total. Max Magees was led at the plate by Julie Slothower who went 4-for-4 with five RBI. Shelly Bauer was also strong at the plate with a 4-for-4 performance with four RBI. (Game 2): Team Xtreme (Seattle, WA) came from behind in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Max Magees (Boothwyn, PA) 7-6 and remain undefeated in the Women’s Class B division of the USA Softball National Championship Series. Max Magees led most of the game but couldn’t hang on when it came to the final inning. Three consecutive singles by Stacy Judd, Cesilee Coulson and Carri Bilbao gave Team Xtreme the opportunity for the win. Rochelle Webb drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to left field to close out the game. Julie Slothower was perfect at the plate for Max Magees going 2-for-2 with two RBI. Team Xtreme, who won the 2001 Women’s Class C USA Softball National Championship Series, needs only one more win to secure its second consecutive title. (Game 3): Max Magees ( Boothwyn , PA ) remained alive in the Women’s Class B division of the USA Softball National Championship Series with a 10-4 win over Team Xtreme ( Seattle , WA ). Max Magees, trailing 2-0 in the best of five series, scored all the runs it needed in the first inning posting five runs on three hits. Barb Brosius was perfect at the plate going 3-for-3 with two RBI to pace Max Magees offensively. Kirsten Kepner hit a bases loaded triple in the first to continue Max Magees rally. Team Xtreme scored three runs in the second but had its bats go silent the remainder of the game. Marie Shaw went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Team Xtreme effort. (Game 4): Max Magees ( Boothwyn , PA ) advanced to the championship game of the USA Softball National Championship Series in Women’s Class B with a 15-12 win over Team Xtreme ( Seattle , WA ). Max Magees scored 11 runs in the opening frame and managed to hold off a late charge by Team Extreme to move on to the final game. Julie Slothhower went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBI to pace Max Magees offensively. Theresa Dunbar, Roe Ryan, Patty Mulvihill and Mehgan Brogan each produced two RBI in the game. Stacy Judd led all hitters for Team Xtreme going 5-for-5 with four RBI. (Game 5): Max Magees of Boothwyn, PA may not have won its county title earlier this year, but it came for being down 0-2 in the best of five series to defeat Team Xtreme of Seattle, WA 16-11 to capture the National Championship in the Women’s Class B division of the USA Softball National Championship Series. Max Magees won three consecutive games on Saturday to declare itself as the true national champion in Women’s Class B Slow Pitch. Max Magees veteran pitcher Barb Brosius was named as the tournament MVP. In the finals she went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI. Shelly Bauer went 4-for-4 with four RBI, while teammate Kirsten Kepner posted a 3-for-3 performance with four RBI. Team Xtreme, who won the 2001 Women’s Class C USA Softball National Championship Series, couldn’t put together the offense to get the final win it needed to clinch the championship. Stacy Judd led the offensive effort going 2-for4 with four RBI.
Tri-County Fall Classic - Norristown, Quakertown, Camp Upland
Mel's Pub of Norristown capped off an unbelievable year by storming through the elimination portion of this tournament undefeated and by virtue of the 10-run rule in every game. Managers Marty & Paul Murray have had this team on an incredible roll since late August and they've destroyed everything in their path. The defeated Craig Balmer and Matt O'Hara's 'new' Aqua Sun Pools team in the championship game to capture first place. Dickie Moody of Mel's was awarded the MVP award for his fine play at second base and his continued hot hitting. Also contributing for Mel's were Clarke Farrell (22-24 on the weekend), Keith Berry, Tom McLaughlin, John Brooks, Scott Knauer, Warren Grant, Danny Helm, Dave "Killer" Kwiatkowski and Paul "Reds" Meare. Aqua Sun was led by the hot bats of Craig Balmer, Matt O'Hara and Dana Luscombe. The team used a combined team effort to surprise many people in route to the runner-up finish. Also contributing to the Poolmen's success were Brent Schaeffer, Dean Carr, Anthony Pascarelli, Glen White, Heath Hederick, Jason Williams, Steve Cordi and Matt Cordi. Finishing in third place were Hooters of the Norristown League and Lookers/Lotierzo's of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The fifth place teams were Swedeland Fire Company of Norristown, Parlay Card.Com of Allentown/Easton, Little Brown Jug of Norristown and Pat's Pub of Philadelphia. Tied for ninth place were EndZone of Binghampton, New York, Rookies River Room of Ridley Park and Team KDJ/Tanel of Linden New Jersey.
Bracket 1- Standings/Records
Note: Top 2 teams in bracket's 1, 2 and 3 were awarded the top 6 seeds. The three third place teams, the highest seeded fourth place and Mel's Pub were awarded the 7th through the 11th Wildcard seeds. The teams were then placed in an ASA 11 team single elimination bracket.
Single Elimination Tournament Results:
Final Standings (Final Record, including bracket play)
Tournament MVP -
ISA Tournament - Newville, PA
Frank-N-Steins/Maroadi/Mizuno of Jeannette, PA came through the losers bracket to win the Class B/C portion of the ISA tourney in Newville Pa. They started their run against Superior Softball Sales East, a tough game that went back and forth before Frank-N-Steins was able to pull out a 10 run victory in the late innings. Next Frank-N-Steins defeated Pennepacker Insurance in the losers bracket final. Frank-N-Steins met Frederick Chevrolet in the championship. Frank-N-Steins 10-runned Frederick's in the first game and in the "if" game, Frank-N-Steins defeated Frederick's Chevrolet 26-18 to win the tournament crown and an ISA berth. Earlier in bracket play; Fredricks/Gators beat SSS Reps and Freddy's Softball. Freddy's Softball then beat SSS Reps in one bracket. In the other bracket, Frank-n-Steins beat SSS East, Penepackers/Nationwide beat SSS East and then Penepackers/Nationwide defeated Frank-n-Steins. In the Double elimination tournament that followed bracket play, Frank-n-Steins beat SSS Reps, SSS East beat Freddy's. In the semi's, Penepackers/Nationwide beat SSS East and Fredrick's/Gators beat Frank-n-steins sending them to the loser's bracket where they started their run to the title. In another note, Corey Lucas of Pennepackers won the Home Run Derby. In the Class D portion of the tournament, Crusaders/Brick Bar went 6-1 and won the tournament and berth to Las Vegas in November by double dipping Cozy Corner of Delaware. They went through the tournament defeating Young Guns, from Carlisle area, then lost to Cozy Corner, they then defeated local rival Last Call of Delaware County before beating GSK&D Law. Then they disposed of J&J Painting of Norristown (J&J finished third in the Class-D) to get another crack at Cozy Corner. The game was decided in the 7th inning. After Cozy Corner scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th to tie it at 11-11, John Delassandro (Tourney MVP) blasted a two-run triple over the RF's head to put Crusaders/Brick Bar ahead for good. In the bottom of the 7th, Bump Dinella turned an unassisted DP at first base to record the first two outs of the inning. Manager John Shay kept his team focused all weekend. The team hit for nearly a .600 average for the tournament, scoring at least 10 runs per game with only one HR allowed: Johnny Delassandro, Mick Boyer, Jimmy Lawler, Buzz Shytle, Brad Buonadonna, and Rusty Weaver paced the team for batting. But, the following players all chipped in with over .500 averages for the weekend: Mike Fitzpatrick, Mike Amodei, Bump Dinella, Jay Scally, Jeff Brownback and Brian Cullen. The pitching duties and covering the middle was taken care of by Bobby Kelly, who went undefeated on the mound with 6 wins. In the Class-E portion, GSK&D Law defeated Last Call to earn the Class-E berth. Here are the final Standings from John Tramontano:
National Tournaments Results of Local Teams Entered
National Tournament and Class: Team, Location, Place,
ASA Eastern Class-B: Tailgaters/R & R Trim/Worth, Hagerstown, MD 1st
ASA Eastern Class-C: Sports Outlet/Worth Glendora, NJ 1st 7-0
ASA Eastern Class-D: Coors Light, Parsippany, NJ 1st 8-1
ASA 35-over: Warthen Fuel/Eagle Group/TPS, Dover, DE, 1st 6-0
ASA Women 35-over: Lakerettes, Conneaut Lake, PA 1st 5-1
ASA Class-A Women: Reamstown AA, West Lawn, PA 4th 1-2
ASA Class-B Women: Max Magees, Boothwyn, PA 1st 5-1
ASA Eastern Class-C Women: Prospectors Jewelry Roaring Springs, PA 5th
Class-D Women: Direnzo's Tavern, Norristown, PA 17th 3-2
USSSA Class-C: Outsiders, Mt. Union, PA 129th 0-2
ISA Class-B: Maroadi's/Frank-N-Stein/Mizuno, Jeannette, PA 6th 4-2
NSA Class-C North World Series: Arden/Otto's, Canonsburg, PA 3rd
Kim Garvey Coed Benefit - Norristown
Little Brown Jug of Norristown captured the 9th annual Kim Garvey Coed Benefit held each year in Norristown. The tournament proceeds go to a scholarship fund in her name to Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School. The Jug was led by Male tournament MVP Ivo Salvi who went 12 for 17 on the weekend. The Female MVP award went to Sherry Moore of NEA. The Brown Jug went undefeated as they defeated the District Attorney's Office, West Beer Baron, Maennerchor Club, Trappe Tavern and then NEA in the championship game. The Brown Jug contingent was managed by Roger Kummerer (11 for 15) and included Ivo Salvi (12 for 17), Bill Gulotta (8 for 15), Tom Pagel (7 for 9), Shawn Remish (10 for 14), Trish Remish (8 for 15), Ryan Walker (8 for 14), Steve Dimitry (13 for 16), Tom Coughlin (10 for 15, 4 HRs), Clarke Farrell (4 for 6), Steve Moloney (5 for 7), Harry Singleton (8 for 14), Tina Singleton (5 for 7), Shannon (3 for 8) and Mia (1 for 3). NEA was led by Tim Wilson and Dutch Curcio. Third place went to Trappe Tavern, Fourth was Daulton's. Max Magees and Maennerchor Club tied for fifth place. Other teams playing were the Frank's Pub, Main Street and Team Zone of New Jersey.
