Another successful year has come and gone for the Idaho Senior Softball Association Wood Bat League.
We were sorry to lose two of our favorite players, Harry (Smitty) Smith and Bob Faulhaber, and two of our players lost a child this year also. Ron Hill lost his daughter Cheryl and Jim Gavett lost his son Gregory, our love, thoughts and prayers are with all of these families.
We had our usual problems with the infield on Field #1 at Heritage School. I have talked with the City and we may have come up with a solution of sorts. Since the problems with Field #1 is one of "overuse", this next year we may try to rotate our games between the other fields which have much better infields and are used less.
As usual the pennant races were close in all leagues with a couple of them decided just within the last week.
For the Championship Games we had great weather and a good turnout for the picnic. The McCabe League started things off with a bang when the Flying Squirrels jumped out to a three run lead in the first inning and never looked back defeating the Mud Dogs 16 to 8 while belting out 28 hits.
In the American League game the A's looked like they may do the same jumping out to a 5 to 1 lead in the first inning but the Yankees had other ideas tying things up in the third inning on Jon Wilsons triple to right center. The Yankees continued to pound the ball to the A's depleted outfield on their way to a 13 to 9 win.
The National League kept the best for last with an exciting back and forth struggle. The Phillies scored 5 runs in the top of the third and the Reds scored one in the bottom half to make it a 5 to 3 ballgame. The Reds scored 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth with the help of Don Wyatt's home run to left center to jump ahead 6 to 5. The Phillies came storming back in the sixth with 4 runs to go up 9 to 6. The Reds, not to be outdone came up with 4 runs of their own to again go up by a run and then shut down the Phillies in the top of the 7th after singles by Scott Ridgeway and Glenn Paculba for a 10 to 9 hard fought win.
All players deserved a good pat on the back and enjoyed resting up and relaxing at our usual delicious Pot Luck, everyone brings such wonderful dishes and we always have a great selection of foods.
I hear that there is already some batting practice going on for next year, and also some new bats bought!!
Another great year and thank you everyone for participating, our league is growing and we hope to have many many more years of playing during the spring, summer and fall!! Keep safe and healthy and see you 2015. Will be taking registrations for spring 2015 January 1st, sign up early.
Championship Final Sandings are as follows...
Flying Squirrels 16 Mud Dogs 8
Yankees 13 A's 9
Reds 10 Phillies 9
Idaho Senior Softball Association (I.S.S.A.) is for men 60 years and older who are interested in playing softball in a wood bat league. We currently have over 130 members and are always looking for more players. If you are interested in playing with our league, please contact Del Drake at firstname.lastname@example.org. Idaho Senior Softball Association plays ball Monday and Wednesday nights, and Tuesday mornings. If you're a spectater please don't hesitate to come on out and watch a game with us at Heritage Middle School, check our schedules on when and where to find us. It's not too late to sign up for the spring season. We have limited space so send in your sign-up form along with your waiver and fees to play.
Del Drake moved to Idaho in March of 1995.
During that year, he went to Boise to sign up for Senior Softball and was told they had no Senior Leagues. He literally gave up on playing ball until 1997 when he read that Boise was putting on a Senior Softball Tournament. He went back to sign up for the tournament and found the city did not have a Senior Team. He then ran ads in The Idaho Statesman, Community Calendar, called KGEM Radio Station ran spots on their station, put up fliers in sporting good stores, markets, health clubs, malls, etc. This advertising got 13 players to sign up for a team. They entered the tournament and won two games.
The Idaho Statesman ran a 1/2 page article on the tournament and his team. His wife (Joyce) and he received over 50 phone calls generated from the article. Del contacted all of the respondents and set up a meeting at Fort Boise Park. From this meeting, they put together four teams and formed a league. Del then went on to set up rules, schedules and playing times. This league has since grown into approximately 30 teams. Wow... can you believe it?
As teams began to pick up better players the weaker teams started losing players and teams began to fold. In 2006, he started advertising again and put together a new league in Meridian. This new league was based on a player draft and used wooden bats. Time for more work: ordering balls, making schedules, renting fields and drafting more teams.
The new league brought back several players that left, including players up to 83 years young. Now, there are hundreds of seniors playing ball that would not have been able to play in Boise. The use of wooden bats are safer. No matter what age, ability or disability, you can play as long as you are old enough (no parents permission needed.)
Thank you to our sponsors Capitol Law Group, PLLC - www.capitollawgroup.com
Located in Boise and Emmett
Idaho Senior Softball Association is a private club founded for the enjoyment and competition of senior men, regardless of age or ability
- Del Drake
Idaho Senior Softball Association
P.O. Box 371
Star, Idaho 83669
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