The Muskingum Valley Old Timers will induct two new members into their Hall of Fame on Monday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Heath Watton and John Hamilton will be inducted. Paul Page, the Ohio Dominican baseball coach, will speak at the event.
Page is a Muskingum graduate. He is closing in on 1,000 career wins and has taken part in five NAIA World Series. Page has coached more than 20 Academic All-Americans and 39 All-Americans. Two of his former players have found success in the professional ranks as Jonathan Sanchez was a pitcher for the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, and Ryan Robowski plays for Toledo Mud Hens in the Triple-A International League.
The ceremony is sponsored by Century National Bank with social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and induction around 7:45 p.m.
The 1990 John Glenn graduate has been a fixture in area baseball. Watton played for Hall of Famer Mark Rider at John Glenn and was a two-time Muskingum Valley League and East District first-team selection. He also was named All-Ohio.
He went on to be a four-year varsity starter for Muskingum and was part of the first team to compete in an NCAA regional. Watton helped the Muskies set a school record for wins in a season, was named two-time first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference and earned all-regional recognition. Watton currently serves on the school’s Hall of Fame committee.
Watton went on to play for the Junior Pioneers and Senior Pioneers. He was a founding member of the Zanesville Vipers and was an assistant coach for Ohio University-Zanesville’s baseball team for seven years.
His presenter is Mike Legats.
The Barnesville graduate shined for the Shamrocks in his high school days. He was a three-year varsity player and as a senior, helped Barnesville win an Ohio Valley Athletic Conferene title.
Hamilton was a four-year starter at OUZ, including a freshman season that saw the Tracers win the Ohio Regional Campus Conference title. He was a two-time captain and went on to serve as a Tracers assistant coach for 12 years. He joined the school’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
Hamilton went on to play for the Senior Pioneers and founded the Vipers, who won three consecutive Central Ohio League tournament championships. He also managed the 15-year-old Babe Ruth team in 2001-02 and was voted to the Old Timers Board of Directors in 2011.
His presenter is Doug Pollock.