Delco Daily Times/Exelon Champs n Charity Classic - Marcus Hook
Tom n Jerry's/Mel's Pub gave Outer Design/Brown Jug a taste of what they've been through the past three years in the final championship night of this tournament. They've been double dipped by Willowbrook Pub all three times and finally they claimed the prize this year by doing the same to Outer Design/Brown Jug. Tom n Jerry's/Mel's Pub started out the tournament by defeating Lenni AC 35-4 as Johnny Brooks, who went 5-for-5 with three home runs lead the hot parade. Paul Meara went 5-for-5 with a home run, Tom McLaughlin went 4-for-4 with a home run and Clark Farrell had four hits as Tom n Jerry's/Mel's beat Re-Steel 20-10 in the next game. Keith Berry was the winning pitcher. Tom n Jerry's/Mel's then beat St. Matthew's 20-8 as Marty Murray had three hits including a home run, as Tom n Jerry's/Mel's earned a date in the winners bracket semifinals opposite Main Line Association rival Outer Design/Brown Jug. Johnny Brooks, Keith Berry, Tom McLaughlin and Dave Heckman all three hits for the winners. Outer Design/Brown Jug sent Tom n Jerry's/Mel's to the losers bracket with a 11-9 setback. The next game featured Clark Farrell who had four hits and Keith Berry had three hits as Tom n Jerry's/Mel's knocked the Millennium League champion Manoa Tavern out 22-2. The big war was next with Willowbrook Pub, the winner moved on and th eloser went home. Three years of frustration seemed to be coming out every time a Tom n Jerry's/Mel's hitter met the ball. The first 11 batters reached base. By the time the relentless first-inning offensive was over, Tom n Jerry's had batted around twice, had scored 16 times and was well on its way to halting Willowbrook Pub's string of Daily Times/Exelon Champs 'n' Charity Classic Slow Pitch division championships at four. The final was Tom n Jerry's/Mel's 26, Willowbrook Pub 9, a victory that Tom n Jerry's needed only five innings to accomplish. Tom McLaughlin, Warren Grant and Paul Meara each had four hits to lead the way. Next up was the loser's bracket final versus Casey's/Last Call of the Millennium League. John Brooks blasted a grand slam over the fence in left field as Tom n Jerry's/Mel's rolled over Casey's/Last Call, 30-10, in four innings to set up a championship showdown with Outer Design/Little Brown Jug at Marcus Hook Memorial Field. Brooks' bomb traveled approximately 360 feet and was the second big hit he came up with after Casey's/Last Call skipper Jay Sheffield elected to walk Joe Povenski. Brooks' grand slam was the highlight of a 30-hit attack that included home runs by Povenski (three-run) and Jaimy Ritter (two-run) in addition to Brooks' hit. Every player in the lineup had at least one hit, and 11 different players drove in runs. Brooks knocked in six runs. Povenski and Ritter plated four each. Clark Farrell knocked in three. Outer Design Landscaping/Brown Jug playing out of the Main Line Association League went through the winner's bracket undefeated to gain a spot in the championship versus the winner of the Tom n Jerry's/Mel's Pub and Casey's/Last Call winner Tuesday night August 27th at the Memorial Park Field in Marcus Hook. The Outer Design/Brown Jug squad managed by Andy Drobek is currently playing in the championship on the Main Line League where they are tied with the Crusaders two games apiece in the best of five final. The fifth game is scheduled for Tuesday September, 3rd in Radnor. They also recently clinched first place in the Norristown Softball League's "A" Division and presently have a 19-2 record. They were awarded the 'champion's spot in the Daily Times Champs N Charity Classic to represent the Main Line League due to their better regular season record with the Crusaders. The Delco Paper runs this tournament every year to raise money for the American Cancer Society. All the league champs and some charity entries (league runner-ups) are put together in a double elimination bracket to determine the champion. Willowbrook Pub of the Marcus Hook League has won the past four championships. They defeated Mel's Pub of Norristown the last two years in the finals. This year, it will be a little different as the Outer Design/.Brown Jug team ran through the winner's bracket without a loss to gain a spot in this year's finals. On the way they defeated Tom n Jerry's Outlaws by a 19-7 score as Tom Pagel pounded thee hits including a home run and drove in five runs. Bill Gulotta also went yard and finished with three hits. Ryan Walker and Eric Walker both had three hits and four RBIs. Shawn Remish and Jeff Brennan chipped in with three hits each. The next game saw the locals play Chopper's Toppers and come away with an 18-4 victory as Shawn Remish slammed two home runs and drove in five runs to power Outer Design/Brown Jug. Steve Dimitry and Tom Pagel each added three hits and three RBIs and Steve Moloney and Roger Kummerer also had three hits each for the winners. This put Outer Design/Brown Jug up against the four time defending champ Willowbrook Pub. The Jug broke out into a big lead and held on to a 17-11 decision as Jeff Brennan had four hits and drove in four runs and Steve Moloney had three hits, one of them a home run, and drove in four runs as the Main Line Association team knocked the four-time defending Champs 'n' Charity Classic Slow Pitch champions into the losers bracket. Eric Walker also had four hits and Steve Dimitry, Bill Gulotta and Roger Kummerer each had three hits behind the outstanding pitching of Shawn Remish. The winner's bracket semi-finals had two local Norristown rivals squaring off as Outer Design/Brown Jug defeated Ton n Jerry's/Mel's Pub 11-9 in a close battle. For the victors, Steve Moloney had two hits, including a three-run home run and four RBIs. Bill Gulotta added four hits and two RBIs, Roger Kummerer had three hits and Shawn Remish and Ryan Walker each had two hits. Remish was also the winning pitcher once again. Now only Casey's/Last Call stood in the way of Outer Design/Brown Jug's quest to reach the championship game and The Jug ran circles around Casey's/Last Call, a Millennium League charity entry, in the winner's bracket final , advancing to the championship game with a decisive 17-6 win. All 10 players in the starting lineup had at least two hits and one RBI. Ryan Walker led the way with four hits and three RBIs. It was a classic example of team play. Shawn Remish, who also got the win, had three hits, as did Bill Gulotta and Eric Walker. Jeff Russo added a pair of hits and a big solo home run leading off the third inning. This now set up the championship match-up between the Main Line Association and Norristown League rivals. The finals were never in doubt as Tom n Jerry's/Mel's Pub beat Outer Design/Little Brown Jug 24-8 and 19-6 at Marcus Hook Memorial Field, Tom n Jerry's/Mel's Pub did not just win the 19th annual Daily Times/Exelon Champs 'n' Charity Classic, it dispelled the ghost of four consecutive second-place finishes to Willowbrook Pub. Tournament MVP Keith Berry was 4 for 4 in the first game and 1 for 2 in the second to earn his second Champs n Charity MVP award. Joe Povenski put on a power-hitting display to win the Home Run Derby, then continued to play long ball in the championship round. He went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in the opener, and was 2-for-3 with two bombs and three ribbies in the nightcap. His first home run of the night traveled more than 400 feet. It landed halfway across the parking lot next to Marcus Hook Elementary School. His next two dingers hit the greenhouse attached to the elementary school. What a group effort it was. Tom n Jerry's/Mel's used a 12-run uprising in the third inning to turn Game 1 into a rout. Paul 'Reds' Meara, John Brooks, Jaimy Ritter and shortstop Dave Heckman also hit home runs in the opener. Brooks, Meara and Heckman drove in three runs each. Steve Dimitry and Tom Pagel both homered in a losing effort for Outer Design/Brown Jug. In the second game, Tom n Jerry's/Mel's buried Outer Design/Little Brown Jug with an eight-run barrage in the top of the first inning. Joe Povenski's two-run homer, and two-run doubles by Heckman and Warren Grant was a dagger in the Jug's heart. Even a four-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning could not save the No. 1 team out of the Main Line Softball Association. Mel's responded with five runs in the top of the fifth inning and two more runs in the top of the sixth to invoke the 12-run rule for the second time in the final series.
