Cats’ Scott Smith claims Rice Medal

Will Hackett was presented with the Kevin Ryan MVP medal for the grand final by Virginia Ryan. The medal pays tribute to the late Kevin Ryan, a player and coach. Kevin coached at international level travelling overseas with national country baseball teams.
Will Hackett was presented with the Kevin Ryan MVP medal for the grand final by Virginia Ryan. The medal pays tribute to the late Kevin Ryan, a player and coach. Kevin coached at international level travelling overseas with national country baseball teams.

The Port Pirie Night Baseball League awards were held after the grand final recently at the Senate Road sports complex. Individual trophies were presented in both the Minors and the Majors competitions and the team of the year was named in the Majors competition for season 2016/2017.

In the Minors the following awards were presented; Milestone game recognition – 200 Minors games to Michael (Crusty) Bowering.  Mick is a long time supporter of Port Pirie Baseball. He has played 237 games in the Majors as well as the 200 in the Minors competition. He marks the diamonds each year for every game and continues to play for the love of it. Batting average - Lachlan White Tigers Baseball club average of .588. Slugging award – Rohan Voumard Cats Baseball club .769. Most RBI’s (Runs Batted In) – Peter Turvey Tigers Baseball club 15. Best Infielder – Will Johns Tigers Baseball club average of .973. Best Outfielder – Bobbie Dobell Cats Baseball club average of 1000. Best and fairest award for the Minors went to Rohan Voumard from the Cats Baseball club.

In the Majors the awards went to; Batting average – Tate Bradley Panthers Baseball club average of .455. Slugging award – Jordan Fuller Tigers Baseball club .583. Most RBI’s – Andrew Haren Cast Baseball club 10. Best Infielder – Adam Bowering Cats Baseball club average of .984. Best Outfielder – Andrew Haren Cats Baseball club.

The winner of the Rice Medal for the Best and Fairest in the Majors competition went to Scott Smith from the Cats Baseball club. The Rice medal is named after Don Rice a founder of the League over 50 years ago and a patron of the League for many years.

The Rookie award for a first year player in the A grade competition was won by Jack Steff from the Panthers baseball club. Jack was still eligible to play in the under 15 competition but also played in the Minors and all of the Majors competition games this season.  

The league also named the all star players in its team of the year with selection based on criteria established by the League coaches. The team is as follows;

Pitcher – Scott Smith Cats Baseball club

Catcher – Adam Bowering Cats Baseball club

First Base – Rob Anderson Cats Baseball club

Second Base – Mark Stephens Cats Baseball club

Third Base – Scott Wardle Cats Baseball club

Short Stop – Jordan Fuller Tigers Baseball club

Left Field – Jaikob Matthews Tigers Baseball club

Centre Field – Andrew Haren Cats Baseball club

Right Field – Paul Galpin Tigers Baseball club

Designated Hitter – Tate Bradley Panthers Baseball club

Utilities – Jake Brooks Tigers, Jason Caspers Cats, Jack Steff Panthers

After winning the rookie of the year award Jack Steff rounded off a very good season earning a place in the team of the year. The coach of the team of the year is the minor premiership coach who was Scott Wardle from the Cats Baseball club.