Play Ball!

“Iron Man” Core and “Nando” Kramer are happy that it’s time to “Play Ball” again. (Photo by El Lobo & Associates)

“Iron Man” Core and “Nando” Kramer are happy that it’s time to “Play Ball” again. (Photo by El Lobo & Associates)

Larry Wolfe

Our fall league got underway on Tuesday, October 28 and runs through December 18. Each of our six teams will play 10 doubleheaders (20 games) during the season. Each team is sponsored by a local business. Our team shirts feature the name and other information about the businesses on the backs of our shirts. Our team sponsors this year are A-1 Golf Carts, Brenden Financial Services, Farmers Insurance (Frank Margiotta’s Agency), Mutual of Omaha Bank, State Farm Insurance (Ralph Vasquez’ Agency) and Terry and Susan Young, West USA Realtors. This year’s team managers are Ken Brenden, Mike Gloyd, Gary Hatch, Gary Hillabolt, Larry Kaufmann and Bob Reeves. Our coordinator of umpires and scorers is Dennis LePore. Thanks, guys!

Up-to-date team standings and individual statistics may be found on the stats page of our website at

We are pleased to welcome our newest advertising sponsor, Spooner Physical Therapy. They have locations throughout the Valley and recently opened a new facility in Sun Lakes at 10325 E. Riggs Road, Suite 102. Also, thanks to Terry and Susan Young, West USA Realtors, for renewing their advertising banner. Terry and Susan focus on real estate in all of the Sun Lakes communities. For links to their websites and to those of all of our other sponsors, go to the sponsors page on our website. Support all the companies that support our community!

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Ken Nelson, one of the early pioneers of Sun Lakes Softball. Ken played back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when our organization was called the Sun Lakes Blues Softball Organization and consisted of just a couple of travel teams. It was players such as Ken that helped build our organization into what it is today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Joan, and his family and many friends. RIP, Ken.