Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter Softball

Good game, guys! Members of the Core Photography squad salute their opponents after a recent game. We instituted “the salute” to replace handshakes to help minimize COVID-19 risks. (Photo courtesy of Magic Moments PhotoShop)

Larry Wolfe

The Fall Seasons for both our Lakes and Sun Divisions ended in December after the deadline for Splash articles. We’ll do a complete recap of the final standings and batting statistics in next month’s edition. In the meantime, you can view up-to-date info on the Stats page of our website,

With a week and a half left in the Fall Season, the Core Photography squad was atop the Lakes Division with a 10-6 record. The Young Realty Team was in second place with a 7-5 W-L record. The Top Five hitters in the division were Vern Rodgers (.753), Ernie Flores (.738), Mike Willits (.719), Tim Loeffler (.703), and Manny Verdusco (.702). Rookie Brian Brockman led the division in homers with six, closely followed by Vern Rodgers with five.

In the Sun Division, Spooner PT and Wolfe & Associates were in a virtual tie for the top spot with records of 7-5 and 8-6, respectively. Dan Melosi led the division in hitting with a robust .857 average. (Note that the all-time Sun Lakes average leader is Reyes Gonzales, who posted a .873 mark in 2016-17. So, Dan’s within striking distance!) The remainder of the Top Five were Tom Bersano (.817), Larry Kaufmann (.813), Dave Platt (.800), and Bobby Farmer (.758). Top home run hitters were Bob Wicks (13), Tom Stephens (12), Bobby Farmer (11), and Larry Kaufmann (10).

Our Winter Sessions begin on Jan. 4 and continue through late February. See the Schedules page on our website for the full schedule. Our regular sessions will be followed by a double elimination tournament. League play is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with recreational play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Also, see a separate article in this month’s Splash to view the schedule for our Lady Sluggers team.

We thank the Buckeye Boys, fans of the Ohio State University Buckeyes, for renewing their promotional banner at the Field of Dreams. The Buckeye supporters have been sponsoring a banner since 2010. Go to the Sponsors page on our website for information about all our advertising and team sponsors. If your company or organization is interested in becoming an advertiser, call Larry Wolfe at 602-538-2248. There is also additional information on the Sponsors page of the website.