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Madison (WI) MSBL, 55+ Division
Reds 11, Bears 8
‘Championship Dedicated to Matt
Submitted by Dave Barbian, Reds Manager
When we first started to put the Reds together we were simply looking for
ball players that were available to play on Wednesday evenings. Once we filled our roster and had a practice,
we realized we had a pretty darn good team. Quite a few of us had never met before. However, we bonded as a team pretty
quickly. We lost a couple of guys to injury during the season, but also
gained a couple of great player from a nearby league in Milwaukee. Thank you Peter and Mark Holzwart for joining
Our season continued successfully
thanks to a NO HITTER by our pitching ace Randy Gaber. We also had excellent
relief pitching all year long thanks to Terry Kieffer, Dan Ketter and Mark
Holzwart. We played some terrific
defensive baseball, particularly from Lowell Ruef in Randy's no-hitter, as well
as great play from our shortstop Tug Thompson, utility infielders Matt McClenaghan and Terry Boucher and Matt Varney, our forever strong and solid catcher.
As a team we hit for a .357 average,
with Tug Thompson leading the team with a .536 average. Mike McClenaghan batted
.520 and Randy Gaber batting .448 to round out the top three.
It is with much sadness that we must
dedicate this championship season to our great catcher Matt Varney who passed
away after this season concluded. We will miss him terribly and always
remember him as a great ambassador of baseball and our local Southern Wisconsin league. But most importantly we'll remember him as a
true, good friend. We miss you already Matty!