CRAIG BETTERLY WAS born in 1956 at West Lafayette, IN and soon thereafter moved to Nokesville, VA when the family chose the Northern Virginia area to operate their sod business. Craig graduated from Brentsville District High School and went on to graduate in Agronomy at Virginia Tech. Craig began playing softball for the Nokesville Church of the Brethren in 1970 at age 13 (league minimum age at the time) and later coached the team for a couple years. Craig, his wife Cindy and their two sons live in the Bristow area of Prince William County.
Craig was mentored by Hall of Famer Denny Yankey on the Church team and soon became proficient at the "art of place hitting." His skill at hitting to all fields and maintaining a very high on-base percentage caught the eye of Lester Leonard who recruited Craig to play for his Piedmont Federal team in the Western Prince William Men;s League in Division I. After two years with Piedmont Federal Craig signed on with RB Thomas and played for the Thomas Engineering teams for the next ten years.
Craig was a major contributor on the Thomas Engineering teams in the eighties that won many league championships and developed into a State and National contender. Craig batted second in the line-up and played in the outfield. He was selected to several Men's League All Star teams and All Tournament teams. He was on the 1989 Thomas Engineering team that won the Central Virginia Class C Championship with about 70 of Virginia's best teams participating.
In 1982 when the Western Prince William Men's League took on the task of building Fairmont Park, Craig played a major role in providing the sod and expertise to get the work completed by the player volunteers.
Craig took a ten year leave from softball to coach his two son's baseball teams. He returned to play softball again in 2006 for the Nokesville United Methodist Church team in the Manassas Church League.
WAYNE DECATUR GREW up in the Fredericksburg area and after serving in the military he returned to the area, married Barbara and the two of them became fixtures on the softball fields in Northern Virginia. Wayne and Barbara did not have children and softball became a major part of their lives. Wayne played on several of the top league and tournament teams in the Fredericksburg area and annually could be found vying for another State Championship. When Wayne turned 50 he joined former teammates, Durward Matherley, Bill Lenzi, Leroy Killinger and a few others who were playing in the senior division with National powerhouse, Thomas Engineering from Manassas. Wayne had the speed and arm to hold down an outfield position and was an excellent offensive player. He claimed numerous All American and All World honors in National competition and played on most of the 40 National Championships the Thomas team won over the years. He also played and was assistant manager on the very successful Thomas Engineering league team.
Wayne was also inducted in the Central Virginia ASA Hall of Fame and the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame. Wayne and Barbara have both passed away from medical conditions.
ALAN'S FATHER, Basil Hickerson was inducted in the Prince William County Softball Hall of Fame in 2006. Thus Alan's election has produced the first Father-Son combination in the Hall. Alan was born at Warrenton, VA on August 3, 1956 and grew up on the family farm at Nokesville. He graduated from Brentsville District High School and worked in the family electrical contracting business. He is currently Vice-President and Co-Owner of Hickerson Brothers Electrical Service.
Alan began playing slow pitch softball in Prince William County in 1975. He played on teams in the Western Prince William Men's League in Divisions 4 up to 1. His teams included Southern Arms, Heltzel Mortgage, High Voltage, Hickerson Brothers and finished with Xtreme Impact. Alan played softball in the County for 29 years until forced to retire in 2004 due to injuries. He was a player-coach for most of his career and his teams won numerous league championships and tournaments.
Alan's last team, Xtreme Impact finished 3rd in the ASA Masters 40+ National Championship in 2001. Also, in 2001 the team won the Senior Softball 40+ Championship at Las Vegas. In 2002 Xtreme Impact won the ASA Masters 40+ National Championship in Indianapolis, IN. In 2003 the team finished 5th in the ASA Masters 40+ National in Colorado. While injured in 2004 he continued to coach the Xtreme Impact team and retired from active participation in softball at the end of the season.
