Tag: softball

Sun Lakes Softball Is 35!

Ronnie Pennington pitching in a recent physically-distanced pick-up game at the Field of Dreams (Photo courtesy of Pitcher Perfect Photoshop)

Larry Wolfe Thirty-five years ago, in September 1985, Jack Lander of Cottonwood put a notice in the Sun Lakes Splash newspaper requesting that anyone interested in participating in a senior softball program should meet up in a Cottonwood meeting room at a time and date lost in the annals of history. About a dozen guys showed up,…

Softball Alternative to COVID

Rick "The Greyhound" Oien rounds second. Is he faster than Chuck "The Cheetah" Schaan? (Photo by Larry's Lensmen)

Larry Wolfe The term COVID has, unfortunately, entered the lexicon of our everyday language. It, of course, isn’t a “real word,” but a contraction for COrona VIrus Disease. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could substitute softball terms for C-O-V-I-D? How about this: The batter Crushed a long fly ball, hoping for a home run,…

Softball Stats for Traditionalists

Record-setter and league leader Reyes Gonzales (Photo courtesy of Mug Shot Studios)

Larry Wolfe Why do most baseball and softball fans and players love statistics? It’s probably because stats give the game historical context and allow for the comparison of various accomplishments from the past to the present. They also are used to measure the performance of each player versus others on his team and in his…

Senior Softball Short Hops

Dennis LePore (No. 2) scampers toward second base as Gary Hillabolt awaits the throw. Foreground: Coach Tom Vitolo (No. 30) and first baseman Wayne Newman (No. 14) (Photo by Color Shot Studios)

Larry Wolfe At press time, one week remained in our Winter League sessions. In the Lakes Division, the Young Home Team Realty squad, managed by Tom Erpelding, had a two-game lead over the A-1 Golf Carts and Core Photography teams. In the Sun Division, The Farmers Insurance Team, managed by Ron Carmichael and sponsored by…

Lady Sluggers’ Season Is Winding Down

Ann Hegney waits for a pitch in a recent Lady Sluggers game at the Field of Dreams. (Photo by Pat's Pics, LLC)

Larry Wolfe The Lady Sluggers complete their season with their final games scheduled for March 2 versus Fountain of the Sun at Resort Field and on March 4 at Sunland Springs. They wrapped up their home season on February 24. As of this month’s press deadline, the Sluggers had split their first 18 games, sporting…

Brenden’s Boys Win Sun Division

Larry Wolfe Manager Mike Gloyd led the Brenden Financial Planning team to the Sun Division pennant, compiling a record of 13-5. That was three games better than the 10-8 mark posted by Manager Ron Carmichael’s Real Estate Rustlers team. The Rustlers are sponsored by the Jim Leckner Real Estate Agency. Bob Wicks led the league…

Fall Softball Season Update

Waiting for the action are base runner Stan Coutu, first base coach Ron Carmichael, and first basemen Sam Giordano. (Photo by Captured Moments Photography)

Larry Wolfe At press time, there were two weeks of play remaining in the Fall Softball seasons. In the Sun Division, the Brenden Financial Planning team, managed by Mike Gloyd, had a four-game lead over the second place Real Estate Rustlers, managed by Ron Carmichael and sponsored by the Jim Leckner Agency. The Planners sported…

Softball Player Profile: John Castro

Larry Wolfe John Castro was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, but grew up in Chicago after his family moved there when he was just three years old. John graduated from Lane Tech High on the north side of Chicago where he was on the Indians baseball team. He also played Connie Mack baseball as a…

Fall softball is here

Pitcher Ron Pennington lets loose of a pitch as shortstop Doug Friesen looks on at the Field of Dreams. (Courtesy of Perfect Pitch Photos)

Larry Wolfe The season openers for our fall Senior Softball season took place on Oct. 29 at the Field of Dreams. We have two divisions with four teams in each division. We welcome a new team sponsor this year, Spooner Physical Therapy. Our seven returning team sponsors are A-1 Golf Carts, Brenden Financial Planning, Core Photography,…

Summer softball wrap-up

Tom Kasunic shows his homerun swing. (Courtesy of Core Photography)

By Larry Wolfe The summer softball season wrapped up in late September with the Core Photography team, managed by Rick Oien, and Brenden Financial Planning squad, managed by Ken Brenden, finishing their seasons in a virtual tie. The Photographers finished with a record of 21-13, while the Planners were 22-14. Due to an unbalanced schedule, the…