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To the fans of this website, some of you know who I am but to those of you that don’t, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tito Workman and I’m the administrator of this website. I have ran this website since 2000.  

On September 14, 2013, after twenty-one seasons of playing softball I have decided to call it quits. The slow pitch game has changed so much since I first started playing in 1993 that it is no longer fun for me to play. I’m not a fan of the equipment that is used in the game today. I now realize that I’m in the minority and that the game of softball will not ever go back to the way it was when I first started playing. Plus participation is declining at a rapid rate each season and travel is increasing more and more. So, it’s time to step away.
 
I will miss seeing all the friends I made through the years and the camaraderie of being with my teammates. However, the bad outweighs the good and that is why I have decided to no longer play competitive softball.
 
I will not miss the sandbagging, cheating, traveling, marathon softball games, tournaments that are way behind schedule, dealing with the large egos and selfishness of many players today and all the softball drama in general.
 
Due to the feedback from many of you I will keep posting “blast from the past” articles every month. Good luck and best wishes to all my friends and former teammates who will continue to play. Thanks for supporting this website through the years.
 
Tito Workman #22

 



Saturday, January 2
The 2009 Season!



Currently the 2009 season is featured on my website. This was the second sseason in a row we played under the name Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub softball banner. Each month I will add a few more articles from that season in chronological order.

Friday, May 6
Wise Guys win Ohio Sports Park B/C Memorial (May 25, 2009)



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Ohio Sports Park B/C Memorial Champions
NORTH RIDGEVILLE- Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub made their second trip in three weeks to Ohio Sports Park in North Ridgeville to compete in a ten team NSA B/C round robin qualifier. After a lousy showing last weekend in Columbus, the Wise Guys rebounded by winning the tournament with a 7-0 record.
    Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub rolled through the round robin format of the tournament by defeating all of their opponents via mercy rule. Their victims were Holmes Softball 16-6, Cleveland Tanel 13-2, Dirt 10 16-6 and Darmo's 21-1. With the 4-0 record in round robin play the Wise Guys earned the top seed in the single elimination tournament. 
    Pepco was the first opponent in the single elimination tournament. Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub scored four runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to hold off Pepco 13-9. Andy Steck stroked three hits in the win. Eric Workman swatted a pair of home runs to go with four RBI.
    Down to the final four teams the Wise Guys next faced Sherman Title. Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub took command early with a 9-2 lead after two innings. Sherman Title used a six run rally in the fourth to cut the lead to 9-8. The Wise Guys however, answered with five runs of their own in the top of the fifth to make the score 14-8 and were weren't threatened the rest of the way for a 17-10 victory. Mike O'Neil led the charge with four hits followed by Kenny Berkshire and Andy Steck with three. Berkshire collected four RBI in the win.
    In the finals Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub faced Holmes Lumber in a rematch of the tournament opener. Scoring four runs in the first thanks to an Ian Craze grand slam and two runs in the second the Wise Guys held on to earn a hard fought 8-6 win over the young bunch from Holmes County. The title game featured several fine defensive plays by both teams.


Friday, May 6
Top Hat/Goodfellows sweep twinbill at Cyclops (May 22, 2009)



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Mike O'Neil mashes the ball.
MANSFIELD- Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub won a pair of games over CDL in the Thursday night league opener at Cyclops Circle. The Wise Guys cruised to a 19-4 win in the opener and outlasted CDL in the nightcap in a 40-23 slugfest.

Saturday, April 2
Lousy showing at Berliner (May 17, 2009)



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Scott Carr fires in a throw as Ian Craze looks on.
COLUMBUS- The start was good but the ending was dreadful as Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub settled for a 3rd place finish in a six team ASA/WSL qualifier at Berliner Park in Columbus.
   The Wise Guys easily dispatched local team HLS Bonding/Harpers in the opener 19-7 via mercy rule. Buck Workman, Scott Carr, Mike O'Neil, Tito Workman and Eric Workman all smacked three hits. T. Workman drove in six runs while Andy Steck knocked in four.
   Switching diamonds and hitting into a stiff breeze, Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub struggled mightily adjusting to the conditions and lost to Tyler Trucking of West Virginia 10-4 in the winners bracket championship. The Wise Guys batted a sorry .379 in the setback.
   In the losers bracket final things didn't improve. This time, HLS Bonding gained a measure of revenge and booted Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub convincingly 17-9. Eric Workman provided the only highlight for the Wise Guys as he ripped a homer into the wind to go with three RBI.


