Hall of Fame Holds 2012 Banquet and Induction Ceremony
More than 120 people attended the El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame's 2012 banquet and induction ceremony held in the Butler Community College Student Union on January 7th. The Hall of Fame is now in its 14th year of existence and this was the 10th class to be inducted.
This year's inductees were Derek Carpenter, pitcher for Butler; Chris Martinez, pitcher for El Dorado American Legion; and Jason Patty, shortstop for El Dorado High School. Also inducted was the 1988 Butler Grizzlies team that was the first Butler team to claim the Region 6 Championship.
Carpenter was a two year starter for Butler and compiled a record of 16-1. He went on to an outstanding career at the University of Washington.
Martinez two year record pitching for Post 81 was 18-6 with 222 strikeouts to only 92 walks. Martinez is also among the leaders in a number of categories on the El Dorado High School record chart. Before moving to El Dorado, he pitched Little League ball in California and broke strike out records set by Major League Hall of Famer, Tom Seaver.
Patty is one of only 5 El Dorado High School players to play professionally. After posting the third best career batting average in the EHS records dating to 1969 of .407, he went on to start for two years at Cowley County Community College where they won the NJCAA World Series. From there, he started for two years at Ft. Hays State where they played for the NCAA Division II Championship.
Board member and past inductee, Steve Gillies again did an outstanding job as master of ceremonies. Everett Kohls was recognized and given a plaque for all he has done in the past for the Hall of Fame including serving on the Board and being the emcee for the first 8 banquets. Two past inductees who passed away since the last banquet, Oral Taylor and Dick Orndorff were also mentioned.
Carpenter's coach at Butler, B. D. Parker (a previous inductee himself), presented Carpenter for induction and Derek gave a very heartfelt acceptance speech. Martinez was presented by Hall of Fame coach Brad Long. Accepting for Chris were his wife Cathy, son Blase and daughter Mary. Chris passed away in 2010 following a years long battle with illness.
Presenting Patty for induction was his coach at Ft. Hays State, Bob Fornelli. Fornelli is also a past inductee and is currently the head coach at Emporia State University. Jason also gave a moving acceptance speech.
Following the banquet, around 100 people attended an Open House at the Hall of Fame Museum located at McDonald Stadium.