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Max Krutsch County Bat Champ
Max Krutsch, pitcher and utility infielder with the River Canard Rovers, is the 1962 individual batting champion of the Essex County Senior Baseball League.
At the same time, Tom Purdie of the Amherstburg Cardinals has been crowned as the league’s leading pitcher. Final statistics, compiled by Leo Hogan of the Western Ontario Scorer’s Association, showed today that Max Krutsch rapped out 24 hits in 55 trips to the plate for a nifty .436 average.
George Corchis, slugging outfielder with the pennant winning Tecumseh Green Giants, ranked second with 28 hits in 70 at-bats for a .400 mark and Joe Beaulieu infielder for River canard, finished third with 28 hits in 71 trips for a .394 average.
All told, 17 players batted over .300 or better. Floyd (Butch) Harris, the 1961 batting king with a .397 percentage, slumped into fifth position this year with a .370 mark.
In the pitching department, based on a minimum of 54 innings, Purdie posted the best earned-run average of 1.48 for 53-2/3 innings.
Paul Langlois, work-horse of the River Canard mound staff toiled 119 innings foe an ERA of 1.96. Ken Bondy of Amherstburg, had the best won-and-lost record. He won eight and lost two for an .800 percentage. Langlois (9-3), Bob Derbyshire of Leamington (6-2) and Bart Mather of Maidstone (6-2) finished at .750
Bob Issell of Tecumseh and Lorne Jenkins of Leamington won four games and lost none but did not pitch the required number of innings for official recognition. Larry St. Louis of Tecumseh posted a (6-1) record but toiled just 49-2/3 innings.
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