Thursday, June 9, 2016


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Sorry Guys,

No Games for Friday June 10th.  Fields are very wet.  See you next Tuesday

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

No games in Winter Haven today. We will try again on Friday.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Pretty good game considering the 97 degree weather. Simon's Smashers led Fabian's flyers by a score of 11-10 after 4 innings but could only tally one more run in the 7th. Meanwhile the Flyers scored another 13 in the last 4 innings for a final of Fabian 23 Simon 12. Russ King was 6-6 for the Flyers and Steve Hill's brother Dave (a visiting ringer was 5-6 with 2 triples and numerous rbi,s. 

As always there was a few errors which can go into the books as a line drive hit very easily. There was also many GOOD defensive plays. Lee Baker made a fabulous foul ball catch behind the plate "charging" towards the backstop and Tom Capozzi started a 3rd to 2nd double play by fielding a ground smash, stepping on 3rd and firing to Steve Hill at 2nd who threw to 1st just missing a triple play.

WP.        Walt Leggett

Fans in the stands.    The Hill brothers wives Carol and Trisha.   Sally Strait.   Roman.   

I understand the board is looking at ways to keep us out of the high heat like moving into a air conditioned dome. Ha!!!  Good luck board. We all support you.

Write up by Loren Fabian

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Friday, May 28th
It was another very good 3 team game played on Field E today. The Winter Haven City Employee's were using the rest of the fields for their annual Spring Olympics. Looked like they had a good time as Lee Baker will attest as he was over supporting the coed wiffle ball game. Lee retired from the City of Winter Haven.  Way to go Lee. Lee did have 2 hits for the winning team, Zelazny's Zepplins. Final was Z's 19 Smith's Scrappers 18 and Witmer's Wonders 14. It was 18-18-14 going into the bottom of the 7th and Duff Hill led off with a single. He ended up on 3rd base with 2 outs after a couple of fly balls. Then Jeff Simon stepped to the plate already going 3 for 3. He promptly jumped on the first fastball and lined it firmly up the middle for the WALK OFF SINGLE. 

Defensive play of the game was fantastic backhanded over the shoulder catch in left center at the warning track by Juan Toro. Great catch. Maybe best of the season. 

   Debbie Hicks
   Sally Strait.                      SEE YALL TUESDAY !!!!!  

On Field B Bob Zelazny led the hitting team; Gonzalez, Hicks, Rad, Doerbaum, Dampier, Pepin, Zelazny, Butler, Reponen, Vandenburg and Marino.  Opposing them Don Witmer fielded the team of Alumbaugh, Witmer, Shirer, Giordano, Hapeman, Crowell, Reagan, Smith, Coffman, Hite, Wells and Capozzi.  The game was played in a very sharp 89 minutes with both teams playing good defense, delivering timely hits and running the bases with speed and skill.  The bottom 5 for the home or field team had to be the heroes of the game.  The game was close for the entire contest.  In the 8th with the visitors leading 14 to 11 the home team scored 3 to tie the score and setup a dramatic 9th inning.  The visitors went 1-2-3 in their half of the inning; with Brett Alumbaugh making a shoestring catch, in left, of Rad’s sinking liner. Tom Capozzi singled to center and was replaced after reaching first by Bobby Reagan.  Then doubled to third Bobby Reagan scored the winning run on a ground out by Don Witmer.  The play was close and could have been called either way.  Producing 15 hits, including 2 doubles, a triple and sac fly while scoring 9 of the teams 15 runs.   

Leading Hitters:
Doerbaum 4 for 5, 2B
Pepin 3 for 4
Zelazny 3 for 4, 3B
Butler 2 for 4
Vandenburg 2 for 4 

Witmer 3 for 5
Shirer 3 for 3, BB, 2B, HR
Smith 4 for 4, 2B
Coffman 3 for 4, 3B
Hite 3 for 3, 2B, Sac
Capozzi 3 for 4

Written and posted by Bob Hite

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Four Teams Today. What I know from field B is whatever team Ron Pepin was on won and he was glad to be back from Connecticut where it was quite cold. 

