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Two Kentville Wildcats among NSSBL league leaders

KENTVILLE - Two members of the Kentville senior Wildcats were recognized when the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League handed out its major awards and all-star selections for the 2015 season Sept. 10.

Pitcher-outfielder Codey Shrider was the recipient of the Gary MacDonald Memorial Award and the Gold Bat and Gold Glove Award for the most Player of the Game selections by a player during the season.

At bat, Shrider had 25 hits in 81 at-bats for a respectable .309 average. On the mound, he compiled a 3-1 record and led the league with 64 strikeouts.

All three of Shrider’s pitching victories - for a team that won only eight games all season - were against Dartmouth, including a one-hit, complete game shutout in a July 23 game in Dartmouth the Wildcats won 1-0.

Ian Lockhart was named the league’s all-star shortstop for a season in which he finished with a .287 average, one of the lowest of his long senior baseball career.

Lockhart made up for his lower than normal average with solid defence at his position and great veteran leadership as he returned to the Wildcats lineup after a year’s absence.

Several Kentville players also finished among the league leaders for the 2015 season. Colby Turple led the team with a .341 average, good for 12th in the batting race and just ahead of David McIntyre’s .338 mark.

Mike Lockhart’s eight doubles were among the league leaders, as were Shrider’s three home runs.

On the pitching side, besides Shrider’s league-leading strikeout total, McIntyre’s 65.2 innings pitched and Alex Ostrov’s 55 innings pitched were good for fourth and fifth in the league respectively.


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