Front row (l-r) Brian
Parizeau (Bat Boy), Al Fangeat, Greg Wade, Bill Savoy, Dale
Powell, Frank Stewart.
Middle row (l-r) Stan Matej, Lou DiMuzio, Sippie Scholtens
(Manager), Murray Smith, Larry Lucas, Ralph Bopra (Manager)
Back row (l-r) Wayne Parizeau, Brad Elliott, Neil Howson
(Coach), Gino Cicchini, Al Sarachman, Alex Adams.
2007 Team Award
Bopra Jr. Baseball Team
In 1974 the Sarnia Bopra Juniors A team won
the O.A.S.A. Championship. The team was coached by
Neil Howson and managed by Sippie Scholtens and sponsored by
Larry Lucas (outfield), Lou DiMuzio (pitcher), Brad Elliott
(pitcher), Stan Matej (catcher), Gino Cicchini (infield),
Alex Adams (infield), Greg Wade (infield/outfield), Al
Sarachman (infield), Dale Powell (outfield), Bill Savoy
(outfield), Murray Smith (infield/outfield), Frank Stewart
(infield), Al Fangeat (infield) and batboy Brian Parizeau.
In claiming the OASA Championships in round 1 they defeated
Scarborough in 3. Round 2 saw the young team go up against
Grimsby and moved on after winning 2 straight. In the final
series they went up against Owen Sound on Thanksgiving
weekend in Sarnia. In the first game the game was won in
extra innings with Sarnia taking the win in the 12th
inning on a home run by Bill Savoy. In the final game they
won 3 – 0 to close the series at two games to none.
In league action the Bobra’s played in the Bluewater Senior
Fastball League compiling a record of 18 wins and 6 losses.
The team also entered many Senior Men’s tournaments and the
Ontario Junior Elimination Tournament held in Oshawa, only
to lose out in the semi-final game after playing four games
that final day. Other tournaments included Lambeth
(Champions), St Thomas (Finalist) and Port Huron
(Finalist). The team finished the season with a combined
total of 42 wins and 16 losses.
This group of dedicated young men where more than half
continued to play with the Glis Fastball Team and also the
Ranson Fastball team which both went on to win Ontario
titles in senior ball. Others continued their successful
careers playing and winning the town and Country League and
also the Lambton Church League. Many continued to help
develop younger talent by coaching at different levels and
groups in SMAA and High School Fastball, Hockey, Football
and Track and Field events.
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