Tag: softball

Softball Player Profile: Joe Commisto

Larry Wolfe From playing stickball in the streets and school parking lots in Queens, N.Y., as a youngster, to playing slow-pitch softball in our Sun Lakes Senior Softball League, Joe Commisto has usually had some type of bat in his hands. He played on many softball teams well into his 50s before taking a brief…

Lady Sluggers Complete Season

The 2021 Lady Sluggers: kneeling (left to right): Crissy Conners, Roseanne Kuefner, Ann Buckley, and Lynn Casey; back row (left to right): Coach Scott Steinmann, Suzy Steinmann, Ann Hegney, Sharon Bergan, Teresa Dorman, Manager Terry Finley, Sue Rodke, and Mary Alka

Larry Wolfe It was certainly a different type of season for our Lady Sluggers: The season started and ended earlier than scheduled due to COVID issues, the number of teams in the Valley of the Sun League was cut in half due to the fact the many of the teams had many snowbird and Canadian…

Softball Player Profile: Brad Wendt

Larry Wolfe Where’s Brad? He’s not here; he went away. I bet Brad Wendt heard a lot of those corny jokes as a youngster. But as an adult, he actually “went” to a lot of places and did a lot of different things. A native of Madison, Wisc., Brad graduated from Monona Grove High where…

Softball Winter League Wrap-up

A photo from the Sun Division championship game: Dave Martin is on base as first basemen. Dave Waibel awaits the next pitch. (Photo courtesy of Captured Moments Pictures)

Larry Wolfe Both of our Winter League Divisions ended up with two teams tied for the league lead. In the Lakes Division, Manager Vern Rodgers’ Brenden Financial Planners and Manager Tom Erpelding’s Core Photographers both finished with 11-7 records, one game ahead of Manager Gary Hillabolt’s Young Team Realtors. The Photographers started the season by…

Lady Sluggers Nearing End of Season

Larry Wolfe Our Lady Sluggers senior softball squad is nearing the end of its season. Doubleheaders are scheduled for every Monday and Wednesday through March 10. The first pitch is at noon each day. This has been a “different” year (I refuse to say “unprecedented!”) due to COVID implications. The number of teams in the…

Softball Player Profile: Mark Durben

Mark Durben

Larry Wolfe As a young man, Mark Durben admits that he got in with the “wrong crowd” back in his hometown of Racine, Wis. He worked at jobs in a foundry and snowblower plant after graduating from Horlick High in Racine before deciding at age 23 that he needed to escape. As a self-professed “hippie,”…

Spooner PT Nine Edges Steinmann’s Redeemed Team

Duck, Jim! Slugger Mark McKinnon rifles a line drive up the middle toward pitcher Jim Leckner. (Courtesy of SkyView Digital Media)

Larry Wolfe Going into the final day of the Sun Division’s fall season, Manager Randy Neumann’s Spooner Physical Therapy squad held a one-game lead over the second-place Redeemed Team, sponsored by Realtor Suzy Steinmann, and managed by Dave Platt. The Redeemed Team needed to sweep a scheduled doubleheader from Spooner to capture the title. They…

Softball Player Profile: Susan Rodke

Susan Rodke

Larry Wolfe Susan Rodke (nee Griffin) was born in Billings, Mont., and then lived briefly in California as a young child, before her family settled in Minnesota. She spent most of her childhood in Fergus Falls before the family moved to Barnesville when she was in high school. She was a four-sport athlete for the…

Core Photography Team Wins Lakes Division Title

The Lakes Division Champs: Front Row (left to right): Frank Rouse, Tom Lorgan, Larry Maggard, Dennis Colbert, and Player-Manager Tom Erpelding. Back row (left to right): Dave Boone, Gene Granquist, Bob Hutchins, Joe Commisto, Doug Warwick, and Tom Vitolo. Absent: Gary Brinkman (Photo courtesy of Masked Moments Studios)

Larry Wolfe The Core Photography team, managed by Tom Erpelding, captured the Fall Softball Season pennant in the Lakes Division with a record of 10 wins and 4 losses. They easily outpaced the second-place team, Wolfe & Associates, managed by Gary Hillabolt, which finished at .500 with an 8-8 ledger. Wild Bill McCoy’s A-1 Golf…