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Six To Be Inducted Into Norwood Sorrento’s Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall Of Fame January 31st, 2016

December 24, 2015 – Two male players, one female players, a senior softball player , team sponsor, and manager/coach will earn the highest honor in area softball with their induction into the Norwood Sorrento’s-Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall of Fame on Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington, KY.

To be inducted are catcher/AH Jon Jamison of Hammersville, Oh., catcher/AH Tim Cocco of Union, Ky., into the Male Player Category; first baseman Jack Hatter, Fort Wright, Ky., into the Senior Player Category, pitcher Amy Flaugher, Alexandria, Ky., into the Female Player Category; Bob Shad, Cincinnati, Oh, into the Sponsor Category; and Eron “Big E” Smith of Cincinnati, Oh., into the Manager/Coach Category.

Tickets are $40 and available from the Norwood Sorrento’s and Expressway Park locations.  Tickets are not sold at the event.

Norwood Sorrento’s is at 5143 Montgomery Road in Norwood (531-5070). Hours are Monday through Friday from 12 PM to 2 PM and from 4 PM to 10 PM, and from 12 PM to 10 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Expressway Park in at 689 Rt. 50 in Milford (831-2273), and the office is open from 10:00 AM-4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

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Jon Jamison

Jamison a lifetime batting average of 735 has been a feared power hitter during his career. Along with his power, Jamison has tremendous bat control for a big fella and is well known for being a great teammate.

Jamison a lifetime batting average of 735 has been a feared power hitter during his career. Along with his power, Jamison has tremendous bat control for a big fella and is well known for being a great teammate.

Jon began is playing career in (1995 – still playing) and as had climbed the ranks of softball by playing for the Wilmington Rebels, DeClaire Insurance, Hoberg Distributors, Stafford Sales/Kelly’s Distributing, KT Leasing/DLB, Luke Homes, Freeze Concrete, James Arnold, Columbus Pipe, Watanabe, Pure Romance, (current) TG Brand.  Jon primarily as catcher/AH estimates hitting 1700 home runs in leagues and tournaments. Jon has been named tournament MVP six times, all tournament 45 times, all city first team six teams, Cincinnati Softball News All Decade as Catcher for 2000-2009,  Cincinnati Player of the Year twice, Cincinnati Player of the Year Runner Up twice, USSSA Men’s Major Conference Team three times. Winning the NSA World in 2007 and the USSSA World Series in 2011 are two of Jon’s fondest memories.

Tim Cocco

National USSSA Hall of Fame Inductee and three time USSSA Home Run Champion

Tim Cocco, National USSSA Hall of Fame Inductee and three time USSSA Home Run Champion

Tim began his playing career in in the early 1990’s playing with friends on the Northern Kentucky Knights, a young and aggressive Kentucky B team. Tim’s abilities in softball became quickly noticed by local Kentuckian Red Moore (Red’s Astros) who Tim played for under Red’s Boys. It was not long that another Kentucky Softball Legend Cobbie Harrison saw Tim and wanted him on his teams such Planet Softball and R&D. Since 1996 Tim has played at the Major level with team such as Bell Corp, Budweiser, Chase, Sunbelt, Dan Smith, Long Haul, and Jean Shoppe. Originally an outfielder, Cocco after a knee injury developed into one of the game’s most potent left-handed power hitters amassing a large number of home run championship titles and offensive MVP’s. Larry Quartuccio, Jean Shoppe manager, was most impressed with Tim in 2012 when despite playing under the “A” level home run restriction. Tim managed to set a new high in total home runs and runs-batted-in and was named the 2012 offensive player of the year in Conference USSSA. In five seasons with Jean Shoppe, Tim drove in ten or more home runs in 18 conference tournament events and in one tournament drove in an astounding 54 runs.

Bob Shad

Over 27 seasons, Bob has been involved with over 2800 games. Most exciting moment was winning his first Metro Title in 2007.

Over 27 seasons, Bob has been involved with over 2800 games. Most exciting moment was winning his first Metro Title in 2007.

Bob has been sponsoring teams under the EAP name for the past 27 years, his sponsorship is believed to be the longest continuously running softball sponsorship in Greater Cincinnati.  Bob’s EAP teams have accomplished 40 NIT’s, 5 State Championships, 2 National Championships, 3 Metro Open Titles, and 6 top five finishes at World Tournaments. Bob’s respect for the game, and display of good sportsmanship has always carried over into the type of players and teams EAP has demonstrated thru out the 27 seasons. EAP has definitely shown how a team who plays at a high level of competitive softball can display fair play, healthy competitiveness and class consistently year after year.  Any player who has had the opportunity to play for Bob as I high regard for his efforts in giving so many players the opportunity to play for a great sponsor and person.

Eron “Big E” Smith

Eron "Big E" managed some of the best teams during the 1990's thru the mid 2000's. Always able to recruit and retain some of the best players in Greater Cincinnati.

Eron “Big E” managed some of the best teams during the 1990’s thru the mid 2000’s. Always able to recruit and retain some of the best players in Greater Cincinnati.

Eron, aka Big E was involved in coaching some of Greater Cincinnati’s best teams and players during the 1990’s and thru the mid 2000’s until 2011.  Eron was involved with teams such as Bruce Miller Oil, The Backstop/Easton and EMR/Meiners Café/Worth. Big E accomplishments as a manager ranges from a long list of state, national, metro and 35+ and 40+ titles and multiple top five finishes all at the B level or higher.  Following his fathers footsteps, (Lloyd Smith, Hall of Famer) Big E was always able to surround himself with excellent talent and build relationships with players who would become loyal to Big E when other big offers from teams were presented to his players.  A big man himself, Eron Smith as a manager was an excellent organizer of teams and motivator and always seemed to have his teams ready for big games.  Having managed six current Hall of Fame players ( Mike Kinnett, Pat Shanks, Marvin Doyle, Joe Penwell, John Steele and Kevin Birkofer) and more to come in the future, says a lot for Eron’s eye for softball talent and managerial skills.

Jack Hatter

Jack Hatter was very instrumental in elevating the Senior Softball level both nationally and locally.

Jack Hatter was very instrumental in elevating the Senior Softball level both nationally and locally.

Jack began his slow pitch playing career in 1956 after a long successful career playing fast pitch softball in which he started playing in 1945.  A career infielder (first baseman), Jack career on the senior level spanning 25 years ( 1987-2012) of slow pitch softball began to amass championships at 50+, 55+, 65+ and 70+ at the highest levels of this divisions either in Major or Major Plus levels. Jack has been selected for five Hall of Fames during his sports career (Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, Anderson Softball Hall of Fame, Ludlow High School Hall of Fame, National Senior Softball Hall of Fame and Hartland Hall of Fame.  Jack won the Manager of the year award in 2008, 2009, 2010 after winning Senior National Championships in those years.

Amy Flaugher

Amy Flaugher was a two-time USSSA All-World selection after pitching Empress Chili to back-to-back World Series titles in 1986 and 1987.

Amy Flaugher was a two-time USSSA All-World selection after pitching Empress Chili to back-to-back World Series titles in 1986 and 1987.

Amy a lifetime 450 hitter and pitcher for three Class A Championship teams during her career for well known women’s teams from Greater Cincinnati, Sorrento’s Pizza and Empress Chili. Amy’s lifetime pitching record is impressive at 469-70 with a world tournament won loss record of 23-3. Among all the games won, being part of two USSSA World Championships was the highlight of Amy’s playing days until she retired in 1988.

 

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