The Illinois ASA announces the team and individual Hall of Fame inductions for 2013. Enshrinement for the inductees will take place at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center on Saturday, April 13th at the annual Illinois ASA Commissioners Council Meeting and Banquet. The actual location of the state Hall of Fame and Museum is in Casey, Illinois. The individuals and teams to be honored follows.
2013 ILLINOIS ASA INDIVIDUAL INDUCTIONS
- Rocco Ramsey, Bowen; Manager….Mens fastpitch manager since 1981. Teams are perennial favorites in mens fastpitch state tournaments. Teams represented Illinois in several national tournaments.
- John “Jake” Marker, Mahomet; Player….Mens fastpitch player for 13 years for Woodworth Trucking. Also played for Bement, Cerro Gordo and Nohren Farms. All State several times, played on two state championship teams.
- Chris Long, Sigel; Umpire….Long-time mens fastpitch umpire. Former recipient of Don Plarski Award, worked five national tournaments. Also served as District Commissioner for ten years.
- Brad Friese, Strasburg; Player…..Fastpitch player for Stewardson Merchants, Stew-Stras Tates, Cowden. Also organizer of Tates team, managed and played. Holds all-time Tates record of games played (1,352), at bats (3,834), runs (707) and hits (1,078).
- Craig Behne, Bettendorf, Iowa; Player….Mens slopitch player for over 30 years, primarily for Quad City Laminating. All State player in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003 (also MVP), and 2005. Played for numerous state championship and runnerup teams.
- John Radloff, Strasburg; Player…..Fastpitch player for Sullivan Chiefs, Decatur Perfect Window Cleaners, Decatur ADM. Teams won two state championships and a National Championship.
- Roberta Secrest, Avon, Indiana; Player…..Womens fastpitch player for Casey Teen-Merchants, Clark County Comanches, Tri-County Ramblers and the Casey Stingers. The 1980 Casey team won the Illinois Class AA State Tournament. Dr. Secrest was a 3-time all stater with a career batting average of .312. Remembered as an exceptional defensive second baseman.
- Barry Dalmasso, Mt. Vernon; Pitcher…..Played for Woodlawn, Mt. Vernon, Effingham, Pinckneyville Celtics, Petes Blues, Central Illinois Knights, Elkville, Nohren Farms. Many all state teams, has been MVP in Class A and Class AA State Tournaments.
- Rick Minton, Cerro Gordo; Player…..Mens fastpitch player for Elwin Herbert Trucking, Decatur A’s, Decatur ADM, Decatur Pride, Decatur Legends, Cerro Gordo Broncos. Multiple all stater and All American. Played on state and national championship teams.
2013 ILLINOIS ASA TEAM INDUCTIONS
- Decatur Perfect Window Cleaners, Mens Fastpitch team for 15 plus years. Won two major state championships, 2 runnerup finishes and two runnerups in Midwest Regional.
- West Frankfort Cardinals, Womens Fastpitch for 21 years with record of 560 wins and 268 losses. Won 2 Class A Sate titles, several runnerups and won the 1996 Class A Midwest Regional.
- Milan Aces, Girls JO Fastpitch team for over 20 years. Won six state championships.
- Sadorus Woodworth Trucking, Mens Fastpitch team for approximately 15 years. Won mens Class A state title in 1985 and previously finished 2nd and 3rdin what wast hen a single elimination tournament.
- Pinckneyville Celtics, Mens Fastpitch team for over 20 years. Won two Class A state championships two thirds in Class AA and a 2nd and a 3rd in the Class AA Regional.
I was on the West Frankfort team with Beth, Jackie, Sara, Ellen, Lisa, et al. I wish I had known about this. I must came across it today.