The Connecticut Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame announced its newest members for the Hall's Fast Pitch Wing. Players Joe Plagesse and Mary Schneider, along with umpires Joseph Auwood and Ralph Moreo will be honored at the CASA Hall of Fame awards dinner Sept. 25 at Costa Azzurra Restaurant in Milford at 4 p.m. The Slow Pitch Wing honorees will be announced soon.
Plagesse, who now resides in Hammonton, NJ, played for many of the top fast pitch softball teams in the state for over 10 years. A New Haven area native, he was a pitcher and first baseman for the Raybestos Hawks in Stratford from 1961-63. He then joined the Waterbury Bombers for two seasons, where he played with his brother Joe, who was inducted into the CASA HOF last year. A solid hitter with tremendous power, Plagesse concluded his career with a two-year stint with the Norwalk Eagles and spent his last two seasons from 1968-70 with Mar Parks of New Britain.
Schneider was a standout college and summer league player in the 1980s. She was the starting catcher at the University of Connecticut for four years, and was named three consecutive years (1981-1983) to the New England Intercollegiate Softball All Star team. During her senior year, she was named co-captain of the team, and earned the University Medallion for outstanding athletics-academic achievement. Schneider was also a two-year starter on the varsity soccer team and helped the Huskies to a third place finish nationally in the 1981 season.
During the summer, she played with the top teams in Fairfield County, starting with leading the Danbury Debs to a state championship in 1980. She also starred for the Stamford Flames and finished her fast pitch career with the Norwalk Mariners. She played two seasons with the Raybestos Brakettes, both national championship winning teams in 1982 and 1983.
Schneider, who grew up in Sherman and now lives in Orange, also had an accomplished 10-year slow pitch career playing in three national tournaments.
Auwood has been an ASA umpire for nearly thirty years working high school, college and ASA games. On the college level, he umpired Division III games, and also worked in many junior college games and tournaments in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Auwood was a regular ump doing fast pitch games involving the Waterford Mariners in the Eastern Women's FP League.
A Waterford resident, Auwood worked 15 high school state tournament championships from Class S to LL. He has also served as the NFHS and ASA Rules Interpreter for the Eastern CT Board of ASA Umpires.
Sixty years have gone by since Moreo first put on a mask and became an umpire, under the tutelage of Bernie Iassogna, the legendary Bridgeport area umpire. Moreo worked Raybestos Brakettes and Cardinals games, and also umpired in ASA Regional Tournaments in Vermont, and at Raybestos Field and Penders Field in Stratford.
The Bridgeport resident also did college and high school games and is still active doing slow pitch games for the Trumbull Slow Pitch ASA League.