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Diamond Gem

May 16, 2011 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Like fine wine, Mark Bonar apparently gets better with age. Bonar enjoyed sparkling pitching careers at both Shadyside High and Bethany College. The fireballer continued his superb mound career post college in the Ohio Valley Baseball League. He is one of the best pitchers ever to grace the league. It was a career, however, most thought was long over. That was until Sunday. The 56-year-old Shadyside resident dusted off his bionic right arm for his hometown team in the debut of the Steele and Cook Insurance Ohio Valley Baseball League. The 1972 Shadyside High grad tossed a complete game two-hitter as the Shadeans nipped Wheeling, 2-1, at Fleming Field. He struck out half-a-dozen and walked just two. What a way for the resurgent league to open its season. Anyone who knows Mark Bonar realizes this will be no one-game wonder. He is as fierce a competitor as you will find and has kept himself in solid physical condition. "Bones" is capable of duplicating Sunday's performance on a frequent basis this spring. I don't know what they charge to get into OVBL games, but Bones is definitely worth the price of admission when he is on the hill.


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