Saturday, April 2
Premier League split (May 13, 2009)



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COLUMBUS- Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub settled for a doubleheader split last night in Columbus Premier League action at Berliner Park. Currently their record stands at 12-4 overall and 3-1 in Columbus Premier League play.
    In the opener the Wise Guys couldn't get anything going until plating a single run in the fourth inning. The rest of the game went pretty much the same way as Search 2 Close/Team Mojo dealt Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub their first loss in the Columbus Premier League by a score of 10-6. Doug Virden was the lone offensive star for the Wise Guys with three hits.
   The bats finally came alive in the nightcap as the Wise Guys downed Planks Cafe/Stiffler 20-4. Eric Workman and Ian Craze carried the heavy lumber for Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub. Workman banged four hits and drove in six runs. Craze clubbed three dingers to go with six RBI in the victory.
   The Wise Guys will resume Columbus Premier League action with a doubleheader May 26.


Tuesday, March 1
Top Hat/Goodfellows compete in NSA B/C "Skins" Tourney (May 11, 2009)



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Ian Craze crushes a homer.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE- This past weekend Top Hat/Goodfellows made their first of many trips this season to the brand new Ohio Sports Park in North Ridgeville to compete in an NSA B/C "Skins" tournament. The tournament was played like a regular double elimination tournament until the finals. The two teams left then played for money in a "skins" game. Teams batted through the lineup like a normal game but the twist was the winner of each inning won the skin and the money. Five teams competed in this event with the Wise Guys being the lone out of town team. The remaining teams were from Cleveland.
    Top Hat/Goodfellows drew Elk & Elk for their first game. The Wise Guys took a commanding 15-1 after three and a half and held on for a 32-29 win. Andy Steck and Eric Workman paced the winners with six hits followed by Jeremy Barker with five and Kenny Berkshire, Jeremy Litteral and Doug Virden with three. Steck drove in a whopping nine runs followed by Litteral and Workman with four and Ian Craze and Berkshire with three each.
   Top Hat/Goodfellows next took on T&T Mortgage/Boys in the winners bracket final. The Boys raced out plating eleven runs in the top of the first but the Wise Guys cut the lead to three scoring eight in the bottoms half of the first. The two teams traded blows the rest of the way that ultimately ended with the Boys handing Top Hat/Goodfellows a 31-25 setback. Jeremy Barker and Eric Workman led the Wise Guys with four hits each. Scott Carr, Jeremy Litteral and Andy Steck followed with three hits. Barker knocked in five runs in the defeat followed by Ian Craze and Eric Workman with four RBI and Litteral and Doug Virden with three.
   After the loss Top Hat/Goodfellows faced Elk & Elk in a rematch. Unlike the first meeting, this game was much closer that featured several lead changes. With the scored knotted up at seventeen after six innings the Wise Guys used an eight run rally in the final frame to lift them to a 25-21 victory. Scott Carr led the charge with five hits. Ian Craze and Eric Workman banged four hits followed by Jeremy Barker, Jeremy Litteral and Andy Steck with three hits each. Workman batted in eight runs for Top Hat/Goodfellows followed Carr and Tito Workman with four RBI.
   With the win over Elk & Elk the Wise Guys earned a rematch with T&T Mortgage/Boys in the "Skins" game. The Boys took four of the seven innings and most of the prize money but Top Hat/Goodfellows didn't go away empty handed taking home $350 for winning three innings. Scott Carr, Doug Virden and Tito Workman led the way with four hits each. Ian Craze, Jeremy Barker, Jeremy Litteral, Andy Steck and Eric Workman followed with three hits in the loss. Steck collected six RBI with Ian Craze (4), Carr, Barker, Doug Virden, T. Workman and E. Workman with three base knocks.


