A dull summer season was livened up with a crazy Week 4, including a lot of unexpected firsts. The biggest moment of the day though, was not unexpected. In fact, it’s been expected for quite some time, and after a long wait, it finally happened.
Matt Dreyfus hit a home run to left field off Colton Turner of the Besley Bashers, giving him the all-time hit record on a no doubter.
The hit, the 271st of Dreyfus’ career, passed Stephen Zigmund, who retired in the middle of the Spring 2009 season. A season later, in the Spring of 2010, the rules were changed to add the strike board, and an almost entirely different game, and certainly a new era began for the PWL. That season, Dreyfus played his second season, ending with 63 hits, but 208 more lay ahead.
Now in his 11th season, Dreyfus has spent 10 of them with the Scared Hitless franchise, this season renamed, for no good reason, the Gas House Gorillas. He also played one season with the Canvassers, Summer 2009, a year in which he won his only World Series ring before returning to his career franchise.
He has played in 117 games, batted 636 times, and at the conclusion of today, had 273 hits.
How he hit the 273:
1B – 151
2B – 55
3B – 13
HR – 54
Dreyfus has been nominated for Player of the Week seven times, but hasn’t ever won. He has two MVP nominations, and he took home the hardware in Spring 2011. He also won Rookie of the Year in Spring 2008 and Gold Glove Awards in Spring 2009 and Summer 2009. He was named to the national 2nd Team Hitters in 2011 by the National Wiffle League Association.
Dreyfus is also the career leader in singles (151), triples (13), ground outs (122), and hitting into double plays (5). He has also played in 35 postseason games, and hit 64 times, but those don’t count for regular season records.
Commissioner Gallaway offered his congratulations to the new career hits leader in a prepared statement. “Congratulations to Matt on this incredible accomplishment. It’s appropriate for all of wiffleball to take a moment to honor the historic nature of this feat. Matt has bridged the gap between the eras of this game, and is a tremendous representative of what is good about our sport.”