Written by Ian Auzenne
The Louisiana chapter of the United States Specialty Sports Association welcomed eight new members to its hall of fame on November 9 during a ceremony held at the Hotel Acadiana. Legends of Louisiana softball, including many previous inductees to the hall, were in attendance to witness the enshrining of the Class of 2014.
The inductees were players Rocky Hebert (Breaux Bridge) and Melissa Frederick (Scott), manager Leo McClure (Hoschton, Ga.), umpires Amos Mosely and Percy Mosely (Houma), director Richard "Dickie" Davis (Amite), and Ray and Mary Claire Polito (Baton Rouge) in the special category. In addition, the Bud Light Softball Team from Thibodeaux was inducted into Louisiana USSSA's Hall of Honor.
Hebert began playing ball at the age of four. When he learned how to ride a bike, Hebert began making regular 10-mile round trips to a camp in Parks to Rodney Verret's every day to practice. That practice paid off, as Hebert finished his career with a batting average of .650 and numerous championships, including a world championship he won with the Athletic Shop and three Knights of Columbus national championships he won with Mire Council 7411. In addition to these squads, Hebert also played for-among others-the Big Boys, Mississippi Grand Slam, and the Bridge.
Frederick is arguably the greatest female player in the history of Louisiana USSSA. The sixth female inductee into the hall, Frederick is known as the "Vacuum Cleaner" for her extraordinary fielding at third base; she is still one of the few women to play that position regularly in competitive mixed competition. Frederick began her career in slow-pitch after playing Little League Baseball and winning all-district MVP honors in fast-pitch at Acadiana High School. During her 30-year career, Frederick played in 3,840 games and finished with a batting average of .683. She won numerous regional and state championships, claiming several all-tournament and MVP awards along the way.
McClure is the most-decorated coach to be inducted into the Louisiana USSSA Hall of Fame. A former high school and college basketball coach and player, McClure began hosting USSSA baseball and softball events in 1993, including a 12AAA World Series at Alex Box Stadium. His greatest accomplishments came after he formed the Louisiana Tigers program in 2000. McClure started with only one team, but the program eventually grew to five teams in the 11-, 12-, 13-, and 14-year-old divisions. The nationally-recognized program has won two national championships and has finished as national runner-up twice more. More than 150 of McClure's players went on to play college baseball, while 35 went on to play professionally.
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