Winter 2024 Standings

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2024 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2024
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 22, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Liberty GMC 5 0 1 0.92
Regency Specialties 4 1 1 0.75
Heather Van Peursem 3 2 1 0.58
Canyon State 2 3 1 0.42
One Stop Tile 1 4 1 0.25
Fast Signs 0 5 1 0.08
Thursday, February 22, 2024
Heather Van Peursem - 23   Fast Signs - 10  
The Heather Van Peursem House Sellers offense was firing on all cylinders today resulting in a win against Lisa and Jerry’s Fast Signs Squad 23 to 10. The bright afternoon sun made numerous routine fly ball catches an adventure for the defenders today.  We plated a nickel in the opening frame taking an early lead that was never relinquished.  Several players had perfect days at the plate including sub Pete Semenak 5/5, Mark Spangler 4/4, and Garry Weslosky 4/4 – one of which was a deposit over the left field fence.  Not to be outdone, Jeff (Sunday) Nickerson made his 4 hit contribution including his first inning dinger.  Ed Bauman, Dennis Scoggins, and Lloyd Newlands joined in with their 3 knock performances while Mike Moon-doggie Anderson, Jamie Sullivan and Jim Opyd kept several crooked number rallies alive with their 2 hits each.  Special thanks to the aforementioned sub for helping us out today, the umpires, and scoreboard operator.
It was a nice sunny afternoon, but the sun created some havoc on pop flys.  This led to several additional runs during the game, and unfortunately for the Fast Signs team, not enough of the runs went to the home team.  Fast Signs fell to the Chuck and Mikes Heather Van Peurse team 23-10 in a 6-inning game.  While Fast Signs had several players who hit well, there was only one inning where we were able to score 5 runs, and we failed to score any runs in our last three at bats.  Top hitters for Fast Signs included Ralph McKeever, Scott Kibby, Terry Graves and Dave Elkins.  All went 3 for 4, and Dave Elkins lead the team with 3 RBI's. Thank you to our substitute players Scott Kibby and Gary Ambruz.  Also, thanks to umpires Troy MacQueen and Ron Michalski, and to the scoreboard keeper Dave Archer, although we think Dave was attempting to get the games back on schedule when the scoreboard read 43-10 at the end of the 5th inning (LOL).  One other thank you goes to Artie Robertson for keeping up team morale by bringing homemade cookies.
Regency Specialties - 26   Canyon State - 19      
The Regency Specialties team hit the road today to play Canyon State at the Field of Dreams. It was gorgeous day to play unless you were an outfielder as the Arizona sun was shining brightly in the cloudless sky. After trailing the HVAC guys 7-6, Regency outscored Top and Gord’s team  20-12.
The following numbers really speak to the performance of the Regency squad. 34/44 which equates to a 773 team batting average. We only made 10 outs, two of which were sacrifice flies. The defense once again turned three double plays:  pitcher to catcher to third, shortstop to first, and left center to shortstop to second. Everyone on the team had at least three hits with Mike Hirsch leading the way with a perfect 5/5 day.  Everyone on the team had at least one run batted in and all but one player scored at least one run. The lone player not to score a run is also the oldest team member - initials J.S. Finally, all these numbers were accumulated through 6 innings even though we were the visiting team in a pregame agreement with the commissioners.Thanks to umpiring crew on Don Ranieri and Mark Spangler along with Gary Ambruz in the tower.Tuesday, Regency will do battle with Jamie’s Liberty GMC team. ESPN has decided not to broadcast the game because they will be at Camelback Ranch watching Ohtani take bunting practice!
Whew… the Canyon State team was unable to stay up with Jeff and Eric’s slugging Regency Specialist losing 26-19. The Heating and Cooling team had a one run lead after two innings. Then Regency kicked into high gear scoring 20 runs over the next four innings. Al Caillouette (5/5) and Dave Fusaro (5/5) were perfect at the plate. Craig Nelson (4/5 with a Grand Slam), Pete Semenak (4/5) and John Boland (4/5) had four hit days. Ken Silva (3/4) and Dave Fleck (3/4) added three hits each. Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator.
Liberty GMC - 16   One Stop Tile - 15
The last game of the day, albeit, about a half hour late, was a barn-burner, with The Liberty GMC squad needing a single run in the bottom of the 7th to defeat Beck's One Stop Tile,. 16-15. The place was buzzing with fans as Dale & Trish's hot dog stand was open for the afternoon. There may have been a shooter or 2 consumed as well. Just another beautiful, sunny Thursday afternoon with our Red League family. It doesn't get any better. OK, back to the game: close all the way, 1 Stop tied it up in the top of the 7th, Ron Coleman led things off in the bottom, Craig & Dave followed with a single and intentional walk, bases loaded, Ed smashed a line drive down the 3rd base line to score the run we needed. Great game. LETS EAT.. Our top performers were the usual suspects: Ron Coleman and Ed Hickox, both 5-5. Craig Nelson, 4-5 with a 3 run dinger in the 5th; Dave Fusaro, Dave Hammel, Greg Kastelic and JD Dillree all with 3 hits. The rest of us chipped in for a 30 hit afternoon.  And, no one got hurt trying to catch a fly ball in right field. Thanks to Jeff & Bob for calling the game. 
One Stop came close today falling to a good Liberty GMC by one run. The team kept fighting and had a team total of 25 hits tying it up in the top of the 7th unfortunately Liberty was able to get the one run in.  Leading the hitters today was Al Cailloutte with a perfect 5/5 and 5 RBI’s. Brad Brulotte and Dave Archer had 4 hits each. Ron Wong had 3 hits and 4 RBI’s. Scott Kibby, Ken Silva, Les Zirbel, and Gary Ambruz all contributed 2 hits each. Thanks to our subs today Scott Kibby, Dave Archer, and Ken Silva.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2024 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2024
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 20, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Liberty GMC 4 0 1 0.90
Regency Specialties 3 1 1 0.70
Heather Van Peursem 2 2 1 0.50
Canyon State 2 2 1 0.50
One Stop Tile 1 3 1 0.30
Fast Signs 0 4 1 0.10
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
One Stop Tile - 13   Canyon State - 11    
One Stop had a great win today!  They started out with hot hitting, slowed a bit then came back strong in the  top of the 7th to retake the lead and overtake a good Canyon State team. Leading the hitting were Dave Archer and Tom Ranalls both 4/5. Brad Brulotte, Al Caillouette, Pete Houghton each had 3 hits Brad with an in the park HR.  Ron Wong, Gary Ambruz, and in his red league debut Les Zirbel each had 2 hits. Paul Becker and Jim McDonald had a hit a piece. Thanks to Dave Archer for subbing! And as always a great job of coaching bases Ski and Jim.
The Canyon State team stumbled in the last inning and watched a two-run lead disappear as Tom and Paul’s solid One Stop Tile scored seven runs to win 13-11. Dave Zuker (4/4) and Glenn Soles (4/4) had perfect days at the plate followed by Pete Semenak (3/4), Ed Hickox (3/4) and Dave Fleck (3/4) with three hits each. Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator.
Liberty GMC - 16   Fast Signs - 4     
The Liberty GMC squad came out swinging today and defeated Lisa and Jerry's Fast Signs team, 17-4 in a 5 inning game. We scored 5 runs in 3 of the 5 innings and played excellent defence in limiting the Signs squad to 4 runs. Ron Coleman, Craig Nelson, Dave Hammel, Ed Hickox & Jamie White all had 3 hits. Craig Nelson had the big blow of the game with a Grand Salami in the 2nd and had 5 RBI's. Everyone else had 1 and 2 hits. each. On a sad note, Ron Danoski passed away yesterday. He was a long-time member of our Red League, was a true and unique character, a guy who always made all of us laugh.. RIP Ron.. 
It was another great weather day for softball, but unfortunately, Fast Signs was not able to keep pace with the Liberty GMC team.  Jamie White's and Dave Fusaro's team showed why they are in first place this session by scoring 16 runs in the 5 innings while holding Fast Signs to only 4 runs in a mercy rule shortened 5 inning game.  The top hitter for Fast Signs was Don Ranieri who went 2 for 2 and had a walk.  For the game Fast Signs only sent 26 batters to the plate.  Thank you to our substitute players Al Caillouette, Jamie Sullivan and Paul Becker.  Also thanks to our umpires Gord Jones and Dave Dorn, and to the scoreboard keeper Les Zirbel.
Regency Specialties - 17   Heather Van Peursem - 10
It was a beautiful day for softball today as the Regency Specialties team prepared to take on Chuck and Mikes’ (aka Moondawg)  Heather Van Peursem squad. The Field of Dreams was in pristine condition due to our field maintenance crew’s diligent efforts. Chuck’s team started strong with a four run first and a five run third inning. Regency, on the other hand, was leaving more runners on base than the coach could count on both hands! (9 through 4 innings). Fortunately the house sellers stopped scoring runs and the game was tied through four at 10-10. Heather couldn’t close the deal and Regency put up  7 more runs to win 17-10. Our defense was excellent today as the infield of Randy Cihlar, Scott Kibby, Mike Hirsch and Ron Michalski combined for three double plays. The outfield play of the game belong to Dave “Big Country” Archer as he raced back to the wall, somehow untwisted himself, and caught a rocket  off the bat of Mark Spangler. The catch will be featured on ESPN’s top ten plays of the day along with an interview with Dave! Leading the offensive charge was Assistant Coach Eric Swobody  with a perfect 4/4 day at the plate. Kirk Andes was also a perfect 3/3 with a sacrifice fly. Rounding out the hit parade (28/42) were Greg Allseitz and Hirsch with four hits while Kibby, Michalski and Rick Pearson contributed three hits each. Thanks to our umpiring crew of Dave Elkins and sub umpire Dennis Estes and to Gary Ambruz in the tower.
The Heather Van Peursem Squad lost to Regency Specialists Tuesday morning 17 to 10.  By the end of the 4th frame, the House Sellers and Jeff Silversteen’s Team were tied at 10.  As the weather warmed up our bats cooled down.  We didn’t tally another run while our opponent plated 7, earning them the win.  Jamie Sullivan led our hit parade with a 4/4 effort followed by Mark Spangler and Jeff Nickerson with their 3 hit outings.  The rest of our team all chimed in with our remaining 13 hits.  Special thanks to Ed Hickox for helping us out at 2nd base today.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2024 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2024
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 15, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Liberty GMC 3 0 1 0.88
Canyon State 2 1 1 0.63
Heather Van Peursem 2 1 1 0.63
Regency Specialties 2 1 1 0.63
One Stop Tile 0 3 1 0.13
Fast Signs 0 3 1 0.13
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Liberty GMC - 12   Heather Van Peursem - 10    
Our first game this afternoon featured the two undefeated teams in this early season, and Liberty GMC barely hung on to defeat Chuckie's Heather Van Peursem squad, 12-10. We entered the bottom of the 7th, in what we thought was a comfortable lead, 12-3, but not so fast. HVP's bats finally woke up, they scored 7 and were threatening with a couple more on the bases. We finally got the 3rd out on a very close force play at 2nd base from the OF, saving the day for us. For the GMC squad, Dave Hammel was the star of the show, hitting 2 mammoth HR's, 5 RBI's and limiting HVP by pitching 5 scoreless innings. It almost wasn't enough!!  Our other all-stars for the day were Dave Lawrence, 4-4, and Kerry Kallunki and Troy MacQueen, both 3-4. It was a day of substitute players, everybody helping out teams that needed it. A few  guys played all 3 games. Good work guys. We had 2 super-subs, Rob White and Troy MacQueen. Thanks guys. Thanks to all the volunteers that ran the show today.
The Heather Van Peursem Team lost to Liberty GMC 12 to 9 Thursday afternoon.  Jamie White’s squad took an early lead and never relinquished it.  Our 9 tallies were scored in just two frames, 3 and 7 respectively.  While the Realtor squad had 23 hits, they didn’t result in many run-producing rallies.  We just stranded too many scoring opportunities on base.  Mark Spangler had a 4/4 outing followed by Lloyd Newlands and Dennis Scoggins with their 3/3 days.  Contributing 2 hits each were Jay Schirpke, Garry Weslosky (one of which was his 1st HR this session), subs Dave Archer, Dale Halder, Ron Michalski, and Jeff Silversteen.  Special thanks to our aforementioned subs for helping out.
Regency Specialties - 19   One Stop Tile - 9    
Scott Kibby was reunited with Greg Kastelic’s bat as he homered twice, leading Regency Specialities to a 19-9 victory over One Stop Tile. Regency led 14-2 entering the bottom of the fifth. With a chance to join the post game festivities early, Regency’s pitcher allowed One Stop to score 7 runs with his inability to locate home plate. Teammates took up a post game collection for the coach’s newly scheduled eye exam! 🤓 Fortunately the pitcher settled down and retired One Stop without a run in the seventh.
Leading hitters for Regency included Scott Kibby, Greg Allseitz, sub Troy MacQueen,
Dave Archer  and Ron Michalski with three hits each. Ron would have had 4 hits if it were not for a fine running and leaping catch by Brad Brulotte in left centerfield. Everyone else on the team had at least one hit. Thanks to Greg Kastelic and Dave Lawrence for subbing today. Dave also had a fine shoestring catch in right field. Handling the umpiring duties were Lloyd Newlands and Glen Soles while Dave Hammel operated the scoreboard. Next up for the Regency team will be Chuck and Moondawgs team on Tuesday at 11 am.
Another beautiful day for softball unfortunately the One Stop Tilers came up short today losing to a good Regency team. With only half of the team playing with 5 subs the team came up with 19 hits. Leading the hitters today were Brad Brulotte 4/4, Craig Nelson 3/4, Tom Ranalls, and Dale McLaughlin had 2 hits each, all others had a hit each. Thanks to the subs today Ed Hickox, Craig Nelson, Dale McLaughlin, Rob White, and Ken Silva. Thanks to the base coaches Ski and Jim for keeping up the morale!
Canyon State - 18   Fast Signs - 16
The Canyon State team held on in the seventh inning to escape with  18-16 win over Lisa and Jerry’s Fast Signs. After three innings the game was tied 5-5. Then the HC gang forged ahead with 13 runs over the next three innings to the Signs two runs to force a Flip/ Flop in the seventh inning (18-7). The Signs gang pounded out 9 runs before falling short. The HC gang knocked out 28 hits with 10 of those hits for extra bases. Dave Dorn (4/4 two triples and a double) and Ken Silva (4/4) had perfect days at the plate. Everyone else had at least two hits with Pete Semenak (3/4), Ed Hickox (3/4), Dave Archer (3/4) and Jamie White (3/4) adding three hits. Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator.
On a great day for softball, Fast Signs came close, but failed to achieve their first win of the winter session.  Fast Signs fell 18 - 16 to Top & Gord's Canyon State team.  Fast Signs started slowly, but closed with a flurry.  After going scoreless in the first 2 inning, Fast Signs scored 5 runs in the 3rd to take a slim 5 to 4 advantage.  The lead didn't last long, however, as Canyon State scored 14 runs in the next 3 inning while holding Fast Signs to 2 runs.  This caused a flip flop situation in the 7th inning.  That is when Fast Signs came to life with 9 hits and a walk and scored 8 runs before making an out.  But that is where the rally came to a close as Canyon State retired 3 of the next 4 batters allowing only a final run on a sacrifice fly. Leading hitters for Fast Signs were Dale Halder, Dale "Mac" McLaughlin, Craig Nelson and JD Dillree who were all 3 for 4.  Thank you to JD Dillree, Craig Nelson, Greg Kastelic, Lloyd Newlands and Kirk Andes for substituting.  An interesting rule arose during the game when a pinch runner was stranded on 2nd when it was his turn to bat.  The rule states that the pinch runner is declared out at the base that he is occupying, but he is due up to bat.  (He is not called out as a batter.)  If the team subsequently sends the wrong batter to the plate to bat, the defensive team, prior to making a pitch can appeal the batting order and the batter who should have been up is declared out.  However, if a pitch is made to the incorrect batter before identifying the incorrect batter, the correct batter shall come to the plate and assume the count incurred by the incorrect batter.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2024 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2024
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 13, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Healther Van Peursem 2 0 1 0.83
Liberty GMC 2 0 1 0.83
Canyon State 1 1 1 0.50
Regency Specialties 1 1 1 0.50
One Stop Tile 0 2 1 0.17
Fast Signs 0 2 1 0.17
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Regency Specialties - 15   Fast Signs - 8   
It was a beautiful day for baseball at The Field of Dreams as Regency Specialties did battle with Fast Signs. Trailing 5-2 after two, Regency displayed great defense and solid hitting as they slowed down Fast signs. Infield play was solid as we held Lisa and Jerry’s team to 3 runs over the last 5 innings. After only scoring 3 runs in their game last week, Regencies hitters showcased timely hitting resulting in 15 runs. Every team member had at least one hit led by Dave “Big Country” Archer leading the offensive surge with 4 hits. Greg Allseitz, Mike Hirsch, Rick Pearson and the Coach contributed three hits while Randy Cihlar, Ron Michalski and Assistant Coach Eric Swobody chipped in with two. Kirk Andes and Scott Kibby also had a hit. Andes’  liner up the middle was aimed at the coach however his non cat like reactions saved him from injury as his vertical leap avoided the hard hit ball! Thanks to the umpiring crew and scoreboard operator for helping out today. The Regency Specialties team resumes play on Thursday as they visit Tom and Paul’s One Stop Tile team. You can catch all the action on Hulu TV.
It was a nice sunny morning for softball, but the Fast Signs team didn't get to enjoy it as much as we would have liked due to suffering a defeat at the hands of the Regency Specialties team 15 - 8.  After not scoring in the first inning, Fast Signs rallied to plate 5 runs in the second and held a slim 5-4 lead after 3 innings.  Regency's solid hitting and along with some Fast Signs' defensive miscues allowed Regency to score 11 runs in the final 4 innings, while Fast Signs was only able to score 3 runs. Leading hitters for Fast Signs were Jerry Lubeck (3 for 4),  Terry Graves (2 for 3) and Dave Fleck (2 for 3).  Thank you to JD Dillree and Dave Fleck for substituting.  Thanks also to Jamie White and Dave Dorn for umpiring, and Kerry Kallunki for manning scoreboard.
Liberty GMC - 20   Canyon State - 9    
The Liberty GMC squad came out firing on all cylinders this morning, and defeated Top's Canyon State, 20-9. Liberty was leading 8-1 after 3 innings and never relinquished the lead. Dave Hammel did a masterful job on the mound, keeping the CS boys to 4 scoreless innings. Our superb defense was definitely a big factor in limiting their run production. Craig Nelson had a huge day at the plate; 2, 3 run dingers and a total of 9 RBI's. Great day Craig. Ron Coleman had a 5-5 day, Dave Hammel, Ed Hickox, Jamie White, Dave Lawrence and JD Dillree all chipped in with 3 hits each. Everyone else had 2 hits. It was a very good day for our Liberty squad, both on defense and with the bats. And the weatherman is starting to cooperate with this week's games. Thanks to the umps and the press box.
“Which way did they go?”… Jamie and Dave’s Liberty GMC hit the after burners in the first inning and Canyon State could never catch up to their taillights losing 20-9. It was one of those days when everything we hit went directly to a Car Dealer and everything they hit went to the wide open spaces. The Heating and Cooling Gang had one exciting inning where Troy MacQueen (2/4) and Dave Zuker (3/4) hit back to back Two Run Homers. Dave Dorn (3/4) and Pete Semenak (3/4) had three hits. Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator.
Heather Van Peursem - 14   One Stop Tile - 2  
The Heather Van Peursem Group came out on the winning end of a 14 to 2 score over One Stop Tile this morning.  The weather cooperated for a change, as we played under a sun drenched blue sky!  The game was tied at 1 by the end of the first frame, but we managed a nickel in the next inning while holding a solid Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker’s Tile Sellers Team to just one more tally the remainder of the game.  Once again, our defense complemented pitcher Moon Doggie’s efforts on the mound allowing just 2 runs!  Our offence was solid as most of our hits resulted in several run scoring rallies.  Three of the House Sellers Squad had perfect days at the plate including Jamie Sullivan 4/4, Mark Spangler 4/4 (one of which was a multi run blast over the left field fence but was credited for a single due to the 5 run rule), and Dennis Scoggins 3/3.  Chiming in with their 3 knock performances were Jay Schirpke and Lloyd Newlands.  Both Ed Baumann and Garry Weslosky joined the hit parade with 2 hits each.  Thanks to the umpires and scoreboard operator.
One Stop Tilers couldn’t get the offense going today only able to score 2 runs.  The top hitters today were Brad Brulotte 2/3 two doubles and Paul Becker 2/2. Ralph Hollis, Tom Ranalls, Al Caillouette, and Jim McDonald each pounded out a hit. Better days to come! Thanks to Jeff Silversteen for subbing.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2024 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2024
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 8, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Canyon State 1 0 1 0.75
Healther Van Peursem 1 0 1 0.75
Liberty GMC 1 0 1 0.75
Regency Specialties 0 1 1 0.25
One Stop Tile 0 1 1 0.25
Fast Signs 0 1 1 0.25
Thursday, February 8, 2024
Liberty GMC - 1   Regency Specialties - 1    
Rain out
Rain out
Canyon State - 1   Heather Van Peursem - 1     
Rain out
Rain out
Fast Signs -1   One Stop Tile - 1   
Rain out
Rain out

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2024 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2024
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 6, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Canyon State 1 0 0 1.00
Healther Van Peursem 1 0 0 1.00
Liberty GMC 1 0 0 1.00
Regency Specialties 0 1 0 0.00
One Stop Tile 0 1 0 0.00
Fast Signs 0 1 0 0.00
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Canyon State - 7   Regency Specialties - 3    
Opening game of the Winter Session was a low scoring, cool and wet game  with Canyon State holding on for a 7-3 win over Jeff and Eric’s Regency team. The Heating and Cooling gang jumped out to an early 6-2 lead and then played a superb defensive game to hold Regency to one run over the last five innings. Troy MacQueen (3/4) led all hitters with three hits. Contributing two hits were Dave Dorn (2/4 with a great shoestring catch), Dave Zuker (2/4), Pete Semenak (2/4 with a great shoestring catch), winning pitcher Glenn Soles (2/4), John Hammel (2/3) and Bob Kloehn (2/3). John Boland made several great line-drive catches. Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator.
Regency Specialties slipped into a three way tie for second place as they were defeated by Canyon State 7-3. In a game that had nine goose eggs, defense by both teams ruled the contest highlighted by a fine catch by Canyon’s Pete Semenak. The Regency squad had only three players with two hits each  while hitting an ANEMIC 344(11/32) as a team. Canyon State applied the heat early by scoring 5 in the first. They proceeded to cool down and get shutout the last four frames. Unfortunately, Regency only scored one run  in the last five innings! Thanks to Dale and Brian for umpiring while Jay pushed all the right buttons in the tower. Regency will attempt to right the ship as they do battle with first place Liberty GMC on Thursday.
Heather Van Peursem - 13   Fast Signs - 2     
The Heather Van Peursem Squad started the 2024 Red League Winter session off with a win over Fast Signs.  Pitcher Moon-doggie Anderson, with the support from his team’s defense, was able to limit Lisa’s Sign Makers to just 2 runs.  The House Sellers group took a first inning lead and never relinquished it.  Our 25 hit parade was led by Ed Baumann and Dennis Scoggins with their 4/4 days at the plate followed closely by Jay Schirpke and Mark Spangler with their 3/4 performances.  Jamie Sullivan, Lloyd Newlands, Jeff Nickerson, Garry Weslosky and Jim Opyd all  chimed in with their 2 knock efforts.  Thanks to the umpires and scoreboard operator on this rain threatening cool morning.
Fast Signs opening game of the winter session was a disappointing result with a 13 to 2 defeat.  The best part of the game was that the rains stayed away from the field.  Mike "Moondoggie" Anderson did a great job pitching for the Heather Van Peursem squad by getting ahead of our hitters early in the count, then forcing us to swing at less than ideal pitches.  Fast Signs was only able to manage 11 hits through the seven inning affair.  Only 2 players, Eric Swobody and Brian Pin managed to get more than 1 hit.  We are hoping for a dry field and a better result in our next game schedule for Thursday.  Thank you to Eric Swobody for substituting, for umpires Dave Zuker and Glenn Soles, and for Dave Fleck on the scoreboard.  All did an excellent job.
Liberty GMC 11   One Stop Tile - 10   
On  a cloudy humid day and not sure if we would even play today Liberty GMC came out on top by a score of 11-10 against One Stop Tile who battled back with in one run in a good game played by both teams Liberty's hitting was lead by Dave Fusaro Ron Coleman and Craig Nelson who all went 3-4 and Craig having a double and triple. Joe Pioli Ed Hickox and David Fleck 2-3 the rest of the team all chipped in with at least a hit. Our defense kept us in the game and helped Rob White preserve the win. Thank you to our Subs Joe Pioli David Fleck and Rob White we couldn't of won this game without you guys. Thank you to the umpires and scorer up in the tower.
The One Stop Tilers had a bit of a slow start today, down 11-1 after 3 innings.  Then things started to click both offensively and defensively scoring 9 and holding Liberty to goose eggs the rest of the way. They stayed in it right up to the last out with bases loaded but were unable to score. Leading the hitters today were Ralph Hollis, Tom Ranalls, Jim McDonald and Gary Ambruz all 3 for 4. Thanks to Jeff Silversteen for subbing today.

Red League Winter 2024 Game Summaries & Standings

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 25, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 13 2 5 0.78
Liberty GMC 9 6 5 0.58
Healther Van Peursem 8 8 4 0.50
One Stop Tile 8 8 4 0.50
Canyon State 5 11 4 0.35
Fast Signs 4 12 4 0.30
Thursday, January 25, 2024
Canyon State - 1   One Stop - 1        
Rain out
Rain out
Fast Signs - 1   Liberty GMC - 1    
Rain out
Rain out
Heather Van Peursem - 1   Regency Specialties - 1
Rain out
The Regency Specialties team won the Red League Fall session with a record of 13-2-5.
Congratulations to team members Eric Swobody, Ron Michalski, Dennis Scoggins, Greg Kastelic, Randy Cihlar, Dave Elkins, Lloyd Newlands , Chip Robertson, Scott Kibby and the Coach. The group displayed excellent sportsmanship, great defense, quality offense and exceptional chemistry. Fortunately, the traditional Gatorade shower was a victim of the last two games being rained out! Also, for those of you wondering, the championship parade was cancelled. Surprise PD would not issue a parade permit unless the event was a sidewalk only parade! (Please read between the lines)! The Regency Specialties team wishes to thank our commissioners, field maintenance crew, board members and all Red League players, coaches and fans for their continued efforts and support. See you all on February 6!

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 23, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 13 2 4 0.79
Liberty GMC 9 6 4 0.58
Healther Van Peursem 8 8 3 0.50
One Stop Tile 8 8 3 0.50
Canyon State 5 11 3 0.34
Fast Signs 4 12 3 0.29
Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Healther Van Peursem - 1 Liberty GMC - 1        
Rain out
Rain out
Regency Specialties - 1   One Stop Tile - 1    
Rain out
Rain out
Canyon State - 1   Fast signs - 1  
Rain out
Rain out

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 18, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 13 2 3 0.81
Liberty GMC 9 6 3 0.58
Healther Van Peursem 8 8 2 0.50
One Stop Tile 8 8 2 0.50
Canyon State 5 11 2 0.33
Fast Signs 4 12 2 0.28
Thursday, January 18, 2024
One Stop Tile - 14   Healther Van Peursem - 2       
On a beautiful sunny afternoon One Stop Tile kept the momentum going from Tuesday pounding out 24 hits in short 5 inning game against a good Heather Van Peursem team.  Two hitters were perfect at the plate today, Rick Pearson 4/4 (5RBI's) and Sub Ralph Hollis 3/3. Other players with 3 hits were Brad Brulotte and Mark Spangler. Dave Dorn, Don Ranieri, Pete Semenak, Rob White, and Dale Mclaughlin had 2 hits each. A big thanks to the subs today- Brad Brulotte, Mark Spangler, Don Ranieri, Pete Semenak, and Ralph Hollis.
The Heather Van Peursem Team lost to One Stop Tile this afternoon 14 to 2.  Tough to put a good spin on this one.  Our defense was respectable, they just hit the ball all over the ballpark!  Our 11 hits didn’t result in any crooked number run scoring rallies.  Thanks to our three subs Jeff Silversteen, Dave Archer, and Dave Elkins.  We will write this one off as “just one of those days” and come out strong Tuesday!
Liberty GMC - 22   Canyon State - 19    
A beautiful, sunny day at the Field of Dreams today, not a breath of wind, which was a nice change from last week. Liberty GMC battled Top & Gord's Canyon State squad, and the GM boys outlasted Canyon State, 22-19, it was down to the wire. Liberty was behind, 17-12 going into the open 7th, and we came alive and scored 10 runs in the top of the 7th. We were able to hold CS to 2 runs, so "winner, winner, chicken dinner".. Liberty belted out 32 hits, everyone contributing: Brad Brulotte, Troy MacQueen, Jamie White, Doug Miller and John Guzik all had 4 hits. Super Sub Doug Miller had a large, 2 RBI HR in the 1st inning, which gave us an opening 5 runs. Ralph Hollis, Super Sub Dave Hammel and Jerry Lubeck all had 3 hits. Jeff and Jim rounded out the hit parade with a couple hits each.. It was an offensive battle, lots of fun. Thanks to Tom & Mac for handling the umpiring duties.. 
Which way did they go… after Canyon State scored in every inning except one and leading by 12-5 after three innings then 17-12 over Jamie’s Liberty GMC going into the 7th (open inning) the GMC team displayed their “Super Charged “ batting order and scored ten runs to close out Canyon 22-19. Craig Nelson (5/5) hit for the cycle. Greg Allseitz (4/5) and Dale Halder(4/5) also contributed Home Runs. Banging out three hits were Dave Lawrence (3/5), Ed Baumann (3/3) and Dan Newman (3/4). Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator.
Regency Speciaities - 20   Fast signs - 12  
The Regency Specialties team had the pedal to the metal as they did battle with Lisa’s Fast Signs team. Regency jumped out to  20-4 lead after four innings and everyone in the park thought it would be over in five. Well Regency went into cruise control while Fast Signs mounted a nice comeback by scoring 8 runs in the last three innings. Meanwhile, Regency sputtered and put up two goose eggs but escaped with a 20-12 victory. All the Regency players collected at least two hits. Scott Kibby, Chip Robertson and the Coach had 4 hits each. One of Scott’s hit was a three run home run to left.  Dennis Scoggins, Greg Kastelic, Ron Michalski,  Asst Coach Eric Swobody and Lloyd Newlands each contributed three hits. Randy Cihlar and Dave Elkins chipped in with two hits apiece. Regency closes out the Red League Fall Session with a short, two game road trip beginning on Tuesday against Tom and Paul’s One Stop Tile team. . The red league’s winter session draft takes place tomorrow and 8a.m. Stay tuned to ESPN for draft results and any blockbuster trades during the ten round draft! Have a great weekend.
It was a beautiful day for softball at the Field of dreams.  It was just a hard day for Fast Signs who was unable to come up with the win against Regency Specialists 20-12. The highlight of the game for fastsigns with Jim McDonalds home run over the fence. And third baseman's tip to the shortstop Don Ranieri who made the throw to first base for the out.  Thank you to subs Jim opid, Dan Newman, Dave Hamill, and Jamie Sullivan.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 16, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 12 2 3 0.79
Liberty GMC 8 6 3 0.56
Healther Van Peursem 8 7 2 0.53
One Stop Tile 7 8 2 0.47
Canyon State 5 10 2 0.35
Fast Signs 4 11 2 0.29
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
One Stop Tile - 21   Fast Signs - 12        
One Stop Tile shook up the batting order and it worked out great. The team total of 32 hits and 21 runs added up to a great victory. Leading hitters today were Mike Hirsch 5/5 (3RBI’s). Terry Graves, Dave Dorn, and Dave Zuker had 4 hits each, Zuke  had 5 RBI’s. Brian Pin, Rick Pearson had 3 hits each, Rick a 3 run Home Run. Rounding out the hits with 2 a piece were Dale McLaughlin, Rob White, Paul Becker and Craig Nelson. Thanks to Craig for filling in for injured Tom Ranalls. Tom had 1 hit before leaving the game.
Fast Signs took the lead in the first but couldn't hold on and lost to One Stop Tile 21-12.  Fast Signs couldn't get their offense going and were scoreless in innings two, three and four. Fast Signs scored in the 5th and the 6th but was unable to score enough in the 7th to take the win. The highlight of offense was Jeff Nickerson's home run over the fence with the assistance of David Dorn's glove!  Fast signs defense held The Tile Guys to five total runs in first three innings but was unable to do the same in the last four innings. Thank you to subs Jim Opyd and Jamie Sullivan.
Heather Van Peursem - 12   Canyon State - 8    
The Heather Van Peursem Team collected their first win of the new year with an  8 to 12 score against Canyon State.  The game was tied at 7 by the end of the 4th frame -  however, in the remaining  innings, we plated another 5 runs while holding Bob Topham and Gord Jones' squad to just 1 more tally earning us the win.  Glen Soles pitched a good game holding Canyon State to just 8 runs with the defensive help of the House Sellers.  Everyone contributed to our 21 knocks which  was led by John Boland’s 4/4 day and Jay Schirpke with his 3/4 effort.  Others contributing 2 hits each included Ron Coleman (with an in the park HR), Craig Nelson (with another one of his blasts over the left field fence), Glen Soles, JD Dillree and subs Randy Cihlar and Dennis Scoggins.  Thanks to the aforementioned substitutes, umpires, and scoreboard operator.  By the way, miss you Mark Jessen, up in the tower - get well!
Canyon State and Chuck’s Heather Team traded the lead several times before Heather broke out with four runs in the sixth inning to capture the win 12-8.  Top hitters were Dave Lawrence (4/4), Greg Allseitz (3/4), Al Caillouette (3/4) and Ed Baumann (3/4). Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator. The game following Heather’s win was one of the best games played/ seen at the Field of Dreams… tremendous defense.
Regency Speciaities - 4   Liberty GMC - 4   
Today’s third red league battle featured Jamie’s GMAC LIBERTY squad versus the REGENCY SPECIALTIES team. Having played in frost delayed,  windy and cold conditions the last week, today was a beautiful day for softball between the first and second place teams. Well you had to have been there to believe it. Exceptional defense by both sides, including great outfield play battling the sun and double plays that ended scoring threats, the two teams combined for 8 total runs and as many goose eggs (8). Final score 4-4. .Only once did either team score 2 runs in an inning (Liberty in the 4th). The end of the game was the talk of the post game crowd. Regency managed to get a runner on second with two outs, but failed to push Elkins home . Liberty mounted a threat with runners on first and second with one out and their lead off hitter, Dave Fusaro at the plate. Unlike his usual one foul ball onto Mountain View, Fusaro smoked a line drive headed for center field and more than likely the game winner. But as has been the case all season and today, Regency’s defense salvaged a tie. Pitcher Dave Elkins snagged the line drive and doubled off Liberty’s pinch runner at first. It was a great game to play in, watch and even umpire! The tie allowed Regency to claim the championship for the Fall session of the Red League. Congratulations to team members Randy Cihlar, Dave Elkins, Greg Kastelic, Scott Kibby, Ron Michalski, Lloyd Newlands, Chip Robertson, Dennis Scoggins, the coach, and Assistant coach Eric Swobody. Regency plays their final home game Thursday versus Lisa and Jeff’s Fast Signs team and finishes the season next t week on a two game road trip.
It was a very rare event this morning for the last game of our red league day, a 4-4 tie game between Regency Specialties and Liberty GMC!!! Both teams hit the ball, but both teams also played excellent defense, zero errors and very many slick softball plays. It was a very fun game to be involved in. Both pitchers, Joel Breiner and Dave Elkins, played excellent games, both with their pitching and also their great defense. Dave made a great play to end the game, a line-drive blast off the bat of Dave Fusaro that Dave caught, and then doubled up our runner on 1st. A fitting end to a great game. Liberty had a grand total of 11 hits, Regency would have been about the same. Congratulations to Jeff's squad on their championship fall season. Great work guys. Thanks to Dan and Greg, umpires for today.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 11, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 12 2 2 0.81
Liberty GMC 8 6 2 0.56
Healther Van Peursem 7 7 2 0.50
One Stop Tile 6 8 2 0.44
One Stop Tile 5 9 2 0.38
Fast Signs 4 10 2 0.31
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Regency Specialties - 25   Canyon State - 11     
What a windy, cool day at the old ballpark today as Regency Specialties did battle with the Canyon State crew. Both teams were “running against the wind” (apologies to Bob Seger) and trying to gauge what the wind would do with fly balls. It was quite the adventure. Top and Gords team came out on fire and led 5-1 after one and 7-6 after two. Pitcher Dave Elkins figured out the wind, Regency’s fielders battled and handled the “breeze” with their usual solid defense, and all the team found their stride at the plate. We outscored Canyon State 24-6 after the first inning and won in a run rule game 25-11.The team collectively hit .816, going a robust 31/38. We only made 9 outs, 3 of which came in the first and two of those were sacrifice flys! Leading the hit parade was Scott Kibby with a perfect 5/5 day including a three run shot over the right center field wall. Randy Cihlar and Greg Kastelic had 4 hits each. Lloyd Newlands, assistant coach Eric Swobody, Dennis Scoggins and the coach had three hits apiece. Elkins, sub Don Ranieri and Ron Michalski had two hits with Ron adding a walk and sacrifice fly. Regency concludes their three game road trip on Tuesday at 11 as they take on Jamie’s Liberty GMAC squad. Thanks to Gary Stuber for his scoreboard operating and to Mike Anderson and Jeff Nickerson for handling the umpiring  duties.
The Canyon State team ran into a buzz saw today losing to Jeff’s and Eric’s First Place Regency team in six innings 25-11. At one time it was a close game with Canyon leading 7-6 after the second inning.  Top hitters were Greg Allseitz (4/4), Dave Hammel (3/4) and Ed Baumann (3/3). Warmer days ahead.
Fast Signs - 24  Heather Van Peursem - 11    
High winds, cold temps no problem for Fast Signs who took the lead in the second inning and never looked back. They kept the lead the entire game in their win over Heather Van Peursem 24-11. Fast Signs bats were hot and I'm sure the change in line up helped!  Everyone scored at least two hits. Defense was able to keep the realtors at bay most innings.  It was a great team effort by Fast Signs. Thank you to sub Dave Archer and fill in Ralph McKeever. Thank you to our scorekeeper Kat (it's not that cold out here) Melton. 
The Heather Van Peursem Squad lost to Fast Signs today 24 to 11.  While we accumulated 22 hits in the cold and windy afternoon, they did not result in many crooked number run producing rallies!  Jay Schirpke had a 4/4 day at the plate followed by Craig Nelson, John Boland, JD Dillree, and John Hammel all having 3 hit performances.  Thanks to the umpires and scoreboard operator.
One Stop Title - 20   Liberty GMC - 18   
On a chilly, windy day One Stop Tile kept up their momentum defeating a good Liberty GMC. A team total of 28 hits and 8 walks kept the runs coming. Perfect at the plate were Don Ranieri 3 RBI’s, Rob White 4 RBI’s, Gary Ambruz, 4/4, Rick Pearson 4 RBI’s and Paul Becker 5 RBI’s 3/3. Mike Hirsch had 3 hits and Dale McLaughlin had 3 walks. Players with 2 hits each were Dave Dorn, Dave Zuker, and Brian Pin. Thanks to our subs today Don Ranieri and Gary Ambruz.
It was a very cool and windy afternoon at the Field of Dreams, plus the late day sun, and it made for very tough conditions for both teams. Fly balls became an adventure for everyone, actually became kinda comical. Tom's One Stop Tile outlasted our Liberty GMC squad, 20-18. The GM boys were down 4 going into the bottom of the 7th, scored only 2, game over, find some blankets and have a few laughs about the game. Luckily, we don't have very many days like today in sunny AZ, it was a tough day for the defenses. Both teams had plenty of hits, everyone on our team had at least 2 hits, many guys had 3, Troy MacQueen and Jeff Watson each had 4. It was a long, cold game. Thanks to Jeff and JD for bundling up and handling the umpire duties.. 

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 9, 2024
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 11 2 2 0.80
Liberty GMC 8 5 2 0.60
Healther Van Peursem 7 6 2 0.53
Canyon State 5 8 2 0.40
One Stop Tile 5 8 2 0.40
Fast Signs 3 10 2 0.27
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Regency Specialties - 9   Heather Van Peursem - 3     
Jack Frost did not have a hit, catch a ball or have an error today but he certainly played a role in this mornings first game. Jack’s contribution was a 30 minute delay which resulted in games reduced to 6 innings. Subsequently Lloyd Newlands back acted up due to the cold weather causing another delay as Regency needed a substitute for the bottom of the first inning. ( Greg Allseitz to the rescue). Once Jack’s ice crystals left the field, hoodies, wool caps and baseball pants dotted the field. Outstanding  pitching (Dave Elkins)combined with Regency’s solid defense and timely hitting resulted in a low scoring 9-3 victory for the visitors over Chuck’s Heather Van Peursem squad. The strong team effort was highlighted by Randy Cihlar and Ron Michalski each going 4/4 in today’s contest. Scott Kibby had 3 hits while everyone else chipped in with at least one. Ed Baumann and Al Caillouette made all the right calls and Gary Stuber flawlessly handled the scoreboard operations. Next up for Regency Specialties will be the Canyon State team at 12:15 on Thursday. Hopefully that Jack Frost guy will be sent back to a team  in the Midwest by the weekend!
The Heather Van Peursem Squad lost to Regency Specialties this morning 9 to 3.  Our outing  was as cold as the frost delayed game.  By the end of 3rd frame, we trailed Jeff Silversteen’s first place team 4 to 3.  They plated a nickel the following inning and that was the end of the scoring for both clubs.  Five Home Sellers had 2 hits each including Jay Schirpke, Ron Coleman, Glen Soles, John Boland, and sub Mark Spangler.  Thanks to Mark for handling the shortstop duties, and of  course, the umpires and scoreboard operator.
One Stop Tile - 12   Canyon State - 8    
One Stop Tile kept up the momentum from last week blasting out a team total of 20 hits in a frost shortened 6 inning game.  Perfect at the plate today were Rick Pearson, Terry Graves, and Rob White all 3/3 and 2 RBI’s each. Players with 2 hits each were Tom Ranalls, Mark Spangler, Dave Zucker 3 RBI’s, and Dave Dorn.  Great double play at the end when with bases loaded, 1 out, Brian Pin grabbed a line drive at third touching the base and throwing out the runner at home. Thanks to Mark Spangler for subbing today.
Darn… needed just one more inning. On a very cold morning the Canyon State Team turned on the AC switch to post two blank innings while Tom’s and Paul’s One Stop Tile Team was hot posting a pair of fives to take a 10-0 lead after two innings and then held on as Canyon came back with 8 to close out Canyon State 12-8. Top hitters were Dave Elkins (4/4), Dave Archer (4/4), Pete Houghton (3/4), Andy Campbell (2/3), Ed Baumann (2/4) and Dave Hammel. Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator.
Liberty GMC - 18   Fast Signs - 13
A very good game for the last game of a chilly morning, frost delay shortened all our games to 6 innings, and we finished everything on time with our 3 games. Liberty GMC defeated Fast Signs, 18-13. Liberty outscored Lisa's Signs in the first 3 innings, 9-4, then it was completely even the last 3 with each team scoring 9 runs. Very good hitting and defense for both teams. Liberty banged out 30 hits total: Joel Breiner, John Guzik and Jamie White were all perfect at the plate, 4-4. Jeff Watson was 3-3 with a SAC, Dave Fusaro, Ralph Hollis, Brad Brulotte and Jerry Lubeck all recorded only 1 out each, all with 3 & 4 hits. Troy had a rare tough day at the plate, but was outstanding up the middle at SS, saving our bacon many times. Thanks to umpires Dan N and David L.  
It's another loss for Fast Signs.  Fast signs took the lead after the first inning but Liberty GMC took it back and never looked back.  Fast signs had a chance in the last inning with the last bats Liberty GMC was up 18 to 13 but fast signs was unable to come up with any points in their 18 to 13 loss to Liberty. Don Ranieri went three for four with a home run over the fence. Ralph McKeever, Pete Semenak Jeff Nickerson, sub Dave Archer and Lisa Pelletier each had two hits. Ken Silva had a perfect day at the plate going three for three. Thank you Christina Silva for keeping score.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Wednesday, January 4, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 10 2 2 0.79
Liberty GMC 7 5 2 0.57
Healther Van Peursem 7 5 2 0.57
Canyon State 5 7 2 0.43
Fast Signs 4 8 2 0.36
One Stop Tile 3 9 2 0.29
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
    Canyon State - 22   Fast Signs - 18    
On a cool and windy day the Canyon State team experienced an early power surge and held on to withstand a late inning charge by Lisa’s and Jeff’s Fast Signs team in winning 22-18. The Heating and Cooling team knocked out 35 hits. Top hitters were Mark Spangler (5/5 with a HR), Dan Newman (4/5 with a nice HR), Greg Allseitz (4/6), Jay Schripke (4/5), Dave Elkins (4/5), Dave Fleck (4/5), Dave Lawrence (3/5) and Andy Campbell (3/5). Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator. Happy New Year everyone.
New Year same struggles for Fast Signs.  They lost 22-18 against Canyon State.  Fast Signs was off to a slow start but fought hard to come within one in the bottom of the sixth. Unfortunately Fast signs was unable to hold off Canyon State's bats and they scored 6 taking the 22 to 15.  Fast Signs came up short in the 7th by 4 runs.  Pelletier had a perfect day at the plate.  Newcomer to the team Ralph McKeever had three hits as well as Pete Semenek, Jim McDonald and Gary Ambruz.  Don Ranieri, Jeff Nickerson, Eric Shouse and Ken Silva each contributed two hits.  Gary Steuber also has a hit.  A couple double plays were made by offense but just wasn't our day. 
One Stop Title - 20   Recency Specialties - 14    
After a Holiday hiatus One Stop Tile came out swinging defeating a good Recency Specialties team 20 to 14. Leading hitters today were sub Brad Brulotte, Tom Ranalls, and Terry Graves all 4/5. Sub Craig Nelson, Dave Dorn, Dave Zucker, Rick Pearson, Paul Becker all had a 3 hit day. Brian Pin had 2 hits and Dale McLaughlin had a hit and a sacrifice fly. It was a great team effort with good communication both in and outfield on difficult fly balls resulting in awesome catches. Many thanks to our subs today Brad Brulotte  and Craig Nelson. And as always Jim Rumsey our faithful 1st base coach.
Regency Specialties saw their nine game winning streak come to an end against Tom and Paul’s One Stop Tile team. Regency just could not overcome an early 14-7 deficit and finished on the short end of a 20-14 score. Kudos to One’s Stops defense as their outfielders made two or three outstanding catches while their infield turned two double plays. Leading hitters for Regency were Randy Cihlar with a perfect 4/4 day while Lloyd Newlands  and Greg Kastelic added three hits apiece.  Everyone else on the team had at least one hit. Thanks go out  to John Guzic and Dan Newman for subbing today and to Greg Allseitz, Gord Jones and Pete Houghton for umpiring and operating the scoreboard. After going 5-1 on their just concluded home stand , Regency Specialties plays 5 of their last 6 games on the road.
Liberty GMC - 23    Heather Van Peursem - 9 
Liberty GMC, refreshed and ready to play after the holiday break, defeated Heather Van Peursem today by a score of 23-9. After scoring just 1 run in the 1st inning, the Liberty GMC squad came alive and went on to score 22 runs in the ensuing 5 innings to coast to the victory and bring their record to 8 and 6. John Guzik, Jeff Watson and Jim Opyd all had 4-4 days followed by Troy Macqueen (Yard HR and 2-2B) and Joel Breiner with 3-4 days with the rest of the team contributing multiple hits. Overall a good offensive day with 30 hits in 40 trips to the plate (0.750 Avg) along with some timely defensive plays to shut down potential multi-run innings by the Heather Van Peursem team. Thanks to scorekeeper Greg Kastelic and umpires Randy Cihlar and Dave Dorn.
The Heather Van Peursem Team greeted the new year with a loss to Liberty GMC 23 to 9.  Pretty hard to beat an opponent that scores a nickel in 4 of the 7 frames!  Our defense was respectable, but Jamie White’s first place Auto Sellers just accumulated too many hits!   On the offensive side, Ron Coleman had a perfect 4/4 day followed by Craig Nelson and John Boland with their 3 hit performances.  Thanks to the 2 umpires and scoring tower operator.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 19, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 10 1 2 0.85
Healther Van Peursem 7 4 2 0.62
Liberty GMC 6 5 2 0.54
Canyon State 4 7 2 0.39
Fast Signs 3 8 2 0.31
One Stop Tile 3 8 2 0.31
Sunday, November 19, 2023
Regency Specialties - 12   Fast Signs - 6   
The Regency Realities team squared off against Lisa and Jeff’s Fast Sign team Tuesday morning on the last day of red league competition before the new year. It started off like it might be a game where runs were as abundant as post game beer on Thursday afternoons. Fast Signs led 6-5 after two and then Regency’s defense took over. Three outstanding outfield catches, one each by Kastelic, Newlands and Robertson and a couple double plays stifled Fast Signs offense. Five goose eggs later and Regency walked away with a 12-6 victory. Leading hitters for Regency were Dave Elkins and the Coach with perfect 4/4 days. Randy Cihlar also had four hits today but unfortunately it was during the game he was subbing! LOL 😆 Kudos to our three subs - Dan Newman, John Hammel and Kirk Andes. Kirk was making his first appearance after total knee replacement and responded with two hits. Regency will complete their 6 game  home stand Thursday, January 4 at 1:30. Thanks, as always, to our umpiring crew and reliable Mark in the score tower. The Regency Realities team wishes the entire softball membership and their families a wonderful, healthy and prosperous New Year. Happy Holidays
Fast Signs started off strong by scoring 4 in the first inning then 2 in the second but it was all down hill from there in their 6-12 loss against Regency Specialties. Tom Gibons had a perfect day at the plate by going 4 for 4, Don Ranieri and Jeff Nickerson each had three hits. Sub Rick Pearson had a triple.  Thank you to subs Jay Shirpke and Rick Pearson as well as scorekeepers Kat Melton and Christina Silva.
Canyon State - 16   Liberty GMC - 9    
The Canyon State Squad picked up an early Christmas present by sliding by Jamie’s Liberty GMC 16-9. The Heating and Cooling guys turned on the heat early in jumping out to a 10-1 lead after two innings and a 15-4 lead after four innings before switching over to a cooling mood to stay ahead of the car dealers and take the victory.  Canyon knocked out 32 timely hits with everyone getting at least two hits. Big hitters were Greg Allseitz (3/5), Randy Cihlar (4/5), Al Caillouette (4/4), Terry Graves (3/5), Pete Houghton (3/4), Ken Silva (4/4), Dave Fleck (4/4) and Jeff Silversteen (3/4). Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator. Merry Christmas everyone.
Liberty GMC lost to Canyon State by a score of 16-9 today. Must've been something in those cookies Top brought because his team came out swinging from the start. Canyon quickly jumped ahead scoring 15 runs in the 1st 4 innings to build a lead that they never relinquished. Liberty GMC hit a lot of good balls that, unfortunately, were right at the Canyon players. Liberty, while holding Canyon to 1 run in the last three innings, failed to take advantage of the opportunity by again struggling to score 4 runs. 20 hits in 41 trips (0.488 Avg) to the plate won't win a lot of games. Troy Macqueen (3-4, 1-2B) and Sub Dave Miller (3-4, 1-3B) were top Liberty GMC Batsmen, with the rest of the team chipping one or two hits. Thanks to score keeper Gary Ambruz and umpires Dave Elkins and Lloyd Newlands. Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year to all. 
Heather Van Peursem - 14   One Stop Tile - 4
The Heather Van Peursem Squad treated themselves to an early Christmas present with a 14 to 4 win over One Stop Tile.  Our pitcher “Moon doggie”, with the support of his fielder’s defense, managed to limit Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker’s solid Tile Sellers to 4 runs.  Our 28 hit parade was led by three players with 4/4 days - our 2 subs Troy MacQueen and Ken Silva and Craig Nelson which included another blast over the fence - aided by their outfielder.  Their efforts collectively accumulated 9 RBI’s.  Not far behind them were Glen Soles, Mike Anderson, and John Boland contributing 3 hits each.  Thanks to our aforementioned subs along with the umpires and scoreboard operator.  WISHING EVERYONE OF OUR SOFTBALL FAMILY SAFE TRAVELS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
One Stop Tile started the first inning only down one run but then the hits were scattered and they were only able to score 4 runs in the game.  Tom Ranalls and Dave Dorn were the top hitters today with 3 hits each. Thanks to the subs Don Ranieri, Ralph Hollis, and Jeff Nickerson. May everyone have a safe and happy Holiday Season! We’ll come back strong in 2024.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 14, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 9 1 2 0.83
Liberty GMC 6 4 2 0.58
Healther Van Peursem 6 4 2 0.58
Fast Signs 3 7 2 0.33
One Stop Tile 3 7 2 0.33
Canyon State 3 7 2 0.33
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Regency Specialties - 16   Liberty GMC - 15   
The Regency Specialties battled Liberty GMC under bright, sunny skies at the Field of Dreams. Liberty had their engines fine tuned and revved up as they  put up a five spot in the visitors half of the first. Regency countered with five runs and turned it into a 6 inning game. After five full innings, Regency held a 12-8 advantage. Chuck’s boys made some adjustments and took a one run lead into the bottom of the sixth only to see Regency plate three runs to take a two run lead into the seventh. Liberty scored two in the visitors half of the seventh. It may have been more however a nice catch on an infield pop up by pitcher Dave Elkins lessened the damage. After a lead off hit by Chip Robertson. Lloyd Newlands fifth hit of the game, and an intentional walk to Scott Kibby, Elkins delivered a sacrifice fly to clinch the game.
It was a very competitive game which featured six  lead changes. As always, thanks to our umpires and scorekeeper - Dale McLaughlin, Brian Pin and Eric Shouse and let’s not forget our commissioners, board members and ground crew. The Regency Specialties team will play Tuesday, December 19 at 8:30am before taking a much welcomed  two weeks off to be with family and friends and/or to also rest all those aches and pains!
Liberty GMC lost to Regency Specialties by a score of 15-16 today. The 2nd time in 3 meetings that the score was decided by a single run. Liberty GMC trailed Regency Specialties in every inning but the 2nd, but managed to tie the score at 15-all on a two-out, inside-the park home run by Troy Macqueen before going into the bottom of the 7th. However, Regency Specialties was able to push across the winning run in their half of the 7th to secure the win. Sub Jamie Sullivan had a perfect 4-4 day followed by Troy Macqueen and Joel Breiner both with 4-5 days, home runs and multi-base hits.The rest of the team also had good multi-hits days, but a couple of miscues and untimely outs at critical points didn't help the cause. Thanks to scoreboard manager Eric Shouse and umpires Brian Pin ad Dale Mclaughlin
   Fast Signs - 15   One Stop Tile - 13    
Fast Signs fought hard today and came out on top against One Stop Tile 15-13. Fast signs was able to score in the first inning and hold the tile guys to just one run in the first two innings. Tile guys went ahead in the third but that didn't last long when the bases were loaded and Lisa Pelletier had a timely Grand slam to left field!! The hit helped Fast Signs take the lead. The tile guys were able to come back and score three in the fifth which put them ahead by one run. Fast signs scored eight runs in the last two innings to take the lead and with two outs Don Ranieri made a great running catch to end the game and give Fast Signs the win.  Defense was hot which helped in the win. Gary Ambruz had a perfect day at the plate as did sub Scott kibby. Pete semenek and  Don Ranieri went three for four. Jeff Nickerson, Eric Shouse, Gary Steuber, Lisa Pelletier and Russ Figueroa all contributed two hits Thank you to sub Scott Kibby and Russ Figueroa. Winning pitcher was Tom Gibons. Thank you too Christina Silva and Kat Melton for keeping score.
On a beautiful day for softball, One Stop Tile came close to another come back falling just 2 runs short after a shoestring catch by Fast Signs Don Ranieri ended the game. One Stop tallied 23 hits as a team, leading the way today was Mike Hirsch 4 for 5, Rick Pearson, Rob White, and Brian Pin had 3 hits each. Players with 2 hits were Dave Fusaro, Troy MacQueen, Paul Becker, and Dale McLaughlin. Dave Dorn (sac) and Terry Graves (BB) had a hit a piece. Thanks to the Subs today Troy MacQueen and Dave Fusaro.
Heather Van Peursem - 25   Canyon State - 24
The Heather Van Peursem Squad won a close 1 run game against Canyon State 25 to 24.  Interesting marathon for the players, managers, and fans!  Seemed like a normal Red League game for the first 6 frames as the two teams traded the lead several times.  Entering the open frame, the House Sellers enjoyed a one run lead over Bob Topham and Gord Jones Canyon State Team.  Then it got interesting!  Our bats came alive resulting  in a 12 run rally before the flip flop rule took effect.  Not to be upstaged, Top and Gord’s Group went on their own hitting rampage tallying 12 runs before the contest ended.  Lots of big days for several players – perfect 6/6 at the plate was Craig Nelson (with 2 home runs - one a Grand Slam) and JD Dillree with his 5/5 effort.  Sub Troy MacQueen chimed in with his 5 hits and Mike Anderson and Jay Schirpke followed suit with their 4 hit performances.  Sub Jeff Silversteen and Craig Nelson both tallied 6 RBI’s.  Thanks to our aforementioned subs, umpires, and scoreboard keeper in the tower – and those who brought the post-game treats!
A long game indeed… a phenomenal finish. The Canyon State Team gave it their all banging out a season high 39 hits and scoring 24 runs but still came in second to Chuck’s Heather Team 25-24 in an unusual finish. To recap, the teams were tied at 11 all after the fifth inning, the House Sellers then scored two in the top of the sixth and Canyon only scored one to make it 13-12 Heather after the sixth. Then the fireworks started. Heather scored 12 runs in the top of the seventh to force the Flip- Flop rule. Then, with one out, the bats came alive for Canyon. First a grand slam by Dale Halder (5/6), then eleven hits and 8 runs to get to within one run before Heather recorded the final out. Everyone had at least three hits each. Dan Newman (5/5), Bob Winkler (5/6), Al Caillouette (5/6), Sub John Guzik (4/5), Greg Allseitz (3/6), Dave Lawerence (injured)/Dave Fusaro (3/5), Pete Houghton (3/6), Dave Fleck (3/6) and Andy Campbell (3/5). Thanks umps and Scorekeeper for hanging around to the end.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 12, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 8 1 2 0.82
Liberty GMC 6 3 2 0.64
Healther Van Peursem 5 4 2 0.55
Canyon State 3 6 2 0.36
One Stop Tile 3 6 2 0.36
Fast Signs 2 7 2 0.27
Sunday, November 12, 2023
Liberty GMC - 20   One Stop Tile - 17   
Liberty GMC held on to a slim late inning lead to defeat One Stop Tile by a score of 20-17 in a game-clock shortened 6-inning game. Liberty GMC opened up a 15-7 lead after 3 full innings by posting 3 5-runs innings in a row. However, the scoring tide after the 3rd began to slowly turn as Liberty's run production started dropping while One Stop's was suddenly alive. One Stop Tile posted back-to-back 5 run innings while Liberty scored 4 runs in the same span leaving the score after 5 innings at 19-17 in favor of Liberty GMC. After posting one run in their half of the 6th, Liberty GMC was able to hold One top Tile scoreless and finish with a 20-17 win. Good day at the plate for Liberty GMC getting 32 hits in 41 trips to the plate (0.800 Avg). Dave Fusaro (4-4, (1) 2B, 3 RBIs), Troy Macqueen (3-3, (2) 2B, 3 RBIs), Joel Breiner (4-4, 1 RBI), Brad Brulotte (4-4, (2) 2B,4 RBIs)  and Jamie Sullivan (4-4 2 RBIs) were the top hitters with the rest of the team also having multiple-hit days. Thanks to scoreboard manager Mark Jessen and umpires Mike Anderson and Lloyd Newlands
One Stop Tile found themselves down 15 to 7 after 3 innings, but never gave up and the hits started coming scoring 10 runs while holding Liberty GMC to only 5 runs in the last 4 innings. It came up a little short but the teamwork was there.  One Stop had a total of 26 hits including Dave Zukers 3 for 4 outing with a 3 run HR over the wall.  Dave Dorn also 3 for 4 with a 3 run in the park HR. Tom Ranalls, Terry Graves, Paul Becker and Brian Pin all contributed 3 hits each. Pete Semenek, Mike Hirsch, Rick Pearson and Dale McLaughlin had 2 hits each. Thanks to Pete Semenek for subbing today.
Heather Van Peursem - 18   Fast Signs - 10     
The Heather Van Peursem Team got on the winning track today with an 18 to 10 final over Fast Signs.  The Realtors enjoyed a 4 to 3 score at the end of the 3rd frame, and by the end of the 6th inning, once again managed a slim 11 to 10 lead over Lisa’s Fast Sign Group.  In the open inning, the House Sellers bats came alive tallying another 8 runs while holding our opponent scoreless – earning us the win.  Leading our offensive 28 hit parade was Jay Schirpke with his perfect 4/4 outing along with Glen Soles and Mike Anderson with their 4/5 performances.  Others contributing 3 hits each were JD Dillree, John Hammel and of course, Craig Nelson with his 3 home run exhibition -  2 two run round trippers and a grand slam resulting in his 8 RBI Day!  Nice job umpires and scoreboard keeper in the tower.
Fast Signs had a chance to get a win today by keeping the score close against Heather Van Peursem but came up short 18-10.  Fast Signs was only down by one going into the seventh inning but was unable to hold off the hot bats of Heather Van Peursem and they scored 7 in the last inning. Great job to Craig Nelson for hitting three home runs to help Heather Van Peursem clinch the win. Fast Signs had last bats and needed 8 to tie but was unable to score any. Defense make some great plays but was unable to keep Heather Van Peursem from scoring in 5 innings. The highlight of Fast Signs offense was Jim McDonald hitting an over the fence home run. Gary Stueber, pitcher Tom Gibons and sub Dale Halder each had three hits.
   Regency Specialist - 19   Canyon State - 15
The Regency Specialties team played Canyon State HVAC Tuesday under partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures. True to their sponsors name, Tops team started putting the heat on Regency by jumping out to a 7-1 lead after two and a half innings. However in the bottom of the third Regency found their stride and at the same time Canyon State cooled down. Fueled by home runs from Scott Kibby and sub Joel Breiner,  a bullpen call for sub Tom Ranalls and a few defensive moves, the Regency team controlled the momentum and outscored Canyon State 18-7. Every player on Regency Specialties collected at least two hits which resulted in the  19-14 victory.Thanks to umpires Glen Soles and JD Dillree along with Jim McDonald in the tower. Next up for the Regency Specialties team is the Liberty GMC team at 12:15 on Thursday. 
Canyon State stumbled today against Jeff’s Regency Specialist Team losing 19-15. The teams traded the lead several times and was tied 11-11 after four innings. In the fifth inning the AC guys did not score while Regency added five runs and coasted to the finish line. Canyon did knock out 25 hits with everyone in the lineup hitting at least two hits. Bob Winkler (3/5), Al Caillouette (3/5), Dale Halder (4/5) and Pete Houghton (3/4) added a few more hits. Thanks umps and folks up in the tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 7, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 7 1 2 0.80
Liberty GMC 5 3 2 0.60
Healther Van Peursem 4 4 2 0.50
Canyon State 3 5 2 0.40
One Stop Tile 3 5 2 0.40
Fast Signs 2 6 2 0.30
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Fast Signs - 24   Liberty GMC - 18   
Fast signs was victorious today in a hard-fought battle against Liberty GMC 24-18. Fastsigns started out strong on offense by scoring four in the first inning and holding Liberty GMC to zero. Fast Signs defense was unable to hold off liberty's bats in innings two, three and four when they scored five runs in inning. Fast Signs offense came alive in the last three innings outscoring Liberty GMC to take the win. Some key plays were made in this victory.  Eric Shouse had some great catches in left field. Left center fielder Pete Semenak had a great relay throw to second to second baseman Jim McDonald who then tagged out a sliding Troy MacQueen. Pete Semenak also had another throw into Jim McDonald at second who missed the throw and it was backed up by sub first baseman Dale halder.  Halder picked it up and was able to throw it home to get the runner out at home plate. Eric Shouse had a perfect day at the plate, sub chip Robertson and Ken Silva each had four hits. Sub-Dale holder had two over the fence home runs. Pete semenek Jim McDonald Gary Steuber and sub Rick Pearson each contributed three hits. Great pitching today by Tom Gibbons. Thank you to subs chip Robertson, Rick Pearson and Dale Halder. Thank you again to Christina Silva and Kat Melton for keeping score. 
Fast Sign pulled a fast one today with a late inning run surge to hand Liberty GMC a 24-18 loss. The first 6 innings of the game were close with Fast Signs briefly jumping out to an early lead. A lead that was quickly countered by Liberty GMC who led from the 2nd inning through the 5th. Fast Signs was able to eventually close the run gap and lead by a single run at the end of 6. It was the 7th inning when the wheels fell off for Liberty. Fast Signs came out swinging and posted 6 runs in their half while Liberty was only able to counter with one leaving the final score at 24-18 in favor of Fast Signs. Liberty GMC bats were certainly alive with 32 hits posted in 48 trips to the plate (0.667 Avg) with the entire team posting 0.600 or better days. Top batters for Liberty were line-up returnee Brad Brulotte who had a perfect 5-5 day and Joel Breiner with a 3 for 4 day. Thanks scoreboard operator Jay Schirpke and umpires Rob White and Dennis Scroggins.  
 Regency Specialties - 11   Heather Van Peursem - 10      
The Regency  Specialties team and Chuck’s Heather Van Peursem team did battle today in a softball game that resembled a heavyweight boxing match. Chuck’s team led 6-5 after two full innings as defensive double plays on both sides limited run production. The scoring became very anemic as each team put up goose eggs in the third and fifth innings while managing to squeeze in one run each in the fourth inning. The Realtors then put up a two spot thanks to a Craig Nelson home run which was last located rolling down N. Summer Dream Drive towards Grand Avenue! Regency’s pitcher wanted to walk Nelson however the coach overruled him. When questioned by reporters after the game, the coach’s only comment was “maybe next time I’ll walk him even if the bases are loaded!” The home team responded with what turned out to be the knockout punch as they pushed across 5 runs with two outs in the sixth. Highlight of the rally was Scott Kibby’s second home run of the game. Chuck’s team battled in the seventh but their rally fell short. Leading the hit parade today was Lloyd Newlands with a perfect 4/4 day followed by Kibby and Elkins with three hits each. Chip Robertson, Randy Cihlar, Greg Kastelic and the coach each had two hits.Thanks to Jerry Lubeck for subbing and thanks to Gord Jones and Brian Pin for handling the umpiring duties. Thanks also go out to Jim McDonald for  running the scoreboard. The Regency team will continue their home stand next Tuesday as they do battle with Canyon State at 11am.
Don’t forget the fund raiser Sunday as the Surprise Police and Fire departments battle for bragging rights in a doubleheader at the Field of Dreams. First game begins at 11.  Should be a fun and worthwhile event.
The Heather Van Peursem Team lost a 1 run close one to Regency Specialists this afternoon by the score of 10 to 11.  We led through the top of the 6th frame 9 to 6, but in their half of the frame, they plated 5 runs and we could only muster 1 run in top of the 7th earing them the win.  Once again, we played well and just didn’t get a victory!  Our 21 hit parade once again was led by Craig Nelson with his 4/4 outing including a home run and his 5 RBI’s.  Glen Soles and sub Rick Pearson contributed their 3 hit performances.  The  remainder of the House Sellers all chimed in with at least one hit.  Appreciate our forementioned sub along with Dale Halder and Bob Winkler who filled out the line up today.
 One Stop Tile - 22   Canyon State - 10
The One Stop Team came out with a bang today scoring 5 runs in each of the first 4 innings. Good defense held off Canyon State to 10 runs and One Stop finished the game in the 5th inning scoring 2 more. With a team total of 30 hits, and only 5 outs recorded for the game. Sub Troy MacQueen led all hitters 4/4, Jay Shirpke, Rick Pearson, Ralph Hollis, Tom Ranalls, Pete Semenek, Brian Pin, Rob White,and Dale McLaughlin all had 3 hits. Greg Kastelik had rounded out the total with 2. Thanks to the subs today Jay, Ralph, Pete, Troy, and Greg.     
Canyon State got walloped today by Tom’s One Stop Tile Team in a five inning game 22-10. The AC team had a front row seat in watching a very strong hitting team absolutely light up the scoreboard. The Tile gang scored five runs in the first four innings but were held to two runs in the fifth… as only two were needed to secure the early win. Greg Allseitz (4/4) and Dale Halder (3/3) were perfect at the plate. Helping out were Scott Kibby (2/3 with a HR), Ed Baumann (2/3), Dave Fleck (2/3) and Bob Kloehn (2/3). Thanks umps and Scoreboard operator for overseeing our game.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 5, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 6 1 2 0.78
Liberty GMC 5 2 2 0.67
Healther Van Peursem 4 3 2 0.56
Canyon State 3 4 2 0.44
One Stop Tile 2 5 2 0.33
Fast Signs 1 6 2 0.22
Sunday, November 5, 2023
Liberty GMC - 18   Healther Van Peursem - 6  
The Liberty GMC gang finally bounced back in a big way early this morning, defeating Chuck's Heather Van Peursem squad, 18-6. We took it on the chin in both our games last week, so it was nice to get back on the winning track again. Our bats were fired up from the start on a fairly cool morning, gathering 27 hits in 5 innings. Leading the way were Dave Fusaro (wakey, wakey), Joel Breiner and Jeff Watson, all 4-4. Troy MacQueen (5 RBI's) & Jamie White had 3 hits, and everyone else had 2. However, the highlight of the game definitely was sub Greg Kastelic's inside the park HR. It was a thing of beauty, he had to un-hook the plough in order to get that last 70 feet to home. Scorekeeper, Randy Biko, was ready on the bench with the oxygen tank after he chugged to the bench!! Great fun. Thanks to our super-subs today, Dennis Scoggins and the exhausted Greg. We also had a strong game defensively, with our middle infield of Jerry & Troy turning some impressive DP's. Thanks to Dave & Mac for calling the game. 
The Heather Van Peursem Team lost to Liberty GMC 18 to 6.  We were no match for Jamie White’s Car Guys today.  The House Sellers offensive effort trumped our defense this morning.  Jay Schirpke, Ron Coleman and Glen Soles all had 3/3 days.  John Boland and sub Scott Kibby chimed in with their 2 hit performances.    Thanks to the aforementioned last minute sub, the umpires and Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.
 Regency Specialties - 15   One Stop Tile - 9     
Fresh off a three game road trip, Regency Specialties opened up a six game home stand against the floor guys from One Stop Tile. Regency jumped out to a 12-1 lead after four innings and held on to win 15-9 against Tom and Paul’s team. Our team displayed a very balanced offense with everyone joining in the hit parade and all but two players scoring at least one run. Our defense played their usual solid game backing up Dave Elkins pitching. Leading hitters were Chip Robertson 4/4, while Scott Kibby, Ron Michalski and the coach were 3/4. One of Kibby’s hits cleared the fence for his second home run of the session. Contributing two hits each were Lloyd Newlands, assistant coach Eric Swobody and Greg Kastelic. Elkins, Randy Cihlar and Dennis Scoggins chipped in with one each. Elkins and Scoggins each had a sacrifice fly also. The Regency Specialties team returns to the Field of Dreams on Thursday (Pearl Harbor Day) against Chuck and Moondawgs team. Game time 1:30. Thanks to our scoreboard operator John Boland and the two umpires, Joel Breiner and Mike Anderson
One Stop Tile started off a little slow today only scoring 1 run in the first 4 innings. Things picked up after that scoring 8 after 4 but still came up short in a tough loss to Regency Specialties. A team total of 19 hits for the game.  Tom Ranalls, Mike Hirsch, and Paul Becker each 3.  Dave Zuker had 2 hits that resulted in 4 RBI's. Thanks to subs Pete Semenek and Ron Coleman for helping out today.
  Canyon State - 17   Fast Signs - 11
Welcome back Greg… Greg Allseitz (5/5 and 5 runs scored) returned from an injured calf muscle to lead the Canyon State Squad past Lisa’s and Jeff’s Fast Signs team 17-11 that included 30 hits. In the first inning Fast Signs  jumped out to a 5-0 lead. It then took the AC guys four innings before they could take the lead at 7-6 which they quickly gave up as the Signs team notched five runs in the top of the fifth for a 11-7 lead. Then with Pete Houghton (2/4) making one sensational catch after another in left (Sun field) - three in all, the team proceeded to score 10 unanswered runs to sew up the game. In an odd occurrence, the fifth and sixth inning stats were exactly the same… Pete led off each time with an lead-off single and the same players in each inning had a total of eight hits each time. Besides Greg’s solid hitting, Al Caillouette (5/5) and Dave Fleck (4/4) were perfect at the plate. Bob Winkler (4/5), Dan Newman (3/4) and Andy Campbell (2/4) added timely hits. Thanks to Terry and Dave Elkins for umpiring and Scott Kibby up in the tower.
Fast Signs came up short today in their game against Canyon State. Fast Signs took the lead by scoring five in the first inning and held on to it until the 5th inning when canyon State took the lead by one. Fast Signs was unable to score in the last two innings and lost the game 17 to 11.  Eric Shouse, Pete Semanek and Gary Ambruz each had three hits.  Defense was hot in a couple of innings but was unable to hold off Canyon State.  Great effort by all and a perfect day to play softball.  Thank you the sub Dave Fusaro and to Kat Melton and Christina Silva for keeping score!

