CASA announces class of Hall of Fame inductees

The Connecticut Amateur Softball Association announced its newest Hall of Fame inductees, who will be honored at the CASA Hall of Fame awards dinner on Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Costa Azzurra Restaurant in Milford. The social hour will be at 4 p.m. with dinner following at 5.

For dinner information and tickets priced at $40, contact Hank Koritkoski at 860-803-3012 or email him at Koritkoski is also the contact for anyone wishing to place an ad in the Hall of Fame Awards Dinner booklet.

The Slow Pitch Wing honorees are: Steve Piroh, who has sponsored, coached and played for the perennial successful Steve’s Sports softball team for over 25 years. He is a long time Stratford resident.

Cindi Birdsey who made her mark during the 70s and 80s at the Regional and National level with several Hartford-Manchester teams. She lives in Wallingford and has been the Maloney High School varsity softball coach for 19 years.

John Crotty who was a member of the great Preston Machine teams from Ansonia in the 70s. Originally from Naugatuck, he now resides in South Carolina.

Mike Iovene, whose resume includes two ASA Industrial Major National Championships with the Avco Lycoming teams of the 80s and a long career with state powerhouse Bender Plumbing.

Mark (Kip) Tremblay, who pitched for the powerhouse Sikorsky Aircraft teams that won 17 ASA Major National Industrial championships. Tremblay, who resides in Bethany, has also been nominated for induction into the National ASA Hall of Fame.

The Fast Pitch Wing honoree is Dean Lang, who pitched the Cypress Arms Restaurant to three straight Connecticut ASA state championships from 1978 thru 1980 and finished off his career with another state title in 1990 with American Legion Post 8. Lang lives in East Hartford.

Also being honored is umpire Steve Kolitz, who has been an ASA umpire for over 20 years. He has officiated at the state, regional and national levels and also has done high school tournament and college games. He is President of the Northwest Connecticut Umpires Association. He resides in New Milford.

Richard Beaulieu will be given a Connecticut ASA Service Award for being an ASA supporter on the local league level for over 30 years. He is a resident of South Windsor.

Richard (Dick) Raymond will be the recipient of the Joseph T. Barber Distinguished Service Award.