Tuesday, March 1
Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub win a pair in Columbus Premier League opener (May 6, 2009)



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COLUMBUS- Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub swept a twinbill last night in the opening night of the Columbus Premier League. The two victories improve their record to 9-1 overall, 2-0 in Columbus Premier League play.
    Game one pitted the Wise Guys against Mojo/Creative Stucco. Trailing 11-4, Top Hat/Goodfellows erupted for eleven runs in the bottom of the sixth that propelled them to a 15-13 victory. Scott Carr led the Wise Guys offensively with three hits. Jeremy Litteral clubbed a home run to go with four RBI in the win.
    MJ Lowe was the nightcap opponent for Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub. Both teams traded blows until the bottom of the seventh. With the score tied at 14-14 and two outs, Doug Virden laced a double who then was replaced by Bobby McCormick for some fresh legs on second base. Jeremy Barker was intentionally walked and then Josh Wickline drilled a single to score McCormick and lift the Wise Guys to a 15-14 triumph. Ian Craze, Jeremy Litteral and Eric Workman each doubled and homered and drove in nine runs combined in the win.


Monday, February 1
Wise Guys earn ASA National berth (April 26, 2009)



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DAYTON- Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub finished on top in an ASA C/D NIT at Kettering Park in Dayton with a record of 3-0. The tournament championship earned them a berth to the ASA C East Nationals Labor Day weekend that will be held at Berliner Park in Columbus.
    The Wise Guys opened up against J Squad of Dayton and defeated them in a 20-4 laugher. Ian Craze, Scott Carr, Jeremy Litteral and Eric Workman led the charge with three hits each. Craze drove in five runs while Litteral followed with three in the victory.
   Next up Top Hat/Goodfellows faced P&G Softball of Dayton. Trailing 8-1 after three innings the Wise Guys scored three runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth to take a 10-8 lead. P&G Softball evened matters at 10-10 in the bottom of the fifth but that would be the end of the threat. From there Top Hat/Goodfellows plated three runs in each of the final two innings to gain a 16-10 triumph and advance to the title game. Andy Steck led the attack with four hits to go with three RBI. Eric Workman followed with three hits and three RBI. Kenny Berkshire collected three RBI in the win.
   In the title game the Wise Guys took on Chris's Band Box also of Dayton. Pitcher Doug Virden played a marvelous game fielding numerous shots up the middle and held Chris's Band Box to no runs in a 15-0 route. Once again Andy Steck provided the hot stick with three hits and four RBI. Mike O'Neil also contributed with three RBI.


Saturday, January 2
2009 Season off to a good start (April 12, 2009)



