A season of milestones: History in the making
NEW CARLISLE- With so much young talent in the league, many tend to forget just how rich of a history the Old Republic Wiffleball league has. While many players have come and gone, there are a couple handfuls of players who have remained throughout all this time.
So far this season, some of the best players in ORWBL history have recorded key milestones in their respective careers while others will look to make history at some point this season.
Just last week, Tony Koch became the 2nd player to reach 600 career hits and in the process passed Koby Keck to become the league's all time leader in Hits. Meanwhile, Scott Soos (588) and Zach Liberatore (578) are closing in on joining the 600 Hits club.
Jet City's Drew Luther became the 5th player in league history to record 500 hits, something that Luther has always had a knack for. It was fitting that Luther recorded his 500th career hit at Magic Park where he recorded 375 hits as a member of the Maple City Magic. Mr. Newt, Garrett Curless is not too far behind Luther as Curless currently sits at 486 career hits.
A couple members from the Maple City Magic have also made history this season as Wes Ellis and Alex Friedman became the 6th and 7th players in league history to hit 200 Home Runs. Friedman has always been a home run hitter while Wes Ellis has developed into one of the best all around players in the league.
It would be very interesting to see where Ellis's Home Run count would be at if the Banana Slugs had kept stats for a couple of seasons.
Maple City's Zach Liberatore sits just 1 Home Run away from joining the elusive 300 Home Run club as he will join Home Run king Scott Soos and Newts skipper Koby Keck. Not too far behind Liberatore is Tony Koch who currently has 286 career Home Runs.
The 200 homer club will also be making room for its 8th member as Drew Luther is just 4 Home Runs away from reaching that milestone.
It takes many years to pile up stats like these guys have and it shows a lot about the talent and dedication they have had to the league throughout the years. There is little doubt that a few of these guys are future ORWBL Hall of Famers, but in the mean time they will look to continue piling up the stats.