The temperatures are sizzling, and so is the race for the Summer Softball League title. Through the first 18 games for each team, there was only a three-game difference between the first and last place squads in the five-team league. A-1 Golf Carts and the Young Realty Team led the pack with 10-8 records followed by Farmers Insurance at 9-9. The boys from Robson Ranch had an 8-10 record, while State Farm Insurance was at 7-11.
Seven players were hitting over .700, led by Dan Melosi’s robust .849. Reyes Gonzales (.771), Steve Andrews (.731), Tom Kasunic (.727), Larry Kaufmann (.725), Randy Peterson (.707) and Dennis Kennedy (.705) also topped the .700 mark. Tom Chilton led the league in homers with 14, closely followed by Dan Melosi (13) and Reyes Gonzales (12).
League play continues through September 20. Three games are played every Tuesday morning beginning at 7:00 a.m., while two games are scheduled every Thursday morning beginning at 8:00 a.m. Come by the Field of Dreams and cheer on our Boys of Summer! The field is also open on Monday and Saturday mornings for recreational play.
Thanks to Orbitel Communications for renewing their advertising banner at the field. Orbitel (previously Western Broadband) has been a loyal supporter of our program since 2005. See their website (www.orbitelcom.com) for information about their services available to the Sun Lakes community.
If you’ve looked for the monthly Softball Player Profile article and couldn’t find it, it’s because there is none this month. The profile writer took his annual scouting trip to Europe in search of foreign softball talent for our league and didn’t have time for an interview. Unfortunately, all I found were some senescent soccer (aka futbol) players in Portugal, Spain and France and a few old bocce ball players in Italia! Maybe next year?