Three lo­cal play­ers en­ter soft­ball hall of fame

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Three soft­ball play­ers with ties to the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion were re­cently en­shrined into the provin­cial soft­ball hall of fame.

Soft­ball New­found­land and Labrador (SNL) took time to rec­og­nize the achieve­ments of Ward Gosse, Do­minic O’Reilly and Aloy­sius “Wish” Pittman dur­ing its an­nual hall of fame awards cer­e­mony, held Nov. 21 in Kel­li­grews.

Gosse, a Bay Roberts na­tive, is widely con­sid­ered one of the best soft­ball play­ers New­found­land and Labrador ever pro­duced.

Fol­low­ing three years of play in the St. John’s Ju­nior League, Gosse spent 27 sea­sons in the St. John’s Se­nior League and set sev­eral league records — ca­reer home runs (103), RBIs (363), games pitched (346), wins (178), and strike­outs (2,532).

He was a mem­ber of 11 cham­pi­onship teams dur­ing his se­nior league ca­reer, played on 15 provin­cial teams at na­tion­als, and com­peted in the 2006 In­ter­na­tional Soft­ball Congress’ World Fast­ball Tour­na­ment as a mem­ber of the Kegel Black Knights team from Fargo, N.D.

In 2012, SNL named Gosse co-win­ner of an award to hon­our the most out­stand­ing player of the pre­vi­ous 25 years. He shared the award with Colin Ab­bott, another player SNL in­ducted into its hall of fame last month.

As a youth, Gosse won provin­cial cham­pi­onships at the squirt and mid­get lev­els rep­re­sent­ing Bay Roberts and played in the na­tional cham­pi­onships at both lev­els.

O’Reilly played in the Pla­cen­tia In­ter-town League and the St. John’s Se­nior League. He hit .284 for his ca­reer in the lat­ter league and was a mem­ber of three cham­pi­onship teams.

O’Reilly rep­re­sented the prov­ince five teams at Se­nior Na­tion­als and was a player-coach on the ‘Sil­ver Dol­lar’ team that won the 1988 East­ern Cana­dian Se­nior B Cham­pi­onships. He was a mem­ber of six Provin­cial Se­nior A Cham­pi­onship teams.

Pittman also played ball in Pla­cen­tia. He was a mem­ber of the In­ter-town All-Star team in the late 1970s and rep­re­sented the prov­ince twice at Ju­nior Na­tion­als.

He rep­re­sented New­found­land and Labrador 11 times at Se­nior Na­tion­als and also played on three Provin­cial Se­nior A Cham­pi­onship teams.

Do­minic O’Reilly

Aloy­sius “Wish” Pittman

Ward Gosse

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