2003 Hall of Fame Inductees SLOWPITCH
Dave Benedict

it took an arm and a leg for Dave Benedict to become acquainted with slow pitch softball but severe injuries to both prompted him to try in 1971. One of the best athletes in the state, he was a three-sport star at Eisenhower High in Yakima and at Yakima Valley junior college, becoming a baseball Yankee was his goal. New York didn't call but he had five other professional offers prior to service in the U.S. Navy. Upon his return, he starred in both baseball and basketball at Central Washington U. Under coach Dean Nicholson he twice was named to NAIA All-America basketball teams. Benedict, whose nickname is Coyote, starred in slow pitch as well. He started playing in Puyallup but soon joined Tacoma teams like the Cloverleaf, Lucky Lager and Dean's Tavern where he roamed the outfield and ranked among the leading hitters in state and regional tournament competition. He was selected on several all-star teams and concluded his career with two teams in Bremerton. Asked about his nickname, Benedict said: I was a skinny kid with a long nose and I could really run. Growing up in a farm worker's camp of 400 cabins in the Yakima Valley, we all acquired names. Mine really stuck!