2015 Mens Wooden Bat Tournament

The Illinois Amateur Softball Association 2015 mens tournament schedule kicks off this weekend with the Mens Wooden Bat tournament in Casey, Illinois. An induction ceremony will take place at 6:30pm at the East Stadium followed by the first two games, one game will take place at the East Stadium the other game at the West Stadium. Here is the bracket for the Mens Wooden Bat Tournament. 2015woodenbat

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Mens Wooden Bat Tournament Leads Off Summer Fastpitch State Tournaments

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The Illinois Amateur Softball Association 2015 mens tournament schedule is highlighted this summer by the hosting of three key fastpitch state tournaments.

The highly-popular mens fastpitch wooden bat tournament will again be played in fabulous Casey Fairview Park.  The date of this years tournament has been moved for this year only to July 17-19  in order to accommodate the conflict with the Over 50 Nationals.

The Village of Forsyth will host two fastpitch state tournaments. The Mens 50 and Over Fastpitch National Tournament is scheduled July 24-26 and the Mens Class C Fastpitch State Tournament will be held July 31-August 2.

Participants in the mens 50 and over tournament must be 50 years old by December 31st.  The entry fee is $450 and there will be no additional expenses with no admission or parking fees being charged.  Interested teams should contact Illinois ASA State Commissioner Don Brewer at 618-525-1986, ASA National Tournament Rep Jerry Stewart at 217-2456-7805 or Tournament Director Teri Hammel at 217-433-4168.

The mens Class C state tournament will return to Forsyth again this summer after a highly successful debut there last year.  Foreign pitchers are not eligible for this event unless they have been classified C by the ASA NationalReclasssification Committee. For entry and/or additional information contact Brewer or Gary Nohren at 217-493-4454.

Fastpitch is alive and well in Illinois this summer!

Click here to view a list of all the 2015 state tournaments during July and August.

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2015 Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Inductees

The Illinois Amateur Softball Association Executive Committee has selected four teams and ten individuals for induction into the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held at the Hall of Fame banquet in Decatur on April 11, 2015.

2015 Illinois ASA Individual Inductees

  • Pete Sconians, pitcher from Danville………Pitched for over 20 years in California and Illinois. Instate he pitched for the Danville Hillpackers, Danville Elsie’s Tap and the Danville Bullock Bulls. He won two state championships as a pitcher but also played several infield positions.
  • Fuzz Coffman, Player/Manager from Decatur………..Played and managed for 25 years in Illinois ASA competition. Primarily a shortstop/2nd baseman, he played on two state championship teams with Decatur Rileys. Also managed Rileys for 4 years and the Decatur Good Ole Boys for 4 years.
  • Bill Park, sponsor from Virginia, Illinois……..Known simply as “Ballpark”, Bill has sponsored ASA softball teams for approximately 25 years in mens slowpitch, women’s slowpitch and coed. His teams have won several state championships including the ASA coed state tournament the past two years.
  • Ron Ames Jr., Player from Belleville, Illinois………Dr. Ames played and pitched for over 30 years primarily in the Belleville area. He played many positions early in his career but finished primarily as a pitcher. He had a .306 lifetime batting average and
    pitched in 18 national tournaments. He joins his father, Ron Ames Sr. in the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame.
  • Dave Coles, umpire from Belleville, Illinois……….Umpired Illinois ASA softball for 25 years and worked many mens fastpitch state tournaments. Also played nine years in the Alton area. Dave was very popular with the players and managers and served as UIC at many of the mens fastpitch state tournaments held in Belleville.
  • Cindy Nelson, player/umpire from Carbondale, Illinois……As a slowpitch player, made ASA All-Tournament team 5 times and 2nd team All American at 1991 coed national tournament in Springfield, Missouri. Cindy has attended seven national umpire schools and has umpired nine ASA national championships.
  • Alan Meinhart, pitcher from Effingham, Illinois…….Alan pitched for 30 years in ASA competition. He was all tournament many times in ASA fastpitch state tournaments and 3 times was MVP. He also pitched for two national championship teams (Vandalia Freight) and was an all american three times 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • Bob Nagel, player from Bourbonnais, Illinois…….Bob also played for the famed Vandalia Freight. That team won 3 Illinois State Championships and two ASA National championships. A feared hitter, Nagel made the ASA state tournament team six times and twice was an all American. He played 222 games for the Freight and had 46 home runs and 237 RBI’s along with a .395 batting average.
  • Cary Frey, commissioner from Bloomington/Normal, Illinois……..As ASA Vice President, Cary has served the Illinois ASA for 25 years. During that time he was the tournament director for ASA National and state tournaments in Normal. Cary will be inducted in the Meritorious Service category.
  • Richard Ogden, umpire from Champaign, Illinois……… Dick umpired for over 25 years in ASA competition. He retired many years ago but not before he umpired 15 Illinois ASA fastpitch state tournaments, 4 Midwest Regionals and the ASA mens major national championship tournament in Pennsylvania in 1976. Dick’s umpiring partner of many years was fellow Hall of Famer Gene Lash.

NOTE: Mike Martin from Decatur, Illinois finished 11th in the balloting and as such will be included in the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame class of 2016 in the Meritorious Service category.

