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October 22, 2006

Softball scene: New class enters Terre Haute Fast Pitch Hall of Fame

TERRE HAUTE — What better way to close out another season of the Softball Scene than to introduce the 2006 inductees to the Terre Haute Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame?

This year’s group includes nine softballers whose playing achievements and contributions to local softball have deemed them worthy of inclusion. Listed alphabetically, you will find the new members and a brief summary of their achievements/contributions.

• Duke Bennett was noted for his efforts on many fronts. As a player, Duke pitched on six different teams that made it to a state championship game. In doing so, he managed to come home with two state titles and four second-place finishes. In addition to his playing achievements, Duke served as an umpire, scorekeeper and grounds crew at the local fast-pitch stadium.

• Joey Bennett, like his brother Duke, served many roles on the local softball scene. His contributions as a player, team manager, umpire, grounds crew, scorekeeper and local district commissioner were all marked by his devotion to the game and promoting local softball interests.

n Ron Cherepkai had a playing career that lasted from 1973 through the 1990 season. During that period, Cherepkai played on some of Terre Haute’s best fast-pitch teams, including Spinning Wheel, Mr. Boo’s, Joy’s, Lindsay’s, Dietrich Buick and Clean Air Service. Ron was also a member of the Moo Wa Lounge team that captured the 1979 Men’s Class fast pitch state title.

• Paul Cherepkai was a fixture on the local softball diamonds for nearly six decades. Starting his career in fast pitch at Rankin Junior High in 1945, Paul played until retiring when he was 70. During his playing days, he was noted for his excellent play as both a catcher and left fielder. Paul was especially proud to note that he had the fortune of playing with both his sons, Brent and Ron, during his long career.

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