Final Standings - Champs 'N Charity Classic Final Standings
ASA of PA 35 & Over States - State College, PA
TNT Sports Club/Little Brown Jug traveled to State College and came away with the ASA Class-A 35 & Over State Championships. They went undefeated (6-0) and beat MoJo of Tyrone in the finals. The team was sponsored by Sonny Termine and coached by Roger Kummerer. They started out by defeating Penn Lyon Homes of Williamsport in the first game. Gary Mauger (4 for 4, HR, 6 RBIs ) and Steve Dimitry also 4 for 4 led the charge. In the second game, Butch Koester's clutch double in the bottom of the seventh inning plated the tying and winning runs to to lead TNT/Jug to a 17-16 victory over Mountain Graphics of Connellsville. Kevin Mullin went 3 for 4 including a HR. The next game saw Bobtown Pizza tie the game in the 6th inning only to have the heroics of Butch Koester come into play again as he cleared the bases with another seventh inning double to give TNT/Jug a 12-9 victory. Gary Mauger went 3 for 4 including a HR. Next up was Rick Barlow's powerful Silver Dollar team from Lebanon. Tom Pagel set the tone early with a grand slam to put TNT/Jug in the lead and they never looked back. Dave Kwiatkowski also homered and went 4 for 4 in the 22-9 win. The winner's bracket final pitted TNT/Jug vs local team MoJo of Tyrone. This was a low scoring affair and was decided in the bottom of the 7th inning by TNT/Jug's Barry Schwager with a walk-off grand slam to win a thrilling 6-3 final. Pitcher Mike Hall and shortstop Danny Deterlein both made incredible defensive plays to keep the game close. MoJo went on to defeat Bobtown Pizza in the losers bracket final to get another shot at TNT/Jug. The champs set the tone early as they exploded for 7 runs in the top of the first inning and bever looked back. Gary Mauger blasted 2 home runs and collected 8 RBIs while Steve Dimitry chipped in with a 4 for 4 performance to clinch the title. Roger Kummerer, Barry Schwager and Kevin Mullin all went 3 for 4. This was a total team effort as each man was responsible for the team to win this title. Gary "Augie" Mauger was phenomonal in victory as he went 19-23 (.826 average) with 4 HRs. Roger Kummerer had one clutch hit after another in route to a 11-16 (.688 with 2 HRs) performance. Kevin "Moon" Mullin (15-22, .682, HR), Barry Schwager (15-23, .652, 2 HRs), Butch Koester (14-21, .667) and Tom Pagel (14-22, .636 3 HRs)led the hit parade. Mike Hall pitched and fielded flawlessly throughout the tournament and deserved much of the credit for the team's success. Other team members include Sonny Chandler, Mark Kirby, John Grady (who was 5 for 6 before he went down with an ankle injury), Joe Zebrowski and Paul Foley. In the Class-D states, Mason Norton Company of Lemoyne defeated Garner Lumber of State College in the "if" game. The final Standings for both classes are listed below:
Final Standings - 35 & Over - Class A
Final Standings - 35 & Over - Class D
ISSA World Championships
TNT Sports Club's 50 and over men's softball team traveled to Manassas, VA to participate in the Class-AA International Senior Softball Association World Championships. TNT defeated teams from Ohio, Virginia, Florida, and Pennsylvania by the scores of 19-15, 16-1, 22-3, and 25-7 before falling to the Syracuse Merchants 28-22 in the finals of the winners bracket. TNT Sports then defeated local rival and the same team that beat them in the Pennsylvania State Championship Finals Spring-Ford AA Red 24-6 to advance to the championship game. Tom Schadt and his Spring Ford team finished third. In the final game of the ISSA Class AA World Championship, the Syracuse Merchants outscored TNT 18-13. Local players from the TNT team were Sonny Termine (.750, 15 RBI's), Dale Hood (.696, 17 RBI's), Sam Rosen (.666, 12 RBI's), Pat Fynes (.700, 10 RBI's), Jose Castro (.660, 12 RBI's), Dave Nyce (.680, 11 RBI's), Butch Fisher (.666, 9 RBI's), and Ronnie Weikel (.750, 12 RBI's). Other outstanding players for TNT were Tom Fairlie (.714, 10 RBI's), Charlie Ferris (.758, 10 RBI's), Lou Lussi (.611, 9 RBI's), Bob Learch (.571, 10 RBI's), Bob Dobbins (.500, 9 RBI's), Larry Trout (.700, 8 RBI's), John O'Neil (1.000) and Pete Session (.500, 1 RBI). Five players from TNT were honored by being named to the All World Championship Team: Sonny Termine, Dale Hood, Sam Rosen, Pat Fynes and Jose Castro.
ASA of PA Class-D States - York
Lamparter Trucking of York captured the Class-D State Championship by defeating Phillips Ford of Manheim in the finals. Tony's was 3rd, Mason Norton Company of Mechanicsburg was 4th, Hulmeville Inn/Kahan Chiropractic of Lower Moreland was 5th with Barth's Farms Renegades of New Castle in 6th place. The Titans of New Castle was 7th and Cornerstone/Finley's of York was 8th. Here is the remainder of the standings:
Class-D Final Standings (Record)
ASA of PA 45 & Over States - State College, PA
Local team Paragon Alliance Group based out of Fort Washington and led by Manager Tom Mulvihill traveled to State College and came away with the ASA 45 & Over Pennsylvania State Championship. Paragon is where Pitcher Rob Wisner is the president at (hence, the sponsor). Anyway, Paragon went undefeated in their bracket as they disposed of State College's OBS by a 25-11 score, then they defeated Bobtown Pizza 26-20. Next up was last year's 45-over state runner-up Abramson's of Centre Hall, who fell 22-12. They entered the single elimination tournament and proceeded to run rule everybody. They beat HPI of Middleburg 19-2, then Bobtown Pizza 16-2 and then finally Abramson's by a score of 22-0 to claim the state title. Bobtown Pizza earlier in the day upset 5 time defending ASA National 45-over champ Hoov's (formerly Maroadi's/Frank n Stein) out of Pittsburgh. The Paragon team was made up of local players who over the years have proved to be some of the best players ever from the Norristown area. It reads like a who's who of the Norristown Softball hall of fame from Pitcher Rob Wisner ( 4 runs given up in 3 elimination round games, including a shutout in the final) to shortstop Bobby Ray (12-20, .600) to the rest of the strong team including: Clarke Farrell (18-24, .750, 7 doubles, 4 HRs, 22 RBIs, 15 runs scored), Tom Mulvihill (14-22, .636, 13 runs scored), Dale Hood (13-22, .591), Ron Weikel (13-19, .684, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs), Pat Fynes (15-23, .652, 13 runs scored), Bobby Keyser (18-23, .783, 2 HRs, 17 RBIs), Ron Postell (17-23, .739, 4 triples, 10 RBIs), Denny Reagan (17-23, .783, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 17 runs scored), Randy Clouser (9-13, ,.692), Sammy Rosen (8-15, .533), Butch Martin, Player-coach Tom Eisenberger and coach Jim Hontz.
