From The Archives From Benton County Enterprise Sports; June 14, 1979

By: 
Adam Dean Howe
Enterprise Staff
Shinn Chevrolet 
Sluggers Hitting at .513
“Hitting is the name of the game” would provide an accurate summation of the one-third completed Slo-Pitch Softball League season.
As the year takes shape, it becomes readily apparent that the teams holding down the top spots in the standings also possess the highest team batting averages.
Shinn Chevrolet, the loop leader, boasts a phenomenal team batting average of .513, 49 percentage points better than co-leader Jackman Meat Processing.
The Meat Processors are in second place with a highly respectable .465 team mark.
Briggs Brothers Oil Company ranks third with .432 average, closely followed by Rod’s Auto Sales at .424.
Next in line is Eaton-Burton Motors at .395, while United Farm Agency comes in with a .377 mark.
Newman Foods is hitting .364 with Dix Bar showing a .354 average and United Telephone trailing at the .274 level.
The ultimate standards, however, are runs scored and runs allowed.
And again the differential between run production and solid defense reflect the league standings.
Shinn Chevrolet has scored an average 17.6 runs per outing while allowing only 6.8 runs to their opponents for a “spread” of 10.8.
Jackman Processing has tallied 13.5 runs per game and permitted 5.2 opposition runs for a margin of 8.3, while Eaton-Burton Motors has built a 6.5 run bulge over their foes.
Walter Eichler of Briggs Oil is the league’s top hitter with a torrid .800 mark, followed by Bill Swafford of Shinn Chevrolet at .714.
The third and fourth leading hitters are Bill Salley of Rod’s Auto Sales and Ozzie Wallace of Jackman Processing at .667, while Hammond of Briggs owns a .650 average.
Arlie Turner of Jackman’s is hitting .647 with Kevin Johnson of Newman Foods close behind at .643 and Steve Butler of the Meat Processors at .642.
Hugh Fowler, also of Jackman’s, nails down the number 9 spot at .625, while Chet Douthit of Shinn Chevrolet rounds out the top 10 at the .611 mark.
Leading the league in home runs with 3 solo shots apiece are Dennis Mills of Jackman Processing, Ernie Cox of United Telephone and Curtis Leppert of United Farm Agency.
Two home runs each have been accounted for by Larry Burton of Rod’s Auto Sales, Chuck Chavez and Billy Crowe of Jackman’s, and Walter Eichler of Briggs Oil.
Lions Take Win 
Over Go-Fers
The Lions exploded in the middle innings to escape what would otherwise have been a close game and cruised to a 12-4 victory over the Go-Fers and claimed the top spot in the Warsaw Little League standings Monday night.
Chance Cunningham and Charlie Shepard hammered 2-run homers and Jack Minor contributed a bases empty blast to lead the Lions into the league leadership.
Shepard also was the mound victor for the Lions.
In the first game of the evening, the Wildcats coasted to an easy 15-5 win over Unitog to claim third place in the loop standings.
Longview Course Busy Over Weekend
Longview Golf Course was a very busy place this past weekend.  Even the helicopter flew over the course several times giving its passengers a good view of Warsaw’s most beautiful golf course.
Among those playing the course were: Gil Duke from Los Angeles, California, a retired greenskeeper with 30 years experience.  He said the course was in great shape and was a great asset.  Fritz Grinzinger of Nevada, Jack Jensen from Springfield, Bob Lafayette, Stillwater, Minnesota, Mr. Fidler and Mr. Coons of Sedalia, Chuck Adkinson, Kansas City, Kansas, Virgil Peterson of Warsaw and Patty McAbee from Wheatland, Ron, Craig, Bret, Jeff, Scott, Bob and Vicky Turley, all from Independence.
Ron Simpson, Nevada, Harriet and Pat Bailey, Kansas City, Ervine and Alice Borchers, Richard Borchers, and Connie Ehlers from Cole Camp, and Kenny Proctor, Lincoln.
Lynn and Joleen Grobe, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Scott, Brad Spencer, Warren Schroder, Larry Walthall, John Barb, John Wiest, Harold Maxwell, and F.E. Dandurant, all from Warsaw.

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