Thursday, December 18, 2014


WINTER HAVEN SENIOR SOFTBALL
2015 - NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAMS
TEAM #1  CUBS TEAM #2 CAPITALS
MANAGER: DON LaMAY 1 MANAGER: ELMER BLACK
(Non Playing Manager)
1 GENE  BAKER 2 JIM ALTEMOSE
2 RAY DePALMA 3 BILL AYER
3 WALT LEGGETT 4 BILL BOWLEY
4 JIM McPARTLAN 5 NIC BURNS
5 STAN MICHALSKI 6 BILLY CROWE
6 BERNIE MOHAN 7 SAM LOPEZ
7 DON SCARBROUGH 8 PENNY PELLETIER
8 DENNY SHAFFER/HAL RIDLEY 9 BERNIE PETERSON
9 MIKE STEPP 10 JOHN SMITH
10 TED TAYLOR 11 LARRY STRAIT
11 RON THOMPSON 12 RAY TAYLOR
12 CHUCK YARLETTS 13 ARVIL WADDELL
14 ELMER WILCOX
TEAM #3 BRAVES TEAM #4 PIRATES
1 MANAGER: LARRY POWELL 1 MANAGER: FLOYD WELTON
2 RON AUGENSTEIN 2 REG BARNES
3 SERGIO AYALA 3 VASSURI BESS
4 MARSHALL BLOOM 4 FRED DUCHAM
5 JOHN FULTON 5 ED GUSPYT
6 RUSS KING 6 DON HAWBAKER
7 H LAUTENSCHLAGER 7 KAREN HOLLY
8 MILO MACKO 8 ED KLINE
9 GENE MOREY 9 MIKE MOHAN
10 BILL McLELLAN 10 RICHARD MAHON
11 DAVE PODBIELSKI 11 FRANK MILLER
12 DAVID RAGONESE 12 RAY MILLS
13 GARY TURPIN 13 JERRY WITTER
WINTER HAVEN SENIOR SOFTBALL
2015 - NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAMS
TEAM #5 MARLINS
1 MANAGER: JEFF SIMON
2 LEE BAKER

3 JOHN GIBSON

4 LARRY GRABB

5 DUFF HILL

6 RUSS LONG

7 RICHARD MARINO

8 JOHN MERRITT

9 RICHARD MOOTS

10 JERRY REMINGTON

11 GISELE SEGUIN
12 ART ZAKROWSKI

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 Tuesday's game on field B mixed a few national leaguers with a majority of American league players.  The,  visitors managed by J.D. inc.  Gazarek, Toro, Deridder, Raul, Shaffer, Andrews, F. Miller, B. Mohan, Kline, Vandenberg and Fabian.  The home team was managed by , Simon and inc. Herbie 'O', Jacobson, Chuck Duff, Wiltshire, Marino,Torres, Hartley, Lopiccolo, Hawbaker and Leggett.  Both teams scored 4 runs in the first frame and featured Home Runs by Duff and Wiltshire for the home team.  The visitors scored one in the second.  In the third inning the visitors scored twice to take a three run lead only to see the home  team answer with a four run spurt in the bottom of the third.  The home team lead by one run 8-7 after three innings.  In the fourth the visitors bats came alive with a 5 run outburst keyed by a 2B by Vandenberg.  The visitors bats went silent and they failed to put up a  score in the next three innings.  The home team scored 5 in the fifth and added two more in the sixth.  After six innings the score was 16-12 favor of the home team.  In the  eighth the visitors scored 4 runs powered by a Toro round tripper.   The home team scored 2 runs in the eighth. the final talwas 17-14 in favor of the home team.  Lopicolo was the WP.  Leading hitters for the visitors: Eddie G 3-5, Toro 4-5 HR, Deridder 3-5,  F. Miller 5-5, and leading hitters for the Home Team inc. Herbie 'O' 4-5 3B, Simon 4-5, Jacobson 4-5 HR, Duff 4-4 HR, 3B,BB, Wiltshire 4-5 2HR.  This was a close game and both teams held several leads during the contest.  The game ended with a Richie Marino running grab in right field to seal the victory for the home squad.


Write up by Jeff Simon.

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

There are reasons why we play slow pitch softball and not baseball.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 AMERICAN LEAGUE ROSTERS
TEAM 1 - JD DAVIS TEAM 2 - NICK MATTA TEAM 3 - JOE D'HERIN
Keith Linton Freddie Dampier Frank Jacobs
Loren Fabian Bobby Reagan Larry Wells
Dean Schapeler Don Erb Steve Brnardic
Steve Hill Jerry DeRidder Ray Levesque
Miguel Gonzalez Don Ing Bob Vandenberg
Terry Smith Jack Benson Greg Denny
Kirk Coffman Scott Seguin Jeff Stier
Dave Doerbaum Herbie 'O' Ron Pepin
Eddie Gazarek Rick Brock Jose Rivera
Mike Wiltshire Pat Drouilard Angel Farinas
C. Duff/R. Edwards  D. Held/R. Roy Tom Hamilton
TEAM 4 - RON BUTLER TEAM 5 - FREDDIE GONZALEZ
Michael Wheeler Pat Lopiccolo
Greg Walsko Fern Borrelli
Al Andrews Tim Thiry
Bob Hite Steve Pinnick
BJ Kallister Raul Torres
Poke Rodriguez Chris Constantine
Dave Hartley Charlie Giordano
Bob Zelazny Bill Wolfe
Jimmy Laffoon Les Jacobson
Brian Busch Don Witmer
Don Keller Juan Toro
NATIONAL LEAGUE ROSTERS WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON.