Final Standings - 45 & Over
Women's ASA of PA 35 & Over States - State College, PA
Yet another local team went to the ASA of PA state tournament and won. The Mixed Chicks of Delaware County traveled to State College and competed in the Women's 35-over State Championships and after going 0-2 in their bracket, they stormed through the elimination portion of the tournament undefeated to capture the title. The opened up the elimination round by defeating Lebanon county Slow Pitch by 12 runs. Next up was Coors Light who had many of the Class-B State Champs, Nick's 114 Cafe ladies on their squad. The Mixed Chicks erupted for 13 runs in the top of the eight inning to put a close game away and advance to the finals where they defeated Randy Moyer Glass of Duncansville. The championship game saw the Mixed Chicks stage another last minute comeback by exploding for 11 runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead and the title. Randy Moyer's advanced to the finals by defeated Helpmates Home Health and then Macri Sports to get a shot at the Delaware County girls. The team was made up of 11 girls from the Max Magees/Sweet Tooth Vending, Dukes Tavern/Slammers and Red Lantern teams. Team members include Diane Bragg, Dawn Scott (who was the only woman of the weekend to hit one out. She hit a ball 285 ft over the left-centerfield fence), Annis Drozd and Dawn McGrath of Dukes Tavern/Slammers; Vicky Pecunia, Debra Seramone, Barbara Miller and Judy Garecht of Red Lantern; Theresa Dunbar, Patty Ann Mulvahill and Meghan Brogan of Max Magee's/Sweet Tooth Vending; Carol Rakich from Slammers/Dukes coached the team. They were missing one player from Dukes. Mary Ann Curran, a pitcher, couldn't attend because she received news from Oregon that her son, who had been missing since Nov. 7th, had been found. He disappeared on a hiking trip and his remains were discovered and identified the Monday before the tournament and she needed to go to Oregon to bring him home. Her presence was very much felt all day Saturday. The team played for her and her family. She has been pitching for a Class-B team for 25 years. The final standings are listed here:
Final Standings - Women's 35 & Over
Modi's Annual Classic, Radnor, PA
The Modi Classic was held in Radnor once again for the 13th year and as usual, it was almost 100 degrees. This year's classic was held under the sanction of the ISA. There were State, National and World Series berths to be won and each team in the tournament was also guaranteed to play 3 games. When all was said and done, Sports Outlet of Runnemede, NJ came out of the loser's bracket and double dipped the Crusaders of Radnor. The Crusaders beat Millennium Pool League in the winner's bracket final earlier in the day. The Millennium squad which was a pickup of Dave Saracola Senior and Junior along with some of Tom n Jerry's and Little Brown Jug players. Sports Outlet eliminated Millennium in the loser's bracket final to get another crack at the Crusaders, who incidentally was the team that sent Sports Outlet to the losers bracket on Saturday. Buzz Shytle, Mick Boyer, Marty Murray, Keith Berry, Jerry Dugan and the rest of the Crusaders team had a nice run until the finals. The New Jersey squad run-ruled the Crusaders twice in route to the title and also claiming the Class-D National berth. Spinglers, led by the old man legend, Bill Spingler went on to capture the Class-E national berth by beating Maggie McGuire's Pub in the finals of that class.
Class-D Final Results (Records)
Tournament MVP - Dave 'Otis' O'Neill, Sports Outlet
Trentonian Classic, New Jersey
Class-B Final Standings
Class-C Final Standings
Class D Final Standings
Class Super-E Final Standings
Class Major-E Final Standings
Class Double-E Final Standings
Class-E "A-Bracket"Final Standings
Class-E "B-Bracket"Final Standings
Class-E "C-Bracket"Final Standings
Women's Open "A" Final Standings
Women's Open "B" Final Standings
Women's Class-D Final Standings
ASA of PA Class-D Regional States
The ASA of PA Class-D regional states were held in different areas and the top four in each area will move on to the ASA of PA Class-D State Championships in York the weekend of August 10-11th. These teams along with each district champion will participate that weekend. The local teams that went away this weekend include the Brick Bar of Radnor and Kahan Chiropractic of Lower Moreland who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in York. Both these teams qualified out of District-14 (Montgomery County). The Franchise won this qualifier and will represent Norristown at the "D" States in York. Other local teams participating in the "D" regionals include TNT Sports Club (4-2), Chain Mar Furniture (1-2) and Maennerchor Club (0-2) played in York. Joe Chicco/D&D went 3-2 at State College. Charlie's Pizza went 2-2 in Mercersburg. The top four finishers from each area are listed below:
2002 Class-D District Champs -
Belmar/Wall Tournament - New Jersey
SCB/Denelex of Smithtown, NY captured the top flight of this annual event by defeating Cardinal Lawn Service/Gamecocks of Medford, NJ in the championship game. Minuteman Press of Baldwin, NY came in third and Lookers/Loteirzos of Elizabeth, NJ was fourth. In the "B" flight, TD Waterhouse of Middle Village, NY beat KDJ/Tanel 360 of Linden, NJ to win that flight's championship. Filling Station of Long Island, NY won the "C" flight. Other teams participating in this event include DCII Painters Union, Jersey Lawmen, Lancescaping, Mario's, Unique Design, KNC Hitmen, Paskas, Phoenix Tube, Giant Softball, Harms Construction, NY Times, Universal Auto, Stretch's, Lake Mohawk Bagel, Iron Horse/Attic, Early Exit, TCF, Usual Suspects, United Rentals, Pro Sports, Ball Busters, Winter Bros, LA Limo, JB's, Cioffi's, HR Allstars, Deponte, Cobras, Promotions, Air Care, Bad Company, Deluxe Bakery, Romanelli, Lincoln Tech, Team LTP, Riders Edge, Bellville Buzzards, Thermco, Fleming & Sons and Bergen Knights.
ASA of PA Women's State Championships
The Norristown women's teams went away to the Women's state championships and did well in all the classes. Max McGees of Chichester who also play out of Norristown as Sweet Tooth Vending finished 3rd in the "B" States. Dukes Tavern of Springfield (Delaware County) was 4th. Our Place/Slammers of Norristown finished 5th in the "C" States. And in the "D" States, Tom's Bar of the Norristown League went undefeated and won the ASA of PA State Class-D State Championship be defeating Sandoe's Fruit Market of Biglersville in the finals. The Norristown girls had a fantastic showing in this class as Glenn "Statman" Kilpatrick's Trappe Tavern team captured 3rd place. Jimmy Myers and the Direnzo's/Courthouse team finished in 6th. And Stacey Clemens and her Breakers team finished in 7th place. Congrats to all the local girls who played well. The final standings are listed below, I'm still trying to get them completed:
Women's Class-A Final Standings, Williamsport
Women's Class-B Final Standings (Record), Williamsport
Women's Class-C Final Standings (Record), Williamsport
Women's Class-D Final Standings (Record), State College
ASA of PA Class-A States - Not held
Frank-N-Steins/Maroadi Transfer, Jeanette, PA finished 9th (2-2) - ASA Class-A Eastern National
ASA of PA Class-B States - Mercersburg
EMO Communications of York won the ASA of PA Class-B State Championship by defeating last year's state champ Frederick's Chevrolet of Harrisburg in the "if" game. Local teams making the trip to Mercersburg were JC Casner of Reading (5th), Showtime Softball of Easton (8th), Willowbrook Pub of Marcus Hook (14th), Cannon Roofing/Berry Mowing of Norristown (16th) and Mel's Pub of Norristown (19th) and Landis/Beacon of Reading (20th). The final standings are listed below:
Class-B Final Standings (Record)
ASA of PA Class-C States - York
Randy Phillip Construction out of Herndon went undefeated and won the ASA of PA Class-C State Championship by defeating PF Environmental of New Castle in the Championship Game. North Penn Gun Club of Quakertown was third. NPGC lost to Pandy Phillips 13-10 in the winner's bracket final and then 22-18 to PF Environmental to finish third. Leading the way for NPGC was Eric Henritzy (21-27, .778, 2 HRs), Ryan Funk (19-25, .760, 2 HRs), Randy Bochniak (13-18, .722, HR), Scott Ludlow (15-21, .714) and Terry Keller (20-29, .690, 3 HRs). Doug Shaw chipped in with 2 HRs also. Other locals doing well include Cramps of Allentown (6th), manager Heels Gelet and the Hooters Team of Norristown who finished 11th, Stud Softball of Reading (12th), Sweeney's Pub of Marcus Hook was 15th, Fat Jacks/Parleycard.com of Allentown (19th), Little Brown Jug of Norristown (20th), HY Pressure Wash of Reading (22nd), Tom n Jerry's/Worth Sports of the Millennium League (27th), Spring Ford AA of Linfield (37th), Hangen Brothers of Reading (41st), Aqua Sun Pools of Norristown (44th), Gabelsville AA of Boyertown/Linfield (58th) and the Hitmen of Norristown (67th). The final standings are listed below:
Class-C Final Standings (Record)
ASA of PA 50 & Over States - Linfield, PA
Hometown team Spring Ford AA 'Red' led by Manager/Pitcher Tom Schadt came out of the loser's bracket to double dip Norristown's TNT Sports Club to capture the state championship. This was the very first ASA of PA state championship ever held in Montgomery County. Special thanks go out to Tom Schadt who was instrumental in getting this event to be held at the Linfield Sports Complex, District commissioner Charlie Granese, Deputy commissioner Sully Gelet, Umpire in Chief Frank Horvath and umpire assignor Ted Every for makings things a success. Tom Schadt, who also was the team's leadoff hitter, pitched his team to the title and was helped along by the hitting machine himself, Tom Mulvahill. Also contributing to the title were Lou Hoffman, Ron Kummerer and Butchie Matrin. TNT Sports Club was led by pitcher Sonny Termine who also had a hot day at the plate for the runner-ups. Coming up big for TNT were Dale Hood, Alfie Fiorvanti, Jose Castro, Randy Clouser, Tom Eisenberger and Sam Rosen. Roni's Crackerjack from Wilkes-Barre came in third. Complete Bracket run down and final elimination results are below:
Double Elimination Results:
Final Standings (Records, including bracket play)
Annual Yuengling Classic - Williamsport, PA
Harder's Sports of Williamsport captured the big prize in this annual event as they won the "A" flight by defeating Claar's Logging of Altoona in the championship game. EMO Communications of York and Pauley's of Hanover tied for third. In the "B" flight, Wohler's Construction of Osterburg defeated Zimmerman's Trucking of Mifflintown in the final. The only info I received on the "C" flight is that Mitch's of Williamsport finished second.
