Top Panthers recognised for strong performances
POREPUNKAH Panthers concluded their 2018 baseball season with a barbecue and presentation afternoon recently while recognising their best performers.
The Panthers finished runners in the North East Baseball Association B Grade competition after winning it last year’s title.
They welcomed back a number of past players during the season while president Paul Meddings said the introduction of new and younger players to the roster and the continuation of the junior program was also promising for the club.
Star player Rian Banks cleaned up at the awards taking home the Most Valuable Player award and Best in Finals.
Banks had an astounding batting average of .500, fielding average of 949 and in his 17 innings of pitching duties, obtained 16 strikeouts.
In the finals series, Banks threw all but one of the 14 innings involved for 13 strikeouts.
With the bat, he had four safe hits from seven bats, and batted in two runners.
Heath Anders received the Pan- thers’ most votes from umpires and finished runner-up in the club’s MVP.
Anders also finished runner-up in the league’s best player award for his batting average of .406 and impressive 14 stolen bases while also picking up 24 strikeouts.
Meddings was named as the best club person for the year after his tireless work looking after the club in all aspects from sponsorship to marking diamonds.
Randy Skippen received the most improved award for his dramatic increase in contribution on the diamond.
Skippen’s fielding average went up to .750 and he took two great catches in the grand final.
With the bat, Skippen got on base 46 per cent of the time, up from 29 per cent in 2017 and was also adjudged as the Panthers’ second best on grand final day
Veteran of 79 games Shane Tatterson, who will leave the club to relocate with his family to Adelaide, was also recognised for his service to the club with a signed ball from his teammates.
STRONG CAMPAIGN: Rian Banks capped off an outstanding year for Porepunkah by claiming multiple end of season honours.