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Tito Workman's Softball History 2000-2013
Shelby, Ohio


Last Significant Update- February 1, 2016

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.

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

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)

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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) 

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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