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Tito Workman's Softball History
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Last Significant Update- 12-1-14

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


Monday, December 1
Top Hat/Goodfellows place 5th at Berliner (April 22, 2008)

John Stuart connects for a basehit.
COLUMBUS- Top Hat/Goodfellows opened up the 2008 season by participating in the eighteen team WSL World Qualifier at Berliner Park in Columbus this past weekend. The Wise Guys compiled a 5-2 record over the weekend for a fifth place finish.
    Top Hat/Goodfellows began tournament action Saturday morning versus UA Pub. Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth the Wise Guys evened matters off a Dave Miller home run. Top Hat/Goodfellows added seven insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth and prevailed 13-9. Tito Workman led the victors with four hits followed by Dave Miller, Jeremy Litteral and Mike O'Neil with three apiece. Miller clubbed a pair of dingers and collected five RBI.
    Next Top Hat/Goodfellows faced Shades in a steady drizzle and very sloppy field conditions. The Wise Guys overcame an early deficit to tie the score at eight in the bottom of the third but a six run rally by Shades in the fifth put Top Hat/Goodfellows away for good in a 17-10 defeat.  Mike O'Neil and John Stuart banged three hits in the loss. Stuart crushed a home run to go with five RBI.
    Off to the loser's bracket where the Wise Guys took on BK Contracting. Top Hat/Goodfellows grabbed the early lead after the opening frame but BK Contracting plated three runs in the second and two more in the third to take a 6-4 lead after three complete. In the bottom of the fifth the Wise Guys reclaimed the lead scoring three runs but it didn't last long as BK Contracting countered with four runs in the the top of the sixth to make the score 10-7. Finally, in the bottom of the sixth the Top Hat/Goodfellows bats awoke erupting for six runs. The Wise Guys held BK Contracting to a single run in the top of the seventh to preserve the 13-11 win. Josh Wickline, Mike O'Neil and Bobby McCormick led the offensive attack for Top Hat/Goodfellows with three hits. Dave Miller cranked a homer to go with three RBI.
    Next up for the Wise Guys was Wooster Glass. Top Hat/Goodfellows made quick work in this game as they shattered Wooster Glass in an 18-3. Jeremy Barker, Jeremy Litteral, Doug Virden and John Stuart led the hit parade with three hits each. Litteral and Tito Workman knocked in four runs while Virden collected three RBI.
    In the last game of the night the Wise Guys went up against ITEX for the right to play Sunday morning. Top Hat/Goodfellows held a slim lead until the top of the fifth where ITEX pushed across five runs to take a 10-7 lead. It didn't last though as the Wise Guys rallied for seven runs and then laid an egg on ITEX in the top of the seventh for a 14-10 triumph. Jeremy Barker led Top Hat/Goodfellows with four hits including a homer followed by Tito Workman with three. Barker and Doug Virden each knocked in three runs in the win.
   Sunday morning the Wise Guys faced New Lexington Eagles. Top Hat/Goodfellows trailed early until of the top of the fourth where they tallied three runs to take the lead for good and held off a late New Lexington Eagles rally for a 14-12 victory. Jeremy Barker carried the heavy lumber with four hits including a four bagger and four RBI while Buck Workman, Kenny Berkshire and Doug Virden followed with three hits each.
    Down to the final six teams the Wise Guys took on Marion Softball Union. Marion Softball Union raced out to a 13-1 lead and never looked back handing Top Hat/Goodfellows a 17-12 elimination setback. Jeremy Litteral and Mike O'Neil banged three hits while Doug Virden drove in three runs in the loss.

Sunday, November 2
2007 season ends on a sour note (September 24, 2007)

Dana Waddell applies the tag at home.
ORLANDO, FL- The 2007 season came to a close last weekend for Goodfellows Pizzeria & Pub in Orlando, Florida. It was another disappointing end to a promising season as the Wise Guys went 1-2 at the USSSA C World Tournament held at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
    Tournament action got underway for Goodfellows with a Thursday afternoon matchup with T&D/Kinder's/Worth of Northern California. The Wise guys led early until the bottom of the third inning where T&D/Kinder's/Worth pushed five runs across to make it 6-4 after three complete. Then the monsoon hit. After nearly a five hour rain delay the game resumed in the top of the fifth. Unfortunately, the Wise Guy's mojo was washed away in the rainstorm and couldn't get anything going after the long delay and were dealt a frustrating 13-4 setback.
    With the unwanted early trip to the loser's bracket Goodfellows took on the Crusaders of Virginia in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the long rain delay. The Wise Guys got off to a good start holding the Crusaders scoreless in the top of the opening frame then plated five runs in the bottom half of the first to take the early 5-0 lead. The Crusaders however, were able to knot the score who rallied for five runs in the top of the second inning. There was very little offense after the second inning and the lead changed hands a couple of times until the bottom of the fifth. With the score tied at seven and one out, Buck Workman's sac fly scored the winning run to put Goodfellows on top 8-7. Andy Steck drove in three runs in the win.
    With new life the Wise Guys were hoping to make a respectable run in the loser's bracket. It didn't go as planned. Action started Friday morning against Green Turtle of Maryland. Green Turtle quickly squashed any hopes for Goodfellows as they scored nine runs in the top of the first frame and went on to pounce the Wise Guys 23-8. Scott Carr and Eric Workman led Goodfellows with three hits in the loss. Jeff Brooks drove in four runs while Workman collected three RBI.

