OPENING DAY 2017
Cadets expertly play "Ode to Newfoundland"
Jan. 28, 1933 - Aug. 9, 2017
It is with great sadness that we must pass along the news of the passing of one of the most beloved members of our league. Tommy Walsh has passed away today, surrounded by family and friends.
For nearly 38 years, Tommy played in the Mount Pearl Men’s Slo-Pitch Softball League and for the last couple, was the 16th man and father figure to a young North Atlantic team. Tommy was a gentleman who enjoyed the game and welcomed the challenge. He played every game to win and he expected the same from his opponents, not expecting them to let up for his sake.
Tommy had on many occasions, won his teams Most Spirited Player award, winning the award for the league in 2006. Tommy is also one of the holders of the Lifetime Achievement Award, given nearly annually to a member who has given freely of his time to play, umpire or volunteer over the years to make this league better. Tommy could have easily done this with a word and his smile.
Tommy’s sports life stretched far beyond the foul lines. He was a member of committees for the Mount Pearl Marlins, Mount Pearl Soccer Association and the Mount Pearl Recreation Commission. His many accomplishments can be seen here as he was inducted into the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Tommy was a great athlete, but a better person who made everyone around him better for knowing him. Tommy will be missed around the ball field and Mount Pearl. Prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to Alice and family.
Larry's Tax Services take top spot
Congratulations to Larry's Tax Services for finishing in 1st place during the regular season. The boys had a phenomenal year finishing with a 26 and 4 record and are heavy favorites heading into the "silly season".
Captains Steve Beer and Jamie Alyward along with coach Steling Hillier accept the 1st place trophy from league president Stan Linstead.
Members of the 1st place team are:
back row left to right: Colin Pennell, Rick Gibbons, Shane Chafe, Leroy Barnes
middle row left to right: Steve Beer, Ed Harris, Howie Walsh, Dave Broomfield, Rollie Furlong, Jim Walsh, Billy Quinlan, Sterling Hillier, Darrell Durdle
front row left to right: Brian Lake, Randy Purcell, Jamie Alyward, Ted Smith
Dart League Makes Donation
Thursday night Dart league raised $1500 and this past week presented the cheque to former ballplayer Jim Bishop, to help out with his wifes trip to Toronto for surgery on her cancer. We wish them a safe and successful trip.
Past President - Roy Crocker
Jan 10, 1956 - Mar 30, 2018
It is with great sadness that we must once again say goodbye to a great member of our softball family. Roy Crocker, a past President of our league passed away on March 30th following a courageous battle with cancer.
Roy will be greatly missed by the many guys that played with him and against him. Prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the Crocker and Legge family.
"A" Champion - Cal LeGrow
For the 3rd straight year, the "A" division winners are Cal LeGrow! Every year Rick and Randy somehow manager to pick a winning team. Congratulation as well to Pepsi who made this a wonderful series, pushing Cal LeGrow to game 7. In front of more than 100 fans, Joel Greek hit a sizzling line drive to Val Nazarenko at 3rd to end the game with the tying run on second.
Back row left to right: Dennis Leonard, Charles Chatman, Chris martin, Steve Slaney, Brian Cooney, Randy Hatcher, Brian Ledrew, Randy Wall, Nelson Bradbury
Front Row left to right: Val Nazarenko, Freeman Jarvis (manager), Greg Vardy, Shane Curnew, Clarence Callahan, Rick Boone
Missing: Randy Seymour
Randy Wall and Rick Boone receive the Clayton Jacobs, K&D Cup, as league champions, from executive member Ford Pollard.
Congratulations to Valley Cabs on the 2016 "B" division championship. Congratulations as well to Carpet Factory on a great final!
Back row left to right
Paul Dube, Chris O'Keefe, Tom Hogan, Steve Bridger, Al Heath, Paul Youden, Dean McCarthy, Jim Everard
Front Row left to right
Tom Woodford, Steve Moody, Dave Edison, Cliff Brown, Brad Ford
Missing: Colin Pennell, Brian Rogers
Steve Moody and Cliff Brown receive the "B" Championship trophy from executive member Ford Pollard
Congratulation to Twin Cities Imaging
1st Place regular season
Congratulations to Twin Cities Imaging for capturing first place overall during the regular season. After 30 games and some stiff competition from some other top notch teams, this is no small feat. Well done boys!