Forks of Delaware Tournament - Easton, PA
Cardinal Lawn Service/ Gamecocks of Medford, NJ won yet another tournament as they defeated Deluxe Bakery of Belmar, NJ 39-38 in the bottom of the seventh inning of the final championship game. This win enabled Manager Kevin Williams and the Gamecocks to capture the prestigious A-Flight of this annual affair. JC Casner's of Reading, PA were third and The Jersey Jokers of Toms River, NJ took fourth. In the B-Flight, Iron Horse/Attic of Ironia, NJ defeated Lookers/Loteirzos of Elizabeth, NJ in the championship. Raven Direct of Whitehall, PA took third. Mayer CPA of Deer Park, NY won the C-Flight by beating Cascarino's Softball of Bayside, NY in the title game. A&G Painting of New Jersey came in third. This tournament was loaded with some of the best teams in the whole Eastern Seaboard. Here is a listing of the remaining teams that participated; Showtime Softball, Easton, PA; Alternative Air, Beverly, NJ; Alfaro Motors, Brooklyn, NY; Snyder's Stairs, Easton, PA; Air Care, Trenton, NJ; Filling Station, Long Island, NY; Raceway Chicken, Easton, PA; TD Waterhouse, Middle Village, NY; Venom, Nazereth, PA; Team Giant, Nesconset, NY; Drain King, Bridgewater, NJ; Minuteman Press, Baldwin, NY; Hardliners, Tabernacle, NJ; Horner Brothers, Bordentown, NJ; Team Havoc, Selden, NY; Team Zone, Easton, PA; KDJ/Tanel 360, Linden, NJ; Bullshippers, Gettysburg, PA; The Fox, Readington, NJ, TCS of Pennsylvania, Nicky D's, Tancredi's and Lumber Jacks.
Norristown Dietz & Watson "Patriots" Tournament
Tom n Jerry's Worth Sports/Brown Jug team went undefeated to capture the first annual Norristown Patriots Tournament sponsored by Dietz & Watson. Manager Joe Organek and his Tom n Jerry's Worth Sports Millennium League team combined forces with the Little Brown Jug team of the Norristown League. They went 3-0 in bracket play including wins over Casey's/Last Call (18-4), And One/Players (17-5) and Team College (16-14). In the first semi-final, they defeated Aqua Sun Pools 18-8 and then beat Maggie McGuire's Pub/Josam 17-7 in the championship game. Maggie's also went undefeated in bracket play by beating Seamus Mulligan's Pub, Dawg Pound and Aqua Sun Pools. The disposed of Casey's/Last Call in the semi finals to get to the championship. Ryan Walker hit two 3-run homers in the championship game to give Tom n Jerry's Worth Sports/Brown Jug all the offense it would need to capture the prize. Brian Sellers went deep for Maggie McGuire's. Ryan Walker who was 10-11 on the day was Tournament Co-MVP along with Jeff Brennan (13-16, .813) of Tom n Jerry's Worth Sports/Brown Jug. John Brooks (11-13, .846, 3 HRs), Steve LeViere (10-16, .625, HR), Steve Dimitry (11-18, .611), Shawn Remish (9-15, .600, 2 HRs), Bill Gulotta (9-15, .600, HR) and Steve Moloney (9-15, .600, 4 HRs) were the hot hitters for the victors. Also having good days for the winners were Dan Crowley (8-12, .667, HR), Brian Fields (7-9, .778) and Mark Lefkof (7-11, .583). Other team members included Mark Kirby, Tony Carfagno, Mike Hall, Sonny Chandler, Bill Kirby and Ron Duranto.
Bracket A - Standings/Records
Single Elimination Tournament Results
Final Standings (Final Record, including bracket play)
Tournament Co-MVPs -
QSPL Summer Classic - Quakertown, PA
Cardinal Lawn Service/Gamecocks from Medford, NJ went undefeated to capture the 4th annual QSPL Summer Classic. Manager Kevin Williams had his team well prepared as they played flawless defense the whole weekend and coupled with some timely hitting from Jamal Herring, Calvin Butcher, Scott Gowe and Mike Broderick were a well-oiled machine. They defeated Nazereth VFW, Softball America and Little Brown Jug to gain first place in their bracket. In the single elimination round, they defeated Azzatori Chiropractic and Team Mizuno to put them in the finals against Mel's Pub of Norristown. Mel's received a first round bye in the elimination round by virtue of gaining the #1 seed in bracket play. They defeated Norristown League nemesis Little Brown Jug in the semi-finals to earn a spot versus the Gamecocks. The Mel's crew were led by Jack Mullin, John Brooks, Tom McLaughlin, Keith Berry, Jamie Ritter, Marty Murray, Danny Helm and Moon Man. Jamal Herring's monstrous home run broke open a tight game in the last inning to preserve the title for the victors who have now won 6 out of 8 tournaments they have entered this season. team Mizuno of Syracuse and Little Brown Jug of Norristown tied for the third place spot. Tom Coughlin (14-18) and Shawn Remish (16-21) led the Jug hit parade while for the Jug, the big buzz surrounded pitcher Mike Hall (9-14, 2 HR's, 14 RBIs) who pitched and fielded his position better than anybody has seen in many years. He single handily almost won the final bracket game versus the Gamecocks. The Gamecocks won in the last inning 15-12. Congratulations go out to the Gamecocks who are on a mission to capture some nationals championships before all is said and done. The top 2 teams from each bracket went into the A Flight and the bottom 2 teams went into the B Flight. Matt's Softball of Old Forge defeated Softball America of Warrington in the B Flight championship. Matt's was led by the dynamic duo of Dave "Killer" Kwaitkowski (14-20) and Butch Koester (17-22). Randy Gravine (14-21, 4 HRs), Gary Lopatka (13-20) and the Amazing 49 year old shortstop Earl the Twirl was 13-19 to also chip in. Matt O'Hara went 14-18 with 6 home runs to lead Jeff Neamand and the Softball America squad. Also chipping in for Softball America were Cory Shank (12-19, HR) and Tim O'Shea (9-18, HR). Thanks once again to Randy Bochniak for running a great tournament once again. The bracket run-down and final standings are below:
Bracket/ Record/Run Differential for seeding purposes
A Flight Single Elimination Results:
A Flight - Final Standings (Final Record)
B Flight Single Elimination Results:
B Flight - Final Standings (Final Record)
USSSA Firecracker Classic - Dover, DE
Benfield Electric/Easton of Fairfax, VA were awarded the first place trophy and championship by virtue of their undefeated record. They previously defeated the second place team, Warthen Fuel/TPS of Baltimore, MD in the winner's bracket final. Warthen then defeated R&R Trim/Tailgaters of Hagerstown, MD in the loser's bracket final to get another shot at Benfield. It was getting late and both managers along with the tournament officials agreed to not play the game so both teams can make the long journey to their respective homes. In Saturday's bracket play; TJ Lite of Dunkirk, MD, Taylor's of Edgewater, MD, Benfield Electirc and Giant Softball of Nesconset, NY all won their respective brackets and received a bye in the double elimination tournament. Here are the final standings:
Stacey Clemen's Annual Women's Pre-State Tournament
Frank's Pub/Breakers captured this tournament by defeating Direnzo's Tavern in the championship game.