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 30, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 5 1 2 0.75
Liberty GMC 4 2 2 0.63
Healther Van Peursem 4 2 2 0.63
Canyon State 2 4 2 0.38
One Stop Tile 2 4 2 0.38
Fast Signs 1 5 2 0.25
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Healther Van Peursem - 17   One Stop Tile - 11
The Heather Van Peursem Team got back on the winning track today with a win over One Stop Tile by a 17 to 11 score.    The House Sellers began the game with a 2 run lead by the end of the  1st inning and never relinquished it.  We plated runs in all but one frame while holding Tom and Paul’s  solid Tile Selling Group to runs in just 3 inning.  They made the final result questionable with the hammer in the final frame by launching a 5 run rally but it fell short earning us the win.  Once again Craig Nelson led our 25 hit parade with his 4/4 effort including 2 home runs resulting in 5 RBIs.  Not to be outdone, Jay Schirpke also had a 4/4 outing.  Mike Anderson (lost my cell phone!) and John Hammel contributed their 3/4 days.  Special thanks to sub Bob Winkler for handling the 2nd base duties and, of course, my scorebook assistant Kathy Boland for tracking our game.
The One Stop team started a little slow today and couldn't quite get it going fast enough to catch a hard hitting Heather VanPeursen team. With a team total of 24 hits, perfect at the plate was Paul Becker going 4/4.  Thanks to sub Pete Semenek and base coaches Ski and Jim Rumsey.
Canyon State - 16   Liberty GMC - 11      
It happened again… Canyon State registered its second solid win in a week overcoming Jamie’s Liberty GMC team by a score of 16-11. In the opening innings, the car dealers had a nice 8-2 lead. Then the AC guys came alive scoring 14 runs over the next five innings while GMC could only muster 3 runs. Canyon knocked out 25 hits lead by six players with three hits or more (Al Caillouette 4/4, Dale Halder 4/4, Dave Lawerence 3/4, Pete Houghton 3/4, Bob Winkler 3/4 and Ed Baumann 3/4).  Thanks to Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker for umpiring and Bob Kloehn up in the tower.
A tough week for the Liberty GMC squad, losing both of our games. Canyon State took us to the woodshed today, beating us 16-11. Liberty came out swinging  the first 2 innings and led 8-2. We then seized up and managed to go 4 scoreless innings, which usually doesn't end well. Top"s squad chipped away, were leading 16-8 into the bottom of the 7th. We finally scored 3, but it was too little, too late. We only had 19 hits, a highlight was our super-sub, Scott Kibby hitting a 2 RBI dinger in the 2nd. Troy MacQueen, Joel Breiner, Jerry Lubeck and Scott all went 3-4. Troy almost hit for the cycle, got a single, double and triple, missed the HR. Hopefully we can rebound and get back into the win column next week. Thanks to Tom & Beck for umpiring..
Regency Specialalties - 18   Fast Signs - 4
It was a chilly afternoon at the Field of Dreams for the final game of the day. However the Regency Specialties’ bats were anything but cold. Hitting a robust 705 as a team, the Specialties Ten made quick work of Lisa and Jeff’s Fast Signs team, 18-4. Up 8-3 after 4, including 2 goose eggs by each team, the winners outscored their opponents 10-1 to secure a run rule victory. Leading the way with 4 hits today were Chip Robertson, Dave Elkins, Randy Cihlar and Dennis Scoggins. Contributing three hits were Lloyd Newlands, Greg Kastelic and sub Ed Baumann. Collecting two hits were Scott Kibby , Eric Swobody and Jeff Silversteen. It’s also well worth mentioning that the team has consistently played excellent defense, minimizing mistakes and getting excellent pitching. After playing 4 of the first 6 league games on the road, the Regency team begins a six game homestand next Tuesday against Tom and Paul’s One Stop Tile team. Thanks to our umpiring crew of Dale Halder and Greg Allseitz. And thanks to Pete Houghton pushing all the right buttons in the tower.
Fast Signs is changing their name to Slow Signs after their 18-4 loss to Regency Specialists.  Fast Signs were slow from the get go even the manager got thrown out at first base after a hit to right field and sub Dave Fusaro (30 pack) was tagged out trying to steal second. I think Fast Signs is still on Thanksgiving holiday! The stars of offense were Pitcher Tom Gibbons, Ken Silva and Eric Shouse who each has two hits!  Thank you to our scorekeepers Christina Silva and Kat Melton our biggest cheerleaders!

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 28, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Liberty GMC 4 1 2 0.71
Regency Specialties 4 1 2 0.71
Healther Van Peursem 3 2 2 0.57
One Stop Tile 2 3 2 0.43
Fast Signs 1 4 2 0.29
Canyon State 1 4 2 0.29
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Canyon State - 19   Healther Van Peursem - 17
Ring the Bells… Canyon State grabbed the Golden Ring today in registering their first win of the season 19-15 over Chuck’s Heather team today. A slugfest to the end with the Heating and Cooling guys scoring five runs in the top of the seventh to widen the winning margin. The Canyon team knocked out 26 hits with Dale Halder (5/5) having a perfect day at the plate. Dave Lawerence (4/5), Al Caillouette (3/5 with 2 doubles), Ed Bauman (3/4 with 3 doubles), Dave Fleck (3/4 2 doubles) and Pete Houghton (3/5) provided additional fire power. Thanks Jamie and Troy for umpiring and Mark up in the tower.
The Heather Van Peursem Team lost to Canyon State today 19 to 15.  The House Sellers lost an early one run lead by the end of the 2nd inning and never regained it.  We made the game interesting trailing 14 to 13 by the end of the 6th frame, but in the open frame, Top and Gord’s group plated another 5 runs to our 2 earning them the win.  Our accumulation of 25 hits was led by Craig Nelson and Chuck Cruz with 4/4 days followed by Glen Soles, Mike Anderson, John Hammel and JD Dillree with their 3/4 outings.  Thanks to the two umpires and Mark Jessen in the scoring tower and of course those who helped me open up the field today.
Regency Specialties - 17   Liberty GMC - 16      
Hi Guys. Great to be back. The middle game today was a barn-burner, with Regency Specialties topping Liberty GMC, 17-16. Liberty suffered their first official loss of the season, with Regency coming through with a well-deserved victory, scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the 7th when trailing 16-10. Great game, lots of fun. A very low scoring affair for the first 4 innings, then both teams had a big turkey burp and finally started to hit. Ralph Hollis led the charge with 3 hits, which included a 3 run HR in the 7th. Other notables were Dale Halder, 4 hits, Troy MacQueen, Jamie White, and David Fleck with 3 hits. Every team needed subs again today, we were missing a couple key guys, Joel Breiner and Brad Brulotte, but had super-subs David Fleck and Dale Halder help us out. Thanks guys. Thanks to the umps and press box operators. 
The Regency Specialties team returned after the Thanksgiving recess to The Field of Dreams to battle Jamie’s undefeated Liberty GMC team. No one was sure what happened but through the first 4 innings Regency was only able to amass a poultry, I mean paltry three runs. Was it too much turkey 🦃 or was it Jamie’s pitching? Trailing by three entering the bottom of the fifth, the bats were resuscitated as we scored 5 and took an 8-6 lead. Then with two outs in the top of the sixth, the GMC boys flexed their muscle, revved their collective engines and plated 5 in the sixth and 5 more in the seventh to take a comfortable 16-10 lead. But wait, this is senior softball and anything can, and did, happen. Single, single, pop out, double, walk, single, single, pop out, double and game winning single. We batted around with Dave Elkins delivering the game winning, two  out, two rbi line drive single to center. Every team member plus sub Billy Parker had at least one hit with Scott Kibby contributing a perfect 5/5 day at the plate.
Thanks to Andy Campbell in the tower and Al Caillouette  and Ed Baumann for umpiring. We will put Liberty GMC in our rear view mirrors and take on Lisa and Jeff’s Fast Signs team on Thursday.
One Stop Tile - 19   Fast Signs - 12      
One Stop Tile picked right up after the break belting out a team total of 31 hits. Tom
Ranalls (4/6) HR and Rick Pearson (3/5) each had 5 RBIs. Other hitting stars included Dave Zucker, Sub Eric Swobody, and Brian Pin each going 4/5. Sub Jay Shirpke and Terry Graves each contributed 3 hits Mike Hirsch, Paul Becker and Dale McLaughlin had 2 hits each. Lots of fun, good hitting, and good defense made for a great game! Thanks to Subs Jay Shirpke, Eric Swobody, and base coaches Ski and Mark Spangler.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 16, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Liberty GMC 4 0 2 0.83
Healther Van Peursem 3 1 2 0.67
Regency Specialties 3 1 2 0.67
One Stop Tile 1 3 2 0.33
Fast Signs 1 3 2 0.33
Canyon State 0 4 2 0.17
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Fast Signs - 1   Healther Van Peursem - 1
It was a back and forth battle between Team Heather Van Peurism and Team Fast Signs with Fast Signs getting their second win this week.   Everyone contributed at least two hits for offense with Ji McDonald  and sub Dale Halder each hitting a long ball over the fence.  Don Ranieri had a perfect day at the plate, Semenak had three hits as did last minute player Gary Ambruz! Thanks Gary for always being ready to play!  Gary we definitely needed you!! Great defense by the outfield and winning picture was Tom Gibons.  Thank you to subs Dale Halder and Dan Newman also to Kim MacQueen for keeping score. 
The Heather Van Peursem Squad lost to Fast Signs 18 to 13.  Both teams scored early in the game and by the end of the 4th frame the House Sellers enjoyed a 12 to 10 lead.   That’s when our bats went cold.  Lisa’s team tallied another 8 runs and held us scoreless the remaining innings earning them the win.  Jay Schirpke and Craig Nelson had 4/4 days at the plate -Jay with an in the park home run.  Ron Coleman and sub Bob Winkler contributed their 3/4 efforts and Bob Kloehn, Chuck Cruz and sub Joel Breiner chimed in with 2 hits each -Joel with a HR over the left field wall.  Thanks to aforementioned subs along with Bill Parker and Ed Baumann for helping us out!  Good job umpires and scoreboard keeper!
Regency Specialties - 1   Canyon State - 1      
The Regency Specialties team finished the mid season exhibition season with a 2-0 record as they defeated the HVAC team from Canyon State 15-8. Each team scored three in the first then Regency’s offense and defense took over, outscoring Top and Gords team 12-5. Regency was once again led by their top two hitters today as Dennis Scoggins and Chip Robertson  were a combined 8 for 10 with 5 runs scored between them. Also impressive we’re  the 4 sacrifice flys hit by four different teammates. Finally, everyone on the team had at least one base hit. Thanks to the umpiring crew and scoreboard operator. The team will now take the week and a half off to rest their aches and pains. We return to action Tuesday, November 28 at 9:45 as we do battle with Jamie’s undefeated team. The entire Regency team wishes all of the red league members and their families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
A friendly game today. After one inning Canyon State and Jeff’s Regency team were tied 3-3 and then the Regency team pulled away to score a 15-8 win. Bob Winkler (4/4) and Dave Fleck (3/4) were the big hitters today. Thanks umps and Score Keeper. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Liberty GMC - 1   One Stop Tile - 1      
Fun times at the Field of Dreams today, a mixed bag of teams, with lots of subs and guys helping out other teams that needed players. We needed 2 subs, and had Jamie Sullivan and John Shuba step up for us. Thanks guys. The games didn't count in the standings, but it's still nice to get some swings in and hang out with everyone. For what it's worth, Liberty GMC won the game, 10-9 over One Stop Tile. Not much hitting, Joel was the leader on our team, 4-4. John Guzik and Troy MacQueen were 3-4. Some nice defensive plays on both sides (no sun). Thanks to Jeff and Randy for umpiring. Happy Thanksgiving to all..
With another Exabition game today having 5 Subs One Stop Tile had the lead going into the 7th inning scoring 3 however Liberty was able to score 4 winning the game by 1 run. One Stop had 15 hits total with a few base on balls.  Lead hitters today were Rob White 3/3 a SAC and 3 RBI's, Brian Pin 3/4, Dave Dorn and Pete Semenek had 2 hits each. All others contributed at least 1 hit.  Thanks to the subs Dennis Estes, Jay Shirpke, Pete Semenek, Tom Gibans and Greg Kastelic. Hope all have a safe and great Thanksgiving.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 14, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Liberty GMC 4 0 1 0.90
Healther Van Peursem 3 1 1 0.70
Regency Specialties 3 1 1 0.70
One Stop Tile 1 3 1 0.30
Fast Signs 1 3 1 0.30
Canyon State 0 4 1 0.10
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
One Stop Tile - 1   Canyon State - !
This week deemed an exhibition week due to Tournament play. The One Stop Tile team pounded out 22 hits defeating Canyon State. Great pitching and stellar defense held Canyon State scoreless from inning 3 to inning 7. Perfect at the plate today was Dale McLauhglin 3/3 and a walk. Brian Pin and subs Pete Semenek, Brad Brulotte, and Dennis Estes each had 3 hits. Sub Ken Silva had 2 Sac flys and a hit. Everyone contributed at least one hit.Thanks to Pete, Brad, Dennis, and Ken for stepping in to help secure the win.
A friendly game today. Canyon State took it on the chin as Tom and Paul’s One Stop team did stop the Canyon team 13-7. The Heating and Cooling gang led 7-3 after two innings and then it started to slip away. Canyon never scored again (5 shut out innings) while One Stop scored in every inning to complete the convincing 13-7 win. Sub Chip Robertson (4/4) had a perfect day at the plate. Thanks Don and Ralph for umpiring with Mark up in the tower.

Liberty GMC - 1   Fast Signs - 1   
Regency Specialties - 1   Heather Van Peursem - 1
The Regency Specialties team returned from their three game road trip refreshed and eager to play on their home field. Playing in a two game exhibition series, Regency secured a two run, two out, seventh inning come from behind victory. Final score, Regency 18, Heather Van Peursem 17.  Every  player on the team had at least two hits as we accumulated 28 hits in 44 official at bats. Thanks to our subs Ed Baumann and Jerry Lubeck for helping out. Jerry had an interesting day at the plate as he had two hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly plus he scored the winning run in the seventh. Umpiring duties were handled by Jeff Watson and Joe Guzik with Eric Shouse in the tower. The brief exhibition series will conclude Thursday as Regency battles with Canyon State.
The Heather Van Peursem Team lost a close 1 run game to Regencies Specialties by a 17 to 18 score.  The lead changed hands several times, and by the end of the 6th frame we held a 17 to 16 lead.  However, in the open inning, we failed to score and Jeff Silversteen’s squad managed to plate the 2 necessary runs to earn them the win.  Our offense was respectable, accumulating 31 hits - just didn’t win!  Sub pitcher Joel Breiner had a 5/5 outing and Craig Nelson went 4/5 – including 2 grand slam dingers. Jay Schirpke and Ron Coleman contributed their 4/5 days and subs Bob Winkler and Ken Silva along with Chuck Cruz chimed in with their 3 hits each.  Again, special thanks to the 3 aforementioned subs along with Bill Parker for helping us out.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 9, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Liberty Buick 4 0 0 1.00
Healther Van Peursem 3 1 0 0.75
Regency Specialties 3 1 0 0.75
One Stop Tile 1 3 0 0.25
Fast Signs 1 3 0 0.25
Canyon State 0 4 0 0.00
Thursday, November 9, 2023
Liberty GMC - 18   Heather Van Peursem - 10    
Liberty GMC and Heather Van Peursem squared off in a first place battle this afternoon, both teams being 3-0 in this early season. The GMC boys outlasted HVP by a score of 18-10, no one more surprised than us. It was again a close game through 5 innings, and then we stepped on the gas a bit and outscored HVP 7-2 in the last 2 innings, which sealed the deal. We had some very timely DP's when they had lots of RISP, otherwise it could have been a much different outcome. We were solid up the middle, with Joel, Troy and Jerry really making some great plays. Joel also led us offensively, with 2 dingers, his 1st 2 of the year, probably not his last. Also, an outstanding performance today from our super-sub, John Shuba, who stepped in for Ralph Hollis and had a perfect day at the plate, 5-5 and 3 RBI's. Great game John. Dave Fusaro, Brad Brulotte, Jerry Lubeck, John Guzik and Troy MacQueen also had 3 & 4 hit days. We are using smoke & mirrors, and it appears to be working. A little bit of a nasty day for the outfielders today in all the games, the fly-ball sun made it very challenging. Hopefully, no one got hurt. Take care everyone and have a good weekend.
The Heather Van Peursem Team came out on the losing end of a game against Liberty GMC 18 to 10.  Jamie White’s car sellers enjoyed a 3 run 11 to 8 lead by the end of the 5th frame .  However, in the remaining two innings they plated another 7 to our 2 earning them the win.  We accumulated a respectable 25 hits but couldn’t sustain enough crooked number rallies to forge ahead.  Once again, Craig Nelson led our hit parade with his 4/4 outing – one of which was a 3 run blast over the left field wall.  Jay Schirpke, Ron Coleman, John Boland, JD Dillree and John Hammel all contributed 3 hits each.  Special shout out to Kathy Boland for handling our score book which makes it easier for these game write ups!

Regency Specialties - 18   One Stop Tile - 17   
It was a sun splashed, cloudless day at the Field of Dreams and boy did the sun play a role in this game. Regency Specialties and One Stop Tile went toe to toe like two heavyweight fighters. Through six ninnings, Regency lead by the slightest of margins 18-17. Yet ironically after all that scoring, neither team scored in the open inning. Tom and Paul’s team had the tying and winning runs on however the “one stop” of the game was a line drive caught by pitcher Dave Elkins that secured the win. It wasn’t pretty however the line drive caught by Elkins and a great running catch by Lloyd Newlands deserve to be recognized. The hitting leaders were Lloyd, Eric Swobody, and Greg Kastelic with four hits each. Scott Kibby, Ron Michalski, and Jeff Silversteen had three hits each. (One of Scott’s was a line drive home run in the first). Elkins, Randy Cihlar and Dennis Scoggins had two hits  apiece while Robertson chipped in with one hit and a walk. Regency Specialties closed out their longest road trip of the season with two wins and won loss. They return home on Tuesday to battle Chuck and Moondawgs team at 11 The entire Regency teams wishes to salute all our veterans, both past and presentfor their service. Take a moment to thank a vet and remember “Freedom is not free” 🇺🇸🥎🇺🇸
Wow, another close one today- One Stop Tile ended up one run short to a good Regency Specialties team. Rob White did a great job taking over the pitching duty today. One Stop pounded out a team total of 33 hits. Perfect at the plate were Dave Zuker 5/5, and Paul Becker 5/5. Players with 4 hits included (sub) Troy McQueen, Rick Pearson, Dale McLaughlin and Brian Pin. All other players had a least 1 hit.
Thanks to Troy McQueen for subbing today!
 Fast Signs - 17   Canyon State - 16
An exciting day at the park for sure. It was a back and forth battle between these two teams.  Canyon State jumped out to a quick 5 run lead after the first inning. Top of the second Canyon State scored 3, Fast Signs cut the lead in half by scoring 4 in the bottom of the second.to make it 4-8. The next two innings Fast Signs shut down the Canyon State offense allowing 0 runs in the third and fourth innings, while scoring 2 in the third and 4 in the fourth to take the lead 10-8. Both teams scored 5 in the fifth to make the score 15-13 after 5. Canyon State scored 3 in the top of the sixth taking the lead 15-16. Fast Signs came to bat and was quickly shut down by the Canyon State defense. In the seventh Canyon State was not able to score. Fast Signs came in to bat in the bottom of the seventh Don Ranieri hit a double,  Jeff Nickerson hit a double up the middle to score Ranieri making it a tie game. Pete Semenak came in to run for Nickerson. Scott Kibbee walked to put the force on. Gary Ambruz hit a shallow fly ball with Pete Haughton making a shoestring catch in left field holding the runners at first and second. Next batter hit a fly ball deep to right center giving Pete enough time to slide into third on a close play. Runners on first and third with two outs Ken Silva hit a ball up the middle allowing all runners to advance with a game winning single. Leading hitters today Don Ranieri 4/4 3 RBIs, Pete Semenak 4/5 1 RBI, Gary Stueber 3/4 1 RBI, Scott Kibby 2/4, 2 run homer, 4 RBIs, Ken Silva 3/4, 2 RBIs. All other players had at least 2 hits. Great game Fast Signs way to get tough and battle back when the going got rough. Thanks Scott for subbing.
The Canyon State squad played their best game of the young season as did Lisa and Jeff’s Fast Sign team in squeezing by the AC guys 17-16. The Heating and Cooling guys jumped out to an 8-0 lead only to see the Sign team chip away and take a 10-8 lead after four innings. In the fifth both teams knocked in five runs and then the Canyon team plated three runs in the sixth to take a one run lead going into the seventh. In the last inning (seventh) the Canyon team stumbled and did not score opening the door for the Sign team to push across the tying then the winning run. The Canyon team had their best hit production with 28 hits. Everyone had at least two hits with super Sub Dennis Estes (4/5) and Dave Fleck (4/4) having a great game. Contributing three hits were Bob Winkler (3/5), Dale Halder (3/5), Pete Houghton (3/4) and Ed Baumann (3/4). Thanks to the umps for calling a good game and the work of the Scoreboard operator.

 

                  Sun City GrandA2:H57 Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 7, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Liberty Buick 3 0 0 1.00
Healther Van Peursem 3 0 0 1.00
Regency Specialties 2 1 0 0.68
One Stop Tile 1 2 0 0.33
Fast Signs 0 3 0 0.50
Canyon State 0 3 0 0.50
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Regency Specialties - 18   Canyon State - 6     
Regency Specialties started off this mornings first game by scoring only one run and found themselves trailing Fast Signs 4-1 after two full innings. But as Fast as the Cubs fired and hired a new manager and Harbaugh denied Sign stealing, Regency outscored Lisa’s team 18-2 in a run rule shortened game 19-6. Outstanding offensive production started with Chip Robertson and Scott Kibby both going 5 for 5 . Following close behind were Dave Elkins 4/4, Lloyd Newlands 3/5, Ron Michalski  and Jeff Silversteen 3/4 and Randy Cihlar 2/3. Greg Kastelic and Dennis Scoggins chipped in with 2 hits each. One of Greg’s hits was a bases loaded clearing triple. Not to be overlooked was the steady defensive play of the entire team and Elkins pitching. We continue our three game road trip on Thursday as we visit Tom and Paul’s One Stop Tile team. Game time 1:30
Winter must be approaching because the bats were sure cold for Fast Signs today. We started out with what I thought might be our first win of the season. Through 2 complete innings we were up 4 to 1,  that’s when our bats went cold and Regency started hitting the ball well. We managed to score 1 more run in the 3rd but that was it for the rest of the game. Regency managed to score 18 runs over innings 3 through 6. Game ended after 6 due to the run rule. Leading hitter for Fast Signs was sub Brad Brulotte going 3 for 3 at the plate and scoring twice. Don Ranieri and Gary Ambruz both were 2 for 3 with Don scoring twice and Gary scored once. Jeff Nickerson 1 for 3 with a 2 run homer in the first. 13 for 29 will not win many games in this league. We will get it turned around next game. Thanks to Brad Brulotte for subbing.
Liberty GMC - 15   Canyon State - 10  
Liberty GMC squeaked out a win this morning against Top and Gord's Canyon State squad, 15-10. It was a low scoring affair, with CS leading 10-7 after 5 innings. Liberty then got the bats going in the 6th and 7th, scoring 8 runs and holding Top's squad to zero in the last 2 innings. Ralph Hollis led the hit parade with a solo HR (doesn't have to run the bases that way), Joel Breiner, Jamie White, Brad Brulotte all had 4 hits. Jeff Watson had 3 hits and added 4 RBI's, Jim Opyd went 3-4 in the 10 spot, which really helps the cause. Joel was our winning pitcher again, with Dale Halder taking the loss.  Thanks to Dave E, Randy C on the diamond and Scott K up in the press box. 
A tough 15-10 loss today for Canyon State at the hands of Jamie’s red-hot Liberty GMC. Going into the sixth inning the Canyon team had a 10-7 lead only to be stymied over the last two innings while the GMC folks piled on 8 more runs to clinch the win. The AC guys knocked out 20 hits to stay with GMC. Greg Allseitz (3/4), Dale Halder (3/4) and Dave Lawerence (3/4) all had a three hit day. Thanks Dave Elkins and Randy Cihlar for umpiring and Scott Kibby up in the tower.
Healther Van Peursem - 13   One Stop Tile - 12
The Heather Van Peursem Team won a close one against One Stop Tile this morning by a 12 to 13 score. Both hard hitting squads battled it out to the end!   Tom and Paul’s strong Tile Sellers started the first 2 frames with nickels as we plated just 4.  The House Sellers in the next 4 innings managed another 8 tallies while holding our opponent scoreless – now enjoying a 12 to 10 lead at the end of the 6th.  In the top of the open inning, the Tile Guys knotted the game at 12 with their 2 runs.  The Peursem Group, with the hammer, managed to score the winning run as Glen Soles led off with a triple to right field that ultimately resulted in the winning run.  Defense was good (with a few defensive highlights worth mentioning) John Boland’s efforts at 2nd base along with John Hammel running down fly balls in right field.  I guess mentioning pitcher Mike Anderson holding a hard hitting team scoreless for 4 straight innings might soften the blow of his K - which seemed to be quite a crowd pleaser!  On the offensive side of the equation Craig Nelson’s at bats earned him honors going for the cycle – (his yard shot was a grand slam)!  Not to be upstaged was Jay Schirpke and Ron Coleman with their 3 knocks each.  Mike Anderson, JD Dillree, Bob Kloehn, and of course, Glen Soles all chimed in with their 2 hits each.  Thanks umps and scorekeeper – Great Job!
One Stop Tile started the game with hot bats scoring 10 runs in the first two innings. Unfortunately the bats went cold for the next few innings only scoring 2 more in the final at bat. The score was tied going into the bottom of the 7th and good Heather Van Peursem team prevailed scoring 1 run for the win.
Top hitters for One Stop today included Rick Pearson 4/4, Dave Zuker 3/4, Tom Ranalls, Dave Dorn, Paul Becker, Rob White, Terry Graves, and Brian Pin all contributed 2 hits each. Mike Hirsch and Dale Mclaughlin each pounded out a hit.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 2, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Liberty GMC 2.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
Heather Van Peursem 2.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
Regency Specialties 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.50
One Stop Tile 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.50
Fast Signs 0.00 2.00 0.00 0.00
Canyon State 0.00 2.00 0.00 0.00
         
Thursday, November 2, 2023
Liberty GMC - 17   Regency Specialties - 9
Liberty GMC came out firing on all cylinders early in this one, leading 13-1 after 4 innings, and ended up winning the game against Jeff & Eric's Regency Specialties, 17-9. Things cooled down a bit at the end for us after a pitching change for Regency, but the damage was done and we hung on. A good 28 hit performance, led by Jeff Watson, 4-4, Dave Fusaro, 4-5, Ralph Hollis, Joel Breiner, Jamie White, and Jerry Lubreck all had 3 hits. Also, a strong defensive outing again for us, basically playing errorless softball, except for a couple sun issues. Jerry & Troy were superb in the middle of the infield, executing a couple key DP's that were very important in our win. Forgot to mention this in our first game write-up, but a big Grand welcome to a newcomer on our team, John Guzik (MN), who patrols LF for us and does a great job. Thanks to Dave L. & Bob W. for umpiring and Bob K in the press box.
Regency Specialties saw their hopes of an undefeated season  come crashing down at the hands of Jamie’s Liberty GMC team. ( just a little humor). After four innings Regency found themselves trailing 13-1 and trying to figure out what just happened! They righted the ship a little and managed a small comeback outscoring the now tired, from running the bases, Liberty boys 8-4. Unfortunately any attempt at an open inning rally was cut short by a double play. The team will return to action on Tuesday as we take on Fast Signs at the Field of Dreams. Thanks to todays umpiring crew of Bob Winkler and Dave Lawrence.
Heather Van Peursem - 14   Canyon State - 4
The Heather Van Peursem Team managed to out score the Canyon State Squad this afternoon 14 to 8.  The visiting Realtors managed a nickel in the top of the first frame and never relinquished the lead.  By the end of the 3rd frame, the Top and Gord group kept the game close at 6 to 4.  However, we plated another 8 tallies in the remaining innings while limiting our opponent’s run total to 4 earning us the victory.  Moon doggie Anderson’s pitching effort, along with the defensive support of his fielders - highlighted by Ron Coleman’s numerous outfield acrobatic catches in the bright afternoon sunlight - managed to hold the hard hitting Canyon State to a single digit game score.  Jay Schirpke’s 4/4 day and Craig Nelson’s 4/4 effort (one of which was a 3 run blast over the left field wall) led our offensive attack.  John Hammel joined in with his 3/4 outing and Glen Soles, Moon doggie Anderson, John Boland and Chuck Cruz all chimed in with their 2 hit performances.  As always, thanks to the 2 umpires and scoreboard operator!  
The Canyon State lost to Chuck’s Heather Van Peursem team 14-8. The Canyon team gave it a good effort to stay with the Heather gang but was constantly trying to play catch up ball. Bob Winkler (3/4), Al Caillouette (3/4), Dale Halder (3/4 with a HR) and Dan Newman all had three hits. Thanks to the umpires for call a good game and the excellent Scoreboard operator.
One Stop Tile - 23   Fast Signs - 11
One Stop Tile came out swinging today with a team total of 37 hits in a 5 inning mercy rule game. Sub Jay Shirpke, Dave Zuker 5/5 and Rob White 4/4 were perfect at the plate. Tom Ranalls , Mike Hirsch, and Paul Becker also contributed 4 hits each. Terry Graves and Rick Pearson each had 3 hits, and rounding out the hitting parade were Brian Pin, Dale Mclaughlin, and last minute sub John Hammel. Thanks to Jay and John for stepping up and helping the team out!
*Due to a scoring error, on 10/31- Rob White actually went 4/5.
Today at the park Fast Signs was no match for the hit parade put on by One Stop Tile. Fast Signs took the lead in the top of the first scoring 2 runs. One Stop came in to bat and took the lead scoring 4 runs. Top of the second Fast Signs scored 3 runs to take the lead back. Bottom of the second One Stop plated 5 runs and never looked back after that. Leading Fast Signs was Tom Gibans 3/3 with 4 RBIs, Jim Mcdonald 2/3 with 2 RBIs, Pete Semenak 3/4 with 1 RBI, Don Ranieri 2/3 with 1 RBI, Subs Ed Baumann and Eric Swobody both were 2/3. Thanks goes out to Ed and Eric for subbing, The duo of Greg Allseitz and DaleHalder umpiring, and John Boland a.k.a. Jack Sparrow in the tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, October 31, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Regency Specialties 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
Liberty GMC 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
Heather Van Peursem 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
Fast Signs 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00
One Stop Tile 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00
Canyon State 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00
         
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Regency Specialties - 16   Canyon State - 4
Recency Specialties opened the Fall Red League session on Halloween 🎃 by outscoring Canyon State 16-4. The tricks were played on Tops team as they scored 3 in the first and 1 in the second and were shut out the rest of the run ruled shortened contest. Timely hitting and excellent defense fueled the victory as everyone in the lineup had at least one hit. We also welcomed two newcomers to the Red league - Scott Kibby and Dennis Scoggins. Scott anchored down shortstop while Dennis provided the game ending hit. Thanks to Jeff Nickerson and Don Ranieri for umpiring and to Mark Jensen up in the tower. Well done
Welcome back everyone. A great feeling to dust off the shoes, put on a slightly larger size jersey than in the spring and then run (I mean walk) onto the field as the ump yells “play ball”. Canyon State got walloped today by Jeff’s solid Regency team 16-4 in a six inning Mercy shortened game. The Heating Guys never turned on the after burners as they banged out only 12 singles over six innings. Dave Lawerence (3/3) had a good day at the plate. Thanks Jeff and Don for umpiring and Mark up in the tower.
Heather Van Peursem - 10   Fast Signs - 8
The Heather Van Peursem team started the season out with a win over Fast Signs by a close 8 to 10 score. By the end of the fourth frame, the two teams were knotted at 5.  We plated another nickel while holding Lisa’s squad to 3 tallies in the remaining innings earning us the victory.   Our defense was respectable while we accumulated 22 hits on the offensive side.  Leading our hit parade with perfect days at the plate were John Boland 4/4 and Ron Coleman 3/3.  Not to be outdone, Moon doggie Anderson, Jd Dillree and “birthday boy” Jay Schirpke all chimed in with their 3 knock performances.  The remainder of the realtor players' timely hits played a big part in our run total accumulation.   Was good to see all the new young players showing off their talents! Thanks to the umpires, scoreboard keeper and sub Bill Parker for handling the right field duties for us today.
Fast signs defense held Heather Van Peursem to 5 runs through the 3d inning and then the offense came roaring back to score 5 runs in the top of the 4th to tie the game. The defense held, allowing no runs in the bottom of the 4th inning making this a tie game after 4 innings thanks to Pete Semenak with a fantastic over the shoulder running catch for the 3rd out. Fast Signs came in for the top of the 5th and was promptly shut down by HVP's defense. HVP came in to bat and scored 1 giving them the lead. Fast signs did not score in the 6th and gave up 4 runs in the bottom of the inning making the score 10-5. In the 7th inning Fast Signs managed to get 3 runs across before Mike Anderson made a super play at the mound doubling up the Fast Sign's runner for a game-ending double play. Fast Signs batters were 22/37 at the plate today.  Thanks goes out to John Guzik for subbing, Dan Newman and Ed Baumann for their outstanding umpiring, and Andy Campbell in the score tower.
Liberty GMC - 21   One Stop Tile - 20
Hi Guys, Great to be back for the fall session of the Red League. Last game of the game today was a close one with Liberty GMC hanging on for a 21-20 victory over Tom & Pauls's One Stop Tile. It was 21-12 going into the 7th, we got zero,then finally got out of it after they got hot and scored 8 in the open 7th. Great game between 2 very evenly matched teams. For the Liberty Bows, both Ralph Hollis and Troy Macqueen were 5-5, Dave Fusaro, Joel Breiner, and Jeff Watson were 4-5. Everyone else chipped in with 2 and 3 hits, for a total of 34 hits in 48 AB, a .708 BA. Very good start for us. Our defense was superb, the outfielders made some great catches to stymie some possible hits. Thanks to Moon Doggie and Glen Soles for making all the right calls. See you Thursday. 
One stop Tile started of the season strong losing by just one run against a competitive Liberty GMC.
One stop had a total of 35 hits, 10 of them coming in the 7th inning comeback that fell a bit short.
Leading the team in hitting were, Mike Hirsch 6/6, Tom Ranalls 5/6, Terry Graves-Dave Zucker-and sub Pete Semenak were all had 4 hits. Everyone on the team contributed with at least 2 hits.
Thanks Pete for subbing!

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2023 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, April 13, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 12 7 1 0.63
WyYerd Fiber 11 6 3 0.63
The Colonnade 11 7 2 0.60
Treedah Magee Realtor 8 10 2 0.45
Property Sisters 8 11 1 0.43
Liberty Buick 5 14 1 0.28
Thursday, April 13, 2023
WyYred Fiber - 18   Liberty Buick - 8    
A fantastic effort on both offense and defense clinched at least a tie for the Red League winter session championship.  Hats tipped to Jamie White's Liberty Buick team for great sportsmanship and a solid fun year.  In the final game of the day Bob Topham's Thunderbird Auto squad claimed their half of the title with a win over Treedah Magee.  So on behalf of WyYred Fiber...congrats to League champions WyYred Fiber and Thunderbird Auto!  Great season guys (and gal)!  What a beautiful thing to be a part of! Once again a very special thank you to Bob Winkler, Dave Archer, Garry Wesloski and Chip Robertson for there generosity in subbing for our shorthanded team today.  Subbing is sometime not an easy task and we appreciate these and all subs throughout the season!!
Well sports fans, the last day of our winter season, and Liberty Buick finished the same as we started, a loss. It was kind of a strange week in the fact that so many players were missing, competing at tournaments or gone back to their summer homes. Therefore, the teams barely resembled their original rosters. However, everyone that was here chipped in to help out the other teams and subbed where necessary. Our team was no different, missing 4 players, and adding super subs Lisa Pelletier, Pete Semenuk, Jay Shirpke and Garry Weslosky. Thanks for helping out folks. Anyway, WyYerd won the game against Liberty, I'm not sure of the score because I left the scorebook with the jerseys, all to be returned. I think it was about 18-8. Close enough. We didn't have a great year in the won-loss column, but had a super group of guys that never complained and were always positive. And, we had fun!!
Thanks to our league management team: Don Raneiri, Paul Becker and Craig Nelson. You guys have done a superb job. We have a league where volunteers are essential to our success, and these guys are our leaders. Have a great summer everyone. See you in the fall..
Property Sisters - 20   The Colonnade- 8     
The Property Sisters Team won their final game of the 2023 Winter Red League game against The Colonnade.  The House Sellers jumped out to a 5 to 0 lead by the end of the first inning and never relinquished it.  Our defense was able to hold Lisa’s hard hitting squad to just 8 runs while accumulating 29 hits for the game.  Sub Tom Ranalls led our hit parade with his 5/5 outing including a blast over the left center field wall.  Ron Michalski and Chip Robertson had perfect 4/4 days at the plate and one of Chip’s hits was a blast over the left field fence.   Not to be out done, sub Ken Chapman went 3/3 including a long fly ball over the fence into a neighboring garage.  Garry Weslosky, Ralph Mckeever, Mike Anderson, and Jim Mcdonald each contributed 3 hits.  Sub Jamie Sullivan and Chip Robertson got their exercise in the outfield tracking down numerous well launched fly balls.  Special thanks to our subs, and especially Ardy Robertson who handled the team’s scorebook for me while keeping our pinch runner marathon in order, not to mention all the posts game snacks she provided our team!  Safe travels to you Canadians and Snowbirds heading home for the summer and stay healthy!  Congrats to the Thunderbird Team for your league championship.  Another well-orchestrated session Commissioners!!
The Colonnade ended their season in third place in the Red League after a 20-8 loss to The Property Sisters. A week ago we were alone in first place. I believe our manager Lisa Pelletier got all that we had to give this session. Thanks Lisa. Leading us today was Brian Pin and sub Jamie White, both had 4-4 days. Brian 2 doubles. Gary Ambruz and sub Jeff Silversteen went 2-3. Troy Macqueen, Pete Semenak, and sub Lloyd Newlands were 2-4. Troy a triple and a home run. Bob Winkler added another homer. 21-37 for an OBP of .568. Thanks to the Biko brothers for umpiring. Congrats to both WyYerd Fabric and Thunderbird Auto for tying for first place. Once again a well balanced league where on any given day anyone can beat anyone.
Thunderbird Auto - 20   Treedah Magee - 9 
A great finish to a fun season… The Thunderbird Auto Team did what they had to do to tie Tom’s WyYerd Team for the League Championship by sliding by Jeff’s Treedah Magee Team 20-9. Both teams opened with three runs in the first and a five spot for the TBirds and a four spot for the Realtors in the second inning. Then defense and winning pitcher Mike Anderson’s great pitching limited the Realtors to two runs over the last five innings while the TBirds scored in all the remaining innings to close out the game and claim a share of the Red League title. The Auto Mechanics knocked out 34 hits with everyone getting at least two hits. Sub Ken Chapman (5/5 - 2 HRs) had a perfect day at the plate blasting a ball that went into orbit and was last seen headed to Wickenburg. Four hits days were turned in by Dennis Estes (4/5), Pete Semenak (4/5), Mike Anderson (4/5 - with a stand up double) and Dave Elkins (4/5). Three hit days were had by Lloyd Newlands (3/5), Brad Brulotte (3/5) and Steve Katz (3/4). Thanks everyone for a great season. Commissioners thanks for a great job in moving us forward and thanks ground crew for all the field prep during some wet and cold days. Gord and Rick - a special thanks to both of you. Enjoy the summer everyone.
The Treedah Magee Realtors closed out the very competitive and well balanced winter red league session by dropping a 20 -9 decision to Thunderbird Auto. There are so many groups and individuals to thank for all their efforts making SCG softball in a league of its own. Thanks to the board, our commissioners, the managers and their assistants, umpires, scoreboard operators, field maintenance, scorekeepers, sponsors and all the players. Apologies if I inadvertently omitted anyone. Congratulations to our winter session co champions, WyYerd and Thunderbird. Special thanks to my nine teammates for their competitiveness and sportsmanship. May all of you have safe and healthy summers, whether it’s here in Grand or wherever else you may call home. See you in the fall on our  Field of Dreams. 🇺🇸🥎🇺🇸🥎🌵

