Pan­thers cel­e­brate suc­cess­ful sea­son

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

THE new Pore­punkah com­mu­nity barbecue area was the venue of a well at­tended base­ball pre­sen­ta­tion for the Pore­punkah Pan­thers.

Pres­i­dent Paul Med­dings wel­comed the at­ten­dees and re­minded them of the pos­i­tives of the sea­son - the new uni­forms, which were chris­tened with a premier­ship, the ground build­ing im­prove­ments and the rein­tro­duc­tion of ju­nior play­ers into the NEBA sea­son.

The fol­low­ing pre­sen­ta­tions were made:

Best Player Award as voted by um­pires dur­ing the sea­son and the club’s Most Valu­able Player Award as de­cided by a points sys­tem, went to Rian Banks. He was also judged the NEBA B Grade Best Player.

His large con­tri­bu­tion on the mound saw him throw 25 in­nings, as well the com­plete game in the grand fi­nal. He ob­tained 36 strike­outs - the most by a Pan­ther pitcher this year.

His bat­ting per­for­mance was equally im­pres­sive with 33 safe hits and a bat­ting av­er­age of .419. In the grand fi­nal it went to .750, and be­cause of his all round per­for­mance, he was an­nounced as the um­pire’s B Grade Best Player in the grand fi­nal.

The MVP Run­ner Up Award went to Heath An­ders who again showed his ver­sa­til­ity by pitch­ing, catch­ing and play­ing the in­field po­si­tions for only three errors in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

His bat­ting av­er­age was 86 points higher this year at .368 and he was on base 56 per cent of his plate ap­pear­ances.

He had a good year as the club coach and he set an­other fine ex­am­ple on how to play the game in the right spirit.

The Best in Fi­nals Award de­cided by the points sys­tem was a close af­fair.

Only two points sep­a­rated James Hughes ( 3rd) from Rian (2nd), who was the same mar­gin be­hind De­clan Boyce.

De­clan again played er­ror­less base­ball and was in­volved in 10 of the 21 outs in the game.

Although he only bat­ted .250 on the day, he was on base 75 per cent of the time and scored on each oc­ca­sion.

His two hits to bring in run­ners to score were also im­por­tant.

The Best Club Per­son Award went to Matthew Shen­nan for the third time in four years.

His work for the club ex­tended from the res­ur­rec­tion of the team shel­ters to the or­gan­is­ing and run­ning of the Satur­day morn­ing barbecue, to as­sist­ing with spon­sor­ship sig­nage and to at­tend­ing NEBA meet­ings as the club’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Home Run Balls were noted, firstly by Da­mon Barker with his grand slam in the May 14 match against the Wodonga Ma­roons, and se­condly by James Hughes in the grand fi­nal to add a fur­ther two runs to the to­tal.

Paul Med­dings was ac­knowl­edged as the player with the most stolen bases for the sea­son (8) which is the av­er­age he has achieved over his seven year pe­riod with the club.

Lastly, a thank you was given to all of the play­ers, sup­port­ers and fam­i­lies who as­sisted the club dur­ing the year by do­ing um­pir­ing and scor­ing in par­tic­u­lar and the club goes into its 31st year with a great deal of con­fi­dence.

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