Class of 2008 Class of 2008


Bill Merryman

Bill Merryman

BILL MERRYMAN WAS born in Washington DC in 1953 and grew up in western Prince William County. He graduated from Stonewall Jackon High School and was employed by the Federal Government where he retired as a logistics officer. He started playing softball in Prince William County in 1972 with the Hayloft Dinner Theater team.

Bill has been an outstanding softball player in the County for over forty years (less two years playing at Frankfurt, Germany while in the US Army). He played for some of the areas top rated teams; Reeves office Supply, Tommy's Pizza, Creative Builders, Roger's Citgo and Battlefield Insurance until joining the Dudley Martin Chevrolet Jokers in 1984. He played with the Jokers from 1984 to 2006.

Bill was selected All World in National Championship competition five times. In 2004 his team won the ISSA World Championship in their division. In 2008 Bill began playing with Manager Mike Laird's senior teams (Shannon Auto, Norwood, Team Zip) in league and tournament competition and continues the winning tradition.


Gerry L. Campbell

Gerry Campbell

GERRY CAMPBELL IS a native of Lexington, Virginia where he was born on June 15, 1955. He graduated from Rockbridge High School and went on to attend Bluefield College and Eastern Mennonite College. He played softball in Prince William County for 25 years, starting with Sloper's Sport Center in the Western Prince William Men's League. His teams won several League and County Championships. Gerry pitched Sloper's to the USSSA Class B State Championship in 1986 and in 1989 he played on the Thomas Engineering team that won the ASA Class C Central Virginia Championship.

In the Masters Divisions he played for the Virginia Pets, Capital X-Ray and Xtreme Impact, all of which won National Championships and where Gerry was most often selected for the All World Team. Gerry was an outstanding hitter both for average and the long ball. In reflecting on the game, Gerry said "I really enjoyed playing against the best competition, but most of all, what I really gained from the game of softball was the friends that I made along the way."

Gerry has also umpired in the County for over 20 years. His outstanding skills and knowledge of the game of softball enabled him to quickly become an outstanding game official. Gerry is employed by the Manassas Park School System where he coaches high school sports.


Larry Glascock

Larry Glascock

LARRY GLASCOCK HAS been one of the most memorable softball icons in Northern Virginia over the past four decades. His skills are remarkable, his zeal to compete sets him apart and his sportsmanship is second to none.

Larry was born in 1948 at Marshall, Virginia where he attended high school and now works for Hazel Construction Co. as a pipe foreman. He started playing fast pitch softball in 1968 moving over to slow pitch in 1974. Over the last 38 years Larry has played softball in and around Prince William County and continues to play in the PWC Senior League.

Early in his career Larry played left field and in his mid-30's moved into the infield where he played shortstop, first base and pitcher. Throughout his career he has always been an exceptional hitter. To this day over 38 years after his slow pitch career began, Larry continues to be one of the top hitters in the PWC Senior League. He has been named to numerous All World teams in tournament play and now plays in the Major Division with Northern Virginia Force 60+.


Michael Messier

Michael Messier

MIKE MESSIER WAS born in 1958 and lived in Prince William County since he was six years old. In 1975 Mike began playing slow pitch softball for Creative Builders in the Western Prince William Men's League as an unknown rookie. He quickly established himself as a player, he was the team's shortstop and batted in the Number 4 spot. At the end of his first season he was named to the League All Star Team. He has played in the County leagues for 37 years. Mike has had a career in law enforcement and now resides at Haymarket with his wife Denise and family.

From 1975 to 1979, Mike went to college (NVCC and GMU) and continued to play for Creative Builders during the summers. From 1979 to 1981, Mike played for Roger's Citgo. In 1981 he began playing for the Journeymen for the next eight seasons. From 1989 to 1997 he played for the Prince William County Police team as an outfielder. Since 1997 and into the senior league he has played with Mike Laird's teams.

Over the years Mike's main achievement was that he was selected to the all-star team consistently from 1975 to 1997 for a total of 23 seasons. Mike was a power hitter and each year he continued to hit at a .700 percent batting average. He played on several teams that won league and tournament championships over the years. He was named MVP in numerous tournaments.


Nolan Forness

Nolan Forness

NOLAN FORNESS HAS BEEN playing slow pitch softball in Northern Virginia for over 50 years. He moved from Washington D.C. to Arlington, Virginia in 1960 and started playing in the Arlington County Recreation league at 11 years old. He went on to play in the Arlington County Men’s A-Industrial league with C&P Telephone Company, then with Bell Atlantic and later with Verizon in Fairfax County A- Industrial League before moving to Prince William County. In 1985 Nolan , his wife Vickie and their two children moved to Nokesville, Virginia and he began playing for Thomas Engineering in the Western Prince William Men’s League. In 1991 he played on the Thomas Engineering 35’s Masters team that played in the ASA National Championships at Meridian, Mississippi. In 1992 he began playing for the Dudley Martin Chevrolet “Jokers” in league and tournament competition. In 2010 he also began playing for the Northern Virginia Force 60 Major team when it was formed by Alan Gillespie.

Nolan was part of the Thomas Engineering team that played locallyin the Prince William Senior League that won eleven consecutive League Championships.

Nolan played the outfield for most of his early career and took up pitching when the outfield arm started going south. He is a good placement hitter with speed and has been a leadoff hitter through most of his career. He most often led his team in on-base percentage.

Nolan has played on teams that won four State Championships and in the Senior Division his teams have won ten National Championships. He has been named to 14 All World Teams in National Championship competition including being named MVP in the 2004 ISSA World Championships.

Nolan Forness has also been inducted in the Central Virginia ASA Hall of Fame. His teams, NV Force and Thomas Engineering have been inducted in the Washington DC Metro Slowpitch Softball Hall of Fame in the Team Category. And he was part of the Thomas Engineering Team that was also inducted in the ASA Central Virginia Hall of Fame.


Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark

WHEN SONYA CLARK moved to Prince William County in 1986 she was already an experienced and accomplished game official having worked multiple sports in Oklahoma. Sonya was born at Cushing, Oklahoma in 1957 and began officiating high school and youth sports in 1979 after graduating from Eufaula High School and attending Oral Roberts University. Upon arrival in the County she joined the Bull Run Officials Association and began umpiring here in 1987. She is now married to Hall of Famer Frank Clark (Class of 2005) and they reside in the Fredericksburg area. Sonya is employed by the Prince William County Public Schools as a records management specialist.

She has been selected to umpire dozens of State, Regional and National softball tournaments by both ASA and NSA over the last 25 years. Her umpiring duties have taken her all over the United States which is the highest compliment for Sonya's expertise and capabilities. She served as softball rules interpreter for the Bull Run Officials Association and also assisted as a mentor for new officials and training class instructor. She was once named Umpire of the Year for Virginia by the National Softball Association.

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