Fresh­wa­ter na­tive tops Cana­dian fast­pitch poll

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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.

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