International Softball Federation (ISF) World Cup 50 & Over Class-C
Tom Schadt and his Spring Ford AA of Linfield team won the first ever ISF Class-C World Championship held in Manassas, Virginia. Spring Ford went undefeated on the day as they opened up beating the Gents of Woodbridge, VA 18-12. Their next game was an 8-7 victory over All-Star Sports of Dale City, VA. This put them into the winner's bracket final were they defeated the Sloper’s Stitch House of Manassas, VA 17-10, They then sat back and waited the outcome of the loser's bracket final between Slopers and Players/Reaume Sports of Ontario, Canada which was finally won by Players/Reaume Sports by a 7-6 final score. The locals won the final championship game against Players/Reaume Sports 13-3 to capture the prize. Congrats to Tom Schadt and his 50& over squad for a job well done. Their next tournament will be in Linfield on the weekend of July 13-14 where Charlie Granese and District-14 will host the ASA of PA 50 & Over state championships.
District-14 Class-C Montgomery County Championship
Sweeney's Pub Bombers from the Marcus Hook League (also know as Seamus Mulligan's Pub Bombers of the Millennium League) came up to Norristown and captured the District-14 Class-C Championship. The defeated Little Brown Jug in the finals. Matty Moore and his squad were undefeated on the day as they beat The Hitmen, Aqua Sun Pools and the Jug to go 3-0 on the day. Leading the way for Sweeney's were the Smith Brothers pitcher Frankie, shortstop Jimmy (.610) and third basemen Freddie (9-11, .818) . Rob Amerson (.610) provided the big blow in the final game with a 3-run homer in the 10-9 championship game victory. Outfielders Jimmy Ekels (7-11, .636), Dave Curry (6-9, .667), Curtis Johnson (7-9, .778) and Johnny Olson also provided offensive support for Sweeney's. For the Brown Jug, Tom Coughlin (14-23, .609, 4 HRs) and Billy Gullota (14-23, .609, 4 HRs) provided the power while Steve Dimitry (15-24, .625), Tony Carfagno (13-22, .591) and Steve Moloney (13-23, .565) provided the singles. Tom Pagel chipped in with 3 HRs to back the pitching of Shawn Remish. Aqua Sun finished in third place. They were led by the power of Mick Boyer (4 HRs). Also playing well for Aqua Sun was Heath Hedderick, Jason Williams, Craig Balmer and Matt O'Hara.
Final Standings (Record)
ISA Class-D/E Eastern States Qualifier, Radnor
Area ISA Commissioner Mike Amodei held an ISA qualifer in Radnor that provided berths to just about everywhere. He's getting back to me with the final standings and results. I know Kirby's of Marcus Hook captured first place for the Class-D. Pat's Pub of Philadelphia was second and Mullin's Plumbing of Radnor was third. In the Class-E, Crusaders of Radnor came in first while J&J Painting of Plymouth came in second. The Class-D MVP was Ron Duranto of Kirby's who went 10-13 on the day. Jimmy Jordan of Kirby's was 13-17 to back the pitching of Mike Hall. The final standings and records are listed below.
Final Standings (Class-D)
Final Standings (Class-E)
Hooters Mid-Summer Classic, Ocean City, MD
Angle Inn/Worth of Baltimore, MD went undefeated (8-0) to capture this tournament. They defeated JC Casner's of Reading 21-20 in the championship game. Casner's finished up with a 5-1 record. Leading the way for Casner's was Roger Kummerer (17-25, .680, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs). DWS/Romano's/Bonebrake of Baltimore, MD was third (5-1), followed by The Redman of Salisbury, MD (5-1) and Delmarva Auto Glass of Salisbury, MD (4-1). Top finishes of local teams include: Showtime Softball of Easton (8th place, 3-2), EMO Softball of York (11th, 2-2), Team KDJ/Tanel of New Jersey (13th, 1-1) and Stud Softball of Reading (22nd, 0-4).
Norristown vs South Philly All Star Extravaganza
The South Philly Capitolo League All Stars defeated the Norristown A-Division All Stars at the famous Capitolo Field in South Philadelphia. The final score was 12-9. The Norristown team jumped out to an early 6-2 lead courtesy of the pitching of Shawn Remish and hitting of Brent Schaeffer (3 for 3), John Brooks John Cresswell, Matt Cordi and Heath Hedderick. The South Philly squad fought back and took the lead 9-7 over took the Norristown team. They put up three more runs in the top of the seventh. Norristown answered with only one run in the bottom of the seventh and when all was said and done, the Capitolo All Stars had won their first game versus the Norristown all stars in four tries. Manager Sonny Termine and coaches Mike Kaufman, Rich Cocchmiglio, Andy Drobek and Marty Murray got everybody on the Norristown team in the game. The 'defensive' squad consisted of Shawn Remish (P), Matt O'Hara (C), Bill Gulotta (1B), Heath Hedderick (2B), Dave Heckman (SS), Marc Zeigler (3B), Andy Gelet (LF), Craig Balmer (LC), Bryan Kaufman (RC) and Kip Harwick (RF), Brian Dunlap (EH), Happ Cappoferi (EH). The 'offensive' team consisted of Jeff Brennan (P), Steve Dimitry (C), Matt Cordi (1B), Ty Jones (2B), John Cresswell (SS), Tom Pagel (3B), Brent Schaeffer (LF), Steve Moloney (LC), Ken Shemonski (RC), Greg Wenning (RF). John Brooks (EH) and Bob Ashworth (EH). Selected to the team, but not able to make the trip were Joe Povenski, Jimmy Lelii, Paul "Reds" Meara, Danny Helm, Tom Coughlin, Jeff Neamand and Darren Posnavic. Previously the Norristown team won 27-2 (1994), 23-2 (1999) and 22-17 (2000).
District-14 Class-D Montgomery County Championship
The Franchise won their second consecutive District Championship as they staged a dramatic comeback over TNT Sports Club to win the final "if" game 12-11. Trailing 11-9 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Chris Sullivan started off the inning with a single, he then went first to third on a fly ball. He then scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 11-10. With nobody on base and two outs, Ken Hanley started another rally with a single. Rodney Miller smacked another single to put runners on first and second. Woody Capelli then singled in a run to tie the score at 11. Chris Logan was the hero as his hit to right field won the game and the county title for the Franchise. TNT was run by legendary JR Williams all weekend as regular manager Sonny Termine was away in a 50-over tournament. Starring for TNT was Bobby Ray, Ed Keebler, Sammy Pier, Chris Militor and Joe Termine. Kevin McKeon and Tim "Poodles" led the strong defense. Swedeland Fire Company led by Joey O'Donnell and Ed Gear came in third. Mike Amodei and Marc Clayton led the Brick Bar of Radnor to a fourth place finish.
Final Standings (Record)
Sunbury B/C Bracket/Elimination Tournament
Dan's Den of the Sunbury Softball League came out on top of a tough field of competition in the annual Sunbury B/C Tournament to capture the tournament championship. Finishing out the weekend with a record of 5-2. In round robin play that advanced the top two teams from each pool, Dan's had their opening game with Pennsylvania 2000 Class B state champion EMO, who prevailed 20-9. They then defeated Wohler's Construction 11-9 to advance to the elimination round. Dan's defeated a very good Country Tavern team 15-3 in five innings. Dan's Den then faced EMO once again and were losing by four runs in the bottom half of the seventh. Mark Derr and Jeremy Zellers (Euey09) started off the inning with back-to-back singles before Brandon Latsha stepped up to the plate and hit a home run leaving Dan's Den behind by one run. After a Danny Bottiger single and a fielders choice by Jason Bottiger, pinch hitter Jeremy Rhoades stepped up to the plate with two outs and delivered a walk off no doubt home run over the right field fence to complete Saturdays action and advance Dan's Den to the winners bracket final of a double elimination tournament against 2001 class B state champion Fredericks Chevrolet. They continued their hot hitting by beating Fredericks Chevrolet 18-17. Frederick's then defeated Foster House/Square News (FOHO) to advance to the finals and had to beat Dan's twice. Fredericks won 27-15 as they put on a great display of hitting and defense to send it to the "if" game. Dan's Dan held on to a 20-18 win to capture first place in the tournament. Top performers for the Den were Rick Bilger ( .667 14 runs 5 HRs 12 RBIs), Jason Bottiger ( .667 10 runs 6 HRs 13 RBIs), Mike Martz ( .630 16 runs 7 HRs 13 RBIs) and Mark Derr ( .593 12 runs 9 HRs 25 RBIs).
District-6 Class-D National Qualifier - Marcus Hook
Swedeland Fire Company, currently in first place in the "B" Division of the Norristown League (District-14) went undefeated to capture the ASA Class-D National Qualifier and earn a trip to Auburndale, FL for the ASA Class-D Nationals in September. They defeated Phillip's Ford of District-2 (Lancaster) in the finals. Maggie McGuire' Pub/Josam of District-6 finished in third place and claimed the District-6 automatic Class-D state berth, bypassing the regional states.
