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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced



                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Meeting recently in Decatur, Illinois the USA Softball Association of Illinois Executive Committee voted to induct eleven individuals and three teams/organizations into their Softball Hall of Fame.  The honorees will be formally inducted in a ceremony held at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Banquet at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center on April 8, 2017.


Selected for induction in the individual category were:


Terry Pruemer, Meritorious Service/Player, Mode, Illinois......Made his mark in softball as a pitcher, business manager, promoter and organizer of Illinois ASA Softball.  Terry ended his involvement in ASA softball as business manager of Tate Farm equipment.  Also served in that role for Effingham Bonuttis.  Prior to his administrative work, Terry pitched for several teams including Tates.  His greatest accomplishment was leading the Tates team to the 1989 state championship.  For his efforts, he was named the Most Valuable pitcher in the tournament.    



Tracy Petersen, Womens Slopitch Player, Benld, Illinois…….A key member of perhaps the most successful and dominant womens slopitch team in the history of Illinois ASA.  The Belleville Whiz Kids won ten Illinois ASA womens major slopitch state championships.  The team also finished 2nd in the 1989 ASA National Tournament.  Tracy played 12 years as the first baseman for the Whiz Kids.  During her tenure, she was selected all state in 1986, 1988 and 1996.  She was the most valuable player in the 1986 state tournament.  She played her collegiate softball at McKendree College where she was an academic all American in 1987.



 James Noffke, Mens Fastpitch Player, Strasburg, Illinois…Started playing for Tates Farm Equipment in 1976 before switching over to Decatur ADM in 1984.  An outstanding left hand hitter, Noffke played the outfield and caught for ADM.  After a sterling  career for ADM, James had his number retired by Decatur in 1992.  Ended his career by returning to his original team (Tates) in 1995 but not before accumulating several Tates records including most games played, most at bats and most doubles in a season.


Mike Hayes, Meritorious Service,  Decatur, Illinois…Mike was a prominent fixture on the Decatur softball scene for approximately15 years.  Along with a few others, he started the Central Illinois Girls Softball Association.  He quickly became the go to guy in the organization.  During his tenure, he developed CIGS into one of the largest girls softball organizations in Illinois.  He also coached and managed the Decatur Sting and  helped Decatur host the ASA Womens National Tournament in 1991.  His womens teams eventually would garner three top ten finishes in the womens major national championships.   


Marty Cloe, Mens Fastpitch Pitcher, Tower Hill, Illinois…..Marty was a long-time mens fastpitch pitcher for several teams.  His greatest success came when he signed to play with the Vandalia Freight, a team he helped become a two-time National Champion and three-time Illinois State Champion.  He pitched 248 games for the Freight, winning 166 and losing only 45,  He was a six-time all-stater and was the MVP in the 2007 state tournament.  In addition, he was an ASA all-american in 1999 and 2005.  An excellent hitter, he often batted in the middle of the Freight lineup.


Ken Thaxton, Umpire, Prescott, Arizona…….Ken was an outstanding ASA umpire.  His illustrious career spanned 24 years, 1972-1995.  For seven of those years,  1989-1995, Ken served as the Illinois ASA state umpire-in-chief.  During his career, he  worked five mens fastpitch national championships and was assigned to work the plate for the championship game four times.  He also worked the Pan American games in 1987.  Ken was a member of the National Indicator Fraternity and was an International Softball Federation Umpire.  Ken was the 1987 recipient of the Illinois ASA Don Plarski Umpire Award.   


 Michael “Bo” Bohannon, Slopitch Player, Charleston, Illinois…….”Bo” was a power hitting outfielder for Effingham Turner Trucking, a team that finished in the final four in the Illinois ASA State Tournaments of 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996.  His career began with the Toledo Bank team but he switched to the Depoister Drilling/Turner Trucking team in 1989.  That began a nine year tour with Turner during which time he compiled a .657 bating average. In  1996 he had a single season high of 175 home runs, 410 RBI’s and a .764 batting average.


John Washburn,  Umpire,  Decatur, Illinois……..An ASA umpire for 47 years.  His credentials include umpiring eighteen fastpitch and  slopitch national tournaments and 29 Illinois ASA state tournaments.  John is a former recipient of the prestigous Don Plarski Umpire Award.