Draft Day

On Field C we had another 2015 Manager vs. Manager battle with Freddy Gonzalez managing Benson, Laffoon, Busch, Smith, Giordano, Coffman, Hite, Schapler, Wells, Linton, and Baker as the Visitors vs. Tom Hamilton managing Rivera, Scarbrough, Held, Pepin, Levesque, Zelazny, Butler, Kalister, Poke and Matthews as the home team.

Both teams posted 4 zero innings in a defensive duel but after making 8 outs in a row, Tommy's squad posted three 5 run innings in a row to take the victory with a final score of 8-18.  That's not bad considering they were down by 5 runs after the top of the sixth.

Gonzalez 3 for 4 2b
Lafoon 2 for 4 2b
Smith 2 for 4 
Giordano 2 for 4
Baker 2 for 3

Hamilton 4 for 5 2 2b 3b
Scarbrough 4 for 4 2b 3b
Held 3 for 4 2 2b
Pepin 3 for 4 3b
Levesque 3 for 4
Zelazny 2 for 4 2b 3b
Butler 2 for 4
Kalister 2 for 4
Poke 2 for 4 2b

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ye Olde, Softball, Christmas Carol.

 

I will borrow from the words of the literary master himself, Charles Dickens, in describing todays AL game between team Scrooge and team Cratchit. I have endeavored in this ghostly little write up to tell a tale and humor my readers. May the spirit of Christmas visit every house and softball field. May all the ball players wives, out there, show the spirit of Christmas. (Hint) You might consider gift wrapping a new bat and leaving it under the tree for your husband. Nothing say’s Merry Christmas, to a softball player, like the words Miken. I hope my tormenting rendition of Dickens’ tireless classic does not cause the gifted author to haunt me, like Jacob Marley haunted Scrooge.

 

Cast of Characters for the visiting, Scrooge team: Rivera, Witmer, Edwards, Smith, Ayers, Vandenberg, Constantine, JD, Fabian, Strait and Merritt.

Cast of Characters for the Home, Cratchit team: Gonzalez, Farinas, Laffoon, Matta, Pepin, Benson, Ray Roy, Coffman, Bocelli, McPartlan and Hawbaker.

 

The vintage Dickens’ novel starts with these words, “Marley was dead to begin with. There was no doubt about that.” In this softball tale, so was team Cratchit, dead, without a doubt. We died at the plate and in the field. There were not many big hits, on offense. On defense, drop balls haunted the team like the spirit of Christmas past.

Who was to blame for the Cratchit team’s wretched state? Ebenezer, JD Davis, thats who! It was JD, the tight fisted pitcher, who squeezed every out from the Home team’s lineup. For Ebenezer Davis, giving up a run was “Humbug”. The game was 7-0, after 3 innings of play.  For Team Cratchit, “we wore the chains we forged in the field, we made them link by link, yard by yard”, just like Jacob Marley had done. Our mistakes would make even Scrooge’s mentor, pleasant old Fezziwig, sick with grief.  We had reason to ponder Dicken’s words, “No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused”. In other words, missed opportunities with the glove and the bat will kill a team. 

 

Team Scrooge were like misers; they grabbed all the runs for themselves and would not share any of the gold. Witmer, Edwards, Smith, Ayers, Constantine and Davis were responsible for putting 5 shillings into the safe, in the first inning. It would have been charitable for the Scrooge team to share some of their wealth in this game. However, you could almost hear them say the words of Ebenezer Scrooge himself, “If they would rather die, . . . they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” Although, being softball players, their quote would ring out something like this; “If they would rather lose the game, they had better do it and decrease the surplus innings.”

The spirit of Christmas past must have visited team Scrooge, because they let up in the 4th inning, team Cratchit staged a small come back. Just like Tiny Tim, who eventually gained use of his legs, Tiny Nick Matta regained the use of his legs that had failed him for years. Nick ran for a triple in the inning. Pepin, Benson, Coffman Borelli and McPartlin all added hits, which led to a 4 run rally. After 4 innings the score was team Scrooge: 9- team Cratchit: 4.

Team Scrooge would not give up their lead even after the ghost of current innings came to visit them. Their wealth grew and they would not share, not even “a pence”. By the bottom of the 7th inning, they lead 20-6. It was then that the ghost of future innings appeared and said, “it’s almost 11 AM and you will need to stop playing soon”. Team Scrooge had a change of heart. They watched as team Cratchit scored 3 runs, in the bottom of the 7th , then asked them if they wanted to bat in flip/flop mode. Tiny Nick Matta said; “God Bless us, everyone, that’s enough softball for today” and the game ended then and there. Final Score: Team Scrooge: 20- Team Cratchit: 9.

 

As we approach the holidays we would do well to keep a few of Dickens’ quotes close to our hearts.

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”

“And it was always said of him,(Scrooge), that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”

 

WP: Davis

Leading Hitters:

Rivera: 4/5.

Witmer: 4/5.

Edwards: 3/3 with a walk and a sac.

Smith: 3 / 5 with a double.

Ayers: 4/4 with a walk.

Constantine: 3/ 4 with a triple.

JD: 3/4.

Farinas: 3 / 4 with two doubles.

Matta: 3/ 4 with two triples.

Pepin: 4/4.

Benson: 3/4.

Coffman: 2/ 3.

Borelli: 3/ 4 with a double.

McPartlan: 3/4.

Written by: Nick Matta.