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2023 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, April 11, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 11 7 1 0.61
WyYerd Fiber 10 6 3 0.61
The Colonnade 10 7 2 0.58
Treedah Magee Realtor 8 9 2 0.47
Property Sisters 8 10 1 0.45
Liberty Buick 5 13 1 0.29
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Thunderbird Auto - 12   The Colonnade - 6
An interesting day at the ballpark… Thunderbird Auto took on Lisa’s First Place Colonnade and came away with a well earned 12-6 win to move into a tie for first place with WyYerd (who won in the second game of the morning). Both teams came out swinging on a beautiful morning each scoring four runs in the first inning. Then the Auto Mechanics defense kicked in shutting down Colonnade for five straight innings thanks to three double plays by the 4-6-3 players while posting runs in every inning except the sixth to close out the game. Top hitters were Dennis Estes (5/5), Craig Nelson (5/5), Eric Swobody (3/4), Lloyd Newlands (3/4) and Jeff Watson (3/4). Thanks to the subs (Dave Archer, Dave Dorn, Jamie White - winning pitcher and Bill Parker) that helped us get to the finish line. Good luck to our tournament players and Craig Nelson who’s off to get his son married in SF. Thanks to Don Ranieri and Greg Kastelic for umpiring and Ted up in the tower.
The 8:30 game winner was going to get a leg up on the Red League championship with  only Thursday’s games remaining. After one inning The Colonnade and Thunderbird Auto were tied 4-4. Top and Gords Tbird squad played solid defense by shutting out The Colonnade the next 5 innings. Final score 12-6 Thunderbird Auto. Leading The Colonnade was Troy Macqueen 3-4 with a double. Bob Winkler had a 3 run homer in the first inning and was 2-4. Shortstop Lisa Pelletier played excellent defense and was one of 3 batters who were 2-3 each including Gary Ambruz and Dave Elkins. Sub Gary Wesloski was 2-4. 16-35 for an OBP of .457. Our three least productive offensive games were all against Thunderbird Auto. Thanks to Jeff Silversteen and Jamie White for subbing also. Umps Tom Ranalls and Don Ranieri did an excellent job. We can still win our league but will need some help from some other teams.
WyYred Fiber - 10   Treedah Magee Realtor - 8    
WyYred Fiber scored runs in only 3 innings!  But solid defense provided the lift WyYred needed to get the W.  That leaves WyYred all knotted up with Thunderbird for the lead with one game to go.  Each team in control of their own destiny.  Thanks to our subs today Garry Wesloski, Pete Semenak, Chip Robertson and Bob Winkler. Great job by umpires Dave Elkins and Troy Macqueen. Thursday should be fun...one game to decide the champion.  However...if both Thunderbird and WyYred Fiber go down and Colonnade beats up Property Sisters....well, then Lisa's Colonnade team can come from second place and steal the title.  Congrats to our WyYred Fiber squad on a great session.  No superstars, just solid effort from each and every member of the team.  Tip of the hat to our faithful scorekeeper Becky Holliday and our ever present and highly underpaid first base coach Jim Rumsey.  We very much love and appreciate having you both on the team!
The Treedah Magee team lost another close game as they were defeated by Toms WyYerd team 10-8. The game, which was well played by both teams, was tied through the top of the fifth. However in the bottom of the fifth WyYerd unleashed a lawn dart attack which plated 5 runs. The Realtors tried their best in the top of the seventh but left the tying run stranded on first. Contributing two hits each were Jay Schirpke, Dave Dorn, Darren Duncan, Dave Archer, Ron Wong and sub Ron Michalski. Gary Stueber, Jeff Silversteen and subs Jim McDonald and Gary Ambruz each chipped in with one hit. Thanks to the  umpiring crew of Troy MacQueen and Dave Elkins and to Lisa Pellitier in the tower. The Red League winter session concludes on Thursday, when a league champion will be determined.
Liberty Buick - 24   Property Sisters - 21
It was a monumental battle between the 5th place Property Sisters and 6th place Liberty Buick for the last game of the morning. Liberty Buick, with a 24-21 victory, still has last place firmly wrapped up. However, we had a fun season with great guys and we enjoyed every minute of it. One more to go.
Liberty bats were hot today, as was the temp, we hammered out 36 hits. The game was close all the way through, Property went ahead, 21-20 in the bottom of the 6th. We scored 4 in the top of the 7th, the Sisters didn't score, 24-21 final. There was huge jubilation on our bench, fans were going wild in the stands, champagne was flowing, celebrations everywhere!! Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit. However, it was fun. It was a total team effort with multiple hits for everyone. Some notable performances, Our new lead-off hitter for the day, Jamie Sullivan was 5-5, as was super sub David Fleck. 4 hit  day for Billy Parker and David Lawrence, who hit a key, off-the-wall double in the 7th. Everyone else on the team had 3 hits, with Blaine Lutz smashing a monster shot over the left field fence and into the palm tree. We had 4 super subs today (as did every team): ours were LLoyd Newlands, David Fleck, Gary Stueber and pitcher, David Elkins. Thanks guys, much appreciated. This game was so important that we needed an allstar umpiring crew as well: former league Pres Tom Ranalls and commish Don Raneiri. Alright, already,, I'm done. See you for the finale on Thursday. Don't forget to hand in your jerseys after the games. .
The Property Sisters lost to Liberty Buick today 24 to 21.  The Auto Sales Team led the game for the first 5 innings. In the 6th frame the Realtor Group managed to take a 20 to 21 lead.  However, in the open inning, Jamie White’s squad plated another 4 runs which we could not match with the hammer.  Ours defense was respectable, and we accumulated 33 hits, but it wasn’t enough!  Five Property Sisters Players had 4 hit days including Garry Weslosky, Ralph Mckeever, Jim Mcdonald, and subs Jerry Lubeck and Craig Nelson (one of which was a blast over the left field wall).  Chip Robertson, Ron Michalski, Jim Opyd, and sub Troy MacQueen chimed in with their 3 hit performances.  Thanks to the aforementioned subs, umpires and scoreboard operator.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2023 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2023
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, April 6, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
The Colonnade 10 6 2 0.61
Thunderbird Auto 10 7 1 0.58
WyYerd Fiber 9 6 3 0.58
Treedah Magee Realtor 8 8 2 0.50
Property Sisters 8 9 1 0.47
Liberty Buick 4 13 1 0.25
Thursday, April 6, 2023
WyYerd Fiber - 14   Thunderbird Auto - 2
It was a good outing for the WyYred squad today.  Timely hitting led to runs in most every inning.  Above average defense kept the high scoring Thunderbird team at bay. Finally some decent weather...it was perfect!  Umpires Pin and Fairweather did a commendable job maintaining a square game.  Three teams are within a half game of each other...tight race will be decided by subs on very depleted rosters next week.  Good luck to Colonnade, Thunderbird and WyYred as they decide a champion.  We couldn't have had the success we had today without our three subs that once again volunteered their time to help our cause. Thank you Troy Macqueen, Pete Semenak and Dave Archer.  We appreciate you guys.  Well wishes to Paul Becker recovering from the second of two eye procedures
The Thunderbird Auto Mechanics stumbled out of the starting gate and could never recover losing to Tom’s WyYerd squad in a “Mercy” shortened game 14-2. Very little offense was generated with the TBirds only recording ten hits in the five inning game. Two hits each were had by Dennis Estes, Craig Nelson, Eric Swobody and Jeff Watson. Thanks to the umpires and Scoreboard folks for keeping the game moving forward.
The Colonnade - 18   Liberty Buick - 13      
There were only 7 players in the after game team photo for The Colonnade as all teams are at the time of the year when subs are prevalent. All players for us had at least 2 hits each in our 18-13 win over Liberty Buick. Leading us was Dave Elkins 4-4 day. Sub Lloyd Newlands was 4-5 with a triple and ran down a long fly ball for our defensive play of the game. Lisa Pelletier was 3-4. Bob Winkler was 2-3. Pete Semenek, Dave Fusaro, Troy Macqueen, and sub Jeff Silversteen were all 3-5. David a double, Troy a double and triple, and Jeff led us with 4 RBI’s. Brian Pin and sub Chuck Cruz went 2-4. We were 29-44 for an OBP of .659. The Colonnade and their late season surge moved into first place in the Red League with 2 games to go. Thanks to our umpires Gord Jones and Bob Topham for a job well done.
Liberty Buick played Colonnade on a perfectly warm weather day at the  Field of Dreams. This game got out of hand early for Liberty Buick. Liberty could only muster 1 run in the first 3 innings. Liberty made it interesting with a bit of a push in the final 4 frames. Colonnade came away with an 18 to 13 win.  The offense was lead by John Boland with a very good 4 for 4 day. Jaime Sullivan was a nice 3 for 4 today. Several players were 2 for 3 including Jaime White, Blaine Lutz, and Garry Weslowsky. Thanks to Garry Weslowsky and Terry Graves for subbing for us today. Congratulations to Colonnade!
Treedah Magee Realtor - 19   Property Sisters - 15
The Property Sisters Realty Group won an exciting game against Treedah Magee Realtor Squad 19 to 15. Jeff Silversteen’s House Sellers held the lead for the first three innings, but the Property Sisters Realtors managed to tie the game at 10 by the end of the 4th frame.  The two teams plated a nickel in the following inning.  Our defense and bats came thru in the final two frames as we tallied another 4 runs while holding our opponents scoreless.  Sub Dennis Estes and (oops I tripped over 3rd base and fell down) Garry Weslosky took hitting honors with their 5/5 days at the plate followed by Terry Graves with his 4/4 effort.  Not to be outdone, Chip Robertson and Mike Anderson chimed in with their 4 hits each.  Our remaining player’s hit contributions were instrumental in our run scoring rallies.  Thanks to our aforementioned sub as well as the umpires and scoreboard keeper.  Several teams still in the hunt for the championship!  Should be an interesting final week!
The Treedah Magee Realtors took the field today under blue skies and warm temperatures. Their  opponents, Chuck’s Property Sisters. As we all know, in real estate  it is all about location, location, location. Well, the Sisters found lots of green, while Treedahs hitters were attracted to leather. Result, a 19-15 victory for Chuck’s team. The real difference in the game was the last two innings when Treedahs boys were shut out 4-0. Everyone in the lineup had at least two hits with Assistant coach Gary Stueber and the coach each chipping in with three hits. The defensive gem of the day was turned in second baseman Ron Wong. Ron went far to his left on a pop up, caught it before it hit fair and then rolled into foul territory. Dave Dorn also made an outstanding running catch in right center field. While I’m giving out accolades , one must recognize Mike “Usain Bolt” Anderson for his triple. Probably helped by the fact there is a full moon today! Next week the Treedah realtors will face two of the top three teams as they take on the role of spoilers. Should be a great two days of action. Thanks to todays subs Ken Chapman and Greg Kastelic. Kudos to the umpiring crew of Bill Parker and Dave Fusaro and to Lisa Pelletier operating the scoreboard.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, April 4, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 10 6 1 0.62
The Colonnade 9 6 2 0.59
WyYerd Fiber 8 6 3 0.56
Treedah Magee Realtor 8 7 2 0.53
Property Sisters 7 9 1 0.44
Liberty Buick 4 12 1 0.27
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Property Sisters - 19   WyYerd Fiber - 13
The Property Sisters Squad got back on the winning track on this cold and windy morning with a win over WyYerd Fiber 19 to 13.   Realtor group came to play today, taking a first inning lead and never relinquishing it. The defense was respectable allowing just two big rally inning for Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker’s solid Fiber Optic Group.  Subs Ron Coleman, Bob Kloehn, and Gary Stueber all had perfect days at the plate.  Our own team players with perfect days were Alan Caillouette and Jim Mcdonald.   Chiming in with their 3 hits each were Garry Weslosky and Ralph Mckeever.  Thanks to the aforementioned subs, umpires, and scoreboard keeper.
WyYred Fiber found themselves battling uphill all day!  Property Sisters played a steady game from wire to wire to earn the win.  Three games left of the sub fest!  This session has been really tight with any team able to beat any team on a given day.  That means everything is oiled and greased properly and the machine is fine!  Kudos to Jim Opyds crew for grooming and polishing the nicest field in the area!
Thunderbird Auto - 14   Liberty Buick - 13      
The car folks traded runs throughout a wind-blown game with the TBirds finally pushing across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to edge Jamie’s Liberty Buick team 14-13. Top hitters were Sam Newby (4/4), Steve Katz (3/4), Craig Nelson (3/4 with a HR), Dennis Estes (3/5), Glenn Soles (3/4, winning pitcher and winning hit), Lloyd Newlands (2/3), Pete Houghton (2/3), John Hammel (2/4) and Jeff Watson.
Liberty Buick played Thunderbird Auto on a very cool and very windy day at the Field of Dreams. This game came down to the wire with Thunderbird pulling out a 14 to 13 win as they used the hammer in the bottom of the last inning. On the offensive side of things Dave Fusaro (double) and Blaine Lutz (2 home runs, 8 RBI's) had great plate appearances as both were 4 for 4. Ron Coleman had a a very nice day at 3 for 4. Kirk Andes contributed with a very nice triple today. Everyone had at least 1 hit with most contributing 2 or more. Considering the wind factor, both teams played well. Congratulations to Thunderbird!
  The Colonnade - 11   Treedah Magee Realtor - 10
The Colonnade and Treedah Magee Realtor played another nail biter in the Red League today. It came down to the bottom of the seventh again with the score tied at 10. With runners on first and second Lisa Pelletier hit a solid single to right to score “Fleet Pete Semenek” from second base for the win. Defense was the name of the game for The Colonnade as we fielded 4 solid singles in the outfield and threw out runners at second base and home for force outs. 3 by Troy Macqueen and 1 by Pete Semenek. Bob Winkler returned and led us with a 4-4 day and was one of 4 players with 2 rbis each. Brian Pin, sub Lloyd Newlands, and Pete Semenek contributed 3-4 days. Lloyd a triple that produced 2 rbis.  Dave Elkins was 2-3. Gary Ambruz and Troy Macqueen were 2-4 with 2 rbis each. Troy a double. We were 22-38 for an OBP of .579. Three games to go and you can still throw a hula hoop around the top 4 teams. Dennis Estes and Don Ranieri called a good game that had many close plays. Thanks also to Ted Koch up in the tower.
The Realtors of Treedah Magee battled from behind all day and just could not stop Lisa’s Colonnade team, losing 11-10. We handled the wind quite well but too many missed opportunities and non clinic like base running spelled doom for the house sellers. Multiple hit contributors were subs Glenn Soles, Tom Ranalls and Terry Graves along with Dave Dorn, Dave Archer, Gary Stueber and Ron Wong. Thanks to our umpiring crew of Commissioner Don Ranieri, along with Dennis Estes. Thanks to Ted Koch up in the tower. Another battle of the realtors is set for Thursday as we take on Chuck’s Property Sisters.
As a side note, I’m sure all of us in the red league are sending get well wishes to Jays wife Jackie.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 30, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 9 6 1 0.59
WyWred Fiber 8 5 3 0.59
The Colonnade 8 6 2 0.56
Treedah Magee Realtor 8 6 2 0.56
Property Sisters 6 9 1 0.41
Liberty Buick 4 11 1 0.28
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Treedah Magee Realtor - 18   Liberty Buick - 5
The Treedah Magee Reators put together one of their finer games today as they defeated Jamie’s Liberty Buick team 18-5 in a run rule shortened contest. Operating on all 10 cylinders, the realtors scored 5 runs in the first two innings in route to their comfortable win. Perfect days at the plate were achieved by Dave Dorn, Dave Archer, this Saturdays birthday boy, Bob Kloehn and the coach. Scott Roberts, sub Al Caillouette, Gary Stueber and Tom Gibans all had multiple hit days.  Everyone else in the lineup had a hit and everyone scored at least one run. Thanks also go out to Greg Kastelic for subbing today. The umpiring crew of Glenn Soles and Jeff Watson and Steve Katz in the tower are also to be thanked.
Four games left, four teams within a half game of each other, and two teams waiting to play spoilers make for a great finish to the red league winter session. Special shout out to all that contributed and arranged our annual “near the end of the session” gathering.
Liberty Buick played Treedah Magee today at the softball field known in some circles as the Field of Dreams. Well, not much to say about this one with Treedah beating Liberty Buick 18 to 5 in 5 innings. Liberty was only able to muster a .384 batting average today. On a positive note, we welcomed back Jamie Sullivan from an extended absence while he healed up until he was ready to return. Welcome back Jamie! Congratulations to Treedah Magee!
Thundrebird Auto - 16   Property Sisters - 4    
The Thunderbird Auto Squad and Chuck’s Property Sisters mixed it up on a windy afternoon with the TBirds putting together a fine game to come out on top 16-4 in five innings. The Auto Mechanics banged out 25 hits over five innings lead by Glenn Soles (4/4), Craig Nelson (4/4 with a towering HR), Dennis Estes (3/4 with 4 runs scored), Sam Newby (3/4) and Pete Houghton, Eric Swobody, Lloyd Newlands, John Hammel and Jeff Watson all with two hits each. Thanks to Dave Fusaro and Scott Roberts for umpiring and Brian Kaping up in the tower.
The Property Sisters Team lost to Thunderbird Auto 16 to 4.  It wasn’t pretty for the House Sellers!  Topham’s Auto Mechanics jumped out to a second inning 7 to 3 lead and never relinquished it.  In the remaining frames they plated the remainder of their runs while we tallied just one more run.  Not many Realtor highlights but Chip Robertson and Mike Anderson both had 2/3 days at the plate.  Thanks to our two subs Gary Ambruz and Ron Coleman, the two umpires and scoreboard keeper.  Wonderful job by those sharing their favorite food dishes at our Annual Farewell Fest.
  The Colonnade - 9   WyWerd Fiber - 9
The Colonnade and first place WyYerd Fiber battled each other the whole game today. It finally came down to the bottom of the seventh when The Colonnade had the bases loaded, two outs, and the score tied at 9-9 and a 2-2 count. The outcome was decided by a hard hit line drive by sub Jeff Silversteen that was foul by less than one foot. The tie was a fitting end to another Red League game between 2 good teams vying for first place. The Colonnade was again led by Troy Macqueen perfect at 4-4. Brian Pin, sub Ron Coleman, Lisa Pelletier, and sub Jamie White were all 3-4. Brian and Jamie each had 2 doubles. Ron had a double and led us with 3 rbis. Pete Semenek, Dave Elkins, and Jeff Silversteen were 2-4. Defensively, shortstop Lisa Pelletier made a huge play at a key time late in the game when she fielded a ball at shortstop, saw that she had no play to force the runner at second base, and fired the ball to first to just beat the runner for the third out. We were 23-39 for an OBP of .590.
Apparently it was a pitchers duel.  Both teams clawed and scratched their way to a tie. Some defense on each side was an adventure but gotta tip your hat to two teams allowing just 9 runs.  Thank you to our subs Eric Swobody, Ken Chapman and Dave Archer.  This time of year the subs deserve a hug for doing double, sometimes triple duty!  Sam Newby and Lloyd Newlands did a fantastic job umpiring.  Rumor:  Paul Becker returns for a one time only special appearance on Tuesday.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 28, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
WyYerd Fiber 8 5 2 0.60
Thunderbird Auto 8 6 1 0.57
The Colonnade 8 6 1 0.57
Treedah Magee Realtor 7 6 2 0.53
Property Sisters 6 8 1 0.43
Liberty Buick 4 10 1 0.30
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Treedah Magee Realtor - 13   Thunderbird Auto - 8
The streak is over! The Treedah Magee Realtors returned to the win column ending their 4 game losing streak. Two, five run innings were all the realtors needed as they raced past the Thunderbird Auto boys by a 13-8 count. The entire team had their hand in this victory as they stalled Tops team on defense and had timely hitting up and down the lineup. Special thanks go out to our subs Dave Hammel and Troy MacQueen and to  our umpires Dale MacLaughlin and Barry Koch. Thanks to Ron Coleman and Ted Koch in the tower.Thursday, the Realtors do battle with the sluggers from Liberty Buick. This marks the beginning of the last quarter of the winter session. It should be a very interesting and competitive final five games. The Treedah Magee Realtors would like to congratulate Jim Palzer for being selected for Channel 5’s Pay it Forward. Well deserved! Thanks to co-commissioner Craig Nelson for nominating Jim.  Just another great example of what defines our club and makes us proud to be associated with special people like Jim Palzer.
The Thunderbird Auto team fell behind Jeff’s Treedah Magee team early and could never generate a big inning and came up short losing 13-8 on a beautiful morning to play ball. Top hitters were Dennis Estes (3/4), Craig Nelson (3/4), Eric Swobody (3/4), Sam Newby (3/4), Glenn Soles (2/4), Pete Houghton (2/4), John Hammel (2/4) and Jeff Watson (2/3). Thanks umps and scorekeeper for moving the game along with fine field Sportsmanship.
WyYred Fiber - 14   Liberty Buick - 9   
It was a 5-0 5th inning that was the difference today.  WyYred Fiber played well on defense and had some timely hitting that brought in the duck's on the pond when needed most!  It's the time of year when subs become the rule and not the exception.  Thanks to Troy MacQueen and Scott Roberts for helping us out in the outfield today.  Because of players missing and using subs, some of our regulars had to suck it up and play positions they weren't used to today.  They did a fabulous job holding down 3rd base (Dave Fleck), Dave Hammel (1st Base) and Dale Halder (SS).  Nice job everyone as this was one of those team wins that everyone had a hand in securing.  Hats off to Jamie White's Liberty Buick squad as they were on a decent win streak going into the game.  Lots of talent on that team and what great sportsmanship.  A pleasure to play them...and that's good because we get one more dose of the Liberty Buick team in the last game of the season. Dennis Estes and Lloyd Newlands were on top of every play and there were some bang bangers!  Great job umpires!  WyYred Fiber would like to extend a get well quick note to Paul Becker. Paul has had one eye fixed and will begin work on the other eye a week from Thursday!  Be interesting to see how talented Mr. Becker is when he can actually see!  Congrats to Jim Palzer and a well deserved award and moment in the sun along with his supportive better half Judy!  It was nice to see a huge turnout for his ceremony.  It will be broadcast on Thursday's 5PM news on channels 3 and 5!  Kudo's to Craig Nelson for coming up with the idea to nominate Jim for the award.  We are blessed to have such good people in our club!
Liberty Buick played the WyYerd on a very nice warm day at the ball field today. Both Liberty Buick and WyYerd went toe to toe for 4 innings and with a score of 9 to 8. Wyyerd put up a 5 spot in the 5th inning and the Liberty bats went mostly silent the rest of the way. WyYerd came away with a 14 to 9 win. The Liberty team average today was .556 as opposed to .784 just one game prior. Leading the way for Liberty was Bill Parker at 4 for 4. Barry Koch was a nice 3 for 4 (HR, 2B, BB). Brain Kaping was also a nice 3 for 4. Contributing 2 hits a piece were Kirk Andes (2/3), Ron Coleman (triple), and John Boland. Thanks to the scorekeepers and umpires keeping the game on track. Congratulations to WyYerd.
  The Colonnade - 20   Property Sisters - 15  
Beautiful day at Del Webb Field. Lisa’s The Colonnade team battled Chuck’s Property Sisters for 6 innings with the score being 14-12 Property Sisters. The seventh inning saw us batting around and scoring 8 while holding them to 1 for a hard fought 20-15 victory. Seven batters for The Colonnade made only 1 out. 4-5 days for lead off Pete Semenak, #2 batter David Fusaro, and always steady clean-up hitter Troy Macqueen led us. Troy a double. Lisa Pelletier, Brian Pin, and Gary Ambrusz were 3-4. Gary a double and along with sub Barry Koch led us with 4 rbis each. Barry was 3-5 and included a double and a home run and the defensive play of the game on a fly ball with a diving catch. Murray Fairweather was 2-3. Dave Elkins was 2-4. We were 29-43 for an OBP of .674. 1 game separates the top 4 teams in the Red League with 5 games to go. It shapes up to be a great finish to our league. Bill Parker and Jamie White umpired a great game.
The Property Sisters lost to The Colonnade today 20 to 15.  The game was close as the House Sellers had the lead for 3 of the first 6 innings.   However, enjoying a 2 run lead going into the last inning, Lisa’s Colonnade Group managed an 8 run rally which we couldn’t match earing them the win.  Our defense was respectable, and we managed 27 hits – it just wasn’t good enough to win!  Leading our hit parade was Ralph Mckeever with his 5/5 outing.  Garry Weslosky, Sub Dale Halder and Terry Graves all had 4 hit days.  Chiming in with 3 hit performances were Alan Caillouette and Mike Anderson.  Thanks to our subs Dale Halder and Rob White and to the umpires and Score keeper in the tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 23, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 8 5 1 0.61
WyYred Fiber 7 5 2 0.57
The Colonnade 7 6 1 0.54
Treedah Magee Realtor 6 6 2 0.50
Property Sisters 6 7 1 0.46
Liberty Buick 4 9 1 0.32
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Liberty Buick - 14   Property Sisters - 2       
Liberty Buick played the Property Sisters on a day that started warm and quickly turned overcast and chilly.  Both Liberty Buick and Property Sisters got off to a slow start with the bats and the score was 0 to 0 after 2 innings. The Liberty bats stayed hot from that point on while playing stellar defense throughout the game. As far as the offense is concerned every Liberty batter had at least 2 hits and at least 1 RBI, I don't thin I have ever seen a stat like that before. Leading the offense was Ron Coleman with 4 hits and a home run (4 RBI's). Barry Koch also had 4 hits. Contributing 3 hits were Brian Kaping, Bill Parker, Jaime White, Dave Lawrence (3/3), and John Boland (double). Blaine Lutz, Rob White, and Kirk Andes had 2 hits each. Blaine Lutz was incredible as SS in the middle of a few double plays. The entire team played very good defense behind Rob Whites excellent pitching and held a very good Property Sisters to 2 runs. The final today was 14 to 2.
The Property Sisters lost to Liberty Buick today by a large 14 to 2 margin.  Guess every team gets one of those games every now and then!  It wasn’t from a lack of effort, just nothing seemed to go our way.  The defense could have been better and the Realtor’s bats followed suit!  Tough to win in this competitive league with just 2 runs and 6 hits.  The only highlight of the game was Garry Weslosky’s home run.  The House Seller Team will put this one behind us and be ready to answer the bell next week!  Thanks to Grandpa Joe Guzzo (congrats) for handling the 3rd base duties, umpires and scoreboard keeper.
WyYred Fiber - 21   Treedah Magee Realtors - 20  
WyYerd Fiber put together a solid game and held on for dear life in the bottom of the 7th to come away with a one run win.  Both teams played great defense and had timely hitting.  After being down 16-6 the Treedah team never gave up and clawed their way back to make it a nail biter.  Thanks to subs Mike Mahon and Bob Winkler for helping us out today.  Blaine Lutz and Brian Pin did a great job umpiring.  John Boland kept an accurate tally in the tower.  Great game today with lots of great plays by both teams and outstanding sportsmanship on display!  Proud to be a part of The Grand softball organization.  Special thanks this week to Don Ranieri, Paul Becker and Craig Nelson.  With the fast paced play in our league and the desire to stay in the mix of a tight league race the commissioners have had their hands full.  Thank you to all 3 for doing their best to keep us running smoothly!
It was a beautiful day for baseball at our Field of Dreams today as the Treedah Magee Realtors faced the powerful WyYerd Fiber team coached by Tom and Paul. Tied at 5 after one inning, Tom’s team quickly scored a dozen runs to Treedahs 6. But wait, in spite of putting up goose eggs in the second and fifth innings, the realtors staged a comeback. The planets just might be aligning properly. Would this be a fantastic finish?  Trailing 21-16 in the bottom of the seventh, Bob Kloehn led off with a single. 6 hitters later the tying run was on first. The crowd got quiet. The pressure was mounting on both the defense and the offense. Who would come through in the clutch? ESPN interrupted their coverage of the minor league curling event in Toronto and went national from Grand. The pitch, the swing, a line drive, A huge gasp from the crowd. No joy in Mudville for the Treedah Magee team. Their second one run loss in a row. Final score 21-20. Thanks to our quality subs today - Craig Nelson, Pete Semenak and Ron Coleman. Leading the realtors hit parade were Dave Dorn and Jay Schirpke with 4 hits while Scott Roberts chipped in with 3. Nice job umpiring by Blaine Lutz and Brian Pin. Kudos to John Boland pushing all the right buttons in the tower.
  The Colonnade - 15   Thunderbird Auto - 9   
The Colonnade was down 4-2 after 3 innings at the Field Of Dreams on a beautiful day today. Undaunted, with great defense and timely hitting they battled back to defeat Bob Topham and Gord Jones first place Thunderbird Auto 15-8. David Fusaro and his 5-5 day led The Colonnade in hitting. Brian Pin and Troy Macqueen were next with their 4-5 days. Troy a double. Dave Elkins went 3-4. Our manager Lisa Pelletier and Pete Semenek were both 3-5. Murray Fairweather was 2-4. As a team The Colonnade went 29-48 for an OBP(on base percentage) of .604. Dave Dorn and Ron Wong did an excellent job umpiring today. Joe Guzzo will miss the next 6 games as he heads back to Washington to see his new grand baby born yesterday. Joes bat, glove, and team first attitude will all be missed. Great to see a couple of Red League legends in attendance today in Harold Steele and Jim Douglas.
Thunderbird Auto and Lisa’s Colonnade played a tight game for four innings with the TBirds holding a 9-8 lead. Then the TBirds stalled and the Colonnade Team put it together and walked away with a nice 15-9 win. Top hitters for the TBirds were Steve Katz (3/3),Dennis Estes (3/4), Sam Newby (3/4) and Eric Swobody (3/4). Craig Nelson (2/4) with a towering Grand Slam and John (I did it again) Hammel had a nice solo HR to lead off the second inning. Thanks to David Dorn and Ron Wong for umpiring and Dave Hammel up in the tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 21, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 8 4 1 0.65
Treedah Magee Realtor 6 5 2 0.54
WyYerd Fiber 6 5 2 0.54
The Colonnade 6 6 1 0.50
Property Sisters 6 6 1 0.50
Liberty Buick 3 9 1 0.27
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Property Sisters - 16   Treedah Magee Realtor - 15        
The Property Sisters defeated Treedah Magee Realtor by a 16 to 15 score.  It was a close game with the two teams tied at 6 by the end of the second inning.  At the end of the fifth frame, the House Seller Squad enjoyed a 14 to 13 lead over Jeff Silversteen's solid Realtor Team.  In the remaining two frames both teams plated one more run each which ultimately resulted in our win. Both Mike Anderson and Chip Robertson has 5/5 days at the plate and one of Chip’s hits was a grand slam over the left center field fence.  Terry Graves contributed his 4/4 effort and Ron Michalski’s bat stayed hot as he managed 3 hits.  Chiming in with their 2 hits each were Garry Weslosky, sub Dale Halder, Ralph Mckeever and Jim Opyd.  A real offensive team effort up and down the batting order as everyone’s hits contributed to the victory.  Thanks to the aforementioned sub, 2 umpires and scorekeeper.
A three game losing streak is never a good thing especially in a scheduled twenty game session. Unfortunately that is where the Treedah Magee Realtors find themselves after dropping a 16-15 decision to Chuck’s Property Sisters. It was very competitive throughout the entire game. However trailing by  two in the bottom of the seventh, Treedahs team could only score one run. There were a couple of defensive bloopers that will be featured on the senior softball 🥎tv channel in the near future. Thanks to our two subs today, Dave Hammel and Craig Nelson, who were a combined 9 for 10 with 7 runs scored . Dave had two home runs and Craig one. Dave’s first was a grand slam matching Chip Robertson’s from Property Sisters. Gary Stueber had a four hit day while Scott Roberts, Dave Dorn, Ron Wong, Tom Gibans, Bob Kloehn and the coach each had two hits. Scott was credited with an inside the park home run which is under review in New York! Thanks go out to our umpires today (Randy Biko and Barry Koch) along with Ron Coleman up in the tower who was assisted by Kirk Andes.
Remember, all games on Thursday will start 30 minutes early.
Liberty Buick - 18   The Colonnade - 15    
Liberty Buick played The Colonnade on an overcast day at the Field of Dreams. Intermittent light drizzle caused a couple of stoppages in play and use of proximity at the bases. Liberty scored 5 runs in 3 separate innings for the second game in a row. Barry Koch (3 for 4) had himself a day with 3 over the fence home runs that contributed 10 RBI's! 4 batters batted .1000. Ron Coleman and John Boland were 4 for 4 while Dave Lawrence (double) and Bill Parker were 3 for 3. Jamie White went a very nice 2 for 3 with a double. Our outfielders made some very incredible catches today. Brian Kaping, Barry Koch, Ron Coleman, and Bill Parker were pretty amazing running down and making really great catches. The Colonnade made a strong bid at the end of the game during the 10 run flip flop when they plated 8 total runs. Liberty held on for a nice 18 to 15 win, their 3rd in a row. Good game by both teams!
The Colonnade and their 3 game winning streak fell behind 8-0 after 2 innings and couldn’t catch up and lost 18-15 to Liberty Buick. Liberty Buick won their third game in a row. Pete Semenek had a perfect 5-5 day to lead The Colonnade. David Fusaro went 4-5 with a double. Dave Elkins went 3-4. Joe Guzzo, Troy Macqueen, and Gary Ambruz were all 3-5. Joe led us with 4 rbis. Troy a double and a nice shoestring catch for our defensive play of the game. Brian Pin was 2-4. Team was 25-45 for a .556 OBP.
  WyYred Fiber - 21  Thunderbird Auto - 20
Exciting game on a dreary day. WyYred Fiber feels pretty fortunate to end up a winner today versus an extremely talented Thunderbird team. Hopefully Thursday brings everyone some sunshine.
On a wet cool morning Thunderbird Auto was down to Tom’s WyYerd team 13-4 after 3 1/2 innings before warming up only to fall short in the last inning losing 20-19. The TBirds had a season high 37 hits lead by Dennis Estes (5/5), Glenn Soles (5/5), Joe Guzzo (5/5), Eric Swobody (4/5), Jeff Watson (4/5), Craig Nelson (3/5), Sam Newby (3/5) and John Hammel (3/5). Thank to Jamie and Bill Parker for umpiring with Ted Koch up in the tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 16, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 8 3 1 0.71
Treedah Magee Realtor 6 4 2 0.58
The Colonnade 6 5 1 0.54
WyYerd Fiber 5 5 2 0.50
Property Sisters 5 6 1 0.46
Liberty Buick 2 9 1 0.21
Thursday, March 16, 2023
The Colonnade - 16   Treedah Magee Realtor - 1         
The field maintenance crew did a wonderful job getting The Field of Dreams dry and ready to play today. Your efforts were appreciated. The first game was The Colonnade playing maybe their best overall game of the season combining solid hitting and a shut down defense to beat Jeff Silversteen’s tough Treedah Magee Realtor squad 16-1 in 5 innings. Leading the way for The Colonnade was Joe Guzzo at 4-4 with a double. Murray Fairweather was right behind at 3-3. Troy Macqueen, Pete Semenek, Bob W and David Fusaro were all 3-4. Troy with 2 doubles. Lisa Pelletier and Brian Pin were both 2-3. Brian a double. Dave Elkins was 1-2. Macqueen, Pin, and Elkins had 3 RBI’s each. Team was 25-35 for a .714 OBP.
Here is todays story line from The Treedah Magee Realtor team.
1. Fans demanding ticket refunds
2. Treedahs scorekeeper never had to sharpen her pencil, (Jeff's wife.)
3. Good possibility scorebook can be used for the next game.
4. 5 inning game - 9 fly outs
5. Ron Wong’s uniform is still clean
6. One run, yes that is correct
7 Bob Kloehn left more bats at the ballpark than runs scored by our team. Does that carry the same consequences as a solo home run? Asking for a friend!
8. Same number of hits we had as a team!
9. Leading hitter for the day was batting ninth
10. No one got hurt in our game
11. Hats off to The Colonnade. Final score 16-1.
12. Thanks to Ralph McKeever and Terry Graves for umpiring and Jerry Lubeck in the tower.
13. Great to see Greg Alscheitz at the park today and I know I speak for everyone associated with the Red league in hoping that Moondog quickly recovers from that injury.
Property Sisters - 14   WyYred Fiber - 11    
The Property Sisters came out on the winning side of the ledger in a game against WyYerd Fiber 14 to 11.  By the end of the third frame, the House Sellers had jumped out to a 9 to 5 lead against Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker’s solid Fiber Optic Club.  While our opponent plated one more run than the Realtor Team (6 to 5) during the last four frames our defense was able to protect the small lead and win.   Four players had 3/4 days at the plate including Ralph Mckeever, Terry Graves, Ron Michalski, and sub Ken Chapman who accumulated 7 RBI's by going yard 3 times – one of which was a grad slam.  Alan Caillouette, Jim Mcdonald and Mike Anderson chimed in with their 2 hit performances.  Special thanks to our aforementioned sub and pitcher Dave Elkins who came in to help preserve the win after Mike Anderson’s injury.  Stayed with Mike until later that night while he was icing his noggin and having a little down time and nap.  He seems ok – just not as vocal as usual.  I’m sure that will change!  Good job umpires and score keeper!
Thanks to the ground crew for getting the field playable. WyYerd Fiber came up on the short end losing to Property Sisters 14 to 11. Our subs did a good job with Pete Semenak 4/4  and Troy McQueen  2/3 and some good defensive plays. The following players hit well with Paul Becker 4/4, Brad Brulotte 3/5 and Dale Holder 3/5.  Looking for better results next week.
Liberty Buick - 16   Thunderbird Auto - 6
Liberty Buick played Thunderbird Auto today at the Field of Dreams. Liberty Buick was in unchartered waters today when they scored 5 runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings. At the end of 4, Liberty held a 16 to 6 lead. Liberty held Thunderbird at bay and took home a 16 to 7 win. Barry Koch was a very nice 4 for 4 (2B). John Boland was 3 for 3 (Sac). Batting .750 were Blaine Lutz, Dave Lawrence and Bill Parker. Ron Coleman had 3 hits and a home run. Contributing 2 hits were Jamie White, Dave Hammel (2B), and Rob White. Completing the hit parade today was Kirk Andes contributing a hit. Everyone has already been mentioned and everyone played incredible defense today holding a very good Thunderbird team to 7 runs. Thanks to Dave Hammel for subbing.
The Thunderbird Auto team forgot to fill up the gas tank and Jamie’s Liberty Buick team easily outpaced the TBirds by a score of 16-7. After the first inning it was all Liberty. Top hitters were John Hammel (4/4), Craig Nelson (4/4 with a triple), Ken Chapman (2/4), Eric Swobody (2/4), Jeff Watson (2/3) and Steve Katz (2/3). Thanks to the umpires and Scoreboard folks.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 14, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 8 2 1 0.77
Treedah Magee Realtor 6 3 2 0.64
WyYerd Fiber 5 4 2 0.55
The Colonnade 5 5 1 0.50
Property Sisters 4 6 1 0.41
Liberty Buick 1 9 1 0.14
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
   The Colonnade - 11   WyYerd - 10    
It was a beautiful day to play ball at the Field of Dreams. Colonnade won a close one over Wyyerd 11-10. Colonnade's bats didn't show up until the 3rd inning when Colonnade scored 5 runs to take the lead 5-2.  Colonnade's defense was unable to hold off the hot bats of Wyyerd who scored by in the 5th and took the lead by 3.  But once again colonnade's offense scored 5 in the 6th and held that lead to win the game. Joe Guzzo had a perfect day at the plate. Winning pitcher was Dave Elkins.  Welcome to the team Bob Winkler. 
Fantastic day for a pitchers duel.  No one wanted to grab this game and win it.  In the end Colonnade earned the one run victory!  Glenn Soles and Jeff Watson did a great job monitoring balls and strikes and getting us to 27 outs.  Pretty good defense once again...but offense just not steady enough to pull away!  Rain rain and more rain.  See ya next week!
   Thunderbird Auto - 12   Property Sisters - 9  
Thunderbird Auto and Chuck’s Property Sisters played an extremely good game today with the TBirds posting two more runs than the Realtors and walked away with a 11-9 win. The TBirds late inning defense kicked in and held Property Sisters to one run over the last two innings. Top hitters were Steve Katz (3/3), Glenn Soles (3/4), Craig Nelson (3/4 with a timely grand slam HR) and Lloyd Newlands (3/4). Thanks to Dave Elkins and Troy MacQueen for umpiring with Dave Fleck up in the tower.
The Property Sisters lost to the league leading Thunderbird Auto 12 to 9.  The game was close.  By the end of the 6th frame, the House Sellers trailed Bob Topham’s Car Mechanics by a 10 to 9 score.  In the open inning our opponent tallied 2 more and we failed to plate any more runs with the hammer.  Pitcher Mike Anderson and Alan Caillouette both had 3/4 days at the plate followed by Chip Robertson, David Zuker, Ralph Mckeever, Ron Michalski, and Jim Opyd all contributing 2 hits each.  Garry Weslosky also went yard today!  Thanks to the two umpires and score keeper.
   Liberty Buick - 14   Treedah Magee Realtor - 10
Liberty Buick faced off against Treedah on a day when its climbing to 80 degrees today. A very tight game through 5 innings with Liberty holding a 2 run lead. The 6th inning was the turning point when Treedah was held scoreless and Liberty plated 5 runs. Treedah mounted a run at Liberty but were held to 3 runs and Liberty Buick finally got off the schneid with a 14 to 10 win. Batting a perfect .1000 were Rob White (2B)  and Bill Parker. A great hitting day for Blaine Lutz (3/4, 2 HR, 2B, 7 RBI), Also hitting .750 were Ron Coleman, John Boland, Kirk Andes (2B), and Dave Hammel. Liberty went 24 for 36 today, some nice hitting. Thanks to Dave Hammel and Dave Lawrence for subbing.
The Treedah Magee Realtors battled Jamie’s Liberty Buick boys Tuesday morning at the Field of Dreams. Playing their usual solid defense, the realtors could not match the relentless firepower of the high octane Buick boys. The result was a 14-10 loss. Leading offensive stars were Scott Roberts, Dave Archer and Gary Stueber with three hits each.  Contributing two hits were team members Jay Schirpke, Darren Duncan, Ron Wong and Tom Gibans with one of Duncan’s hits being a two run homer.
Congratulations to Liberty Buick for getting the proverbial monkey off their back. Should make for a very interesting final nine red league contests. Next up for the Treedah Magee team will be Lisa’s Colonnade team.
                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 9, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 7 2 1 0.75
Treedah Magee Realtor 6 2 2 0.70
WyYerd Fiber 5 3 2 0.60
Property Sisters 4 5 1 0.45
The Colonnade 4 5 1 0.45
Liberty Buick 0 8 1 0.05
Thursday, March 9, 2023
   The Colonnade - 16   Property Sisters - 15   
It was a hard fought battle between Colonnade and Property Sisters.  Colonnade came out on top in the 7th beating Property Sisters 16-15.  Colonnade's bats were hot and cold but hot when it counted most. Colonnade was able to hold Property Sisters from scoring more than 3 runs in any inning until the 7th. Some great catches were made by the outfield as well as tight defense on the infield.  Colonnade was ahead by one going into the 7th but Property Sisters were able to score 5.  Troy McQueen went 4 for 5 with a double, Joe Guzzo had three hits with a homer. The bottom of the line up all got on base when Sub John Hammel hit a timely 3 run home run in  to tie the game. Joe Guzzo was the winning run on base. Troy McQueen steps up to the plate and hits in the winning run.  Thank you to our subs John Hammel, Jerry Lubeck and Ron Wong. Great job Colonnade. Thanks Jerry for keeping score
The Property Sisters lost a close one to The Colonnade this afternoon 15 to 16.  The game was tied at 7 by the end of the 5th frame.  In the following inning Lisa’s team regained the lead 10 to 11.  The House Sellers proceeded to plate a nickel in their half of the open frame, but with the hammer, The Colonnade Squad matched our 5 tallies earning them the win.  We accumulated 27 hits in the game including home runs by Chip Robertson and sub Craig Nelson, but just couldn’t close the deal!  Craig Nelson led our hit parade with his 5/5 effort and Jim Opyd had a perfect 4/4 day.  Ralph Mckeever followed with his 4 hits with Mike Anderson, Garry Weslosky, and sub Dale Halder contributing their 3 hit performances.  Special thanks to Dave Fleck and the other aforementioned subs for filling in!  Nice job umpires and the group in the scoring tower!
Treedah Magee Realtor - 15   Thunderbird Auto - 11  
It was a gorgeous day for softball at the Field of Dreams today as the Red League reached the half way point of their season. And it was fun, fun, fun as the Treedah Magee Realtors put the “TBirds” away. ( Apologies to The Beach Boys!) Actually it was a very close, well played game by both teams through the first five innings. The leather was being displayed by both teams with Dennis Estes making two great plays for the opponents, one an over the shoulder catch in short center field that he turned into a double play. The Realtors bats went cold and silent after scoring 3 runs in the first. From the second inning through the fifth, we only sent thirteen batters to the plate. Trailing 6-3 entering the sixth,  Treedah’s  hitters found their stride and scored 5 runs only to have the auto boys score 5 of their own. The top of the seventh started with an errant throw which nailed Bob Kloehn in the calf for our first base runner. Opportunity knocked and we kept the pressure on scoring 7 runs and shutting out Tops team in the bottom of the seventh.The ensuing lump doubled the size of Bobs calf so Ron Michalski entered the game as Bobs replacement and contributed a single. Leading hitters were Darren Duncan, and sub Dave Hammel with three hits each. Dave hit a home run while Darren had a double and a triple. Players with two hits each were Jay Schirpke, Dave Dorn, Ron Wong and subs Rob White and Greg Kastelic. Gary Stueber had a hit and sacrifice fly and Kloehn had the single in the seven run seventh. The coach also tied some type of record by making the first and last out in the seventh! Anyone else out there hold that elusive record? Thanks to our umpires Jamie Sullivan and Bill Parker along with Lisa Pellitier running the scoreboard. Next Tuesday the Realtors will lock horns with Jamie’s Liberty Buick team. Game time 11:00 
A tight game (3-3 after four innings) between Thunderbird Auto and Jeff’s Treedah Magee Team until the late innings. The TBirds took a three run lead (11-8) into the last frame and then got clobbered by the Realtors and lost 15-11. Top hitters were Dennis Estes (4/4 with several sensational over the shoulder grabs), Craig Nelson (4/4 with a HR) and Ron Coleman (3/4 with a triple). Thanks to the umps and Scorekeeper. Beautiful day.
 WyYred Fiber - 15   Liberty Buick - 14
Liberty Buick faced off against Wyyerd on a another great day to play softball. The score was very close throughout the game. Wyyerd took a 1 run lead at the end of the 4th inning and held on for a 1 run win at 15 to 14.  Craig Nelson lead the way with 5 hits followed closely by Ron Coleman and Garry Weslosky with 4 hits each for Liberty. Kirk Andes and Bill Parker each had very nice 3 for 4 days. Thanks to Lloyd Newlands, Craig Nelson, Garry Weslosky, Brian Pin, and Lisa Pelletier for subbing. Congratulations to Wyyerd on the win.
One of the most exciting games I've seen played on Field of Dreams in a long time.  The umpiring was fantastic, thanks Jeff and Scott!  Defensive plays were made when necessary and offense was provided at key times as well.  Dave Archer handled scoreboard duty admirably.  These games that are scheduled during tournament weeks get difficult due to the number of subs needed to play the game.  I believe today WyYred had 2 subs and Liberty Buick had 5.  Hat tipped to commissioner Don Ranieri for keeping the games on schedule.  Assistant commissioners Paul Becker and Craig Nelson...thank you for stepping up and taking on a very difficult duty. 

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 7, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 7 1 1 0.83
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 2 2 0.67
WyYerd Fiber 4 3 2 0.56
Property Sisters 4 4 1 0.50
The Colonnade 3 5 1 0.39
Liberty Buick 0 8 1 0.06
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
   Thunderbird Auto - 17   The Colonnade - 9     
The Thunderbird Auto Team jumped out to a 4-2 lead after one inning and never looked back posting a 17-9 win over Lisa’s Colonnade team. The defense again led the way in limiting the Hospitality folks to a few runs allowing the TBirds to unloaded 25 hits. Leading the way were Dennis Estes (4/5 with a Triple) sub Brad Brulotte (4/4), Glenn Soles (3/5), Craig Nelson (3/4 with a towering 3 run HR) and Jeff Watson 3/4). Thanks to Larry Biko and Dave Dorn for umpiring with an extra special thank you to Ted Koch up in the tower for filling in for Brad.
The Colonnade fell behind first place Thunderbird 8-2 and couldn’t recover on their way to a 17-9 loss on a beautiful morning at The field of Dreams. Leading the way once again was Troy MacQueen with a perfect 4-4 day with 3 doubles. Joe Guzzo led us with 4 RBI’s on his 2-3 day and hit a towering 2 run homer for our only runs through 4 innings. David Fusaro went 3-4. Sub Chuck Cruz and David Elkins were 2-3. Pete Semenek was 2-4. The Colonnade went 18-36. For an OBP of .500. Not going to win many games in the Red League with only 18 hits. The Canadien umpiring crew of Larry Biko and Dale Halder did an excellent job. Thanks to John Hammel for coordinating and posting the write-ups.
Treedah Magee Realtor - 11   WyYred Fiber - 10    
Failure to produce any offense in the first two innings , the Treedah Magee Realtors found themselves on the short end of a 9-0 deficit to Tom and Paul’s WyYerd team. The bottom of the third saw a totally different team emerge. Taking a cue from the coaches game day quote, remembering it’s not how you start the race and throwing in a little “don’t stop believing, the realtors rallied. They proceeded to plate 8 runs in the next two innings to trail 9-8 going into the open inning after both teams failed to score in either the 5th or 6th innings. The WyYerd team increased their lead to 2, however Treedahs top of the order was not to be denied. The realtors plated three in their half of the seventh inning to capture a hard earned 11-10 victory and move into sole possession of second place. Leading the comeback on the offensive side were Jay Schirpke with four hits from the lead off position. Dave Dorn and Tom Gibans contributed three hits each , Bob Kloehn had two key hits while the rest of the lineup had  one hit each. Thanks to our subs Dave Fusaro and Pete Semenak. Pete, by the way, had the game winning single in the seventh. Gibans pitching along with a key double play by our defense with the bases loaded,  helped preserve the victory. Thanks to the umpiring crew of Eric Swobody and Glenn Soles. Next up for the Treedah Magee team are the first place boys from Thunderbird Auto.
Riddle of the day.  How does a team go up 9-0 and lose 11-10.  Answer...senior softball.  Expect crazy poo to happen then sit back and watch crazy poo happen.  Ok..our defense wasn't terrible but our offense needed more timely hitting.  We hit the ball hard but it always seemed to bounce off one player directly to another.  Just one of those days.  Congrats to Treedah Magee's squad for outlasting us in this one.  Thanks to Eric and Glenn for officiating.  Field is in great shape.  If you ever want to know exactly how great our field is and what a great job our grounds crew does, just go play a tournament in Phoenix some weekend.  You will then appreciate the job Jim Opyd and his crew do throughout the year!  
Property Sisters - 13   Liberty Buick - 5 
The Property Sisters Squad came out on the winning end of a game against Liberty Buick 13 to 5.  The House Sellers came out strong in the first inning scoring a nickel and never relinquished the lead.  By the end of the fourth frame the score was 11 to 5.  While we only tallied another two runs the remainder of the game, our defense kept Jamie White’s Car Seller Team from plating any more runs.  Quite an accomplishment to limit our last two opponent’s run totals to 5 each game.   Offensive highlights included Terry Graves having a perfect day at the plate followed by Dave Zuker’s 4/5 effort and Alan Caillouette, Garry Weslosky, Ron Michalski, and Jim Mcdonald all contributing 3 hits each.
Liberty Buick faced off against the Property Sisters on a great day to play ball. The game was close through the first inning at 3 runs to 5. Property Sisters had a balanced attack throughout the rest of the game while Liberty could only muster 2 more runs. Congratulations to Property Sisters on a 13 to 5 win. Brian Kaping had 3 hits in the contest. Thanks to Troy Macqueen and Dave Lawrence for subbing.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 2, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 6 1 1 0.81
Treedah Magee Realtor 4 2 2 0.63
WyYerd Fiber 4 2 2 0.63
The Colonnade 3 4 1 0.44
Property Sisters 3 4 1 0.44
Liberty Buick 0 7 1 0.06
Thursday, March 2, 2023
   Thunderbird Auto - 1   WyYred Fiber - 1      
Rain out
Rain out
The Colonnade - 1   Liberty Buick - 1   
Rain out
Rain out
Property Sisters - 1   Treedah Magee Realtor - 1  
Rain out
After all the trash talking, tv promotional ads, player interviews  and week long build up, the battle of the realtors at the Field of Dreams ended in a 1-1 tie. The fans displayed their frustrations and disappointment as the flooded the ESPN  and the US senior softball association phone lines requesting some type of tie breaker. One fan even called and said had there been bigger bases, no infield shift, extra inning ghost runner and a pitch clock on Moondawg, more runs would have been scored!
The  teams would like to thank the fans from both teams, Treedah Magee Realtors and The Property Sisters, for their support during this epic battle. The sponsors have requested that you return their for sale, pending and sold signs to their respective properties! Have a great weekend. The Red League Winter session will resume on Tuesday with a full, three game slate. Catch the games live or on the softball 🥎 streaming network.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 28, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 6 1 0 0.86
Treedah Magee Realtor 4 2 1 0.64
WyYerd Fiber 4 2 1 0.64
The Colonnade 3 4 0 0.43
Property Sisters 3 4 0 0.43
Liberty Buick 0 7 0 0.00
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
   Thunderbird Auto - 20   Property Sisters - 15      
Thunderbird Auto and Liberty Buick left nothing on the field as the TBirds won a close encounter with Jamie’s Liberty team 20-15. The lead changed multiple times only to be tied 15-15 after 5 1/2 innings then the Auto Mechanics put 5 on the board to take a 20-15 lead into the last frame. Good defense then closed out the game. Top hitters were Dennis Estes (4/4), Sam Newby (4/4), Pete Houghton (4/4), John Hammel (3/3), Craig Nelson (3/4), Eric Swobody (3/4), Jeff Watson (3/4) and Steve Katz (3/4). Thanks to the umpires and scoreboard folks.
Liberty Buick faced off against Thunderbird at the field of Dreams today. The game was close through 5 innings. Thunderbird pulled away by scoring 5 runs in back to back innings in the 5th and 6th frames. Blaine Lutz had a nice 5 hit day. 4 hits apiece for Barry Koch (HR, 2B) and John Boland. Chipping in with 3 Hits each were Ron Coleman (2B), Brian Kaping, Jaime White (2B), and sub Dave Lawrence (2B). Just came up a little short today at 20 to 15. Thanks to Dave Lawrence for subbing. Congrats to Thunderbird!
The Colonnade - 18   Treedah Magee Realtor - 13   
Colonnade had a great day at the Field of Dreams with a win over 18-13 Treedah Magee. Colonnades bats were slow in the beginning what was able to tie up the game with five hits in the fourth inning and defense held Treedah Magee from scoring any runs.  The game was tied up 7 to 7 going into the top of the 5th inning. Colonnade was able to outscore Treedah Magee in the last two innings to come up with the win.  Dave Fusaro, Troy McQueen, Gary Ambruz, sub Dave Lawrence, Lisa Pelletier and Dave Elkins all had four hits each. Joe Guzzo contributed three hits. Pete Semenak had two hits as did Brian Pin and sub John Hammel. Thank you to subs John Hammel and Dave Lawrence. 
The number thirteen was certainly an unlucky one for the Treedah Magee Realtors today as they lost to Lisa’s Colonnade squad 18-13. Three goose eggs in the first, fourth and the open seventh inning resulted in the Realtors dropping their second game of the young season. Dave Dorn 4/4, Dave Archer 3/4 and Darren Duncan 3/4 were the leading hitters today with one of Darren’s hits a solo shot over the left center field fence. Thursday, the Treedah boys will be back in action against Chuck’s Property Sisters as they battle for realtor bragging rights. Todays  umpires, Barry Koch and Dale McLaughlin and scoreboard operator Brian Kaping are to be commended for their excellent handling of the contest. Just a reminder to all players that the general membership meeting is Wednesday evening, March 1 at the Cimarron Center at 6:30pm.
Property Sisters - 10   WyYerd Fiber - 5   
The Property Sisters Squad came out on the winning end of a game against WyYerd Fiber 10 to 5.  The House Sellers took an early 6 to 3 lead at the end of the second inning.  While plating just 4 more runs the remainder of the game, it was enough as our defensive effort in support of pitcher Mike Anderson managed to hold Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker’s solid hitting Fiber Optic Team to just 2 more tallies!  Terry Graves led our 22 hit parade with his perfect 4/4 day followed by Mike Anderson and Alan Caillouette with their 3 hit performances.  Chiming in with their 2 hits each were Chip Robertson, Garry Weslosky, Dave Zuker, Ralph Mckeever, and Jim Opyd. Thanks to the umpires Dave Fusaro and Troy MacQueen with Ted Koch in the scoring tower.
Well...the bright side is we're 4-2-1.  The cloudy side is we just played our worst game of the season.  Very shaky defense and lackluster hitting was the order of the day.  Sunny and pleasant, great morning for a ballgame.  Except only one team showed up.  Keep your heads up high fella's we're better than that and everyone including us knows it.  Thanks Craig and Jamie for playing with us today.  

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 23, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 5 1 0 0.83
Treedah Magee Realtor 4 1 1 0.76
WyYerd Fiber 4 1 1 0.76
The Colonnade 2 4 0 0.33
Property Sisters 2 4 0 0.33
Liberty Buick 0 6 0 0.00
Thursday, February 23, 2023
   Thunderbird Auto - 12   Property Sisters - 9      
Thunderbird Auto and Chuckie’s Property Sisters played a tight game today under cool conditions with the Auto Mechanics outlasting the Realtors 12-9. After 5 1/2 innings the TBirds had a one run lead 10-9 before Craig Nelson (3/4 with a HR) sent a ball into orbit headed towards Wickenburg to pad the lead 12-9 and secure the win. Dennis Estes (4/4) and Pete Houghton (3/3) were perfect at the plate with Sam Newby (2/4), Lloyd Newlands (2/4), Dale Halder (2/3), Jeff Watson (2/3), John Hammel (2/3) and Steve Katz (2/3) providing great run support. Thanks to Blaine Lutz and Jamie Sullivan for umpiring with Jay Schripke up in the tower.
The Property Sisters Team lost to Thunderbird Auto today 9 to 12.  The House Sellers kept the game interesting while playing catchup to Bob Topham’s Squad.  We closed the gap by the end of our half of the 6th inning 9 to 10.  The Auto Mechanics proceeded to plate 2 more runs in their half of the frame ultimately sealing their win.  Garry Weslosky and Ron Michalski both had 4/4 days at the plate.  Mike Anderson, Alan Caillouette, and Ralph Mckeever made their 2 hit contributions to our offensive effort.  Thanks umpires Jamie Sullivan and Blaine Lutz and Jay Schirpke in the scoring tower.
Treedah Magee Realtor - 22   Liberty Buick - 16   
The Treedah Magee Realtor team scored 5 quick runs in the first, only to have Jamie’s Liberty Buick team answer with 5 of their own to even the score. Then the realtors went into a drought, scoring only 2 runs in the next  three innings while the Buick boys plated  5. Not to be denied, the Realtors put together a very impressive clutch, team hitting display over the last three innings. Over that three inning span, the entire team hit a robust 22 for 25! That combined with  Liberty only scoring 1 run in the last two innings helped The Treedah Magee team secure a well earned, TEAM victory 22-16. Players that had perfect days at the plate include Scott Roberts, Dave Archer, Tom Gibans and Ron Wong. Gibans hits also accounted for a 6 rbi day! Everyone else on the team  had at least two hits. Thanks to Mike Anderson and Al Cailllouette for umpiring and Jerry Lubeck on the scoreboard panel. Next Tuesday the Realtors take on Lisa’s tough Colonnade team at the Field of Dreams.
Liberty Buick faced off against Treedah at the field of Dreams. The game was nip and tuck until the final innings. Liberty maintained a lead through 5 innings. The Treedah bats kicked in scoring 10 runs in the final two frames while holding Liberty to 1 run. Barry Koch (HR, BB) had 4 hits. 3 Hits a piece for John Boland, Blaine Lutz (2 2B), Brian Kaping, Rob White and Dave Lawrence (HR). Just came up a little short today at 22 to 16. Thanks to Dave Lawrence for subbing. Congrats to Treedah!
WyYerd Fiber - 12   The Colonnade - 11
Cold and windy one run victory for the WyYred Fiber squad today.  Coach Ranalls was away selling houses while Paul Becker led the team to their 4th win against one loss and a tie to end the sessions week #3.  Sub Ken Chapman filled in nicely with a couple towering HR's (one ensuring cold beer for next week).  Banged up knee Don Ranieri added a dinger and a case of beers as well.  WyYred Fiber is playing well together and staying focused when finding themselves in a bit of a hole.  Never counting themselves out and keeping cool heads.  After all it's senior softball where anything can happen and it usually does.  Nice to see the WyYred boys all on the same page with GRAY PANTS/SHORTS.  Keep up the great fashion sense fellas!
It was a back and forth battle between Colonnade and Wyyerd. Colonnade came short by 1. The final score was 12-11.  Troy McQueen had a perfect day at the plate which included two over the fence home runs. Dave Fusaro, sub Randy Cihlar (thanks Randy), Pete Semenak and Joe Guzzo each had three hits. Gary Ambruz and sub Chuck Cruz each contributed two hits. Gary Ambruz made a great running catch at right field. Joe Guzzo made a hard over his head catch then threw to first to get the runner out as well.  Double play.  Thank you to Jerry Hotzler for scorekeeping. 

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 21, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 4 1 0 0.80
Treedah Magee Realtor 3 1 1 0.70
WyYerd Fiber 3 1 1 0.70
The Colonnade 2 3 0 0.40
Property Sisters 2 3 0 0.40
Liberty Buick 0 5 0 0.00
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
   WyYred Fiber - 18   Liberty Buick - 16      
The WyYred Fiber squad put together a solid game of good defense and timely hitting to beat a talented Liberty Buick team today.  We're off to a good 3-1-1 start and that is key to challenging for the title.  Guys are working together to improve for each game.  Great job! Looks like a couple more weeks of cruddy weather then a good dose of why we all live here!  
Liberty Buick faced off against Wyyerd, on a nice weather day, at the field of Dreams. The game stayed fairly close most of the way. Liberty maintained a lead through 4 innings. The Wyyerd bats kicked in scoring 11 runs in the final three frames while holding Liberty to 6 runs. Sub Dave Fusaro and Barry Koch (HR, 2B) each had 4 hits. 3 Hits a piece for John Boland (HR, 3B, 2B), Blaine Lutz, Jamie White, and Bill Parker. Memorable defensive plays from Jamie White (2), Sub Dave Lawrence, and Rob White. Just came up a little short today at 18 to 16. Thanks to Dave Fusaro and Dave Lawrence for subbing. Congrats to Wyyerd!
  Property Sisters - 14   The Colonnade - 11
The Property Sisters Team came out on the winning side of a close game against The Colonnade Squad. Once again, the House Sellers started out strong, simmered during the middle frames, but finished on top.  We had an early 8 to 2 lead by the end of the 2nd frame.  In the following 4 innings, Lisa’s hard hitting team managed to plate 9 runs to our 3 tallies tying the game at 11.    In the final frame, we scored 3 runs while holding our opponent scoreless earning us the victory!  Chip Robertson led our 25 hit parade with his 4 hits, followed by Alan Caillouette and Dave Zuker with their perfect 3/3 days at the plate.  Contributing with their 3 hits each were Garry Weslosky, Mike Anderson and last minute sub Ron Coleman - one of which was a blast over the left center field wall.  Special thanks to the aforementioned sub, umpires Jamie White, Bill Parker with Dave Fleck in the scoring tower.
Colonnade came up short today against Property Sisters 14-11.  Some timely defensive plays were made but it wasn't enough. Pete "Golden Glove" Semenak made a great diving catch in left center and had two hits. Dave "double play" Elkins grabbed an infield pop fly then threw to first catching Chip Robertson off the base.  Dave "strike out- 30 pack" Fusaro went 3 for 4. Troy McQueen contributed three hits with two of those being doubles. Joe Guzzo legged out a double even with a pulled muscle. Thank you Brad Brulotte for subbing and Jerry Hotzler for scorekeeping.
 Thunderbird Auto - 17   Treedah Magee Realtor - 6
The visiting Thunderbird Auto Team came out quick and stalled and found themselves behind 2-0 before they could fire up the engine and fire up they did… scoring 17 runs over the next five innings to overwhelm Jeff’s first place Treedah Magee team 17-6. What was unusual about the game were the five (5) double plays the TBirds had thrown at them but yet were able to score 17 runs on 30 hits. The entire lineup had at least two hits with Dennis Estes (4/5), Joe Guzzo (4/4), Jeff Watson (4/4), Steve Katz (4/4), Craig Nelson (3/4) and Sam Newby (3/4) hitting the ball really good. Want to thank Randy Cihlar (2/3) for his great plays at third as he prepares to head out to Chicago to Coach his High School team. Thanks to Terry and Dave Zuker for umpiring and Ted Koch up in the tower.
The Treedah Magee realtors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the Thunderbird Auto boys. Unfortunately over the next 6 innings, they were outscored 17-4 and absorbed their first loss of the young season. Collectively we were a paltry 14 for 35 which computes to a …. batting average. You can do the math LOL .400. Thanks go out to Troy MacQueen for filling in a shortstop and leading our offensive attack ( if that’s what we could call it) Troy was three for four with one round tripper. Thanks also are in order to  Ted Koch for operating the scoreboard, especially the visitors line score and the talented and capable umpiring crew of Dave Zucker and Terry Graves. The Treedah Magee team will show up on Thursday as they do battle with Jamie’s Liberty Buick team at 1:30.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 16, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Treedah Magee Realtor 3 0 1 0.88
Thunderbird Auto 3 1 0 0.75
WyYerd Fiber 2 1 1 0.63
The Colonnade 2 2 0 0.50
Property Sisters 1 3 0 0.25
Liberty Buick 0 4 0 0.00
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Treedah Magee Realtor - 17   WyYred Fiber - 17     
The Treedah Magee Realtor team found themselves down 17-9 going into the top of the seventh inning versus Tom and Paul’s WyYerd bashers.  Not to be denied, the realtors sent thirteen hitters to the plate and scored 8 runs to even the score at 17-17. The defense then secured the tie with a double play and an easy fielders choice in the home half of the seventh. Leading the hit parade were  subs Rob White, and Pete Semenak, followed by Darren Duncan, Gary Stueber, Dave Dorn, Dave Archer, Ron Wong Bob  Kloehn and the coach, all with multiple hit games. Thanks to todays umpires Troy MacQueen and Murray Fairweather along with Lisa in the tower. And as always, thanks to the field maintenance crew and our commissioner. The Treedah Magee team returns to the home dugout on Tuesday for an 11 o’clock contest against Tops auto mechanics from Thunderbird.
Tie ball game folks!  WyYred couldn't hang on to the lead they held almost the entire game.  Treedah came out firing in the 7th and tied it up with 8 runs!  Lots of good hitting and solid defense by both teams today.  WyYred coach and SS Ranalls had trouble securing two easy double play balls that cost a few runs.  Coach Ranalls also decided to save himself the embarrassment of swinging at a pitch on the front outside corner of the plate and contribute to the 30 Pack cause and supply.  It was not a good day for the coach.  Anyway...next time he will be the dog instead of the fire hydrant!  Good job by the umpires and scorekeeper today.  A tie this early in the session isn't a terrible thing although we really let this one get away!  See y'all next week.  Oh..Don Ranieri had a nice HR to LC field. Thanks to Eric Swobody and Joe Guzzo for subbing. See ya Tuesday!
Thunderbird Auto - 7   The Colonnade - 6
On another cold afternoon the Thunderbird Auto Gang finally got going in the late innings and edged past Lisa’s Colonnade team 7-6. The Colonnade team jumped out to a 5-0 start in the first inning before the TBirds tightened up their defense and held Colonnade to one run over the next six innings enabling the TBirds to slowly get back in the game. Top hitters were Eric Swobody (3/3), Craig Nelson (3/4) and Lloyd Newlands (3/3). Thanks to Larry Biko and Dale Halder for umpiring and Gary Stueber in the tower.
Colonnade started off strong on offense by scoring 5 in the first inning but was unable to capitalize on that momentum in their 7-6 loss to Thunderbird Auto.  Colonnade did hold off Thunderbird Auto until the 6  inning when Thunderbird took the lead and held on. Thank you to our subs Jerry Lubeck and Al Deangelis.  Thank you Jerry for score keeping.
 Property Sisters - 18   Liberty Buick - 3
The Property Sisters Team got their first victory of the winter session today with a healthy win over Liberty Buick.  It was one of those games (and we’ve all been on both sides of them) where everything goes right for one team, and nothing goes right for the other!  Our defense was highlighted by 3 double plays and limiting Jamie White’s Car Dealer Squad to just 3 runs.  The House Seller’s bats even trumped their defensive efforts.  Five players had perfect 3/3 days at the plate including Ron Michalski, Mike Anderson, Garry Weslosky and subs Bob Kloehn and Ken Chapman – one of which was a blast over the left field wall.  Chip Robertson and Jim Opyd, along with subs Dale Halder and David Fleck added their 2 hits each to our 23 total.   Special thanks to our 5 subs, especially last minute replacements Dave Dorn and Dale Halder. Good job umpires Dennis Estes and Lloyd Newlands and you too Craig Nelson pushing all those buttons in the scoring tower.
Well, this shouldn't take long. We lost 18-3 in 4.5 innings to Chuckie's Property Sisters. On the bright side, we only have one way to go. We are looking for bigger and brighter things next week. Have a good weekend. Good luck to all the guys playing in the tournament. 

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 14, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Treedah Magee Realtor 3 0 0 1.00
Thunderbird Auto 2 1 0 0.67
The Colonnade 2 1 0 0.67
WyYred Fiber 2 1 0 0.67
Liberty Buick 0 3 0 0.00
Property Sisters 0 3 0 0.00
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Treedah Magee Realtor - 15   Property Sisters - 11     
It was a cool, damp day at the Field of Dreams as the Treedah Magee Realtors took on Chuck’s Property Sisters team. The bats were as cool as the weather through the first two innings as the Sisters team led 2-1. Treedahs team then proceeded to outscore the opposition 14-9 and walk away with a 15-11 victory. Once again the combination of timely hitting and superb and steady defense led to a well earned team victory. Everyone had at least one hit and all but one player scored at least once. The team batted .648 for the game (24 for 37) with Gary Stueber and Jay Schirpke leading the way with 4 hits each. Stueber also contributed a game high 5 runs batted in! The Treedah Magee Realtor team will conclude their three game road trip on Thursday at 12:15 as they do battle with Tom and Paul’s band of WyYerd Fiber team. Thanks to the umpiring crew of Dave Elkins and Brian Pin and to Joe Guzzo up in the tower. Good luck to all the red league members who are participating in this weeks tournament!
The Property Sisters lost to Treedah Magee Realtor 15 to 11. The Sisters Group trailed Jeff Silversteen’s team by just one run - 9 to 8 by the end of the 5th inning.  However, in the final two frames, they managed another 6 tallies to our 2 earning them the win.  While our defense could have been a little better, our bats kept us in the hunt.  Terry Graves led our offense with his 4/4 effort followed by Chip Robertson, Alan Caillouette, and Ron Michalski each with their 3 hit performances. Thanks to last minute sub Ron Coleman for handling the right field duties, Rob White at second base, our two umpires and the scoreboard operator.  
The Colonnade - 14   Liberty Buick - 10
The Colonnade scored in every inning but one to win a hard fought victory over Liberty Buick 14-10. Leading the way for The Colonnade was Randy Cihlar with a perfect 5-5 and a team leading 3 rbis. Newcomer Joe Gizzo continued to hit well going 4-4 with a double. Troy Macqueen was 4-5 with a double and a triple. Pete Semenek was also 4-5 including a walk. Brian Pin and Gary Ambruz were each 3-4. Brian a double. Sub Terry Graves was 2-4. David Fusaro was 2-5 with a triple. Our team was 28-44 for an on base %age of .636. Umpires Ron Wong and Dave Dorn made the game flow smoothly with all the right calls.
Liberty Buick faced off against the Colonnade on a cold and slightly wet day at the Field of Dreams. The game stayed fairly close most of the way. In the end, the Colonnade took away a 14 to 10 win. Kirk Andes was perfect from the plate at 3/3. Contributing 3 hits each were Ron Coleman, Blaine Lutz, Brian Kaping and Rob White. 2 hits for John Boland and Bill Parker. Ron Coleman and Brian Kaping had some nice defensive plays. Jamie Sullivan took a a very hard fall on the wet outfield and we all wish him a speedy recovery! Next up Property Sisters.
 WyYerd Fiber - 18   Thunderbird Auto - 16
WyYred Fiber only got to bat 6 times in the 18-16 victory as the teams had the ol flip flop rule in effect after the bottom of the 6th inning.  WyYred Fiber had a firm grip on the game throughout until Thunderbird Auto broke through with 8 runs in the flip flop half of the 7th.  WyYred held on for an 18-16 victory.  A thank you to Troy MacQueen for helping us in Don Ranieri's absence.  Solid defense by WyYred Fiber gave them a 13-4 lead after 3 1/2 innings.  Solid hitting throughout the lineup combined for 18 runs in six at bats.  Nice game boys!  Good luck to Greg Kastelic on Wednesday as he is having a peeper infused with bionic serum.  Other peeper to follow in a couple weeks.  Good luck Greg!   Very nice job umpiring by Pete Semenac and Dave Elkins today.  Some tough calls but results were well thought out and just!  Great work for a pair of underpaid retirees!   
Cold, cold and cold. Thunderbird Auto fought back from a deep hole only to come up short 18-16 to WyYerd. The TBirds played from behind all day although they banged out 30 hits. Great defense by the Fiber guys kept the TBirds off balance. Behind 18-8 in the seventh inning the teams “Flip/ Flopped” and that’s when the TBirds sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 8 runs in a valiant attempt to catch WyYerd. Top hitters were Glenn Soles (5/5), Craig Nelson (5/5 with a HR), Dennis Estes (4/5), Pete Houghton (4/5) and Lloyd Newlands (3/5). Thanks to Dave Elkins and Pete Semenak for umpiring and Ted Koch up in the tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 9, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 2 0 0 1.00
Treedah Magee Realtor 2 0 0 1.00
The Colonnade 1 1 0 0.50
WyYred Fiber 1 1 0 0.50
Liberty Buick 0 2 0 0.00
Property Sisters 0 2 0 0.00
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Treedah Magee - Realtor - 15   The Colonnade - 12     
On a day better suited for flying a kite or wind surfing, Lisa’s Colonnade team and the Treedah Magee Realtors, battled in an overall well played game. The realtors escaped with a 15-12 victory behind the pitching of Tom Gibans . Facing  the heart of Colonnades lineup in the bottom of the seventh inning, Gibans induced their hitters to hit three infield grounders that secured the victory. Defense was highlighted by Darren Duncan’s over the shoulder catch and Ron Wong’s relay throw from Scott Roberts to nail a runner at the plate. Players with multiple hits included Jay Schirpke, Scott Roberts, Darren Duncan, Dave Dorn, Dave Archer, Ron Wong, Tom Gibans and the coach. Kudos to umpires Jeff Watson and Glenn Soles and to Pete Houghton running the scoreboard. Chuck’s Property Sisters are next up for Treedahs team on Tuesday at 8:30. Enjoy the Super Bowl and/or the WM golf tournament everyone.
Windy conditions greeted the Red League today at the Field of Dreams. Jeff’s Treedah Magee Realtor team prevailed over The Colonnade in a hard fought game 15-12. Leading the way for The Colonnade was Dave Elkins 3-3 effort plus a walk. Gary Ambruz, Brian Pin, and sub Rob White were all 3-4. David Fusaro and Troy Macqueen were 3-5, Macqueen had  2 doubles and a triple and played tough defense at shortstop. Newcomer Joe Guzzo was 2-4. Randy Cihlar and Pete Semenak were 2-5 with Semenak running down several wind-blown balls in right center. As a team The Colonnade went 24-43 for a .558 on base %age. Good sportsmanship was displayed by Treedah Magee early when a ball thrown from the outfield struck the Colonnade runner into third base hard to the back of his leg. As the runner passed the base Treedah players were more concerned with the player maybe being injured than tagging him out. A class act by a class team.
Thunderbird Auto - 20   Liberty Buick - 10
Let the wind blow… and it sure did. Outfield balls became infield balls, a centerfield shot ended up on the right field foul line. And so it was, Thunderbird Auto survived the windstorm and rode away with a windswept 20-10 win over Jamie’s Liberty Buick. Five players banged out four hits each - Randy Cihlar (4/4), Dennis Estes (4/5), Craig Nelson (4/5 w/ two triples), Sam Newby (4/5) and Pete Houghton (4/5). John Hammel (3/4) legged out a triple to right and Glenn Soles (3/5) added timely hits.  A good defense, led by Newby’s Harold Steele play and considering the conditions helped keep the Car Guys off balance and scoreless in five innings.
Liberty Buick faced off against Thunderbird Auto on a terribly windy day at the Field of Dreams. The bats were never able to get on track for Liberty on this day. Thunderbird hit well and took away a 20 to 10 victory. Contributing 3 hits each were Ron Coleman, Blaine Lutz, Jamie Sullivan and Rob White. Ron Coleman, Barry Koch, and John Boland contributed several nice defensive plays in the tough wind. Looking forward to next week! 
 WyYerd Fiber - 19   Property Sisters - 6
WyYerd Fiber got their first win of the season by defeating Property Sisters 19 to 6. Thanks to Ken Chapman for subbing.  We had several good defensive plays at 2nd base by Jerry Lubeck and two good throws from the outfield to 3rd base by Brad Bruloftte to get the outs.  Thanks to everyone on this windy day. See you all back on Tuesday. 
The Property Sisters Team lost to WyYerd Fiber 18 to 6.  The House Sellers were no match for Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker’s Fiberoptic Squad today.  Tough to win in this league by tallying 6 runs and 11 hits.  They just hit the ball where we weren’t, and we hit the ball where they were!  Thanks Ardy Robertson for the homemade cookies you had for the team and meatballs for those players and fans who braved the cool windy afternoon following the game.  Thanks also to the umpires and scoreboard operator. 

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 7, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Treedah Magee Realtor 1 0 0 1.00
Thunderbird Auto 1 0 0 1.00
The Colonnade 1 0 0 1.00
Liberty Buick 0 1 0 0.00
Property Sisters 0 1 0 0.00
WyYred Fiber 0 1 0 0.00
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Treedah Magee - 11   Liberty Buick - 8     
The red league winter session commenced under bright, sunny skies and cool temperatures on Tuesday morning.  The opening game featured Jamie’s Liberty Buick team versus the realtors of Treedah Magee.
The game went back and forth until Treedah’s team pounded out seven straight hits and plated 5 runs which turned out to be the difference in the game. All the realtors contributed to the victory and we will be back at on Thursday against Lisa’s formidable Colonnade team. Thanks to Dave Zuckerberg  and Terry Graves for handling the umpire duties while Jim McDonald ran the scoreboard.
In an inning shortened game, Liberty Buick was behind Treedah Magee 9 to 8. The scoring tower had the game going 7 innings but it was only in the 6th inning. Before the error was discovered many had already left the field. Blaine Lutz had 4 hits including a home run. 3 hits each for Ron Coleman, and John Boland. Rob White and Kirk Andes were both 2 for 3. Ron Coleman made the catch of the day diving for a ball in right center field and making the shoestring catch.
Thunderbird Auto -13   Property Sisters - 11
Beautiful day for Opening Games at the Field of Dreams and The Thunderbird Auto Team raced out to a 12-4 lead after four innings and held on to edge Chuck’s Property Sisters 13-11.  Dennis Estes (3/4) put on great demonstration on playing the outfield in running down “Chip like fashion”several over-the- shoulder catches. Solid hitting up and down the line up by Craig Nelson (4/4 2 hard hit doubles), Eric Swobody (3/4), Sam Newby (3/4), Ron Coleman (2/3), Jeff Watson (2/3) and John Hammel (2/3).
The Property Sisters Team came out on the losing end of the 1st game of the Winter 2023 Red League Softball Session to Thunderbird Auto 11 to 13.  Both teams tallied 3 runs each in the first inning.  The house sellers plated 8 more runs the remainder of the game to Bob Topham’s Auto Mechanics 10 – and that was it!  Our defense was respectable, and we put the ball in play 24 times but not in the manner necessary to sustain many run producing rallies.  Our offense was led by perfect days at the plate by Mike Anderson 3/3 and Jim Macdonald 4/4. Alan Caillouette contributed 3 hits followed by Garry Weslosky, Terry Graves and Ron Michalski with their 2 hit performances.
The Colonnade - 13   WyYerd Fiber - 9
They say it's not how you start it's how you finish but today Colonnade started strong and finished strong in their win over Wyyerd 13 to 9. Colony started Strong by scoring five in the first inning with a couple sleeper innings in between and scoring in the last three. Colonnade was up but wired was able to tie up the game in the fourth and the fifth inning but colonnades defense was strong today and held wired to one run between 6th and 7th innings to hold on to the win. Defense was strong today with hot gloves all around. Try McQueen and Joe guzzo both went four for four today, Pete semenek, Dave Fusaro and sub Randy Cihlarr each contributed three hits. Thank you Jerry for score keeping. Way to go Colonnade we are undefeated. 
WyYerd Fiber team lost to The Colonnade 13 to 9.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 26, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Property Sisters 11 4 5 0.68
Thunderbird Auto 9 6 5 0.58
Treedah Magee Realtor 7 7 6 0.50
The Colonnade 7 8 5 0.48
WyYred Fiber 7 9 4 0.45
Liberty Buick 4 11 5 0.33
Thursday, January 26, 2023
WyYred Fiber - 21   Liberty Buick - 20      
In Ray Ray Gibson's final red league affair he had some nice defensive plays at 2nd base and chipped in a few key hits.  Pitching duties were shared by Rob White and Tom Ranalls and they got the out when they most needed them.  Good season boys!  Middle of the pack finish and everyone had fun and stayed reasonably healthy.  Congrats to Chuck Cruz and Dave Fusaro for winning the Red League crown with their solid Property Sisters team.  We get to do it all over again in less than two weeks.  Heal up those bumps and bruises fast!
In a season ending battle for the basement, Liberty Buick lost to Wyyerd Fiber 21-20 on a cool, windy day that was causing havoc with fly balls.  The game stayed close through 5 full innings with both teams briefly enjoying the lead before the score eventually settled at 16-All going into the 6th and 7th innings. Wyyerd scored 5 in their half of the 6th versus 4 for Liberty leaving the score now at 21-20 in Wyyerd's favor. Liberty had a last gasp chance in their half of the 7th when Wyyerd failed to score any runs in their half of the 7th, but it wasn't going to be a Cinderella Comeback as Liberty went 3 up and 3 down to end the game. Perfect 5 for 5 day for Scott Roberts, followed by a host of 3 for 5 days from Darren Duncan (4 RBIs, 1-2B) Sub Dave Hammel (5 RBIs, 1-2B), Terry Graves (1 RBI), Jamie Sullivan (1 RBI), Dave Fleck (2 RBIs) and Jim Opyd (2 RBIs). Good game management by umpires Jeff Nickerson and Brian Pin and scoreboard keeper Lisa Pelletier. Congratulations to Chuck Cruz's Property Sisters cruisers for taking the Fall 2022 Red League Crown.
Property Sisters - 14   The Colonnade - 10
The Property Sisters team finished the fall session softball season with a win over The Colonnade 14 to10, earning us the league championship.  Pretty interesting game, considering the wind the players delt with!  Lisa’s hard hitting squad and the House Sellers tallied runs in the same 4 frames of the game.  Both teams started out strong, plating a nickel in the first.  We proceeded to win the 3rd inning with 3 runs to their 2.  The game’s big difference turned out to be the 4th as we registered 5 runs to the Colonnade’s 2.  The Sister Realtors, enjoying the 4 run lead, proceeded to trade a single run with our opponent in the 6th  and that was it!  Our team’s defensive signature this session seemed to be our double plays.  Turned them in this game too!  On the offensive side, Gary Stueber and pitcher Mike Anderson had perfect 3/3 days followed by Jay Schirpke and Troy MacQueen with their 3 hit efforts.  David Fusaro, Dave Zuker, John Boland, and sub Murry Fairweather chimed in with their timely 2 hit performances.  Thanks to our aforementioned sub, umpires Rob White, Dale Mclaughlin with Ron Coleman in the tower.  Nice job Commissioner keeping everything running smoothly despite all the rain outs. Grounds keepers we appreciate the extra effort you made keeping the field playable during this unusually rainy session.
What an enjoyable season we didn't end up with the win today but we did have a lot of fun. Colonnade lost to property sisters 14 to 10. Colonnade came out strong on offense and scored five runs in the first inning but was unable to keep up with Property Sisters. Brian Kaping went 4 for 4, subs Craig Nelson and Dave Hannam we're 3 for 4 as well as Pitcher Jeff Nickerson and Jim McDonald. Greg Kastelic, Lloyd Newlands and Gary Ambruz each contributed two hits.  Quote of the game by Bob Kloehn "there goes my triple hitting streak".  Thank you Colonnade for a fun season and a great Big Thank You to Jerry Hotzler for keeping the book.
Treedah Magee Realtor - 17   Thunderbird Auto - 10
The Treedah Magee Realtors closed out the red league fall session topping off a roller coaster season defeating Tops Thunderbird mechanics 17-10. This was the second game in a row where the offense contributed timely hitting and the defense played great. For the second game in a row, Pete Semenak covered left center field flawlessly and he brought the overflow crowd to its feet with two or three superb catches. The offensive firepower was generated by Garry Weslosky and sub Dave Dorn with 4 hits apiece. Randy Cihlar, sub Troy MacQueen and sub Lisa Pellitier chipped in with three hits each. We finished in third place despite only playing one full game with the original ten drafted players. We also were probably the only team without an over the fence home run. We had one by a sub! Congratulations to Property Sisters on their championship. Well deserved. Thanks to the Dave umpiring crew (Elkins and Fusaro) and Jim McDonald in the tower. And finally a big thanks to the board, field maintenance, the commissioners (Ranieri and Boland) all the other coaches and our sponsors. I think we can all agree that we play on the best field, with some of the best players.
The Thunderbird Auto Team came up short in their game with Jeff’s Treedah Magee team losing 17-10. However, the Auto guys finished the season in second place right behind Chuck’s Property Sister’s team. Big hitters today were Eric Swobody (4/4), Al Caillouette (3/4), Andy Campbell (3/4), Tom Gibans (3/4) and Steve Katz (2/3). Thanks everyone for a great first half. Thanks Don and John for all you do to keep the ball rolling forward.

 

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**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 24, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Property Sisters 10 4 5 0.66
Thunderbird Auto 9 5 5 0.61
The Colonnade 7 7 5 0.50
Treedah Magee Realtor 6 7 6 0.47
WyYred Fiber 6 9 4 0.42
Liberty Buick 4 10 5 0.34
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
The Colonnade - 11  Thunderbird Auto - 5      
It wasn't a hi scoring game but Colonnade scored enough in their 11-5 win over Thunderbird Auto. Defense was top notch today and held Thunderbird to only 5 runs. Jeff Nickerson was perfect at the play today going 343 as well as Gary Ambruz and Greg Kastelic. Bob "long legged" Kloehn had a triple today and Jim McDonald contributed two hits. Thank you to subs Tom Ranalls and Mike Anderson and as always Jerry for keeping the book.
The Thunderbird Auto team couldn’t get started in the early morning frost delayed six inning game and found themselves on the losing end of a 11-5 loss to Lisa’s Colonnade team. The auto mechanics could only muster 11 hits. Pete Houghton (3/3) and Bob Winkler (2/3) provided the majority of the offensive punch. Thanks to the umpire crew and Scoreboard manager for getting out and helping us out.
Treedah Magee - 19   WyYred Fiber - 17
On a cool, frosty morning in the Valley of the Sun, the Treedah Magee bats emerged from hibernation and defeated Tom and Paul’s always dangerous WyYerd Fiber team. Trailing 9-7 after two innings, the Realtors outscored the fiber optic guys 12-8 to complete a 19-17 victory. Hot bats were yielded by Pete Semenak, Ron Michalski, Garry Weslosky, Dennis Vance and the coach with 4 hits apiece. Steady Randy Cihlar added three hits and Ralph McKeever had two. Special thanks to Troy MacQueen who made the quick transition from umpire to shortstop after Mike Hirsch re aggravated his foot/ankle injury. Troy contributed a sacrifice fly and a grand slam home run. Pete Semenak also needs to be recognized for his outstanding outfield play today. He made a couple outstanding, running catches that were gold glove worthy. Thanks to todays umpires Mike Anderson, Troy, Dave Fusaro, and Dave Elkins and thanks to Greg Kastelic on the scoreboard panel.The Treedah Magee team closes out the fall league session against the Thunderbird boys in a game that just might  have championship ramifications.
Lots of hits today from both teams.  WyYred Fiber has been playing the spoiler role well the last couple weeks but today came up a few batters short in the final frame.  I'd like to tip my cap to Ray Gibson.  Ray has been a staple in the red league for many years and has elected to go make some new friends in the white league next session.  So Paul and I would appreciate it if you guys would give Ray a little going away love when he takes the field at his usual spot 2nd base and hopefully whacks a few three hoppers up the middle right past the pitcher as he has done soooo many times!  Congrats on your new endeavor Ray Ray!  Very proud of our WyYred squad for hanging in there through a tough year.  Lots of ups and downs but always great sportsmanship and mostly smiles!  See you all Thursday for the last game of the session.
    Property Sisters - 12   Liberty Buick - 11  
The Property Sisters Team won a close one against Liberty Buick by a 11 to 12 score.  Once again, we came out of the gate firing on all cylinders.  By the end of the 3rd inning, we enjoyed a 9 to 0 lead with the help of a couple of double plays.  Jamie White and Jim Opyd’s Auto Sellers then began to whittle away at our lead.  In the next two frames they plated 8 runs to our 2 - trailing at the end of the 5th inning 8 to 11.  In the top of the 6thand open frame (weather related), they tallied another 3 runs tying the game.  The House Sellers then took advantage of the hammer.  Dave Fusaro led off with a single and was followed by Troy MacQueen who hit a line shot over first base rolling to the outfield wall as Fusaro scampered around the bases scoring the winning run.  Special thanks to our two subs Garry Weslosky who went 2/3 and handled numerous fly balls in the outfield sun and Kris Schwartz with his 3/3 outing.  Pitcher Mike Anderson had a good day on the mound and enjoyed his 3/3 day at the plate followed by Troy MacQueen’s 3 hits.  Others chiming in with their 2 hits included Dave Fusaro, John Boland, Brian Pin and Chuck Cruz.  Good job umpires Glen Soles, Randy Cihlar and Howard Sumner in the scoring tower.
The Liberty Buick squad came up a little short today against the first place Property Sisters, losing 12-11. It was a tie game going into the open 6th inning, we scored 3, the Sisters needed 1 to win. Dave Fusaro hit a single and Troy MacQueen knocked him in with a triple down the right field line. Game over. Good game, we came out very slow, putting up 3 zeros in the first 3 innings, so we were down 9-0 after 3. We clawed our way back to a tie, but that was the best we could  do. Our top performers today were Scott Roberts, 4-4, David Fleck and Jamie Sullivan, 3-3, Darren Duncan 3-4, and the rest of us chipped in with 1 and 2 hits each. Thanks to Glen and Randy C for wearing the vests. Good luck to the 2 teams fighting for 1st place on Thursday, the Sisters and T-Bird.. 

