Houston Hardball League, 55+ ‘A’ Sunday Division
Stars 7, Tigers 3
Submitted by Jeff Pruneau, Stars’ manager
The 2022 Stars were a well-balanced team. We scored a lot of runs and did not give up many. In our ten wins, we gave up three runs or less each game and I was fortunate enough to pitch a no-hitter during the season.
The defense was often amazing with more than the usual double plays as well as diving catches in the outfield. The Stars had a team batting average of .429, with eleven players hitting over .400. Shawn Clayborn led the way with a .625 average. Others close behind him included Jeff McMeans at .600, Keith Doehrmann at .591, and Mike Orendac at .571. It was a total team effort with everyone contributing to the Stars’ success.
The Stars included:
Billy Johnson was versatile handling outfield positions as well as some time at 2B. David McGowan was amazing in the outfield and hit .355. Mike Goodfriend had several highlight-reel catches in the outfield and helped in the infield when necessary. Scott Pleus contributed in the outfield as well as gave the Stars some innings on the hill too. Scott hit .421.
Shawn Clayborn played a great outfield and as mentioned, led the team in hitting.
Tad Rickard is likely the fastest player in all of the Houston MSBL, which allowed him to chase down fly balls and steal bases with ease. Along with Jeff McMeans, he did not strike out once during the season. Dan Coleman played some infield and outfield and hit .333. Gary Tesch held down the hot corner while hitting .435.
Jeff McMeans was an excellent shortstop and team comedian too! Keith Doehrmann continued to show his gold glove talent at first base. Keith Larson also helped at first base while being a main contributor pitching, including a complete game Championship game victory. Keith hit .536!
Len Fruci was a newcomer to the Stars and provided great infield help. Mark McDowell was hindered by a leg injury yet still hit .467. Bob Volk was one of the two extremely capable receivers behind the plate and hit .429. Mike Orendac did the bulk of the catching for the Stars and often caught the entire game in 100-degree heat. Many kudos and appreciation go out to Mike. I enjoyed my time on the mound and hit .476.
The Stars are currently undefeated in the Fall season so hope to keep the momentum going next year too!