Sunday, November 2
Goodfellows Pizzeria & Pub Softball 2007 tournament schedule results (September 24, 2007)

Updated 09-24-07

4/14 WSL/ASA C World Qualifier Berliner Park- Columbus, Ohio 1st- 4-0
4/21 NSA B NIT Berliner Park- Columbus, Ohio 2nd- 4-2
4/28 OFF
5/5 Host ASA D Qualifier Bellville, Ohio
5/12 OFF
5/19 USSSA Northern Tavern State BCF Sports Complex- Barberton, Ohio 1st- 4-0
5/26 USSSA B/C NIT (Memorial) Kettering Field- Dayton, Ohio 2nd- 5-1
6/2 USSSA C NIT Firestone Stadium- Akron, Ohio t5th- 2-2
6/9 OFF
6/16 ASA B/C NIT (Bud Bash) Cyclops Circle- Mansfield, Ohio 4th- 3-2
6/23 NSA B/C Qualifier Busch Park- Columbus, Ohio 0-2
6/30 USSSA C NIT Riverstar Sportsplex- Cincinnati, Ohio 1st- 6-0
7/7 OFF
7/14 NSA B State Berliner Park- Columbus, Ohio Cancelled
7/21 ASA C State Peco II Park- Galion, Ohio 1st- 4-0
7/28 Host ASA D Qualifier Bellville, Ohio
8/4 OFF
8/11 Mansfield World Series Cyclops Circle- Mansfield, Ohio 1st- 5-0
8/18 USSSA C State Expressway Park- Milford, Ohio t5th- 4-2
8/25 OFF
9/1 USSSA C Great Lakes National Fort Knox, Kentucky t5th- 3-2
9/8 OFF
9/15 NSA B Northern World Series Kankakee, Illinois 3rd- 3-2
9/22 USSSA C World Series Disney Wide World of Sports Complex- Orlando, Florida 1-2

Sunday, November 2
2007 Season Review (November 12, 2007)

 It's been nearly two months since the 2007 season came to a close for the Goodfellows Pizzeria & Pub Softball team so let's take a look back at the season. The 2007 season began with new management as Kevin Graham stepped down as manager after the 2006 season to pursue managing a younger team in the class D circuit. The team approached Craig Hoeflich and Dan Shipley as replacements and they agreed. The addition of Hoeflich and Shipley also brought on a new sponsor. Roster wise Goodfellows lost John Stover to retirement but added Scott Tollison of JR's Tavern and Jason Slack of Bondsmen/Worth. With the roster set and a sponsor in place the team was ready to start the 2007 campaign with a goal to improve on their poor finish in the worlds during the 2006 season. Goodfellows would go on to finish with a respectable overall record of 78-24.

In late June, after coming off a very disappointing 0-2 finish in a NSA qualifier the previous week, the Wise Guys rebounded to win a 30 team USSSA C NIT at Riverstar Sportsplex in Cincinnati. The momentum carried over to their next tournament as they went on to win the ASA C state championship. Another high point to the season was placing third in the NSA B Worlds in Kankakee, Illinois.
After getting off to a fast start the Wise Guys faced some adversity for the first time in the month of June. With dismal performances in a USSSA C NIT in Akron and ASA B/C Budbash, Goodfellows hit rock bottom by going 0-2 in a NSA B/C qualifier at Busch Park in Columbus. They would go on to post decent showings the remainder of the season until the USSSA Worlds in September. The Wise Guys had been playing well prior to the Worlds with respectable finishes in the USSSA C Nationals and NSA B Worlds and headed to Orlando with high expectations. However, it was not to be as Goodfellows finished 1-2 for yet another frustrating finish at the Worlds.
The Iron Man award goes to the player who has played in the most games throughout the season. For the fourth consecutive year, Eric Workman nabs the Iron Man award. ERock has not missed a game in those four years. Quite a remarkable feat.
Buck Workman nabs most improved honors for the 2007 season. Buck improved his average by 69 points from 2006 and was one of the biggest clutch hitters for Goodfellows along with some outstanding defensive play.
The team MVP is voted on by the members of the team. For the third season in a row, Eric Workman was overwhelmingly voted MVP. For the season Eric batted .688 with 49 home runs and 257 RBI. He lead nearly every statistical category.
All good things come to an end and unfortunately the team has split ways for 2008. Gone are Eric Workman, Scott Carr, Jason Slack and Matt Albert who will be playing for Team Mojo/Stucco out of Columbus. Also gone are Andy Steck and Matt Montgomery who will be reunited with former manager Kevin Graham. Lastly Scott Tollison is lost to retirement. That leaves Doug Virden, Buck Workman, Jeremy Litteral, Jeff Brooks and Tito Workman as the only remaining members. The plan is to field a team for the 2008 season with Craig Hoeflich and Dan Shipley at the helm but as of today, the roster is still up in the air. Keep checking here for updates.

Sunday, November 2
2007 Goodfellows Softball Video Part 2 (December 5, 2007)

Below is a video that features game footage of the Goodfellows Pub Softball team during the 2007 season.

Tito Workman's Softball History
Tito Workman's Softball History

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