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Tito Workman's Softball History
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Last Significant Update- January 5, 2015

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, January 5
Wise Guys take top prize in Ashland Spring Slugfest (April 29, 2008)

2008 Ashland Spring Slugfest Champions
ASHLAND- Top Hat/Goodfellows Softball captured their first tournament victory of the season in winning the Ashland Spring Slugfest this past weekend. The Wise Guys compiled a record of 7-1 on their way to the title. 17 teams competed in this event held at Brookside Park in Ashland, Ohio.
    The Wise Guys faced Tri-M Block of Wooster in the opening round and used an eleven run first inning to advance with a 24-11 victory. Jeremy Litteral, Doug Virden and Tito Workman led the charge in the win with three hits. Workman collected five RBI followed by Doug Virden, Dave Miller and Bobby McCormick with four Jeremy Barker with three.
    In the second round Top Hat/Goodfellows faced Jobes Insurance of Fredericktown. Jobes Insurance grabbed the early lead scoring six in the top of the opening frame. However, the Wise Guys plated four runs in the bottom half of the first and eleven in the second and held on to win 26-21. Mike O'Neil led the attack with four hits Jeremy Barker and Kenny Berkshire with three. Dave Miller and John Stuart drove in four runs followed by Doug Virden with four and Buck Workman with three in the win.
    In the winners bracket semi finals Doc's Softball of Cleveland was the next opponent for Top Hat/Goodfellows. Doc's Softball scored every inning and took advantage of several defensive miscues in handing the Wise Guys a tough 17-15 defeat. Mike O'Neil and Tito Workman scattered four hits in the loss while Buck Workman had three hits. T. Workman collected five RBI.
    Thomas Stables of New London was the first losers bracket opponent for Top Hat/Goodfellows. Holding Thomas Stables scoreless the first two innings with solid defensive play, the Wise Guys built a 9-0 lead after two innings to vault them to a 26-14 win. Mike O'Neil led the victors with five hits followed by Bobby McCormick, Dave Miller and Tito Workman with four hits each. Ian Craze and Doug Virden also added three hits. O'Neil drove in a whopping eight runs followed by Dave Miller with four and Ian Craze and Doug Virden with three each.
    Down to the final four teams Top Hat/Goodfellows next faced local squad Linders/Simonson. The Wise Guys had big first and third innings that lifted them to 28-2 demolition after four innings. Ian Craze and Dave Miller led the victors with four hits followed by Buck Workman, Kenny Berkshire, Doug Virden, John Stuart and Tito Workman who each had three. Craze knocked in seven runs followed by T. Workman (6), Stuart (5) and B. Workman with three.
    Bee Line/Amvets Post 138 of Marion was the next opponent in the losers bracket final. Trailing 10-6 after two complete innings, Top Hat/Goodfellows erupted for eleven runs in the top of the third that vaulted them to a 26-20 victory. Buck Workman, Doug Virden, Dave Miller and Tito Workman each led the Wise Guys with three hits. Miller drove in seven runs followed by Ian Craze with four and Workman, Virden, Kenny Berkshire and John Stuart with three each.
    After rattling of three wins in a row, Top Hat/Goodfellows earned a rematch with Doc's Softball in the championship. The Wise Guys forced the "if" game with a convincing 23-6 win in a four inning affair. Once again Mike O'Neil carried the big stick for Top Hat/Goodfellows with four hits. Ian Craze, Buck Workman, Kenny Berkshire, Jeremy Litteral and Dave Miller followed that up with three hits. Craze and Miller drove in four runs while O'Neil and Stuart knocked in three.
    The "if" game was much the same as The Wise Guys soundly defeated Doc's Softball 22-12 to claim the championship. Ian Craze and Tito Workman carried the heavy lumber for the victors with four hits. Jeremy Litteral and Mike O'Neil followed with three. Craze collected six RBI while O'Neil followed with five and Doug Virden with three.

Monday, January 5
Top Hat/Goodfellows Softball sweep twinbill in Ashland (April 30, 2008)

Larry Abrams and Dave Miller await the pitch.


ASHLAND- Top Hat/Goodfellows Softball swept a doubleheader versus C.D.L. in the Ashland Tuesday night league opener at Brookside Park by scores of 20-9 and 21-6. 
    In the first game Dave Miller and Tito Workman led the charge with hits. Workman drove in four runs while Jeremy Barker and Miller knocked in three.
    In the nightcap Ian Craze, Jeremy Barker, Kenny Berkshire and Dave Miller each had three hits in the victory. Jeremy Litteral and John Stuart each collected four RBI followed by Josh Wickline and Berkshire with three respectively.

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.

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

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