WILL ROGERS WAS born at Baltimore, Maryland on September 8, 1935. He graduated from Catonsville High School and went on to attend the Baltimore College of Commerce. He moved to Prince William County and has been participating in slowpitch softball for over 37 years on the local fields. Will is the winningest pitcher in the history of the Christian Fellowship League in Woodbridge. He also played for the Classics in the PWC Senior League for over ten years.
Will has led the Good Shepherd UMC teams to numerous division and County championships over the years. Over the years he has studied the hitters on all opposing teams and when they come to the plate he has a plan. His pitching style, control and accuracy has made the difference in many games.
Hall of Famer Jackie Bell had this to say about him, "Will is a quiet leader on his teams and inspires his teammates with his selfless attitude toward the game and his sportsmanship in dealing with opponents. He is a most gracious opponent who gives his all and expects no less from friend and foe alike."
And in making the Hall of Fame nomination for Will Rogers, Judge Rossie Alston concluded with "Will is the epitome of a deserving candidate for the Hall.....excellent accomplishments, humility, longevity and class."
DAVE ROSNER SERVED the Prince William County softball community for twenty years as an outstanding professional umpire. He was a registered umpire with the Amateur Softball Association of America and a member of the Bull Run Officials Association. He began umpiring in the Western Prince William Men's League in 1988 after retiring from playing so he could devote full time to his umpiring. Dave had first played the game when as an employee with Thomas Engineering he joined the company team in 1979. Dave and his wife moved to Quinton, VA after retiring from officiating after the 2007 season.
Dave participated in numerous umpire clinics and schools during his years on the field in blue. His mechanics and knowledge of the rules earned him the esteem of his peers and the players. He was selected to umpire at two ASA National Championship tournaments and worked numerous ISSA World Championship events at Manassas over the years. He served as ASA Tournament Umpire-in-Chief for two years.
JIM WAS BORN November 14, 1945, in Miami, FL. His family moved to Northern Virginia in 1946 and he has lived in the area ever since. He and his wife have two daughters and eight grandchildren. He graduated from Wakefield High in Arlington in 1964 where he was captain of the baseball team. He received a BA from UVA in 1968 (an injury prevented him from pitching baseball after his first year). He also received a MBA from the University of Maryland and owned a recruiting business for 37 years until retiring the business in 2009.
Jim’s 40 years of softball began in the Arlington County church league and the Reston men's league. He now has gone on to play many years in Fairfax and Prince William men's leagues where he is still playing. His Division 2 team, Nokesville Necks, won the Prince William County championship in 2012 and his Accubid senior division team won the Division I championship in 2011. He also continues to play with Grace Life Community Church in the Manassas Church League, Division I. Jim’s love for the sport also found him playing several years of high level coed, where his finished second in the 1984 USSSA competitive division World Championship. Jim says “the most fun I had in softball occurred in the early 1990s, pitching for the Redskins softball team the two years before they won their last Super Bowl. I had the opportunity to play with 22 different Redskin players, including Hall of Famers Art Monk and Russ Grimm, as well as Ken Whisenhunt, 2012 head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.”
Jim is one of the more successful team managers in the United States. He organized and managed teams that have won 24 National/World Championships. His championship teams include Technitrux, Virginia Pets, Capital X-Ray, Florida Orange Crush, Dan Smith Plastering, Murphy's Law, Northern Virginia Force, X-Treme Impact, & IMS Dogs. Like many players Jim treasures the friendships he has forged over the years in softball, “the list of wonderful players/people I have played with include many from our own Prince William Hall of Fame: Jackie Bell, Bill Cameron, Tom Tudor, Alan Hickerson, Larry Glascock, Lloyd Wolfe, Jack Cantrell, Danny Gregory, Pat Murphy, Larry Hutcherson, Gerry Campbell and Class of 2012 inductees Bill Case and Charles Searight.” Over the years Jim’s recruiting skills from the business world were certainly equaled by his ability to organize championship quality softball teams.
Jim has also been inducted in the Washington Metro Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame and the Central Virginia ASA Hall of Fame.