Sun Lakes Ponchos win Metcalf Softball Tourney


Larry Wolfe

Our Major 70s softball travel team, sponsored by Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant, won the annual “Doc” Metcalf Memorial Tournament held at Papago Park in Tempe. The Ponchos beat out five other area 70s+ squads to win the title. They played five games, winning them all and outscoring the opposition by a cumulative score of 90-52 in those contests. They coasted by the Phoenix Sidewinders by a 20-7 score in the championship game.

This tournament honors the late Gene “Doc” Metcalf, who played and managed in our Sun Lakes league for many years and was a longtime director of the national governing body, Senior Softball-USA.

The Ponchos hit .711 as a team with Mike Wolfe (.824), Tim Loeffler (.813), Leigh Charboneau (.800) and Steve Schaider (.800) leading the way.