Tag: Sun Lakes Senior Softball Association

Softball Player Profile: Bill McCoy

Larry Wolfe A native of Rochester, Minnesota, home of the acclaimed Mayo Clinic, Bill McCoy spent all of his youth and young adulthood in the Gopher State. He graduated from Mayo High School where he played baseball for the Spartans before spending most of his free time “working on his own scholarship plan.” He then…

“Boys of Summer” softball season underway

  Larry Wolfe The Boys of Summer, written by Roger Kahn, is a baseball classic. The title of the book refers to the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s, a talented team that usually won the National League pennant only to lose the World Series to those Damn Yankees. In Sun Lakes, we have our own…

Record-setting year for senior softball

Larry Wolfe The 2017-18 softball year, including our fall, winter and spring sessions, saw seven individual hitting records set. It was truly the “year of the hitter.” As promised in last month’s Splash, this is our annual overview of the major statistics that baseball and softball players and fans love to analyze. There are many…

Summer softball is here

  Larry Wolfe Our second summer league began play in early May and will continue through September. We began playing “organized games” last summer with a three-team league. Due to heightened interest, this year, our Summer League has expanded to five teams and the number of games scheduled has been greatly expanded. Apparently, Sun Lakes…

Softball Player Profile:  Chris Jensen

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Larry Wolfe Prior to retiring in Arizona in 2014, Chris Jensen was pretty much a SoCal guy. Born and raised in Anaheim, Chris graduated from Anaheim High where he played some football and baseball for the Colonists. He also started his softball “career” while in high school, playing in a local men’s church league. He…

Fall softball season is underway

Reyes Gonzales and Randy Rothenbuehler gather softballs at summer batting practice. Now it’s time for the real thing! (Photo by Core Photography)

Larry Wolfe The fall softball season will open in late October with four teams in each of the Sun and Lakes Divisions. This year’s team managers in the Sun Division are Ken Brenden, Ron Carmichael, Mike Gloyd and Tom Kasunic. The Lakes Division managers are Dave Rinaldo, Randy Rothenbuehler, John Seigla and TJ Tjernlund. Team…

Sizzlin’ summer softball

Steve Hilby coordinates a summer pick-up game. (It’s kind of like trying to herd squirrels or feral cats!) Photo by Core Photography, LLC

Larry Wolfe As the temperatures continue to exceed 100 degrees, our summer softball program continues to sizzle. Our “experimental” summer league was such a success that we continued the program through September. Our full program now includes batting and fielding practice on Mondays, summer league play on Tuesdays and batting practice and pick-up games on…

Summer Softball update

Steve “Why Run When You Can Walk” Kay, our leader in unintentional walks for the 2016-17 seasons (Photo by Core Photography)

Larry Wolfe For the first time ever, the Sun Lakes Senior Softball Association has implemented a “short season” summer league on an experimental basis. It seems that the non-snowbirds need a little competitive action to get them through the long, hot summer. We always have had a recreational program during the summer months consisting of…

Spring Softball winners

Sun Division Champions: Standing (left to right) Gene Granquist, Kim Whitney, Doug Friesen, Larry Kaufmann and Harry Roehl. Kneeling (left to right) Dan Bradfield, Mgr. Ken Brenden, Mike Willits and Tom Lorgan (Photo by Core Photography, LLC)

Larry Wolfe The Brenden Financial Planning team, managed by Ken Brenden, won the Spring Sun Division League title with a sterling record of 15-3. In the Lakes Division, the Wolfe & Associates squad, managed by Randy Rothenbuehler, topped their division with a record of 12-6. A recap of the season-ending double-elimination tournaments will be covered…