 

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**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 19, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 9 4 5 0.64
Property Sisters 9 4 5 0.64
The Colonnade 6 7 5 0.47
WyYerd Fiber 6 8 4 0.44
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 7 6 0.44
Liberty Buick 4 9 5 0.36
Thursday, January 19, 2023
WyYerd Fiber -9   Thunderbird Auto - 3      
WyYred Fiber is coming along fine and improving to almost .500 with an impressive late season push.  Looks like we'll be playing the spoiler role the rest of the way, starting today!  Team effort was key as the defense made every play they should have.  The defense was stellar enough to protect the win with only 9 runs scored.  Very proud of the team for hanging in through tough times and coming up with some big wins the second half of the season. Thank you to subs Joe Guzzo and Murray Fairweather, great job today!  Rob White...fantastic effort on the mound keeping Thunderbird Auto hitters off balance all game long.  Good luck to Thunderbird Auto the rest of the way as they try and take the title from The Property Sisters...they are tied as of this weekend with two games to go!
The Thunderbird Auto team was missing the complete engine and never got out of the starting gate losing to Tom’s WyYerd team 9-3. The T-Birds posted zeros in four straight innings and fell behind 9-0 after four and never mounted a serious threat over the next three innings. As it turned out Chuck’s Property Sisters team tied in their late game to put some excitement into the last week of the Fall session as both teams are 9-4-5.
The Colonnade - 23   Liberty Buick - 7
Colonnade was on fire today with a 23-7 win over Liberty Buick.  Jeff Nickerson made some quick catches at 3rd, sub Troy McQueen ran down some pop flies and a few double plays were made by the infield. Colonnade was able to score every inning with three of the innings scoring 5 runs.  Hot at the plate was sub Troy McQueen going 5 for 5 with a home run, Brian Kaping, sub pitcher Mike Anderson, Lloyd Newlands and Jeff Nickerson contributing 4hits each. Gary Ambruz, Bob Kloehn and Greg Kastelic each had three hits.  Thank you Jerry for score keeping. 
Well, this shouldn't take too long!! Liberty Buick gots their collective butts kicked hard by Lisa's Colannde, 23-7 (or maybe it was worse than that, I can't remember, or don't want to remember).. On the bright side, we had a 3-2 lead after the 1st inning. I guess we peaked too early. We did hit the ball hard at times, but the line drives were directly into a yellow jersey glove. Oh well, Momma told me there would be days like this. Notable performances today were Daren Duncan, 3-4, Garry Weslosky, Dave Hammel, Dave Dorn, John Shuba and Jamie White were all 2-3. And, it was John Shuba's 60th birthday, so we celebrated that instead of a win. Thanks to Jeff Silversteen and Brian Pin for umping. Have a good weekend.
    Property Sisters - 15   Treedah Magee Realtor - 15     
The Property Sisters Club played to a 7 inning tie with the Treedah Magee Realtors today.  At the end of the 2nd frame, the Sisters House Sellers enjoyed a 6 to 5 lead.  That’s when our run producing rallies went into hibernation for the next four innings plating just 4 runs to their 10 and trailing 10 to 15 by the end of 6 innings.  In the top of the final frame, our offense woke up and trumped our opponent’s defensive strategies with a 5 run rally tying the game.  Our defense – now stoked - was able to hold their hammer half of the inning scoreless, highlighted by stranding their winning run on second base.  Our 25 hit performance was led by 4/5 days for Troy MacQueen and Sub David Hammel (with a blast over the outfield wall). Chiming in with 3 hits each were Dave Fusaro, Gary Stueber, Jay Schirpke (with an in the park round tripper) and sub Ken Chapman (with a blast over the left center field fence).  Looking at the standings, it all comes down to the final week crowning the Fall Red League Champion between Property Sisters and Bob Topham and Gord Jones’s T-Bird squad.  Thanks to Jim Opyd for his last minute substitution along with the other two aforementioned subs for their help.  Good job umpires and scoreboard operator. 
The final game of todays red league, played in front of a record and boisterous crowd, matched the second place Property Sisters against The Treedah Magee Realtors. Under a clear blue sky and cool temperatures, Chuck’s team jumped out to a quick 5-0 first inning advantage. Treedahs team then started hitting and playing solid defense as they went ahead 9-6 and 15-10. The rally included a “Ty Cobb” like slide into second by Ron Michalski that had the crowd roaring. Ron was quoted that his inner 18 year old self took over his body! Unfortunately the big hitters from Chuck’s lineup pushed across 5 in the top of the seventh while Treedah failed to push the winning run across home plate in their half of the seventh.. Result, our sixth tie of the session. All ten players contributed at least two hits in this very competitive game. Thanks to Tom Ranalls and David Dorn for subbing today. The umpiring crew of Nickerson and Ranieri kept the game running smoothly while Gary Ambruz ran the scoreboard. The Treedah Magee team returns to action next Tuesday as we attempt to knock off the boys from Thunderbird who currently rest a”Top” the standings.

 

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**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 17, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 9 3 5 0.68
Property Sisters 9 4 4 0.65
The Colonnade 5 7 5 0.44
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 7 5 0.44
WyYred Fiber 5 8 4 0.41
Liberty Buick 4 8 5 0.38
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Property Sisters - 1   WyYerd Fiber -1      
Rain Out
Rain out
   Liberty Buick - 1   Thunderbird Auto - 1
Rain out
Rain out
   The Colonnade - 1   Treedah Magee Realtor - 1    
Rain Out
The Treedah Magee Realtors  played their best defensive game of the session against Lisa’s Colonnade team on Tuesday. Everyone was sacrificing their aged bodies to prevent Lisa’s hot hitting team from gaining any offensive momentum . The infield of Soles, Hirsch, Cihlar and Michalski turned 4 double plays while the outfield of Weslosky, Semenak, McKeever and Sumner were scaling the outfield wall to take away four potential game winning  home runs. ESPN highlights galore! Catcher Dennis Vance was active chasing down foul balls and throwing  out all four base stealing attempts by The Colonnade. You can’t advance on the arm of Vance! Unfortunately the coach could not motivate the offense to take advantage of the defensive gems resulting in the  realtors settling for their fifth tie of the season. Thanks to the umpiring crew for making every correct call and thanks to the scoreboard operator for never putting up any wrong counts, outs or scores! The Treedah Magee team will rest their aches and bruises and return to the Field of Dreams to due battle  with Chuck’s  Property Sisters. Reserve your tickets today! Finally, remember the Red League draft will be held this Friday at an undisclosed location. Please notify your agents that the coaches will be in contact to work out any contract issues. We do not wish to have any holdouts. Winter session commences Tuesday, February 7!

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 17, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 9 3 5 0.68
Property Sisters 9 4 4 0.65
The Colonnade 5 7 5 0.44
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 7 5 0.44
WyYred Fiber 5 8 4 0.41
Liberty Buick 4 8 5 0.38
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Property Sisters - 1   WyYerd Fiber -1      
Rain Out
Rain out
   Liberty Buick - 1   Thunderbird Auto - 1
Rain out
Rain out
   The Colonnade - 1   Treedah Magee Realtor - 1    
Rain Out
The Treedah Magee Realtors  played their best defensive game of the session against Lisa’s Colonnade team on Tuesday. Everyone was sacrificing their aged bodies to prevent Lisa’s hot hitting team from gaining any offensive momentum . The infield of Soles, Hirsch, Cihlar and Michalski turned 4 double plays while the outfield of Weslosky, Semenak, McKeever and Sumner were scaling the outfield wall to take away four potential game winning  home runs. ESPN highlights galore! Catcher Dennis Vance was active chasing down foul balls and throwing  out all four base stealing attempts by The Colonnade. You can’t advance on the arm of Vance! Unfortunately the coach could not motivate the offense to take advantage of the defensive gems resulting in the  realtors settling for their fifth tie of the season. Thanks to the umpiring crew for making every correct call and thanks to the scoreboard operator for never putting up any wrong counts, outs or scores! The Treedah Magee team will rest their aches and bruises and return to the Field of Dreams to due battle  with Chuck’s  Property Sisters. Reserve your tickets today! Finally, remember the Red League draft will be held this Friday at an undisclosed location. Please notify your agents that the coaches will be in contact to work out any contract issues. We do not wish to have any holdouts. Winter session commences Tuesday, February 7!

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 12, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 9 3 4 0.69
Property Sisters 9 4 3 0.67
The Colonnade 5 7 4 0.44
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 7 4 0.44
WyYred Fiber 5 8 3 0.41
Liberty Buick 4 8 4 0.38
Friday, January 1, 22023
Liberty Buick - 25   Treedah Magee - 9     
Liberty Buick posted a rare "W" today with a 25-9 win versus Treedah Magee Realtor. After each team scoring 5 runs in the first inning, the Liberty Buick squad briefly fell behind 7-5 when they failed to score in the 2nd inning while Treedah pushed across two runs. After that it was "Lights Out Offense" by the Liberty Buick squad as they posted 4 consecutive 5-run innings to lead by a score of 25-9 after 6 full innings. Treedah Magee failed to score any runs in their final chance at bat leaving the final score at 25-9 in favor of Liberty Buick. Top batters for Liberty Buick were Darren Duncan (5-5, 3-2B, 2 RBIs), Terry Graves (4-4, 1 RBI), Jamie Sullivan (4-4, 2-2B, 1 RBI), Dave Fleck (4-4, 1 2B, 2 RBIs), Joel Breiner (4-5, 2 2B, 5 RBIs). Scott Roberts (3-4, BB, 2 RBIs), Jim Opyd (2-3, BB, 1 RBI), Dale Halder (3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI), Sub Dave Hammel (3-5, HR, 6 RBIs) with the rest of the team contributing additional hits and RBIs in the win, Thanks to umpires Eric Swobody, Jeff Watson and scoreboard keeper Steve Katz.
If hitting is contagious, then the Liberty Buick squad put up pandemic like numbers today as the defeated (that is the least painful verb I could use) Treedah Magee 25-9. The realtors were within striking distance after three as they trailed 10-9 however close doesn’t count. The Buick boys went on to outscore Treedahs team 15-0 to close out the game. And that’s why they call it the “mercy rule”! There was a silver lining in todays contest. We finally played our first game with all the players that were drafted back in October as we welcomed Mike Hirsch and Howard Sumner back to the lineup! Tuesday, the Treedah Magee team will battle The Colonnade as we enter the last two weeks of the fall session.
Thunderbird Auto - 15   Property Sisters - 12
An unbelievable finish to a game between the top two teams in the league with the Thunderbird Auto edging out Chuck’s Property Sisters 15-12 to take over first place (a 1/2 game lead). In the first two innings the Auto guys had one hit, made eight errors and watched the Realtors score the max (5 runs) in each of the first two innings to put the T-Birds in a 10-0 hole. Then the defense tighten up closing the gaps and making some nice plays that then enabled the offense to start building some momentum scoring 15 runs over the last five innings to seal the victory. Al Caillouette (5/5), Chip Robertson (3/5 with a HR), Eric Swobody (3/4), sub Jeff Nickerson (3/4 with a HR), Jeff Watson (3/4) and Steve Katz (3/4) all had timely hits over the last five innings.
The Property Sisters Team lost to Thunderbird Auto 15 to 12.  The Real Estate Guys took an early game lead by scoring 11 runs and holding Bob Topham and Gord Jones’s solid Auto Mechanics Squad to just 2 runs by the end of the 3rd inning.  That’s when our bats went cold and our run producing rallies stopped.  In the following 3 frames they scored 9 runs to our 1.  We still held an 11 to 12 lead at the end of the 6th inning but couldn’t answer their 4 runs in the final frame.  Our leading hitters included 3/4 efforts by Jay Schirpke, John Boland, Troy MacQueen (hitting the left field foul pole with his home run) and David Zuker (with his towering blast over the right center field fence).  Others with 2 hits each were Terry Graves, Allen Bellew and Mike Anderson.  Thanks to our two subs John Hammel and Terry Graves, the umpires and scoreboard operator.
   The Colonnade - 12   WyYred Fiber - 9    
Who says team Colonnade only looks good on paper today we looked great on the field. Colonnade had a great day with a win over Wyyerd 12 to 9. Golden glove goes to Bob "first baseman" Kloehn who snagged a couple of hard hit balls down the line and he went three for four today. Troy McQueen ran down some great pop flies in the outfield and contributed two hits. Lloyd Newlands had a perfect day at the plate going 4 for 4 and played a great left center field. Jeff Nickerson also had a perfect day at the plate, pitcher Dave Elkins had three hits along with right fielder Gary Ambruz and Brian Kaping. Sub Dave Archer snagged a hard hit line drive in left field just before it hit the ground.  Was a beautiful day for a softball game. Good job Colonnade.
WyYred Fiber couldn't string together enough hits to get any traction today.  A solo home run and some scattered hits just wasn't enough to topple the Colonnade squad.  The sun was no one's friend as it seemed to have an affect on most balls hit in the air.  Thank you Sam and Andy for putting your bodies in harm's way to get the game officiated.  Steve Katz had a nice easy day in the tower.  This week we'll tip the cap to Don Ranieri and Paul Becker for keeping our league running well and providing safe entertainment for the Red League.  See y'all next week!

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 10, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Property Sisters 9 3 3 0.70
Thunderbird Auto 8 3 4 0.67
Treeadh Magee Realtor 5 6 4 0.47
WyWerd Fiber 5 7 3 0.43
The Colonnade 4 7 4 0.40
Liberty Buick 3 8 4 0.33
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Thunderbird Auto - 12   Treedah Magee - 5     
The Thunderbird Auto Gang was able to score often and early to stay ahead of Jeff’s strong Treedah Magee team and finish with a 12-5 win. A great defensive effort enabled the Auto Guys to squelch any rally the Magee gang tried to generate. Good hitting all around especially balls hit to the gaps. Chip Robertson (3/4) and Pete Houghton (2/2) made several awe inspiring catches. Contributing to the team’s hit total were Sam Newby (3/4), hit hitting Eric Swobody (3/4), welcome back Bob Winkler (3/4), Tom Gibans (3/3) and Andy Campbell (2/3). Of special note… Andy finally found Home Plate as he crossed the line with the fans erupting in cheers.
For the second game in a row, The Treedah Magee team was involved in a 14-5 game at the Field of Dreams. However, today they were on the wrong side of the score as they were defeated by Thunderbird Auto. We only managed 12 hits today with  Glenn Soles contributing three, while Randy Cihlar, Ron Michalski and sub Tom Ranalls chipped in with two each. Thanks to Ranalls and Jeff Nickerson for subbing, Darren Duncan and Dale Halder for umpiring and Dave Fleck for operating the scoreboard. The Realtors will regroup for Thursday’s  contest as they take on the Liberty Buick team.
   WyYred Fiber - 17   Liberty Buick - 14
WyYred Fiber won a hotly fought game 17-14 against at stubborn Liberty Buick team. It wasn't settled until the bottom of 7th inning, with Craig Nelson's 3 run home run blast!!! Every one contributed in the hitting and defence part of the game. Ray Gibson had a nice triple along with Craig Nelson's home run. Thanks to umpires Jeff Silversteen and Al Caillouette also Chip Robertson pushing the buttons in the tower. See everyone Thursday for another day at the ball field.
Liberty Buick lost 16-14 today to Wyyerd Fiber in a contest that wasn’t decided until the bottom of the 7th when one of the Wwyerd batters got wired up and hit a 2 run HR to resolve the stalemate. After initially falling behind the Liberty Buick team closed the run gap leaving the score tied at 9 each after five full innings. Liberty Buick pushed across five runs in their half of the 6th which was countered by the five runs scored by Wyyeed Fiber to leave the score tied at 14 all after 6 innings. Liberty Buick failed to score in their half of the 7th leaving the door open for the Wyyerd team. With one on and one out the final score was decided by a 2 run HR over the fence in left Top batsmen for Liberty were Jamie Sullivan (4-4), Scott Roberts (3-4,1 3B), Darren Duncan (3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBIs), Joel Breiner (3-4, 2 RBIs), John Shuba (3-4, 3 RBIs). Thanks to umpires Al Caillouette and Jeff Silversteen and scoreboard keeper Chip Robertson.
Property Sisters - 16   The Colonnade - 15     
The Property Sisters won a nail biter today, defeating The Colonnade Club by a 16 to 15 score.  By the end of the sixth frame, we were cruising along with a 16 to 11 lead.  However, in the top of the seventh, our opponent’s bats really came alive plating 4 runs with the help of two blasts over the left field wall.  With 2 outs, a base hit, and players in scoring position, it all came down to Troy MacQueen’s successful throw from short left field gunning down the tying run at the plate earning us the 1 run win.  Our defense was respectable.  Most notable was Dave Zuker’s efforts snagging and turning several sharply hit grounders into outs only to be upstaged by Troy MacQueen’s acrobatic catch in short left field from his SS position. We needed all our accumulated 25 hits to put this one in the win column!  Troy MacQueen let us with his 4/4 day followed by Mike Anderson and sub Dave Fleck with their 3/3 performances.  John Boland and Dave Zuker also contributed 3 hits each with Jay Schirpke, Gary Stueber, Allen Bellew, and Chuck Cruz adding their timely 2 hits each keeping our run rallies alive.  Thanks to our last minute sub as well as umpires Randy Biko and Terry Graves and John Shuba in the scoring tower.
It was a great morning to play ball and the Colonnade crusaders put forth a fantastic effort only to fall one run short to Chucky’s Property Sisters 15-16. Fielding was strong and the bats were there today with Brian (cowboy) Kaping going 4/5, and most others going 3/5 or 2/4. Jeff (Sunday) Nickerson smacked 2 long balls and Craig (super sub and cheerleader!) Nelson hitting a bomb that even Jeff was impressed with!!! Don’t worry boys, Lisa will be back on Thursday and again we’ll be a team to be reconned with!!!!

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 5, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Property Sisters 8 3 3 0.68
Thunderbird Auto 7 3 4 0.64
Treeadh Magee Realtor 5 5 4 0.50
The Colonnade 4 6 4 0.43
WyWerd Fiber 4 7 3 0.39
Liberty Buick 3 7 4 0.36
Thursday, January 5, 2023
Property Sisters - 18   Liberty Buick - 12
The Property Sisters Realtor Squad welcomed in the New Year with a victory over Liberty Buick by an 18 to 12 score.  By the end of the 3rd frame, the House Sellers trailed Jamie White and Jim Opyd’s Car Sellers 8 to 6.  In the remaining 4 innings, we plated another 12 runs while holding our opponent to just 4 more tallies earning us the win.  Once again, our defense was as remarkable as our batting.  Everyone contributed to our 27 hit parade.  Most notable was John Boland’s 5/5 day followed by 4/5 efforts by Jay Schirpke and Troy MacQueen – one of which was a high blast over the right center field wall.  David Zuker and Chuck Cruz contributed their 3 hits each, and sub Kirk Andes, Gary Stueber and Allen Bellew’s timely 2 hits each helped keep our run producing rallies alive.  Thanks to our aforementioned sub along with umpires Don Ranieri and Dennis Estes with Craig Nelson pushing all those buttons in the scoring tower.
Liberty Buick lost to the Property Sisters today by a score of 18-12. The game was close through the first 5 innings with the lead briefly changing hands in the 3rd inning. The 5th inning, however, closed out with the Property Sisters ahead 14-11.  Liberty Buick failed to close the run gap in the last two innings by scoring 1 run while the Property Sisters padded their lead with 4 runs in the top of the 7th to seal the win.
Sub Jerry Lubeck led the Liberty squad with a 4-4, 3 RBI day, followed by Joel Breiner (3-4, 2-2B), Jamie Sullivan (3-4, 1 RBI), Jim Opyd (3-4, 1 RBI), sub Randy Biko (2-3, 1 BB), Tery Graves (2-4) and Sub Greg Kastelic (2-4, 2 RBIs) with the rest of the squad chipping it hits and RBIs. Thanks to Stu Hannam, Greg Kastelic, Randy Biko and Jerry Lubeck for filling in for the missing regular roster folks. Good job by Craig Nelson managing the scoreboard, umpires Dennis Estes and Don Ranieri and later sub umpires Jeff Silverman and Jeff Nickerson.
Treedah Magee - 14   WyYred Fiber - 5
New year, New jerseys, and finally, a new result! The Treedah Magee team broke a losing streak that stretched between 2022 until 2023, as the defeated Tom’s WyYerd team 14-5. It looked like it might be a very quick game as the two pitchers combined to throw 7 pitches in the first inning and record 6 outs! However Treedahs old nemesis Craig Nelson hit a solo home run. Treedahs then proceeded to score the next 7 runs and topped off the scoring in the bottom of the sixth with a 5 spot. The realtors played an excellent defensive game as the clouds did their part to make fly balls routine. Unfortunately, the winners were not the sharpest baserunners as we had two players doubled off the bases and two thrown out at home. Pretty amazing that we won in spite of our miscues. Hitting leaders for Treedah were Pete Semenak and Gary Weslosky 4/4 each. Ralph McKeever was loudly cheered on by his family and responded with. 3/3 day and a sacrifice fly. Everyone else contributed with at least one hit. Thanks to Al Calliouette and Jeff Nickerson for their contributions as quality subs. Nice umpiring job by Jamie Sullivan and Joel Breiner and Jim McDonald in the tower. Next up, Thunderbird Auto on Tuesday at 8:30.
Tough outing for the Big Orange Machine today.  Couldn't solve Jeff Silversteen's pitching mastery.  While some good defense was played, offensive traction was elusive to say the least.  Craig Nelson hit a couple home runs and Don Ranieri threw a runner out at home plate on a nice one hop throw from right center field.  That was about it for highlights today on the WyYred Fiber side of the field.  Bob and Gordy had their guys playing just well enough to take advantage of an off day for us and ran away with the victory!  It was a long holiday break and the scores and batting averages were down.  Next week is another week and we'll be back for two more battles.  This week we will take the opportunity to thank Jim Opyd and his field staff for getting the field in shape for Thursday's games.  Nice work gents!
Thunderbird Auto - 17   The Colonnade - 14     
Good to be back playing on our Field of Dreams. The Thunderbird Auto came out with all cylinders firing to take a 9-2 lead after two innings and held off Lisa’s Colonnade team’s late surge to put another one in the win column by a score of 17-14. Colonnade tied the score in the top of the fourth only to have the Auto guys bang across five runs to take a 14-9 lead and then added three more in the sixth to enter the seventh with a 17-9 lead. Colonnade then pushed across five runs to close the gap to 17-14 before Chip Robertson (3/5) made a great shoestring catch of Dave Elkins line drive to end the game. Al Caillouette (4/4) and Eric Swobody (4/4) were perfect at the plate. Six players contributed three hit each - Pete Houghton (3/4), Sam Newby (3/4), Jeff Watson (3/3), Andy Campbell (3/4) and Tom Gibans (3/4). Thanks to Dale McLaughlin and Rob White for umpiring and Ray up in the tower. And additional thanks to the ground crew especially Ron Michalski for getting the field in playable shape after all the rain.
Colonnade had a slow start in their 17-14 loss against Thunderbird Auto scoring only two in the first inning.  Thunderbird was up 9 to 5 until Colonnade's pitcher Dave Elkins who had four hits including a three run bomb over the fence and not to be outdone Colonnade's next batter Jeff Nickerson who had three hits with single home run over the fence (30 pk) which tied the game in the top of the 4th.  Sub Tom "I love pickleball" Ranalls contributed three hits along with Brian Kaping. Thunderbird pulled ahead 17-9 going into the last inning. Jim "I thought my legs were faster" McDonald went 3 for 4. Colonnade made a great effort in the 7th inning by scoring 5 runs but it just wasn't enough for the win. Thank you Jerry for keeping score.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 3, 2023
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Property Sisters 7 3 3 0.65
Thunderbird Auto 6 3 4 0.62
Treeadh Magee Realtor 4 5 4 0.46
The Colonnade 4 5 4 0.46
WyWerd Fiber 4 6 3 0.42
Liberty Buick 3 6 4 0.39
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Property Sisters -1   Treedah Magee - 1
Rain out
Rain out
The Colonnade - 1   Liberty Buick - 1 
Rain out
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Thunderbird Auto - 1   WyYerd - 1  
Rain out
Rain out

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 15, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Property Sisters 7 3 2 0.67
Thunderbird Auto 6 3 3 0.63
Treeadh Magee Realtor 4 5 3 0.46
The Colonnade 4 5 3 0.46
WyWerd Fiber 4 6 2 0.42
Liberty Buick 3 6 3 0.38
Thursday, December 15, 2022
The Colonnade - 18   Treedah Magee - 12
Colonnade's offense was on fire in their 18-12 win against Treedah Magee. Colonnade took the lead in the second inning and led the rest of the game.  Colonnade scored in every inning with Lloyd Newlands having a perfect day at the plate, sub Craig Nelson was 4/5 hitting two over the fence. Jeff nickerson was 3/4 with a bomb over the fence, Dave Elkins, sub Eric Swobody, Bob Kloehn and Lisa Pelletier each had three hits. Gary Ambruz, Greg Kastelic and sub John Shuba had two hits each.  Colonnade's defense kept Treedah Magee's offense from scoring in three innings. Happy Holidays 
The Treedah Magee team limps into the holiday break on a 4 game losing streak after an 18-12 drubbing at the hands of Lisa’s Colonnade team. Bright spot for the Realtors was the hitting of Randy (birthday boy) Cihlar, Glenn Soles and Mike Hirsch with four hits each. Adding three hits each were Ron Michalski and sub Dave Fusaro while Gary Weslosky and Ralph McKeever each had two hits. Thanks to Jamie White and Dave Fusaro for subbing, Dave Zucker and Troy MacQueen for umpiring and Gary Stuber for operating the scoreboard. Team Treedah will take the two week break to relax, regroup, reassess,  and recover  from assorted ailments. The entire team wishes everyone and their families a great and safe holiday season. Happy New Year!
Property Sisters -  
The Property Sisters Softball Team treated themselves to an early Christmas present with a win over WyYerd Fiber.  Probably our best offensive and defensive performance of this session certainly helped the House Sellers with pitcher Mike Anderson defeat Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker’s solid hitting Fiber Optic Squad.  We jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it!  By the end of the 5th inning, we plated 17 runs to their 8.  In the remaining two frames both teams tallied another 4.  Our infielders were on top of their game turning numerous hard hit grounders into outs. Not to be upstaged, our outfielders handled the afternoon sun with ease tracking down well hit fly balls.  We lit up our Christmas tree with a 30 hit performance. Troy MacQueen and Dave Zuker (including his 3 run homer) went 5/5 followed by John Boland, Gary Stueber, Allen Bellew, Brian Pin and Chuck Cruz with 3 hits each. Dave Fusaro and sub Dave Dorn helped extend several run producing rallies with their 2 hit outings and base running help.   Good job umpires Garry Weslosky and Lloyd Newlands with Gary Ambruz in the scoring tower. Wishing every one of our SCG Softball Family a safe and enjoyable holiday season with your friends and families.
Lloyd and Garry thanks for umpiring...nice job.  Gary Ambruz thanks for keeping score in the tower.  Oh...the game....yes there was one of those!  Craig Nelson 4-4 with a home run.  Decent defense, nice double play.  Just can't win in the red league with 12 runs.  Thanks for subbing Chip!  Have a great holiday break!  See you all in a couple weeks.  Merry Christmas from the entire WyYred Fiber team!
Thunderbird Auto - 15   Liberty Buick - 9   
Thunderbird Auto completed the Visiting Team Dugout Sweep today by out scoring Jamie’s Liberty Buick team 15-9 in the final game of the day. Timely hitting and a great defense led the way for the TBirds with six players getting three hits each (Chip Robertson, Al Caillouette, Pete Houghton, Sam Newby, Eric Swobody and Steve Katz). Merry Christmas everyone!
Liberty Buick lost 15-9 this afternoon to Thunderbird Auto. After coming out of the 1st inning down 4-3 the Buick bats failed to counter Thunderbird's run output by scoring just 1 run versus the two 5-run innings posted by Thunderbird in the 2nd and 4th innings. Down 14-4 after 4 full innings, Liberty was only able to muster just 5 additional runs in the last 3 innings to eventually fall by a score of 15-9. 16 hits in 35 trips to the plate (0.457 avg) won't produce many runs. Leading batters for Liberty were sub Troy Macqueen (4-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI), Joel Breiner (3-4, 2 RBI), Jamie Sullivan (2-4, 1 RBI) and Jamie White (2-4, 1 RBI). Thanks to Subs Jerry Lubeck and Greg Kastelic for helping to round out our roster. Good game management by umpires David Zucker and Rob White and scoreboard keeper Kirk Andes

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 13, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Property Sisters 6 3 2 0.64
Thunderbird Auto 5 3 3 0.59
Treeadh Magee Realtor 4 4 3 0.50
WyYred Fiber 4 5 2 0.45
The Colonnade 3 5 3 0.41
Liberty Buick 3 5 3 0.41
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
WyYred Fiber - 1  The Colonnade - 1
Rain out
Rain out
  Thunderbird Auto - 1   Property Sisters - 1 
Rain out
Rain out
Treedah Magee - 1   Liberty Buick - 1      
Rain out
Rain out

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 8, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Property Sisters 6 3 1 0.65
Thunderbird Auto 5 3 2 0.60
Treeadh Magee Realtor 4 4 2 0.50
WyYred Fiber 4 5 1 0.45
The Colonnade 3 5 2 0.40
Liberty Buick 3 5 2 0.40
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Property Sisters - 11   The Colonnade - 6
The Property Sisters won a low scoring game against Colonnade 11 to 6.  Both team’s outfielders were challenged by the bright sun but managed to hold their own. By the end of the 4th frame, the Sister House Sellers led 7 to 0.  We plated another 4 runs the remainder of the game while Lisa Pelletier’s team tallied their 6 runs.  Once again, our defense was up to the task helping pitcher Mike Anderson limit our opponent to runs in just 3 frames.  While we managed only 18 hits, they produced the runs needed to earn the win.  Leading that effort was Troy MacQueen with his perfect 3/3 day including his round tripper in the 3rd inning.  Not to be outs done, Allen Bellew matched MacQueen’s 3 hits followed by Jay Schirpke, sub Dale Halder, Gary Stueber, Mike Anderson, and Chuck Cruz each contributing 2 hits each.  Special thanks to our subs, including house remodeler Dale Halder for his timely doubles, Ron Coleman for his outfield fly ball catches in the afternoon sun and Jamie White for handling the busy 2nd base duties.  Nice job umpires Ralph Mckeever and Glen Soles with Dave Fleck in the scoring tower.
It was a rough start for Colonnade in their loss 11-6 against The Property Sisters.  Colonnade's bats were quiet for the first few innings and we're unable to capitalize on the hits that were made.  Some great defense out in the field today. Sub Randy Vihlar grabbed a hard hit line drive while Left fielder Greg Kastelic made a last second in the sun catch.  Darren Duncan had a perfect day at the plate and Sub Pete Semenak contributed three hits. 
  Thunderbird Auto - 13   Treedah Magee Realtor - 12 
The second place teams… Thunderbird Auto and Jeff’s Treedah Magee team played a seesaw match today to determine who would be in the sole possession of 2nd place at the season’s half way point with the Auto guys edging the Realtors 13-12 to claim that distinction. The TBirds rallied for 9 runs in the late innings to take the lead then held Treedah scoreless in the final frame to secure the win.  Having a good  day at the plate were Troy MacQueen (4/4), Sam Newby (3/4) and Jeff Nickerson (3/4). Thanks to Chuck and Mike for umpiring and Gary Stueber up in the tower.
The struggles for the Treedah Magee team continued today as they dropped their third game in a row. The final score was 13-12 in favor of the boys from Thunderbird. The offense was led by Pete Semenak, Ralph McKeever, Gary Weslosky, Randy  Cihlar, Ron Michalski and Dennis Vance, all of whom collected three hits a piece. Thanks to subs Craig Nelson and Rob White for helping out today as we continue our streak of having never fielded our original drafted team this session. Thanks to Chuck Cruz and Mike Anderson for umpiring and to Gary Stueber pushing the buttons on the scoreboard. The realtors will close out the 2022 campaign next week against Liberty Buick on Tuesday and the Colonnade on Thursday.
WyWred Fiber - 17   Liberty Buick - 15      
Everyone had at least 1 RBI!!!  That's a team effort.  After falling behind 7 - 3 the WyYred Fiber guys used the bottom of the thirds to score 5 runs and then 4 more in the bottom of the 4th to build a 12-7 lead and went on to an impressive 2 run victory over a stubborn Liberty Buick squad.  Clean up maestro Craig Nelson led the way with a 5/5, 5 RBI, one HR day!  Ron Coleman added 3 RBI's.  Dennis Estes, sub Glenn Soles (thank you), John Hammel (4/4) and Rob White all added 2 RBI's.  Rounding out the offense Thursday was sub Chi[p Robertson (thank you), Dale McLaughlin, Kirk Andes and Ray Gibson(3/3) all chipping in an RBi each and totalling 9 hits!  The standings are getting a little tighter as we ease our way into the midway point of the fall season!  Thanks to those that had duties for our game today...Jeff Silversteen, Ralph McKeever and Mike Hirsch.  Whoever subbed for those in the Fountain Hills tournament, thank you as well!
The last game of the day was a higher scoring game, with the home team, Zona Wyyerd defeating Liberty Buick, 17-15. The score was tired 3-3 after 2, then the fiber optic boys slowly pulled into the lead, and the Buick Boys couldn't quite catch up. It was a day of many subs on all teams, so it was a multi-colored, scrambled teams for all the games. We had 4 super subs on our team, Darren Duncan, Lloyd Newlands, Jeff Nickerson and Garry Weslosky. Thanks very much to all these guys, as they all contributed to a very good, close game, and were a big part of our offense. Other notables from our team were Dale Halder, who bombed a shot over the center field wall, John Shuba and Jamie Sullivan were both 4-5, and David Fleck was 3-4 with 3 RBI's. Jeff Silversteen did a great job calling the ball & strikes, and a big thanks to Randy Biko, who umpired for Lloyd so that he could play for us. A fun day at the ballpark, with many players playing multiple games so that we all could field enough players.  Have a good weekend.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 6, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Property Sisters 5 3 1 0.61
Treeadh Magee Realtor 4 3 2 0.56
Thunderbird Auto 4 3 2 0.56
The Colonnade 3 4 2 0.44
Liberty Buick 3 4 2 0.44
WyYred Fiber 3 5 1 0.39
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
The Colonnade - 8    Thunderbird Auto - 8
When wasn't in the cards today for Colonnade but neither was a loss in their tie against Thunderbird auto 8 to 8.  Colonnade was able to score a couple runs here and there and was able to at least tie the game in the last inning but was unable to get that one more run to win the game. On offense great could still look at it in the park home run, Lloyd "switch hitter" Newlands was four for four new player on Colonnades team Darren Duncan contributed three hits and played great at shortstop today. Thank you Jerry Hotzler for keeping the book. 
Thunderbird Auto and Lisa’s Colonnade team did a lot of “Slipping and Sliding” this morning and ended in an 8-8 tie. For three innings (0,0,0) the Auto guys were unable to turn the engine over trailing 2-0 at the end of the 3rd inning but oddly still in the game. The TBirds then posted 5 runs to surge ahead 5-2 only to have the resort folks peck away and take the lead 6-5 after six innings. Thunderbird then plated three runs to take an 8-6 lead. Colonnade was able to push across two runs in the bottom of the seventh to get the tie. Eric Swobody (3/3) and Al Caillouette (3/4) had three hits each with Chip Robertson, Sam Newby, Pete Houghton, Tom Gibans and Steve Katz contributing two hits. Thanks to Dale McLaughlin and Rob White for umpiring and Craig Nelson up in the tower.
WyYred Fiber - 18   Treedah Magee Realtor- 4
 WyYard Fiber's bats came out early and loud against Tredah Magee as we defeated them 18 to 4.  WyYard hitting was led by Craig Nelson who was 4/4 with 2 HRs and 11 RBIs. Ron Coleman and Dennis Estes were also perfect for the day with 4/4. Chip Robertson was 3/3 and Paul Becker was 3/4 with a K, so this Bud's for you.  Rounding out the hitting were Kirk Andes and Rob White with 2/3. Our entire defense was also superb with Dale McLaughlin making an awesome catch in Right Field to end the game. Great job team !!
The recipe for victory is to make all the defensive plays, limit your mistakes, hold the opposition to eleven hits and 4 runs and top it off with one player having 11 runs batted in during a five inning mercy rule game. Unfortunately all those things happened AGAINST the Treedah Magee team as they were soundly defeated by Tom and Paul’s WyYerd sluggers 18-4. As a team, you tip your cap to the entire WyYerd team, congratulate Craig Nelson on an outstanding offensive display, be thankful no one on either team  was injured , and thank the umpiring crew of Jamie White and Al Caillouette along with Steve Katz on the scoreboard. The Treedah Magee team will try and halt a modest two game losing streak on Thursday as they take on Top and Gords Thunderbird team.
Liberty Buick - 17   Property Sisters - 15     
A very close, back & forth affair between the visiting Property Sisters of Dave & Chuck and home team Liberty Buick. Liberty had a 17-12 lead going into the top of the 7th and held on for a 17-15 victory. A much needed win for the Buick boys, it's been a while. Leading the way offensively for Liberty was Darren Duncan, (our super sub for Dave Cheney while he recovers from knee surgery), a 4-4 day with 2 HR's and 6 RBI's. Another super sub, Randy Cihlar was 4-4, as was Jamie White. David Fleck, John Shuba and Jamie Sullivan were all 3-4. This was a very well  played game by both squads, lots of good hits and zero errors. Lots of fun. Also, many thanks to our other 2 super subs, Sam Newby and Glen Soles, who both played great games. Thanks to the volunteers who worked the games today.. 
The Property Sisters Realty Group lost to Liberty Buick by a 17 to 15 score.  Our bats were cold for the first 3 innings trailing 9 to 2.  The House Sellers then proceeded to tally a nickel the following two innings now only trailing Jamie White and Jim Opyd’s Car Dealers 12 to 14.  We couldn’t close the 2 run gap as both teams plated 3 runs in the final frames earning them the win.  Our defense was respectable, we just didn’t score enough runs!  Keeping the game interesting was Dave Fusaro and David Zuker’s 4/4 days followed by Troy MacQueen with his 3/4 effort which included his launch over the left field fence.  Jay Schirpke and Mike Anderson chimed in with their 2 hit performances.  Thanks to umpires Greg Kastelic and Dennis Estes with Ray- Ray Gibson in the tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand:Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 1, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Property Sisters 5 2 1 0.69
Treeadh Magee Realtor 4 2 2 0.64
Thunderbird Auto 4 3 1 0.56
The Colonnade 3 4 1 0.44
Liberty Buick 2 4 2 0.38
WyYred Fiber 2 5 1 0.31
Thursday, December 1, 2022
WyYred Fiber - 9   Thunderbird Auto - 8
WyYerd Fiber got off to a slow start finding themselves 7-0 going into bottom of 2nd inning.  Our bats came alive and we were tied 8 to 8 with the Tbirds in bottom of the 7th when Don Ranieri came to bat and hit a solo hr to win the game 9 to 8. John Hammel 3/3 and Kirk Andes 2/2 were both perfect for the day. Rob White chipped in with 2 hits and sub Troy McQueen also had 2 hits with one being an inside the park hr. A good win overall for the team.
By the time Thunderbird Auto got to the finish line there were no wheels on the car(team), enabling Tom and Paul’s WyYerd team to finish off the car guys 9-8 with Ranieri’s walk-off center field home run. The Auto Repair team jumped out to a 7-0 lead after 1 1/2 innings. After that, Thunderbird got six hits, one run and four double plays turned on them. Flat ties everywhere. Thanks to Terry and Scott for umpiring and Dave Fleck up in the tower.
The Colonnade - 13   Liberty Buick - 9
Colonnade started off slow in their 13-9 win over Liberty Buick.  Sub Don Ranieri made some nice catches until he was replaced by sub Pete Semenak. Jeff Nickerson went 4 for 4 and was stretched to his limit after he reached for a throw from shortstop making the grab. Brian "I tagged up today" Kaping went three for 4 and played great defense at 3rd base. Jim McDonald, Gary Ambruz, Dave Elkins; Lloyd Newlands; Greg Kastelic and Bob "You can call me butter" Kloehn all had two hits.   Thank you Jerry Hotzler for keeping score.  Quote of the day courtesy of our catcher Bob Kloehn "You can call me butter because I'm on a roll" 
It was another fairly dismal day for Liberty Buick Boys, as Lisa's Colannade Crew quite handily won our game, 13-9. Our bats were stuck in the freezer, except for a couple guys that came to play: Terry Graves was 4-4, 2 RBI's, Jamie Sullivan was 3-3 and 3 RBI's, and Darren Duncan was 3-4 with 1 HR and 2 dbls. That's about it for the highlights of our game today. We only had 17 hits for a .460 team batting average. That won't win any games in our league. It was a weird week in the red league, the home teams won all 6 games. The visiting teams: 0 wins. We were the visitors both games this week. Hope we change benches next week.!! Thanks to Sam & Andy for umpiring and Ron C in the press box. 
Property Sisters - 15   Treedah Magee Realtor - 6  
The Property Sisters Realty Group put one in the win column by outscoring Treedah Magee Realtor Team 15 to 6.  The Sisters House Seller’s bats were hot thru the first 4 innings resulting in 14 runs.   Jeff Silversteen’s Squad then limited us to just 1 more tally the remainder of the game.  Troy MacQueen, David Zuker, and sub Randy Biko each had 4/4 efforts followed by Gary Stueber and John Boland with their 3/4 performances. Dave Fusaro, Chuck Cruz, and sub Murry Fairweather also contributed 2 hits each. Biggest offensive highlights were the two “in the park” round trippers complements of speedsters MacQueen and Boland.  Defensively, everything seemed to fall into place as we executed 4 double plays and enjoyed Troy Macqueen’s acrobatic fly ball catching exhibition behind his shortstop position which helped pitcher Mike Anderson hold our opponent to 6 runs.  Anderson’s only mishap was his 3rd inning “K” which seemed to please the crowd!  A special shout out and thanks to Kim MacQueen and Trish Halder who voluntarily handled the scoreboard duties pushing all the right buttons and even using the 911 phone because of an on the field player injury.  Nice job umpires Chip Robinson and Dave Halder. 
The battle of the Realtors today was no contest from the start. Treedah Magee took it on the nose (sorry Ralph) I meant on the chin, losing to the Property Sisters 15-6. Normally, when you lose, you can ease the pain by saying, “well, at least no one got hurt!” Not today. Our medical update is almost as long as the four double plays we hit into. Mike Hirsch re-injured his ankle; Ralph McKeever and Pete Semenak collided in center field, with Ralph sustaining a few injuries; Pete stayed in the game; and Howard Sumner is out with a sciatic nerve issue. Thanks to our subs Jamie White and  Brian Kaping and also to  Lloyd Newlands and Darren Duncan for filling in for are in-game injured players. The walking wounded were led by Gary Weslosky and Jeff Silversteen with three hits each while Ralph McKeever, Dennis Vance and sub Brian Kaping each had two hits. We will bounce back on Tuesday, hoping to keep  the jinx of the visitors dugout alive. No red league visiting team won this week. Thanks to the umpiring duo of  Chip Robertson and Dale Halder and to the ladies in the tower. Special thanks and shout out to our first responders/EMTs

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 29, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Treedah Magee Realtor 4 1 2 0.72
Thunder bird Auto 4 2 1 0.64
Property Sisters 4 2 1 0.64
Liberty Buick 2 3 2 0.43
The Colonnade 2 4 1 0.36
WyYred Fiber 1 5 1 0.21
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Thunderbird Auto - 17   Liberty Buick - 16
Thunderbird Auto and Liberty Buick had a seesaw contest all the way to the end with the car fix-it team edging the car dealers 17-16 in a come-from-behind win. After the first inning, each team posted multiple 5 then 0 innings (three for Liberty and two for Auto).  Going into the bottom of the seventh Thunderbird trailed 16-14.  Six singles later, the Birds had their win.  Andy Campbell (5/5) and Tom Gibans (4/4) were perfect at the plate. Al Caillouette (4/5) knocked in the winning run. Sam Newby (3/4) and smooth glove Pete Houghton (3/4) contributed three hits each.
It was a cool, crisp early morning at the Field of Dreams, but the T'Bird and Liberty bats were fairly hot.. The Thunderbird crew scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to secure the victory, 17-16. It was an excellent game, a back-and-forth affair with Top's squad just a little too tough in the end. We had some outstanding offensive performances this morning: Scott Roberts, 4-4, Dale Halder was 3-4 with 4 RBI's, super sub Darren Duncan (for Dave Cheney) was 3-4 with a CF home run and 6 RBI's, Joel Breiner, John Shuba and David Fleck, all 3-4, and the rest of us had 1 or 2 hits each. It was a fun, close game to get the league going again after the turkey festivities. Dave Elkins and Jeff Nickerson did an excellent job, kept the game moving with no controversy whatsoever. It wasn't a good morning for the visiting teams, all 3 games were won by the home teams. Good to be back. See you Thursday..
Treedah Magee Realtor - 16   The Colonnade - 14
Any teams key to success in softball is timely hitting and solid defense. Both were in full swing today as The Treedah Magee team unleashed 26 hits in 6 innings to plate 18 runs as the handed Lisa’s team, The Colonnade, a 18-14 defeat.. Every player scored at least once; all but one player had an rbi and every player except one had at least two hits. Glenn Soles, Gary Weslosky and Pete Semenak had perfect days at the plate, while Randy Cihlar, Mike Hirsch, Ron Michalski, Ralph McKeever, Dennis Vance and Jeff Silversteen all had multi hit days. Play of the game goes to Pete Semenak for his running and diving catch late in the game. The Treedah Magee teams wishes to thank Randy Biko for subbing along with  Don Ranieri and Jamie Sullivan their umpiring. Kudos to Chip Robertson on the scoreboard. Next up for  the Treedah Magee team will be the Property Sisters on Thursday at 2:45.
According to Greg Allseitz Colonnade didn't suck that bad in our 18-12 loss to Treedah Magee.  Colonnade started off strong by scoring 4 runs in the first inning. We scored in the second but then every other inning after that.  Contributing four hits each Brian "Lloyd I'm not listening to you" Kaping; Greg "Allsights" Allseitz;  three hits each were Lloyd "how many outs" Newlands, Dave "doesn't matter what I pitch they keep hitting it" Elkins; Jeff Nickerson, Lisa Pelletier and two hits sub Jamie White. Colonnade played well at defense with only a few errors. 
Property Sisters - 18   WyWerd Fiber - 17 
The Property Sisters Realty Group came out on the winning end of a 17 to 18 score against WyYerd Fiber this morning.   Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker’s hard hitting Fiber Team had an 8 to 5 lead by the end of the third frame.  However, by the end of the next frame the House Sellers were able to close their lead 10 to 9.  In the next two innings, we managed to plate another 4 runs while holding them scoreless and now enjoying a 13 to 10 lead.  Then came the final inning!  The Fibers were “WyYerd” all right, tallying 7 runs and a 17 to 13 lead.   Using the hammer, the Sister House Sellers bats were able to trump today’s sub-par defense scoring 5 runs earning the victory.  Our offense did us proud as we had 33 hits with everyone contributing to the win!  Leading our hit parade was John Boland’s 5/5 effort followed by Jay Schirpke and David Zuker with their 4/5 day – and of course Zuker’s grand slam deposit over the center field score board tying the game in the final frame.  Dave Fusaro, Gary Stueber, Brian Pin, Mike Anderson, sub Chris Schwartz and Troy MacQueen contributed 3 hits each which included Troy’s deposit over the left field wall.  The winning tally came with Gary Stueber’s single and scoring on Brian Pin’s shot to right field.  Thanks to the aforementioned sub, umpires Garry Weslosky and Lloyd Newlands and whoever was in the scoring tower (sorry kind of lost track there).
After a fast start and an 8-2 lead, WyYred Fiber let one slip away in the last inning after being up by 4 entering the final frame.  Property Sisters played just well enough to hang around and pounce on the opportunity they were given.  Only making one out today for WyYred Fiber was Dennis Estes (3 RBI's), Don Ranieri (3 RBI's) and Craig Nelson (RBI). Dale McLaughlin made it back from his extended vacation and had a nice 2/4 day with 5 RBI's!!  Welcome back Dale!  Ron Coleman went 3/5 with an RBI.  Paul Becker pitched well and had a 2/4 day with an RBI as well.  Rob White 2/4 with 2 RBI's.  Ray Gibson knocked down a few hard hit balls at 2nd base. Not sure what the solution is but WyYred Fiber is snake bitten. Things will come around...maybe Thursday!  It's still early in the season and WyYred Fiber will be back in the hunt!

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 17, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Treedah Magee Realtor 3 1 2 0.67
Thunder bird Auto 3 2 1 0.58
Property Sisters 3 2 1 0.58
Liberty Buick 2 2 2 0.50
The Colonnade 2 3 1 0.42
WyYred Fiber 1 4 1 0.25
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Property Sisters - 17   Thunderbird Auto - 16
The Property Sisters won a close one against Thunderbird Auto with a 17 to 16 final.  The House Sellers were cruising along for 6 innings tallying 15 runs to the Auto Mechanics 8.  That’s when the game got interesting!  The Realtors added 2 more runs in the top of the 7th frame increasing the lead by 9.  With the hammer, Bob Topham and Gord Jones T-birds embarked on a hitting and run scoring rally that plated 8 runs - which finally ended - securing our win by one!  Our defense, aided with the help of our 4 subs including Joe Pioli, Dale Halder, Tom Ranalls and Jim McDonald was respectable.  On the offensive side of the equation, our 17 runs were scored in 5 of the 7 innings via hitting contributions from the top to the bottom of the batting order.  Leading the way was Jay Schirpke with his 4 hits followed by Joe Pioli, Dale Halder, Tom Ranalls, and Gary Stueber with their 3 hits each.  Jim McDonald, Mike Anderson and Chuck Cruz each chimed in with 2 hits.  Thanks to the aforementioned subs, umpires Dave Cheney and Joel Breiner with John Shuba in the scoring tower.  Wishing every one of the SCG Softball Community an enjoyable and Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up… Thunderbird Auto had a Jekyll and Hyde day at the ball field in losing to Chuck’s Property Sisters in a late inning nail biter 17-16. Over the first three innings the Auto Mechanics showed no resemblance of being a first place team as the realtors capitalized on a string of miscues to take a 11-1 lead. Then the defense tighten up and the bats saw new life helping the car guys to close the gap after five innings to 11-8. The House Sellers then scored 6 straight runs to increase their lead to 17-8 in the top of the seventh. Thunderbird Auto then put on a hitting clinic scoring 8 runs leaving the tying and winning runs stranded as a line drive was caught (by Mike Anderson) before heading to the right field corner  Hats off to the Sisters infield as they recorded 16 outs with Mike Anderson snagging 5/6 sharply hit balls up the middle to put a fork in all rally attempts  Sub David Dorn (4/4) was perfect at the plate and Chip Robertson (3/5), Pete Semenak (3/4), Eric Swobody (3/4) and Jeff Watson (3/4) contributed three hits each. Thanks to Dave Cheney and Joel Breiner for umpiring and John Shuba up in the tower.
Treedah Magee Realtor - 18   Liberty Buick - 18
It was another beautiful day for softball at the Field of Dreams as The Treedah Magee team did battle with the boys from Liberty Buick. It was a see saw contest as the realtors were up 7-4 after two only to get outscored 5-0 in the third. Not to be outdone, the realtors reversed roles and scored 5 in the fourth while shutting out Jamie’s team. Tied entering the open sixth inning, Jamie’s team had Treedah on the ropes. Tied 18-18 with the bases loaded and one out, the Buick boys could not plate the winning run.
Having four hits today for the realtors were Randy Cihlar, Gary Weslosky, sub Dave Dorn and Jeff Silversteen. Contributing three hits each were Pete Semenak, Ron Michalski and sub Rob White. Also adding to our hit totals were sub Lloyd Newlands(1), Ralph McKeever (2) and Howard Sumner (1).
Thanks to umpires Eric Swobody and Jeff Watson. The Treedah Magee team wishes everyone a safe and happy thanksgiving. Don’t forget the one pitch tournament next Tuesday.
A very good, close game today between Jeff's Treedah Magee and Liberty Buick, ending in an 18-18 tie. Treedah was ahead 17-14 after 5, they scored 1 in the top of the 6th, and Liberty scored 4 in the bottom to tie the game. Game over, out of time. Both teams had an excellent day at the plate, we had 31 hits for a .738 average. Everyone needed lots of subs again today, we went deep into the sub closet, dusted off the shelves and got Dan Bourget and Randy Biko out of retirement. They filled in admirably for Scott Roberts and Terry Graves. Randy was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, and Dan had 2 key hits and played a great 1st base. Lots of good offensive performances: Dave Cheney, Dale Halder, Jamie Sullivan, all 4-5; Jamie White, 4-4 with a SAC, Joel Breiner and Jim Opyd, 3-4. A fun game and a fitting end. Thanks To Eric Swobody and Jeff Watson for excellent umpiring. See you at the 1-pitch next Tuesday and Happy Thanksgiving to all.
WyWerd Fiber - 17   The Colonnade - 11 
WyYred Fiber is finally on the board with a win!  The secret sauce, keep Coach Ranalls away from the ballpark.  Not feeling so hot the coach handed to line up card over to Don Ranieri.  Success!  Other successes this day were Dennis Estes with a well timed 5/5 at the plate....and hitting for the cycle!  Single, double, triple and a HR!  Add in 4 RBI's and that's a great day for Dennis!  Rob White 4/4 with 3 RBI's has been having a very good season so far.  Craig Nelson and sub Joel Breiner were both 4/5 with 4 RBI's...nice job Craig and thank you Joel!  Speedy Ron Coleman kept rolling in the lead off spot with a nice 4/5 day.  Don Ranieri 3/4 and an RBI.  Howard Sumner (thank you for subbing), Kirk Andes, Ray Gibson and Chuck Cruz combined for another 5 hits and 2 RBI's to finish off the scoring! The Colonnade never threw in the towel and kept the game interesting throughout.  Silversteen and McKeever deserve a tip of the cap for umpiring and Dennis Vance for pushing scoreboard buttons!  A little holiday break then back to the comeback trail!  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  
It just wasn't in the cards today for the Colonnade in their loss against Wyyerd Fibers.  Colonnade trail the entire game and was unable to make a comeback in the 7th inning. Going 4 for 4 with sub Mike Anderson who also pitched for us. Jeff nickerson with three for four with a home run over the fence which put us back in range to possibly make a comeback. Lloyd Newlands and Greg allsides also had three hits with Greg having three RBIs as well. Thank you to subs Jim Opyd and Mike Anderson.  

 

                  Sun City Grand Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 15, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 3 1 1 0.70
Treedah Magee Realtor 3 1 1 0.70
Property Sisters 2 2 1 0.50
The Colonnade 2 2 1 0.50
Liberty Buick 2 2 1 0.50
WyYred Fiber 0 4 1 0.10
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Liberty Buick - 19   WyWerd Fiber - 12
An early, almost frosty start to our red league opening game today, and the Liberty Buick bats came out hot, our best performance to date against the WyYerd Fibers. Final score was 19-12. We scored 5 in the bottom of the 1st, and never looked back after that. The Fiber crew had a little trouble getting started, but began to chip away near the end of the game. But, it was too little, too late. All our 10 players had multiple hits and RBI's, the highlights were John Shuba and Jamie Sullivan, both perfect with 4-4 performances. David Cheney was 4-5, and our super sub, Bill Parker  was 3-4 with 3 RBI's. Luckily, we were only missing 1 player today, Scott Roberts, but everyone else has a gaggle of subs playing today. It's tournament time. Brian Pin and Ralph McKeever were flawless as our umpires.. See you Thursday..
Another slow start...3 runs in four innings.  Then 9 in the last 3 innings.  The late inning jolt was led by Don Ranieri with a three run bomb and 4 total RBI's.  Sub Jeff (Speedy) Watson was 4-4 and gave a great effort as one of our subs today.  Also subbing and playing well was Allen Bellew who scored a run and provided strong pitch calling.  Jeff Silversteen added a 3/4 day from the plate and a commendable 6 innings of pitching.  Thank you Jeff, Jeff and Allen!  Rob White again with solid defensive play at 3rd and a 2/3 day at the plate.  Last week I missed a hit for Rob in the book so this week he gets an extra one!  Rob always gives a 110%!  Tom Ranalls Multiple hits and RBI's were also recorded by Ron Coleman, Kirk Andes (Hit the ball hard every time with 2 doubles!) and Ray Gibson (2 hits and 2 RBI's).  Lots of talent on a winless team 5 games into a long session!  The worm will turn and Wyyred Fiber will return to form and be a formidable opponent in the very near future!  Brian Pin and Ralph McKeever THANK YOU FOR UMPIRING!  Greg K..nice job in the tower!  Congrats to Liberty Buick on a very nice performance!
The Colonnade - 13   Property Sisters - 12
Colonnade won in a nail biter today against the property sisters 13 to 12. Colonnade started off strong by getting nine runs in the first two innings but the bats went cold until the end of the game. Property sisters were able to tie the game in the 7th 12-12 with Colonnade having the last bats. Colonnade with runners on base was able to come up with a hit in the seventh to win the game. Going four for four was Lloyd "trash talking" Newlands.  Brian "I should've scored on that hit" Kaping,  sub Pete Semenac and Greg Kastelic all had three hits.  Jeff "Tuesday" Nickerson had two hits with a very important home run also contributing two hits were Greg "trash talking almost as much as Lloyd"Allseitz and Sub Ray Gibson.  Quote of the day was aimed at opposing pitcher Mike Anderson. "please cover that with a mask" after he failed to put on his mask prior to hitting the field.  Thank you to our score keeper Jerry. 
The Property Sisters lost to The Colonnade 12 to 13 this morning.  Lisa’s squad held the lead 9 to 4 by the top of the 6th inning when the House Sellers tallied a nickel, taking a 12 to 10 lead.  Colonnade proceeded to tie the game at 12 in their half of the frame and scored the winning run using the hammer in the 7th frame.  Our defense was respectable, but our bats were cold.  Hard to win games in this league having 2 open frames and just 18 hits.  Subs Chip Robinson and Bob Winkler led our hit parade going 4/4 and 3/4 respectively.  Special thanks to those two and Tom Ranalls for helping us out today.  Nice job umpires Don Ranieri and Dale Halder with Kirk Andes in the tower.  
Treedah Magee - 13   Thunderbird Auto - 3
It’s been said by many that follow softball 🥎, that you never know what to expect when you show up at the ballpark, be it to watch or play the game. Add to that “senior softball” ingredient and you have todays battle between the undefeated Thunderbird team and once defeated, Treedah McGee. Things you don’t usually see: two pop ups by the good guys that barely traveled 20 feet each and never rolled fouled; 5 double plays between the two teams; and not one but two runners from the same team getting hit by hard hit ground  balls possibly headed to the outfield. Fortunately, the good outweighed the unusual, and the Realtors handed Tops team their first defeat 13-3. Kudos to our four subs today, all of whom were stellar performers and clutch at the plate. Tom Ranals and Dave Dorn where both 3/4, while Lisa Pellitier had one hit and played flawless at third. Bob Kloehn called all the right pitches from behind the dish and hit a clutch sacrifice fly to plate a key run. Thanks subs. Leading the regulars were Ralph McKeever and the manager with three hits, while Pete Semenak,  Randy Cihlar, Gary Weslosky, and Howard Sumner had two hits each. Round two of the Fall session begins Thursday as the Treedah McGee team battles Liberty Buick for the second time. Thanks to the umpiring crew of Chuck Cruz, Moondog, and Jamie White who filled in admirably for Moondog the last few innings. And good job pushing the scoreboard buttons to Jim McDonald. 
An interesting day at the ballpark today as Thunderbird Auto took it on the chin as Jeff’s Treedah McGee team overwhelmed the car mechanics 13-3 in a lopsided game. The Auto Shop guys hit into three double plays to thwart any rally attempts. To make things exciting… we’re pretty sure that we broke any existing record at SCG today by having two runners on the same team declared out by a batted ball. Sub John Shuba (4/4) and Bob Winkler (3/3) had perfect days at the plate. Thanks to those who umpired and kept score in the tower.

 Red League Standings and Game Summaries for Fall 2022

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022 Sun City Grand Softball - Winter 2022 
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 10, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 3 0 1 0.88
Treedah Magee Realtor 2 1 1 0.63
Property Sisters 2 1 1 0.63
The Colonnade 1 2 1 0.38
Liberty Buick 1 2 1 0.38
WyYred Fiber 0 3 1 0.13
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Thunderbird Auto - 17   The Colonnade - 9
Thunderbird Auto jumped off the starting line with a Chip Robertson (4/5) Home Run off the Scoreboard and took a 12-3 lead after three  innings to cruise to a 17-9 win over Lisa’s Colonnade team. The Car Mechanics put together 31 hits in six innings and everyone had at least two hits and a run scored with Al Caillouette (4/4), Pete Houghton (4/4) and Eric Swobody (3/3) having perfect days at the plate. A solid defense held the Colonnade gang scoreless in four of the seven innings.
You can't make a comeback if you're never trailing. Colonnade trailed the entire game but a comeback just didn't happen today in their 17-9 loss against Thunderbird auto. Colonnade was only able to score 2 out of the 7 innings with Dave Elkins going 3 for 4 which includes a bomber over the fence.   Contributing two eachs each were Lloyd "trash talk" Newlands, Brian Kaping, Greg "I got my glove on it" Allseitz, sub Jamie White and Lisa Pelletier.  Bob Kloehn avoided the dirt snakes at home plate today. Thank you to subs Jamie White, John Hammel and Terry Graves.  Quote of the day Bob Kloehn says to Lloyd Newlands "My ex wife is starting to look good after talking to you"
Treedah Magee Realtor - 28   WyYerd
It was throwback Thursday in the second game of the red league at the Field of Dreams. Some of you that have been around will remember when 20 plus  runs per team was a frequent occurrence. Those were before 70 foot bases, a different softball and when the outfielders didn’t run down every fly ball , cut off the gaps and/or have great throwing arms. So todays battle between Toms WyYerd bombers  and Treedahs underdogs staged what resembled a heavyweight boxing match. The two teams stood toe to toe with hits, runs and sunballs dominating the contest. So after WyYerd put up five spots in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings, the Treedah realtors were down 21-17 entering the open inning. 16 batters later, Treedahs team plated 11 runs and took the lead 28-21. So with their last at bat, The WyYerd team  went to work. After 5 runs scored and the tying run at the plate, Howard Sumner snow coned a fly ball for the final out. Treedah McGees team escaped and improved to 2-1-1  with a 28-26 win and will play the 3-0 Thunderbird mechanics on Tuesday. Total team effort today as Glenn Soles, Randy Cihlar, Gary Weslosky, Ron Michalski, and Howard Sumner all had perfect days at the plate. We were a remarkable 37/49 today. Thanks to Lisa in the tower and to Al Callouette and Scott Roberts for umpiring.
Good luck to all who will be playing in the World tournament in Phoenix. And let’s not forget to honor our veterans. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Team average today .673!  Craig Nelson led all batters going a perfect 6/6 with 8 RBI's, the guy hits the ball hard every time.  Opposing third baseman Soles was looking for cover prior to each of Craig's at bats!  Don Ranieri had an excellent day going 5/6 also with 8 RBI's.  Not a bad 3 - 4 combo in the batting order.  Also having stellar days at the plate was Ron Coleman 5/6 with an RBI, sub Terry Graves 4/5 with 3 RBI's (thanks Terry).  Dennis Estes 4/6, Paul Becker 4/6, John Hammel 2/5, Rob White 2/5 with some Brooks Robinson type plays at 3rd today as well, Kirk Andes 2/5 and Ray Gibson 3/5 all had good days and contributed defensively as well.  Now after reading this game summary, you have to wonder, how did Wyyred Fiber lose this game?  Well...Treedah MaGee was just as hot and put up 5's in the first two frames as Wyyred Fiber put up 3's!  Wyyred Fiber was also outscored in the open frame 11 to 5.  Wyyred Fiber is now 0-3 and has lost those three games by a total of 6 runs.  Sometimes you just have to shake your head and keep showing up.  The team has a great attitude and keeps fighting.  With a sound defense and a pretty potent batting order I suspect things will change soon!  Keep up the good work team Wyyred Fiber!  First base coach Jim Rumsey will spend a couple days icing the right shoulder that sent 26 runs past first base.  Great game Treedah MaGee!  Extremely nice job by umpires Al Caillouette and Scott Roberts.  Lisa in the tower was all over it as well!
Property Sisters - 15   Liberty Buick - 9
The Property Sisters Team came out on the winning end against the Liberty Buick Squad by a 9 to 15 score. The Realtors and Jamie White (I FOUND MY BAT !!) and Jim Opyd's Auto Sellers were tied at 7 by the end of the 4th inning.  In the remaining 3 frames we tallied another 8 runs to their 2 resulting in the victory.  The afternoon sun played havoc for both the right center and right fielders today, but we managed to survive!   On the offensive side of the equation, several players in the lineup had perfect days at the plate including Gary Stueber, John Boland and Brian Pin with 4/4 days and Mike Anderson with his 3/3 effort.  Chiming in with their 3 hit performances were Jay Schirpke and David Zuker – one of which was a blast over the right center field fence.  Special thanks to our 2 subs Tom Ranalls - handing numerous plays at shortstop, and Howard Sumner in left field - as we took advantage of his speed on the base paths too!  Thanks to the umpires Dennis Estes and Rob White with Ray Gibson in the scoring tower.  
The Liberty Buick squad laid an egg today, only scoring 9 runs and getting beat quite easily by the Property Sisters, 15-9. Our team batting average was only .486, 18 hits in 37 AB. That's not going to win many games in our league. Our top performers were Scott Roberts, Dave Cheney and Joel Breiner, all 3-4. David Fleck, super sub, Kris Schwartz were 2-3. The rest of us sucked. Anyway, more importantly, it's Veterans Day (called Remembrance Day in Canada), and we give a huge THANK YOU to all of you that have served your country. Thanks to the umpires for our game, Rob W and Dennis E. Have a good weekend. 

