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  • St. Clair Shores MABL (MI) Announces 2016 Hall of Fame

    By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

    St. Clair Shores MABL is located in St. Clair Shores, Michigan and consists of eight teams in an 18-over format with two divisions, the Harper and the JeffersonSCS MABL introduced their Hall of Fame in 2015 and recently inducted four new members as part of their class of 2016.  Brian Paprocki, Tom Mehl, Ken Harris and Matt Sherock are this year's honorees.  You can learn more about them below.

    Brian Paprocki

    Brian has played in the SCS MABL for 17 years. He has been a member of the Braves, Marlins, Redbirds and White Sox during his 17 year career in the SCS MABL. Brian has been a great pitcher for a long time and still continues to excel in league and tournament play.  One very impressive accomplishment from his career was, winning 23 straight games and even more impressive is that all 23 were complete games.  He wanted to make sure to mention having the best game calling catcher in the league, Dave Combest, and being able to pitch to Dave for 16 of his 17 seasons in the SCS MABL. For Brian, when on the mound, nothing is more important than winning, being a fierce competitor and great teammate.  Brian has also been a member of 5 championship teams in the SCS MABL. When asked about his best memory his response was "winning that first championship as a member of the Braves in 2003”. Everyone who has played with Brian knows he is an exceptional teammate always lending a helping hand and never giving less than 100%. 

    Ken Harris

    Ken has been a member of the SCS MABL for six years now. He has played on the Phillies, Yankees and is currently playing for the Nationals. Ken has had great satisfaction in meeting many new teammates and friends over these last 6 seasons. He values those memories just as much as any he has while on the baseball field. Ken is one of the best CF’s to play in the SCS MABL. He has patrolled the outfield stealing countless hits from opposing batters ever since he stepped on the diamond. Ken won the leagues home run championship in 2014 edging out teammate Jeff Schaffert by one homer. Ken is also a regular on the annual all-star team and is always challenging for the league lead in pretty much every single offensive category. I asked Ken about a few of his favorite moments in the league and he replied that one of his more memorable moments was watching his teammate Matt Cross throw a no-hitter his second year in the league. A few other highlights from Ken’s career include, hitting for the cycle in 2014 with the home run coming in his last at bat. He also recalled having his first ever walk-off hit back in 2015. When asked what he liked most about the league he responded; "I definitely enjoy my summers at Kyte, the competitiveness of the other teams/players and look forward to many more”. Ken is a great guy, quick with a smile and handshake, as well as a great baseball player. He is exactly the type of player we appreciate playing in our league and we look forward to having him play in the SCS MABL for many more years as well. 

    Matt Sherock 

    Matt has played in the SCS MABL for nine years. He has been a member of the Brewers, White Sox and Tigers over the course of his nine seasons in the SCS MABL. Matt is primarily an infielder but recently has turned into a jack of all trades manning any of the nine positions that are in need by his team on any given day. Matt has posted a career .314 batting average coupled with a career .391 OBP. Matt has taken part in the SCS MABL all-star game every year since its inception in 2012. Additionally in 2012 Matt took over the duties of league Vice President working with then President, Pete Smith, and city official Tom Mehl to continue the long standing relationship the league has with the city of Saint Clair Shores. Matt and Pete exchanged roles in 2015 and Matt became the President of the SCS MABL. Matt is a regular participant in the two MSBL/MABL Nationally run tournaments. His team participates in the Las Vegas Open Memorial Day open as well as the MSBL World Series in Arizona each season. 2015 was his team’s first tournament win in Las Vegas. His team has yet to capture the World Series title but they are regulars in the playoffs and he hopes that this season will finally bring that prize. Matt’s fondest memories of playing in the SCS MABL are playing in the finals the past two season as well as that first year with the Brewers. To wrap it up in his words "it has been an extreme pleasure to continue to play a sport which I love and meet so many great guys who have the same love for the sport as I do. I appreciate all the great friendships I have made these past nine seasons and look forward to continuing to play for many more years to come.” 

    Tom Mehl

    Tom is the Parks, Programs, and Athletics Manager for the city of St. Clair Shores. He has worked for the St. Clair Shores Parks & Recreation since the summer of 1990 as seasonal golf course maintenance staff member. He was promoted to a full time position in 2006 as the city Athletic Coordinator in 2006. In 2011 he was promoted to the Parks Maintenance Supervisor which transitioned to his current position along the way. Tom works with 15 different athletic organizations in his current capacity for the City of St. Clair Shores. Tom and his  team assist approximately 500 adults who participate in baseball, softball, and horse shoes leagues.  Additionally he assists over 4000 youths who participate in spring and summer athletic organizations associated with the City of St. Clair Shores.  Three soccer leagues and two baseball leagues are coordinated to share athletic field time.  Twenty soccer fields and 35 baseball fields are used by St. Clair Shores youth programs.  Tom also helps to coordinate all practices and home games for Lake Shore High School’s Varsity Baseball, Varsity Softball, JV Baseball, and JV softball teams, as well as the Lakeview High School freshmen baseball team. 

    Tom also has a tremendous passion for coaching. He has been coaching high school basketball since 1991. He was a member of the coaching staff at Lake Shore High School form 91’ to 94’ where he served as a Varsity Assistant Coach from 91’ to 94’ as well as the Freshmen Head Basketball Coach in 93’- 94’.  He was a member of the coaching staff that celebrated the 93’-94’ Class B Boys Varsity State Championship at Lake Shore High School, which is the highlight of his coaching endeavor thus far.  He has spent the last 21 years as a member of the De La Salle Collegiate Basketball coaching staff.  Tom was an Assistant Varsity Coach Basketball from 95’ to 08’.  In 2009 he was named the Associate Head Coach for the Boys Varsity Team.  He also served as the Head JV Boys Basketball coach from 95’ to 00’.  In June of 2015 Tom was inducted into the Catholic League Hall of Fame for 20 years of coaching in the Catholic League.  Tom commented "The most rewarding part of coaching for me is being able to work closely with young men.  Building relationships with them and teaching them the game of basketball in the process”.

    Tom was also a coaching staff member of the Lake Shore Boys Varsity and JV soccer teams in 1994. Asked a few personal questions these were his replies. "My biggest hobby is Golf. My biggest accomplishment to date was marrying my beautiful wife Kellie on June 4, 2011.  Kellie and my two children, Kayla and Patrick, are the joy of my life. My biggest role model and supporter is my father Jerry Mehl.”

    Tom has been a great partner for the SCS MABL. He and his staff and grounds crew are fabulous to work with. He does everything he can to ensure we have great fields and works with us in so many ways from scheduling the regular season, rescheduling of rainouts, making sure the fields are groomed, scheduling our Michigan Cup tournament as working to get us umpires. We are lucky to have a person as dedicated as Tom to help us out. Without him our league most certainly would not be where it is today. We are extremely happy to give Tom this honor because of his hard work and dedication to our league.

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