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DAYTON- Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub kicked off their 2009 season competing in a twelve team WSL/ASA qualifier at Art Van Atta Park in Dayton.
    The tournament opener didn't go as planned as the Wise Guys were downed by Detroit's Own/U First of Detroit. Trailing 11-0 after the first inning, Top Hat/Goodfellows couldn't overcome the big deficit and lost 28-16. Scott Carr, Mike O'Neil and Andy Steck led the Wise Guys in the losing cause with three hits each. O'Neill drove in three runs.
    Up next for Top Hat/Goodfellows was ITEX out of Columbus. The Wise guys raced out to a 17-1 lead after four innings and cruised to a 23-9 final. Jeremy Litteral, Andy Steck and Eric Workman carried the big stick for the Wise Guys with four hits each. Ian Craze, Jeremy Barker and Mike O'Neil followed with three hits. Craze, Steck and Workman collected three RBI for the winners while Barker and O'Neil batted in three runs.
    Local team Huffy's/Slugging Vets was the next opponent for Top Hat/Goodfellows. Trailing 3-0 after the first inning, the Wise Guys plated six runs in the second, four in the third and nine in the fourth to roll to a 19-6 victory. Buck Workman and Eric Workman paced Top Hat/Goodfellows with three hits each. Josh Wickline and B. Workman both knocked in four runs. Jeremy Barker and Jeremy Litteral followed with three RBI. 
    Down to the final four teams the Wise Guys once again faced ITEX. Leading 4-2 entering the bottom of the fourth, Top Hat/Goodfellows scored seven to push their lead to 11-2. ITEX wouldn't lay down however, as they countered with seven runs in the top of the fifth to cut the lead back to two runs at 11-9. The Wise Guy's bats fell silent the remainder of the game but the defense held strong holding ITEX to a single run to preserve an 11-10 victory. Buck Workman provided the needed offensive spark with three hits. Tito Workman contributed with three RBI.
    Advancing to the championship game Top Hat/Goodfellows earned a rematch with Detroit's Own/U First. Detroit's Own/U First built a 9-1 lead after three and a half but the Wise Guys were able to tie the game erupting for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth. From there, the game saw several lead changes and momentum swings as well as several heated verbal exchanges between both teams. Trailing 18-17 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Top Hat/Goodfellows pushed three runs across the plate to regain the lead and a couple insurance runs heading into the last inning. They weren't needed as the Wise Guys defense put up an "egg" to earn a hard fought and emotional 20-18 championship victory. Buck Workman, Scott Carr, Jeremy Litteral, Jeremy Barker, Mike O'Neil, Andy Steck and Eric Workman carried the heavy lumber with three hits each. O'Neil lead all hitters with four RBI while Litteral and Tito Workman followed with three.
    Hitting leaders for the tournament were Andy Steck .824, Eric Workman .736, Josh Wickline .700, Buck Workman .687, Jeremy Litteral .684 and Scott Car .632


Tuesday, December 1
2008 Season Review (November 29, 2008)



The 2008 season has been over for nearly three months but preparations for the 2009 season are already in full swing. The 2008 Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub team was a mashup of the remnants of the 2006 Marion Moose/2007 Goodfellows Pub team who played competitively throughout the state and Top Hat Gentlemen's Club who were mostly Hamilton Park Heros. It was the first time playing together for many of the players on the newly formed team. Nobody was sure what to expect or how team chemistry was going to be. 

    The season got off to a great start with Top Hat/Goodfellows winning five of their first seven tournaments and going 25-0 in winning the Tuesday night league at Ashland's Brookside Park. When August rolled around however, things didn't go quite as planned. After finishing a frustrating 0-2 in the NSA C state, Top Hat/Goodfellows followed that with a disappointing second place finish in the 2008 Mansfield World Series after coming in the heavy favorite. The team rebounded to finish with a very respectable third place in the NSA C regional at Indianapolis, Indiana but couldn't keep the momentum rolling the following weekend going lousy a 0-2 in the ASA C East National in Salem, Virginia. Despite the crummy finish at the end it was still considered a successful season that ended with an overall record 69-13.

