Carbonear league concludes season
Holds year-end banquet to hand out awards, elect executive
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.”
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