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Puget Sound Senior Baseball League
Front Row L-R: Al Manter, Tom Lange,
Rand Gilbertson, Rich Bonny, Jeff Droker, Miles Fiala, Alan Melling. Back Row
L-R: Bill Lehr, Mitch Denning, Dean Carroll, John Tremble, Carl Gleason, Bob
Sorensen, Jeff Kyger, George Baron. Not Pictured: Greg Morrison and Russ Otani
‘Generals Dedicate 2018 to
Submitted by Bob Sorensen, Generals
After having made it to the division
championship game in 2016, the Generals of the 55+ Adirondack Division of the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League were optimistic heading into 2017. Injuries, vacations and work commitments (for
those few teammates who are still not retired) hampered the team during the
regular season. The Generals finished in
fifth place with an 8-10 record. But the
playoffs were another story!
Going 4-1 in the first five games of
a double-elimination playoff format the Generals once again made it to the
championship game. There we had a
rematch with the Twins who defeated us earlier in the round. But there was no happy ending as the Twins
prevailed 13-1 to capture the championship.
Offensively the Generals were led by Carl Gleason: .651/.735/.762/1.497 and Greg Morrison:
.510/.536/.686/1.222. Pretty gaudy
numbers by two of our youngsters (not yet 60)
Pitching duties were once again held
down by Jeff Kyger: 66 IP/4.75 ERA and Rich Bonny: 56 IP/3.81 ERA. Both Rich and Jeff played on three different
teams for the 2017 season. Rich played
60 games during the season. Jeff played
fewer games than Rich, as he still works 50 hours or more per week.
Two members of the Generals, Al
Manter and Mitch Denning, deserve special recognition because of their
dedication and age! I won’t give their
ages away but let’s just say it totals over 150 years between them. Their commute to games occasionally takes 1 ½
hours each way. These two guys really
love to play ball.
The rest of our roster: Dean Carroll,
Jeff Droker, Miles Fiala, Rand Gilbertson, Tom Lange, Bill Lehr, Alan Melling,
Russ Otani, Bob Sorensen and John Tremble have all played in the PSSBL for many
years. Average tenure for the team is
over 14 years. On top of that, almost
every player has participated in the MSBL World Series, many of them making ten
or more trip to the desert.
Here’s to 2018 when we plan to
capture our second championship!