Column: Sun Cities softball league ready to run the bases

Cash Franklin, right, high fives teammate Rod Melbo after hitting an RBI single during the 7th Annual Veteran's Day Softball Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at Sun Bowl Ballfield in Sun City. [Jacob Stanek/Independent Newsmedia]

George Asan
Special to Independent Newsmedia

Welcome to the 2018-19 Sun Cities Softball League fall session.

It’s that time of the year when Sun Cities Senior softball starts to gain its impetus toward that first pitch and subsequent first hit.

Like George Brett said, “There’s nothing like Opening Day. There’s nothing like the start of a new season.”

The Sun Cities Senior Softball League is a combined effort of the Sun City West Softball Club and the Sun City Senior Softball Club. There are five leagues as a part of this organization with approximately 50 teams and more than 400 men and women participating.

The five leagues, American, Central, National, Co-Ed and 70’s are separated by skill levels and there is a draft of players in each league.

First-time players in the league are encouraged to play on the Green Team in Sun City on Monday mornings to be evaluated. New players are then assigned to either the American, Central or National league.

The women’s team travels and, like all teams, play at Liberty Field in Sun City West and the Sun Bowl Field in Sun City. The league website is for information on the organization, calendar and sponsors. An integral part of our softball family is the Angels in The Outfield support group for present and past members and their families who have experienced personal tragedies.

The fall session begins with welcome back barbecues on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Sun City from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun City West from noon to 5:30 p.m. All softball enthusiasts are cordially invited.

Dates to remember are:

• American League first game is Tuesday, Oct. 23.

• Central League first game is Monday, Oct. 22.

• National League first game is Tuesday, Oct. 23.

• The women’s team has its first challenge Nov. 10.

• Co-Ed League (six teams) first game is Friday, Oct. 26.

• 70’s League (12 teams) first game is Saturday, Oct. 27.

Three sessions of the Summer League begin in April and end in September.

New features of Liberty Field are artificial turf and granite counter tops for outdoor food and beverages in several locations. The field also sports a new drinking fountain.

In addition to numerous league teams, Sun Cities Softball has four men’s travelling teams called the Sidewinders — mostly composed of league players.

Special kudos goes to the 65 Sidewinders, who won two of the three Triple Crown tournaments. The team placed fourth of 27 teams at the Las Vegas Masters Tournament. Arnie Kvarnberg was selected as the MVP for the 65 Sidewinders who play in November at the Winter Worlds in Phoenix.

“Count your life by smiles, not tears, count your age by friends, not years, we do not quit playing because we grow old….we grow old because we quit playing.” — Anonymous

George Asan handles the Sun Cities Senior Softball League recaps. Enjoy his game recaps in season on the sports pages of the Daily News-Sun.

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