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2008 Illinois ASA Hall of Fame

ASA State Commissioner Don Brewer and Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Chairman Jim Nicol announced that the 2008 Illinois ASA Hall of Fame induction banquet would take place at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center in Decatur on Saturday March 15th.
The Illinois ASA Hall of Fame is the highest honor attainable in the Illinois Amateur Softball Association, the governing body of softball in the state of Illinois.
Six individuals and four teams will be honored at this year induction banquet.
Davis Scott from Greenup will be inducted as a male fast-pitch player. An outfielder that has played for eight teams during his twenty-five year long career. To his record he has played on three ASA Men's Class A State championship teams and also appeared in fifteen ASA National Tournaments. A perennial .300 hitter from the leadoff spot in the line-up and he stole two hundred sixty eight bases during his career. He also managed for six seasons for both Bonutti Orthopedic and Nokomis Budweiser posting a 277-91 record.
Richard Tillitt from Murphysboro a men's fast-pitch pitcher who has more than 800 career wins in his thirty-six year softball-playing career. His 1978 Arcola S & K ball club won the ASA Men's Class A National Tournament. Nine times Tillitt was named to the first team ASA Illinois All-State team and twice to the ASA first team 'All-American' team (1978 & 2004). Tillitt always helped himself with the stick posting a .300 career batting average with more than 200 home runs to his credit.
Tony Romolo from Peoria is being inducted into the Meritorious Service category. Romolo has been associated with ASA fast-pitch softball for sixty years in the Peoria area. He has been a player, a sponsor and an ASA Commissioner,
Fran Prochaska from Rock Island will be inducted as a coach and sponsor. He has sponsored teams since 1984 and in his twenty-two years of participation in the Illinois ASA his teams have finished in fourth place at the state tournament eleven times, finishing in third place twice, second place twice and his team s also has won an Illinois ASA state title. His team also participated in the senior division of softball where they have collect three more second place finishes at the Illinois ASA State tournaments.
Barry Pepper from Wyoming will be inducted into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame as an umpire. In twenty years of service to the Illinois ASA Pepper has worked fifteen state tournaments, five ASA Regional tournaments and seven ASA National Tournaments.
Leo Sassatelli from Taylorville has sponsored softball teams in Illinois for thirty-five years. His 'Sassatelli Blues' youth team has won seven Illinois ASA state titles. They have also finished with a second place and a third place at the ASA National Tournament. His Sassatelli Junior Blues squad has also won two Illinois ASA State titles. Sassatelli has also sponsored successful men's fast-pitch teams for many seasons.
Four highly successful teams will be inducted into the team category of the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame on March 15th in Decatur. They are the Macomb Magic and women's fast-pitch ball club, Wood River Phone Masters a men's slow-pitch ball club, Taylorville Blues and Boy's team and Decatur Oxygen a men's slow-pitch ball club.
Tickets to the 2008 Illinois ASA Hall of Fame induction banquet on March 15th at the Decatur Hotel and Convention Center can be purchased for $32.00 by contacting Illinois ASA State Commissioner Don Brewer at (618) 684-6864 or mailing him at 25 Westwood Lane, Murphysboro, IL 62966.


 

 


 

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