Brad Sturdy, Fastpitch Pitcher, Dawson, Illinois…….Brad pitched and played fastpitch softball for almost 20 years.  Playing for seven or eight different teams, he made all-state eleven times and was MVP in the Illinois  State Tournament in 1992, 1998, 1999 and 2011.  He closed his career playing for the near-legendary Vandalia Freight.  He was a key pitcher for that team,  a group that won two national championships and three state championships.  Brad was selected all-american at the ASA National Tournaments in 2000 and 2007.


Jerry Detloff, Fastpitch Player, Bloomington, Illinois…….Began his 13 year ASA softball career as a teenager in the mid-1950’s with the Bloomington State Farm Chiefs.  Played shortstop and outfield for a team that won the West Central Regional in 1955.  He then signed with the Laesch Dairy/GMC Trucks in 1957 and stayed with them until his early retirement  at age 30 in 1968.  He was an all state 3rd baseman in 1965 and in 1966 he led the GMC Trucks to a 3rd place finish in the West Central Regional with his tourney leading .385 batting average.  He was a middle of the lineup power hitter until switching to the lead-off spot late in his abbreviated career.     


Ron Ohnesorge, Slopitch Player, Altamont, Illinois .....…..Part of the two-man slugging duo known as “Bo” and “O” for the outstanding Turner Trucking slopitch team of the 1960’s.  Turner Trucking compiled a nine year record of 737 wins and 154 losses.  The team finished 4th three times  in the  Class B State tournaments and 4th in the 1992 Class A Sate Tournament in Alton, Illinois  The well-built, stocky Ohnesorge usually hit 3rd or 4th behind his buddy, Mike “Bo” Bohannon.


The following teams/organizations were also voted to be inducted into the Illinois ASA HOF at the April 8th  Hall of Fame Banquet in Decatur


Casey Stingers, Womens Fastpitch

Champaign IGA, Mens Slopitch

Alton Kohlers, Mens Slopitch





Don Brewer:   Donald L. Brewer                   Date: February 6,  2017

Illinois ASA State Commissioner

Cell:  618-525-1986         





Rules and Eligibility

            2017 USA Softball of Illinois Rules


The USA Softball Association is the governing body of softball in the United States.  The Association is directed by a Commissioner’s Council which is made up of softball leaders from all 50 states and 20 metropolitan areas.  The National Office of  USA Softball is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  In addition to housing Executive Director Craig Cress and his staff, the Oklahoma site also is home to the USA Softball National Hall of Fame.


Our Illinois Association follows the Constitution and Bylaws of the USA Softball Association of America.  The Official Guide and Rule Book of the national organization includes the most important rules and bylaws of softball.  If any direct conflict exists between state and national rules, the national rules have precedence.  These can be found at


One of the purposes of our Brochure and Handbook and our website is to spell out some specific rules of our Illinois organization.  These are the rules that seem to be of most concern to our managers and players.  We refer to the USA Rule Book for most of your questions, but some “special rules” for Illinois classifications and competition are included herein.  Complete rules can be found at  We note that Chicago Metro has their own USA/ASA organization.




  1. General

    A.  Authority

    1. Any National USA rule change will take precedence over a State rule (see USA guide).  Each State or Metro has their own classification system.

    2. THE USA of Illinois Executive Committee has the authority to rule on the classifications of players and teams.  Their decision will be final unless overridden by the National USA.


      1. Divisions

  1. USA of Illinois “MAY” conduct and/or sanction tournaments and/or competition in the

          following divisions:  Some of these tournaments may be Invitational only.

            Division                                                                 Classifications

    1.  Men’s Fast Pitch                                                     “B”, “C” (Invitational), Woodbat

    2.  Women’s Fast Pitch                                             Invitational based on need

    3.  Men’s Slow Pitch                                                “C”, “D”, “E”  (Invitational)

    4.  Women’s Slow Pitch                                           Invitational based on need

  1. Men’s Industrial                                                  Invitational based on need

  2. Men’s Church Slow Pitch                                   Invitational based on need

  3. Co-Ed                                                                 Invitational based on interest

    8.   Youth Junior Olympic Girl’s Fast Pitch              10-U, 12-U, 14-U, 16-U, 18-U (“A” & “B”)


    C.  Eligibility

    1.  In adult divisions of play, a player may play in any state or metro association during the current year.  If a player chooses to play in a state or metro outside of his/her residence, he/she is ineligible for all play in his/her state of residence.  (Exceptions:  Employment transfers, pick-up players, Men’s Masters Fast Pitch)

  1. A team MUST register with the State/Metro Association in which the greatest number of

          players reside both in youth and adult divisions.

