Both of our Winter League Divisions ended up with two teams tied for the league lead. In the Lakes Division, Manager Vern Rodgers’ Brenden Financial Planners and Manager Tom Erpelding’s Core Photographers both finished with 11-7 records, one game ahead of Manager Gary Hillabolt’s Young Team Realtors. The Photographers started the season by losing six of their first eight games, but stormed back to win nine of their last ten to tie for the lead. Manager Bill McCoy’s A-1 Golfers couldn’t quite get things together, finishing with a woeful 4-14 mark.
In the closely-contested Sun Division, Manager Mike Gloyd’s Redeemed Team Realtors and Manager Dave Platt’s Spooner Physical Therapists both had 10-8 won-lost records, just two games ahead of Manager Randy Neumann’s Leckner Realty squad and Manager Bobby Farmer’s Wolfe & Associates Accountants. The Redeemed Team and the Spooner PT crew entered the final day of the season with identical 9-7 records and played a doubleheader to determine the division championship. In the first game, Spooner PT eked out a 19-16 win to put the pressure on the Redeemed Team. “What pressure?” asked Manager Gloyd, as his club exploded for a one-sided 31-11 win to tie for the Division championship.
Lakes Division batting leaders after the Fall and Winter Sessions included seven players with averages of .700 or better, led by Vern Rodgers at .761. Other members of the 700 Club were Tom Lorgan (.754), Doug Warwick (.736), Frank Rouse (.735), Bill Jacobson (.727), and Terry Zeltinger (.717). Vern Rodgers and Doug Warwick both had six homers to lead the Division, one more than Bill Jacobson.
In the Sun Division, 10 players exceeded .700 in batting average, with two of those exceeding .800. Paul Gayer led the Division with a .828 mark, followed by Bobby Farmer at .808. The remaining members of the 700 Club were Marty Hobby (.798), Mike Lebet (.772), Brad Wendt (.771), Larry Kaufmann (.765), Dave Platt (.763), Dan Melosi (.718), Tom Stephens (.707), and Dennis Dalton (.706). Bobby Farmer and Mike Lebet were tied for the Division lead in homers with a whopping 38 each. Both have a good chance to top Mark McKinnon’s all-time record of 51 set during the 2017-18 seasons.
Our Spring Seasons are now well underway and will continue through mid-April. Check our website www.sunlakessoftball.com for up-to-date news.
Thanks to Dan Schneider, President of Aluma-Line, Inc., for renewing the company’s advertising banner at the Field of Dreams. Aluma-Line has supported our program since 2003. Links to Aluma-Line’s website and all our other advertising and team sponsors may be found on the Sponsors Page of our website. SOS: Support Our Sponsors!