HIGHEST POINTS:
The highest point for the season was winning the prestigious Bud Bash tournament. The Bud Bash is one of Ohio's premier ASA tournaments held at Cyclops Circle in Mansfield every June. Top Hat/Goodfellows defeated some tough compeition from the Cleveland area to win the Bud Bash championship. Honerable mention goes to the third place finish in the NSA C regional in Indianapolis, Indiana. After losing their first game, Top Hat/Goodfellows came within a nose hair of elimination in their second game but centerfielder Ian Craze saved the day by gunning down the potential winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Top Hat/Goodfellows went on to win the game and then won their next five before they ran out of gas and bowed out with a 6-2 record.
LOWEST POINTS:
Labor Day weekend Top Hat/Goodfellows motored down to Salem, Virginia for the ASA C East national hoping to ride the momentum from the NSA C regional the previous week. Unfortunately, it just wasn't their weekend as Top Hat/Goodfellows went 0-2 dropping both of their games by a combined four runs. The most frustrating part about both of those losses was that Top Hat/Goodfellows had their chances to win both games but failed to capitalize on their opprotunities. Other notable lowpoints was the 0-2 finish in the NSA C state and second place finish in the Mansfield World Series.
IRONMAN AWARD:
This award is handed out to the individual who plays the most games of the season. Most would think that this award would go to one of the youngest members of the team. That's not the case this season as it goes to the oldest member of the Top Hat/Goodfellows team. That is player is pitcher Doug Virden. At age 49, Doug can still hold his own in competitive softball. He played in all 82 games. The saavy veteran fought fatigue and fielded his "home" during six consecutive games in searing heat in the NSA C regionals in Indianapolis, Indiana. Doug is a true warrior and is a vital member to the team as he was their only reliable pitcher last season.
TEAM MVP:
Newcomer Ian Craze was voted MVP by members of the Top Hat/Goodfellows squad. Ian came aboard just prior to the start of the season after spending several seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization. This was his first season of competitive slowpitch softball. Ian can do it all. He can hit, run and throw. You name it, Ian can do it. Ian handled centerfield duties this past season and he did it will. He made several amazing acrobatic catches and threw out numerous runners on the basepaths. Most notably in the NSA C regionals when he hosed a runner at home plate to help force extra innings and eventually victory. For the season Ian batted .667 with 49 HR's and 192 RBI. Big things are expected of Mr. Craze in 2009.
2009 OUTLOOK:
Everybody with the exception of Dave Miller who decided to step away for personal reasons returns for the 2009 season. Also joining the team will be veterans Eric Workman and Scott Carr after spending one season with Mojo/Creative Stucco of Columbus as well as Andy Steck of Marion Moose. The addition of those three will add more weapons to the Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub arsenal for the 2009 season and help them compete at the class C level in all associations. With the roster set the team will now concentrate on some off season fundraisers and will start practicing late January with a trip to Erie, Pa. to play in the Erie Sports Dome all-nighter. Look for the 2009 tournament schedule to come out late February or early March.


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Tuesday, December 1
Top Hat/Goodfellows Pub end of the year videos. (November 29, 2008)



Part 1: Picture Slideshow

Part 2: Video Highlights

 



Saturday, November 7
2008 Top Hat/Goodfellows Softball Tournament Results (September 2, 2008)



Updated (09-02-08) 


DATE TOURNAMENT LOCATION RESULT
4/19 WSL/ASA D Qualifier Berliner Park- Columbus, Ohio t5th- 5-2
4/26 ASA Ashland Spring Slugfest Brookside Park- Ashland, Ohio 1st- 7-1
5/3 Host ASA D Qualifier Bellville, Ohio  
5/10 OFF    
5/17 USSSA Northern Tavern State Barberton, Ohio 1st- 4-0
5/24 ASA New London Memorial New London, Ohio 1st- 5-0
5/31 OFF    
6/7 NSA C/D World Qualifier Berliner Park- Columbus, Ohio t5th- 1-2
6/14 ASA B/C NIT (Budbash) Cyclops Circle- Mansfield, Ohio 1st- 4-0
6/21 OFF    
6/27 NSA C/D World Qualifier Collet Park- Lima, Ohio Canceled
7/5 ASA WEBN Classic Eggleston & Rumpke Park- Harrison, Ohio 1st- 6-0
7/12 OFF    
7/19 ASA C State Brookside Park- Ashland, Ohio Canceled
7/26 NSA C World Qualifier Busch Park- Columbus, Ohio Canceled
8/2 NSA C State Berliner Park- Columbus, Ohio 0-2
8/9 Mansfield World Series Cyclops Circle- Mansfield, Ohio 2nd- 6-2
8/16 OFF    
8/23 NSA C Regional Midwest Sports Complex- Indianapolis, Indiana 3rd- 6-2
8/29 ASA C East National Salem, Virginia 0-2


Tito Workman's Softball History 2000-2013
Tito Workman's Softball History 2000-2013


 
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