Member of Twin Cities Imaging are:
Back Row L-R: Rob French, Paul Nolan, Andrew Spurrell, Todd Clements, Dave Norris, Steve Bugden, Kirk Thorne, Dennis Power
Front Row L-R: Bob Jenkins, Phonse Leonard, Randy Leonard, Dave Snook, Brian Budden
Missing from Photo: Chris Holden, Dave Kiell and sponsor John Ryan
Richard "Monty" Lavandier
April 13, 1946 - October 19, 2016
As most of you know by now, our ball league and indeed the city of Mount Pearl lost a great friend last week. If you have been in the league longer than 5 years you will know Richard, but for the guys who are new to the league, here are some things you should know.
Richard was a long time player (over 25 years) and sponsor in our league (Aluma Systems) and for 6 years was the league president. Before that he served on the executive for several years in other positions. Richard was a life member of Kin Canada having dedicated 47 years with the service club. He was recognized over the years for his volunteerism, with such awards as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Beaumont-Hamel “local hero commemorative award”, and the City of Mount Pearl 2016 Community Service Award. Put this all together and you have a great man, who for us in our ball league are honored to have the softball field named in his memory.
Richard Levandier Softball Field
Congratulations to Richard and family as tonight the Softball field at the Team Gushue Complex has been named after him. Here is a picture of Richard with some past and present members of the softball league.
Standing left to right: Dave Aker, Paul Lane, Ford Pollard, Stan Linstead, Ron Byrne, Karl Baker
Seated left to right: Willie Power, Dean Reese, Richard, Dave Learning, Gary Holloway, Jim Locke
Missing: Darren Reid
Habs win! Habs win! Habs win!
This years edition of the "Flip-Up" Cup between the fans of the Leafs and the Habs is in the books. This year, Habs fans came out on top in a hard fought battle 18-17. 40+ players came out to support their team in this epic battle. Next year we hope to up those numbers!
One of the bonuses of this game was also to collect food for the St. Vincent De Paul Society. The food table will be open for anybody to drop off their non-perishable food items for the next week or two. Feel free to drop by the clubhouse on Wednesday or Thursday evenings during the dart leagues to make your donation.
Thanks everyone for a fantastic year!
Tibbs Auto Sales win "B" Division Title
Congratulations to Randy, Patty and the rest of the Tibbs Auto Sales team on winning the 2015 MPMSPSL "B" title. Congratulations should also go out to Harvey and Brian and the rest of Twin Cities Imaging for a great series. Great series and game 7 come back by Tibbs, made this series very intertaining.
Patty and Randy receive the "B" Championship Plaque
Tibbs Auto Sales
Back row, left to right: Bert Butler, Pat Doyle, robert Whelan, Todd Clements, Chris Noftle
Back row, left to right:Jim Harris, Scott Snelgrove, Steve Slaney, Tim Jones
Back row, left to right: Wayne Piccott, Jason Cross, Randy Gardnier, Randy Rice, Deon Cantwell
Missing: Keith Tibbs
Cal Legrow Wins Back-to-Back "A" Titles
Congratulations to Randy, Rick and the rest of the Cal Legrow team on winning the 2015 MPMSPSL "A" title. Congratulations should also go out to Jamie and Brian and the rest of Larry's Tax Services for a great series.
Members of the championship winning team are:
Back Row - left to right: Jenna Boone (Rick's daughter) Rick Boone, Stephen Bragg, Dave Kiell, Toby Crawley, Lee Sheppard, Randy Wall, Jim Bishop, Andrew Spurrell, Dean Layman
Front row - left to right: Freeman Jarvis, Greg Vardy, Gary Bulger, Herb Jenkins, Dave Aker, Nelson Bradbury, Randy Seymour, Trevor Kearsey
D&D 2016 Award Winners
Once again, it was an awesome year end Dinner and Dance. The food was great, the beverages were cold, the music was groovin`, and most of all..... it was a good time spent with a great bunch of guys (and gals)!
