Presidents Award Winners

Matt Kraemer

Player of the Year Honorees

75+ Gold – Ralph Bartlett
70+ Gold – Mark Rudich
65+ Mavericks – Don Ludwig
65+ Olde Dawgs – Bill Brantly
60+ Elite – Dan Nunnelee

55+ Gold – Mark Aumann
55+ Hornets – Jeff Blakeman
50+ Gold – Roger Knoblock
50+ Diamonds – Kevin Porter

Hall of Fame Inductees

Don Ludwig

Don Ludwig is considered one of the best pitchers ever to play in the Top Gun Senior Softball. He pitched on two Master World championship team in 2001 and 2004. He has been on many all tournament team selections. However he is a fierce competitor, but never one to put himself above the team as displayed in a Spring World Tournament in Mesquite. He pulled himself due to the fact that he felt he would hurt the team’s chances of winning the tournament by either pitching or hitting. That gesture was felt by the entire team and was noted after the team had won that tournament. That is the ultimate competitor and with that attitude he was very successful on all Top Gun teams for over 15 years and thus his selection as a HOF player that any team would want pitching for them. He was also a really great hitter as well and when he did not pitch played other positions with skill and ability that never hurt his team’s chances to win. His HOF resume is more than just wins but is a testament to the player he is on every Top Gun team he played for.

Dave Duarte

Dave Duarte is what is referred to as a five tool player. His skill and talent are respected by his fellow teammates and opponents alike. This type of player will always deliver plays that other players are not even going to attempt. His hitting is so consistent that you might as well just fill in the score sheet before every game for him even before he comes to bat. These type of players are a team’s dream to have because he just shows up and then shows up when it really counts. His HOF selection was an easy choice and one well deserved.

Bill Poe

Bill Poe is a quiet, not flashy but steady player in the field and at bat. What makes him special is the fact that he is not flashy but the type of player that you know will make the right play and deliver at the bat when it counts the most. Consistent and very admired teammate who never seeks recognition. He always contributes to his team in positive ways and can always be counted on’ These qualities and his numerous all tournament awards and championships are what makes him HOF worthy.

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