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 8, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Thunderbird Auto 2.00 0.00 1.00 0.83
Treedah Magee Realtor 1.00 0.00 1.00 0.50
The Colonnade 1.00 0.00 1.00 0.50
Liberty Buick 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.50
Property Sisters 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.50
WyYred Fiber 0.00 1.00 2.00 0.17
         
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Property Sisters - 15   Treedah Magee Realtor - 8 
The Property Sisters got on the winning side of the ledger defeating the Treedah Magee Realtor team today.  By the end of the second inning, the Property Sister Squad had a 1 run lead and tallied another 9 the remainder of the game while holding Jeff Silversteen’s solid Realtors to just 3 more runs resulting in the 8 to 15 victory. Pitcher, Mike Anderson, with the support of his team’s defense, managed to hold our opponent scoreless in 4 of the seven innings. Our bats were much warmer than the morning chill combining for 27 hits.  Leading the way were Jay Schirpke and Gary Stueber 4/4 days followed by 3 hit performances by John Boland, Brian Pin and Mike Anderson. Sub Kirk Andeys, David Zuker and Chuck Cruz chimed In with their 2 hits each. Thanks to the aforementioned sub and you too Dale Halder who was a 7:30am last minute shortstop replacement. Good job umpires and all those in the scoring tower with Bob Kloehn.
The Treedah McGee Realtor team welcomed Mike Hirsch, Randy Cihlar and Ralph McKeever to the team after tough  contract  negotiations with their agents. Also, Ron Michalski straightened out his visa issues in Illinois and is back in The Grand, available to play Thursday. Unfortunately, Dennis Vance suffered an injury in the Saturday league and has been placed on the IL. With all those issues , the Realtors took it on the chin, losing to Dave and Chucks Property Sisters by the score of 15-8. After leading 3-1, Treedah’s team only managed to score 5 more runs while being shut out in 4 innings. Cihlar, fueled by his new contract, led the regulars going 3 for 4 with a double. Contributing 2 hits each were Glenn Soles, Pete Semenak, Mike Hirsch and Jeff Silversteen. Todays sub of the game was John Hammel as he hammered out  a three for three day. Thanks to the umpiring crew of Dave Elkins and Jamie White. Also thanks to Bob Kloehn up in the scorers tower. The Treedah McGee Realtors will regroup and take on The WyYerd Fiber team this Thursday. The entire team would like to thank all of our veterans for their service, not just on the upcoming Veterans Day this Friday, but  everyday. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🥎🥎🇺🇸🇺🇸
Liberty Buick - 13   The Colonnade - 12
The Liberty Buick Boys have squeaked out their first win of our early fall season, beating Lisa's Collonade Crew in an excellent, close game, 13-12. We were losing 12-9 going into the open bottom of the 7th, and scored 4 runs without registering an out. We were pretty much sleeping during the previous 3 innings, but our bats came alive for the 7th inning when it most counted. There were some defensive miscues on both sides, but also some great catches and plays that made for an exciting game. On the Liberty side, David Cheney got things going for us in the first inning, with a solo dinger (30 pack Thursday).. We had a total of 25 hits, 40 AB, for a .625 average. Much better than our first game. Leading the way with 3 hits each were Scott Roberts, David Cheney, Joel Breiner, Jamie White, Jamie Sullivan and David Fleck. Everyone else had 2 hits. Very close matched teams, as is the entire league. Thanks to Glen Soles and Garry Weslosky  managing umpiring duties, and about a crew of 5 guys in the press box. 
Colonnade offense started off strong with four hits in their first at bats.  Liberty Buick took the lead after the 2nd inning but colonnade took it back in the 4th but was unable to hold off liberty in the 7th and colonnade lost 13-12.  We had some untimely defensive errors but Lloyd had an ESPN worthy catch in outfield. Thank you to our subs Pete Semenak and Allen Bellew, the umpires as well as our book scorekeeper Jerry Hotzler. 
Thunderbird Auto - 14   WyYerd Fiber - 13
Thunderbird Auto squeezed one run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh to edge WyYerd Fiber 14-13. The Mechanics jumped out to an early 8-0 lead after two innings only to have the Fiber guys score 13 runs over the next four innings to tie the score going into the last inning. Chip Robertson (5/5) and Pete Houghton (4/4) were perfect at the plate. Three hit games were had by Sam Newby, Jeff Watson, Eric Swobody and Steve Katz. Contributing two hits each were Al Caillouette, Bob Winkler, Andy Campbell and Tom Gibans.
Hard to overcome 4 innings with goose eggs on the scorecard but we almost did!  It was an exciting race to the finish line.  Wyyred Fiber found themselves down 8-0 after 2 innings but fought back to tie the game at 13 after 6 innings.  Thunderbird Auto held Wyyred Fiber scoreless in the top of the 7th and picked up the winning run in the bottom of the last frame.   Thank you Jim McDonald and Jamie White for filling in for us today, combining for a nice 3/4 effort with an RBI!  Craig Nelson went a perfect 4/4 with 4 RBI's to lead the team offensively.  Dennis Estes 3/4, Ron Coleman 2/3 and Paul Becker 2/3 with 2 RBI's only made one out apiece.  Paul Becker pitched another good game and our defense held up pretty darn good.  Rob White made a couple outstanding plays at 3rd base.  Dennis Estes was instrumental in more than one double play.  Don Ranieri tossed a runner out at home from deep RC field.  Obviously defense isn't the problem, run production is.  I think the bats started to come alive and players are starting to feel more comfortable in their roles.  Thursday is another day and Wyyred Fiber will be ready!  Thanks to Terry Graves and Jeff Nickerson for a great job umpiring.  Gary Ambruz, nice job keeping an accurate tally in the tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 3, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
The Colonnade 1.00 0.00 1.00 0.75
Thunderbird Auto 1.00 0.00 1.00 0.75
Treedah Magee Realtor 1.00 0.00 1.00 0.75
Liberty Buick 0.00 1.00 1.00 0.25
Property Sisters 0.00 1.00 1.00 0.25
WyYred Fiber 0.00 1.00 1.00 0.25
         
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Treedah Magee Realtor - 1   The Colonnade - 1
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Thunderbird Auto - 1   Liberty Buick - 1
Property Sisters - 1   WyYerd Fiber  - 1

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 1, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
The Colonnade 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
Thunderbird Auto 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
Treedah Magee Realtor 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
Liberty Buick 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00
Property Sisters 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00
WyYred Fiber 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00
         
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Treedah Magee Realtor - 11   Liberty Buick - 7
The Treedah McGee Realtor team scored two in the first inning and never relinquished the lead as they defeated Jamie and Jim’s Liberty Buick team 11-7. The opening game of the opening day for the fall session was well played by both sides. A couple miscues by our defense were offset by some timely hitting . Thanks to all our subs today - Kris Schwartz, Ron Wong, Joe Pioli and Tom Ranalls. Very much appreciated and all four contributed to the victory. It was great to have Dennis Vance back at second base. Dennis was the offensive player of the game as he had a perfect day at the plate going 4/4 with 3 singles and a double. Glenn Soles, Pete Semenak, Joe Pioli and Tom Ranals each at two hits with one of Toms being a first inning, two run homer. Ron Wong went three for three while Gary Weslosky, Kris Schwartz and Jeff Silversteen chipped in with one hit each. The team takes on Lisa’s Colonnade team on Thursday. Thanks to the umpiring  crew of  Brian Pin and Dave Fusaro and to Gary Stueber running the scoreboard.
Liberty Buick opened the Red League Fall 2022 season with a 11-7 Loss to Treedah Magee Realtor. Low run production for both teams for the first part of the game saw Treedah Magee leading by a score of 3-1 after the first 3 innings. Treedah scored 3 in their half of the 4th to Liberty’s 1 to widen their lead to 6-2. With the game still withing reach, Liberty pushed across 2 runs in their half of the 6th to temporarily close the gap to 6-4 before Treedah countered with 5 in their half widening the score at 11-4 with Liberty coming up for their final at bat. Liberty managed to score 3 runs before the final out was made leaving the final score at 11-7 in favor of Treedah Macgee. Top batters for Liberty were Jamie Sullivan (4-4, 1-2B, 2 RBIs), Dale Halder (3-4) and Jim Opyd (2-3, 1 RBI). John Shuba, Sub Troy Macqueen and Jamie White all posted 2-4 days in the loss. Thanks to umpires Dave Fusaro and Brian Pin and scoreboard keeper Chuck Cruz
Thunderbird Auto - 15   Property Sisters - 14
Opening game of the new season was exciting from the first bell as Thunderbird Auto was able to edge Property Sisters 15-14. Nice to see everyone again. The TBirds were able to match Property Sisters opening five run rally in the first inning then traded the lead several times before the Auto guys posted five in the sixth to take a two run lead into the seventh. The TBirds then tighten their defense and held the Property gang to one run to close out the game. Always exciting to watch Chip Robertson (4/4) and newcomer Bob Winkler (3/3) had perfect games at the plate. Also contributing three hits were Al Caillouette (3/4), Sam Newby (3/4), Jeff Watson (3/4) and Tom Gibans (3/4). Andy Campbell (2/4), Pete Houghton (2/4) and Eric Swobody (2/4) recorded two hits each.
The Property Sisters came out on the wrong end of a one run score against Thunderbird Auto in the opening Red League 2022 Fall Softball Season.  It was a well-played game as both teams exchanged the lead for several innings.  By the end of the 5th frame, the House Selling Sister Team enjoyed a 13 to 10 lead.  However, Bob Topham and Gord Jones Auto Mechanic Squad managed another nickel which we couldn’t match earning them the 15 to 14 victory.  Our defense was respectable - highlighted by Gary Stueber’s acrobatic catches in left field.  Our offensive effort was exceptional for the first game of the season.  Our 24 hit parade was led by Jay Schirpke with his 5/ 5 day followed by Dave Fusaro with his 4/5 day.  Seven others chimed in with 2 hits each including Dave Zuker, Gary Stueber, Allen Bellew, Brian Pin, Mike Anderson, Chuck Cruz and, of course, Troy MacQueen who introduced himself to the League with his two blasts over the outfield fence.  Thanks to the umpires and scoreboard keeper.  The field looks great Jim Opyd!  Nice to have the snack and beverage cart back – Nice work Tom Ranalls!
The Colonnade - 9   WyYerd Fiber  - 6
We are still undefeated!!!! The Colonnade started another fun filled fall session of softball at SCGs Field of Dreams with a win over the Optic boys (Wyyerd Fiber) 9-6!! Lots of hits from the team with Jeff (Sunday) Nickerson leading the way with not 1 but 2 – 3 run blasts over the left field fence! Not to be out done, Dave Elkins and Jim McDonald contributed 3 hits each. Dave Elkins also made several “miraculous” plays on balls hit hard to the pitcher, and honorable mention goes to Greg Allseitz and Gary Ambruz for their mediocre attempts of trying to reach 3rd base only to be throw out by 10 feet or more!!!!! Thanks also goes to the umps and timekeeper, don’t remember who they were so they must have done a great job!!
Pitchers duel in game one of the season and The Colonnade came out on top of a tightly contested 9-6 result.  Paul Becker held the opposition to just 9 runs with the help of some nifty defensive plays by the Wyred squad.  Not sure if it was the first game cobwebs or not but I'm guessing this is a one game solvable issue.  Overall the Wyred batters were just 14 of 33 for a team average of .424!   How about some positive news!  Don Ranieri had 3 RBI's, Dennis Estes 2 RBI's and Craig Nelson chipped in with an RBI.  No perfect days at the plate but only making 1 out for AZ Wyred was Don Ranieri, Craig Nelson, John Hammel and Ray Gibson.  Congrats to the Colonnade for their first win of the season and the Wyred boys will be ready for Thursday!

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2022
**Spring League**
Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, July 21, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Property Sisters 3 0 1 0.875
Back bone Chiropractic 3 1 0 0.75
The Colonnade  1 3 0 0.25
Liberty GMC 0 3 1 0.125
         
         
         
         
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Spring 2022
**Spring League**
Standings
Games thru -  Friday, May 27, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Susy`s Home Cleaning 8 2 0 0.8
Happy Ears Hearing 7 2 1 0.75
Vital Care Rehabilitation 6 4 0 0.6
Liberty GMC 5 5 0 0.5
Backbone Chiropractic 4 5 1 0.45
The Colonnade 4 5 1 0.45
Canyon State  2 7 1 0.25
Property Sisters 2 8 0 0.2
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, May 26, 2022
The Colonnade - 7   Property Sisters - 4  
A win, The Colonnade team broke the 6 run jinx! 6-11-3 double plays? We had 2 of those from Lisa, Shel and Mike Sullivan and Artie had a strike out, no walks with 5 shut out innings thanks to our stellar defense. The home run of the day, Jeff Heary 4 RBIs. Danny Wood had 2 doubles, Don Ranieri double and RBI, Shel Rosenthal was the copy cat with a double and RBI, Ron Remm had a double, Ron Rogerson RBI, Norm Lustig, Artie Stackpole, Kris Schwartz and Lisa Pelletier all had hits for the win.
Beautiful morning at the “Field of Dreams” today. The Property Sisters couldn’t keep up with The Colonnade though. The Sisters could only come up with 10 hits and 4 runs in a 7-4 loss. With 2 hits each; Jeff Watson, Rick Pearson (thanks for subbing Rick), Ted Grove, Bruce Ketchum (thanks for subbing Bruce), and Tom Yurkunas. Thank you umpires Mike and Dick.
Canyon State- 11   Vital Care Rehabilitation - 11
Canyon State had good defence and good hitting today to earn their 2nd win in a row. Canyon State led the whole game and added 6 in the top of the 7th to clench the game. We got 27 hits with good output from the bottom half of the order. Kirk Andes 4-4, giong 3-4 Wayn Weidenbach, Bob Snelling, Mike Anderson, Jules Nagy, and Les Zirbel. two hits ea by Ron Swanson, Jim Witkowski, and Wes Mason, Bob Cary and Dave Stark added 1 hit each. Want to thank our subs Jules Nagy, Les Zirbel, anb especially to Bob Cary who stepped up at the last moment due to a emergency. Thanks again
Canyon State 16 Vital Care 11. Another close game going into the 7th inning. Vital Care down by 1 run but gave up to many in the top of the 7th. Thanks subs Gary Armstrong, Glen Soles, Joel Last and Darren Proctor.
Friday, May 27, 2022
Happy Ears Hearing - 20   Backbone Chiropractic - 19        
What a difference a day makes, for the team went from getting 11 hits to getting 29 hits today and almost pulled out a win, but fell short, but a good effort with the hot bats, really from both teams. Getting 4 hits each were Ken Krzeminski (2 doubles, 1 triple), and Dave Stehle. Getting 3 hits each were Pete Semenak (triple,double), Jeff Smith, and  Paul Jinneman ( 1 triple) . Getting 2 hits each were Jeff Nickerson (triple,walk), Ray Hensley, Dorothy Mazur, Don Hansen, and Bob Craig. Good team effort by all.  Next Game : Tuesday  May 31st  7:00  VISITORS
Happy Ears Hearing Center came out on top over Backbone Chiropractic in a run filled game that wasn't decided until the final inning. Happy Ears jumped out to an early lead by scoring 4 runs in the first 3 innings and ahead by a score of 12-6. Backbone Chiropractic came on strong in the remaining innings scoring 11 runs to Happy Ears' 8 leaving the score at 20-17 going into the top of the 7th. Fortunately for the Happy Ears team, the Backbone team made their final out after scoring 2 runs leaving the score at 20-19 in favor of Happy Ears Hearing Center. Lots of runs needs lots of hits. Leading the team was Rick Pearson (4-4, 3 RBIs, 1-2B), Al Miller (3-3, 2 RBIs), Sub Jim Young (2-2, 1-BB, Skip Pavitt (3-4, 3 RBIs), Sub Don Ranieri (3-4, 3 RBIs, 1-2B), Ed Campbell (3-4, 1 RBI), Sub Don Trenda (3-4, 3 RBIs), Don Cole (2-3, 1-BB), Bob Cary (2-3, 1-BB) and Sue Cary (2-4). Thanks to umpires Glenn Soles and Dave Dorn, Scoreboard keeper Mark Jessen and Dan Newman for managing our scorebook.
Susy`s Home Cleaning - 15   Liberty GMC - 3
Susy's Home Cleaning won today 15-3. Simply put it was a total team effort. Way to go!
Liberty GMC squared off with a fired up Suzy's  Home Cleaning team loosing 15-3. Top hitters were Brian Pin and Jeff Nickerson each  getting 3 hits. Thanks to our subs Jeff and Jerry Feldman and Dave Stehle who stepped in for a very dehydrated Ed M thanks to Bob Cary for doing our score keeping book.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, April 14, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 14 4 2 0.750
Tom Ranalls Realtor 13 5 2 0.700
One Stop Tile 11 7 2 0.600
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 10 2 0.450
Tride And True 7 12 1 0.375
Brian Keep and Assoc  2 17 1 0.125
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Tride And True - 15   Brian Keep and Assoc - 5
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team won their last game of the SCG Red League Winter Softball Session by defeating Brian Keep and Associates.  The Bug Eradicators took an early first inning lead against Jamie White and Jim Opyd’s Medicare Specialists and never relinquished it.  Perfect days at the plate honors went to pitcher Dave Elkins, Dave Fusaro and Ralph Mckeever.  Alan Caillouette contributed 3 hits and Ron Coleman, Jeff Watson, Lloyd Newlands and John Hammel chimed in with their 2 hits each.   The remaining Bug Killers participated with 1 hit each.  Thanks to sub Craig Nelsen who handled the first base duties, umpires Dave Cheney and Dave Dorn, with Tom Gibans in the scoring tower.  Special shout out to Jerry Hotzler who voluntarily handled our score book this session.  Congratulations to manager Jeff Silversteen and his Dick Steiman CPA Bean Counters for their first place finish.  The Red League Farewell To our Canadians and Snowbird Food Fest turned out well and thanks to those that contributed their food items.  Those of you departing SCG for the summer be safe and stay healthy!!
Brian Keep closed out the Winter 2022 season with a 15-5 loss to Tride and True, Lack of run production early on quickly put us behind while the exterminators pushed across 12 runs to our 3 after 6 innings. TNT quickly scored a run in the top of the 7th forcing a flip-flop situation and a 10 run deficit for the Keep team to overcome. The Keep team managed to score two runs before the final out was made leaving the final score at 15-5 in favor of Tride and True. Terry Graves and Blaine Lutz were the top batsmen for Brian Keep with 3-4 days with a number of other players having multiple hit days in the loss. Thanks to the Double Dave umpires Dave Dorn and Dave Cheney and scoreboard keeper Tom Gibans. Special thanks to Commissioners John Boland and Don Ranieri for herding us cats and keeping things running smoothly. Congratulations to the Dick Steiman team for their Winter 2022 Championship. Have a great Summer and safe travels where ever you may go.
Dick Steiman CPA - 16   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 15
The second game of todays Red League winter finale started out as a slug fest as both the Dick Steiman  and Nancy Muslin teams each put up five runs in the first inning. Lisa’s team then put up another five in the second while the Accountants put up a solid goose egg. However, for the remainder of the game,  the Steiman bats came alive while the opponents bats cooled down. The Accountants, under the watchful eye of their sponsor Dick Steiman, outscored their opponents 11-5 and scratched out a 16-15 victory.
Once again, our defense made the routine plays and even some potential web gem plays. The victory, which clinched the winter session championship, was fueled by Pete Houghton and Dave Cheney. Both of them were 4/4 and scored seven of our runs. Not far behind was Mike Anderson with three hits and 5 runs batted in for the day. Chip Robertson also had three hits while Jim McDonald, Ron Wong, Tom Gibans and Bob Kloehn contributed two hits apiece. Allen Bellew also had a key hit in our fifth inning, three run rally. Thanks to Dave Elkins and Larry Biko for umpiring and Craig Nelson in the tower. Very special thanks to Jim Opyd and his field maintenance crew for all their efforts in providing us with a true Field of Dreams. And we would all be remiss if we didn’t extend our thanks to Don Ranieri and John Boland for their league leadership. Stay safe and healthy. 🇺🇸⚾️🇺🇸🥎
It was a nail biter between Nancy Muslin's 16-15 loss against Dick Steinman. Nancy Muslin almost pulled off the win by scoring every inning except one. Gene Prosser struck out two with some great pitches. Some untimely errors allowed Steinman an extra run or two. Nancy was down by two going into the 7th but only scored one.  Leading the pack was Jeff Nickerson who had a perfect day at the plate as well as Jamie Sullivan.  Howard Sumner had four hits, Dave Dorn, Wayne Wiedenbach, Don Ranieri and jlJohn Boland each had three hits.  Gene Prosser, Pete Semenak, Eric Swobody and Lisa Pelletier each contributed two hits.  Great season Nancy Muslin. Thank you Kathy Boland for scorekeeping.  
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 13   One Stop Tile - 5 
After a very successful season on many fronts Ranalls Realty came up one game short of the Dick Steiman powerhouse.  Ranalls Realty needed a Steiman loss and a self win on Thursday to claim a share of the title.  Steiman squeaked out a close one against a tough Nancy Muslin team.  That meant that the last game of the year was for second place outright for Ranalls Realty.  The challenge was answered.  Excellent defense and solid hitting earned Ranalls Realty a 13-5 victory and sole second place.  Congrats to the Dick Steiman team on a very nice season!  One perfect day at the plate day posted by Dale McLaughlin (4/4 with a double).  Only making one out was Tom Ranalls, Craig Nelson and sub Ken Chapman.  Nelson and Chapman both added a round tripper!  Sub Dave Fusaro added a hit and 2 RBI's with some fabulous coverage in RC field.  Adding 2 hits apiece was Tom Goetz, Paul Becker and Mike Hirsch.  Nice catches in a sun filled right field by Steve Katz who was constant for us out there all year!  Kirk Andes, one of our most improved players added a hit today while providing good defense all season in various outfield positions.  Pete Houghton solid in the tower, thanks Pete!  Jamie Sullivan and Wayne Weidenbach did a nice job blending in umpiring the last game of the season.  Nice job fella's.  Finally, Don Ranieri and John Boland....guess what?  Without you two we'd be in a pinch.  I know more than most how not easy your job is.  Each member of our team has an appreciation for all you do and we sincerely thank you and tip our caps.  
The Winter season finally closes at the Field of Dreams with the One Stop Tile Shop finishing third with a solid 11-7-2 record. Up for grabs today was a share of second place but the Tile guys stumbled while the Ranalls Realtors exploded for six runs in the seventh to take a 13-5 win over One Stop. Want to thank everyone up and down the line for a season well played. Have a great summer and stay safe everyone.

    

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 13 4 2 0.737
Tom Ranalls Realtor 12 5 2 0.684
One Stop Tile 11 6 2 0.632
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 9 2 0.474
Tride And True 6 12 1 0.342
Brian Keep and Assoc  2 16 1 0.132
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
One Stop Tile - 13   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 7
The One Stop Tile Shop with a great defense (turning three double plays) moved past Lisa’s Nancy Muslin team 13-7. The Tile guys scored all their runs in the middle three innings (3,4,5) and stifled the Realtors with the rally killing double plays. Andy Campbell (5/5) and Greg Allseitz (4/4) were perfect at the top of the lineup. Contributing two or three hits were Dennis Estes (2/4), Sam Newby (2/5), Sub Doug Miller (3/5), Dave Archer (2/4), Greg Kastelic (3/4), Terry Graves (2/4) and Dave Fleck (2/4). One more game.
Nancy muslin came out strong scoring in the first four innings but was unable to score anymore in their loss against One Stop tile 13 to 7. Dave Dorn had a perfect day at the plate going four for four and made some great throws on defense. Jeff Nickerson AKA Sunday knocked one out of the park and was three for four with three RBIs. Howard Sumner had three hits Don Ranieri had a couple. Pete Semenak, Jamie sullivan, Gene Prosser all contributed a hit. Our defense was able to keep one stop from scoring the first two innings and the last two innings but it wasn't enough today. Thank you Kathy bolen for keeping score and Tom Ranalls and Al Calouette for umpiring
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 22   Tride and True - 14
First and foremost I'd like to thank our subs for the year.  We were hit pretty hard with a couple major setbacks.  Losing Dave Zuker and Bret Baker is not easily overcome.  It's not easy to commit to sub duties as often as this league requires.  There are too many to name that are willing to play that extra game or two each week but rest assured you are all appreciated.  Today we introduced a new player to the red league.  Doug Miller was just recently rated and had the opportunity to come and sub in the first two games on Tuesday morning.  Doug can play IF and OF has a solid arm and hits the ball hard.  Welcome and thank you for helping us out today Doug!  Ranalls Realty jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back, scoring in each inning today.  Paul Becker and Tom Ranalls were each 4/4 and totaled 6 RBI's.  Sub Chip Robertson 5/6 and 3 RBI's.  Craig Nelson 4/5 and 3 RBI's.  Sub Doug Miller 2/3 with 3 RBI's.  Tom Goetz 2/3 and 2 RBI's.  Adding a few hits and some tough defensive play was Mike Hirsch, Dale McLaughlin, Kirk Andes and Steve Katz.  Today was a total team effort.  If Dick Steiman CPA  (in first place by 1 game) happens to stumble on Thursday we hope to have that same total team effort for the last game of the season at 2:45.  Thank you Mark in the tower for keeping accurate scores.  Umpiring was firing on all cylinders...thanks to John Boland and Gord Jones!
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team lost to a solid Tom Ranalls Realtor Squad 24 to 16.  The score isn’t indicative of the way the Bug Zappers played.  Save a couple of defensive costly mis- haps, it would have been much closer - our guys never quit!  Our 27 hits were led by pitcher, Dave Elkins with his perfect day at the plate followed by Lloyd Newlands and Ron Coleman’s 4 hit days - one of Ron’s was a HR over the left center field fence.  Jeff Watson and John Hammel contributed 3 hits each and the remaining team of Alan Caillouettee, Dave Fusaro, Ralph Mckeever, Larry Biko and Chuck Cruz all chimed in with their 2 hits each.
  Dick Steiman - 15   Brian Keep and Assoc - 2
The Dick Steiman Accountants once again combined timely hitting and excellent defense to defeat Jamie and Jim’s Brian Keep team 15-2 in a five inning affair. The CPAs came out firing on all cylinders as they scored 9 runs in the first two innings. Leading the offense today was Gary Stuber who was 4 for 4 with two doubles. Close behind was Dave Chaney with three hits, one being a fence clearing home run. Chipping in with two hits were Bob Kloehn, Mike Anderson, Ron Wong, Jim McDonald, Pete Houghton and Chip Robertson . Both Chaney and Houghton had 4 runs batted in. Kudos to our two base coaches, Dennis Estes and Glenn Soles, for expertly waving runners on or stopping them at the proper time. They have been a big factor in our success this season. The Steiman team will close out the winter session on Thursday as they host Lisa’ Nancy Muslin team. Thanks to today's umpiring tandem of Dale McLaughlin and Paul Becker for calling a flawless game and thanks to Kirk Andes for running the scoreboard.
Brian Keep got audited today by the Dick Steiman CPA team and came up short by 13 runs losing by a score of 15-2 in a game-shorted 5 inning game. 8 hits in 21 trips to the plate (0.400 Avg) didn't generate a lot of Hall of Fame days at bat. 6 of the 8 total hits by Brian Keep were obtained by 3 players (Joel Breiner 2-2, Garry Weslosky 2-2 and sub Billy Parker 2-2.. Thanks to umpires Paul Becker and Dale Maclaughlin  and scorekeeper Kirk Andes.

    

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, April 7, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 12 4 2 0.722
Tom Ranalls Realtor 11 5 2 0.667
One Stop Tile 10 6 2 0.611
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 8 2 0.500
Tride And True 6 11 1 0.361
Brian Keep and Assoc  2 15 1 0.139
Thursday, April 7, 2022
One Stop Tile - 17   Tride And True - 8
The One Stop Tile Shop took an early lead from the outset and maintained the lead throughout the game in over powering Chuckie and Dave’s Tride and True team 17-7. The Tile guys pounded out 30 hits over the first five innings to secure the win. Four hit days were had by Dave Archer (4/4), Ron Michalski (4/4), Greg Allseitz (4/5) and super sub Craig Nelson (4/5 with a towering grand slam HR that only counted as one run). Dennis Estes (3/4) was real smooth playing SS throwing out one runner after another. Dan Newman (3/4) and “Say Hey” Greg Kastelic (3/4) with a great over the head catch. Thanks to Blaine and Don for umpiring and Gene up in the tower. Special note - called Ray Gibson to ask him if he could coach first base today. He answered from his Hospital Bed.  Ray just had surgery to repair his shoulder. Asked if he could get away for an hour then return to the hospital. Ray is doing fine.
Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team lost to One Stop Tile 17 to 8.  Guess the score says it all!  Major high light was Ralph Mckeever having a perfect 3/3 day at the plate to atone for his 2 expensive K’s Tuesday (Plus he didn’t have to listen to Brian Pin with his 30 pack beverage reminder).  Five others, including Jeff Watson, Alan Caillouette, Dave Elkins, Dave Fusaro and John Hammel all contributed 2 hits each.  Thanks to Pete Semenak for filling in when one of our players sustained and injury, umpires Don Ranieri, Blaine Lutz and Gene Prosser in the scoring tower.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 21   Brian Keep and Assoc -18
It was a beautiful afternoon for softball game. Nancy Muslin held on to win 21 to 18 over Brian keep. Nancy muslin started off slow unable to score in the first inning but scored every inning thereafter. Perfect days at the plate where Eric swabody and Jamie Sullivan. John Boland contributed four hits with two of those being in the park home runs. Also getting four hits were Don Ranieri Dave Dorn Howard Sumner and Jeff Nickerson. Gene Prosser and Lisa Pelletier each contributed three runs. Nancy muslin was up by 10:00 going into the 7th inning but a loud Brian Keep to get within three before Nancy muslin shut them down with some great defensive plays and won the game. Thank you to Kathy Boland for scorekeeping.
Brian Keep kept their loss streak intact today by losing to Nancy Muslin by a score of 21-18. Brian Keep jumped ahead by a score of 6-1 after 2 innings. Both teams then pushed across a total of 4 runs each in the 3rd and 4th innings leaving the score at 10-5 in favor of Brian Keep going into the 5th inning. The Muslin team suddenly came to life and posted back to back 5-run innings while Keep posted a single run across the same span leaving Brian Keep behind by a score at 15-11 after 6 full innings. The Muslin squad continued their hitting streak in the top of the 7th inning by scoring 8 runs widening their lead to 21-11 and forcing a "Flip-Flop" situation. Brian Keep showed a bit of a spark and managed to push across 7 runs in their half of the 7th before making their final out and losing 21-18. Terry Graves 5-5) and Brian Pin (5-5, 5 RBIs) led the Keep team. Other notables were Blaine Lutz (4-5, 1 HR , 7 RBIs). Jay Schirpke (3-5), Don Urzada (3-5) with other teams members all contributing multiple hits. Thanks to umpires Dave Elkins and Lloyd Newlands and scoreboard keeper Dave "Big Country" Archer.
   Dick Steiman CPA - 10   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 7
Todays final game between the Dick Steiman CPA team and the Tom Ranalls Realtor team was a real dogfight. The two teams entered the day tied for first place with identical won loss records and played that way. The Ranalls team jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The accountants battled back with three runs of their own with two out hits from Jeff Silversteen and Bob Kloehn in the second. A sac fly from Dave Chaney and another two out hit by sub Dave Archer stretched the lead to 5-3. The CPAs then outscored Toms team 5-4 over the final four innings to win a very tough 10-7 victory.  Both teams played excellent defense and many scoring opportunities were shut down because of the defense. A key play late in the game was a running catch by Steiman’s right center fielder Chip Robertson who threw to second and completed a double play. Every member of the team had at least one hit. Gary Stuber led the offense with three hits while Pete Houghton, sub Dave Archer, Mike Anderson, Tom Gibans and Bob Kloehn contributed with two hits. Robertson, Dave Chaney, Ron Wong and Allen Bellew each had one hit. Chaney also drove in runs with 2 sacrifice flies. Thanks to the umpiring crew of John Boland and Dave Dorn and to  Gene Prosser who  handled the scoreboard. The Steiman team will play again Tuesday at 11am as they do battle with the Brian Keep team.
Well the bats have been hot all year, until we needed it most.  Defense took center stage as both teams were robbed of many would be hits and runs.  12 hits and 7 runs just isn't going to do it for ya in a game for the outright league lead.  Craig Nelson hit well going 3/3 with a HR and 3 RBI's.  Sub Ken Chapman went 2/3 with a HR and 3 RBI's.  Tom Ranalls was 2/3 with a double and an RBI.  Mike Hirsch 2/3.  Others with a hit were Dale McLaughlin, Kirk Andes and Paul Becker.  Two games to go and Dick Steiman is now in control of their own destiny.  Thanks to our subs today Ken Chapman and Greg Kastelic your efforts are very much appreciated.  Umpires John Boland and Dave Dorn did a nice job controlling the action.  A special thanks to the broom draggers!  It has come to my attention that they just don't get proper recognition.  Well here's your 12 seconds of fame!  Lastly, a toast to the entire Red League.  From the commissioners to the players to the umpires and broom draggers.  It is a really fun league with a ton of talent.  Sportsmanship is light years ahead of where we were just a few years ago and that means a lot to me.  I'm proud to be a part of such a great group of people.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
Tom Ranalls Realtor  11 4 2 0.706
Dick Steiman CPA 11 4 2 0.706
One Stop Tile 9 6 2 0.588
Nancy Muslin Realtor 7 8 2 0.471
Tride And True 6 10 1 0.382
Brian Keep and Assoc  2 14 1 0.147
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Dick Steiman - 10   Tride And True - 9
The Dick Steiman accountants scored 6 runs in the first two innings and cruised to a
9-1 victory over Chucks Tride and True team. Timely hitting, great pitching, and superb defense contributed to this total team victory. Leading the offense today was Chip Robertson with three hits including his first, out of the park, home run of this session. Chipping in with two hits were Pete Houghton, Dave Chaney, Tom Gibans, Ron Wong, Bob Kloehn and sub Dave Archer. Thanks to Rob White and Brian Pin for admirably handling the umpiring duties and of course, hats off to Mark up in the tower. The Dick Steiman CPA team will take on the Ranalls  Realtor team on Thursday at 2:45.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team lost to Dick Steiman CPA by a score of 9 to 1.  The Critter Killers tallied just one run in the 6th inning, and “that’s all I got to say about that”!  The good take away from the game was that we held Jeff Silversteens’s solid Bean Counters to just 9 runs.  On the offensive side, Ron Coleman showed life with a 3/3 day at the plate.  Dave Elkins and Jeff Watson tried to initiate run producing run rallies with their 2 hits each but didn’t get much help.  Thanks to our sub Pete Semenak, umpires Rob White and Brian Pin with Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.
One Stop Tile- 12   Brian Keep and Assoc - 11
After an early inning surge, the One Stop Tile Shop had to squeeze one run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh to edge Jamie and Jim’s Brian Keep team by a 12-11 score. The Tile guys were led by Greg Kastelic (4/4 and 3 runs scored) and Dave Fleck (4/4 and 3 runs scored). Ed Hickox (3/5) playing his final game of the season as he heads off to the Majors, sliced a sharp single to left to score the winning run from third in the seventh. Greg Allseitz (4/5) and Sam Newby (3/4) also had big days at the plate. Thanks to Dave Elkins and Ralph Hollis for umpiring and Mark up in the tower.
Brian Keep dropped a closely fought game with One Stop Tile today by a score of 12-11. Our 5th loss in a row and 14th of the season. Falling behind by a score of 5-0 after 2 innings the Brian Keep team slowly closed the gap and closed out the 6th inning behind by a score of 11-10 and coming up to our final at bat. Blaine Lutz led off the inning with a HR (his 2nd of the game) with a shot out to Home Run Drive and tying the score at 11 each and raising the hopes of the Keep Team that the win-less drought might be over. Alas the next three batters made outs, leaving the Keep Team with the hope of a tie still attainable. Well, the One Stop Team didn't stop and quickly loaded the bases with no outs and pushed across the winning run leaving the final score at 12-11 in One Stop's favor. Not a lot of stellar days at the plate for Keep but there were some notables; Jim Opyd (3-3), Blaine Lutz 3-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs), Jamie White (3-4), Brian Pin and Don Urzada (2-3) with the rest of the team contributing 1 or 2 hits. Good game management by umpires Dave Elkins and Ralph Hollis and scoreboard keeping by Mark Jessen.
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 20   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 13
Down 4-0 after 2 innings Ranalls Realty finally got things going and outscored Nancy Muslin 20-9 the rest of the way.  It was a balanced team effort for Ranalls Realty today.  Perfect at the plate was Tom Goetz (shot in shoulder seems to have worked well) 4/4 with 2 RBI's.  Steve Katz 4/4 with 3 RBi's, Tom Ranalls 4/4 with a HR and 4 RBI's and Craig Nelson 5/5 with 3 RBI's.  Only making 1 out was sub Jay Schirpke (3/4 with 3 RBI's) and Dale McLaughlin 4/5 with 3 doubles and 3 RBI's. Paul Becker got some key ground ball outs for us from the mound and went a respectable 3/5 and an RBI.  Mike Hirsch had 2 hits and 2 RBI's.  Kirk Andes and sub Greg Kastelic chipped in with a hit and excellent defense.  Thanks to our two subs today and pretty much throughout the year, Lord knows we've needed a lot of them.  Thursday afternoon is the showdown with Dick Steiman for first place.  With only three games remaining Thursday's game is pretty much a must win for both teams.  Thanks to umpires Gord Jones and Joel Breiner for volunteering your time.  David Fleck in the tower, nice job!  See you all at the park on Thursday.  Yes I will have my 30 pack in hand.
Nancy Muslin came up short today in their 20-13 loss against Tom Ranalls.  Nancy Muslin had the lead until the 4th inning and was never able to regain it. Pete Semenak, Dave Dorn, John Boland and Wayne Wiedenbach all had three hits. Eric Swobody, Jeff Nickerson, Howard Sumner, Gene Prosser and Jamie Sullivan each contributed two hits.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 31, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 10 4 2 0.688
Tom Ranalls Realtor 10 4 2 0.688
One Stop Realtor 8 6 2 0.563
Nancy Muslin Realtor 7 7 2 0.5
Tride And True 6 9 1 0.406
Brian Keep and Assoc 2 13 1 0.156
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 24   Brian Keep and Assoc - 10
A bit of revenge today for Ranalls Realty.  Brian Keep & Assoc had their way with Ranalls Realty the last couple times they played.  Ranalls Realty bats came alive today, going a combined 37 for 43.  Leading hitters for Ranalls Realty was Kirk Andes (4/4 2 RBI's), Chip Robertson (3/3 3 RBI's), Dale McLaughlin (4/4 3 RBI's + a HR), Craig Nelson (5/5 7 RBI's + a HR and 2 DBL's), Tom Ranalls (5/5 2 RBI's) and Mike Hirsch (4/4 3 RBI's).  That's 6 guys perfect at the plate today!  Only making one out was Ron Coleman (3/4 2 RBI's), Paul Becker (4/5), Mike Caliendo (3/4).  Steve Katz added 2 hits including a double and a walk.  Thank you to our subs today Ron Coleman and Chip Robertson.  Welcome back to Mike Caliendo, nice to have you back on the field.  Andy Campbell and Glenn Soles called a fine game and kept things in check.  Dave Archer punched the buttons in the tower, thanks Dave!   Tough year for the Brian Keep fellas but very impressed with the sportsmanship and fun still being had.  Things got a little tighter today as first place Dick Steiman took a bump in the road to let Ranalls Realty crawl back into a tie for first place.  The Ranalls Realty team has one game left vs. Dick Steiman.  Should be a fun battle these last four games! 


The Brian Keep team racked up their 4th loss in a row and their13th loss of the season losing to a fired up Ranalls Realty team by a score of 24-10. The Ranalls squad came out swinging early on by scoring 10 runs in the first two innings and quickly going ahead by a score of 11--5 after 3 innings, a lead they never relinquished. Once again the lack of run production in the late innings sealed our doom, getting outscored 13-5 in the ensuing 4 innings to leave the score at 24-10 in favor of Ranalls. Both Jamie White and Brian Pin had perfect 3-3 days with Brian knocking in 3 RBIs. Joel Breiner turned in a 3-4 day including his  8th HR of the season. Other decent 2-4 days were garnered by Jay Schirpke, Terry Graves and Blaine Lutz. Thanks to umpires Glenn Soles and Andy Campbell and scoreboard manger Dave Archer.


One Stop Tile - 12   Dick Steimam CPA - 10
A great day for a ball game after being rained out on Tuesday. The One Stop Tile Shop and Jeff’s Dick Steiman team played a defensive gem of a game with the Tile guys edging out the Accountants 12-10. Dan Newman (2/3) and Greg Kastelic (3/3) tracked down many tough long balls while fighting off the sun to stifle several rallies. Ed Hickox (4/4) made a great play charging the ball and doing a quick release across his body to get the very quick Steiman runner at first. In the top of the seventh Andy Campbell speared a line drive to end the game. Timely hitting by Sam Newby (3/3), Dave Archer (3/3), and Ron Michalski (3/3) produced a bundle of runs for the Tile guys. Thanks to Joel Breiner and Garry Weslosky for umpiring and Steve up in the tower.
The Dick Steiman CPA team fell into a first place tie with the Toms “sold, sold, sold” team as we  were defeated by One Stop Tile 12-10 on a beautiful day for softball. Our offense once again struggled as we were held to 10 runs for the third consecutive game.  Good teams regroup and we will be back at it on Tuesday morning when the accountants take on Tride and True. Todays leading hitters were Gary Stuber and Jeff Silversteen with three hits apiece while Chip Robertson, Dave Chaney, Jim McDonald and Mike Anderson each had two hits. The final four games of the session will be very interesting and competitive.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 19   Tride And True - 15
Nancy muslin was off to a slow start in their 19-15 against tried and true today.  Nancy muslin was scoreless in the first two innings scored four in the third inning and five every inning there after. Don Ranieri hit a grand slam in the fourth inning and contributed two other hits. Perfect days at the plate were Jamie Sullivan and John Boland. contributing three hits were Pete Semenek, Dave Dorn, Howard Sumner and Jeff Nickerson. Gene Prosser and Wayne Bock each had two hits.  Some great catches made by our outfield to hold tried and true scoreless and the second and third inning and most importantly in the 7th inning to keep them from scoring and taking the lead.  Thank you Kathy Boland for keeping score for us and a thank you to umpire Sam Newbie and Brian Pin.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team lost to The Nancy Muslin Realtor Group 19 to 15.  The game was tied at 9 by end of the first four frames.  However, the Critter Killers could not match Lisa’s long ball hitting house seller’s runs in the remaining innings - falling short by 4 tallies.  Our offensive effort seemed to trump our defense today.  Our 23 hits were led by Chuck Cruz with his 3/3 day followed by Ralph Hollis, Ron Coleman, Ralph Mckeever, and sub Dave Archer all contributing their 3 hits each.   Thanks to the above mentioned sub as well as our umpires - Sam Newby and Brian Pin and Jim Mcdonald pushing all those buttons in the scoring tower.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 24, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 10 3 1 0.75
Tom Ranalls Realtor 9 4 1 0.679
One Stop Realtor 7 6 1 0.536
Nancy Muslin Realtor 6 7 1 0.464
Tride And True 6 8 0 0.429
Brian Keep and Assoc 2 12 0 0.143
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Dick Steiman CPA - 10   Brian Keep and Assoc - 9
The Dick Steiman CPA team managed to defeat The Brian Keep team 10-9 on a bright, sunny and warm day at the Field of Dreams. The accountants struggled offensively however a three run homer by Dave Chaney and a grand slam by Gary Stuber provided most of the run production  necessary to secure the victory. Chaney was also responsible for making an acrobatic, diving catch of a short fly ball behind third base to secure the  victory with two outs in the seventh.  This occurred with the tying run on second. Kudos also go out to our lead off hitter Chip Robertson as he set the table with three  hits and three runs scored. Pitcher  Mike Anderson had two hits and only allowed the opposition to score in three of the seven innings. Mike also exhibited cat like reflexes as he fielded his position flawlessly or as he put it, “I couldn’t get out of the way of the ball!”Thanks to the umpiring crew of Mike Caliendo and Ralph McKeever while Craig Nelson handled the scoreboard assignment. The Steiman team returns to Red League action on Tuesday against Lisa’s,  Nancy Muslin Realtor team.

Brian Keep dropped their third game in a row by losing to Dick Steiman by a score of 10-9. For the second game in a row the lack of run scoring in the final 3 innings proved to be our downfall and resulted in our losing the last two games by a single run each time. With the lack of hits and runs, even Randy Biko's creative score keeping couldn't help us. Couple of decent at bat days in spite of the loss by Blaine Lutz (3-4, 3 run HR, 5 RBIs),  Joel Breiner (3-4, 1 HR and 2 RBIs), Jay Schirpke, Garry Wesloky and Brian Pin all had multiple hit days with the rest of the team contributing hits in the loss. Good game management by umpires Michael Caliendo and Ralph McKeever and scoreboard management by Craig Nelson.
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 10   Tride And True - 8
Tight game...back and forth...like ping pong.  1-1 after 3 innings.  Not exactly a fan friendly affair.  Then Ranalls Realty scored 9 and Tried & True scored 7 from that point on.  That's it..that is the entire story of this game.  Okay, let's make it a little more colorful.  After going 0 for 2 batter Tom Ranalls thought it a good idea to muster up a 3 pitch walk and set up a Craig Nelson 2 run HR.  Craig finished 4/4 with 3 RBI's.  Tom Ranalls finished 1 for 3 with a HR and 3 RBI's.  SUb Brian Kaping ended his week- long venture with Ranalls Realty with a 3/3 and 2 RBI performance.  Thank you for subbing Brian.  Pitcher Paul Becker managed a 4 for 4 day with an RBI and not one pile up in the batter's box.  Way to stay on your feet Mr. Becker.  Only making one out was Kirk Andes and Mike Hirsch, solid OF play and a couple nice double plays for Kirk and Mike.  Sub Chip Robertson added a couple hits and made solid use of his speed, thanks for the help Chip!  Joe Pioli had a few circus catches in the OF.  Steve Katz and sub Gary Ambruz each added a hit, thanks for subbing Gary!   Tough win in a hard fought battle for Ranalls Realty to stay 1 game behind the Dick Steiman crew.  The Canadian duo of Rob White and Don Urzada did a fantastic job umpiring...thanks guys!  Bob Kloehn fell asleep due to lack of activity in the score tower but made it up and down the stairs without issue.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team lost to Tom Ranalls Realtor this afternoon 10 to 8.  The Critter Killers and the House Sellers were tied at the end of the 3rd frame at 1 run.  In the remaining innings, Tom and Paul’s House Sellers tallied 9 more runs to our 7, earning them the win.  Both teams handled the afternoon sun remarkably well, and the defensive effort on both sides was respectable.  Offensive highlights included Lloyd Newlands having a 4/4 day - Jeff Watson, Alan Caillouette, Ralph Hollis, Dave Fusaro, sub, Sam Newby, John Hammel and Chuck Cruz all contributing 2 hits each.  Thanks to above mentioned sub, umpires Rob White and Don Urzada with Bob Kloehn in the scoring tower.
One Stop Tile - 14   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 9
TRIPLE PLAY… an absolutely great play. With the game between One Stop Tile Shop and Lisa’s Nancy Muslin team swinging back and forth a triple play in the realtors top half of the 5th inning stop the Realtors run production for the rest of the game enabling the Tile guys to secure a 14-8 win. In replaying the triple play… the House sellers had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. A sharply hit ball went to the SS (Troy MacQueen 3/4 with two line drive HRs) who threw to 1st base (Andy Campbell 4/4) for the first out. With the throw, the runner on 2nd broke for 3rd while the runner on 3rd did not break for home. Seeing this Andy threw a perfect strike to 3rd (Ron Michalski 2/3) base literally on the bag as the runny slide into the tag for the second out. At that point, the runner on 3rd broke for home trying to free up the bag for the runner sliding in. Ron seeing the runner headed towards home chased the runner down the line towards home getting the runner pass the commitment line (the point of no return) and lobbed the ball to the catcher (Dave Fleck 2/2) for the third out. Everyone in the lineup contributed to the win. Dale Halder (3/4) had a fine season ending game as Dale needs to head back to Canada. Thanks to Al Caillouette and Jeff Watson for umpiring and Rob Coleman up in the tower.
Nancy Muslin struggled  defensively today in their 14-9 loss against One Stop Tile.  Perfect day at the plate for Don Ranieri, Howard Sumner and Eric Swobody.  Sub Joe Pioli, Jeff Nickerson, Gene Prosser and Jamie Sullivan each had two hits. Nancy Muslin didn't have their best day. Thank you Joe Pioli and Dennis Vance for subbing and Kathy Boland for keeping the book for us. 

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 22, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 9.00 3.00 1.00 0.73
Tom Ranalls Realtor 8.00 4.00 1.00 0.65
One Stop Tile 6.00 6.00 1.00 0.50
Nancy Muslin Realtor 6.00 6.00 1.00 0.50
Tride And True 6.00 7.00 0.00 0.46
Brian Keep and Assoc 2.00 11.00 0.00 0.15
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 11   Dick Steiman CPA - 10   
Nail biter, barnburner, pitchers duel...call it what you want!  Sometimes you win ugly and sometimes you lose ugly.  It was a tightly contested game and stayed close til the very end.  A much needed win for Tom Ranalls Realty to keep pace atop the standings.   Mike Hirsch and Craig Nelson had perfect 4/4 days at the plate with 1 & 3 RBI's respectively.  Only making one out was Joe Pioli, Tom Ranalls, sub Troy MacQueen and sub Brian Kaping.  Troy added 3 RBI's and Ranalls 2 RBI's.  Kirk Andes hit the ball hard making good use of his at bats.  Tom Goetz and Steve Katz chipped in a couple hits.  Pitcher Paul Becker better use some Budweiser money for some new shoes before the grounds crew can't fix the divots in the batter's box.  Nice pitching today Paul!  Terry Graves and Greg Kastelic umpired a very efficient game.  Mark Jessen we thank you for all your help in the score tower.  
The Dick Steiman team could not overcome a change on the fly first inning lineup and succumbed to the powerful Ranalls realtors 11-10. Runs were difficult to come by this morning as the two teams combined for  5 double plays! (2 by the good guys and 3 by the other team!) . Leading hitters for the accountants, with perfect days at the plate, were Chip Robertson 4/4 and Dave Chaney 3/3 and a sacrifice fly. Contributing 2 hits each were newcomer to the team Ron Wong, Bob Kloehn and sub Ron Coleman. All the other players had one hit and Gary Stuber also hit two sacrifice flys that resulted in two runs batted in. The team will gather at an undisclosed location to review todays game by breaking down batting technique, fielding miscues and base running blunders! Oops, the video was mysteriously erased! The Steiman CPA team will try and start a new win streak as they host the Brian Keep team on Thursday at 12:15. Thanks to Greg Kastelic and Terry Graves  for handling the umpiring  duties.. And thanks to Mark in the tower for operating the scoreboard.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 7   Brian Keep Assoc- 6 
It was a very slow day at the plate for Nancy Muslin but timely hitting helped Nancy Muslin in their 7-6 win  over Brian Keep and Associates. Everyone had at least one hit.  Defense help Brian Keep scoreless in five of the 7 innings which helped in the win.
Brian Keep racked up their 11th loss of the season versus Nancy Muslin today losing by a score of 7-6 in a game that both sides seemed to trying to get through before McDonald's switched to their lunch menu. Not a lot of bright spots at the plate getting 12 hits, 3 which were for 2B, in 31 AB for a 0.387 average. Yes. you read that right. Standout batsmen for Brian Keep were Don Urzada 3-3, Joel Breiner 2-3, Brian Pin 2-3, (1) 2B, and Murray Fairweather 2-3, (1) 2B. Thanks to umpires Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker and scoreboard keeper Mark Jessen who probably cleaned out his email inbox as the game progressed.
Tride And True - 16   One Stop Tile - 10
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team defeated 1- Stop Tile 16 to 11.  The  Critter Killers were able to hold off Bob Topham and Gord Jone’s Tile Guys with a 16 to 11 score this morning.   Top and Gord’s Squad had a 5 to 1 lead at the end of the first frame.  That’s when our bats and defense woke up resulting in a 12 to 5 lead at end of the 5th inning.  We tallied another 4 runs by the end of the game and only allowed our opponent 5 more - earning us the win.   John Hammel led the hit parade with a perfect 4/4 day followed by Ron Coleman with his 4/5 effort.  Jeff Watson, Ralph Hollis, Ralph Mckeever, Larry Biko and Chuck Cruz contributed their 3 hits each. Sub pitcher, Rob White, with the help of the team’s defensive effort, allowed runs in just 2 innings.  Thanks to our sub, as well as umpires Tom Ranalls, Glenn Soles with Lisa Pelletier in the scoring tower. 
The One Stop Tile Shop suffered through four straight scoreless innings after registering 5 runs in the first inning and found themselves outdistanced by Chuck and Dave’s Tride and True team in losing 16-10.  Dan Newman (3/3) and Dave Archer (3/3 with a winded triple) we’re perfect at the plate. Mike Hirsch (3/4) also contributed three hits. Punching out two hits were Greg Allseitz, Andy Campbell, Greg Kastelic with a triple and Rob Michalski. Thanks to Tom Ranalls and Glenn Soles for umpiring and Lisa up in the tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 17, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 9.00 2.00 1.00 0.79
Tom Ranalls Realtor 7.00 4.00 1.00 0.63
One Stop Tile 6.00 5.00 1.00 0.54
Nancy Muslin Realtor 5.00 6.00 1.00 0.46
Tride And True 5.00 7.00 0.00 0.42
Brian Keep and Assoc 2.00 10.00 0.00 0.17
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 17   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 15   
Nancy Muslin won today 17-15 against Tom Ranalls. Defense was key today in keeping Tom Ranalls offense from scoring any runs in the 7th inning.  Great pitching by Gene Prosser. Getting four hits each were Pete Semenak, Howard Sumner, Eric Swobody. Dave Dorn, John Boland, and Gene Prosser. Every other batter contributed at least two hits. Quote for the day " There's no crying in baseball".  Thank you Kathy Boland for keeping our book for us today and every game!  
Ranalls Realty had an 11-7 lead after 3 frames but couldn't keep pace with the solid day Nancy Muslin's team had at the plate and on defense.  Not one perfect day at the plate for the Ranalls Realty line up.  Top hitters only making one out were Joe Pioli (4/5 3 RBI's), Craig Nelson (4/5 2 RBI's), Mike Hirsch 4/5, Steve Katz 3/4 and Tom Goetz 3/4.  Next was an interesting day for Tom Ranalls 3/5 at the plate with a Grand Slam and 5 RBI's.....oh and a strikeout watching a pitch hit the outside edge of the plate with the 5th run of the inning stuck at 3rd base.  Sub Lloyd Newlands chipped in 3 hits and an RBI in addition to sacrificing his body to the Sun Gods in left center field, thanks Lloyd.  Paul Becker pitched well and had 2 hits and an RBI. Dale McLaughlin had a couple base hits and a new bruise or two at the hot corner.  Kirk Andes contributed 2 hits and fought off the sun in left field alongside Lloyd.  Not our best game, not our worst.  Just didn't get the hits in key situations and maybe a few plays on defense made the difference.  We'll be back to battle first place Dick Steiman on Tuesday at 8:30.  Thanks Al and Jeff for umpiring, nice job!  Ron Coleman had a birdseye view from the score tower and didn't make any errors on the keyboard...well maybe one or two.  Thanks Ron!
Dick Steiman CPA - 22   Tride And True - 12   
It was a beautiful day for softball 🥎 at our Field of Dreams as the Dick Steiman team faced Tride and True. The contest was close through three innings as the accountants held a slim 3 run lead. The Steiman team then out scored Chuck’s  bug 🐜 zappers 13-5 and pulled away with. 22-12 victory.The defense once again played their usual solid game with  Gary Stuber hauling in some tough fly balls in left center  and Chip Robertson handling the tough sun ☀️  in right centerfield. The infield did their part as they  tracked down ground balls to allow Tride and True  only two,  5 run innings. Leading the 30 hit barrage were Pete Houghton, Stuber and sub Dave Dorn with 4 hits a piece. Three hit days were turned in by sub Mike Mahon, Jeff Silversteen, Allen Bellew and Jim McDonald. It was only appropriate that McDonald led the offensive attack with a three run homer  and 8 runs batted in on this St. Patrick’s Day ☘️It was a beautiful day for softball 🥎 at our Field of Dreams as the Dick Steiman team faced Tride and True. The contest was close through three innings as the accountants held a slim 3 run lead. The Steiman team then out scored Chuck’s  bug 🐜 zappers 13-5 and pulled away with. 22-12 victory. The defense once again played their usual solid game with Gary Stuber hauling in some tough fly balls in left center  and Chip Robertson handling the tough sun ☀️  in right centerfield. The infield did their part as they  tracked down ground balls to allow Tride and True  only two,  5 run innings. Leading the 30 hit barrage were Pete Houghton, Stuber and sub Dave Dorn with 4 hits a piece. Three hit days were turned in by sub Mike Mahon, Jeff Silversteen, Allen Bellew and Jim McDonald. It was only appropriate that McDonald led the offensive attack with a three run homer  and 8 runs batted in on this St. Patrick’s Day ☘️ Chipping in with two hits each were Dave Chaney, Tom Gibans and Bob Kloehn. We will be back at it on Tuesday morning as we open up the days games versus the always tough and dangerous Ranalls sold, sold, sold team.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team lost today’s game to the Dick Steiman CPA Group 22 to 12.  The Critter Killers kept the game close through 5 innings, trailing Jeff Silversteen’s Bean Counters by just 1 run.  However, in the final two innings, Jeff’s team scored another 9 runs as our bats went silent for the remainder of the game.   Both Alan Caillouette and John Hammel had perfect days at the plate with Sub Dale Halder contributing 3 hits as Jeff Watson, Lloyd Newlands, Ralph Mckeever and Ralph Hollis each had 2 hits.  Thanks to our aforementioned sub, umpires Jeff Nickerson and Eric Swobody with Tom Goetz in the scoring tower.
One Stop Tile - 21   Brian Keep and Assoc - 17
The One Stop Tile Shop needed an all around effort to squeeze by Jamie’s and Jim’s Brian Keep and Associates team by a score of 21-17. Everyone had at least two hits. The top of the order duet of Greg Allseitz (5/5) and Andy Campbell (5/5) scored 10 runs followed by Ed Hickox’s Grand Slam in the sixth to widen the lead. Sam Newby (5/5) continues with his hot hitting and Dave Archer (4/5), Gary Ambruz (3/5) and Dave Fleck (3/5) had timely hits to turn the lineup over. Thanks to Glen Soles and Dave Cheney for umpiring with Gary Stuber up in the tower.
Our last place, Brian Keep & Assoc came up a little bit short today, losing to Top's Tilers by a score of 21-17. It was a close game, lots of good plays and hits, but we couldn't muster a comeback in the bottom of the 7th.  We were down by 5 going into the bottom of the 7th, but could only score 1 run, and our fate was sealed. We held the tilers to 1 run in the top of the 7th, but we couldn't get it going in the bottom half of the inning. Some very good offensive performances by our guys today, Jay Schirpke and Blaine Lutz, both 5-5, Blaine with 1 HR. Brian Pin, 4-4, Ken Chapman, 4-5 with 2 huge dingers and 6 RBI's, the rest of our crew getting 1 and 2 hits each. We had to have 3 super subs today, as we had 4 players missing. So, thanks to Ron Wong, Ken Chapman and Randy Biko for helping us out. Kudos to Glenn S, David C for wearing the vests, and Stuebs up in the booth. Have a great weekend, and Happy St. Paddy's day and birthdays to Soupy Campbell and Big Country. 

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 15, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 8.00 2.00 1.00 0.77
Tom Ranalls Realtor 7.00 3.00 1.00 0.68
One Stop Tile 5.00 5.00 1.00 0.50
Tride And True 5.00 6.00 0.00 0.46
Nancy Muslin Realtor 4.00 6.00 1.00 0.41
Brian Keep and Assoc 2.00 9.00 0.00 0.18
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 11   Tride And True - 8
Nancy muslin had a win today over Tried and True 11 to 8. Nancy Muslin's bats were hot in the first three innings but fizzled out until it was needed in the 7th. Defense did a great job and  kept Tride and True from scoring in the first three innings. Tride and True took the lead in the fifth inning.  Nancy Muslin was down by one going into the 7th Nancy muslin came back and scored four and held off Tried and True for a win. Great defensive catches by Nancy Muslin's outfielders.  Jeff Nickerson had a perfect day at the plate going 4 for 4, getting three hits each for Pete Semenak, Don Ranieri, Howard Sumner and Wayne weedenbach. Contributing two hits John Boland Jean Prosser and Lisa Pelletier.  Thank you Kathy Boland for keeping score. Nancy muslin's team quote for the day "there's no I in team"
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control lost by an 8 to 11 score to Nancy Muslin Realtor this morning.  By the end of the 5th frame, the Bug Zappers led 8 to 7 but never scored another run the rest of the game while Lisa’s House Sellers tallied another 4 runs earning the win.   Alan Caillouette was the only one with a perfect day at the plate, while Ron Coleman contributed 3 hits followed by Ralph Hollis, Dave Elkins, sub - Dale Halder and Ralph Mckeever all had 2 hits each.  Thanks to all the umpires- to many to recognize by name and Mark Jessen in the scorings tower.
Dick Steiman CPA -    One Stop Tile - 
The game featuring One Stop Tile and Dick Steiman CPAs started out as if runs were going to be very abundant. However after a first inning 4-3 deficit, the accountants emerged with a 10-8 victory. Each team put up three goose eggs as runs were hard to come by this morning. Every member of the accountants had at least one hit, with the key to victory being a hit by Allen Bellew that got by the One Stop outfielder and plated two big runs. The only perfect day at the plate for the Steiman team belonged to Jim McDonald who had three hits in three plate appearances.
Thanks to the umpiring crew of John Boland and Wayne Weidenbach while Mark Jensen handled the scoreboard duties up in the tower.
The Steiman team will return to the Field of Dreams on Thursday to take on the Tride and True team.
The One Stop Tile Shop suffered through another energy drain only getting 14 hits over a 7 inning game to take a tumble to Jeff’s Dick Steiman team losing 10-8. The Tile guys jumped out to a 4-3 lead after one inning and then things cooled down scoring 4 runs over the next 6 innings. Sam Newby (3/3) was perfect at the plate. Contributing 2 hits were (Dale Halder (2/3 with a HR), Greg Allseitz (2/3), Andy Campbell (2/3) and Dan Newman (2/3). Thanks to Wayne Weidenbach and John Boland for umpiring and Mark up in the tower.
Brian Keep and Assoc - 24   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 19
There's dancing in the streets up north as the the Brian Keep team finally broke the spell and won today, ending a nine game losing streak by besting a tough Tom Ranalls team today by a score of 24-19 getting 34 hits in 45 trips to the plate for a 0.810 average while doing so. The lighthouse keepers came out swinging early-on and quickly went ahead by a score of 9-1 after 2 innings. After trading 5-run third innings scores, the Keep team went on to score 8 runs to Ranalls 5 increasing their lead to 22-11 after 5 full innings. Keep scored an additional 2 runs in the top of the 6th to up the lead to 24-11. However, the Ranalls team came alive last two innings and began accumulating hits and gobbling up real estate while pushing across 8 runs before they ran out of outs leaving the final score at 24-19 in favor of Brian Keep. Lots of runs means lots of hits and good days at the plate. The batsmen for Brian Keep all had good days. Joel Breiner lead the team with (5-5, including an HR, 6 RBIs), followed by Blaine Lutz (4-4,  including an HR, 3 RBIs), Sub Ron Wong (4-4, 3 RBIs), Murray Fairweather (4-4, 2 RBIs), Terry Graves (4-5, 1 RBI), Don Urzada (3-4), Jay Schirpke 3-5, 3 RBIs), Jamie White (3-5, 2 RBIs) with Brian Pin (2-5, 4 RBIs) and Rob White (2-5). Thanks to umpires Dan Newman and Dale Halder and scoreboard keeper Pete Houghton.
44 runs crossed the plate today and Brian Keep had 6 more than Ranalls Realty.  Starting out down 14-1 the Ranalls Realty team fought back and never gave up.  That's a big hill to climb back up.  Tom Ranalls was 3/4 with a walk and a HR and 3 RBI's.  That walk loaded the bases for cleanup hitter Craig Nelson who promptly deposited one into the left field bleacher section for a grand salami!  Craig finished 3/4 and 6 RBI's.  Lead off hitter Joe Pioli was a perfect 4/4 and made a couple fantastic catches in the outfield.  Only making one out as well, Chip Robertson 3/4 (thanks for helping us out today) and Mike Hirsch 4/5.  Other notable batsmen: Dale McLaughlin 3/5 2 RBI's, Paul Becker 3/5 2 RBI's, Steve Katz 3/5 2 RBI's.  Tom Goetz and Kirk Andes tossed in 3 hits and played solid defense.  Brian Keep seems to have our number.  Coaches are proud of the Ranalls Realty team for playing hard after being down by 13 and making it somewhat interesting.  Brian Keep pitcher Joel Breiner claims he almost had an accident during the 8 run 6th and 7th inning for Ranalls Realty.  Good thing the rest rooms were close by.  Umpires and scorekeeper did a fantastic job.  See y'all Thursday at 12:15!  