The award ceremony is always a special part of the annual D&D and this year was no exception. Here are this year’s winners:
Lifetime Achievement Award:
This year the award was presented posthumously to a great guy who spend many years in our league as a player, a member of the executive and most predominately as a member of the Social and Recreation Committee. This year’s award went to a very deserving Larry Hunt. Sadly Larry passed away a couple of years ago, but there was not a dry eye in the place as his wife Teri accepted the award in his behalf.
Volunteer of the Year Award:
This award is given out by the Executive to acknowledge an individual who gave of his time during league functions on and off the field. A guy who was willing sell the tickets, barbeque the burgers and hotdogs, anything to help out our great league. This year`s winner Ian Kelloway
Scholarship Award Winners:
In no particular order were:
Recepiant of the Rod Noseworthy Memorial Fund
Senior Resourse Centre ($500 donation)
“A” Champs – Cal LeGrow
“B” Champs – Valley Cabs
1St Place Regular Season – Twin Cities Imaging
Tucker Electronics Wins Provincial 35+ Title
Congratulations to Tucker Electronics for winning the 35+ non-competitive title.
Members of the wining team are:
Back Row, left to right: Brad Ford, Sam Marshall, Randy Stamp, Rob Rose, John Browne, Greg Vardy, Steve Moody
Fron Row, left to right: Dave Escott, Corrie Hodge, Cliff Brown, Terry Clarke, Joe Perry (MVP), Rick Ryall, Al Heath
B&B Wins provincial 50+ title......again!
For the second year in a row, B&B Electrical Outlets are the Provincial 50+ champs!
members of the championship team are:
Back row (Standing) left to right: Keon Penney(Coach) , Nick Morrissey, Robert Baldwin, Karl Baker, Joe Perry, Steve Beer ( Co-Captain), Kevin Guzzwell, Albert Oakey, Sterling Hillier (Manger), Wayne Rose, Jim Mallard, Mike Kavanagh, Doug Whittle, Darrin Reid,
Front row (kneeling) left to right : Byron Ridgeley, Gerard Horan, Brian Lake Captain), Rick Forristall
"In The Box Promotions" capture 1st place during regular season
Congratulations to the boys in blue! After battling for 30 games, "In The Box Promotions" finished 1st place over all during the regular season. The boys finished their regular season with 23 wins and 2 ties for 48 points. This will send 'In The Box Promotions" into the "silly season" as the #1 seed.
Team members include; Darrin Reid, Terry Clarke, Paul Boland, Eric Beckett, Peter Constantine, Tony Kane, Kevin Guzzwell, Gerard Horan, Noel Woolridge, Dave Norris, Jerry Keats, Bill Woolridge, Brian Cooney, Dave Tiller, Roy Spencer and manager John "Blackie" Blackwood
Captains Darrin Reid and Terry Clarke accept the 1st place trophy from league Vice-President, Stan Linstead
Tommy Walsh Retires
After nearly 38 years in the Mount Pearl Men’s Slo-Pitch League, Tommy has decided that now was the right time to walk away from the game. Keeping his decision a relative secret, until word got out during his teams game last night, Tommy finished his career with a solid single to right to a resounding round of applause from all those in attendance. Tom Walsh is a gentleman who enjoyed the game and welcomed the challenge. He played every game to win and he expected the same from his opponents, not expecting them to let up for his sake..... and he let you know it, just ask Byron.
Tommy’s sports life stretched beyond the foul lines. He has been a member of committees for the Mount Pearl Marlins, Mount Pearl Soccer Association and the Mount Pearl Recreation Commission. His many accomplishments can be seen here as he was inducted into the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame.
Tommy is a great athlete but a better person and will be missed on the ball field. I am sure we will see him around the clubhouse.
Congratulations to The Champions!
Congratulations to Tols Timeout Lounge 2014 "B" Championship
Tols and City Tire gave us a great series that looked over early, but City Tire came back and made a great series of it.
Members of the winning team are
Front row, left to right:
Wayne Gardnier, Ron Byrne, Dave Learning, Ian Costello, Ed Donovan, Ed Grant, Corrie Hodge, Gary Holloway
back row, left to right:
Mike Kavanaugh, Rob Rose, Charlie Williams, Brad Ford, Dave Phillips, Frank Flynn Rick Hindy
Missing from photo: Craig Stokes
Congratulations to The Champions!