2015 Illinois ASA Team Inductions

  • Alton Bucks, mens slowpitch team.
  • Sullivan Chiefs, mens fastpitch team.
  • Ball Park Motors, Jacksonville coed team.
  • Jacksonville Lincoln Douglas Loans, mens slowpitch team.
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In Memory of LeRoy Staley, Original Museum Trustee

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LeRoy Staley, 79, was born on December 15, 1935 and passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 3 a.m. at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the First Baptist Church with Brother Billie Ray Ulrey, Rev. Tom Marsh and Rev. Gene Ellis officiating. Burial followed in the Casey Cumberland Cemetery, Casey IL with graveside military rites by the Casey VFW and Hazel Dell American Legion.

LeRoy was one of the original trustees who decided in 1976, after many years of softball success, that it was necessary to preserve the history of softball in Casey and create a Hall of Honor Museum. Then in 2010, thanks to LeRoy and many businesses and individuals, the ASA selected Casey for the permanent home for their Hall of Fame. Once again LeRoy and many other local citizens donated time and materials to build an addition on the east side of the original museum for the new ASA Hall of Fame portion.

On April 29, 2011, LeRoy Staley was inducted into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame for all his years as a team sponsor, specifically the 1980 Women’s State Champion – Casey Stingers.

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Honor an Inductee with a Plaque

Honor an Inductee with a Plaque

Looking to commemorate an individual or team Hall of Fame inductee? Please consider a “made to order” laser-inscribed plaque.

Click here for more information.

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2014 Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Inductees

Meeting in Decatur recently, the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Executive Board selected four teams and 12 individuals for induction into the Illinois ASA Softball Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at the Hotel and Conference Center in Decatur.   The teams and individuals to be honored follows: 

2014 Illinois ASA Team Inductions

  • Zeigler Raiders, Mens Fastptich team for 23 years.  Won two Class A (formerly Class B) state championships in the 1970’s and compiled an overall record of 1,107 wins and 368 losses.  Also finished runner up to Decatur in the 1979 Mens Major Fastpitch State Tournament in Arcola.
  • Kankakee Kardinals, Mens Fastpitch team for 15 years, finished 2nd three times in Mens Class A (formerly B) state tournament.  Finished 3rd in Class B Nationals, won the Midwest Class B Regional.  In a ten year cycle in the 1970’s, they won 427 and lost only 231.
  • Annawan/Atkinson Snicks, Mens Slopitch team out of the Quad Cities area from 1970-1988.  Won approximately 80 per cent of their games including the 1983 and 1988 Class A State Championships.
  • Nokomis Bud Light, Mens Fastpitch team that won four (4) Class A state titles from 2001-2011.  During that ten year period they won 365 and lost 218.  The championship years were 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2011.

2014 Illinois ASA Individual Inductions

  • Jim Trump, Player, Greenfield, Illinois….3rd Baseman, infielder for 35 years with Gillespie, Alton, Edwardsville, Springfield and Decatur.  Career .300 hitter. 
  • Rudy Klokkenga, Meritorious Service, Bloomington, Illinois….Former pitcher, key booster of Bloomington Hearts, Bloomington Lady Hearts, announcer for ISU and BNGSA games.
  • Earl Eichelberger, Player, Champaign, Illinois……..Played in the 1940’s and 50’s for Champaign and Mahomet.  Catcher who was MVP in 1964 A State Tournament.
  • Tom Laue, Player, Shumway, Illinois…..Fastpitch player for 40 years with Shumway and Stewardson-Strasburg Tates Farm Implement.  Holds Tates team record for most pitching wins and RBI’s.
  • Scott Standerfer, Manager, Charleston, Illinois….Managed teams in Decatur, Illinois;  Marathon, Wisconsin;  Peoria, Illinois;  St. Louis, Missouri and Houston, Texas.
  • Lisa Cuocci, Player/Umpire, Benton, Illinois….Played for West Frankfort Cardinals, Umpired for 25 years including 6 ASA Nationals, 10 fastpitch state tourneys and several NCAA Tournaments.
  • Bill Hamer, Manager, Annawan, Illinois…..Sponsor, organizer and manager for Annawan/Atkinson Snicks mens slopitch team from the Quad Cities area.
  • Jim Collins, Meritorious Service, Towanda, Illinois….Infielder, coach and manager for 30 years for Bloomington Budweiser,  Bloomington Laesch Dairy, Bloomington Ebach Realty, Bloomington GMC and Bloomington Hearts.
  • Richard Well, Player/Manager, Vandalia, Illinois…..Manager and standout catcher/hitter for Vandalia Freight, a team that won two class A national championships.
  • Nick Casey, Player, Vandalia, Illinois…..First baseman for Vandalia Freight, a team that won two class A national championships.
  • Don Schultz, Outfielder, Decatur, Illinois…..Center fielder for 20 years with Decatur Bob’s Tap, Chryslers Academy, Decatur Merchants, and several Industrial League teams.  Career .300 hitter.
  • Zam Mogil-Hay, Schererville, Indiana…..Pitcher for Bloomington Lady Hearts and Eastern Illinois University.  Holds records in IHSA and at Eastern Illinois University, where she is in the Hall of Fame.
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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Thanks for all the support in 2013. We look forward to many new and returning visitors in the new year. Help us spread the word about the museum and as we say good-bye to 2013 and hello to 2014…remember: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

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New Fence for ASA Hall of Fame Museum

New Fence for ASA Hall of Fame Museum

Before winter settles in on the museum, a new fence was purchased by President LeRoy Staley and erected by Director Bill Burris. The Directors of the museum would like for everyone to know that the total donations and “in kind” donations for the museum is $142,000. All free will with no tax dollars or grants.

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2013 ASA Wooden Bat Finals – First Place

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2013 ASA Wooden Bat Finals – Second Place

 

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