Car­bon­ear league con­cludes sea­son

Holds year-end ban­quet to hand out awards, elect ex­ec­u­tive

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

The Car­bon­ear Mol­son slo-pitch soft­ball league handed out the hard­ware dur­ing its 34th an­nual ban­quet and pre­sen­ta­tion of awards on Oct. 1. Around 40 peo­ple, in­clud­ing play­ers and their spouses, turned out at the Knights of Colum­bus in Car­bon­ear for the event.

The two largest plaques, first place and cham­pi­onship award, went to West Side Char­lies, who shut out Butt’s Esso, tak­ing the cham­pi­onship in three straight last month.

• Jeff Par­sons of Butt’s Esso hit .725 dur­ing the sea­son and took home the top bat­ter award.

• The award for most home runs went to Charl Clarke of Butt’s Esso, who belted 14 home runs.

• Ger­ard Grif­fin earned the pres­i­dent’s award for be­ing most ded­i­cated to the league. Grif­fin plays for Butt’s Esso and serves as league statis­ti­cian.

• The Ralph How­ell Me­mo­rial Award for 2011 went to Grant Tobin of West Side Char­lies. The award is named af­ter Ralph How­ell, who played in the league for its first three sea­sons, 1977-1979.

“Ralph How­ell died in Septem­ber 1979 af­ter suf­fer­ing a mas­sive heart at­tack on his way from the play­ing field to the park­ing lot,” Ger­ard Grif­fin re­called.

How­ell op­er­ated the Sta­tion­ary Store on Water Street at the time of his death.

Grif­fin said, “ the 1980 ex­ec­u­tive in­tro­duced the me­mo­rial award with per­mis­sion from Ralph’s wife Joyce. For the past 31 years a mem­ber of the Car­bon­ear slo-pitch soft­ball league has been cho­sen to re­ceive this award.”

New ex­ec­u­tive

The league also elected its new ex­ec­u­tive for 2012 im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the awards’ cer­e­mony.

Mike White­way, pres­i­dent; Gord King, vice-pres­i­dent; Ger­ard Grif­fin, statis­ti­cian and Stephen King, um­pire-in-chief, were all re-elected to their re­spec­tive posts. Jody Doyle will serve as the new trea­surer. And round­ing out the new ex­ec­u­tive are Kevin Butt, past pres­i­dent and Phil Hur­ley, mem­ber at large

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