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Anita Freiermuth, Chairperson of the Hall of Fame Committee, recently announced the winners for the 2011 Miesville Baseball Hall of Fame. Bruce Bates and Dave Carey are this year's inductees.

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Denny Hoffmann, spokesperson for the Miesville Dugout Club, provided these reports on these men about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Bruce Bates played from 1988 to 2001. Bates played outfield, third base and catcher. In his first year as player/coach of the Mudhens his team had a 40/7 record and went on to win the state title. During his career he was on three state championship teams and two runner-up teams. In two of his five state tournament appearances he was chosen to the All Tournament Team.

In addition to playing and coaching, Bates worked on numerous field projects such as field lighting, bleacher and dugout construction, fencing and various landscaping projects. He helped turn Jack Ruhr field from an average ballpark to a tribute to baseball.

Dave Carey was a Mudhen from 1974-1980. He pitched and played first base. He was feared by the best of the best hitters when on the mound.

In 1976 in the playoffs against Dundas he struck out 16 batters and in the 1978 playoffs pitched a complete game against Hampton winning 3-2 resulting in a berth in the state tournament.

He had a respectable 325 batting average and appeared in three state tournaments.

Carey participated in youth baseball programs in the Hastings community and supported the annual marathon to raise money for children's cancer.

The 2011 members were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Miesville Night/Hall of Fame Induction Night on Friday, July 22.

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