Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Last Tuesday in July

We had a rootin’-tootin’- fruitin’ game at the old ball field on Tuesday. We had fruit and drinks available to help squelch the heat.  How hot was it?  It was so hot that the Burger King said, "if you want it your way, cook it yourself."  It was so hot that your clothes ironed themselves. It was so hot the sand on the beach turned into glass. It was so hot that the guys playing ball at Winter Haven were dreaming about moving to a Summer Haven up north.
 In honor of our fruit treats, we will name the 3 teams after fruit snacks.
 The hitting team will be dubbed the Bananas. Hill, Marino, Giordano, Jacobs, Butler, Zelazny, Wells, Merritt, Barnes, Ayala and Powell made up this appealing team. Bananas hang in bunches, this Banana team put up zeroes in bunches. They had five shutout innings. They managed to score 4 runs in the 5th inning and they put up a single banana in the 6th inning, for a grand total of five runs for the game. Banana peels are known for being slippery and this team slipped up a little on defense, committing a few errors that helped the sitting team a bit, during their time at bat. A rough game for this bunch, they will hang a few runs on the scoreboard next game.
Banana health fact: Bananas are rich in potassium. Potassium is a vital nutrient because it helps to regulate your blood pressure, which is what helps to keep your heart functioning correctly.
Our bones also need this potassium as it helps to reduce calcium excretion, which are how bananas help to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and help to keep bones strong the older we get.
 The sitting team I’ll call the Pineapples, the team members consisted of the following players: Reagan, Dampier, Toro, DeRidder, Matta, Schapler, Lopez, Simon, Hite, Bess and G. Baker. Their bats were sweet and juicy; meaning that they hit the ball on the sweet part of their bats and juiced the bases more than once. Pineapples are grown in Hawaii and this pineapple team was like Hawaii 5-0. They either scored five runs an inning, or put up zero runs. The pineapple express came through with five, five run innings, for a total of 25 runs.
 Pineapple health fact: Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that may help arthritis pain by easing inflammation. They are also a good source of vitamin C, which helps your immune system.
 The fielding team gets the cantaloupe moniker. This team had the following players: Coffman, Laffoon, Chrest, Duff, Smith, King, Thompson, Mohan, Moots and L. Baker. The cantaloupe is part of the melon family. The softball must have looked like a melon to this team, because they pounded the ball. They had two innings were they scored 5 runs. However, the melon cracked a bit down the stretch scoring only 1-2 and 3 runs in the last three innings.
 Cantaloupe health fact: The cantaloupe is 89 percent water; it’s the perfect fruit to help with hydration during the hot and sticky summer months. One cup of cantaloupe provides 100% of your daily recommended portions of Vitamins A and C.
 Final Score: Bananas: 5- Pineapples: 25 and Cantaloupes: 19
 I have to say something about the orange, since we live in Florida. Orange you glad this write up is almost over.
Leading Hitters:
  • Marino 2/ 3.
  • Jacobs: 2/ 3 with 2 doubles.
  • Zelazny: 2/3 with 2 doubles.
  • Wells: 2/3.
  • Merritt: 2/3.

  • Reagan: 3/5.
  • Dampier: 3/ 5 with a HR.
  • Toro: 3/ 5 with a HR.
  • DeRidder: 3/5.
  • Matta: 2 /3 and 2 walks.
  • Schapler:  4/ 5 with a triple and a HR.
  • Lopez: 3/5 with a triple.
  • Hite: 4/4 and a walk.
  • G. Baker: 3/4.

  • Laffoon: 5/6.
  • Chrest: 5/5 and a walk.
  • Duff 5/6 .
Submitted by Nick Matta

For those of you that knew Bob

July 27, 2014

Robert B. Chouinard

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — Robert “Bob” Bernard Chouinard, 84, formerly of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Bob was born on Oct. 18, 1929, in Suttons Bay, to the late Lawrence and Arvilla (Couturier) Chouinard. He was married to Janet Kratochvil on May 29, 1994, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Traverse City. She survives him.
Bob served in the USCG and retired as an ENC in 1961.
He was a business owner and mechanic until his retirement in 1994.
Bob was an active athlete, enjoying golf and softball, playing starting catcher just weeks before his passing. He also loved flying and was a pilot.
Bob enjoyed all forms of dancing and music, square dancing for many years and playing the guitar and organ. Most of all Bob loved people and enjoyed the company of friends and family.
Surviving are his wife, Janet; seven sons and eight daughters, Robert Chouinard, Harold (Sue) Chouinard, Sharon (Kurt) Dost, Sandra (Bob) Bryck, Rodney (Linda) Chouinard, Christina (Rick) Helferich, Dwayne Chouinard, Dwight Chouinard, Lorraine Chouinard, Emil (Tonya) Chouinard, Brett (Brenda) Chouinard, Karen (Bill) Youker, Linda (Jerry) Schulteiss, Kathy Kenny and Mary (John) Rollert; 39 grandchildren; and 64 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Barbara (Loren) Fewins and Cecilia (Robert) Wise.
Bob was preceded in death by two spouses, Gladys and Marie; four brothers and a sister, Lawrence, Lee, James, John and Yvonne; and grandson, Ryan.
A funeral Mass will be held at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 630 W. Silver Lake Road, Traverse City. The Rev. Fr. Greg McCallum will officiate. Friends are welcome to visit with Bob’s family at the church Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider memorials to the Right to Life or Gulfside Hospice in Zephyrhills, Fla.

Friday, July 25, 2014

No games today! FIELDS ARE FLOODED. See you Tuesday

The Diamond Plex fields are under water today and besides all the fields are set up for a girls tournament so no games today. We'll try again on Tuesday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bob Chouinard Passed Away Today

We Lost a Friend -- Bob Chouinard Passed Away Today


Lakeland Senior Softball lost a great member and a great friend to everyone today (Thursday, July 24) when Bob Chouinard passed away at 8:50 a.m.

Bob was 85 years old.He was diagnosed recently with cancer and was moved to hospice earlier this week.

We'll miss Bob's enthusiasm, comaraderie and friendship, along with his competitiveness.

Family services will be held in Michigan with arrangements to be announced.

The Lakeland Senior Softball league will also hold a memorial service at a later time to be announced when his wife, Janet, will be able to attend. Details will be announced when they are set.

Please keep Bob's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.