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2016 SOFTBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED.....M, 11/21/16
Posted on: 11-21-2016

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    Team awards to wrap-up our 38th softball season were announced
on M, 11/21/2016:

    Voting by team members at the annual end-of-season party on
NOV 19TH and absentee balloting received until the NOV 21ST
deadline produced the following results...

TEAM MVP..............................TONY EVANOFF
STIFF-OF-THE-YEAR..................TOM LOCKARD

    In addition, the coaching staff named the two more award
winners...

MR-T.....................................JEFF SAKATA
ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR.................GREG HOOBLER


    EVANOFF received four of the 10 votes cast for Most Valuable Player.  
Others receiving consideration were Erik Schneider (3), Brandon Chappell
(2), and Den Mother Sherri (1).
    It's the first MVP Award for Evanoff, who led the team in runs scored
(46) and bases-on-balls (15).  Evanoff posted a .468-BA, the best of his
four seasons with the team, and had a .553-OBP.  The voters also
recognized Evanoff for his recruiting skills with about half the team
brought aboard by our "Player Procurement Director."


    In his 20th season, LOCKARD was a near unanimous "Stiff-of-the-Year"
selection by receiving nine of 10 ballots cast.
    Likely a deciding factor was Lockard's six errors in half a game at
3Base in the season opener on M, 4/25/2016. Ironically, switched to the
mound in that game, Lockard earned the victory to move into the all-time
Top 10 list in pitching victories (with 10 Ws).  Soon after, Lockard went
into a self imposed exile.

   
    SAKATA captured the "Mr. T' Award (top tournament player) for a second
consecutive season.  The infielder was a combined 6-for-7 with a double,
6-R & 8-RBI in the 8/15/2016 twinbill win where the Gds.com squad won its
third consecutive Sterling Hgts. spring/summer playoff championship.


    GREG HOOBLER joined the team midway through the spring/summer
season and earned Rookie-of-the-Year" honors by hitting an even .500 in
20 of our 29 games (36-for-72) including five doubles, five triples, 38-R &
20-RBI.
    Also receiving consideration were Tyler Weiland and Zach Smith.  
      

FINALLY, the team announced two numbers will be retired to honor a pair
of announcers associated with club history...

    PAUL CAREY passed away at age 88 on 4/12/2016.  Number 760 (for WJR-AM)
will be listed among our retired numerals.
    JOE GENTILE passed away in 1995 (age unlisted).  Number 800 (for CKWL-AM)
will be listed among our retired numerals in long overdue recognition.
    Carey and Gentile were both voted to be Honorary Lifetime Members of the
Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.  Both, along with the late Ernie Harwell,
did play-by-play of our team's annual charity games vs the Detroit Red Wings and
Detroit Tiger Wives during our DSBA softball era in the 1980s.  Harwell's #42 (for
his years as Detroit Tiger announcer) was previously retired by our softball club.

RETIRED NUMBERS:
#6........Dan Ewald Sr.
#00.......Dan Curtis (RIP)
#1........Mark Andrews (RIP)
#42.......Ernie Harwell (RIP)
#760.....Paul Carey (RIP)
#800.....Joe Gentile (RIP)



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