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 10, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Tom Ranalls Realtor 7.00 2.00 1.00 0.75
Dick Steiman CPA 7.00 2.00 1.00 0.75
One Stop Tile 5.00 4.00 1.00 0.55
Tride And True 5.00 5.00 0.00 0.50
Nancy Muslin Realtor 3.00 6.00 1.00 0.35
Brian Keep and Assoc 1.00 9.00 0.00 0.10
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Dick Steiman CPA - 15   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 12
Todays Red League opening game was a battle between Lisa’s hard hitting Nancy Muslin team and the Dick Steiman accountants. After the dust settled and the final out was recorded the CPAs escaped with a 15-12 victory. The game was close throughout with the Steiman team  clinging to a one run lead going into the 6th. Neither team pushed across any runs in that inning so it came down to the open inning. The accountants plated 3 runs to the realtors one and the only red league game that went 7 innings  was recorded in the win column for Dick Steiman. Leading hitters for the accountants were Tom Gibans with a perfect 4/4 day while Gary Stuber, Dave Chaney, sub Mike Mahon and Jeff Silversteen contributed  three hits each with one of Chaney being a three run home run. Thanks go out to Greg Allseitz for operating the scoreboard and Dan Newman and Sam Newby for handling the umpiring duties. Next up for the Steiman team will be One Stop Tile on Tuesday, March 15 which is also the Ides of March. ( bad day for Julius Caesar)
Nancy Muslin came up short today in a close game against Dick Steinman losing by 3.  Nancy Muslin kept it close the entire game but couldn't hold off Dick Steinman in the 7th.  Don Ranieri went 4 for 5  and Jeff Nickerson went 3for 4 each had homeruns. Pete Semenak, Dave Dorn, John Boland, Howard Sumner and Wayne Wiedenbach each contributed three hits.
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 14   One Stop Tile - 2
Ranalls Realty took a quick 8-0 start and used solid defense to defeat a very strong One Stop Tile team 15-2.  Big thank you to subs Terry Graves, Joe Pioli and Ken Chapman.  Our subs totalled 6 hits.  2 homers and 6 RBI from new super sub Ken Chapman.  Joe and Terry played well in the OF and gave our defense a solid boost.  Mike Hirsch held down 2nd base and went 3/3 with a walk.  Pitcher Paul Becker hit some balls hard and went 3/4 with 4 RBI's.  Steve Katz and Tom Goets had a couple hits and an RBI.  Rookie Craig Nelson solid again at first base and 4/4 with an RBI.  Ol veteran Dale McLaughlin excellent OF again while going 3/4 with an RBI.  Tom Ranalls had a solid day at SS and chipped in a 3/4 performance with an RBI.  Jeff SIlversteen and Mike Anderson kept everyone fair and honest!  Tom Gibans kept the score in the tower.  We thank you all for the volunteer efforts!  Base coaches Rick Lints and Jim Rumsey, your efforts are always appreciated and it wouldn't be as much fun without you both.  Becky Holliday is racking up quite the tenure as our scorekeeper...I finally had to sharpen a pencil or two for her.  Last session not so much.  Thanks Beck!  Lastly, great to see Bret Baker and his fiance Rawah at the game today.  It was inspiring to see you up and at 'em!  Good luck with your recovery and hope you're back to playing ball and golf real soon!  
The One Stop Tile Shop ran into a buzz saw today and was absolutely dominated by Tom’s Ranalls Realtor team losing 14-2 in five innings. The Tile guys could only muster 10 hits and two runs for their lowest output of the season. Greg Allseitz (2/3) and Gary Ambruz (2/2) were the bright spots for the Tile guys. Thanks to Mike Anderson and Jeff Silversteen for umpiring and Tom Gibans up in the tower.
Tride And True - 16   Brian Keep and Assoc - 3
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team put one in the win column this afternoon by defeating the Brian Keep and Associates Squad.  Our defense was up to the task as they helped pitcher, Dave Elkins, hold Jim and Jamie’s Medicare Specialists group to just 3 runs.  The Bug Zapper’s offense, not to be upstaged, tallied multiple runs in every inning.   Hard to explain, just 2 days ago, we were the victims of being on the wrong end of a flip- flop game!  Our 21- hit parade was led by Lloyd Newlands, Alan Caillouette, Dave Elkins, and Chuck Cruz all having perfect days at the plate.  Others contributing 2 hits each included Ron Coleman, Ralph Hollis, Jeff Watson, and Larry Biko.  Dave Fusaro, Ralph Mckeever and John Hammel kept our run rallies alive with their timely 1 hit support.  Thanks to umpires Don Ranieri and Gord Jones with Gary Ambruz in the scoring tower.
Brian Keep extended their "Hall of Flame" win-less streak to 9 in a row by losing to Tride and True today by a score of 16-3 in a mercy rule shortened 5 inning game. Things didn't bode well from the get-go when Keep quickly fell behind by a score of 9-0 after 2 full innings. After scoring our only runs in the game in the top of the 3rd, the TNT crew equaled that plus added another 7 runs in the ensuing 2 innings to walk away with a 16-3 win. Not a lot of stellar days at the plate when you bat .417 as a team. Our top hitters,  Jay Schirpke and Terry Graves both had 2-3 days with the rest of the squad having 1-2 or 1-3 days. Thanks to umpires Gord Jones and Don Ranieri and scoreboard keeper Gary Ambruz.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 8, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Tom Ranalls Realtor 6.00 2.00 1.00 0.72
Dick Steiman CPA 6.00 2.00 1.00 0.72
One Stop Tile 5.00 3.00 1.00 0.61
Tride And True 4.00 5.00 0.00 0.44
Nancy Muslin Realtor 3.00 5.00 1.00 0.39
Brian Keep and Assoc 1.00 8.00 0.00 0.11
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 21   One Stop Tile - 16 
Nancy Muslin took the lead in the second inning and never looked back in their 21-16 win over One Stop Tile.  Getting the offense going was Pete Semenak who had a perfect day at the plate as well as Gene Prosser and Lisa Pelletier and Dave Dorn who hit a home run and two double. Don Ranieri, Eric Swobody each had three hits. John Boland, Jeff Nickerson and Jamie Sullivan contributed two hits. Howard Sumner was walked three times and Wayne was walked and had a hit and two RBI's.  Some great catches by outfield today.   Quote for the day "Baseball is 90 percent mental" Thank you to Ralph and Ralph for umpiring.
On a very windy and cold morning the One Stop Tile Shop could not contain the solid hitting of Lisa’s Nancy Muslin squad in losing 21-16. Dave Archer (5/5) was perfect at the plate. Adding four hits were Greg Allseitz (4/5), Ed Hickox (4/5) and Dale Halder (4/5). Andy Campbell (3/5) and Greg Kastelic (3/5) contributed three hits each. Thanks to the Ralph Boys (Mckeever and Hollis) for umpiring and Mark up in the tower.
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 10   Tride And True - 6
Good thing Ranalls Realty stepped on the gas quickly in the 1 st inning with 5 unanswered runs because it took 6 innings to get 5 more.  Tride & True Pest Control kept it close with good defense.  Ranalls Realty had two batters that didn't make an out and provided 6 of the 10 available RBI's.  Sub Joe Pioli was 3/3 and Tom Ranalls was 4/4 (and seems to be liking shortstop more than OF).  Making one out was Paul Becker (excellent pitching today) and Dale McLaughlin (solid defense wherever we put him).  Steve Katz and Kirk Andes provided a couple hits and made some nice plays in their outfield hideouts. Mike Hirsch played his typical solid defense and chipped in a pair of hits. Tom Goetz hit the ball well and provided pitcher Becker with solid pitch calling!  Sub Dave Dorn moved around in the outfield like a jack rabbit and kept both teams on their toes with some exciting tosses!  Thanks for subbing Dave...never a dull moment!  Craig Nelson picked up a couple one hoppers at first base that kept Tried & True Pest Control from gaining momentum.  Blaine Lutz and Don Ranieri took time out of their day to umpire our game and a darn fine job they did.  Thanks gents!  Mark Jessen in the tower...not many buttons to push this morning but thank you for doing what you do everyday!  Dave Zuker is home resting and regaining his strength...we miss you Dave!  Bret Baker has been home for a few days now and also moving forward with his recovery.  Get better soon Bret...you have an event to attend in April!
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team lost a relatively low scoring game to Tom Ranalls Realtor by a 6 to 10 score.  The Bug Zappers tied the game in the top of the 3rd inning at 5, but Tom and Paul’s House Sellers plated 4 more by the end of the frame.  The two teams then proceeded to only scored 1 run each the remainder of the game.  Not many highlights to brag about, but Larry Biko had a perfect 3/3 day with K & G Newlands contributing his 3 hits.  Five others chimed in with 2 hits each including Alan Caillouette, Dave Elkins, Ralph Mckeever, Ralph Hollis, and Jeff Watson.  Thanks to the umpires Blaine Lutz and Don Ranieri with Mark Jessen up in the heated scoring tower.
Dick Stieman CPA - 21   Brian Keep and Assoc - 11
The final game of todays Red League bore a striking resemblance to Sundays USA versus CANADA  contest as the Dick Steiman CPA team faced off against The Brian Keep squad. Usually our games center around towering home runs (Dave Chaney’s three run shot) or perfect days at the plate (Pete Houghton and Mike Anderson 3 for 3). Maybe it’s a three hit day on the day (Gary Stuber, Chaney, Tom Gibans, Jeff Silversteen and Bob Kloehn) or four hits by Chip Robertson or two hits each by Jim McDonald, Allen Bellew and sub Mike Mahon. No, today it was our defense with three double plays used to halt Jamie and Jim’s team from putting up crooked numbers on the scoreboard. The highlight was a crucial and acrobatic double play that was a  ground ball deflected by Moondog on the mound,  which allowed Jim McDonald to dive and flip/roll the ball to Dave Chaney at second who fired a bullet to Bob Kloehn at first to complete the twin killing. It all culminated in a 22-11 victory for the accountants. Next up for the Steiman team on Thursday will be The Nancy Muslin team.
The losing streak continued today as the Brian Keep team lost to the Dick Steiman team by  Score of 21-11 extending our loss streak to 8 games. Although behind by a score of 7-5 after 3 full innings, the Keep team was still in a good position to end the losing streak by staying with the Steiman in the run production. However, the next three innings proved to be our downfall as we were outscored 12-6 by Steiman leaving the score at 19-11 going into the 7th and final inning. The Steiman team quickly posted 2 runs to force a flip-flop situation in which the Brian Keep team went 4 up 3 down to leave the final score at 21-11. Joel Breiner, Jamie White, Rob White and Don Urzada all had 3-4 days.  Jay Schirpke and Blaine Lutz both has 3-5 days with the rest of the team having multiple hit days. Thanks to umpires Al Caillouette and Lloyd Newlands and scoreboard keeper Mike Hirsch.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 3, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
One Stop Tile  5.00 2.00 1.00 0.69
Dick Steiman CPA 5.00 2.00 1.00 0.69
Tom Ranalls Realtor 5.00 2.00 1.00 0.69
Tride And True 4.00 4.00 0.00 0.50
Nancy Muslin Realtor 2.00 5.00 1.00 0.31
Brian Keep and Assoc 1.00 7.00 0.00 0.13
Thursday, March 3, 2022
One Stop Tile - 22   Tride And True - 13
The One Stop Tile Shop scored in every inning hitting 38 hits and scored 22 runs to overwhelmed Chuck and Dave’s Tride and True squad 22-13. Only one player had less than three hits. Perfect days were had by Greg Allseitz (4/4), Sam Newby (5/5), Dave Archer (5/5), and Greg Kastelic (5/5). Super sub Craig Nelson (4/5), Ed Hickox (3/5), Dale Halder (3/5), Ron Michalski (3/4) and Dan Newman (4/5) also had great days at the plate. The defense played great holding the bug zappers to five 1 run innings. Thanks to Don and Murray for umpiring and Howard up in the tower.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team lost to 1 Stop Tile this afternoon 22 to 13.  The Bug Zappers fell behind Bob Topham and Dan Newman’s solid hitting Tile Layer squad from the 1st inning and played catch up the remaining innings without much success.  There were some bright spots - everyone on the team contributed at least one hit, Dave Fusaro, Sub Dennis Estes, Jeff Watson, Ralph Hollis, Larry Biko and John Hammel all had 3 hit performances for the day and sub pitcher Joel Breiner added to his HR collection another 3 run blast over the left field fence.  Thanks to umpires Jeff Silversteen and Murry Fairweather with Howard Sumner in the scoring tower.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 19   Brian Keep and Assoc - 18
Nancy Muslin won 19-18 in a close one against Brian Keep and Associates.  Nancy Muslin tied it up in the second but then saw the score slip away until they tied it up in the 6th inning.  Nancy Muslin was unable to keep Brian Keep from scoring three runs in the 7th but Down by 3 with last bats Nancy Muslin scored 4 hits and won the game. Getting hits in the 7th to get on base were Wayne Weidenbach, Lisa Pelletier, Jamie Sullivan , Pete Semenak and intentionally walked was Don Ranieri who hit a home run in the second inning.  Dave Dorn's line drive to right center scored to runs to win the game.  Everyone had at least two hits and perfect at the plate was sub Mike Mahon who also played a great third base and Great job by all our outfielder Jamie Sullivan, Don Ranieri, Howard Sumner and Wayne Wiedenbach. Gene Prosser was the winning pitcher.  Nancy Muslin quote for the day "You just have to want it more than anyone else"
For the 2nd time this week Brian Keep ran into the bottom of the 7th inning jinx.  The Nancy Muslim team scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th to erase a 3 run Brian Keep lead and secure the win while handing the Keep team their 7th consecutive loss. The Runner Up trophies are starting to pile up.  31 hits from 48 trips to the plate (0.646 Avg) generated 18 runs in the losing effort. A lot of good days at the plate today by the Brian Keep team. Top producers were Blaine Luz (4-5, 1 HR, 5 RBIs), Brian Pin (4-5, 1 RBI), Jay Schirpke (3-4), Don Urzada (3-4, 2 RBIs), Murray Fairweather (3-4, 1 RBI), Garry Weslosky (3-5), Joel Breiner (3-5, 2 hrs, 2 RBIs), Terry Graves (3-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) with the rest of the team providing hits and RBIs. Thanks to umpires Sam Newby and Ed Hickox and scoreboard keeper Greg Kastelic.
Dick Stieman CPA - 20   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 18
The final game of Thursdays Red League schedule turned out to be a barn burner as the Dick Steiman team battled The Ranalls team. The game was a victim of the clock as the teams combined for 38 runs in a 5.5 inning game with the accountants narrowly winning by the score of 20-18. The Steiman team had their best offensive showing today as we only made 7 outs and pounded out 28 hits in 34 official times at bat! Great team effort as everyone from top to bottom in the lineup had at least two hits. Perfect days at the plate were achieved by Gary Stuber, Dave Chaney, Mike Anderson, Jeff Silversteen and Allen Bellew. Stuber and Chaney each contributed a three-run homer. Thanks to Mike Mahon and Dave Archer for subbing today. Thanks to our umpiring crew of Eric Swobody and Gary Weslosky along with Jay Schirpke pushing the buttons in the tower. The Steiman team will return to the Field of Dreams at 11:00 on Tuesday  versus Jim and Jamie’s team.
Things just got tighter in Red Leaguesville.  Ranalls Realty fought an uphill battle the entire game and kept it really close.  In the end Steiman CPA held on for a two run win.  Perfect at the plate today was Craig Nelson (4/4 with a HR), Tom Ranalls (3/3 with 3 RBI's) and Steve Katz (3/3 and an RBI).  Only making one out was sub Ed Hickox (3/4 with 2 RBI's), Dale McLaughlin (3/4 and 2 RBI's), sub Joel Breiner (3/4 with 4 RBI's and 2 HR's), sub Lloyd Newlands (3/4 and a RBI) and Tom Goetz (3/4 with a triple and an RBI).  Sub Joe Pioli added two hits and an RBI.  Kirk Andes added the last RBI  with a double in the 2nd inning.  4 subs today and we want to thank each of you for helping us today!    Joe Pioli, Lloyd Newlands, Joel Breiner and Ed Hickox...we very much appreciate your services!  

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 1, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Tom Ranalls Realtor 5.00 1.00 1.00 0.79
Dick Steiman CPA 4.00 2.00 1.00 0.64
One Stop Tile  4.00 2.00 1.00 0.64
Tride And True 4.00 3.00 0.00 0.57
Nancy Muslin Realtor 1.00 5.00 1.00 0.21
Brian Keep and Assoc 1.00 6.00 0.00 1.43
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
One Stop Tile- 13   Brian Keep and Assoc - 12
The One Stop Tile Shop was moving along pretty smoothly (12-5 after 6 innings) until they hit a huge speed bump thrown at them by Jamie/ Jim’s Brian Keep and Associates squad. The Keepers scored 7 runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game setting the stage for the Tile guys as they pushed across the winning run to gain the win 13-12. Top hitters for One Stop were Andy Campbell (4/4) and Sam Newby (4/4). Three hit games were had by Greg Allseitz (3/5), Al Caillouette (3/4), and Dave Archer (3/4). Thanks to Tom Ranalls and Gary Weslosky for umpiring a Mark in the tower.
Brian Keep's much anticipated (by us anyway) start to their 14 game win streak to take the crown was put to a stop by one Stop Tile by a score of 13-12. Our 7th loss in a row. The Brian Keep team got off to a great start in the first tinning with 2 over the wall home runs to lead by a score of 3-1 after 1.  Unfortunately the Keep squad went dormant run-wise after that and proceeded to put up 4 consecutive no-score innings. The Keep squad eventually managed to push across 2 runs in the top of the 6th which One Stop promptly outdid by posting 4 increasing their lead to 12-5 going into the 7th and final inning. The Keep team suddenly came alive and scored 7 runs to tie the score at 12-all with One Stop's final at bat coming up. One Stop Tile batsmen promptly came through and quickly pushed across 1 run to seal the win for them and the loss for Brian Keep. Not many good things happen when you average 0.487 as a team with 19 hits in 39 trips to the plate. Good days at the plate, however, we attained by a few. Joel Breiner (4-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs), Blaine Lutz (3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, Don Urzada (2-3), Jay Schirpke (2-4, 1 RBI), Garry Weslosky (2-4, 1 RBI) with the rest of the team contributing hits and RBIs. Good game management by umpires Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker and scoreboard keeping by Mark Jessen.
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 16   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 13 
Another back and forth tilt a whirl affair that wasn't decided until the final frame.  This game was as close as you can get...both sides playing well defensively and getting some timely hits.  Ranalls Realty won it in the bottom of the 7th on a three run homer by first baseman Craig Nelson (4/5 with 4 RBI's).  Not making an out was Tom Ranalls (5/5, HR, dbl and 5 RBI's) and Dale McLaughlin (4/4 and 2 RBI's).  Others with only one out today were sub Mike Mahon and Kirk Andes (4/5 and 3/4 respectively).  Mike Hirsch, Steve Katz and Tom Goetz totalled 6 hits and an RBI.  Sub Joe Pioli had two solid hits and some fine defensive plays in RC field.  Paul Becker pitched his usual solid game and kept the Nancy Muslin hitters off balance.  Terry Graves and Jamie White policed the game well.  Mark Jessen keeping the accounting straight in the tower is always appreciated!  Again...wishing two of our regulars well... Dave Zuker (resting comfortably at home for a couple weeks) and Bret Baker (using his time in the hospital to get stronger and hopefully get home soon).   Get healthy guys, we miss you and are hoping for speedy recoveries!
It was a nail biter today between Nancy Muslin and the first placeTom Ranalls team. Nancy Muslin was unable to hold off Ranalls team in the 7th inning in their 13-16 loss. Jamie Sullivan and Eric Swobody both had a perfect days at the plate going 4 for 4, Pete Semenak had Four hits, Dave Dorn and Gene Prosser each had three hits and Don Ranieri (one was over the fence) Howard Sumner, Wayne Wiedenbach and sub Dale Halder each had two hits.  Some great catches were made in the outfield and Dave Dorn knocked down some hard hits at 2nd. Great game today Nancy Muslin.
Dick Stieman CPA - 10   Tride And True - 9
The first two games of Red league action were both decided in the seventh inning so the Dick Steiman/Tride and True clash completed the hat trick with the accountants squeaking out a 10-9 victory. Both teams started out slowly on offense with the bug guys leading 4-1 after three innings. After a five run fifth Chucks team held a 9-4 advantage. The accountants then plated 6 unanswered runs in the final two frames and eked out the victory. Both teams played excellent defense with Dave “Altuve” Fusaro making a great catch in left field for Tride and True while Jim McDonald turned in three diving stop plays at second base for the Steiman team. Chip Robertson also flashed the leather with two fine running catches in right center field. Next up for the CPA’s will be the first place Ranalls team.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Group lost a close one to Dick Steiman CPA 10 to 9.   The game’s lead changed several times in the early frames and was tied at 4 by the end of the 4th frame.  The Bug Zapper’s run rally in the next inning produced a nickel to the Bean Counter’s goose egg.  None the less, Jim Silversteen’s hard hitting Accountants tallied another 6 runs in the final 2 frames while holding us scoreless resulting in their win.  Our defense was just OK but our bats could only produce 9 runs.  Tough to win in this league with just 9 runs!  Actually, Dave Fusaro’s spectacular catch in left field seemed to trump our 21 hit effort.   K & G Newlands and Dave Elkins did lead our hitting with 3 hits each followed by Ron Coleman, Jeff Watson, Alan Caillouette, Ralph Hollis and Dave Fusaro with their 2 hits each. Thanks to the umpires Dave Dorn and John Boland with Lisa Pelletier up in the scoring tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 24, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Tom Ranalls Realtor 4.00 1.00 1.00 0.75
Tride And True  4.00 2.00 0.00 0.67
Dick Steiman CPA 3.00 2.00 1.00 0.58
One Stop Tile  3.00 2.00 1.00 0.58
Nancy Muslin Realtor 1.00 4.00 1.00 0.25
Brian Keep and Assoc 1.00 5.00 0.00 1.67
Thursday, February 24, 2022
One Stop Tile- 20   Dick Steiman CPA - 5
On a slippery field (after rain), the One Stop Tile Shop had a near perfect game scoring 20 runs on 31 hits with only 7 outs recorded in overwhelming Jeff’s Dick Steiman team 20-5 in five innings. Good defense and a relentless string of hits produced the wide margin of victory. Top to bottom everyone contributed. Perfect at the plate were Andy Campbell (4/4), Ed Hickox (4/4), Dale Halder (4/4), Dave Fleck (3/3), Greg Allseitz (3/3), Dan Newman (3/3), and Ron Michalski (2/2). Sam Newby (3/4), Dave Archer (2/3) and Gary Ambruz (2/3) also contributed to the hitting spree.
The Dick Steiman team was mercifully run-ruled by the score of 20-5 on this cool, but sunny day. The One Stop team couldn’t be stopped as they put up 5 runs  in 4 of the five innings we played. Numbers usually don’t lie and today was no exception for the accountants as everyone from the clean up hitter on down  only batted twice. Everyone did make the most of those at bats by collecting at least one hit! (Must stay positive)and one player was two for two! Thanks to everyone that worked hard to get the Field of Dreams in playable condition. Thanks also to Mark in the tower and Joel and Gary W for umpiring. The accountants will bounce back on Tuesday as they tangle with those pesky Tride and True guys.
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 14   Brian Keep and Assoc -12
Up 9-3 after 4 and still darn near let it get away!  Ranalls Realty built a solid 9-3 lead and proceeded to let Brian Keep & Assoc scratch their way back in to the game.  Goose eggs by both teams in the open inning preserved the win for Ranalls Realty.  Perfect day at the plate for Steve Katz 2/2 (several nice catches in RF) and Dale McLaughlin 4/4 with 3 RBI's.  Making only one out was Mike Hirsch 3/4, Tom Ranalls 3/4  (2 RBI's), Craig Nelson 3/4 (4 RBI's) and Bret Baker 3/4 and a RBI.  Kirk Andes added 3 hits and two outstanding OF putouts in the final frame that could have easily been lost in the sun.  Very nice game Kirk!  Paul Becker chipped in 2 hits and 2 RBI's and some solid skull duggery from the pitcher's mound.  Dave Zuker added two big hits and made a couple solid defensive plays from 3rd base.  Sometimes the wins aren't pretty....but they're wins.  Dan Newman and Dale Halder...thank you for umpiring!  Chip...nice job in the tower.
Brian Keep dropped their 5th game in a row losing to Tom Ranalls Realtor by a score of 14-12. The Brian Keep team quickly fell behind by  a score of 7-0 after going without a hit for the 1st three innings and having only 1 runner reach base due to a walk. The Keep team, however, began to slowly get back in the game by scoring 12 runs to Ranalls' in the ensuing 3 innings 7 to leave the score at 14-12 going into the 7th inning. After holding Ranalls scoreless in the top of the 7th, the Keep team was in a good position to pull off the win by having a 3 run inning. Unfortunately the Brian Keep team went 3 up and 3 down in their half of the 7th to leave the final score at 14-12. A few decent days at the plate were attained in spite of the loss. Jay Schirpke (3-4, 1 RBI), Blaine Lutz (2-3, 1 BB), Rob White (2-3), Don Urzada (2-3, 1 RBI) , Murray Fairweather (2-3), Joel Breiner (2-4, 3 RBIs) and Brian Pin (2-4, 2 RBIs). Thanks to umpires Dan Newman and Dale Halder and scoreboard keeper Chip Robertson.
Tride And True - 14   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 8
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team defeated Nancy Muslin Realtor 14 to 8 Thursday afternoon.  The Bug Zappers and the House Sellers were tied by the end of the 3rd frame at 6 runs each – In the remaining frames we tallied another 8 while holding Lisa’s solid hitting group to just 2, earning us the win.  Once again, pitcher Dave Elkins, with the defensive support of his teammates, was able to hold our opponent’s run production to a single digit.  Our 25-hit parade was led by Ralph McKeever with his 4/4 effort at the plate followed by 3 hit performances by Dave Fusaro, Alan Caillouette, Dave Elkins and Larry Biko. Special thanks to sub - Joe Pioli for handling the right field duties for us (Wecome Back Joe)!  Thanks to umpires Don Urzada and Rob White with Craig Nelson up in the scoring tower.
Nancy Muslin was not on their game today in their 14-8 loss against Tride and True.  Wayne Wiedenbach started our offensive with a double and had four hits. Sub Joel Breiner had a home run and was 3for 4. John Boland, Howard Sumner, Dave Dorn and Pete Semenak contributed three hits each. Thank you Rob White and Don Urzada for umpiring. 

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 22, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 3.00 1.00 1.00 0.70
Tom Ranalls Realtor 3.00 1.00 1.00 0.70
Tride And True  3.00 2.00 0.00 0.60
One Stop Tile  2.00 2.00 1.00 0.50
Nancy Muslin Realtor 1.00 3.00 1.00 0.30
Brian Keep and Assoc 1.00 4.00 0.00 0.20
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Tride And True - 22   Brian Keep and Assoc - 19
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Squad won a close one by outscoring Brian Keep and Associates 22 to 19.  The morning’s first game was played in a cold 52 degrees, but the Bug Zappers and the Medicare Specialist’s bats were hot!  The game’s lead changed hands several times - By the end of the 4th frame, Jamie White and Jim Opyd’s hard hitting group enjoyed a 14 to 13 lead.  The Tried and True Team put on their rally hats in the remaining 3 innings plating 9 more runs while holding our opponent to 5 which earned us the win.  Our 30-hit performance was highlighted by pitcher Dave Elkins with his 5 RBI Day which included 2 blasts over the left field fence.  Showing off their hitting skills with perfect 4/4 days at the plate included Alan Caillouette, Ralph McKeever and Ralph Hollis.  Chiming in with their 3 hit efforts were Ron Coleman, Jeff Watson, K & G Newlands, and Larry Biko.  Both Dave Fusaro and John Hammel’s timely 2 hits each helped in keeping a couple of our 5 run rallies alive.  Thanks to the two umpires Don Ranieri and Eric Swobody with Mark Jessen in the warm heated scoring tower.
Brian Keep and Associates dropped their 4th game in a row to a hard hitting Tride and True squad today by a score of 22-19. Both teams came out swinging early and scored 4 and 5 runs respectively to leave the score after 1 inning at 5-4 in Keep's favor.  Both teams then took a inning off to catch their breaths then proceeded to push across 32 total runs in the ensuing 5 innings with Tride and True taking the lions share with 17 runs while Keep scored 15 to seal the win for them. Lots of runs means some good days at the plate. Leading batters for Keep were Garry Weslosky (4-4, 1 2B, 2 RBIs), Blaine Lutz (4-4, 1 2B, 1 palm Tree HR, 6 RBIs), Terry Graves (4-4, 1 3B, 3 RBI's), Joel Breiner (3-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI), Brian Pin (3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBIs), Rob White Real Estate (3-4). Jay Schirpke (2-4, 1 RBI), Murray Fairweather (2-4, 1 2B) with the rest of the team contributing hits and RBIs. Thanks to umpires Erik Swobody and Don Ranieri and scoreboard keeper Mark Jessen
Dick Steiman CPA - 22   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 18
Today, Tuesday, 2/22/22 it was all about the numbers for the Dick Steiman CPA team.
We scored 22 runs and defeated The Nancy Muslin team 22-18 while holding Lisa’s team to 2 runs in each of the last three innings. The game ended on a double (2) play started by who else, our second (2) baseman. Our defense wasn’t as sharp as it usually is however we offset that with everyone contributing offensively at clutch times. Leading the hitting barrage with four hits each were Gary Stuber, Pete Houghton and sub Brian Kaping. Three hits were credited to Bob Kloehn, Tom Gibans, Dave Chaney who is nursing a broken rib, and Chip Robertson. One of Chip’s hit was a well executed softball “squeeze” play in  the sixth inning! Jim McDonald and Jeff Silversteen had 2 hits each. Thanks to the two Ralphs  ( Hollis and McKeever) for umpiring  and Mark up in the score tower. The Accountants will  square off against Top and Gord’s One Stop 🛑 team this Thursday, 12:15 at the Field of Dreams.
Nancy Muslin started out strong in their game against Dick Steiman but was unable to get the win.  Nancy Muslin took the lead every inning up until the 6 when they were down by 1 and couldn't get the hits in 7th in their 22-18 loss.  Everyone contributed two hits each with Don Ranieri hitting two over the fence as well as John Boland hitting an over the fence home run. Howard Sumner had a in the park home run, Wayne Wiedenbach had a triple, Jamie Sullivan hit a double and a triple and sub Mike Mahon had a double as well as a couple nice defensive plays at shortstop. 
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 17   One Stop Tile - 15
It was like ping pong...back and forth, forth and back!  Sub Ron Coleman...thank you again for your services and 3/4 day at the plate.  Hope the calf muscle heals fast!  Not making any outs today were Steve Katz 4/4, Craig Nelson 4/4 and Tom Ranalls 4/4.  Making one out was Mike Hirsch, Kirk Andes and Tom Goetz.  Katz and Goetz also tallied 3 RBI's!  Supplying the power today was Dave Zuker 2/4...those two hits were HR's and produced 4 RBI's.  Dale McLaughlin also chipped in a couple hits.  The One Stop Tile fella's kept fighting back and chipping away at several deficits. In the end Ranalls Realty was able to keep it's 2 run lead they took into the seventh inning.  Paul "30 pack" Becker had a solid day at the mound and used his full allotment of pinch running opportunities.  Jeff Silversteen and Glenn Soles did an admirable job keeping the peace on several close plays throughout the game.  Jim McDonald got some more practice pushing buttons on the toteboard, thanks Jim!   Ranalls Realty will be back at it on Thursday playing the 1:30 game vs. Brian Keep & Associates.  Rain, rain, stay away or drain in a day!
The One Stop Tile Shop fizzled out in the last two innings (0 runs/ 3 hits) after collecting 15 runs on 26 hits in the earlier innings in losing to Tom’s Ranalls Realtor team 17-15. A good game all around with the First Place teams exchanging the lead several times. Ed Hickox (4/4 with a HR), Ron Michalski (3/4 with a HR) and Sam Newby (4/4) led the offense along with Greg Allseitz (3/5), Andy Campbell (3/5) and Greg Kastelic (3/4). Two hit game were had by Dale Halder, Dan Newman, Dave Archer (with two hard hit line drive outs) and Dave Fleck.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 17, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 2.00 1.00 1.00 0.63
One Stop Tile 2.00 1.00 1.00 0.63
Tom Ranalls Realtor 2.00 1.00 1.00 0.63
Tride And True  2.00 2.00 0.00 0.50
Nancy Muslin Realtor 1.00 2.00 1.00 0.38
Brian Keep Assoc 1.00 3.00 0.00 0.25
Thursday, February 17, 2022
One Stop Tile - 16   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 10
After a slow start and trailing 7-6 after four inning The One Stop Tile Shop let loose with 10 runs over the last two innings to edge by Lisa’s Nancy Muslin team 16-11. Ron Michalski’s (2/4) Home Run in the sixth inning was the finishing touch in closing out the game. Having three hit days were Andy Campbell (3/4 and four runs scored), Ed Hickox (3/4 and three runs scored), Dale Halder (3/4 and three runs scored) and Dan Newman (3/4).  Contributing two hits were Greg Allseitz (2/4), Ralph Hollis (2/4), Greg Kastelic (2/4) and Dave Fleck (2/2). Thanks to Dale McLaughlin and Ralph Mckeever for umpiring and Steve Katz in the tower.
Nancy Muslin had the lead the first four innings but lost it and was not able to pull off the win in their loss to One Stop Tile.  Leading hitter was Jeff Nickerson who was 4for 4 with a triple, Jamie Sullivan, Wayne Wiedenbach and Gene Prosser each had three hits Howard Sumner, Pete Semenak and Dave Dorn contributed two hits each.  Outfield made some good catches. 
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 19   Tride And True - 16
Down this time 10-3 Ranalls Realty came back and outscored Tried and True 16-6 over the last 5 innings.  Once again I'd like to thank our subs Chip Robertson, Dave Dorn and Gary Ambruz...these guys played solid defense and chipped in 8 hits!  For the Ranalls Realty regulars Craig Nelson was a perfect 4-4 with a couple defensive highlights!  Tom Ranalls went 5/5 with a HR and 5 RBI's.  Mike Hirsch 2/2 and a really nice robbery of a base hit on a hard line drive.  Dale McLaughlin 4/4 and solid defensive contributions at 2nd base.  Kirk Andes, Bret Baker and Tom Goetz chipped in another 6 hits and helped us get to the finish line. Base coaches Jim Rumsey and Rick Lints batted .1000 today as well, no errors at their respective corners!  Becky Holliday, as always, fantastic job with the scorebook.  Mike Calliendo...thanks for the bench coach support and we are all hoping for a speedy recovery so you can join us on the field.  Eric Swobody and Jeff Nickerson did a nice job umpiring.  Dale and Trish Halder party planners did a nice job setting up the post game hot dog feast. 
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team came out on the short end of a 16 to 19 score against Tom Ranalls Realtor Group.  The Bug Zappers held a 1 run lead at the end of the 4th frame but could only manage to pate another 4 runs to Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker’s House Sellers 9 by the game’s end.  Our defense was respectable and we hit the ball well - just didn’t score enough runs to win!  Our 27-hit performance was led by perfect 4/4 days at the plate by Ron Coleman and Ralph Mckeever followed by Jeff Watson and sub-Brian Kaping’s 3/3 day.   Both Dave Elkins and Chuck Cruz chimed in with 3 hits each and K & G Newlands, Alan Caillouette, Larry Biko and John Hammel added their 2 hits each to the total.  Thanks to the above-mentioned sub as well as to the umpires Eric Swobody and Jeff Nickerson with Howard Sumner in the scoring tower.  A special thanks to those ladies who did the preparation of the refreshments (and Dale Halder, the hotdog chef) that we enjoyed after the day’s games. 
Dick Steiman CPA - 17   Brian Keep And Assoc - 8
The SCG Field of Dreams has had its fair share of magical moments in its twenty plus year history. However today, in the bottom of the fifth inning the crowd was treated to an amazing senior softball event. Mike “Moondog” Anderson thrilled the crowd with a stand up triple. All of Mikes former coaches are being contacted to see the last time he did this. Moondog has also asked the field maintenance team if he can have the base for his trophy shelf. 🏆 Jim Opyd is checking to see if it’s in the budget! The rest of the Dick Steiman team played extremely well and we defeated the Brian Keep team 17-8. The defense led the way in this victory as the double play combination of Dave Chaney, Jim McDonald and Bob Kloehn combined for 4 double plays. And it was all topped off with a fine running catch into foul territory by sub Pete Semenak to end the game. Leading hitter today were Chip Robertson and Chaney with four hits apiece while Moondog, Pete Houghton, Semenak and Jim McDonald had three hits. One of Houghton’s hits cleared the left centerfield wall for his first home run of the session. Everyone else on the team had at least one hit. Thanks to Larry Biko and Jeff Watson for umpiring and Kirk Andes in the tower. Special thanks to The Halder’s and everyone else responsible for putting together the post game“buffet”!
Tuesday, 2/22/2022,  the accountants will do battle with the Nancy Muslin team.
Brian Keep & Associates got audited by Dick Steiman CPA today and came up short by 10 runs losing by a score of 17-7 while hitting into 4 doubles plays during the game). After falling behind 6-0 after two full innings, Brian Keep had a brief spark of life scoring 5 runs to closing the run gap to 5-7 after 3 full innings. Brian Keep was then held to only 2 runs in the final 4 innings with a big factor being 3 inning ending double plays. Steiman in that same span pushed across runs 10 runs to leave the final score at 17-7 in Steiman's favor. A couple of Brian Keep players did have good days in spite of the loss. Rob White (3-3, 1 RBI), Murray Fairweather (3-3) and Jay Schirpke (3-4, 1 RBI). Thanks to umpires Larry Biko and Jeff Watson and scoreboard manager Kirk Andes. 

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 15, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Tride And True 2.00 1.00 0.00 0.67
Nancy Mulsin Realtor 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.50
Tom Ranalls Realtor 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.50
Dick Steiman CPA 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.50
One Stop Tile 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.50
Brian Keep Assoc 1.00 2.00 0.00 0.33
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 11   Dick Steiman CPA- 10
1-1-1 after three games.  Given injuries and absences, we'll take it!  After pulling ahead 11-3 after 4 1/2 innings Ranalls Realty held on to win a nail biter 11-10.  Dale McLaughlin made a very nice game ending catch in left field along with chipping in a couple hits.  Tom Ranalls was 4-4 with a HR and 4 RBI's.  Team sponsor Ranalls also got thrown out at second base while trying to advance on an errant throw from the Steiman outfield.  Not his proudest moment.  Only making one out was Dave Zuker with 2 RBI's and a couple nice plays at 3rd base and sub Eric Swobody 3/4.  Tossing in 2 hits of their own was Bret (print out a schedule) Baker, Mike Hirsch and Kirk Andes.  Ranalls Realty will be back on Thursday with 3 subs in tow to try and get win #2.  Don't forget it's hot dog day at the Field of Dreams Thursday afternoon.  Lastly, a tip of the hat to the subs that keep doing more than their share to get shorthanded teams through a long schedule.  Everyone needs to remember this is Sr. Recreational Softball.  Fun and safety should always come before winning.  
The Dick Steiman CPA team was unable to overcome a slow start and was defeated by the Ranalls team 11-10. Trailing 10-3 after 4 innings, the accountants combined timely hitting and great defense to narrow the gap going into the open inning. Unfortunately the numbers did not add up and we couldn’t push across the three runs necessary to secure the victory. Offensive leaders for the accountants were Gary Stuber, Tom Gibans and Bob Kloehn with three hits each.  Pete Houghton, Allen Bellew and Jeff Silversteen had two hits each while everyone else contribute with one. Next up for the Steiman team is Jim and Jaimie’s  mostly “north of the border” team!🇨🇦.
  Nancy Muslin Realtor - 24    Brian Keep And Assoc - 21
The Nancy Muslin bats were hot today in their win over Brian Keep and Associates.  Nancy Muslin came out swinging and scored 5 runs in each of the first three innings as well as runs in the 6th and 7th only scoreless in one inning. Gene Prosser and Jeff Nickerson each had five hits with one of Jeff's being a homerun and 7 Rbis.Wayne weidenbach and Dave Dorn each had four hits, sub Chip Robertson, Eric Swibody and Jamie Sullivan with three hits a piece. Pete Semenak, Don Ranieri and Howard Sumner each had two hits.  
Brian Keep lost 24-21 to Nancy Muslin in a great game whose outcome wasn't decided until the very end. Muslin bats were hot and the hits fell as they pushed across 15 runs in the first three innings to lead by a score of 15-11, a 4 run deficit that Brian Keep overcame in the 4th holding Muslin scoreless while scoring 4 runs to tie the game at 15 all. The last three innings  told the story with Muslin scoring 9 runs during that span while Brian Keep scored 6 to leave the score at 24-21. Lots of runs means good days at the plate. Top batsmen for Brian Keep were Joel Breiner (5-5, 4 RBIs), Don Urzada (5-5, 1 RBI), Rob White (5-5, 2 RBIs), Garry Weslosky (4-5, 2 RBIs), with the rest of the team contributing multiple hits and RBI's. Good job managing the game by umpires Mike Caliendo and Bret Baker and scoreboard wizard Mark Jessen.
   Tride And True - 14   One Stop Tile - 11
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control squad struggled to defeat One Stop Tile this morning by a 14 to 11 score.  Both teams came out strong with 4 runs each in the 1st frame.  The Bug Zappers then plated another 6 in the following 3 innings while holding Bob Topham and Gord Jones solid Tile Layers scoreless. The tables turned in the next 2 innings as our opponent tied the game at 10.  In the open inning we came thru with 4 runs to their 1 resulting in the win.  Our 25 hit game highlights were led by perfect 4/4 days at the plate by Alan Caillouette and pitcher Dave Elkins who also helped his own cause with 4 RBIs and a multi run blast over the left center field wall.  Eight others had 2 hit performances contributing to our run effort including Ron Coleman, Jeff Watson, K & G Newlands, Ralph Hollis, Ralph McKeever, Larry Biko, John Hammel and Chuck Cruz.  Thanks to the umpires Wayne Weidenbach and Jamie Sullivan and of course Gene Prosser in the scoring tower.

The One Stop Tile Shop dropped a close game to Chuck and Dave’s Tride and True squad 14-11. Tied going into the seventh, the Tile guys could not match the 4 runs scored by the bug zappers. Leading hitters were Sam Newby (4/4), Andy Campbell (3/4), Ed Hickox (3/4 with an inside the park HR). and Dave Archer (3/4).

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 10, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 1.00 0.00 1.00 0.75
One Stop Tile 1.00 0.00 1.00 0.75
Brian Keep And Assoc 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.50
Tride And True 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.50
Nancy Mulsin Realtor 0.00 1.00 1.00 0.25
Tom Ranalls Realtor 0.00 1.00 1.00 0.25
Thursday, February 10, 2022
  Nancy Muslin Realtor - 21   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 21
It was a hard fought game with Tom Ranall's team which ended in a tie.  Nancy Muslin team scored every inning except the last.  Everyone contributed at least one hit with Howard Sumner having a perfect day at the plate. Dave Dorn make a couple great defensive plays at 2nd. Thank you to Gary Stuber for subbing. 
Well that was a good ol back and forth affair!  Ranalls Realty came from 5 down in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 21.  That's the way it would stay as Ranalls Realty tallied 3 outs in the bottom of the 7th before Nancy Muslin could plate the winning run.  Blaine Lutz and Glenn Soles did a really nice job of umpiring.  Rookie Dave Fleck was busy in the score tower trying to keep things straight.  Nice work Dave.  Lot of guys only making 1 out today.  Sub Ron Coleman 4/5, Mike Hirsch 4/5, Dave Zuker 4/5 with two HR's, Craig Nelson 4/5, Paul Becker 4/5 and Sub Dave Fusaro 3/4.  Chipping in three hits each was Tom Ranalls and Kirk Andes.  The sun made defense exciting today, probably helped with the high score.  
  One Stop Tile - 22   Brian Keep And Assoc - 6
The One Stop Tile Shop exploded for 35 hits and 22 runs in overwhelming Jamie’s and Jim’s solid Brian Keep team 22-6 in six innings. The Tile guys posted 5 runs in the first and never looked back. From top to bottom everyone contributed on offense and defense. Perfect days at the plate were Greg Kastelic (4/4), Ron Michalski (4/4), rookie Dave Fleck (4/4) and “where is he” Andy Campbell (3/3). The following players all had 3/4 days at the plate - Greg Allseitz, Ed Hickox, Dale Halder, Sam Newby, Dan Newman,  and Dave Archer. Nice game and with that The One Stop Tile Shop moved into a share of first place with Jeff’s Dick Steiman team.
Brian Keep got a spanking today by a fired up One Stop Tile team losing 22-6. The Keep team just couldn't get it together from the start while One Stop didn't stop. The Keep team quickly fell behind by a score of 14-5 after 4 full innings and were able to score just one run in the remaining innings while One Stop pushed across 8 runs.  Despite the dismal score there were a few Brian Keep batsmen who had decent days at the plate. Murray Fairweather (3-3, 1 double, 1 RBI), Garry Weslosky (3-4, 1 double, 1 RBI), Blaine Lutz (3-4, 1 double,  2 RBIs), Jay Schirpke (2-3, 1 RBI), Don Urzada (2-3), Jim Opyd 2-3, 1 RBI) and Joel Breiner (2-4, 1RBI). Thanks to umpires Dale Mclaughlin and David Zuker and scoreboard manager Tom Goetz
Dick Steiman CPA - 16    Tride And True - 6
The Dick Steiman CPAs defeated Chuck and Daves Tride and True team 16-6 in the nightcap of todays Red League. The defense and Moondogs pitching we’re too much for the strong hitting exterminators as they were held scoreless in five of the seven frames. The solid infield play accounted for three double plays while the outfield play was highlighted by Alan Bellew’s two key catches in sun drenched right field. The offense held up their part of the win by scoring in all six innings that we hit. Leading the hit parade for the accountants was Jim McDonald 4/4 and Jeff Silversteen 3/3. Also with three hits were Dave Chaney, Pete Houghton and sub Brian Kaping. Chip Robertson, Tom Gibans, Alan Bellew and Bob Kloehn each had two hits. Thanks to Andy Campbell and Gord Jones for handling the umpiring and to Gary Ambruz in the tower.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team lost to Dick Steiman CPA 16 to 6.  The Bug Killers were still in the game by the end of the 3rd frame trailing 9 to 6.  That’s when Jeff Silversteen’s Bean Counting Squad took over by scoring another 7 runs in the remaining 4 frames while holding us scoreless.  Tough to win games in this league with just 6 runs and 16 hits!  Both teams had to deal with the bright afternoon sun in the outfield.  Actually, the sun was a little brighter than our offensive game highlights, but we had a few.  Five of our players had 2 hit days including Ralph Hollis, Dave Fusaro, Larry Biko, Chuck Cruz and Lloyd K & G Newlands.  Thanks to umpires Andy Campbell and Gord Jones with Gary Ambruz up in the scoring tower.

 

                  Sun City Grand Softball -  Winter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 8, 2022
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Win PCT
Brian Keep and Assoc 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
Tride and True 1.00 0.00 0.00 1.00
Dick Steiman CPA 0.00 0.00 1.00 5.00
One Stop Tile 0.00 0.00 1.00 5.00
Nancy Mulsin Realtor 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00
Tom Ranalls Realtor 0.00 1.00 0.00 0.00
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Brian Keep And Assoc - 15   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 10
Brian Keep kicked off the Winter Red League season defeating Ranalls Realty by a score of 15-10. The BK squad pushed across 15 runs in the first 4 innings to pull ahead of Ranalls by a score of 15-10.. It looked like both teams decided they scored enough runs for the day as neither team scored a single run in the 5th, 6th and 7th leaving the score at 15-10 in favor of Brian Keep. Rob White (4-4, 1 double) was the top batter for the BK squad followed by Jay Schirpke (4-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs), Blaine Lutz (3-4, 1 RBI), Joel Breiner (3-4, 1 double, 2 RBIs) with the rest of the team pitching in with additional hits and RBIs to help the cause. Good game management by umpires Ed Hickox and Dale Halder and scoreboard keeper Mark Jessen.
Tom Ranalls Realty and Brian Keep & Assoc. both got off to a fast start. Scoring for Ranalls was Paul Becker 4 for 4, Kirk Andes and Ron Coleman with 3 for 4.  Eric Swobody was 2 for 3 with a sac plus 3 RBIs. The Realtors failed to score in the final 3 innings losing 15 to 10. It's good to see everyone back again.
   Dick Steiman CPA - 11   One Stop Tile - 11
Beautiful day for the opening game at the ballpark. One Stop Tile Shop and Jeff’s Dick Steiman shared the opening day honors with an 11-11 tie. A close game all the way with the Tile guys getting three runs in the bottom of the seventh to get the tie. Dale Halder (4/4) and Greg Kastelic (4/4) had perfect days at the plate with Andy Campbell (3/4) and Dave Archer (3/4) contributing three hits each.
Opening day of the Winter Red league session started on a beautiful sunshiny day at the Field of Dreams. The Dick Steiman team battled One Stop Tile and led by 5 entering the bottom of the 6th. The tile guys answered with 2 in the sixth and 3 in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game. However with the bases loaded, the winning run on third and one out,  the accountants turned a great 4-6-3 double play to escape with an 11-11 tie game. (McDonald to Chaney to Kloehn)Everyone on the team contributed at least one hit with Pete Houghton  having a perfect 4/4 day. Getting three hits each were Tom Gibans, Dave Chaney and Jeff Silversteen. Chipping in with two hits were Bob Kloehn, Alan Bellew, Jim McDonald, Moondog, and Chip Robertson. Thanks to the Canadian crew of Rob White and Murry Fairweather and as always to Mark Jessen in the score tower. The CPA guys will be back at it on Thursday as they face Tride and True at 2:45
Tride And True - 14   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 9
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Team mustered a win in their first game of the Red League Winter Session over Nancy Muslin Realtor group this morning.  The Bug Eradicators fell behind at the end of the 1st frame 4 to 1, but rallied to take the lead by the next  inning 6 to 5 and never relinquished it.  With the support from his defense, pitcher Dave Elkins was able to hold a solid Lisa Pelletier’s House Sellers Squad to just 5 more tallies the remainder of the game.  Our 27- hit parade was featured by Ron Coleman with his perfect 4/4 day at the plate, followed by 3/3 days by Larry Biko, Dave Fusaro and Dave Elkins - one of which was a multi-run blast over the left field wall!  Chiming in with their 3 hit days were Jeff Watson and Ralph McKeever.  Alan Caillouette, Ralph Hollis and John Hammel all contributed to our run rallies with their timely 2 hit efforts.  Special thanks to my volunteer score keeper Jerry Hotzler, who makes my managing life much easier!  As usual, umpires Dave Cheney and Mike Anderson did a great job - and of course - Bob Kleohn with his effort in the scoring tower.

Not the start Nancy Muslin team wanted to the new season with a loss to Tried and True.  Perfect at the plate was Wayne Wiedenbach and Howard Sumner, Don Ranieri had three hits with two of them being home runs and David Dorn contributed two hits.  Some great catches made on defense. 

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  WInter 2022
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 27, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 14 5 1 0.725
Tride And True 12 7 1 0.625
Nancy Muslin Realtor 10 10 0 0.500
One Stop Tile 8 11 1 0.425
Dick Steiman CPA 6 11 2 0.375
Tom Ranalls Realtor  6 12 3 0.350
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Tride And True - 15   The Colonnade - 11
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team increased their winning streak to 9 games by defeating The Colonnade in the final game of the Fall 2021 session.  The Bug Eradicators took a 1st inning lead and never relinquished it to Jamie White and Jim Opyd’s strong, 1st place finishers.  Our defense, behind Dale Halder’s pitching, surrendered a nickel in just one frame and the other 6 in the remaining innings to the “come from behind” Colonnade team.  Our 29 hit parade was led by Jeff Watson, Even K&G Newlands, subs Dave Archer and Dan Newman with 4 hits each.  Both Craig Nelson and Dennis Estes (nice to see you on the ball field again) made their 3 hit contributions.  The remaining hits came from Dale Halder, Greg Kastelic, Chuck Cruz and Dave Fusaro who also tomahawked a line shot home run over the left field fence. Thanks to the aforementioned subs, umpires Jeff Silversteen and Randy Clhlar with Jay Schirpke in the scoring tower. Was a good session and looking forward to the 2022 winter session!
The Colonnade team closed out a successful Championship Fall season with a loss to Tride and True. The one team that was a thorn in the side of the Colonnade team and the one we had the worst record against (1-3). Colonnade once again started off to a slow start pushing across only 5 runs in the first 5 innings while the TNT folks racked up 12 runs leaving another up-hill-battle for Colonnade to overcome with 2 innings to go. The miracle that didn't happen like before in spite of a 5 run 6th inning, which Tride and True then matched by scoring 5 total runs in the 6th and 7th innings.  Colonnade then went scoreless in their half of the 7th inning to seal the win for Tride and True by a score of 15-11. Good plate performances by Chip Robertson (4-4, RBI), Brian Kaping (4-4, 1 double, 3 RBIs), Dave Cheney (3-4, 2 RBIs), John Hammel (3-4) with the rest of the team contributing one or 2 hits and additional RBIs. Thanks to umpires Jeff "Hi-Ho" Silversteen and Randy Chilar and scoreboard keeper Jay Schirpke. 
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 23   Dick Steiman CPA - 19
Nancy Muslin was a welcome sight in the dugout supporting her Dream Team today. The realtors team responded with their second highest run total of the season and their third highest OBP for a 23-19 victory in a battle with Dick Steiman CPA. Nancy Muslin fought back from being down 13-6 after 4 innings with a 5-5-7 finish. The Arizona sun played havoc for the left side outfielders making some fly balls impossible to catch for both teams. Our team was 37-49 for a .755 OBP. Our first 3 hitters combined for a 15-15 effort. They were Dave Dorn, Mike Hirsch, and Dave Zuker. Zuker led us with 6 rbis. Scott Roberts was also 5-5. Dave Elkins went 4-5. Kirk Andes was 3-4. Jim McDonald had a double and was 3-5. Tom Gibans and Randy Cihlar were both 3-5. We finished the season in third place in the Red League with a 10-10 record.
The Dick Steiman CPA team closed out their undefeated season by beating Nancy Muslin 20-19! Oops, sorry, reality won out over fiction! Breaking News -For the first time since November 30, 2021, the accountants scored in every inning they batted (And you thought Arizona was in a drought!) Unfortunately it was deja vu all over again (Yogi) The Steiman team gave up 7  in the 7th to relinquish the lead and only scored one of their own and dropped a 23-19 contest to The Muslin team. The entire team hit well with everyone contributing at least one hit. Leading  the hit parade with 4 hits each were John Boland , Don Ranieri,  Ralph Hollis and Dennis Haak. Don Ranieri hit fof the cycle. Chipping in with three hits were Howard Sumner, Jeff Silversteen and Lisa Pelletier. Jeff Nickerson and Tom Yurkunas had two hits each. Congrats again to the Colonnade team for their league championship. Good luck to all during the winter session. Thanks to todays umpiring crew and the scoreboard operator
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 16    One Stop Tile - 1
Tom Renalls Realtor ended the season on a winning note defeating One Stop Tile 16 to 1. Ralph McKeever was the leading hitter with 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Tom Goetz had 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs, Paul Becker and Allen Bellew were 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Pete Houghton 3 for 4, Bob Kloehn  and Bill Parker were 2 for 3. Thanks to everyone for their efforts this season. Be safe and see everyone in a week.
On a beautiful afternoon The One Stop Tile Shop got clobbered by Tom and Paul’s strong hitting Ranalls Realtor team 16-1 in 5 innings. Now for the rest of the story… earlier in the day, the Nancy Muslin team won their game to secure third place in the league and the One Stop Tile Shop took the fourth place position without having to play their late afternoon game. So, the team members all agreed that they would play the game to have some fun. Inning by inning the players would change field positions and the normal batting order was inverted. Hats off to the Realtors for they were really pounding the ball and making outstanding plays in the infield. At one point the Tile guys were down 16-0, then the players voted to have pinch hitter/ Coach Bob Topham step up with a runner on third and no outs to break up the shutout and he did with a hot smash to the third baseman who turned a double play allowing the run to score. On another notable play, Gene Prosser showed Ray Gibson and Murray Fairweather how to apply the “Phantom Tag” at second base from a distance of three feet from the bag. Brian Pin, playing in the outfield, heard payback shouts from the fans of “In” when a fly ball came into his territory. All in all it was a great way to close out the Fall session. Congrats to the Colonnade players for a well deserved first place finish. Appreciate all the effort that Commissioners Don and John displayed. Thanks Coaches and players for a fun experience.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 14 4 1 0.763
Tride And True 11 7 1 0.605
Nancy Muslin Realtor 9 10 0 0.474
One Stop Tile 8 10 1 0.447
Dick Steiman CPA 6 11 2 0.368
Tom Ranalls Realtor  5 11 3 0.342
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
One Stop Tile - 10   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 7
The One Stop Tile Shop put together two book-end scoring innings (1st and 7th inning) totaling 9 runs to squeak by Dave’s Nancy Muslin squad 10-7 in a frost delayed start. Great defense stymied any rally started by the Realtors with wide-ranging Shortstop Al Caillouette (3/4) and Second Baseman Murray Fairweather (1/4) recording 10-12 outs at 2nd base. Winning pitcher Mike Anderson (3/4) had a nice day at the plate. Having two hit days were Pete Semenak, Brian Pin (turning a nice double play), Dan Newman, Gene Prosser and Wayne Weidenbach.
The Nancy Muslin Realtor lost today to One Stop Tile by the score of 10-7.  After a slow start defensively in the first inning, Nancy Muslin made some sparkling plays the rest of the way. Dale McLaughlin made a great catch in left center going back hard to the wall as the runner left second base early thinking it would drop resulting in a double play. Right center fielder Dave Dorn caught up to a hard hit fly ball that had double or triple written all over it. Shortstop Mike Hirsch backhanded a ball in the short- third hole and threw a strike to first to nip the runner. Offensively Jim McDonald led us with a 3-3 effort. Andy Campbell continued his hot hitting going 3-4, along with Scott Roberts and Dave Zuker also 3-4. Scott led us in Rbis with 2. Mike Hirsch, Tom Gibans, and Randy Cihlar were all 2-4. We were 21-41 for an OBP of .512.
Tried And True - 7   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 6
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control squad won a close one this morning against Tom Ranalls Realtor solidifying a second place finish to the 2021 Red League Session.  Before the highlights, I would like to give a shout out to my co-manager Dave Fusaro who had his hands full keeping me in line while securing 25 subs during the session!  A special thanks to Joel Breiner, Ron Coleman and Jim Saltzman, who contributed to our success, but were not able to play this week because of injury, covid or personal reasons.  Now to the game summary-- The Critter Killers jumped out to a 1stinning 4 run lead, only to have Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker’s scrappy House Sellers knot the score by the end of the 4thframe.  We came thru in the 6th frame with what turned out to be the winning run.   Not much to highlight with just 14 hits, but sub Randy Cihlar picked a good time to have a 4/4 day at the plate and sub Don Ranieri tracked down flies all over the outfield.  Dave Fusaro was all smiles with his career defensive day at second base!  Thanks to the aforementioned subs, the umpires - especially the one behind the plate - providing a paragraph call per pitch rather than just “Ball or Strike” and of course Mark Jessen in the warm scoring tower!  Finally, congrats to Jamie White and Jim Opyd’s Colonnade 1stplace finish!!
Tom Ranalls Realty lost another close one to Tride and True by a score of 7 to 6. Leading hitters were Bob Kloehn and Allen Bellew with 3 for 3 and Pete Houghton for 3 for 4. In these tough times thanks to all our subs Gary Ambruz, Ed Hickox and Chip Robertson.  Good to see JD Hillree again.
The Colonnade - 15   Dick Steiman CPA - 14
Colonnade posted another win today defeating Dick Steiman by a score of 15-14. Both teams got off to a slow start with Colonnade scoring 5 runs in the 1st 4 innings while holding held Steiman scoreless through some great defensive plays. Steiman then came alive and went ahead by scoring 6 total runs in the 5th and 6th innings while Colonnade went scoreless. Steiman added to their total runs by scoring an additional  8 runs in their half of the 7th leaving the score at 14-5 with Colonnade coming to their final at bat facing a 9 run deficit.  The Colonnade team came through and went on to score 10 runs to save the win with Brian Kaping driving in the final runs. Top batsmen for Colonnade were Chip Robertson (5-5 including a triple and a double), Greg Allseitz (4-5, 3 RBIs), Glen Soles (3-4, 3 RBIs). Eric Swobody (3-4, 2 RBIs), sub Jamie White (3-4, 2 RBIs) with the rest of the team pitching in additional hits and RBIs, especially in the 7th inning to keep the momentum going. Thanks to umpires JD Dillree and Ralph Mckeever and scoreboard keeper Kris Schwartz.

You can’t make this stuff up! The Dick Steiman CPA team could not catch a break in the first four innings during todays game against the newly crowned champions from the Colonnade. We were shut out through 4 innings as Jamie and Jim’s team played outstanding defense. However the tide began to turn as the accountants had the numbers in their favor, outscoring the champs 6-1 going into the 7th inning. All of a sudden the Steiman team started finding the holes and we actually batted around with two hitters  batting twice in the open inning. We scored 8 runs and things were looking good. But wait, Colonnade has been there before! They showed why they outdistanced the rest of the league by scoring 10 runs in the home half of the 7th and winning 15-14. Everyone on the team contributed to the  offensive attack with at least one hit. Thanks to Dave Archer for filling in admirably at shortstop. Thanks also go out to JD and Ralph for umpiring and Kris Schwartz in the tower. The Steiman team closes out the fall session against the Nancy Muslin Realtor team on Thursday.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 20, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 13 4 1 0.750
Tride And True 10 7 1 0.583
Nancy Muslin Realtor 9 9 0 0.500
One Stop Tile 7 10 1 0.417
Dick Steiman CPA 6 10 2 0.389
Tom Ranalls Realtor  5 10 3 0.361
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Tride And True - 16   One Stop Tile - 9
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team came away with a win over 1 Stop Tile today.  The Critter Killers started the game slow with just 3 hits by the end of the 3rd frame trailing Bob Topham and Dan Newman’s Tile Layers 8 to 1.  Our bats and defense finally came alive as we tallied a nickel in each of the remaining frames while holding our opponent to just 1 run.  Our offensive effort, resulting in the 16 runs, was led by perfect 3/3 days at the plate for Dave Fusaro and sub Jim Mcdonald, followed by 3 hit contributions from Jeff Watson, Even K&G Newlands, Joel Breiner – one of which was another round tripper adding to his collection – and sub Garry Weslosky. Doing their part with 2 hits each were Dale Halder, Craig Nelson, Jim Saltzman and Greg Kastelic - who also did himself proud with some difficult fly ball catches in the afternoon bright sun.  We appreciate the above-mentioned subs for filling in – the umpires Terry Graves and Don Ranieri – and Darren Duncan in the scoring tower.
The One Stop Tile Shop jumped out to a comfortable 8-1 lead after three innings and then things went south as Chuck’s Tride and True team turned on the after burners and never looked back in scoring 5 runs in each of the last three innings to wrap up a 16-9 win over the Tile guys. Mike Anderson (4/4), Gary Stueber (3/4) and Dan Newman (3/4) were the big hitters for One Stop Tile Shop.
The Colonnade - 18   Nancy Muslin - 6
Colonnade posted another "W" today with a game-shorted win over Nancy Muslin by a score of 18-6. Colonnade bats came alive early and often posting 16 runs in the first 4 innings to lead by a score of 16-8. Colonnade secured the win by posting 2 additional runs in their half of the 5th after Muslin went scoreless in their half. Top batters for Colonnade were Greg Allseitz (4-4, 1 double and 2 RBIs), Brian Kaping (4-4, 1double and 3 RBIs), Glenn Soles(3-3, RBIs), Terry Graves (3-4, 1 RBI),Eric Swobody (3-4, RBI), Dave Cheney (3-4, RBI), Sub Rob White (3-4, 1 double and an RBI), Steve Katz (3-4, RBI) with the rest of the squad collectively having 2-4  days and 6 RBIs. Thanks to umpires Wayne Weidenbach and Gord Jones, scoreboard keeper Ray Griffin and sub Rob White.
Nancy Muslin Realtor picked a bad time to have a season low in hits (14) and runs (6) and lost by the run rule in 5 innings to league champion The Colonnade 18-6. Mental mistakes hurt us the whole game. First baseman Andy Campbell turned in a “Harold Steele Special” catching a hard grounder and tagging the runner going to second and stepping on first for a nifty double play. Sub Tom Ranalls at 3-3 and Scott Roberts at 2-2 led Nancy Muslin. Andy Campbell, and Dave Dorn with a double were 2-3. No one else had more than 1 hit. 14-27 for a team OBP of .519.
Dick Steiman CPA - 12   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 11
It was another beautiful day for softball at the SCG Field of Dreams as The Dick Steiman CPAs tangled with the Ranalls Realtor team. The Realtors jumped out to a 9-5 lead after two innings however their bats cooled down and the accountants took advantage with some timely hitting and a 4 run bottom of the 4th. Tied 11-11 entering the 7th, Tom’s team put up a goose egg which opened the door for the Steiman team.  And through the door we went. Lisa Pelletier started the bottom of the 7th with a solid single and Tom Yurkunas sent her home with a solid double into the left centerfield gap. Other offensive standouts today were Ralph Hollis with 4 hits and two great defensive plays at first. Contributing 3 hits to the cause were Don Ranieri, Rob White, Jeff Silversteen, Lisa Pelletier and sub Lloyd Newlands.  Chipping in with 2 hits were Jeff Nickerson, sub Glen Soles and Tom Yurkunas while Dennis Haak had one hit. Thanks to Andy Campbell and Scot Roberts for handling the umpire duties along with Tom Gibans in the tower.

Tom Ranalls Realtors team lost to Dick Steiman CPA team 12 to 11 in close game which could of gone either way. Our bats went cold in the 7th inning where we could not capitalize.
And Dick Steiman did. We will regroup and play next week.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 12 4 1 0.735
Tride And True 9 7 1 0.559
Nancy Muslin Realtor 9 8 0 0.529
One Stop Tile 7 9 1 0.441
Dick Steiman CPA 6 10 2 0.389
Tom Ranalls Realtor  5 10 3 0.361
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Tride And True - 11   Dick Steiman CPA - 10
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control group won a close one run game against Dick Steiman CPA this morning.  The Bug Zappers scored all their runs in the first four innings leading Jeff and Jay’s Bean Counters 11 to 4.  Our bats then went as cool as the cloudy morning for the remainder of the game.  The CPA’s took full advantage, tallying a run in both the 5th and 6th, and with the hammer in the final frame, their 4 run rally came up one run short of at least tying the game.   Our early offense was led by perfect 4/4 days at the plate for Dale Halder and sub Bret Baker – who also made a game saving final out acrobatic fly ball catch behind 3rd and ss.  Six others had 2 hit days including Jeff Watson, Joel Breiner, Greg Kastelic, Craig Nelson, sub Greg Allseitz and Even K & G Newlands – who also had a rally killing final inning catch to help preserve the win.  Again, thanks to the aforementioned subs, umpires Randy Biko, Dan Newman and Mark Jessen in the scoring tower – not to forget Norm Lustig for the early morning field prep.

The Dick Steiman CPA team put together a 4 run rally in the bottom of the seventh but fell two runs short of defeating  Chuck’s Tride and True team. The accountants had the tying and winning runs on base but were unable to push them across home plate.Trailing 11-4 after 4, our defense and the pitching of Rob White shutout  the bug guys over the final three innings. Thanks to Dave Dorn and Jim McDonald for subbing and contributing 2 hits each. Terry Graves also subbed and had three hits.Adding 2 hits apiece were Jeff Nickerson, Rob White, Jeff Silversteen and Dennis Haak.The Dick Steiman CPA team will again try on Thursday to get the favorable numbers on their side of the ledger as they do battle with the Ranalls Realtor team.,
The Colonnade - 20   One Stop Tile - 12
Colonnade over came an early deficit today versus One Stop Tile to post another win. Down 9-3 after 3 innings the Colonnade teams was able to hold One Stop scoreless for the next three innings while scoring 12 of their own to enter the top of the 6th leading 15-9. Colonnade then went on to out score One Stop 5-3 in the last the 2 innings to secure the 20-12 win. Good performances at the plate by a number of folks helped to make the win possible. Top batters were Dave Cheney (5-5, 3 singles, 1 double and one over the fence HR, 3 RBIs), Terry Graves (5-5, 1 double and 4 RBIs, had a sure triple in the bag but blew a tire going around 1st and had to settle for a single), Eric Swobody (4-5, 1 double and 2 RBIs), Steve Katz (3-4, 1 triple, 2 RBIs), Greg Allseitz (3-5, 1 double, 1 RBI), Brian Kaping (3-5, 1 RBI), and sub Randy Cihlar (3-5, 1 RBI) with the rest of the squad contributing hits and RBI's. Thanks to subs Randy Cihlar and Greg Kastelic for stepping in to help out. Thanks to the umpire crew of Dennis Estes and Lloyd Newlands for keeping things moving along and Mark Jessen for managing the scoreboard. 
The One Stop Tile Shop mis-fired at the start of the game and found themselves down 8-3 after three innings then cranked up the bats and scored 14 runs to over take Jeff’s Dick Steiman team 17-12. Everyone contributed with at least two hits each with Dan Newman (4/4), winning pitcher Gene Prosser (4/4) and Pete Semenak (3/4) adding a few extra hits.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 18   Tom Ranalls - 4
The Nancy Muslin Realtor Dream Team played one of their better games of the year to top Ranalls Realty 18-4. Overcast skies until the last inning made it easier for the defenses. Right center fielder Dave Dorn made the play of the game for Nancy Muslin with a nice running catch. Having perfect 4-4 days at the plate were Andy Campbell, Mike Hirsch, and Dave Elkins. Hirsch a double and a home run. His first of the year. Subs Craig Nelson and Greg Allseitz were both 3-4. Nelson led Nancy Muslin with 5 rbis. Jim McDonald, Randy Cihlar, and Dave Dorn were all 2-4. Leadoff batter Dorn got us started on the right foot with a double to start the game. Team was 25-39 for an OBP of .641. Thanks to umpires Eric Swobody and Dave Chaney for making all the right calls on the many close plays. Congratulations to Jim Opyd and Jamie White and their The Colonnade team for wrapping up first place in the Red League.

Not much fire power today.  Softball games are generally won with more than 4 runs.  Sometimes you just have to tip your cap when a team shows up and clobbers you.  Hat tipped!  Thank you to our subs....Pete Semenak, Dave Fleck and Mr. Perfect at the plate going 3/3 Jeff Silversteen.  Only making one out were Pete Houghton, Tom Ranalls and Ralph McKeever.  Chipping in with a hit and solid defense was Tom Goetz, Bob Kloehn, Ron Michalski, Dave Fleck and Pete Semenak.  We'll be back on Thursday with our smiles and thoughts of ruining another team's afternoon.  Thanks Greg Allseitz for running the scoreboard.  Lastly, a TRULY OUTSTANDING job by Eric Swobody and Dave Chaney umpiring. 

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 13, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 11 4 1 0.719
Tride And True 8 7 1 0.531
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 8 0 0.500
One Stop Tile 7 8 1 0.469
Tom Ranalls Realtor  5 8 3 0.406
Dick Steiman CPA 5 9 2 0.375
Thursday, January 13, 2022
The Colonnade - 18   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 8
Colonnade got back in the win column today by besting Ranalls Realty by a score of 16-8. Both teams initially got off to a slow start in the run production arena by finishing 4 full innings with the score 6-4 in favor of Colonnade and the game outcome totally up for the taking. Fortunately for Colonnade, the bats came alive and the team posted back-to-back 5 run innings to secure the win. Much better performance this time around with the team getting 25 hits in 35 AB (0.657 Avg), 6 of which were two base hits. Leading batsmen were Brian Kaping (4-4, 2 doubles, 1 RBI), Glen Soles (3-3, 1 double, 1 RBI), Terry Graves (3-4, 1 double, 2 RBIs), Dave Cheney (2-3, 1double , 1 RBI), Randy Biko (2-3, 1 RBI), Steve Katz (2-3, 1 double, 4 RBIs), John Hammel (2-3), Jim Opyd (2-3, 1 RBI) and Greg Allseitz (2-4, 2 RBIs). Thanks to umpires Jeff Nickerson and Gord Jones and scoreboard manager Kris Schwartz.
Well run production continues to be a problem for the Ranalls Realty squad.  17 total hits will not git er done most days.  Thank you to Gord Jones and Jeff Nickerson for umpiring and Kris Schwartz for tower duty.  We had several guys missing today and we very much appreciate our subs: Pete Semenak, Lloyd Newlands, Chuck Cruz and Jeff Silversteen.  Having perfect days at the plate were Tom Ranalls and Ron Michalski each going 4 for 4.  Pete Houghton was a solid 3 for 4.  It's been a puzzling season for the realtors.  Lots of talent, guys who have played well year in and year out.  We just can't seem to put it all together and get a good head of steam together that lasts more than a game or two.  It certainly isn't for lack of effort.  While our record doesn't show many wins...everyone has come to play each and every game and the effort and sportsmanship is appreciated.  Jim Rumsey and Rick Lints have been handling the base coaching duties, thanks guys.  Becky Holiday giving up her time each week to keep our book...wow, can't thank you enough.  Nice win Colonnade...see everyone next Tuesday. Maybe we can crack the code to the floodgates.  It's just waiting to happen...I can feel it!  
One Stop Tile - 17   Dick Steiman CPA - 12
The One Stop Tile Shop mis-fired at the start of the game and found themselves down 8-3 after three innings then cranked up the bats and scored 14 runs to over take Jeff’s Dick Steiman team 17-12. Everyone contributed with at least two hits each with Dan Newman (4/4), winning pitcher Gene Prosser (4/4) and Pete Semenak (3/4) adding a few extra hits.

