Springfield captured its 4th consecutive Ohio Men’s Senior Baseball League Legends Division (65 and older) championship. Springfield recently edged the Kent Mud Hens, 8-5, at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium, Canton, Ohio.
Team members – some of whom are Mercer or Lawrence County residents – include Bobby Johnson, Dave Smercansky, Ed Farrell (Greenville), Paul Bevilacqua, John Jewell, Jack Hay, Rick Tabis (Hermitage), Jimmy Ciotti, John Cashbaugh, Dave Warren, John D’Onofrio, 4-time Manager of the Year Pat Pruent (West Middlesex native, Neshannock Twp. resident), Don Christian, Jimmy Wilson, Nick Simko, Skip Feigert (Hermitage), Howard Merritt, and Tommy Gaona.
Missing from the photo are Dave Bindas, Doug Homer (Hubbard), Jim Greer (Hermitage) and Joe Bertolacci.
Hay, caught by Gaona, pitched a complete game in the title tilt. Springfield finished with a 9-7 overall record.