Congratulations to Cal LeGrow on winning the 2014 "A" Championship
Cal LeGrow beat a strong team in Glenn Kane - The Mortgage Centre in an entertaining final.
Members of the winning team are
Front row, left to right:
Chris Combden, Mike Frelich, Norm Penney, Gary Crocker, Trevor Kearsey, Freeman Jarvis, Joe Ridgeley
back row, left to right:
Dennis Smith, Greg Vardy, Dave Aker, Rick Boone, Randy Wall, Bill Newell, Brian Ledrew, Bill Whiteway
Missing from photo: Brett Ludlow
Most Spirited Player Awards
This years winners of the Most Spirited Player Award for each team were given out at the annual Volunteer BBQ. As always, the teams made some great selections. During the year end Dinner & Dance, one of these fine gentlemen will walk away with the Leagues Most Spirited Player award. This years team winners were:
back Row, left to right:
Dave Escott - B&B Electrical, Steve MacDonald - North Atlantic, Ray Decker - Valley Cabs, Bobby Kelly - HJ Bartletts Electrical, Mark Crane - Dave Peets Siding & Renovations, Darryl Nixon - Rug Room, Michael Kavanagh - Glenn Kane The Mortgage Centre
Front row, left to right:
Todd Burridge - Protech, Ray Nixon - Twin Cities Imaging, Marty Joy - City tire & Auto, Norm Penney - Cal legrow, Deon Cantwell - Ray Gushue Construction
Missing from photo:
Ian Costello - Tols Timeout Lounge, Don Peach - Crockers Collision, Bobby Rideout - Diet Pepsi, Calvin Smith - Greg Vatchers-Homelife
As was posted in the blog over the last couple of days, we have lost a great friend, ballplayer and builder of our league, Ron Squires.
Ron was a long time player and Executive member who spent a lot of his free time on and around the ball field at St. Davids. Ron, who spent nearly 30 years playing in our league, was also the President on 3 different occasions, totaling 14 years in all as president. Add to that the years at other executive positions, time on committees and time spend closing up after rentals, and you see what kind of man Ron was and what he has meant to this league.
Rest in peace Ron, you will be greatly missed.
Congratulations to the Rug Room for finishing 1st overall during the regular season
A pretty good crowd down to the field last night were treated to a great game between The Rug Room and Twin Cities Imaging. With Twin ahead 3-2 in the top of the 7th, Darryl Nixon hit a 2 out, 2 run single to put the Rug Room ahead. A lead that they held in the bottom for the win. Both teams played a great defensive game, which is the hallmark to any great playoff team. Careful boys... don't touch the trophy!
Congratulations to the New SPN 50+ Canadian Champions
B&B Electrical Outlets
Congratulatios to all the boys on a job well done against some tough competition.
Members of the team are:
Brian Lake, Steve Beer, Kevin Guzzwell, Paul Dowden, Byron Ridgeley, Joe Ridgeley, Albert Oakey, Jim Mallard, Gerard Huran, Robert Whalen, Karl Baker, Mike Kavanagh, Jim Bishop, Keon Penney (Coach),Sterling Hillier (Manger), Bruce Didham (Sponsor)
Opening Day 2014
After beautifully playing "Maple Leaf Forever" the 807 Air Cadet Band played a stiring rendition of "O Canada".
What followed was a great display of athletic ability as Mayor Simms tossed out the first pitch to our own prennial championship jacket winner, Tommy Walsh.
let the games begin!
City Tire captures 1st place in the regular season 2013
Team Gushue Softball Field & Clubhouse
Welcome to the NEW
Mount Pearl Men's Slow Pitch Softball League website.
New Clubhouse and new location bring new rules + some old ones
- Please inform your players of the new website. Game schedules, results, messages from the league, weather updates, forms, and so forth are all included on the site.
- No CLEATS in the clubhouse. Change to street shoes prior to entering the building. As the facility is squeaky clean and new this will assist the league in maintaining the building in a new condition.
- Absolutely NO smoking on the deck.
- NO smoking in dugouts during games
- If you umpire, no smoking on field by umpires during the game
- Abuse of umpires – zero tolerance
"A" Division Champs - The Rug Room
"B" Division Champs - Valley Cabs