Field C. The old guys.    Simon's Smashers vs Fabian's Flyers with a final score of Simon 19 Fabian 13. Smashers started strong with 17 by the end of 4 and got 2 more in the 8th for their final count.
Flyers started slow with only 6 by the end of 5 but came on in the 7th and 8th for 8 more for the final score. 
Ron Thompson pitched strong for Simon till the 8th when he walked in 3 runs and gave way to Sammy Lopez who got the save and win for Ron. 
Reggie Barnes had a very busy day at 2nd for the Flyers and had a fantastic BACKHAND play
to save the 5th run of an inning. 
Russ King and Loren Fabian had a great collision at 2nd base in the 8th.  Everyone is okay with Russ getting the better of the collision but Loren completing the second double play of the day. Arms and knees are fine and we're all comrades. 

See y'all Friday 

Submitted by Loren Fabian.             (Thanks Russ). For the handshake. 

Apology to Melanie HITE. I did not mean to marry you to Steve Hicks. I'm learning. 
Fans in the stands
   Pat Merritt
   Sally Strait
   Nancy Frazier

Keep coming out fans. 

Submitted By Loren Fabian

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Friday May 20th
It was another entertaining 3 team game. 
Smith's Scrappers.        Simon's Smashers.         Fabian's Flyers 
Dampier.      2-4 HR.       Chrest.      3-4 4 runs.    Rad.          4-5
Pepin.          3-4.             Simon.      3-4.               Marino.      3-4
Hicks.          2-4.             Tony Q.     3-4  3B.         Lopez.       2-4
Wells.          3-3. 2B.       Accetta.    2-3. SF.         Shirer.         2-4 HR
                                       Angel F.     4-4. 3B.        Vandenburg 3-4
                                       Bess.         2-3.              King.            3-4

The Smashers scored in every inning except the 5th for a total of 18. The Flyers scored 9 in the second to pull within 1 run of Simon's who had put up 5 in the first 2 innings. Smith's tallied 5 in the 2nd and 4 in the 3rd but couldn't get on the board again. Final was Simon 18, Fabian 12, Smith 9. 

2 defensive plays of the game. Johnny Merritt took 2 steps in to snag a wicked line drive off the bat of one of the Flyers. Fabian slid on his knees to glove a grounder headed up the middle and flipped it to King to save the 5th run of the inning. 

FANS IN THE STANDS.   Pat Merritt, Melanie Hicks and Sally Strait. 

Write up by Loren Fabian

Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Video

Don LaMay sent me this Senior Softball video he did on Animoto. Pretty cool Don!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

One of the best 3 team games ever witnessed was played today once it all got sorted out with Witmer's Wonders only having 9 players, Smith's Scrappers only having 9 players and Simon's Smashers having 10. So many players had to be borrowed for defense and umpiring duties shared. Witmer's Wonders started very slow and only plated 1 run in the 3rd but then put up 5, 2, 5 and 1 for a total of 14. Smith's Scrappers started quick with 4 and 2 but only got 3 in the last 5 innings for a total of 9. Simon's Smashers were down by 2 going into the last frame but the top of the order came up with 4 in the 7th to win it 16-14-9. Very entertaining  game for a 3 teamer as the fans in the stands will attest to. Ask Sally and John Merritt's wife. 
Rad.              4-4 HR.           Lafoon      4-5.                            Matta.          4-5
Hicks.            4-4.                Rivera.       3-5.                            Smith.          2-4
Bobby Z.       3-4.                Jacobs.      4-5.                            Shirer.          3-4
Lopez.           3-4.                Wells.         3-4. 2B.                      Marino.        4-4
Quinones.      3-4 HR.          Strait.         3-4 2B, 3B.                Hite.             2-4
Vandenburg.  3-4.                G. Baker.    2-4

Defensive play of the game was actually made in the 1st inning when Vandenburg made a quick throw to the plate from 2nd to keep the 5th run from scoring. Lee Baker caught it in the palm (not the web) of his glove and hung on. He revealed the catch in a post game interview. GREAT PLAY. 

Jimmy Laffoon turned 4 second to first double plays. 

Submitted by Loren Fabian. 

See y'all Friday weather permitting.