West side wins all
Defeats Rock Hard in best-of-five final
West Side Charlies is the 2010 champion of the Carbonear Molson Slo-Pitch Softball League, putting away Rock Hard Construction 3-1 in the best-of-five championship series.
West Side claimed the crown with a 22-17 victory in Game 4 of the series on Sept. 22, powered by a four-hit performance by Cory Mahaney and a home run each from Mike Whiteway and Scot Cleary. Whiteway, Paul O Leary and Kenny Hunt all finished with three hits apiece for West Side. Sam White was the winning pitcher, while Stephen King suffered loss. But King had a hot bat for Rock Hard, finishing with tree hits. Gord King, Trevor Gear and Cecil Taylor had two hits each for the losing side.
Members of the championship team include the following: Cory Mahaney, Eric Penney, Mike Whiteway, Paul O Leary, John Thistle, Paul R. O’Leary, Mike Squires, Jamie Clarke, Sam White, Curtis Squires, Phil Hurley, Mat Powell, John Jacques, Scot Cleary, Alf Bourne, Kenny Hunt, Pahl McCarthy and Brent Mahaney.
West Side started the final with a 22-15 win on Sept. 16, with Whiteway again leading the way with two round-trippers. Dennis King had four hits, including a home run, for Rock Hard.
In Game 2, also played Sept. 16, the offensive floodgates opened for both teams, with West Side prevailing by a score of 35-21. Mike Squires had five hits for West Side.
Rock Hard notched its only victory in Game 3, with a 22-13 win on Sept. 22. Stephen King and Gord King each had four hits for Rock Hard.
West Side advanced directly to the final after winning the regular season points race.
In semi-final action, Rock Hard and Butt’s Esso went the distance in their best-of-five affair, with Rock Hard sqeaking out an 11-10 victory in Game 5 on Sept. 15 to ensure a spot in the final. Blair Parsons and Dennis King had three hits each in the deciding game.
The league staged it 33rd annual banquet and awards night on Oct. 2. The following is a list of winners:
• Most home runs — Jeff Parsons, with 17;
• Top batter — Cory Mahaney, with a .659 average;
• Ralph Howell Memorial Award — Gerard Griffin (13th time it’s gone to Griffin);
• Forward and Pike trophy for first place team — West Side Charlies;
• Molson championship trophy — West Side Charlies
The league also reinstated the 2010 executive for another year. They include: president Mike Whiteway, vicepresident Gord King, umpire-in-chief Stephen King, secretary-treasurer Chad Parsons, and statistician and public relations officer Gerard Griffin.