  2. Foreign players may or may not be eligible to play in USA Championship play and our state invitational tournaments.  Foreign players are defined as citizens of other countries,  non-US citizens who may or may not have a history of playing for a foreign team.






    4.   A player may participate on only one team within a division of play during championship play.  EX:  You could play on one fast pitch and one slow pitch team, but could not play on a Class “A” slow pitch and Class “B” Slow pitch team.   *See footnote exception.  You can compete with a church, industrial and co-ed slow pitch as well as with one of the other divisions of slow pitch “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “E”.

  1. A player may move up to a higher classification of play prior to July 15 of the current year if they have not competed in a tournament series.    *See exception in footnote.

  2. Players returning from active military service (not National Guard) may be added to the current year’s roster provided he/she was a resident of that affiliated association area prior to his/her service and meets all other eligibility requirements.

  3. When a team member is called into the military (not National Guard unless for at least 90

          days), he/she may be replaced provided the replacement player meets all eligibility requirements.  This refers to those players leaving for service after the roster has been submitted.  No player may be added after the designated deadline.

    *Footnote:  Unrestricted men’s fast pitch players can play in the men’s major national tournament and in their own state division of play within the same year.  Likewise, slow pitch men can play in the “A” National and in their own division that same year.   Also, slopitch teams may use up to 3 “Add Ons”.


    D.  Reclassifications

                       1.   A player who was not a regular on a slow pitch team the previous year and who was on the State tournament roster may apply in writing to the Executive Committee to be reclassified.  Reclassification is not automatic and must be approved by the Executive Committee. 

                       2.   Except for Men’s Fast Pitch, state tournament participants are not allowed to play in a lower classification the following year without permission of the Executive Committee.  EXCEPTIONS:  For fastpitch, see #4 below.  For slopitch, see III-A-3 on page 11.

                       3.   No more than five players who have been reclassified may join any one team in a given year.  Exception:  If any one team is reclassified after a six-month or one-year review, the players may compete on that team.  BUT no more than five players could go to another team.  Teams forced to advance and then reapply for reclassification is covered in another section.  If player was over 40, the team could appeal for up to two additional players.

                       4.  Fast Pitch Classification

                             a.  Only pitchers are classified for all Men’s Illinois USA State Invitational Tournament 

                          games.  If ASA Championship Play Tourneys are held, these guidelines are in effect.

                                  i.  Major (“AA”) and Class “A” players who made All-American the previous year

                     cannot play in “B” or “C”.

               ii.  Players that are on a team (except non-regulars) that win another organizations National Tournament must play Major or  “A” in Illinois USA Championship Play the following season.

          b.  All pitchers shall retain the same classification they held at the conclusion of the 2015

               season unless they are granted reclassification by the Illinois ASA Executive Committee or the National Office.

                             c.   Request for pitcher reclassification will be acted upon by the Executive Committee in

                                  December or the Commissioner’s Council Meeting in March or no later than June 15, 2016.  NOTE:  National Office now classifies ALL players.

                             d.  Pitchers are allowed to drop only one level of classification each year.  Example:  With approval from Executive Committee, pitchers can drop from “AA” to “A” in 2015, then with approval can drop to “B” in 2016.

                       5.   A former professional athlete or suspended athlete may apply for reclassification at any time. However, if approved, he would not be eligible if the application was received after the roster deadline of the current year for any of the various divisions.

                       6.   National ASA pitcher and player classifications override our Illinois fastpitch classifications.






    E.  Rosters

               1.    Only rosters submitted on an official USA national roster form will be recognized.  State

                       or area commissioners may make common sense rulings in case of mailing

                       problems in regard to roster deadlines.

               2.    All player memberships will be void after December 31 of each year.  They may sign with

                       any eligible team the following year.

    3.    Players may sign only one USA roster for each division of play.  Signature on roster

    constitutes playing.  If a name inadvertently gets on two rosters, the situation must be resolved prior to tournament play.  The first signing is recognized by the USA.       