Getting off to a quick 7 run lead after two innings was not enough for the Dick Steiman team as they were defeated by the Tile guys 17-12. Leading the hit parade for the accountants with three hits apiece were Rob White, the two Jeffs (Nickerson and Silversteen) along with subs Glen Soles and Dale Halder. Chipping in with two hits were John Boland and Tom Yurkunas. Thanks to the umpiring crew of Joel Breiner and Lloyd Newlands along with Tom Goetz in the tower. We will be back at the Field of Dreams Tuesday against Tride and True.
  Tride And True - 19   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 9
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control played their best games of the fall session this week which was instrumental in our Thursday victory over Nancy Muslin Realtor.  Pitcher Joel Breiner, with the defensive support of his team was able to hold a strong Dave Elkins house seller squad to a single run digit.  The Bug Zappers took a first inning lead and never relinquished it.  Our hitting seemed contagious as they tallied 35 resulting in 19 runs.  Highlights at the plate included perfect 4/4 days for Dale Halder, Dave Fusaro and Joel Breiner – helping his own cause with another round tripper.  Jeff Watson stayed hot contributing his 4 hits as did Ron Coleman, Even K & G Newlands, Craig Nelson, Jim Saltzman and sub Bret Baker with their 3 hit performances.  Greg Kastelic and Chuck Cruz chimed in with their 2 hits.   Thanks to the aforementioned sub, umpires Alan Caillouette and Dan Newman with Lisa Pelletier in the scoring tower.


The battle was for sole second place. Chuck and Dave’s Tride and True team jumped out to a 13-3 lead after 4 innings and Nancy Muslin Realtor couldn’t muster enough to seriously challenge and lost 19-9. Only 21 hits in 41 at bats for a .512 OBP won’t win many games in the Red League. Leading Nancy Muslin was sub Chip Robertson 3-4 with 3 doubles. Dave Zuker and Scott Roberts were also 3-4. Roberts a double. Randy Cihlar and Dave Elkins were both 2-3. Cihlar lead our team with 3 rbis. Dave Dorn and sub Brian Kaping were 2-4. 4 games to go.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 10 4 1 0.700
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 7 0 0.533
Tride And True 7 7 1 0.500
One Stop Tile 6 8 1 0.433
Tom Ranalls Realtor  5 7 3 0.433
Dick Steiman CPA 5 8 2 0.400
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 9   One Stop Tile - 9
Tom Ranalls Realtor team almost pulled off a huge come-from-behind victory against One Stop Tile. We were behind by 6 runs going into the bottom of the 7th and had the winning run called out at home plate. Final score 9 to 9.  Leading hitters were Tom Gibans 4 for 5, Paul Becker 3 for 4, Ralph McKeever and Pete Houghton 3 for 5 and Tom Renalls 2 for 3 with a SAC.
Where’s the six inning game when you need one??  This morning the One Stop Tile Shop after having an 8-0 lead after two innings collapsed over the last five innings and scored only 1 run on 8 hits allowing Tom’s Ranalls Realtor team to explode in the bottom of the seventh for 6 runs to tie the game at 9-9. Top hitters for the Tile guys were Brian Pin (4/4), Dan Newman (4/4), Gary Stuber (3/4) and Murray Fairweather (3/4).
Tride And True - 19   Colonnade - 7
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control group came away with a win over The Colonnade this morning.  The Bug Zappers had a solid offensive and defensive effort, which is necessary to defeat Jim Opyd’s strong 1st place team.  Our 30 hits - resulting in 19 runs - had several notable highlights including perfect days at the plate for Jeff Watson 3/3, subs Dave Archer 3/3 and Bret Baker 4/4.  Others contributing their 3 hits were Ron Coleman, Even K & G Newlands, Jim Saltzman and sub Pete Semenak.  Another 2 hits each belonged to Craig Nelson, Chuck Cruz and Dale Halder – one of which was a 3 run blast over the left field fence.  Finally, pitcher Joel Breiner, who not only limited Colonnade to just 7 runs but helped his own cause with his 3 run towering smash over the left field wall.  Thanks to the aforementioned subs - along with Andy Campbell who came in to relieve an injured player -, umpires - motor mouth - Mike Anderson, Brian Pinn and Mark Jessen sitting on the portable heater up in the scoring tower pushing all those buttons.

Colonnade's 6 game winning streak got came to abrupt halt today by a score of 19-7 compliments of Coach Cruz's Tride and True team. Colonnade bats ran cold early on putting us behind 8-2 after three full innings. A brief spark and hope of a resurgence  occurred when the bats came alive in the top of the 4th and we scored 3. A run count quickly matched by Tride and True in their half. The colonnade bats then went semi-dormant again in the following two innings with only 2 runs being scored while the TNT ran up 5 in their half of the 5th and were still banging in runs in their half of the 6th before the plug was pulled. Not a lot to boast about in the batting arena with 35 AB and 17 hits (0.486 Avg), but we did have some decent at bats days by a few; Randy Biko (3-3, 1 RBI), Glen Soles (2-3, 2 RBIs), Terry Graves (2-3, one a triple), Dave Cheney (2-3, one a double, 1 RBI), Jim Opyd (2-3, 1 RBI) and Greg Allseitz (2-4). Thanks to umpires Mike Anderson and Brian Pin and scoreboard guru Mark Jessen.
  Nancy Muslin Realtor - 17   Dick Steiman CPA - 15
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team won a hard fought game with Dick Steiman CPA today 17-15. The game was close throughout as Steiman was up 12-11 after 4 innings. Muslin scored in every inning and had a team OBP of .660 on 31-47. Nancy Muslin was led in hitting by Dale McLaughlin at 4-4 with a triple. Next was super sub Greg Allseitz with his stellar defense and 4-5 day with a double and team leading 4 rbis. Dave Zuker also went 4-5. Kirk Andes, Randy Cihlar, Jim McDonald, and Dave Elkins were all 3-4. McDonald and Elkins doubles. Cihlar played excellent Shortstop with several chances. Speedy Dorn in RC made all the plays too and was 3-5 with a double.

The Steiman team put together some much improved offense but still  came up short against the Nancy Muslin team 17-15. Leading the offense today were John Boland (5/5), Ralph Hollis (3/3) with a sac fly and bases loaded clearing double and Lisa Pelletier (4/4). Chipping in with three hits each were Howard Sumner, Rob White and Jeff Nickerson while Jeff Silversteen and Don Ranieri had two hits each. Don also had  a solo home run and two walks. The accountants will return on Thursday to do battle with the One Stop Tile guys..

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 6, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 10 3 1 0.750
Nancy Muslin Realtor 7 7 0 0.500
Tride And True 6 7 1 0.464
One Stop Tile 6 8 0 0.429
Dick Steiman CPA 5 7 2 0.429
Tom Ranalls Realtor  5 7 2 0.429
Thursday, January 6, 2022
The Colonnade - 17   Dick Steiman - 7
The Colonnade team notched another win today by a score of 17-7 versus Dick Steiman. With the score 5-3 in favor of Colonnade after 4 full innings the Colonnade team came alive and outscored Steiman 12-4 in the final 3 innings to secure the win. Top batsmen for Colonnade were David Cheney (4-4, 2 RBIs), Chip Robertson (4-5 with a double, a triple and 1 RBI), Terry Graves 4-5, 3 doubles and 2 RBIs), John Hammel (3-4, 1 RBI), Brian Kaping (3-5, 1 RBI), Eric Swobody (3-5, 3 RBIs) with the rest of team contributing hits and RBIs.  Good job managing the game by umpires Paul Becker and Jeff Watson and scoreboard operator Bob Kloehn.
The offensive woes of the Dick Steiman team continue as they lost to a very tough Colonnade team 17-7. The accountants were within striking distance after 5 complete as they trailed 10 -7 however the last two complete innings saw Opyd’s team out score us 7-0. The game did have one excellent defensive play turned in by Greg “get me to the airport on time” Alseitz as he robbed Don Ranieri of a home run with a great running  and leaping catch at the wall in left center field. Thanks to Paul Becker and Jeff Watson for umpiring and Bob Kloehn in the scorers tower. Well done gentlemen.
Tride And True - 22   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 12
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control won their first game of the new year with a victory over Tom Ranalls Realtor today.  The Bug Zapper squad just two days ago only mustered 15 hits and 4 runs, but today tallied 35 hits resulting in 22 runs – go figure?  Tom and Paul’s House Sellers were up to the task as the game was tied at 12 by the end of the 3rd frame.  In the remaining 4 innings, the Bug Zappers defense managed to hold the solid Realtor squad scoreless while offensively collecting another 10 runs.  Our hitting frenzy was led by Ron Coleman, Jeff Watson and Jim Saltzman all having 5/5 days, followed by 3 hit performances by Even K & G Newlands, Joel Breiner, Craig Nelson and subs Dave Archer and Don Ranieri (who added to his home run collection with a 3 run blast over the left field fence and outstretched glove arm of defender Greg Allseitz – NOT THIS TIME!).  The 2 hits each contribution of Dale Halder and Greg Kastelic were instrumental in keeping our early inning multi run rallies alive.  Again, thanks to the aforementioned subs, umpires Randy Biko and Terry Graves with Rob White in the scoring tower pushing those buttons and also unsuccessfully trying to get the public address system to work so he could announce the game.
Tom Renalls Realty got off to a good start scoring 12 runs in 3 innings, but the final 4 innings proved to be fatal since we scored no more runs. Final score Tride and True 22 Renalls 12. Top hitters for the day were Greg Allseitz and Bob Kloehn were 4 for 4. Paul Becker chipped in with 3 for 4. Hoping our bats start working next week.
One Stop Tile -16   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 11
The One Stop Tile Shop equaled their  earlier two game winning streak by coming away with a well played 16-11 win over Dave’s Nancy Muslin 2nd place team to win their second game of the new year. Right at the start, the Realtors jumped out to a 4-0 lead challenging the Tile guys to match them. The Tile guys responded with seven straight hits to take a one run lead (5-4). Slowly the One Stop squad added runs here and there along with a stellar defense to take a 11-5 lead into the the fifth inning. The Realtors then proceeded to put together a five run inning to make the game interesting. It was “Show Time” for the Tile guys and they came through with their five run burst to take a comfortable 16-10 lead into the sixth. Pitcher Gene Prosser (3/4) then accomplished a rarity in baseball/ softball… he only threw three pitches (the minimum) to retire the Realtors in the top of the sixth enabling the Tile guys to close out the game with the 16-11 win. All ten players had either three (Pete Semenak, Gary Stuber, Al Caillouette, Brian Pin, Dale Halder and Gene Prosser) or two (Mike Anderson, Dan Newman, Gary Ambruz and Wayne Weidenbach) hits. With the two wins this week One Stop Tile Shop moved from last to a tie for fourth. Here we come.

The Nancy Muslin Dream team played their poorest defense of the season and lost the lawn dart battle by a wide margin and took one on the chin from Bob Tophams One Stop Tile team 16-10. Bright spots for Nancy Muslin was First Baseman Andy Campbell and his perfect 4-4 day. Next was sub Greg Allseitz, Jim McDonald, and Dave Elkins at 3-4. Elkins a double and a team leading 3 rbis. Dave Dorn was 3-5 with a double. Dave Zuker, Dale McLaughlin, and Kirk Andes were 2-4. Sub Ron Coleman was 1-3 and Randy Cihlar was 1-4. 24-40 for a .600 OBP. Regroup and play the next game.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 9 3 1 0.738
Nancy Muslin Realtor 7 6 0 0.538
Tom Ranalls Realtor 5 6 2 0.462
Dick Steiman CPA 5 6 2 0.462
Tride And True 5 7 1 0.432
One Stop Tile 5 8 0 0.385
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 11   Dick Steiman CPA - 7
After a half hour frost delay Ranalls Realty got off to a 7 to 5 early start over Dick Steiman and held them scoreless for the final 4 innings to start the New Year off with a 11-7 Victory.  Leading hitter was Pete Houghton 3 for 3. Greg Allseitz, Tom Ranalls and Tom Goetz were all 2 for 2. Rounding out the hitting attack was Ron Michalski and Paul Becker were 2 for 3.  Very good defense paved the way to help secure the win. Everyone please stay safe and healthy during these tough times.
The frost delay wasn’t long enough for the Steinman team to warm up their bats as they fell to the Ranalls team by the score of 11-7. The defense performed very well in spite of the cool temps and the damp outfield grass. Our offense will try a get back on track Thursday afternoon against a tough Colonnade squad. Thanks to Randy Cihlar and “Big Country” Archer for helping us out today. And thanks to the umpiring crew of Soles and Newlands along with Mark B in the tower.
The Colonnade - 15   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 11
Colonnade posted a 15-11 win today in their first game after the break for the Christmas and New Year's Holidays. Both teams squared off and traded 5 run first innings leaving the final outcome to be decided in the final 5 innings in a game reduced to 6 innings due to a frost delay. With the score at 9-7 in favor of Muslim after 4 innings, the Colonnade team came back with 4 in the top half of the 5th while Muslin countered with 2 of their own leaving the score tied at 11 all going into the 6th and final inning.  Colonnade once again posted 4 runs in their half to go up 15-11, a score that Muslin was unable to counter in their half of the inning which secured the win for Colonnade. Top batters for Colonnade were Sub Dale Halder (4-4, 3 RBIs, 2 coming off an HR in the 3rd), Brian Kaping (3-3), Greg Allseitz (3-4, 2 RBIs, Terry Graves (2-4, 4 RBIs), Dave Cheney (2-4, 1 RBI), Steve Katz (2-4, 2 RBIs) with the rest of the team contributing additional hits and RBIs to the cause. Thanks to Umpires John Boland and Ralph Hollis and scoreboard manager Mark Jessen
Nancy Muslin today missed an opportunity to close the gap between first and second place losing to The Colonnade 15-11. The game was for the most part well played by both teams offensively and defensively. Nancy Muslin went 26-39 in the frost shortened 6 inning game but only one extra base hit. Sub Dave Dorn led Muslin at 4-4. 6 players went 3-4. Sub Wayne Weidenbach, Andy Campbell, Randy Cihlar, sub Don Ranieri, sub Lloyd Newlands, and Dave Zuker. Zuker with his ninth home run and a team leading 6 rbis. Dale Mclaughlin was 2-4, Dave Elkins was 1-3, and Kirk Andes was 1-4. Now 2 1/2 games behind The Colonnade with 7 games remaining. Missed was Darren Duncan who is injured and will be out for the rest of the session and replaced by Dave Dorn.
One Stop Tile - 12   Tride And True - 4
Happy New Year Everyone. On a chilly but pleasant morning the One Stop Tile Shop played its best defensive game of the season to walk away with a six inning 12-4 win over Chuck’s Tride and True team. Pitcher Gene Prosser (2/3) had the bug guys hitting many infield ground balls that were rolled up and thrown out. With injured Ray Ray Gibson handling first base duties the Tile guys scored in every inning except one. Leading the team with three hit games were One Eye Pete Semenak (3/4), Al Caillouette (3/4 and a great game at short), Brian Pin (3/3 nice pickups at third) and always dependable Wayne Weidenbach (3/3).


Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team lost to One Stop Tile today 12 to 4.  The bug eradicators fell behind in the 1st inning and never was able to sustain any major run producing rallies to catch Bob Topham’s Tile guys.  Must have been too long of a holiday layoff or just an unlucky game number 13!  While the defense has been better, our hit/run production wasn’t much to talk about either.  Our offensive effort was highlighted by Jeff Watson’s perfect 4/4 day followed by K & G Newlands, Craig Nelson and Greg Kastelics 2 hit efforts.  The remainder of our squad all chimed in with 1 hit.  Thanks to our subs Dave Archer, Bret Baker – umpires Eric Swobody and David Cheney with John Hammel in the scoring tower.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 16, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 8 3 1 0.708
Nancy Muslin Realtor 7 5 0 0.583
Dick Steiman CPA 5 5 2 0.500
Tride And True 5 6 1 0.458
Tom Ranalls Realtor 4 6 2 0.417
One Stop Tile 4 8 0 0.333
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 19   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 15
After a slow start, Renalls Realty picked it up in the last four innings with 16 runs to beat Nancy Muslin Realtor 19 to 15. Again we had good hitting throughout the lineup led by Jay Schirpke, Ralph McKeever, Paul Becker and JD Dillree with 4 for 5. Pete Houghton and Tom Ranalls were 3 for 5 and Allen Bellew was 2 for 3. Great way to end before the Holiday Break. Happy and Safe Holidays !!!
A beautiful day at The Field of Dreams. The bright Phoenix sun had not quite reared it’s ugly head yet. That came in the next 2 games. The Nancy Muslin Realtor team jumped out to an 8-3 lead after three innings over Tom Ranalls but couldn’t match them the last 4 and lost 19-15 snapping a 4 game winning streak. Randy Cihlar, Mike Hirsch, sub Terry Graves, Dave Zuker, and Dave Elkins led Nancy Muslin all with 3-4 days. Zuker his 8th homer and Elkins his first. Scott Roberts with a double and sub Chip Robertson with a triple were 3-5. Kirk Andes, Dale McLaughlin, Tom Gibans, and Andy Campbell were all 2-4. Randy Cihlar And Chip Robertson turned in defensive gems for Nancy Muslin. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from The Red League at Grand.
Tride And True - 14   Dick Steiman CPA - 2
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team treated themselves to an early Christmas present with a win over Dick Steiman CPA squad. The game was tied at 1 at the end of the second frame. The Critter Exterminator bats finally came alive, and in the remaining innings, plated 13 runs while holding Jeff & Jay’s accountant group to 1 run.  Nice effort by sub pitcher Tom Gibans holding our opponent to a single digit!  Our team’s 26 hit performance was headed by K & G Newlands perfect 4/4 followed by Don Urzada and sub-Dan Newmans 3/3 day.  Ron Coleman and sub-Tom Ranalls both chimed in with their 3 hits.  Adding 2 hits each were Jeff Watson, Tom Gibans, Jim Saltzman and sub-Brian Kaping who also handled the 3rd base position very well.  Thanks to the above mentioned 4 subs, umpires Scott Roberts and David Zuker, with Mike Hirsch in the scoring tower.  Wishing everyone an enjoyable, safe and healthy holiday season with your families and friends!
The only thing cooler than todays temperature were the Dick Steiman CPA team bats! Our line score read 2 runs on 8 hits and no, that’s not a typographical error! The game was tied at 1  after two full innings. Then Chucks  team exploded for 13 runs over the next three innings while we imploded and scored one. The accountants would like to wish the entire red league, their families and the entire softball club a healthy, safe and happy holiday season. Thanks to Dave Zuker and Scott Roberts for umpiring and to Mike Hirsch in the scorers tower. See everyone in 2022 at the Field of Dreams 🥎🇺🇸🥎🇨🇦
The Colonnade - 21   One Stop Tile - 20  
Colonnade pulled off a late inning comeback today to defeat One Stop Tile 21-20. Down by a score of 15-8 after three innings the Colonnade team slowly closed the gap through the next three innings to leave the score at 17-16 in favor of One Stop Tile. One Stop scored three runs in the top half of the 7th to widen the lead to 20-16 with Colonnade coming up to their last at-bat for the game. The Colonnade team countered with 5 runs in their half of the inning to secure the win with the game winning provided by sub Rob White. Good all-around team effort today getting 31 hits  (7 were 2B) in 42 trips to the plate for a team average of 0.738. Top hitters for Colonnade were Brian Kaping (5-5, 2-2B, 3 RBIs), Glen Soles (5-5, 2B, 4 RBIs), Chip Robertson (4-5, 1 RBI), Greg Allseitz (4-5, 3 RBIs), Sub Randy Cihlar (3-3, 2 RBIs), sub Rob White (3-5, 2-2B, 5 RBIs) with the rest of the team getting 1 or 2 hits. Good job by the  umpiring crew of Ralph Hollis and Don Urzada and scoreboard management by Ron Coleman. Happy holidays to all. I hope 2022 is a great year for all.


The One Stop Shop Tile team with a four run lead (20-16) was unable to close out Jim/ Jamie’s Colonnade team in the seventh inning losing 21-20. Again, after a tremendous start (15-8 after three innings), the tile guys went cold when Colonnade changed pitchers. Colonnade then proceeded to score 13 runs over the last four innings compared to 5 runs for the Tile guys. The Tile guys had their highest hit production day with 33 hits led by Pete Semenak (4/5), Gary Stuber (4/5), Al Caillouette (4/5) and Ray Gibson (4/5). There hit days were had by Lloyd Newlands (3/5), Brian Pin (3/5), Dan Newman (3/5), Gene Prosser (3/5) and Gary Ambruz (3/4). Merry Christmas everyone.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 7 3 1 0.682
Nancy Muslin Realtor 7 4 0 0.636
Dick Steiman CPA 5 4 2 0.545
Tride And True 4 6 1 0.409
One Stop Tile 4 7 0 0.364
Tom Ranalls Realtor 3 6 2 0.364
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 19   Tride And True - 15
The Nancy Muslin Realtor Dream Team built a 9-2 lead after 2 innings and held on to beat a hard hitting Tride and True squad 19-15. Pitcher Tom Gibans and shortstop Mike Hirsch we’re both 5-5 to lead the Muslin team. Dave Elkins chipped in a 3-3 day. Andy Campbell was 4-5 along with subs Pete Semenak and Dave Cheney. Semenak a double. Sub Ralph McKeever was 3-4 with a double. Can our manager pick subs or what? Randy Cihlar had a double and a 2-4 day at the plate along with the defensive play of the game on a tough fly ball between first, second, and right field. Dale McLaughlin and Dave Zuker were 2-5. Kirk Andes was 1-4. Our team was 35-50 on the day for a OBP of .700. Another tough Red league at Sun City Grand. Better come ready to play. Thanks to umpires Dan Newman and Rob White for making the tough calls today. Also thanks to the guy with the best seat in the house Mark Jessen-scorekeeper.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control squad lost to Nancy Muslin Realtors by a score of 19 to 15.  Our defense was respectable, but our bats couldn’t match Dave Elkins strong hitting realtors this morning.  Tough to win in this league with goose eggs in 3 frames and 21 hits!  The bug zappers offensive highlights were led by sub-Tom Ranalls with his 2 home run blasts over the left field fence along with his perfect day at the plate.  Pitcher Joel Breiner contributed his 3 hits and others with two hits each included Ron Coleman, Sub- Jeff Nickerson, Greg Kastelic, Don Urzada, Jim Saltzman and Chuck Cruz.  Thanks to Terry Graves for handling the left field duties and the other aforementioned subs along with the umpires Dan Newman and Rob White – along with Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.  Special thanks to Norm Lustig for the early morning field set up!
Dick Steiman CPA - 15   One Stop Tile - 13
The numbers all added up correctly for the Dick Steiman CPA squad as they defeated  Topham’s One Stop Tile team 15-13. It was a very close game throughout with two ties and three lead changes. The key to the game was was the stellar relief pitching by Rob White as he came in and threw shutout softball for the last two complete innings. This gave the accountants the chance to plate two runs in the bottom of the sixth and let Rob and the defense shut down the tile guys in the top of the seventh. Jay Schirpke led the way with three hits including an in the park round tripper. Don Ranieri also had three hits while sub Chip Robertson, Ralph Hollis, Jeff Silversteen, Dennis Haak and Lisa Pellitier contributed two hits each. The Steiman team will take the field one more time this year on Thursday as we battle Chucks Tride and True team. Thanks to umpiring crew of Dale McLaughlin and Randy Cihlar. And a big thank you to our ever dependable scoreboard operator Mark Jensen.
On a beautiful morning, we got to play softball… for five innings the One Stop Tile Shop and Jeff’s Dick Steiman CPA team battled to a 13-13 tie with two innings to go. At that point, the Tile guys went cold while the Accountants squeezed two runs across in the bottom of the sixth to walk away with a 15-13 win. Getting three hits each were Pete Semenak (3/4), Gary Stuber (3/4), Ray Gibson (3/4), Gene Prosser (3/4) and Wayne Weidenbach (3/4 with a triple).
The Colonnade - 17   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 13  
Colonnade won a good game against a tough Ranalls team today by a score of 17-13. Both teams got off to a slow start in the initial 3 innings with the score 4-3 in favor of Ranalls before the bats on both teams came alive and scored a combined total of 22 runs in the next three innings leaving Colonnade ahead 17-12 going into the 7th inning. Fortunately for Colonnade the Ranalls team was held to a single run in their half of the 7th to leave the final score at 17-13 in favor of Colonnade. Lots of good days at the plate for Colonnade getting 31 hits in 48 trips to the plate for an team average of 0.646. Leading batters for Colonnade were Glen Soles (4-4, 2 doubles and 6 RBIs), Chip Robertson (4-5, 1 RBI), Greg Allseitz (4-5, 2 doubles and 4 RBIs), John Hammel (4-5, 2 doubles and 1 RBI), Brian Kaping (3-5, 1 double), Terry Graves (3-5, 3 RBIs), Sub Randy Cihlar (3-5, 1 RBI), Sub Lisa Pellitier (3-5, 1 RBI). Steve Katz also legged out a triple in the process. Good job managing the game by the umpire crew of Wayne Weidenback and Murray Fairweather and scoreboard management by Howard Sumner.  

If we were to follow our lead-off hitter we should have won the game easily as Tom Renalls was 4 for 4 with a HR and 8 RBIs. Unfortunately we came up short to The Colonnade with a loss of 13 to 17.  Also playing well was JD Dillree with 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Pete Houghton with 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs. Rounding out the hitting was Ralph McKeever and Paul Becker with 3 for 4 and Bob Kloehn and Allen Bellew with 2 for 3.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 9, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 6 3 1 0.650
Nancy Muslin Realtor 6 4 0 0.600
Dick Steiman CPA 4 4 2 0.500
Tride And True 4 5 1 0.450
One Stop Tile 4 6 0 0.400
Tom Ranalls Realtor 3 5 2 0.400
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 12   Dick Steiman - 11
Cloudy skies made for a perfect day for good defense. The sun was not a factor at The Field of Dreams as Nancy Muslin Dream Team Real Estate won a hard fought battle over Jeff and Jays Dick Steiman CPA 12-11. Close throughout Nancy Muslin needed every hit they got. Mike Hirsch, Andy Campbell, Dave Zuker, and sub Pete Semenak were all 3-4. Zuker and Semenak had doubles. Dale McLaughlin, Kirk Andes, and Tom Gibans were 2-3. Sub Chip Robertson had a triple leading off the game and went 2-4. Our team went 23-39 for an OBP of .590. Jim McDonald, Dale McLaughlin, Kirk Andes, and Pete Semenak all had 2 rbis each.
The Dick Steiman CPA team lost another close game 12-11 against the Nancy Muslin team today. We will turn it around next week as we battle it out before the holiday break. The leading hitters for the accountants were Don Ranieri and Jeff Nickerson who both had perfect days at the plate. Two of Ranieri’s hits were home runs. Other leading hitters were John Boland and Howard Sumner with three hits apiece while R.Hollis, sub Dave Chaney, and Jeff Silversteen chipped in with 2 hits each. Kudos to Al Caillouette and Ralph McKeever for admirably handling the umpire duties and to Gary Stueber in the tower.
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 22   One Stop Tile  15
The bats finally came alive for Ranalls Realty as we scored 17 runs in the final four innings to beat One Stop Tile 22 to 15. There were lots of good hitting throughout the lineup led by Tom Gibans and Paul Becker 4 for 4. Ralph McKeever, Pete Houghton, JD Dillree, Allen Bellew and Garry Weslowski all were 4 for 5 with Garry hitting a HR. Bob Kloehn was 3 for 4, Ron Michalski was 3 for 5 and Dennis Estes was for 1 for 2 with 2 SACs. Hopefully the hitting will continue next week.
The One Stop Tile Shop went flat after the third inning and the Tom Ranalls Realtor team broke out overwhelming the Tile guys 22-15. The Tile guys jumped to a 13-5 lead after three innings over Tom’s Realtor team then the Realtors made a pitching change that cooled the Tile bats. The Tile guys were out scored 17-2 over the last four innings. Pete Semenak led the Tile team with a 4/5 day with help from Gary Stuber (3/4), Mike Anderson (3/3), Brian Pin (3/4) and Ray Gibson (3/4).
The Colonnade - 13   Tride And True - 6   
Colonnade was able to post another "W" today versus Tride and True today by a score of 15-6. Tride and True scored 2 runs in their half of the opening inning which Colonnade countered with 5 to take the lead. A lead that we held on to throughout the game. Colonnade was ahead by 4 after 5 full innings and coming down to the final 2 inning home stretch. Fortunately for Colonnade, Tride and True was held to no runs in both their half of the 6th and 7th innings to secure the win. Top Colonnade batsmen were Eric Swobody (4-4, 3 RBIs), Chip Robertson (3-4, 1 RBI), Greg Allseitz (3-4), Glen Soles (3-4, 2 RBIs), Terry Graves (3-4, 2 RBIs), and John Hammel (3-4, 1 RBI) with the rest of the Colonnade team contributing 1 to 2 hits and adding to the RBI total. Good job managing the game by the umpire crew of Paul Becker and Garry Weslosky and Pete Houghton up in the scorer's tower.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team lost to Colonnade 15 to 6.  While the critter killers never enjoyed a lead, we kept the game close thru the first 4 innings.  Offensive highlights included perfect 3/3 days at the plate for Don Urzada and Jim Saltzman, followed by 3 hits each for Dennis Estes, and Lloyd K & G Newlands - one of which was a 2- run homer in the first frame.  Ron Coleman and sub-Craig Nelson also contributed 2 hits each.  Thanks to Craig for his sub effort and of course, his long fly ball that hit the top of the outfield fence but bounced back into the field of play.  Welcome to the red league!  Thanks to umpires Garry Weslosky and Paul Becker with Pete Houghton in the scoring tower.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
The Colonnade 5 3 1 0.611
Nancy Muslin Realtor 5 4 0 0.556
Dick Steiman CPA 4 3 2 0.556
Tride And True 4 4 1 0.500
One Stop Tile 4 5 0 0.444
Tom Ranalls Realtor 2 5 2 0.333
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 23   One Tile Stop - 16
The Nancy Muslin Dream Team woke up early to play the first game at The Field of Dreams this morning. Their hitting shoes were on as they defeated One Stop Tile 23-16. All 10 players had at least 3 hits each and nobody made more than 1 out for an .830 OBP of 39-47. Jim McDonald and Tom Gibans led the way, each was 5-5. McDonald 2 doubles. Dave Zuker was 4-5 including his 7th Home run with a team leading 5 rbis. Mike Hirsch, Randy Cihlar, sub Lloyd Newlands and Darren Duncan were also 4-5. Hirsch and Newlands with doubles. Andy Campbell, Kirk Andes, and Dale McLaughlin were all 3-4. Andes a double.
The One Stop Tile Shop could never catch up to Dave’s hard hitting Nancy Muslin Realtor team losing 21-16. For four innings the Tile guys had a front row seat in watching an awesome display of solid line drive hitting by the Realtors pilling up a 15-5 lead. Then, as we did last week, the bats started to warm up scoring 11 runs over the last three innings. However, the Muslin squad continued with their torrid hitting… matching the Tile’s output over the fifth and sixth innings. Pete Semenak (5/5) continues with his hot hitting followed by five players with three hits - Gary Stuber (3/5), Mike Anderson (3/3), Brian Pin (3/4), Gary Ambruz (3/4) and Murray Fairweather (3/4).
Tride And True - 12   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 8
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team defeated Tom Ranalls Realty squad 8 to 12.  While the bug zappers led the entire game, Tom and Paul’s hard- hitting Realtors kept the game interestingly close.  Pitcher Joel Breiner, with the defensive support from his teammates, managed to limit our opponent’s run effort to a single digit.  Lloyd K & G Newlands had a remarkable day tracking down numerous fly balls in the field.  To help his own cause, Joel had a 3/3 day at the plate including a 3 run homer in the 3rd inning.  Five others contributed 2 hits each in the win.  Thanks to sub - David Cheney for handling the 3rd base duties, umpires Jeff Silversteen and John Boland with Mark Jessen up in the scoring tower.
Tom Ranalls Realty came up on the short end, losing to Tried and True 12 to 8. Bob Kloehn was 2 for 2, Pete Houghton was 3 for 4, Ralph McKeever was 2 for 4 and Ron Michalski was 2 for 4.  Hopefully Thursday will bring better results.
The Colonnade - 13   Dick Steiman CPA  - 11
Colonnade won a close game today against Dick Steiman by a score of 13-11. Colonnade jumped out to a lead of 10-4 after 4 full innings before the Steiman bats came alive to narrow the gap to 11-9 after 6 ½ innings. Colonnade Scored 2 in their half of the 6th to up the score to 13-9 and held on to their lead and won the game when Steiman fell short by 2 of the 4 runs they needed to tie the game before the final out was made. Colonnade posted 24 hits in 39 trips to the plate for an 0.615 team average. Leading batsmen for Colonnade were Jamie White (3-3), Jim Opyd (3-3), Chip Robertson (3-4), Randy Biko (3-4) and Terry Graves (3-4) with a pair of doubles. Top RBI producers were Glen Soles, Randy Biko, Eric Swobody and John Hammel all with 2 RBIs. Good job umpiring and keeping the game moving along by JD Dillree and Ralph Mckeever and the scoreboard managing by Bob Kloehn
The Steiman CPA team was defeated by Jamie’s Colonnade team 13-11. The numbers just aren’t adding up for the accountants as we let too many  scoring opportunities slip by. Leading hitters today included Al Caillouette (sub) and Jeff Silversteen, who were both 4/4 Adding three hits each were John Boland, Jay Schirpke and Tom Yurkunas while everyone else in the lineup contributed one hit. Thanks to Jd and Ralph for umpiring and Bob in the tower.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 02, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 4 2 2 0.625
Colonnade 4 3 1 0.563
Nancy Muslin Realtor 4 4 0 0.5
One Stop Tile 4 4 0 0.5
Tride And True 3 4 1 0.438
Tom Ranalls Realtor 2 4 2 0.375
Thursday, December 02, 2021
 One Stop Tile - 16   Tride And True - 14
After trailing Chuck’s Tride and True team for most of the game (10-3 after 5 innings) the One Stop Tile Shop guys started to warm up and knocked out 18 hits and 13 runs to overtake the Bug Sappers 16-14 for the thrilling win. Big hitters for the Tile guys were Pete Semenak (5/5), Gary Stuber (4/5), winning pitcher Gene Prosser (3/4), Murray Fairweather (3/4) and Wayne Weidenbach (3/4).

The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team lost to 1 Stop Tile 16 to 14.  The critter killers were cruising along leading Bob Topham’s Tile squad by 7 runs by the end of the 5th frame.  That’s when Top’s bats came alive as they scored 13 runs in the final 2 innings.  Our defense was respectable – they just hit the ball where we weren’t in the final 2 frames.  While we mounted a 4-run rally with the hammer it fell short resulting in the loss.   Offensive highlights included perfect 4/4 days at the plate for Jeff Watson and Lloyd K & G Newlands and 3/3 day for Jim Saltzman.  We also achieved the 3 HR max rule with blasts from sub Don Ranieri, Joel Breiner and Dale Halder.  Thanks to Don for handing the LC field duties, our umpires and score keeper.
 Nancy Muslin Realtor - 20   Colonnade - 13
The Nancy Muslin Dream Team broke out of their 4 game slump and defeated The Colonnade in a hard fought battle 20-13. We had a 5 run inning for only the second time in our last 22 innings after starting the season on an unbelievable hitting streak. Solid defense kept a good The Colonnade team at bay on a bright sunny day. Leading hitter was Dave Zuker (AK) 5 for 5 and he hit his 5th and 6th homers of the season and 8 rbis. Randy Cihlar (IL) had a 4-4 effort to continue his line drive streak with a double. Pitcher Tom Gibans (CT) was 4-4 and had his team leading 5th double. Kirk Andes (MI) was hitting hard line drives all over the lot and was also 4-4. Andy Campbell (MI), Mike Hirsch (WI) Dale McLaughlin (WA), and super-sub Lloyd Newlands (Alberta, Canada) were all 3-4. Lloyd a double. Jim McDonald (WA) was 2-4. Darrin Duncan (Alberta CA) was 2-5. Dave Elkins (IN) was 1-4. Nancy Muslin was 34-46 for a team OBP of .739. Thanks to team scorekeeper Jerry Hossler (IL) and scoreboard operator Mark Jessen (MN). Umpires Dan Newman (NE) and Dale Halder (Alberta CA) did a great job.
 No miracle comeback this time for the Colonnade Crew. Muslin had a commanding of 13- 4 lead going into the bottom half of the 5th inning after posting back-to-back 5 run innings. The Colonnade team narrowed the gap to 13-9 in their half of the inning by scoring 5 runs and putting the game back in reach. Muslin scored 1 run in their half of the 6th while colonnade scored none, leaving the score at 14-9 after six full innings in favor of Muslin going into the 7th. The Muslin team scored 6 in their half of the 7th while Colonnade was able to score 3 leaving the final score at 20-12. Colonnade had 21 hits in 40 trips to the plate for a team average of 0.525. Big hitter of the day for Colonnade was sub-David Cheney going 3 for 3 with a single, a double and a 2 run left field HR.  Chip Robertson, Brian Kaping and Glen Soles all had 3-4 days with Kaping and Soles both getting 3 RBIs. Terry Graves and Jamie White had 2-4 days with the rest of the team getting hits. Thanks to the umpiring crew of Dan Newman and Dale Halder and scoreboard keeper Gene Prosser.
Dick Steiman CPA - 12   Tom Ranalls Realtor 12
The Steiman Accountants wasted a great defensive effort against the Ranalls Reality team today under sunny skies at the Field of Dreams. Despite turning four double plays, the offense could not get totally untracked. The accountants had their chance in the home half of the seventh inning but for the second game in a row, all they could muster was a tie. Final score was 12 to 12. Leading the offense today was Jay Schirpke and Don Ranieri with perfect days at the plate while Ralph Hollis and sub Dale Halder chipped in with three hits apiece. Thanks to the umpiring crew of Zucker and Campbell and Coleman in the scorers tower.
The last game of the day, after seven full innings, Ranalls Realty and Dick Steiman played to a 12 -12 tie.  Thanks to subs Greg Allseitz 4 for 4 and Al Caillouette 3 for 4 for leading the way.  Also chipping in was Tom Goetz and Ralph McKeever 4 for 4. Looking forward to a better week next week, everyone be safe.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
Colonnade 4 2 1 0.643
Dick Steiman CPA 4 2 1 0.643
Tride And True 3 3 1 0.5
One Stop Tile 3 4 0 0.429
Nancy Muslin Realtor 3 4 0 0.429
Tom Ranalls Realtor 2 4 1 0.375
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The Colonnade - 24   One Stop Tile - 14
The Colonnade team had a good game after the Thanksgiving holiday break besting One Stop Tile by a score of 24-14. Initially ahead by a score of 9-4 after 3 full innings the Colonnade team went on to outscore One Stop Tile by a margin of 15-10 runs to secure the win. Colonnade got 33 hits in 48 plate appearances for a team average of 0.688.  With 11 of those hits being doubles. Top batters for Colonnade were Brian Kaping (5-5, 3 doubles and 5 RBIs), Jim Opyd (4-4, 1 double and 1 RBI, Glen Soles (4-4, 1 double, a SAC and 4 RBIs), Chip Robertson (3-5, 1 double and 3 RBIs), Terry Graves (4-5, 1 double and 3 RBIs), Steve Katz (4-5 and 2 RBIs), Greg Allseitz (3-5, 2 doubles and 4 RBIs), and Jamie White (3-5 and 1 RBI). Good job all around managing the game and keeping it moving along by Dale Mclaughlin and Randy Cihlar and manning the scoreboard by Sgt Mark Jessen.
The One Stop Tile Shop was outperformed by Jamie’s Colonnade team on all aspects of the game losing 24-14 today at the Field of Dreams. Even though the Tile guys banged out 29 hits it wasn’t enough to over come sloppy play in the field allowing Colonnade to score big in every inning. Brian Pin (4/4) and Gary Ambruz (4/4) were perfect at the plate. Contributing three hits each were Pete Semenak (3/5), Gary Stuber (3/4), Mike Anderson (3/4), and Dan Newman (3/4). Thanks to Dale and Randy for umpiring and Mark in the tower.
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 9   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 8
With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, Ranalls Realty came through with 8 key hits to steal a win from Nancy Muslin Realty 9 to 8.  The winning hit was delivered by Pete Houghton. Thanks also to sub Dennis Estes getting a key hit in the 7th. Leading the hitting attack was Ron Michalski and Chris Schwartz with 3 for 4, JD Dillree and Allen Bellew 3 for 3, Tom Goetz and Bob Kloehn 2 hits. Great game to start out after Thanksgiving break. 
The Nancy Muslin Dream Team had an 8-3 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the last inning. But the Tom Ranalls Realty Team had us right where they wanted us. For the second time this year fans in the stands saw the Ranalls team rally and score 6 runs with 2 outs to win. Both teams squandered runners on base the entire game. Nancy Muslin hit into 3 double plays the first 3 innings. We lost the lawn dart battle too. Nancy Muslin was led in hitting by Dave Zuker who went 4-4 including his fourth home run. Pitcher Tom Gibans was 3-4 with 2 more doubles and only gave up runs in 2 innings as the Muslin team played solid defense all over the field. Dale Mclaughlin had 3 singles. Randy Cihlar was 3-4 with a double. Jim McDonald was 2-3. Andy Campbell and Darren Duncan were 2-4. Duncan a double. 22-39 for a .564 OBP. 8 runs won’t win many games at Grand. Timely hits and more aggressive base running are needed badly.
Dick Steiman CPA -19   Tride And True - 19
The Steiman Accountants and Tride and True battled to a 19-19 tie in a game that saw several lead changes. Having perfect days at the plate were John Boland and Howard Sumner with 5 hits each and Don Ranieri with 4 hits and a walk.  Both Boland and Ranieri threw out a runner at the plate while Lisa Pellitier had another web gem at short. Contributing 3 hits each were Ralph Hollis, Dennis Haak and Jeff Silversteen. Rob White, Lisa Pellitier and Tom Yurkunas chipped in with two hits. Thanks to the umpiring crew of Cihlar, Roberts/Elkins and to Kirk Andes in the tower.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control Ball Club battled the league leading Dick Steiman CPA squad to a 19 run draw.  The critter killers actually trailed Jeff and Jay’s number crunchers for 5 of the first 6 innings.  Our final inning rally produced 4 runs and a 19 to 16 lead. However, with the hammer, the Steimans were able to score the necessary 3 runs culminating in the tie.  Our respectable 30 hit accumulation effort was led by a 4/4 perfect day by Dale Halder, followed by Dennis Estes with his 4 hit day.  Dave Fusaro, Joel Breiner and Jeff Watson contributed their 3/3 day with Ron Coleman, Lloyd K&G Newlands and Greg Kastelic also with 3 hits each.  Thanks to the umpires Scott Roberts, Dave Elkins and Randy Cihlar with Kirk Andes in the scoring tower. 
Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 18, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 4 2 0 0.667
Colonnade 3 2 1 0.583
Tride And True 3 3 0 0.5
One Stop Tile 3 3 0 0.5
Nancy Muslin Realtor 3 3 0 0.5
Tom Ranalls Realtor 1 4 1 0.25
Thursday, November 18, 2021
One Stop Tile - 9   Dick Steiman CPA - 2
Another interesting game today at the Field of Dreams… One Stop Tile Shop played a great defensive (Sun) game to quiet Jeff’s hot First Place Dick Steiman bats winning in the last few innings 9-2. With the score at 2-0 after four innings the Tile guys finally bunched six straight hits to push across four runs and take a commanding lead into the late innings. Both sides played a good defensive game as demonstrated by the Tile Shop stranding 15 players over the seven inning game. Al Caillouette (5/5) and Wayne Weidenbach (4/4) led the offense. Gary Stuber (3/5) and Ray Gibson (3/4) contributed three hits each. Brian Pin’s (2/4) new swing produced another day of line drives… two for hits.
The Steiman team was  unable to put together any type of offensive attack today as they were defeated by Top’s  One Stop team 9-2. Both teams played well on defense with Lisa Pelletier turning in a few web gems that kept us within striking distance.
Thanks to Terry and Gary for handling the umpiring duties. The Steiman team members wish all club members and their families a Happy Thanksgiving.🦃
Colonnade - 15   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 15
The Colonnade team faced the Ranalls team for the second time this season to start our 2nd round of play. The Colonnade team fell behind by a score of 5-2 after the first inning and 10-4 after three innings before starting to come alive. With 4 in their half of the 4th inning they narrowed the gap to 10-8 after 4 fill innings. Ranalls scored 4 runs in the last two innings while Colonnade scored two leaving the score at 14-10 in favor of Ranalls going into the 7th and final inning. The Ranalls squad posted another run in their half of the 7th to leave Colonnade behind by a score of 15-10 and coming up for their final at bat needing 5 to tie and 6 to win. After scoring 5 runs to secure at least a tie and with the winning run at third with two outs the third out was finally made leaving the score tied at 15 all. Top batters for Colonnade were Greg Allseitz (4 for 5, 1 RBI), Randy Biko (4 for 5, 2 RBIs), Brian Kaping (4 for 5, 3 RBIs), Chip Robertson (3 for 5, 1 RBI, Sub Dale Halder (3 for 5, 2 RBIs) with the rest of the team chipping in with 1 or 2 hits each.  Terry Graves was our top RBI man today getting 4 RBIs while having a 2-4 day. Good job managing the scoreboard by RRRay Gibson and the umpire duties by the crew of Tom Yurkurnas and the quiet man Mike Anderson.  
Another beautiful afternoon at Field of Dreams but at the end of the day it was anticlimactic as Renalls Realty and Colonnade ended up tying  15 to 15. There was a  lot of hitting throughout the lineup as Ralph McKeever led the way with 5 for 5. Thanks to subs Don Ranieri 4 for 5 with a HR, Dave Dorn 4 for 5 and Pete Semenak 3 for 5. Chris Schwartz had 1 hit and 2 walks. Ron Michalski and Tom Goetz were 3 for 4, JD Dillree and Bob Kloehn were 2 for 3 with Tom Ranalls finishing up the hitting parade with 3 for 5 Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner and Be Safe. 
Tride And True - 19   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 7
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team had their best outing this session defeating Nancy Muslin Realtor.  The team's defense gave our highly motivated pitcher, Joel Breiner, all the support he needed to limit a solid Dave Elkins squad to just 7 runs.  Our hitting was infectious producing a nickel in the first two frames and by the middle of the 4th inning the bug zappers enjoyed a 14 to 1 lead.  Heading our 29-hit performance, with perfect 4/4 days at the plate, were Dale Halder, Joel Breiner and sub Don Ranieri.  Both Joel and Don exhibited their power with homers in the 6th inning.  Other contributions to our rallies with 3 hits each were Ron Coleman, Dave Fusaro and Lloyd K & G Newlands.  Not to be left out, chiming in with their 2 hits each were Jeff Watson, Greg Kastelic, Don Urzada and Jim Saltzman.  Special thanks to the aforementioned sub for handing the left center field duties, and of course, the umpires and scorekeeper.  Enjoy the Thanksgiving week and will see you all the last day of November at the ballpark!
The Nancy Muslin Dream Team took their third straight defeat after winning their first three. On another beautiful day at The Field of Dreams the sun was not a factor on defense. Chuck and Dave’s Tride and True jumped out to a 10-0 lead after 2 innings. Final score a 19-7 run rule. Leadoff Darren Duncan again was the leading hitter at 3-4 with 2 doubles. Sub Bret Baker played very well defensively in his first game ever at SC Grand and had 2 hits in 3 at bats. 2-3 by sub Tom Ranalls, Tom Gibans, Andy Campbell, and Dave Zuker. Zuker with his third HR. 17-35 as a team for the second straight game for a .486 OBP. Sub Terry Graves was 1-2.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2021
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
Dick Steiman CPA 4 1 0 0.8
Colonnade 3 2 0 0.6
Nancy Muslin Realtor 3 3 0 0.6
Tride And True 2 3 0 0.4
One Stop Tile 2 3 0 0.4
Tom Ranalls Realtor 1 4 0 0.2
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Tride And True - 13   The Colonnade - 6
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team outscored The Colonnade squad 13 to 6 in the early morning game today.  Jamie White and Jim Opyd’s players enjoyed a low scoring 6 to 4 lead by the middle of the 5th frame.  That’s when the bug zapper bats came alive producing 9 runs in their final two frames which was enough to seal the victory.  Pitcher Joel Breiner had a good day on the mound limiting our opponent’s run effort for the game.   Offensively, the perfect 3/3 days at the plate included Lloyd (K & G) Newlands, Joel Breiner and Jim Saltzman followed by Dennis Estes, Ron Coleman, Greg Kastelic and Chuck Cruz contributing their 2 hit performances.  Thanks to Norm Lustig for the early morning field prep, umpires Tom Yurkunas and Ralph Hollis with Mark Jessen in the tower.
The good news is that the Colonnade crew doubled the run production they had in the previous game. The bad news is that the Tride and True teams scored 13 runs leaving the final score at 13-6 in their favor. The second game in a row the opposition has scored 13 runs. Team batting average was slightly better than the last time at .500 with the team getting 20 hits in 40 trips to the plate with two of the hits being doubles. Top hitters for Colonnade were Jim Opyd (4-4), Sub Dave Elkins (3-4 with a double), Terry Graves (3-4 with a double), Steve Katz (3-4) and Randy Biko (2 -4). Good job umpiring the game by Tom Yurkunas and Ralph Hollis and scoreboard management by Mark Jessen. 
Dick Steimans CPA - 15   Nancy Muslim Realtor -7
We knew the Nancy Muslin Dream Team was unlikely to maintain their red hot hitting pace of the first 4 games. Today we got outplayed by Jeff and Jays Dick Steiman Team and took one on the chin 15-7. Both teams enjoyed the cloudy day and played good defense. Down 9-0 after 2 innings we weren’t able to recover. Tom Gibans relieved and was able to hold the accountants to 2 runs the last 3 2/3 innings. Leading Nancy Muslin in hitting was Randy Cihlar and Andy Campbell at 3-3. Darren Duncan was 3-4 with a triple. Dave Elkins and subs Wayne Weidenbach and Lloyd Newlands were 2-3. Lloyd a double. Sub Greg Allseitz was 2-4. That is 17 hits in 35 at bats for an on base percentage of .486. I like my team and am confident we will bounce back. It’s a long season.
The Dick Steiman team put up the right numbers today as they defeated Nancy Muslins team 15-7 at the Field of Teams. The accountants were paced by Rob Whites pitching and hitting along with  home runs from Don Ranieri, Ralph Hollis and Jeff’s  Nickerson.
The other number that cannot be overlooked was the zero put up in the error column.
Another fine team effort. Thanks to Pete Semenak for filling in today. The umpiring crew of Joel Breiner  and Jamie White did a fine job as did Mark Jensen on the scoreboard.
One Stop Tile -14   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 11
The One Stop Tile Shop played a solid game to edge pass Tom’s Ranalls Realtor team 14-11. Brian Pin’s (3/4)  energized swing produced three in the gap doubles and three runs scored. Early leads were exchanged then the Tile Guys popped four unanswered runs across in the fifth to take the lead and the win in spite of Tom’s 2 home runs. The bottom of the lineup scored 10 times in an impressive display of determination. Big hitters were Gary Ambruz (4/4), Pete Semenak (4/5), Gary Stuber (3/4), Al Caillouette (3/5), Eric Swobody (3/4), and Wayne Weidenbach (3/4).
Things are looking up defensively for Ranalls Realty.  Not yet perfect, but definitely getting better.  One Stop tile took a 4-2 first inning deficit and turned it into a 7-4 lead after 2 innings.  After scoring 5 in the bottom of the third the Ranalls Realty team posted 3 goose eggs in a row.  One Stop Tile Shop outscored the Ranalls Realty squad 7 to 2 over the last three innings.  It was a good clean game and was officiated well by Ralph Hollis and Rob White.  Tom Ranalls led the Realtors going 4-4 with 2 HR's and 4 RBI's.  Only making one out was Ralph McKeever, Paul Becker (2 RBI's) and Kris Schwartz (3 RBI's).   Chipping in with a hit was JD Dillree and Ron Michalski.  Tom Goetz called a great game at catcher and Bob Kloehn made a defensive play that almost put him in traction. Special thanks to Chip Robertson who filled in admirably for the missing Pete Houghton.  Chip covers a lot of ground in the OF and made several nice catches.  I wish some of his speed would rub off on the rest of us!  Ranalls Realty will be ready for the Colonnade on Thursday.
Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 11, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  The Colonnade 3 1 0 0.75
  Dick Steiman CPA 3 1 0 0.75
  Nancy Muslin Realtor 3 1 0 0.75
  Tride And True 1 3 0 0.25
  One Stop Tile 1 3 0 0.25
  Tom Ranalls Realtor 1 3 0 0.25
    - 
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 22   One Stop Tile - 5
The Nancy Muslin Dream Team stayed on an unbelievable hitting roll for their second straight game and prevailed over One Stop Tile 22-5. Solid defense by Nancy Muslin fighting the Phoenix bright sun. Last game all 11 players had at least 3 hits each. First time I can remember that happening. Today’s game 8 out of our 10 players didn’t make an out. The other 2 made one each for a 34 hits in 36 at bats. A team on base percentage of .944. Don’t know for sure if that has been done before. Mike Hirsch, Dale McLaughlin, Dave Zuker, Scott Roberts, and sub Lloyd Newlands all went 4-4. Hirsch and McLaughlin had doubles. Randy Cihlar, Tom Gibans, and sub Chip Robertson all went 3-3. Andy Campbell was 3-4. Jim McDonald was 2-3. All 10 players had at least 1 rbi, led by Dale McLaughlin with 4. Newlands, Roberts, and Zuker had 3 each. Thanks for subbing Lloyd and Chip. Thanks also to John Hammel for getting the game recaps out to everyone for at least the last 7-8 years.












“Where did they go?”… After the first inning (5-4 score) the Nancy Muslin squad hit the accelerator and disappeared from sight. The One Stop Tile Shop got hit by the Mercy Rule and lost 22-5 to the Realtors after 4 1/2 innings. Al Caillouette (2/2) and Dan Newman (2/2) were perfect at the plate.

























Tom Ranalls Realtor - 21   Tried And True - 20
Ranalls Realty finally got their first win with a big rally in the bottom of the 7th inning with a scoring of 6 runs with the winning hit provided by Tom Goetz.  We scored 19 of our 21 runs in the last 4 innings led by Lead Off Hitter Tom Ranalls going 5 for 5. Other leading hitters were JD Dillree 4 for 4, Ralph McKeever and Chris Schwartz 3 for 3, Garry Weslowsky 4 for 5, and Paul Becker 3 for 4 with 5 RBIs. Good job team! hoping we can continue our winning ways.
The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team lost another one run game in the final inning, this time to Tom Ranalls Realty by a 20 to 21 score.  Both teams kept the game interesting until the top of the final frame when the bug zappers rally produced a 5 run lead - only to be out done with the hammer by Tom’s Realtors with their 6 tallies.  We hit the ball well, collecting 31 hits, with Lloyd (kinder and gentler) Newlands, Jeff Watson and Joel Breiner having perfect 4/4 days at the plate, followed by 6 others with 3 hit performances including Dennis Estes, Ron Coleman, Dale Halder, Greg Kastelic and Jim Saltzman.  Thanks to umpires Dale Mclaughlin, Andy Campbell with Tom Gibans in the tower.  


   Dick Steiman CPA - 13   Colonnade -3
The Dick Steiman CPA team defeated the previously undefeated Colonnade team by a score of 13-3. Rob White’s pitching was backed by excellent defense and timely hitting. Once again our top three hitters of Boland, Schirpke and Ranieri led the offense by going a combined 8 for 10. Thanks to Randy Cihlar for subbing, Greg Kastelic for running the scoreboard and Don Urzada and Jeff Watson for umpiring. Finally, a big thanks to all our veterans . Thank you for your service. 🌞🇺🇸🥎












 





The Colonnade bats remained silent today as we posted our first loss of the season to the Dick Steiman team 13-3. After posting 3 runs in the first two innings the run production halted for the rest of the game. A great throw from the outfield negated a possible run in the 4th inning by throwing our runner out at the plate. Having a 0.438 team batting average by getting only 14 hits, (13 were 1B) in 32 trips to the plate won’t win a lot of ball games. Top batters for Colonnade were Chip Robertson (2-3), Greg Allseitz (2-3), Erik Swobody (2-3), John Hammel (2-3 with a double our only multi-base hit) and Jim Opyd (2-3). Thanks to Dave Fusaro for subbing for us. Good job by the umpire crew of Jeff Watson and Don Urzada and scorekeeper Greg Kastelic







 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 09, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  The Colonnade 3 0 0 1
  Dick Steiman CPA 2 1 0 0.667
  Nancy Muslin Realtor 2 1 0 0.667
  Tride And True 1 2 0 0.333
  One Stop Tile 1 2 0 0.333
  Tom Ranalls Realtor 0 3 0 0
    - 
Tuesday, November 09, 2021
One Stop Tile - 10   Tride And True - 9
The One Stop Tile Shop broke into the win column with a closely contested game with Chuck’s Tride and True team winning 10-9. Both teams struggled in the early innings with the Tile Guys holding a 3-1 lead going into the fifth inning before each team posted five runs giving One Stop Tile a 8-6 lead entering the seventh inning. Then things got interesting… Tride and True punched across three runs to take the lead at 9-8 only to have the Tile Guys score the tying and winning runs on five hits to finish with a 10-9 win. Brian Pin (4/4) had a perfect day at the plate with Pete Semenak (3/4), Dan Newman (3/4), Mike Anderson (3/4) and Ray Gibson (3/4) adding three hits each.












The Tried and True Pest and Termite Control team lost a one run low scoring game to One Stop Tile 10 to 9.  The bug zappers trailed Bob Topham’s tile squad until the top of the final inning, when a rally gave us a 9 to 8 lead.  However, we were not able to finish the deal as they scored the necessary 2 runs in the bottom of the frame to earn the victory.  The One Stop blooper placement trumped our respectable defense.  On the hitting side of the equation, Tried and True combined for 22 hits, highlighted by pitcher Joel Breiner’s 4 run blast in the 5th inning.  Not to be upstaged, Dennis Estes followed with his usual multi hit day with a 4/5 effort.  Eight others contributing 2 hits each including Ron Coleman, Lloyd (kinder and gentler) Newlands, Dale Halder, Dave Fusaro, Greg Kastelic, Don Urzada, Jim Saltzman and Chuck Cruz.  Special thanks to Norm Lustig for the early morning field prep, our 2 umpires Dave Zuker and Andy Campbell and Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.


























The Colonnade - 28   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 24 
Colonnade won a tough battle today versus a hard-hitting Nancy Muslin team. Down by a score of 20-9 after 5 full innings the Colonnade crew posted 5 in their half of the 6th to close the gap to 20-14. Muslin came back with 4 in their half of the 6th leaving Colonnade down by a score of 24-14 going into the 7th inning. Colonnade bats came alive and when the dust finally settled, they had posted 14 runs to lead by a score of 28-24 going into the bottom of the 7th. Muslin failed to score in their half leaving the score at 28-24 in favor of Colonnade. 37 hits in 53 trips to the plate which included 10 doubles and 2 triples. Big hitters for Colonnade were sub-Dale Halder (5-5, 4 doubles and 3 RBIs), Greg Allseitz (4-5, 2 doubles, a triple and 5 RBIs), Randy Biko (4-5, and 1 RBI), Brian Kaping (4-5, 5 RBIs), Steve Katz (4-5, 3 RBIs), Erik Swobody (3-4, 2 RBIs), Glen Soles (3-5, 3 RBIs), Terry Graves (3-5, 2 RBIs) and John Hammel (3-5, 1 RBI).
Hits and a brilliant sun we’re in full bloom at the Field of Dreams today. The second game was a tale of two games. The first 4 innings were all Nancy Muslins Dream Team as they built a 19-7 lead. The last 3 innings went Colonnades way as they used a 14 run open inning and a 21-5 advantage to prevail 28-24. The Colonnade managed the sun better. 38 hits in 48 at bats wasn’t enough for Nancy Muslin. All 11 players had at least 3 hits each. Randy Cihlar led the way in his first game of the year with 4 solid line drives and a 4-4 day. Sub Wayne Weidenbach was also perfect at 3-3. Mike Hirsch, Tom Gibans, Jim McDonald, and Andy Campbell were all 4-5. Gibans a double. First baseman Andy Campbell turned in a Harold Steele Special catching a smash and tagging the runner and stepping on first. Scott Roberts, Dave Elkins, Darren Duncan, and Dale McLaughlin were all 3-4. Duncan a double and a team leading 4 rbis. Dave Zuker was 3-5. 6 players had 3 rbis each.


   Dick Steiman CPA - 17   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 9    
Led by the first five hitters combining for 15 hits in 20 at bats, the Steiman team scored early and never looked back as they defeated The Tom Ranalls team 17-9 Every team member had at least one hit and we played sound, defensive softball. Next up for the Accountants is the undefeated Colonnade team. Thanks to Randy Biko and Terry Graves for handling the umpire duties and to Brian Kaping in the tower.













 





Ranalls Realty ended up on the short end again losing to Dick Steiman 17 to 9. Leading hitter was Garry Weslowski with 3 for 3, Paul Becker 3 for 4, Pete Houghton 3 for 4 and Ralph McKeever 3 for 4. We just couldn't get the runs when we needed them and hopefully Thursday will bring better results.







 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 04, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  The Colonnade 2 0 0 1
  Nancy Muslin Realtor 2 0 0 1
  Tride And True 1 1 0 5
  Dick Steiman CPA 1 1 0 5
  One Stop Tile 0 2 0 0
  Tom Ranalls Realtor 0 2 0 0
    - 
Thursday, November 04, 2021
   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 15   Tom Ranalls Realty - 2
Nancy Muslins Dream Team hit consistently and fielded well. The result was a 15-2 victory over Tom Ranalls Realty. 22-30 over 4 at bats for a team on base percentage of .733. Leadoff Darren Duncan and Dale McLaughlin led the way with 3-3 games. Dale a double. Mike Hirsch was 2-2 with a sac and 2 rbis. Scott Roberts was 3-4 with a double and a team leading 3 rbis. Tom Gibans, Andy Campbell, Dave Zuker, Jim McDonald, and sub Howard Sumner were all 2-3. Gibans a big 2 out double and 2 rbis. Dave Elkins was 1-3.











Ranalls Realty went down to defeat again to Nancy Muslin by the score of 15 to 2. Not many hits today but Garry Weslowski was 2 for 2, Pete Houghton was 2 for 3, and Allen Bellow was 2 for 2 .  Not much more to say but hopefully we'll come out swinging next week.























The Colonnade - 16   One Stop Tile - 15  
The Colonnade crew just couldn’t get the offense kick started and struggled to post just 5 runs after 4 full innings and down to One Stop Tile by a score of 10 -5. After holding One Stop to 1 no runs in the top of the 5th the Colonnade Crew struggled to get just 1 run and narrow the game by 4 to 10-6. One Stop Tile came roaring back in the top of the 6th to push across 5 runs which Colonnade was able to match in their half of the 6th with a 3-run HR blast by Eric Swobody leading the way and setting the stage for a showdown in the 7th inning with One Stop ahead by a score of 15-11. One stop failed to score any additional runs in their half of the inning leaving a 4-run deficit for Colonnade to overcome. And overcome it they did with a 5 run total through some timely hits and lucky intervention of the sun shielding some balls from the fieldes. Big game-winning hit was provided by sub-Rob White who got a sun-assisted triple which scored the tying and winning runs. Top hitters for today were Brian Kaping (4-4), Chip Robertson (3-4), Greg Allseitz (3-4), Eric Swobody (3-4 with a 3 run HR), Steve Katz (3-4), John Hammel (3-4) with the rest of the team chipping in 1 or 2 hits for our 25-hit total
A tough day at the ballpark. The One Stop Tile Shop took one on the chin today losing to a determined bunch of Colonnade players 16-15. The Tile Guys knocked out 27 hits headed into the 7th inning holding a 15-11 lead. Then with two outs, 5 runs slipped across the plate stunning the Tile Team. Al Caillouette (4/5) and Gary Stuber (4/5) had a nice day at the plate. Three hit games were had by Dan Newman (3/5), Mike Anderson (3/3), Gene Prosser (3/4) and Murray Fairweather (3/4). Hang in there Tile guys.


   Tride And True - 19   Dick Steiman CPA - 7   
Tried and True Pest and Termite Control softball team entered the winning column of this early season by defeating the Dick Steiman CPA squad 19 to 7.  Pitcher Joel Breiner, with the defensive support from his fielders, was able to limit Jeff Silversteen’s accountants to runs in just the first 2 frames of the game.  At the plate, the bug zapper highlights included Ron Coleman, Lloyd (kinder & gentler) Newlands, Greg Kastelic and Chuck Cruz all having perfect 4/4 days at the plate.  Chiming in with their 3/4 efforts were Dennis Estes, Dale Halder, Jeff Watson and Don Urzada.  Rounding out our 32 hit parade were Joel Breiner and Dave Fusaro with their 2 tallies each which were instrumental in keeping a couple of our 5 run inning rallies alive.  Thanks to umpires Wayne Weidenbach and Murry Fairweather with Bob Topham upstairs in the scoring tower.  A special shout out and appreciation to our opponents for assisting in closing down the field for the day!













 





It was another beautiful Arizona afternoon at the Field of Dreams for game two of the Fall Session. Unfortunately the old adage that “it’s not how you start the race, but it’s how you finish” was quite evident today. The numbers were good for the Steiman team as they led Tride and True 7-0 after one and a half innings. We then proceeded to be outscored 19-0 by Chuck and Dave’s team.
Thanks to Wayne and Murray for umpiring and Top for operating the scoreboard.
Everyone enjoy your weekend.






 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, April 15, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 13 6 1 0.675
  Liberty GMC 11 8 1 0.575
  General Exterminating 10 8 2 0.55
  Char Wheeler 10 10 0 0.5
  Park At Surprise 9 11 0 0.45
  Tom Ranalls Realty 5 15 0 0.25
    - 
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Tom Ranalls Realty - 20   Park At Surprise - 11
Tom Ranalls Realty ended the year on a winning note beating Park at Surprise  20-11.
Ranalls Realty scored in only 4 innings but in each of those we scored 5 runs. We had a total of 32 hits led by Bill Parker and Paul Becker with 4/4. Sub Pete Semenak and Tom Ranalls were 4/5 with Tom hitting a HR. Others with 3 hits were Murray Fairweather, Scott Roberts, Ralph Hollis and Eric Swobody. Rounding out the hitting parade were Brian Pinn and Gary Ambrose with 2 hits each. Thanks to all who worked hard to make this season safe and successful.










The Park at Surprise lost the final game of the winter SCG Red League Softball session to Tom Ranalls Realty 20 to 11.  The Ranalls/Becker squad plated 5 runs in 4 of the 6 innings which the florescent green jersey team couldn’t match.  Our offensive highlights included a perfect 3/3 day for Terry Graves, 3 hit days for Greg Allseitz and Doug Stone – one of which was a 2  run blast over the left field fence, 2 hit days for Dave Fusaro, Jeff Watson, Dave Elkins, Ray Gibson, Ron Michalski and Chuck Cruz.  Thanks to the umpires Jeff Silversteen and Dennis Estes, John Boland the monitor and Joe Pioli in the scoring tower.






