Norristown Bud Light Memorial Day Weekend Classic
It was an all Marcus Hook final as Willowbrook Pub defeated Seamus Mulligan's Pub Bombers 23-13 to go unbeaten and capture the first annual "Bud Light" Classic in Norristown. Willowbrook defeated Maggie McGuires Pub 20-15 in their first game as Rich Trala collected 4 hits to lead the winners. John Fanelli and John Faustman added 3 hits each to back the pitching of John Lyman. Mike Hopson chipped in with a home run. In their second game behind the hitting of Bobby Waters (4 hits, including a HR) and Rich Trala (4 hits), they defeated the Little Brown Jug 23-10. Tom Gaffney and Steve DiMarino added 3 hits apiece. The Pub then clinched first place in the bracket with a tough win over And One/Players Club 10-7. Jeff Brownbeck, Bob Waters and Rich Trala all had 3 hits to back the pitching of Mike McKeown. The top two teams in each bracket advanced to a single elimination tournament and in the first semi-final game, The 'Pub' defeated Casey's/Last Call 10-2 as Fanelli, Faustman, Trala and Lyman all collected 3 hits for the winners. Jeff Brownbeck chipped in with a homer. Casey's was led by the bat of Mick Boyer. In the other semi-final, Seamus Mulligan defeated Maggie McGuires Pub 14-5 as Rob Amerson hit 3 home runs to lead the winners. The Smith Brothers, Frankie and Freddie led the hit parade and Matty Moore chipped in with a dinger for Seamus Mulligan. Steve LaViere hit 3 homeruns in a losing effort for Maggie's. Bob Hornsby, John Dellasandro and Bump Dinella led the Maggie bats throughout the day. In the championship game, Willowbrook defeated Seamus Mulligan 23-13 to win the title. The legendary Alfie Fiorvanti had 4 hits in the championship game along with John Faustman. DiMarino and Fanelli both collected 3 hits along with MVP Rich Trala. Hitting in the lead-off spot, Trala was unstoppable at the plate throughout the day (17-19, .895 average). He was unanimous choice for tournament MVP. Former Clank's shortstop John Lyman pitched 4 of the 5 wins and was backed by the fine defense of Buzz Shytle. For Seamus Mulligan, Rob Amerson homered once again giving him 7 total for the tournament to lead all players. Seamus Mulligan's Pub Bombers play in the Millennium League and also in the Marcus Hook League as Sweeney's Pub Bombers.
Bracket A - Standings/Records
Single Elimination Tournament Results
Final Standings (Final Record, including bracket play)
Tournament MVP -
Other Memorial Day Weekend Tournament Results:
Memorial Day Classic, Mercersburg, PA
Budweiser Memorial Day Bash, Somerville/Bridgewater,
Richmond Round Robin, Richmond, VA
Worth Memorial Day Spectacular, Ocean City, MD
Sully's Women's Annual - Norristown
Max Magee's Pub of Chichester, Delaware County went undefeated (4-0) to win this annual tournament. They defeated Dukes Tavern of Springfield, Delco in the finals. The Red Lantern Flames, also of Springfield, Delco finished third. Our Place/Slammers of Norristown was fourth and Direnzo's/Courthouse, Frank's Pub and Golden Girls all of Norristown finished without a win to claim the 5th through 7th spots. First Basemen Shelly Bauer of Max Magee's was named the Tournament MVP. According to one of the girls on the team, "She hit the snot out of the ball". Also leading the way for Max Magee's were Natalie Steele, Meghan Brogen, Kirsten Kepner and the legendary Theresa Dunbar.
Easton Spring Fling - Palmer Township
The Gamecocks of Medford, NJ won the "A" Flight by defeating Iron Horse/Attic of Ironia, NJ in the finals, SCB/Denelex of Smithtown, NY were third, Lookers/Lotierzo's of Elizabeth, NJ was fourth. Showtime Softball of Easton was fifth, Minuteman Press of Baldwin, NY was sixth, Coors Light of Parsippany, NJ tied for seventh with Team KDJ/Tanel of Linden, NJ. In the "B" Flight, Drain King of Bridgewater, NJ captured this flight by defeating Aqua Sun of Norristown, PA in the finals. A&G Painting was third. Leading the Aqua Sun bats were Tom Pagel, Steve Dimitry, Shawn Remish and Heath Headerick who all provided the singles while Craig Balmer (3 HRs), Matt O'Hara (2 HRs), Billy Gulotta (2 HRs) and Jeff Neamand (2 HRs) provided the power while Roger Kummerer pitched all the games. Ryan Walker was a vacuum at third base and anchored a strong defense along with Cory Shank, Glen White and Nick Vurroughs.
QSPL League Tournament - Quakertown
Berry Mowing/Cannon Roofing won the Quakertown Slow Pitch League Pre-Season Tournament by going undefeated with six straight wins. They defeated North Penn Gun Club in the finals. NPGC was 4-2 on the day. Cannoneer's Club (3-2) was third, Americorp (3-2) was fourth and tied for fifth were Azzatori Gray (3-2) and Kospiah Excavating (1-2). Musselmen's (1-2) and US Electrodes (0-2) tied for seventh. Finishing up tied in the ninth position were Univerasal Millwright, Pizza Pub and Eastern Wireless all with 0-2 records. Berry/Cannon was led once again by the hot bats of Matt Cordi and Randy Tibbs.
Liberty Early Bird Tournament - Trexlertown
Aqua Sun Pools of Norristown went 5-1 to win this annual event in dominating fashion. They defeated the Shockers of Tamaqua, PA in the championship game. Leading Aqua Sun to the tournament title were Jeff Neamand, Matt Cordi, John Cresswell (.750), Matt O'Hara and Mike Kaufman.
Showtime/Flip it Tournament - Easton
Coors Light from Parsippany, NJ captured this tournament by defeating tough Team KDJ/Tanel from Linden, NJ 25-16 in the championship game. Leading the way for Coors Light was Brian Stanton who went 17-21 (.810). James Amendolaro and Craig Paskas each hit 4 HRs to lead the Beermen. John Olsen led the KDJ team with a 14-16 (.875) performance that included 9 HRs and 21 RBIs. Craig "Hector" Salvatore chipped in with 6 HRs for KDJ. Raven Direct of Allentown, PA and Lookers/Lotierzo's of Elizabeth, NJ tied for third.
Norristown Early Bird Tournament(s)
B-FLIGHT: Manager Terry O'Donnell and his Swedeland Fire Company team served noticed to the rest of the "B" division that they are not to be taken lightly this year. Led by lead-off hitter Joey O'Donnell, the Swedeland Boys went undefeated (4-0) to capture the "B" flight of this annual affair. When all was said and done, O'Donnell was named the tournament MVP. Sonny Termine and his TNT Sports Club came in second place (2-2), they were followed by Chris Logan, Mickey Marsilio, Hot Rod and The Franchise gang (3-2), Maennerchor Club with Don Douglass captured fourth place (2-2). Direnzo's (1-2) and Norristown Rec (0-2) tied for fifth. Chris Carter's New Valley Tavern squad finished a disappointing last (0-2).
REC FLIGHT: Brian Giamarco and the rest of Joe Chicco Contracting/Down & Dirty team didn't care that they were new to the league this year. They beat everybody and finished undefeated to capture the "Rec" flight of this tournament. Led by pitcher and tournament MVP, Joe Chicco, the "D&D" squad also garnered a little respect for the upcoming season with the tourny victory. Montgomery Fitness (4-2) fought their way through the loser's bracket to claim second place behind the big bat of Bob Mullan (5 HRs). Bridgeport Rib House behind new manager Tommy Swenda finished in third, followed by Chris Messmer, Scott Nealman and the rest of the Main Street Pizza (2-2) crew who came in fourth. Tied for fifth were Charley's Pizzeria (0-2) and Falcone's Sports Bar (0-2). Mark Melice's Norristown Players Club finished last as they failed to win a game (0-2).
Coors Light Early Bird Tournament - Parsippany, NJ
The Gamecocks of Medford,, NJ won the second annual Coors Light Tournament. They defeated Minuteman Press of Baldwin, NY in the championship game. Drain King of Bridgewater, NJ finished third. Showtime Softball of Easton, PA was fourth and Team KDJ/Tanel of Linden, NJ was fifth.
