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In tight balloting conducted among team
players, PAUL MIKULA was voted as the Detroit
Press Club's 2012 softball Most Valuable Player.
OFielder "Miggy" Mikula edged second place
finishers CA-1B Erik Schneider and RHP-AH
Harry Penczak by a single vote.
It should be noted none of the top three
vote getters voted for themselves.
Also receiving MVP votes were OF Nick
Evanoff, OF Ed Kaltz and SS Doug Fry.
In Dearborn Rotunda play Mkula was one of
two DPC players (Gary Lesnau was the other) to appear in all 23 games.
Also in ECSA play Mikula led the Press Club in at-bats (88), runs (41) hits
(52), homers (14) and RBIs (53).
The team MVP Award is Mikula's first in his fifth season with the club.
Balloting was set to conclude Thanksgiving weekend. However, due to
the closeness of the vote, late submissions were accepted through
In more voting among the Press Club teammates player-coach ED KALTZ
and 2Bman TOM LOCKARD tied for the infamous Stiff-of-the Year Award.
The reason appears to be their batting practice dugout tiff before the
last regular season Dearborn doubleheader.
Both Kaltz and Lockard are previous team MVPs.
Winner of the "Mr. T" Award for top player in the annual MESS tournament
in Traverse City is MIKE DUDA.
Usually team members vote on this award, but in this case Duda won by
acclimation given his TC performance.
Playing in all 10 tournament games Duda was outstanding and led the DPC
in almost all offensive categories with 35 at-bats, 26 runs, 31 hits, 6 doubles,
8 homeruns, 39 RBIs, 4 sac-flies and an .886-BA.
Because the DPC fielded a co-ed team in Traverse City for the first time since
the Bill Halls era, AMY BLAIR was named as the first ever "Ms. T" Award winner.
OK, so she didn't have a basehit in any of the five co-ed games. Yet, when there
were two female no-shows in TC, the Press Club was one lady short of the minimum
of five in the lineup. Capt. Bob Blair drafted his wife into service and the DPC took
second place in the tournament.
Selected by the coaching staff, JON DYKEMA was named Rookie-of-the-Year. In
10 Dearborn games Dykema was 8-for-21 for a .381-BA with 10-R & 5-RBI.
He certainly had a better year than his Detroit Lion employers did.
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