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With our 38th softball season in the books a look back shows a first
divisional title in Sterling Heights, a third consecutive spring/summer
league playoff championship and a third straight semi-final loss in the
fall league tournament.
This year's crop of three rookies and three fill-ins sent the total
number of players in our 38 years over the 300 plateau at 302 all-time.
The batting title race came down to the final game where Jeff Sakata
edged Erik Schneider .597-to.583, although both fell below the .600 mark
in that last game. It's Jeff's second consecutive bat crown.
MGR Erik did lead the team in at-bats (103), hits (60), doubles (7),
triples (8), RBIs (49), intentional walks (2) and tied Kevin Vanderbeke
by playing in all 29 games. It was Erik's fourth consecutive RBI leadership
and fifth overall.
"Player Procurement Director" Tony Evanoff topped the team in both
runs scored (46) and walks (15).
Mike Newcomb's last game inside-the-park Grand Slam gave him the
team lead in homers for a second consecutive year with 2-HR both times.
The last inning loss in the season finale cost Hurler Harry Penczak
his chance to tie his own team record of 20 pitching wins in a season.
Harry's 6.09-ERA was the best by a team leader since Gary Lesnau's 5.66
in 2010, but that was due in large part to the club's 116 errors in 29 games
to account for 93 unearned runs allowed.
Vanderbeke solidified the LField spot and confounded at the plate.
With 35 hits and a .398-BA in the lower portion of the batting order he
still managed 38 RBIs, second best on the team.
Jake Page's team-leading fourth strikeout of the year in his final
at-bat assured we have a Beerman for the 2017 season opener.
On the milestone meter: Penczak pitched in his 350th game in
the season finale. Ed Kaltz played his 35th season (second most) and
committed his 100th error (fourth most). Tom Lockard took his 800th
career at-bat and collected his 299th RBI. Bob Blair played in his
second most 493rd game, one more than Dave Geraci who slipped to
third place, and tied Buckeye Dave for a third-most 30 seasons. Tying
Ron Maher for 10th place by playing a 14th season, Nick Evanoff also
crashed the all-time top ten lists in runs scored and errors.
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