Millennium Early Bird Tournament - Upper Darby/Marcus Hook
Tom n Jerry's/Mel's Pub out of both the Norristown and Radnor Leagues went undefeated to capture the third annual Millennium Early Bird Tournament. Managers Marty and Paul Murray had the Mel's crew ready to play this weekend after last weekend's disappointing 4th place finish in Norristown. The winners were led by Joe Povenski who walloped 16 home runs in the seven games that Mel's played. These weren't over the fence homers, they were all hit on open fields which makes this figure so astonishing. As far back as the outfielders were playing, he still either beat them or hit his usual tracers through the gaps. He was hitting balls over and through obstacles, parking lots, buildings and even bases on the other fields that weren't even mentioned in the ground rules due to the absurdity of the distance involved. But, as has been his trademark over the last couple years, Big Joe did not disappoint, he looks beyond the opposing outfielders and aims for other townships. Also leading Mel's were outfielders Clarke Farrell and Paul 'Reds' Meara who combined to go 34 for 38 on the weekend. These two legends were unstoppable. Tom McLaughlin, Jamie Ritter, Johnny Brooks, Dick Moody, Danny Helm, Jack "The Rattler" Mullin, Bobby Watters and Jerry Dugan also played key roles in the championship. Mel's Pub got to the finals by defeating Preferred Sportswear, Sweeny's Pub Bombers and then Little Brown Jug in the semi-finals. KDJ from Linden, NJ went 2-1 in their bracket losing only to, you guessed it, Tom n Jerry's/Mel's Pub. KDJ got the finals by defeating A&A Pizza from Scranton, Last Call of the Millennium League and Renaissance Marble of Blackwood, NJ in the other semi-final. Leadign hitters for KDJ were Jason Stagich (18-22, .818, 1 HR, 16 RBIs), John Olsen (17-23, .739, 3 HRs, 17 RBIs) and Craig Palmer (19-26, .731, 4 HRs, 26 RBIs). Tied for third place were Renaissance Marble from Blackwood, NJ who defeated parlycardcard.com and then a tough Tal Mar, Inc. team also from New Jersey (Cherry Hill) in the quarter finals. The other team tied for third was the Little Brown Jug/TPS contingent from Norristown who defeated the G-Men and then two time tournament champion Coor's Light/Peerless Beverage in another quarter final. Coor's Light beat the Jug on Saturday to win their bracket only to see their fortunes reversed the following day. They are a classy bunch of players and make any tournament they enter that much better. Coor's Light tied for fifth with Last Call, Tal Mar, Inc., and Sweeny's Pub Bombers. Once again tournament director Joe Organek put on a nice display of softball and showcased Delaware County softball at it's finest.
Bracket 1- Standings/Records
Elimination Tournament Results (teams listed with
Final Standings (Final Record, including bracket play)
Tournament MVP -
Little Brown Jug Early Bird Tournament - Norristown
J&G Deli led by manager Joe Organek went undefeated to capture the Little Brown Jug Early Bird Tournament. The J&G Deli team also known as Tom n Jerry's/Worth out of Ridley Township and the Millennium Sunday League. They went undefeated in their bracket downing league rival Last Call, Downingtown's Parts Plus and Norristown's Hitmen and Little Brown Jug teams in dominating fashion. In elimination play, they opened up by defeating Pat's Pub of Philadelphia 16-4. They then went on to defeat Aqua Sun Pools of Norristown 14-10 and then Norristown's Cannon Roofing/Berry Mowing 14-7 in the winner's bracket finals. This game ultimately proved to be the championship game as Cannon/Berry went on to defeat MCHP/Hooters of Norristown to earn the right to face J&G Deli once again in the finals. But inclement weather halted the championship finals after two complete innings were played. Cannon/Berry was leading 8-4 when the stoppage occurred. The game was not an officially played game, so the tournament officials, following tournament guidelines awarded the championship to J&G Deli by virtue of their undefeated record. J&G Deli was led by tournament MVP Sonny Chandler. Chandler, the pitcher put on a masterful performance and was backed by a stingy defense that gave up only 38 runs in seven games (13-3, 11-5, 8-7, 18-2, 16-4, 14-10 and 14-7). He also helped himself at the plate by going 14-23 for a .608 average. J&G was led by the bat of Steve LeViere who went 16-23, .696, with 3 homers on the weekend. Also helping out were Dave "Killer" Kwiatkowski (13-20, .650, 6 doubles), Mike Hall (15-24, .625), Jimmy Smith (10-16, .625, 3 HRs) and Mark Kirby (15-23, .652). Other team members included Dave Bell, Dan Crowley, Brian Cullen, Frank DeFeo, John Dormer, Jim Eckels, John Ganley, Bill Kirby, Mike Lafferty, Larry McFadden and Scott Olsen. Cannon/Berry under new manager Rich "Cocch" Cocchmiglio was awarded second place. The team which was formed this winter from a merger of Cannon Roofing and Berry Mowing was led by the power of Matt Cordi, Greg "Hammer" Wenning, Scott Knauer and Marc Zeigler. Dana Luscombe, Karl "Kat" Janetka and Keith McCullaugh also played key roles in the runner-up finish. MCHP/Hooters under the managerial leadership of the legendary Heels Gelet came in third. The Hooters squad was led by Roger Kummerer, Andy Gelet, Jeff Brennan, Jay Erhardt, Ed "Pittsburgh" Sasek, Big David Hicks and Ty Jones. The Murray Brothers and Mel's Pub celebrated St. Patty's day with a fourth place finish. Joe Povenski hit some tape measure home runs and was backed by the single's hitting Paul "Reds" Meare, Keith Berry, Clarke Farrell and Jimmy Lelli. John Grady and his JC Casner squad tied for fifth place with Matt O'Hara, Craig Balmer, Jeff Neamand and the Aqua Sun squad. Aqua Sun was led by newcomers Lou Ercoloni, Steve Cordi and John Schultz. The final individual bracket standings and elimination standings are listed below.
Bracket 1- Standings/Records
Elimination Tournament Results
Final Standings (Final Record, including bracket play)
Tournament MVP -
Quakertown Snow Ball Tournament
The Little Brown Jug captured the area's first tournament up at the North Penn Gun Complex in Quakertown. The team under new manager Andy Drobek won four straight games to finish undefeated. With tournament MVP Shawn Remish leading the way with his pitching and hitting, the Jug beat North Penn Gun Club (NPGC) 25-24, Seamus Mulligan 20-13, Raven Direct 19-5 and Raven Direct again in the finals 15-7. Remish, who is new to the team this year pitched all four games and went 11-14 (.786) with 8 RBIs. Other big hitters were Billy Golotta (12-14, .857, HR), Ryan Walker (12-15, .800) and Jeff Russo (9-12, .750, HR). These three guys are also new players in the Jug's effort to blend in youth with experience (age). The old Jugheads also contributed too as Steve Dimitry had 11 hits while Tom Pagel and Tony Carfagno had 9 hits each. The bash brothers Tom Coughlin and Sparky Pettine chipped in with 8 hits apiece. Helping out immensely were two weekend pickups in Roger Kummerer (8-11, .727, HR) and Greg "The Hammer" Wenning. Also contributing to the tournament victory were Jeff Brennan (5-6), Dave Hicks, Willy Plant, Mike Corliss and the amazing Dr. Paul Foley.
Final Standings (Final Record)
Tournament MVP -
2002 Pennsylvania State Championship Results
ASA Class-B NITs:
#1 Mercersburg (7 teams entered)
#2 Sunbury (cancelled)
#3 New Castle (4 teams entered)
#4 York (5 teams entered)
#5 Reading (2 teams entered)
#6 Harrisburg (cancelled)
ISA State Championships
CLASS-D (Played at Meadville)
35 & Over Competitive/Rec Division Combined
(Played at Meadville)
USSSA State Championships
CLASS-C (not held)
CLASS-D (Played at Lewisburg)
CLASS-E (32 teams entered, top 5 listed)
USSSA of PA NOTES: The Top 3 Class-E teams will move to USSSA Class-D for the 2003 Season. The 2003 USSSA of PA State Championship will be held at Heishman Softball Complex in Newville. They have four fields with lights and is only four year sold. The 2003 USSSA of PA Class-D States will also be held at Heishman Softball Complex. The dates are as follows: Class-D (August 9-10), Class-E (August 30-Sept 1).
NSA State Championships
CLASS-D (Played at Newville)
CLASS-E (Played at Newville)
For even more information on tournaments under the sanctions of Walt Lucas - Philadelphia Metro ASA, Guy Demaio - ASA of Western Pennsylvania, North American Sports Federation, Amateur Athletic Union - Softball, International Senior Softball Association, Senior Softball Players Association and Senior Softball USA, check their web sites for their own state/national championships.
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