    II.  FAST PITCH DIVISION RULES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  1. Men

                 1.  Rosters

                       a.   Fast Pitch rosters are limited to 20 players.                   

                       b.   Fast Pitch teams may pick up a maximum of three players (not to exceed the 20-player maximum).  These players may be added after State Tournaments from Registered USA team rosters.  See National USA Guidelines for Major Divisions.

                       c.   Pick-up players that advance from State Tournaments with the team that qualifies for National Tournaments will be allowed to return to their own team or another team for the next season and remain the same Class unless his/her whole team that they played with the previous year is reclassified by the Commissioners’ Council.  The same applies to all divisions.

                 2.  Team/Player Eligibility

                       a.   Teams may compete in another organization’s state tournaments leading to a National Championship as long as they fulfill all their obligations in the USA tournament.  Teams will not be forced up in classification because of their participation.  Exceptions:  See number 4, page 10.                

                       b.   Pitchers may drop only one class per calendar year with or without proper roster notation.

                       c.   Teams that advance to National Tournament must follow National player classifications.                                                                                                                           

  2. Women (Major, “A”, “B”)

    1.  Women’s Fast Pitch State Tournaments, if needed, will be Invitational with all teams regardless of classification being allowed to participate.  If teams advances to National they must follow National player/team classification lists and rules.


                 III.  SLOPITCH DIVISION RULES  (both men and women, except as noted)

          A.    Rosters

                 1.  Slopitch rosters are limited to 20 players, including pick-ups.

                 2.  Slopitch teams may pick up three additional players to advance to the next tournament.  Pick-ups must come from own local association.  Same rule applies to pick-up players allowed to return to own team the next year.

                 3.  Teams may also roster up to 3 “add-on” players from the next highest classification.  For example, C teams can utilize 3 B players, etc.  However, “add-on” players can play ONLY in that one class during the season.

                 4.  To monitor downward movement of players via the “add-on” rule, slopitch players can now be designated with a “Plus”.  For example, B Plus players cannot be used as “add-ons” in C, C Plus players cannot be used as “add-ons” in D and D Plus players cannot be utilized as “add-ons” in the E state tournament.  NOTE:  C Plus players cannot play in our Illinois ASA Invitational Class C Coed State Tournament.

                 5.  USA Illinois has compiled a Data Base of all slopitch players with listings of B, C Plus, C, D plus, D and E.  Our Illinois Data Base is slowly being merged into the National Data Base.  For the present, the Illinois Data Base is posted on our website and that is the data base that

               will be used to monitor rosters at this years various slopitch state tournaments.

                    6.  Team and/or player reclassification requests should be submitted to one of the adult Illinois ASA commissioners listed elsewhere in our Brochure and on our website.  Requests must be received by April 1st and action will be taken by the Executive Committee at their meeting on April 7 or 8.

                  7.  Concerning pick-ups, add ons and reclassified players, team rosters may not include more    

                  than a total of  five “add ons”, pick ups and/or reclassified players.

                  8.Teams advancing to National tournaments are governed by National eligibility rules .


 NOTE:  Under ordinary circumstances, THE ASA NATIONAL RECLASSIFICATION COMMITTEE AND THEIR DECISIONS ON PLAYER CLASSIFICATIONS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER OUR ILLINOIS ASA DATA BASE and NATIONAL CLASSIFICATIONS WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ALL NATIONAL TOURNAMENtS.  However, many of our state tournaments in Illinois are Invitational Tournaments and the Illinois data base will be in effect for those tournaments.  It is worth noting that any team that participates in one of our invitational tournaments and then advances to a corresponding USA National tournament must adjust their roster to satisfy national classification rules.  Finally, it should be noted that the Illinois uSA Class C National Tournament Qualifier also serves as our “C” state championship .  That tournament will again be in Rock Island and the national reclassification data base will be in effect for that tournament.   


B.  Team Reclassifications

1.  Teams posting 0-2 or 1-2 record in state tournament play may request reclassification to

drop down a class for the next season.  Final decision made by the Executive Committee.

2.  Concerning reclassification requests, the area Vice President can appoint a local committee to

help him/her make a recommendation to the Executive Committee.

     3.  The Mens Class C Slopitch State Tournament and National Qualifier will again be in Rock 

      Island this summer.   The top two teams in that tournament will advance to the National  

      Tournament in Oklahoma  City in August. 


