Presidents Award Winners

Mike Cannon

Player of the Year Honorees

Top Gun 50 – Rob Katashima
Top Gun Hornets – Charles Bilyeu
Top Gun Thunder – Al Underwood
Top Gun Elite – Mark Purdy

Top Gun 65 Mavericks – Don Ludwig
Top Gun Olde Dawg – Gary Nieman
Top Gun 6 Bits 75 – Frank Sperling
Top Gun Diamonds 80 – Mike Wiemer

Hall of Fame Inductees

Rick Pratt

Rich Pratt is so deserving on so many levels of his HOF induction. He has served the Top Gun association as a board member, manager of a Triple Grand Slam team and other championship teams and as a player on those same championship teams. He has meant so much to Top Gun softball in the fact that he has brought so many players into the association that are still playing. He has been a big contributor to the association as a board member and shows unwavering support everything Top Gun softball. As a player he has to be one of the best outfielders especially running down balls that most outfielders would not even sniff at much less catch. He became a very polished hitter and one that can be counted on when the game needed a big moment. He has been a great manager/coach of a Triple Grand Slam team and has had huge success with his teams. He is really what is know as a triple threat and the association is grateful he has stayed with Top Gun softball and was so honored with his well deserved HOF induction in 2018.

Paul Lederman

Paul Lederman is the type of player that any manager or teammate wants on his team. He is so talented that it is a bonus to be his teammate. Not only is he skilled but his quiet demeanor hides the competitive nature he possesses. He is a five tool player. He is fast and can play numerous positions both infield and outfield. He can hit for high average and with power. He throwing arm is strong and very accurate and his baserunning skill is downright off the charts. His knowledge of the game and how he uses that knowledge makes him a player that a manager and teammates can count on with the game on the line whether he playing defense or hitting. Probably one of the most coveted player in Top Gun in the last 10 years. An easy choice to be part of the Top Gun HOF class of 2018.

Ed Balinger

Ed Balinger has been a mainstay in Top Gun softball for so long as a player and manager. He has contributed to the associations success and growth due to his ability to recruit players and put together teams that compete at the highest level no matter what age group and division. As a player he is the phrase “Steady Eddy”. This is the type of player you always want on your team someone who shows up and then shows up on the field. As a player he was smooth in the field as well as at the bat. As a manager, with his wife Doreen he exhibited those same qualities. He is the type of manager and player that you as a player wanted to play for and with. His selection into the Top Gun HOF was well overdue and most deserving for all he has done for Top Gun Senior Softball association.

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