Freshwater native tops Canadian fastpitch poll
Newfoundland’s Steve Mullaley was voted the top Canadian position player in an informal poll of non-Canadians conducted by Al’s Fastball, a website dedicated to the coverage of men’s fastpitch softball.
Mullaley, from Freshwater, Placentia Bay, was a force to be reckoned with at the plate for the gold medal-wining Canadian entry at the World Baseball Softball Confederation. He batted ,400 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in 10 games — including a three-homerun, seven-RBI performance in Canada’s title-clinching win over New Zealand.
Not long after, at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Mullaley was one of the teams’ top performers — hitting .579 with eight RBI, seven runs scored, and a .947 slugging percentage — as Canada won gold again.
The site surveyed 25 people — eight pitchers, nine position players, four administrators and four coaches from softball powerhouses New Zealand, the United States, Venezuela and Argentina.