2018 Hall of Fame Inductees




Illinois Amateur Softball Association (USA Softball of Illinois) Announces


2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Ten individuals and five teams/organizations are to be honored at the ASA Hall of Fame Banquet in Decatur April 14, 2018.  They are as follows:




Gene Zerrusen, mens fastpitch player from Effingham area.  Played for T Town Press, Effingham TSA, B.O.S.S., Bonutti Orthopedic, Chippy’s Twisters.  Named to state tournament all star team in three different classes.  Gene was the MVP in the 1992 Mens Major Fastpitch State Tournament.


Scott “Tubby” Hale, Slopitch manager, Murphysboro.  Approximately 35 years as ASA slopitch player and manager.  Approximately 30 years as slopitch manager for teams such as Craine Heating and Air, Da Nite Softball, Reid Builders, Pennsylvania Avenue Sports, Precision Recovery and the Miss N Hitters.  His teams won six ASA state championships in four different classifications.  Hale coached teams have played in Georgia, Oregon, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida and Missouri.


Roger Nichols, nominated in umpire category by Paul Tomazzoli and Steve Shipley.  Umpired for approximately 40 years including 15 years of mens major fastpitch.  Worked 9 ASA National Tournaments, and about 40 Midwest Regionals and state tournaments.  Selected to umpire two Olympic team exhibition games.  A member of the National Indictor Fraternity and the Medals Umpire Program.  Former recipient of the Don Plarski Award.


Dennis McCollum, Mt. Zion. A 3 time mens major fastpitch all tournament team selection.  Played for Decatur Perfect, Decatur Good Old Boys, and Decatur Herbert Trucking.  Outstanding defensive first baseman with a solid swing.


Tom Manor, outfield, St. Louis.  Played mens fastpitch for approximately 20 years mostly on the major level.  Divided his career between St. Louis and Illinois.  In Illinois, played for Alton Leary and Mead, Decatur A’s, Southern Illinois Masters, Champaign Nohren Farms, Decatur Legends and Springfield.  During his two years for Alton Leary and Mead, he was two time first team all tournament in the mens maJor fastpitch state tournament.  He played for one Illinois state championship team, a St.Louis Metro champ and 3 mens masters national championship teams.  He was the MVP in the Granite City, Illinois tournament in 1969.


Joe Zinanni, Kankakee Kardinal first baseman.  Kardinals are a member of the Illinois ASA team Hall of Fame and Joe was their 1st baseman and top RBI man.  He was first team all state in 1968 and 1974.  He retired with a lifetime batting average of .318.  He led his team in RBI’s every year from 1967-1974.


Mike Ginger, Clinton. A versatile fastpitch defensive player who could also pitch and swing the bat with authority.  Played for Bloomington Hearts, Taylorville Blues, Taylorville Bob Ridings, Taylorville Max Klemm, Decatur Generals and the outstanding JO teams from Taylorville from 1981-84.  Selected as a 1st team All American at the mens major nationals in Decatur in 1993.  Also selected All American at the A National Tournament in Texas in 2,000.


Don Thompson, Cowden. Made his mark in Illinois fastpitch circles as a manager, player and commissioner.  For his dedicated years of service, Don was selected in the category of Meritorious Service.  He was involved in Illinois mens fastpitch softball for almost a half century.


Kevin Gosser, Fisher.  Greatest accomplishment as a pitcher was leading the Gibson City TNT team to the Class B state championship in Belleville in 1987.  He also carried a “good bat” and more importantly he played long enough and pitched for enough teams to keep several teams playing softball.  For his contribution to the game, Kevin was inducted in the category of Meritorious Service.  


Bob Hupp, from Oreana,  played ASA softball a long time ago but he is finally being recognized for his efforts.  He played and managed teams for about 15 years.  His last year as a fulltime player was in 1965.  After retirement he continued in softball as manager of the Decatur Riley team.  In his career, Bob played on three Illinois State Championship teams.  As a manager, his team qualified each year for the Midwest Regionals winning the championship in 1962.


The following teams were also voted into the Hall of Fame

Peoria Lady Rage Womens Fastpitch Team

Peoria Rage Mens Fastpitch Team

Roxana Sundevils Mens Slopitch Team

Effingham BOSS, TSA, Bonutti Orthepedic

Midland Magic JO Organization

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