News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 22, 2010

Softball Scene: Softball moments of years past

By John Benton
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — With the summer softball season coming to an end, I thought it might be interesting to look to past Softball Scene columns and dredge up a few old memories from seasons gone by.

This type of column also serves as a reminder to those presently playing that in a few short years, your achievements will be largely forgotten by those who will be playing in future seasons.

• 2005 — Local highlights included Jerome’s Pizza from Carlisle, Ind., capturing the ASA coed Novice state tournament title with a 5-0 tourney mark. Brandon Vest and Matt Pearison, presently playing for the Outkast men’s team, were Jerome’s Pizza team members.

• 2001 — Chuck Federle was named to the all-tourney team as his Columbus Country Bins team captured the Senior Softball World Championship in Las Vegas. During tourney play, Federle hit a scalding .700.

• 1995 — The Britt Tool team captured the ASA 35-and-over Novice state title in Bloomington. Leading the way for the Britt Tool team was Don Garrison (now deceased) and Kelly Chessir, who swatted five home runs during tourney play … On the fast pitch side, local Terre Hauteans Dirk Joy, Mark Abrell, John Kesler and Mike Andrews played for the Elkhart Fast Tec team in the ASA 40-and-over Masters Fast Pitch national tournament. The finished 3-2 during tourney play.

• 1990 — The Terre Haute Bar Association team finished second in the Indiana Bar Association’s state tourney with a 9-2 mark. Following the 11 games in a two-day period, it was rumored the legal process in Terre Haute would be at a standstill due to pulled hamstrings and aching muscles.

• 1982 — Morgan’s Tavern topped the Famoso’s Pizza squad with a dramatic 16-13 win to earn a first-place finish in the local slow pitch rankings. In fast pitch, the Merchant’s Bank team and C&V Boosters were tied for the No. 1 ranking.

So much for the nuggets from years gone by.

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Three teams in local connections will be trying to make good memories of their own when they compete in NSA state tournament play.

Hi-Comm and the Diamond Cutters will be participating in the NSA Class “E” state tournament, while Wolfe’s Auto Auction will be vying for a title in the NSA co-ed state tournament.

Good luck to all as they seek a state crown.

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Registration for fall play in the Terre Haute Park and Recreation Department league will continue through Friday. Men’s league play is slated for Wednesday evenings, while co-ed play will take place on Sundays.

Cost per team in league play will be $245.

For further information or to register, call Torner Center at (812) 232-0147.

See ya’ at the park.