Musketeers honour season's best efforts
THE Ipswich Musketeers club's best junior and senior players were recognised as they reflected on another big baseball season.
Ipswich pitcher Dean Jones was named as the A Grade Most Valuable Player, after helping the Musketeers to their second straight grand final appearance.
Despite Ipswich falling in the final hurdle against Windsor, club president Jon Campbell said the Senior Sportsmen of the Year recipient was a standout performer in another top season.
"We've come from getting belted in our first year back in Major League Baseball to making the finals twice in a row,” Campbell said.
"It was a great year and statistically we were the best team in the competition.
"Deano had a great season and is probably a chance of winning the pitching award for the whole league. He got us through a lot of nine innings games over the year.”
With all six senior grades and junior grades presented with awards, Billy Cruice claimed Junior Sportsmen of the Year at last Friday night's presentation dinner.
The 16-year-old is the grandson of Musketeers Old Boy Ross "Joe'' McDonald. He was selected in the State Schoolboys side last year.
"Billy is a bit of a baseball prodigy,” Campbell said.
"Joey was a great player who played in the Claxton Shield back in the day and in three years Billy will be a great kid for us to have in A Grade.”
Claiming one of the nights special awards, Jason McMahon was given the Axe Pedley Memorial Trophy in honour of his dedication to the Ipswich outfit.
"Axe was an old club member who was killed in a car accident back in the 90's,” Campbell said. "He wasn't a superstar player but he was a real joker. That trophy is our clubman of the year award really.
"Jason does a lot of work around the club. From all he does around the field, coaching juniors and playing seniors.”
McMahon also picked up the MVP and Batting award for the Musketeers C Grade side.
Before the new season begins in September, the Musketeers will start a new junior campaign during the off-season.
Starting in July, the club will host an after-school competition for students aged 5-10.
"It's something we have never done before,” Campbell said. "We got a grant to get it up and running so hopefully we can get 40-50 kids in the Springfield area involved.
"It's definitely a growth area and once these kids know where our fields are they might come across and join our junior numbers.”
Senior Sportsmen of the Year: Dean Jones. Encouragement Award: Campbell Twigg.
Junior Sportsmen of the Year: Billy Cruice.
Axe Pedley Memorial Trophy: Jason McMahon.
Most Strike Outs: Kane Hall. Most Stolen Bases: Ryan Torrey. Most Times on Base: Josh Roberts. Most Safe Hits: Brad Dutton. Most RBI's: Brad Dutton.
Team Awards Seniors
A Grade: Batting - James Linger. Fielding: Josh Roberts. Pitching: Ryan Torrey; MVP: Dean Jones.
B Grade: Batting - Ryan Torrey. Fielding: Ben Strehle. Pitching: Talisen Tardrew-O'Meara. MVP: Talisen Tardrew-O'Meara.
C Grade: Batting - Jason McMahon. Fielding: David Vesey. Pitching: Ryan McMahon. MVP: Jason McMahon.
Team Awards Juniors
U20: Batting - Adam Goodier. Fielding: Jake Suthers. Pitching: Riley Washington. MVP: Jake Suthers.
U16: Batting - Jeremy Suthers. Fielding: Billy Cruice. Pitching: Campbell Twigg. Coaches Award: Wilkin Kebbell.
U14: Batting - Mitchell Sloane. Fielding: Levi Ahearn. Pitching: Mitchell Sloane; Coaches Award: Nate Tonwsley.