General Exterminating - 14   Char Wheeler - 13    
General Exterminating Pest Control escaped with a finger biting victory over the Char Wheeler All Stars in their finale to put double digits in the win column!  After securing a nice 12-8 lead in the fourth inning when sensational SS Tom Ranall’s blasted a three run homer to break the tie game, Greg Kastelic and Gary Stueber’s Allstars stormed back to take a 13-12 lead. Kirk Andes led off our next at bat, followed by Allen Bellew, then Dennis Haak all securing consecutive singles with Andes and Bellew eventually scoring to give the Pests all the runs needed.  Coach Mike Caliendo was proud of the offensive efforts of all, including SS sub Tom Ranalls and Golden Bat award winner Dan Dorn, both 3/3.  The Pests also got two hits from Big Bob Kloehn, Dennis Haak, Allen Bellew, Kirk Andes, Joe Pioli, substitute pitcher Paul Becker, Ron Coleman, and Pete Semenak.  Brian Kaping had some nice plays at third, as did Coach Tom Goetz’s Gold Glove winner Ron Coleman, who “snagged” some tough fly balls in left field.  SS Ed Hickox and pitcher Mike “Moondoggie” Anderson, both unable to play,  were excited about the win...and the season! Thank you umpires Billy Parker, Brian Pin, Covid Cop John Boland, scorekeeper Kris Schwartz, along with statistician Sherry Degerman for your expertise.  The Pest family really appreciated the efforts of everyone who made these sessions this year memorable! Several players played (20 + 10) X 2 (60+) games THIS year in the two sessions!  WE are sooo lucky!!!  The Pest family can’t wait till November!!! That’s ALL, Folks!!! 🏄🥎 RENEWED 🇺🇸 OPTIMISM 🌴for 2021!  🍀 Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY!  🤠







What a great day to wrap up the Winter Sun City Grand Red League.   It has been one of the most competitive seasons I can remember.  Congratulations to Jim Opyd and Jamie White who put together the league champion Canyon State team.   Gary and I want to thank everyone involved in helping to get the season started and kept it going through the pandemic, from the Softball Board that established parameters to play and to our Commissioners, Don Ranieri, John Boland, and Paul Becker who skillfully navigated through every issue that arose this session.   Everyone needs to realize how much time and effort these guys put into making our league run.   The year end celebration in the pavilion area continues to show that in the Red League you don't have 10 teammates, you have 65!  THANK YOU EVERYONE! In the season finally, Char Wheeler lost a close one to General Exterminating 14 to 13. Char Wheeler finished the season at 10 and 10.   Gary and I enjoyed leading a great group of guys this session and look forward to seeing everyone again this Fall. 

Liberty GMC - 17   Canyon State - 9
Everyone came to have fun today in our last game and lo and behold the Liberty GMC team walked away with a nice win over the Red League Champions Canyon State 17-9. With the win, the Car Dealers were able to squeeze into second place ahead of a crowded group of great teams.
Having great days at the plate were Chip Robertson (4/4) in the lead off spot, Darren Duncan (4/4) and Jeff Silversteen (4/4). Three hit days were had by Dennis Estes (3/4), John Boland (3/4) and winning pitcher Gene Prosser (3/4). Thanks everyone who made this season possible. Have a safe summer.













 





The Canyon State HVAC team lost their final game of the season to Liberty GMC by a score 17-9. The game was close through the first 4 innings with Canyon down 11-9 after 4 full innings. Liberty GMC went on to score 6 runs in the final two innings that Canyon State failed to match leaving the final score at 17-9. A couple of bright spots in the lineup today with Don Ranieri (3-3, 5 RBIs on 2 doubles and a 3 run HR (#11of the season)), Jim Opyd 3-3, Jay Schirpke (2-3, 1 RBI), Dale Halder (2-3) and sub-Greg Allseitz (2-4, 1 RBI). Thanks to umpires Dale Mclaughlin and Jeff Nickerson, COVID Monitor Gary Steuber, scoreboard keeper Dennis Haak, sub-Murray Fairweather, and sub-Greg Allseitz (who subbed for us in the last 4 games). Great job at all levels (players, managers, coaches and commissioners) whose combined efforts made this a great, competitive season.





 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 13 5 1 0.711
  Liberty GMC 10 8 1 0.553
  Char Wheeler 10 9 0 0.526
  General Exterminating 9 8 2 0.526
  Park At Surprise 9 10 0 0.474
  Tom Ranalls Realty 4 15 0 0.211
    - 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Char Wheeler - 19   Liberty GMC - 7
Char Wheeler came out strong today against Liberty GMC and ultimately won the game 19 to 7 in 5 innings. Char Wheeler's offense pounded out 27 hits while Sub Dave Elkins pitched another outstanding game on the mound limiting Liberty's hitters. Thank you also to sub's Greg Allseitz and Don Ranieri who both had great days in the field as well as at the plate. Thanks Scott Roberts and Ralph Hollis for handling the Umpire duties. Mark Jessen, what can we say, simply the best Scorekeeper SCG Softball has ever had. The Red League player's also thanked Norm Lutzig for his lining of the field this season. 










Congratulations to Canyon State for a fine season and taking the Red League Championship. The Liberty GMC team was unable to stay with a powerful Char Wheeler lineup in losing 19-7 after five innings. Having three hit days were John Boland (3/3), Andy Campbell (3/3) and Don Urzada (3/3). Thanks to Scott and Ralph Hollis for umpiring and Mark up in the tower. Thanks again Commissioners for a fun and competitive season.




















Canyon State - 16   Tom Ranalls Realty -5     
Canyon State HVAC team “sealed the deal” today and captured the top Won-Lost record for the Winter Red League with a 16-5 win over Tom Ranalls Realty. This was a total team effort with the team getting 22 hits in 33 plate appearances. Lots of 2 for and 3 for days throughout the lineup. Top batsmen were Dave Archer (3-3, 1 RBI), Super sub-Greg Allseitz (3-4, 1 RBI), Dave Zuker (3-4, 4 RBI and 3 run HR #8), Don Ranieri (2-3, 3 RBI), Jamie White (2-3), Dale Halder (2-3, 2 RBI), John Hammel (2-3, 1 RBI), Jim Opyd (2-3, 2 RBI) and Jay Schirpke (2-4, 2 RBI). Thanks to umpires Andy Campbell and Rick Clot and COVID monitor Ron Coleman. A special thanks to both Norm Lustig and Mark Jessen, 2 unsung heroes who were honored today for all the “behind the scenes work” they do in getting the field set-up and the scoreboard ready to go with the first pitch of the day.








First place Canyon State was too much for Tom Ranalls Realty as they went down to defeat 16-5. Perfect on the day was Paul Becker 3/3, Brian Pinn 2/2 with 3 RBIs and Bill Parker 2/2. Murray Fairweather was 2/3 and Tom Ranalls was 2/3 with a HR and 2 RBIs. Another beautiful day at Field of Dreams and thanks to everyone for having everything run smoothly.

General Exterminating - 21   Park At Surprise - 15
General Exterminating Pest Control won a slugfest against Chuckie Cruz’s and Davey Fusaro’s Park squad. Every Pest player garnered at least 2 hits!  The Pests had outstanding performances from substitutes Tom Rannalls and Paul Becker, each chipping in four hits.  Pest sluggers Ron Coleman and Allen Bellew tallied 4 hits.  Bellew, who started 4 rallies, was named by Coach Mike Caliendo as the Golden Bat winner.  Joe Pioli, the stellar Pest left center fielder, was magnificent taking hits away, throwing out a runner at the plate, and hitting his third HR of the season, along with a triple. Pioli was selected as Tom Goetz’s Gold Glove winner!  Dennis Haak also lashed 3 hits, while Bob Kloehn, Kirk Andes, Brian Kaping, Dave Dorn, and Pete Semenak all had two safeties. Amazing officiating by umpires Dale Halder and Joel Breiner.  Don Ranieri was the Covid cop and Rattlesnake hunter Dave Archer rattled all the right toggle switches in the tower. We are sooo lucky to have Commisioners Ranieri, Paul Becker, and John Boland overseeing the Red League with Tom Rannalls overseeing all four leagues!  Amazing dedication six days a week by groundskeeper Jim Opyd, field prep official Norm Lustig, and dedicated scorekeeper Mark Jessen!  Hey...last day of the season Thursday!  A “crew” of volunteers will be making this a “memorable” season.  The Pests can’t wait!!! RENEWED 🇺🇸 OPTIMISM 🌴for 2021!  🍀 Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY!  🤠












 





Final week of the session, and The Park at Surprise lost the second to last game to General Exterminating 21 to 15.  Tough to win in this league when you allow a nickel in 4 of the six innings.  Nonetheless, we had some good offensive highlights even though our defense and base running was a little suspect.  Leading at the plate was Doug Stone with his 3/3 day including a 3 run blast overt the left field fence.  Not to be upstaged, Ray Gibson also had a 3/3 effort.  Others with 3 hit days included Dave Fusaro and Greg Allseitz.  Thanks to umpires Dale Halder and Joel Breiner, Dave Archer in the scoring Tower and Don Raniere for keep us all safe.
 





 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, April 08, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 12 5 1 0.694
  Liberty GMC 10 7 1 0.583
  Char Wheeler 9 9 0 0.5
  Park At Surprise 9 9 0 0.5
  General Exterminating 8 8 2 0.5
  Tom Ranalls Realty 4 14 0 0.222
    - 
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Liberty GMC - 15   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 14
The Liberty GMC team squeezed by a determined Ranalls Realty Team 15-14. Runs were scored in almost every inning with the Car Dealers getting three in the last inning and then shutting down the realtors with a nice 5-4-3 double play. Lisa Pelletier (4/4) led all hitters with a perfect day getting four hits. Having three hit days were John Boland (3/4), Don Urzada (3/4), Darren Duncan (3/4 and four runs scored), Chip Robertson (3/4 with three runs scored) and sub Kevin Anthony (3/4). Thanks to Mac and Lloyd for umpiring, Don doing monitor duties and Howard up in the tower.









Tom Ranalls Realty couldn't pull out a victory against Liberty GMC.  In the bottom of the 7th 0 runs were scored and wound up losing 15-14. Top hitters were Scott Roberts 4/4, Murray Fairweather 3/4, Tom Ranalls 3/4, Brian Pinn 3/4 and Pete Houghton 3/4 with a Grand Slam HR and  5 RBIs. Ralph Hollis had 2 hits and also had a Grand Slam and 4 RBIs.  One more week to go, thanks to everyone for keeping it running smoothly.



















Park At Surprise - 14   Char Wheeler - 7  
The Park at Surprise closed out the week with a win defeating Char Wheeler 14 to 7.  Our offense and defensive effort was as bright as the afternoon sun today.  Once again, pitcher Dave Elkins held a solid Kastelic/Stueber squad to no more than one run per inning for the first 5 frames of the game.  With the hammer and training 14 to 3 a Wheeler’s rally stalled at 4 runs sealing the victory for the fluorescent green jersey team.  Offensive highlights for the game included perfect 3/3 days at the plate for Dave Elkins, Randy Biko and Terry Graves.  Dave Fusaro, Jeff Watson, Greg Allseitz and Mike Hirsch chimed in with their 2 hits each and the remainder of Parker’s - Ray Gibson, Ron Michalski and Chuck Cruz contributed their timely hits supporting our rallies.  Thanks to the umpires Dan Newman and John Boland, Don Ranieri the monitor and Darren Duncan in the scoring tower.








The Char Wheeler Realtors lost to the Park at Surprise team by a score of 14-7 resulting in a season sweep by the Park team over the Realtors. A total of 13 hits and 3 runs over the first 5 innings won't win many games as has been the story against Park all season long. Leading the way for Char Wheeler was Jeff Nickerson and sub Pete Semenak who each went 3 for 3.  Thanks also to sub Ralph Hollis who filled in for us at 3rd base and had a 2 base hit.. Thanks to umpires Dan Newman and John Boland, Don Urzada and Darren Duncan scorekeeping.
   Canyon State - 15   General Exterminating - 13
The Canyon State HVAC team posted their 12th win of the season today with a 15-13 win versus General Exterminating. Canyon State jumped out to a 13-4 lead after the first four innings and hung on against a 9-2 General run scoring advantage in the last two innings to secure the win. A win that puts them in at least a tie for the best overall record in the Winter session. The Canyon win was propelled along today by the middle of its lineup with top batsmen being sub-Greg Allseitz (4-4 including 2 doubles and some great fielding plays), Don Ranieri (4-4, 4 RBI, with 2 RBI coming off his 3rd inning #10 HR), Dave Archer (3-4, 2 RBI), Dale Halder (3-4, 1 RBI), Dave Zuker, 2-4, 5 RBI, 2 which came off a #7 HR blast into the scoreboard net). Thanks to umpires Jeff Watson and Jeff Silversteen, scoreboard keeper Ray Gibson and Covid Cop Chuck Cruz












 





General Exterminating Pest Control got off to a slow start and fell 15-13. Thank you Dennis Estes and Tom Rannalls for substituting today and tallying seven hits!  Dennis Haak and Dave Dorn aided the offense with three hits apiece.  Ron Coleman, Allen Bellew, Joe Pioli, Bob Kloehn, and Kirk Andes all tallied two hits. Hopefully Kirk is feeling okay from an errant throw to third base. RENEWED 🇺🇸 OPTIMISM 🌴for 2021!  🍀 Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY!  🤠




 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, April 06, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 11 5 1 0.676
  Liberty GMC 9 7 1 0.559
  Char Wheeler 9 8 0 0.529
  General Exterminating 8 7 2 0.529
  Park At Surprise 8 9 0 0.471
  Tom Ranalls Realty 4 13 0 0.235
    - 
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
Tom Ranalls Realtor - 18   General Exterminating - 13
Tom Ranalls Realty's bats came alive to beat a very good General Exterminating team 18-13. We had 27 hits and the attack was led by Bill Parker and Paul Becker 4/4, Scott Roberts and Tom Ranalls 3/3, Pete Houghton and Kris Schwartz 2/2, Brian Pinn and Eric Swobody 3/4.  Murray Fairweather and Ralph Hollis both chipped in with 2 hits  and one of Ralph's was a HR. We would like to credit our win to our substitute 3rd base coach Rick.  And thank Pat for keeping Jim away for the day, Pat maybe you can keep him busy Thursday too. Great to see Greg Kastelic back at the ballpark, here's hoping for speedy recovery. Thanks for our great umpires, monitors and scoreboard operator.









What a wonderful day for Tom Rannalls’ and Paul Becker’s Realty team! General Exterminating Pest Control had a tough morning game, which kept this fine Pest team off balance to get the third out on defense or drive in runners on offense.  Substitute SS Dennis Estes attempted to spark the Pest offense four times with four singles.  Ron Coleman also had quadruple hits to win the Golden Bat Award. Bob Kloehn, Dennis Haak, Kirk Andes, Brian Kaping, Joe Pioli, Mike Anderson, Pete Semenak, and Dave Dorn all chipped in with two hits. Semenak touched home plate three times, while Mike Anderson drove in three. Andy Campbell and Randy Biko made all the right calls as umpires. John Boland made sure the teams were safe.  A special thank you to Mark Jensen, who commits to the scoreboard buttons the first two games of each day!  Another wonderful day in the Valley of the Sun!!  WE are all sooo lucky! RENEWED 🇺🇸 OPTIMISM 🌴for 2021!  🍀 Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY!  🤠



















Park At Surprise - 10   Liberty GMC - 3  
The Park at Surprise defeated Liberty GMC this morning 10 to 3.  Dave Elkins had another solid day on the mount with his supporting defensive cast limiting Bob Topham’s strong car dealer squad to runs in only 2 of the 6 innings.  Dave Fusaro had another perfect 3/3 day at the plate followed by Greg Allseitz, Dave Elkins, Randy Biko, Doug Stone, Terry Graves, and Ron Michalski all contributing 2 hits each.  Thanks to umpires Dennis Estes and Ralph Mckeever, John Boland the monitor and Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.








The Liberty GMC team struggled at the plate today (11 hits) enabling Chuck and Dave’s Park At Surprise team to coast to the finish line after getting four runs in the first inning beating the the Car Dealers 10-3. Returning to the action today after a six week layoff was pitching and hitting great Gene Prosser going 3/3. Chip Robertson (2/3) and Lisa Pelletier (2/3) contributed two hits each. Even though the defense turned three double plays it wasn’t enough to tame the offensive muscle of the Park team. Thanks to Dennis and Ralph for umpiring with Mark up in the tower.
   Char Wheeler - 13    Canyon State - 12
The Char Wheeler Realtors did just enough to hold off the hard hitting Canyon State team by the score of 13-12. Up by only 1 run in the 5th inning, sub Doug Stone rocketed a 3 run shot over the right field fence to extend the lead by 4 runs. Adding 2 additional runs in the 6th inning was enoughfor the realtors to secure the win. Sub Dave Elkins was great on the mound tossing some key pitches at critical times while Ralph McKeever was making several nice catches in right center to hold off  potential rallies by Canyon State. Thanks to umpires Terry Graves and Al Caillouette,Dave Fusaro and Ray Gibson for the dugout and scorekeeping duties.












 





Canyon State HVAC team fell one more hit short of tying the score and possibly going on to secure a win versus Char wheeler today. The game started out slowly as both teams posted single runs in the first inning followed by a trade of zeros runs in the second before both teams came alive to match each team’s 5 runs leaving the score tied at 6-6 after 3. In the ensuing innings Wheeler managed to score 7 runs to Canyons 1 run to leaving the score at 13 to 7 as Canyon came up to bat for their last chance at pulling out a win and keeping their win streak alive. After scoring 5 of the needed 6 runs to tie and with the tying the run on third the final out was made to secure the 13-12 win for the Wheeler team. 32 at bats and 18 hits (0.563 Average) is not going to win a lot of games. Unfortunately, 11 of the outs made (about 34%) were due to fly outs. While most batters had 1 or 2 hits days a few others are worth mentioning. John Hammel (3-3, 2 RBI) and recently returned Jamie White (3-3. 1 RBI) had good days. Top RBI getter for Canyon was Don Ranieri with 5, 4 coming off a Grand Slam and one an earlier solo single run shot boosting his season HR total to 9. Thanks to Terry graves and Alan Caillouette handling the umpire duties, Covid Cop Dave Fusaro and Mike Hirsch working the scoreboard



 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, April 01, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 11 4 1 0.719
  Liberty GMC 9 6 1 0.594
  General Exterminating 8 6 2 0.563
  Char Wheeler 8 8 0 0.5
  Park At Surprise 7 9 0 0.438
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 13 0 0.188
    - 
Thursday, April 01, 2021
Canyon State - 15   Park At Surprise - 13
The Canyon State HVAC team survived a late inning surge by The Park at Surprise team to win by a score of 15-13. Leading 7-3 after 4 full innings, the Canyon team scored 5 runs in their half of the 5th inning that was quickly countered by a resurgent Park team who scored 5 of their own to leave the score at 12-8 going into the final inning. Canyon scored an additional 3 runs in their half to lead by a score of 15-8 with Park coming to their final chance at bat needing 8 runs to win the day. The Park team began where they left off the prior inning by getting back-to-back hits as their score kept creeping closer to Canyons. With 5 runs already across, the Canyon team was able to secure the final out and secure a 15-13 win. Better day at the plate for the Canyon State team with top batsmen being Jay Schirpke (3-4, 1 RBI), Sub-Ron Wong (3-4, 1 RBI), John Hammel (3-4, 1 RBI), Jim Opyd (3-4, 1 RBI), Dave Zuker (2-3, 1 RBI), and Dale Halder (2-3, 2 RBI) with the rest of the Canyon team getting 1 or 2 hits. Special thanks to Ron Wong for subbing and having a good all-around game. Thanks to umpires Rick Clot and Alan Caliouette, monitor Lisa Pelletier and Chip Robertson working the scoreboard








The Park at Surprise lost a close one to Canyon State 13 to 15.  The Parkers played catch up most of the game and trailed 15 to 8 going into the bottom of the final inning.  We then initiated a serious rally that came up just 2 runs short.  The offensive highlights included 3/3 days for Mike Hirsch and Ron Michalski, 3/4 for Dave Fusaro, 2 hits each for Jeff Watson, Randy Biko, Ray Gibson, Chuck Cruz and Greg Allseitz – one of which was a multi run blast over the left field fence.  Thanks to sub, Pete Semenak, umpires Rick Clot and Alan Caillouette, monitor John Boland and Chip Robinson in the tower.






















Liberty GMC - 13   General Exterminating - 9
The Liberty GMC team edged pass General Exterminating today 13-9 and in doing so moved into second place by half a game. Again, great defensive plays save the day. Super Sub pitcher Dave Elkins (3/4 - and three runs scored) had the bug guys off balance most of the game. Also having three hit days were Don Urzada (3/4), Darren Duncan (3/4) and Ron Wong (3/3). Thanks to Lloyd and Garry for umpiring and Mark up in the tower.






General Exterminating Pest Control struggled again offensively, but was able to tally a 5 spot in the bottom of the 5th to tie the game at 9-9 heading into the 6th.  The Pests got two outs, but the 3rd out was elusive until Liberty scored four, an insurmountable lead. Offensively, substitutes Dennis Estes carried the team with a 4/4 effort including a double and Dave Zuker blasted a double and a monster home run for 3 RBI’s.  Ron Coleman led the regulars with 3 hits including a double and was selected by Coach Mike Caliendo as the Golden Glove winner.  Allen Bellew, Pete Semenak, and Joe Pioli added two safeties including doubles, along with Dennis Haak, Dave Dorn, and Bob Kloehn chipping in two hits. Defensively, Liberty GMC tallied 13 difficult runs. The highlight was Joe Pioli’s 6th inning sensational diving, rolling catch.  Coach Tom Goetz selected Pioli as the golden glove winner!  Other notables were catcher Allen Bellew, 1B BIG Bob Kloehn, SS Dennis Estes, RC Pete Semenak, and pitcher Mike Anderson, who all made several fine plays. Happy Birthday BIG BoB, a seasoned 30 year old! Fine job by Lloyd Newlands and Gary Weslowsky, who made several tough calls, CoVid cop John Boland, and tower tallier Greg Allseitz Prayers go out to Char Wheeler skipper Greg Kastelic!!  WE are sooo lucky to have caring ball players, this safe place in SCG, courtesy of the SCG BOD and all their volunteers! Gonna be a WARM weekend!!! RENEWED 🇺🇸 OPTIMISM 🌴 for 2021!  🍀 Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY!  🤠
   Char Wheeler - 15    Tom Ranalls Realty - 14 
First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to Greg Kastelic who was involved in an auto accident earlier today.  I know the entire league is hoping Greg has a successful recovery after the injuries he sustained today and look forward to seeing him around the ballpark very soon. Char Wheeler played a nice game defensively to hold off Ranalls Realty 15-14.
Highlights of the game were made by Jeff Nickerson who made a heady play on a grounder to 3rd base for the force out and then throwing home to double up the runner.  Lloyd Newlands was all over left center field outrunning fly balls and shutting down potential run scoring opportunities and Jeff Silversteen got in the action by making a nice catch on a foul ball which turned out to be a big out. And a BIG thanks goes to Doug Stone who not only subbed for us and did a great job at first base but also missed his own game because he was assisting Greg Kastelic at the accident site!  That's the quality of people we have in our league. Great job Doug!  Thanks for your selflessness!
We've clawed our way back to a .500 record and are looking forward to finishing strong the remaining 4 games. Thanks to Dan Newman and Mike Anderson for umping a good game, Gene Prosser keeping score and John Boland monitoring.












 





Tom Ranalls Realty had a hard fought battle against Char Wheeler coming up short in a close  15 to 14 loss. The bats came alive as we had 25 hits led by Tom Ranalls with his 3/4 day including 2 HRs and 5 RBIs. Perfect for the day was Paul Becker 4/4 and Tom Gibbons 3/3. Brian Pinn and Eric Swobody each had 3 hits. Everyone contributed well in the game. We wish the best to Greg Kastelic for his recovery from his accident before the game.  We're pulling for you.



 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 10 4 1 0.7
  General Exterminating 8 5 2 0.6
  Liberty GMC 8 6 1 0.567
  Char Wheeler 7 8 0 0.467
  Park At Surprise 7 8 0 0.467
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 12 0 0.2
    - 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Canyon State - 5   Liberty GMC - 4
Canyon State, possibly through divine intervention, squeaked out a 5-4 victory over Liberty GMC today getting just 10 hits in 25 At Bats for a 0.400 average. While there were many well hit balls, most wound up in the gloves of Liberty GMC. Fortunately for Canyon the Liberty GMC team suffered the same consequences that coupled with timely defensive plays won the day for Canyon. The prospects of coming out with a win for Canyon State looked pretty bleak in the bottom half of the final inning. With Canyon State ahead 5-4, Liberty was able to get the first two batters on base. With runners on 1st and 3rd and no outs the Canyon State team got the next three batters out to secure the win. Great days at the plate were not at a premium today with the top batters being Garry Weslosky (3-3) and Jay Schirpke (2-3, 1 RBI). Top RBI man for Canyon was Don Ranieri with 3. Special thanks to sub-Dave Elkins who pitched a great game and made some good defensive plays to get us out of tight spots. Thanks to umpires Terry Graves and Randy Biko, COVID Cop Allen Bellew and scoreboard guru Mark Jessen.








Where’s the Beef... Liberty GMC and Canyon State struggled to mount any resemblance of an offense with the Car Dealers drawing the short straw in losing 5-4 to Jim’s AC team. Team defense on both sides was excellent except each team stumbled in at least one inning to allow an inning/ game high of two runs. The GMC gang banged out 17 hits however they stranded 13 base runners. Don Urzada (3/3) and Al Caillouette (3/4) had three hits. Thanks to Terry and Randy for umpiring with Mark up in the tower.






















Park At Surprise - 16   Tom Ranalls Realty - 6
Well, something novel, the Park at Surprise enjoyed the morning game defeating Tom Ranalls Realty 16 to 6.  Once again, our defense complemented Dave Elkins excellent job on the mound limiting a hard hitting Ranalls/Becker squad to just 6 runs.  As previously mentioned, our defense was exceptional, but our bats were even better!  Several of our run rallies happened with 2 outs!  Up and down the batting order, our hits were timely in the production of runs.  Leading the hit parade was Jeff Watson with his 4/4 effort followed by Mike Hirsch and Chuck Cruz with their 3/3 days.  OK, Dave Fusaro and Ray-Ray Gibson also collected 3 hits each.  Dave Elkins, Doug Stone and Ron Michalski chimed in with their timely 2 hit performances too!  Thanks to the umpires Glen Soles and Dave Zuker,  I think John Boland as the monitor (But wait - he played a few innings For the Ranalls squad!) and “Do it all"  Don Ranieri finished his assignment, and of course, you Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.






Tom Ranalls Realty suffered another defeat Tuesday at the hands of Park at Surprise. Final score 16 to 6. The bats were quiet again but Eric Swobody was 3 for 3.  Ralph Hollis and Tom Ranalls each had 2 hits.  Thanks to  John Boland for filling in, he was 1 for 1.  Another beautiful day at the park and thanks to all for keeping it running smoothly and safely.
   Char Wheeler - 9    General Exterminating - 7 
Char Wheeler played its best defensive game of the season in defeating Mike and Pete's 2nd place General Exterminating squad 9 to 7.   Four double plays in 6 innings led to the bug killer's demise. Rob White pitched another outstanding game for Char Wheeler.  We had just enough offense to secure the victory. Thanks to Scott Roberts, Ralph Hollis, Ron Michalski, and the youngster Doug Stone for handling all the duties. 












 





General Exterminating Pest Control was once again humbled by Greg Kastelic/Gary Stueber’s Char Wheeler’s Allstars. GEPC competed in each inning, but Dennis “6-4-3 DP for DE” Estes was playing shortstop.  Four innings the Pests had runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out...four times Dennis Estes would nod “Just a second” to the Pest coaches, then do his patented inning ending SIX-FOUR-THREE double play...one, two, three, four times...in a six inning game.  Then Estes would kindly say “Thank you” to the Pests as he headed to his dugout. In fact, Dennis “6-4-3 DP for DE” Estes has initiated NINE double plays against the Pests in three games. Anyways, several Pest players had fine offensive outputs today, led by Coach Mike Caliendo’s Golden Bat Award winner Ron Coleman, 3/3 with an RBI and a run scored.  Allen Bellew and Pete Semenak were both 3/3 and each scored a run.  Dave Dorn, Kirk Andes, and Dennis Haak all had two safeties to initiate rallies.   Sub Al Callouette, Bob Kloehn, and Mike Anderson each reached first base one time. Defensively, the Char Wheeler squad was held in check with four total runs the first four innings before exploding for five in the bottom of the fifth, which was too much for GEPC to overcome when challenging Estes, who was roaming the shortstop position.  Notables were Tom Goetz’s Golden Glove winner Dave Dorn at second base.  Several fine  plays were also made by Mike Anderson at the pitching position, as well as SS Al Callouette and 1b Bob Kloehn, but the outfield play of Allen Bellew, Joe Pioli, Pete Semenak, and Dennis Haak was superb. Thank you Al Calouette for subbing for Ed Hickox!  Get well Brian Kaping!!  Scott Roberts and Ralph Hollis were outstanding umpires!  Ron Michalski monitored well and Doug Stone pushed all the right buttons in the tower. Jim Opyd’s crew needs a shoutout for this beautiful field we all play on, and the amazing 🥎 Board of Directors who make tough decisions that have kept FOUR leagues (8 actually) SAFE and PLAYING since November!!!  Thanks for ALL YOU do!!!  WE are lucky!!!
RENEWED 🇺🇸 OPTIMISM 🌴 for 2021!  🍀 Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY!  🤠



 
Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 25, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 9 4 1 0.679
  General Exterminating 8 4 2 0.643
  Liberty GMC 8 5 1 0.607
  Char Wheeler 6 8 0 0.429
  Park At Surprise 6 8 0 0.429
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 11 0 0.214
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Thursday, March 25, 2021
General Exterminating - 8   Park At Surprise - 7
General Exterminating Pest Control squeaked by a fine Chuckie Cruz and Dave Fusaro Park club in the bottom of the sixth scoring two runs. Trailing 7-6, Joe Pioli stroked a lead-off double.  “Kool Kirk“ Andes lashed another double to score Pioli.  Dennis “Hawk” Haak drew a walk to set the table for BIG Bob Kloehn. With runners on first and second, the Bobster calmly drove the ball to left field to score pinch runner Pioli for the winning run!  Pests win 8-7!  “Kool Kirk“ Andes, Coach Mike Caliendo’s Golden Bat Award winner, led the pests with 3 hits, 2 runs, and 2 big RBI’s.  Joe Pioli popped his second home run of the season, lashed a double, scored 3 runs, and had 1 RBI.  Dennis “Hawk“ Haak and BIG Bob Kloehn both finished with 2/3 days, as did super shortstop Ed Hickox, the gold glove winner selected by Coach Tom Goetz today, with numerous difficult catches.  Park sent no more than four batters up in 4 of the 6 innings, thanks to fine catches by Ron Coleman, Pete Semenak, Allen Bellew, Joe Pioli, and Dennis Haak.  Amazing plays by the left handed 2nd baseman Dave Dorn, including two double plays! Kloehn, the human vacuum cleaner on the first base side has a new counterpart, Ron Coleman, who smothered balls hit his way, too. Hats off to Don Ranieri and Gary Weslosky, the fine officiating crew, Joel Briener, CoVID cop, and the Jaybird from Wisconsin, Jay Schirpke, the man in the booth with magic fingers!  Thanks for all the supporters who follow the Red League teams! We hope you are enjoying the games as much as the players! RENEWED 🇺🇸 OPTIMISM  for 2021!  🍀 Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY!  🤠









I guess what goes around comes around!  Tuesday, The Park at Surprise won a low scoring one run game in the final inning having the hammer.  Today, the tables were reversed as we lost to the General Exterminator team by the score of 8 to 7 in bottom of the final inning.  The Parkers had a 1 run lead going into the bottom of the final inning but were not able to hold the Anderson/Semenak squad’s offense from scoring the 2 runs necessary to pull out the victory.  Once again, pitcher Dave Elkins held our opponents to under 10 runs, but it wasn’t enough. The Parker bats accumulated 16 hits producing just 7 runs.  Our offensive highlights were 6 players having 2 hit days including Doug Stone (with his 2- home run performance), Dave Fusaro, Greg Allseitz, Dave Elkins, Mike Hirsch and Terry Graves.  Thanks to the umpires Garry Weslosky and Don Ranieri, monitor Dave Zuker and Jay Shirpke in the scoring tower.























Canyon State - 9   Tom Ranalls Realty - 8
Canyon State got back in the win column today by posting a 9 to 8 win over Ranalls Realty in a game that certainly would not fall into the classic definition of a toe-to-toe battle. After trading scoreless first innings the Canyon bats briefly came alive in the second to score 5 runs, a lead that became 6-0 after scoring an additional run in the bottom of the fourth. The Ranalls team then came alive in the 5th and 6th innings propelled along by the bat of owner / player Tom Ranalls whose 2 HRs helped the Ranalls team lead by a score of 8-6 going into the bottom of the 6th and Canyon State’s last chance. Fortunately, the Canyon team responded well and scored 3 in their bottom of the 6th to leave the final at 9-8 in favor of Canyon State. Much better in the batting stats arena with the team getting 20 hits in 30 at bat for a 0.667 average. Top batsmen for Canyon were Jay Schirpke (4-4, 2 RBIs including the game winner), Dale Halder (3-3), Sub David Fusaro (3-3), Garry Weslosky (2-3, 2 RBIs), Sub Randy Cihlar (2-3), John Hammel (2-3, 2 RBIs), and Jim Opyd (2-3, 3 RBIs). With the rest of the team all contributing timely hits. Thanks to the support crew of umpires Randy Biko and David Elkins, monitor Alan Bellew and scoreboard keeper Ray Gibson.




First place Canyon State had their hands full with Tom Ranalls Realty until the bottom of the 6th when Canyon State scored 3 runs to pull out the victory 9 to 8. Top hitter of the day was Tom Ranalls with 2 for 3 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. Scott Roberts chipped in with 3 hits. Thanks to the monitors, umps and scorekeepers for running a smooth ship.
Liberty GMC - 11   Char Wheeler - 8 
Liberty GMC jumped out early to a 5-0 lead only to see Greg’s Char Wheeler team score five runs to tie the score in a well played defensive game before The Car Dealers pulled away with a 11-8 win. Winning pitcher sub Dale Halder (3/3) slammed a solo Home Run... his second HR for the Car Dealers ( their only two of the season). Andy Campbell (3/3) and John Boland (3/3) were also perfect at the plate. Lisa Pelletier (2/4), Al Caillouette (2/3), Darren (2/3) and Randy Cihlar 2/3) contributed two hits each. We want to wish Randy “Good Luck” as he heads back to the Chicago area to Coach a High School Baseball Team. Thanks to Bill Parker and Eric Swobody for umpiring with Dan Newman pulling monitor duties with John Hammel up in the tower.










 





Char Wheeler once again came up on the wrong end of a low scoring game losing to Liberty GMC 11 to 8.  We only scored in 2 innings and that just won't win many ball games in this league.  Rob White continues to do an outstanding job pitching and Ralph McKeever great catch and throw doubling up a Liberty base runner kept it close, but in the end our bats failed us. Thanks to Eric Swobody and Billy Parker for handling the umpire duties.   Special kudos to John Hammel for stepping in and covering the scoreboard and Glenn Soles for then taking on the Monitor position.   Greatly appreciate both of you stepping in at the last minute.



 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 8 4 1 0.654
  General Exterminating 7 4 2 0.615
  Liberty GMC 7 5 1 0.577
  Char Wheeler 6 7 0 0.462
  Park At Surprise 6 7 0 0.462
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 10 0 0.231
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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
General Exterminating - 13   Canyon State - 5
General Exterminating Pest Control matched up against the league leading Jamie White and Jim Opyd’s Canyon State “bomb” squad.  With sensational plays made behind General Exterminating Mike Anderson’s pitching efforts, Canyon was kept off-balance, held to ten hits, and sent no more than four players to the plate in four of the six innings.  Offensively, GEPC’s Ron Coleman and Pete Semenak each led off TWO innings apiece with safeties, while Brian Kaping and Dave Dorn each started the “Lil’ engines that could” once.  All were sparks lugs!!!  Ron Coleman cranked out three singles along with scoring three times!!! Coach Tom Goetz’s defensive standout Dennis “Hawk” Haak made a spectacular sixth inning catch, among others with his supporting cast of Joe Pioli, Ron Coleman, Bob Kloehn, Allen Bellew, Brian Kaping, Ed Hickox, Kirk Andes, Pete Semenak, Dave Dorn, and Mike Anderson who all donned the leather.  “Kalm Kirk“ Andes and “Awesome Allen” Bellew each lashed three hits, had 2 RBI’s, and scored two times.  Coaches Mike Caliendo, Pete Semenak, and manager Anderson were pleasantly surprised we did not hit into double plays.  Coach Caliendo selected Pete Semenak as the Golden Bat Award winner with 4 safeties.  Notable offensive efforts also were made by Dave Dorn, Ed Hickox, Brian Kaping, and BIG Bob Kloehn. Kloehn, Bellew, Andes, Semenak, and Dorn each had key hits to drive in TWO runs apiece. Thanks to umpires Dennis “The Menace” Estes and Lloyd Newlands, Covid Cop and Skipper Chuck Cruz, and “Mr. Mark the score down” Jessen!  Stay healthy, everyone!!!





RENEWED 🇺🇸
OPTIMISM 🌴
for 2021!  🍀

Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY!  🤠









Canyon state’s win streak came to an abrupt halt today losing to General Exterminating by a score of 13-5. You will not win many games having 10 fly outs and getting just 11 hits in 28 trips to the plate for a team batting average of 0.393. The game, however, was close for the first three innings with Canyon leading by a score of 5-3. Two of those Canyon State runs came off a 3rd inning home run by Don Ranieri, his seventh of the season while playing for Canyon State. In the 4th inning the Exterminators became the Terminators when they scored back-to-back 5-run innings while the Canyon State team failed to score any runs leaving the final at 13-5 in favor of General Exterminating. Not many bright spots in the batter’s box today with the top hitters being Garry Weslosky (2-3, 2 RBIs), Joel Breiner (2-3) and Glenn Soles (2-3). Thanks to subs Ralph Hollis and Dave Fusaro. Good job by the umpire crew of Dennis Estes and Lloyd Newlands, monitor Chuck Cruz and Mark Jessen tending the scoreboard.





















Park At Surprise - 7   Char Wheeler - 6
The Park at Surprise won a close low scoring game against Char Wheeler by a 7 to 6 score.  Our defense was remarkable today in support of pitcher Dave Elkins who allowed the Greg Kastelic / Gary Stueber squad runs in only 2 innings. Although we plated tallies in 4 of our 5 innings, we never mounted many multi run frames.  The Parkers 13 hits were just enough to earn the victory.  Greg Allseitz had a perfect 3/3 day at the plate along with Dave Elkins, one of which was a  3 run blast that helped his pitching cause!  Not to be outdone, Ron Michalski also contributed a home run over the left field wall.  Ray Gibson also chimed in with his 2 hit performance, one of which was a triple.   Thanks to umpires Garry Weslosky and Don Ranieri, John Boland the monitor and you too Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.


Char Wheeler once again fell to Chuck's Park @ Surprise team 7 to 6 today.  This was our 3rd match up this season and for the 3rd time Dave Elkins held Char's hitters in check.  Our offense will need to find its stride for Thursdays tough match up with Liberty Buick as 6 runs will not win many games. Thanks Garry Weslosky, Don Ranieri, John Boland and Mark Jessen for handling all the duties. 
Liberty GMC - 8   Tom Ranalls Realtry - 6  
 On a cool morning with the potential of rain coming in, Liberty GMC was able to put together enough hits (14) to edge Tom’s Ranalls Realty 8-6. Both teams scored early with the Car Dealers holding a 7-6 lead after three innings then the bats went cold as a few rain drops appeared. Andy Campbell (3/3) led all hitters with three hits. Thanks to the Jeff’s (Silversteen and Nickerson) for umpiring and Gary Stuber for monitoring with Howard Sumner pushing the buttons in the tower.










 





Tom Ranalls Realty put up a good fight against a tough Liberty GMC team to lose by the score of 8 to 6. There was good defense put up by both teams and hits were at a premium.  Top hitters for Ranalls was Murray Fairweather with 3 for 4. Other players with 2 hits were Tom Ranalls, Ralph Hollis and Gary Ambrose and Don Ranieri with one of Don's hits being a HR. Thanks for the great job from the scorekeepers, monitors and umpires.



 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 18, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 8 3 1 0.708
  General Exterminating 6 4 2 0.583
  Liberty GMC 6 5 1 0.542
  Char Wheeler 6 6 0 0.5
  Park At Surprise 5 7 0 0.417
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 9 0 0.25
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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Canyon State - 18   Char Wheeler - 11
Canyon State came out early and often in their game against Char Wheeler to lead by a score of 14-2 after 3 innings helped along by a 1st inning 2 run HR by Don Ranieri. The canyon bats then cooled down in the ensuing three innings and scored only 4 runs while the Wheeler squad posted 9 runs in the same span to leave the final score at 18-11 in favor of Canyon State. Leading batsmen for Canyon were Glenn Soles (4-4, 2 RBIs), Jay Schirpke (3-4, 3 RBIs with one of the hits just short of topping the left field wall), Garry Weslosky 3-4, 5 RBIs, Joel Breiner (3-4), Dave Archer (2-3, 2 RBIs on 2 doubles), with the rest of the team contributing 1 or 2 hits. Thanks to sub-Brian Pin for stepping up to handle the 3rd base duties. Good job by the umpiring crew of Paul Becker and Murray Fairweather, COVID Cop Pete Semenak and scoreboard keeper Bob Kloehn.








Char Wheeler was the latest team to fall to Jim Opyd's powerful 1st Place Canyon State team.  After falling behind 14 to 2 after 3 innings, Char Wheeler tried to mount a comeback, outscoring Canyon 9 to 4 in the final 3 innings, ultimately losing 18 to 11.  Char was led by Dennis Estes and Jeff Nickerson both having perfect days at the plate. Thanks to Paul Becker, Murray Fairweather, Bob Kloehn,and Pete Semanek for handling all the duties. 





















 General Exterminating - 9   Tom Ranalls Realty - 3
Pete Semenak led the General Pest Control offense with three lead off base hits, scoring each time to initiate three rallies that helped fend off Tom Rannalls and Paul Becker’s fine realty squad.  Pete was selected by Coach Mike Caliendo as the Golden Bat award winner!  Brian Kaping also garnered three safeties. Ed Hickox scored two runs on two base hits, Joe Pioli had two hits and two RBI’s while Allen Bellew also had a deuce in the hit column.  Ron Coleman had a critical two out, two RBI safety in the first that motivated the Pests! Defense helped keep Rannalls to only 9 hits, led by the corner vacuum cleaners, Brian Kaping and BIG Bob Kloehn, while pitcher Mike Anderson gobbled up anything up the middle with SS Ed Hickox and 2B Dave Dorn following suit.  Coach Tom Goetz selected Kaping as the Gold Glove winner!  Spectacular outfield play by Ron Coleman, Joe Pioli, Semenak, Dennis Haak, and Allen Bellew.  Kirk Andes kept the realtors from touching home plate, while SS Hickox and 2B Dave Dorn threw some strikes to BIG Bob Kloehn at first. Kloehn actually stabbed an errant throw with his BARE hand for an out! Hats off to umpires Dale Halder and Joel Breuner, monitor John Boland, and Dave Archer in the tower! Thanks John Hammel for these write-ups...and certainly ALL the OUTFIELD fans who continue to cheer on these fabulous athletes!!!  Have a WARM and WONDERFUL weekend!!!
RENEWED 🇺🇸 OPTIMISM 🌴 for 2021!  🍀 Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY!  🤠



Another sad day for Tom Ranalls Realty  for only scoring 3 runs and losing to a good Bugs team 9-3. Leading hitter was Ralph Hollis 2 for 2 with a HR and 3 RBIs. Hopefully next week brings better results. Thanks to all who help run the games and keep us safe.



 












Liberty GMC - 22    Park At Surprise - 18
The Liberty GMC Car Dealers scrambled their lineup in an effort to increase run production and that they did scoring 22 runs in a slugfest with Chuck’s Park At Surprise winning 22-18. The GMC gang scored 5 runs in four of the six innings played while knocking out 29 hits. Four hit days were had by Andy Campbell (4/5), Don Urzada (4/4) and Ron Wong (4/4). Contributing three hits each were sub Pete Semenak (3/4), Al Caillouette (3/4), Chip Robertson (3/4), and Darren Duncan (3/4).  Big thanks to Mac McLaughlin for helping out on the pitching mound. Thanks to everyone who umpired, monitored and kept track of the 40 runs scored.










 




The Park at Surprise lost an afternoon game to Liberty GMC 22 to 18. Both teams were in a run frenzy the first 3 inning with Bob Topham’s squad leading 15 to 12. In the final 3 innings the auto dealers tacked on another 7 and the Parkers plated 6 more which wasn’t enough to seal a win.  Our defense wasn’t as productive as our bats.  The Parkers had 26 rally producing hits led by Greg Allseitz perfect 4/4 day at the plate, including a grand slam over the left field fence. Mike Hirsch, Ron Michalski and Chuck Cruz also went 3/3.  Jeff Watson contributed his 3 hits and Dave Fusaro, Dave Elkins, Doug Stone, and Ray Gibson chimed in with their 2 hits. Thanks to umpires Bill Parker and Brian Pin, monitor Paul Becker and that group in the scoring tower led by Ron Coleman.


 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 7 3 1 0.682
  Char Wheeler 6 5 0 0.545
  General Exterminating 5 4 2 0.545
  Liberty GMC 5 5 1 0.5
  Park At Surprise 5 6 0 0.455
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 8 0 0.273
Treedah Magee 0 3 0
    - 
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Char Wheeler - 18   Tom Ranalls Realty - 12
On an unusually cool March morning in AZ, Char Wheeler was able to get their  bats going and scored in every inning while holding a strong Ranall's Realty off the scoreboard the 1st two innings.  Ultimately, Char Wheeler prevailed 18 to 12.  Char's offense was led by Dennis Estes, Jeff Silversteen, Jeff Nickerson and Howard Sumner all having a perfect day at the plate.  Rob White once again turned in a stellar pitching performance.  The win moved Char Wheeler into a second place tie with the Bug Killers.  Thursday's 12:30 match up with the 1st place Canyon State team will lead off another great day of Red League Softball at the Field of Dreams. Thanks to Rick Clot, Al DeAnglis, John Boland, and Mark Jessen for handling all the duties.








Tom Ranalls Realty fell behind early to Char Wheeler and couldn't overcome a good Char Wheeler team with a score 18 to 12.Tom Renalls led the hitting attack going 3 for 3 many other players had 2 hits.  Thanks to Don Ranieri for subbing and thanks to everyone that helped to keep things running smoothly on a chilly Tues morning.





















   Liberty Buick - 15   General Exterminating - 15
General Exterminating Pest Control played a whale of a game to garner a 15-9 lead going into the bottom of the last inning.  A couple walks and a few miscues gave Liberty just enough chances to end the game with a tie. Offensive Coach Mike Caliendo chose outfield sensation Joe Pioli as the Golden Bat winner with a 4/4 day including a booming 3 run HR.  Mike Anderson also sent a 2 run missile over the fence.  Anderson, Ed Hickox, Ron Coleman, and Kirk Andes each tallied 3 safeties.  Brian Kaping, Pete Semenak, and Dave Dorn all lashed two hits, while Allen Bellew, Dennis Haak, and Bob Kloehn each had key hits to aid the offense.  Defensively, the Pests had several nice plays by 3B Brian Kaping, ss Ed Hickox, 2B Dave Dorn, 1B Bob Kloehn, outfielders Pete Semenak, Joe Pioli, Dennis Haak, Allen Bellew, and Ron Coleman.  Kirk Andes each made a nifty catch, as did pitcher Mike Anderson. Defensive Coach Tom Goetz selected Dave Dorn as the Golden Glove recipient with some magnificent leather play. Special accolades go to Rob White and Dale McGloughlin, umpires, Don Ranieri, monitor, and scorekeeper in the tower, Mark Jessen, along with Jim Opyd’s groundskeeping crew. Hopefully, the fans are having as much fun as the lucky ball players on the Field of Dreams!  See everyone Thursday for some more exciting softball
RENEWED 🇺🇸 OPTIMISM 🌴 for 2021!  Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY! 



So that’s what a tie feels like. Liberty GMC and General Exterminating went back a forth all the way to the last inning with The Spray guys taking a 15-9 lead then the Car Dealers scored six runs to settle for a 15-15 tie. John Boland (4/4) had a great day at the plate and scored three times. Seven players had two hits... Chip Robertson, Al Caillouette, Darren Duncan, Dale Halder, Don Urzada, Randy Cihlar and Andy Campbell. Thanks to Rob White and Dale McLaughlin for umpiring and Don Ranieri for monitoring with Mark up in the tower.


 












Canyon State - 14   Park At Surprise - 5
Canyon State evened their record against Park today by posting a 14-5 win. After both teams traded a 1 run first inning the Canyon bats came alive and went on to score 13 runs in the next three innings to pull ahead of Park by a score of 14-3. Park posted 2 runs in the final inning to leave the final score at 14-5 in favor of Canyon State. Top batters were John Hammel (3-3, 3 RBIs), Jay Schirpke (3-4, 2 RBIs), Garry Weslosky (2-3, 1 RBI), Dave Zuker (2-3, 4 RBIs on two 2-run HRs), Dave Archer (2-3) and Don Ranieri (1-1 with 2 RBIs and 2 Sacs) with the rest of the team getting 1 or 2 timely hits to also bring runners home. Thanks to umpires Ed Hickok and Mike Anderson, scorekeeper Joe Pioli and COVID Cop John Boland.









 




The Park at Surprise lost to the hot Canyon State team by a 14 to 5 score.  After the first inning, Jim Opyd’s team took the lead that they never relinquished.  The Parker’s bats were as cool as the weather. Our 14 hits were too spread out to mount many run producing rallies.  None the less, Greg Allseitz and Mike Hirsch both had 3/3 days at the plate.  Both Dave Elkins and Randy Biko made their 2 hit contributions. And as Forest Gump would say “That’s all I got to say about that”.   Thanks Ed Hickox and Mike Anderson for umpiring, Joe Pioli in the scoring tower and you too, John Boland with the monitoring duty.


 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 11, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 6 3 1 0.65
  General Exterminating 5 4 1 0.55
  Park At Surprise 5 5 0 0.5
  Liberty GMC 5 5 0 0.5
  Char Wheeler 5 5 0 0.5
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 7 0 0.3
    - 
Sunday, March 11, 9021
Char Wheeler - 18   General Exterminating - 14
Char Wheeler found ourselves trailing 4 to nothing after one inning against the 1st place General Exterminating team.  That's when our bats woke up and we scored 10 runs over the next two innings while Rob White's pitching and our defense kicked in to hold the Exterminators to 1 run.   The bug boys then found their groove and closed the gap to 2 runs entering the final inning.   After Wheeler plated 2 runs in the top of the 6th to take a 4 run lead, we were able to shut down a rally by General with a heads up catch by Jeff Silversteen to secure the 1 to 14 victory. Char Wheeler was led on offense today by Kevin Anthony, Jeff Nickerson and Rob White all going 3 for 3.  Kevin hit 2 out of the park and Jeff had 1 leave the playing area as well. Coach Stueber's line up worked again...so we will keep it for our match up against Ranalls Realty on Tuesday. Thanks to Dave Zuker, Glen Soles, John Boland, and  Dave Archer for handling all the duties.










Congratulations to Greg Kastelic’s Char Wheeler team. Char Wheeler cranked four out of the park to garner their 18 runs. The Pest Control was very pleased several players came up with key team hits. General Exterminating Pest Control battled in the last inning, but fell a tad short. Coach Mike Caliendo chose Joe Pioli as the Golden Bat Award winner with 4 hits. Allen Bellew put on a spectacular hitting exhibition as well, with Pioli and Bellew each having 4 safeties and one double apiece while Mike Anderson garnered 6 RBI’s on 3 hits. Notable team performances at the plate also came from Ed Hickox and Pete Semenak, each with three. Brian Kaping, Dave Dorn, and Bob Kloehn chipped in two nice hits apiece! Defensively, it was tough having the long ball flying out, but Pete Semenak made some really nice catches in the outfield! The game was officiated by two amazing umpires...Dave Zuker and Glen Soles, along with Don Ranieri as the “mask” patrol, and Dave Archer working the scoreboard. Another spectacular day at SCG Field of Dreams! WE are sooo lucky to be healthy! RENEWED 🇺🇸 OPTIMISM 🌴 for 2021! 🍀 Nothing should be more cherished than the VALUE of TODAY! 🤠





















Canyon State - 17   Liberty Buick - 15
Canyon State held on to a late inning barrage by the fired-up Liberty squad to come away with a 17-15 victory. Leading by a score of 17-6 going into the open inning, the suddenly resurgent Liberty squad was able to push 9 runs across the plate on a string of solid hits while making 2 outs during the run. With 2 outs and the game tying runs on 2nd and 3rd the liberty come back was stifled by a super catch of a hard line-drive by left center fielder Garry Weslosky to seal the deal for the Canyon team. Having good days at the plate were Don Ranieri 3-3 (2 HRs (his 4th and 5th of the season), one a Grand Slam, 6 RBI), Glen Soles 3-3, Sub Randy Biko 2-2 (2 RBIs), Jim Opyd 3-3 (2 RBIs), John Hammel 2-2 (2RBIs), Dave Archer 3-4, (1 RBI) Garry Weslosky 2-3 (1 RBI), Dave Zuker also put one over the fence for 2 RBIs (his 4th HR of the season) in the 1st inning. Thanks to umpires Scott Roberts and Ralph Hollis, COViD Cop Tom Gibans and scoreboard keeper David Dron.
So close. The Liberty GMC team dug themselves a huge hole down 13-1 (with four hits) after four innings before banging out 18 hits and scoring 14 runs over the last two innings but falling short in losing 17-15 to Jim’s Canyon State team. Three hit days were had by John Boland (3/4), Chip Robertson (3/4), Al Caillouette (3/3) and Darren Duncan (3/3). Contributing with two hits were Don Urzada (2/4), Andy Campbell (2/3), Ron Wong (2/3) and Lisa Pelletier (2/3). Thanks to Scott Roberts and Ralph Hollis for umpiring and Tom Gibans for monitoring with Dave Dorn up in the tower.

 













Park At Surprise - 15   Tom Ranalls Realty - 14
The Park at Surprise won a close one against Tom Ranalls Realty 15 to 14.  The house sellers seemed to have it their way early on with a 12 to 5 lead by the end of the 3rd inning.  Then our defense and bats heated up holding the Ranalls/Becker squad scoreless in the next two frames while tallying 9 runs of our own resulting in a 14 to 12 lead going into the final inning.  The Orange Jersey group then mounted a rally of their own that stalled after 2 scores but tied the game at 14.  With the hammer, the Parkers played small ball with 2 singles and a walk loading the bases for Ray-Ray Gibson who hit an infield grounder that scored the winning run.  Defensively, several double plays limited run producing rallies while most of our lineup had multi hit days at the plate.  Our 22 hits included a perfect 3/3 day at the plate for Terry Graves, followed by 3 hits each by Dave Fusaro, Doug Stone, Mike Hirsch, and Dave Elkins whose multi-run producing blast over the left field fence helped his pitching cause and gave Park at Surprise their first lead of the game. Jeff Watson, Greg Allseitz and Ron Michalski chimed in with their 2 hits.  Thanks to umpires Allan Caillouette and Andy Campbell, monitor Don Ranieri and Gene Prosser in the scoring tower.









 





Tom Renalls Realty came up on the short end of a good game with Park of Surprise with a final score of 15 to 14. Perfect hitting of the day goes to Tom Renalls 4 for 4, Ralph Hollis 4 for 4, and Eric Swobody 3 for 3. Getting 3 hits were Scott Roberts, Paul Becker and leading the RBI attack with 4 was Ralph Hollis. Thanks again to all the people who make our softball games run smoothly and safely.

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 5 3 1 0.611
  General Exterminating 5 3 1 0.611
  Liberty GMC 5 4 0 0.556
  Char Wheeler 4 5 0 0.444
  Park At Surprise 4 5 0 0.444
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 6 0 0.333
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Sunday, March 04, 9021
Park At Surprise - 8   General Exterminating - 3
The Park at Surprise now has 2 victories in a row -WOW!  We defeated a strong General Exterminating team 8 to 3.  The Park players put together an exceptional offense and defensive effort necessary to defeat the Mike Anderson/Pete Semenak group.  Pitcher Dave Elkins did himself proud (with the support of his defenders) by allowing 3 runs in the first inning and blanking them the remaining five innings.  The Parker bats produced runs in all but the first inning.  Heading the hit parade were the perfect 3/3 days for Mike Hirsch and Ron Michalski.  Not to be outdone, Greg Allseitz had a 2 hit outing (blasting one over the left field wall which hit a flag on a parked golf cart).  Others with 2 hits included Dave Fusaro, Dave Elkins and Randy Biko.  Our remaining players had one hit each that played a big role in our run producing innings.  Thanks to umpires Paul Becker and late comer Kris Schwartz, monitor Don Ranieri and Pete Houghton in the scoring tower.









General Exterminating Pest Control dropped their second consecutive contest as once again they had difficulty mustering hits together.  The pests challenged Chuckie Cruz’s “The Park” shortstop, Mike Hirsch, ten times and the Pest hitters headed back to the dugout all ten times. General Exterminating Pest Control had their only rally in the first when Brian Kaping got a one out single, followed by Mike Anderson ‘s line drive up the middle, and Ed Hickox tallied an infield single. Dave Dorn lashed a drive to score two, while Kirk Andes drove in the last tally for the Pests.  The next five innings the Pests were exterminated nearly in order and were unable to reach first base.  Coach Mike Caliendo awarded the Golden Bat to Moondoggie Mike Anderson with 3 singles.  Allen Bellew and Dave Dorn got two hits each. Brian Kaping, Kirk Andes, and Ed Hickox chipped in one safety. Defensively, General Exterminating Pest Control’s defense kept the game close.  Many fine plays were made by Tom Goetz’s Golden Glove winner, 3rd baseman Brian Kaping. Other fine defensive efforts were made by Pete Semenak, Joe Pioli, Dennis Haak, Bob Kloehn, Kirk Andes, Dave Dorn, Ed Hickox, Allen Bellew, and Mike Anderson. Another outstanding umpiring effort by Paul Becker, Tom Rannalls, and Kris Schwartz.  Don Ranieri continues keeping us all safe, while Pete Houghton put numbers on the scoreboard.  Wonderful field crew maintenance by Jim Opyd’s worker bees!!!
🐝 Bzzz!!  Another wonderful day in the Valley of the Sun!!




















Canyon State - 18   Tom Ranalls Realty - 10   
Canyon State swapped 5 run innings in the first 2 innings with Ranalls to leave the score at 5 apiece. The Canyon bats then caught the spark and scored 13 runs in the following 3 innings while holding the Ranalls team to just 5 runs to secure and 18-10 victory. Lots of good days at the plate with both Don Ranieri and Dave Zuker taking one over the fence. Dave Zuker (3 for 3 with a walk and 4 RBI’s -Could’ve been 5 RBIs but his Grand Slam in the 5th inning only accounted for 3 RBIs due to the 5 run limit), Dave Archer (3-3, 1RBI), Joel Breiner (3-3, 1 RBI), Sub Ron Wong (2-2, 2 RBIs), Garry Weslosky (3-4, 1 RBI), Don Ranieri (2-3, 3 RBIs), return to action Glenn Soles (2-3, 4 RBIs) with the rest of the team chipping in with 1 or 2 hits each. Thanks to sub Ron Wong for handling the shortstop duties, Umpires Rick Clot and Don Urzada, monitor Brian Kaping and scoreboard guru Mark Jessen.
Tom Renalls Realty and Canyon State were tied 5 to 5 after 2 innings, then Canyon State went on a hitting attack to eventually beat Renalls by 18 to 10. Three players were perfect for the day going 3 for 3, Chris Schwartz, Ralph Hollis and Paul Becker.
Ralph and Paul both hit HRs.  We'll be back at it again Thursday, hopefully with better results.
Thanks to everyone for keeping everything running smoothly and safely.

 













Char Wheeler - 15   Liberty Buick - 12   
Char Wheeler put together a solid performance today to down Top's tough Liberty Buick team 15 to 12.  Several defensive gems by Lloyd Newlands in the outfield and Jeff Nickerson at first digging out throws helped end Liberty rallies.  Char Wheeler was led on offense by Lloyd Newlands and Howard Sumner both perfect at the plate as well as Home Runs by Dale Mclaughlin and Gary Stueber.   Coach Stueber's line up came through big with timely hitting throughout the line up.  Coach K says let's keep it the same for Thursday's matchup against 1st place General Exterminating. Thanks to Scott Roberts, Ralph Hollis, Jim Opyd and Mark Jessen for handling all the duties.









 





The Liberty GMC team stalled during the middle innings losing 15-12 to Greg’s hot Char Wheeler team. Having three hit days were John Boland (3/4), Dale Halder (3/4), Don Urzada (3/4), Randy Cihlar (3/4) and Andy Campbell (3/4). Thanks to Scott Roberts and Ralph Hollis for umpiring and Jim Opyd for monitoring with Mark up in the tower.

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 04, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  General Exterminating 5 2 1 0.688
  Liberty GMC 5 3 0 0.625
  Canyon State 4 3 1 0.563
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 5 0 0.375
  Char Wheeler 3 5 0 0.375
  Park At Surprise 3 5 0 0.375
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Thursday, March 04, 2021
   Liberty Buick - 14   Tom Ranalls - 4
The Liberty GMC team came away with a 14-4 win over Tom’s Ranalls Realty team today. Defense was a huge factor in limiting the Realtors to just four runs. Great catches, great throws combined with timely hitting was the difference. Having perfect days today were John Boland (4/4), Don Urzada (4/4), Al Deangelis (2/2) and newcomer Ron Wong (3/3). Winning pitcher Dave Elkins (3/4), Darren Duncan (3/4) also contributed. Thanks to everyone who help with the game today..









Tom Ranalls Realty team was beaten by Liberty GMC 14-4.




















Park At Surprise - 10   Char Wheeler - 8
The Park at Surprise won a close one against Char Wheeler by the score of 10 to 8.  The theme of the game must have been pitching and defense as the Park group only produced runs in two innings while the solid Kastelic/Stuber squad only scored in 3 of the 6 innings.  The Wheelers held a 6 to 5 lead by the end of the 3rd frame, but the Parker bats answered in the top of the 4th scoring a nickel while holding our opponent to a 2 spot in their half of the inning.  That ended the scoring for the remainder of the game.  Our batting highlights included perfect days at the plate for Mike Hirsch and pitcher, Dave Elkins, a 4 hit performance by Dave Fusaro, 3 hits for Greg Allseitz and 2 hits each for Randy Biko and Jeff Watson.  Thanks to the two umpires, monitor and scoreboard keeper for their efforts.
On another fantastic day for softball, Char Wheeler found itself on the wrong end of a 10 to 8 defeat by Chuck's Park @ Surprise ball club.   Park out hit the Realtors and Dave Elkins kept the Wheeler's batters off the balance at the plate all day.  The Wheeler's started strong to take a 6 to 5 lead after 2 innings but then only managed 2 more runs over the next four innings in taking the loss.  Char Wheeler was led by Ralph McKeever who was 4 for 4 including a Home run.  Congratulations to Park for putting together another solid game against Char Wheeler.
Thanks to Billy Parker, Al Caillouette, Darren Duncan, and John Boland for handling all the duties today.

 
 













Canyon State - 19   General Exterminating - 2   
Well, the Canyon State HVAC team finally decided to quit playing the late inning catch-up game by scoring 9 runs in the first two innings to lead by a score of 9-1. After both teams traded a scoreless 3rd inning, the Canyon squad continued to stay hot and scored an additional 10 runs in the following 2 innings while holding the General Exterminating team to run 1 leaving the final score at 19-2 in favor of Canyon State. Big hitter for the Canyon team was “The Great White Bear” Joel Breiner who put two over the fence along with a double on his way to a perfect 3 -3 day and 9 RBI total. Don Ranieri helped Joel garner all those RBIs by being on base during his 4-4 day as did Dave Zuker with 2-2 and two walks. Both Garry Weslosky (4 RBIs)and Dave Archer (4 RBIs) had 3-4 days with Garry also putting one over the fence in the 2nd inning. Special thanks to sub-Mike Mahon who had a 2-3 day in his final game before heading back to Michigan. Thanks to umpires Terry Graves and Dave Elkins Scoreboard keeper Mike Hirsch and monitor Ron Michalski.









 





Canyon State came out hitting the ball hard...and kept it up the entire game!  General Exterminating Pitcher Moondoggie was treated for neck whiplash after the game because he served up sooo many looonnng balls by Jim Opyd’s talented lineup, including pitcher Joel Breuner, who hit two home runs and tallied nine RBI’s.  Bob Kloehn was the Golden Glove winner with several fine plays at first base.  Kloehn also garnered two singles that could have sparked the offense.  Ed Hickox, the dynamic offensive weapon today, lashed two doubles and received the Golden Bat Award from Coach Mike Caliendo.  Pete Semenak, Dave Dorn, Mike Anderson, Brian Kaping, and Joe Pioli each added a single, while Allen Bellew legged out a double.  Hopefully, General Exterminating Pest Control will swing their bats better next Tuesday. Thanks sooo much for umpiring a fine game Terry Graves and Davey Elkins. Ron Michalski kept the masks up and us safe, while Mike Hirsch pushed all the right buttons in the tower!  Kudos go out to commissioners John Boland, Don Ranieri, and Paul Becker for making the Field of Dreams a reality every Tuesday and Thursday!

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  General Exterminating 5 1 1 0.786
  Liberty GMC 4 3 0 0.571
  Canyon State 3 3 1 0.5
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 4 0 0.429
  Char Wheeler 3 4 0 0.429
  Park At Surprise 2 5 0 0.286
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
   Liberty Buick - 13   Park At Surprise - 9
Liberty GMC held on to the lead over the late charging Park At Surprise and escaped with a 13-9 win. The Liberty GMC bats came out hot today for the first three innings taking a 13-0 lead before the car dealers stalled and drifted into cruise control. At that point Chuck’s park guys started smacking the ball around and scored 9 unanswered runs before the GMC team shut the door in the top of the sixth to secure the win. Randy Cihlar (3/3) led the team in hitting and had  several nice fielding plays. Also contributing to the offensive were John Boland (2/4), Al Caillouette (2/3 with several nice fielding plays), Darren “legs” Duncan (2/3), winning pitcher Dale Holder (2/2 first time pitching in Red League), Don “line drive” Urzada (2/3), Andy Campbell (2/3) and Lisa Pelletier (2/3). Thanks to Don Ranieri and Ralph Mckeever for umpiring and Jim Opyd for monitoring with Mark up in the tower. Appreciate having the field ready to go for the first game.









The Park at Surprise today lost to Bob Topham’s Liberty GMC 13 to 9.  The car guys had a 13 to 0 lead by the end of the third inning.  In the remaining frames the Surprise group began whittling away at that lead scoring 9 runs (not enough) while holding them scoreless for the remainder of the game.  Terry Graves, Mike Hirsch and Randy Biko had perfects days at the plate, followed by Jeff Watson, Dave Elkins, and Ron Michalski contributing 2 hits each.  Thanks to umpires Don Ranieri and Ralph Mckeever, Mark Jessen in the tower, Jim Opyd the monitor and of course the field prep team getting the field ready in the early morning cool weather.




















   Canyon State - 18  Char Wheeler -17 
Canyon State came back in the latter innings to squeak out a victory against a tough Wheeler realtor squad by a score of 18-17. Initially falling behind by a score of 9-3 after two innings the Canyon HVAC team begin to come alive and scored 15 runs to Wheelers 8 runs in the last 4 innings to walk away with a hard-fought win. With the score tied at 17 apiece after 5 full innings, the Wheeler team was in good position to push across the lead run in their half of the inning with runners at first and third with no outs. The next batter hit into a 6-4-3 double play situation that quickly turned into a triple-play execution when first baseman Joel Breiner quickly snapped a throw off to catcher John Hammel catching the Wheeler runner before reaching the scoring line at home. The canyon team was able to put men in scoring position with one out in their half of the 6th and push across the winning run on a single by Don Ranieri. Top hitters for Canyon were Garry Weslosky (5-5), Don Ranieri 4-4, Joel Breiner 4-4, Jay Schirpke 4-5, Dave Archer 3-4, and sub-Mike Mahon 3-4, with the rest of the team getting additional hits. Top RBI getters were Don Ranieri with 5 and Dale Hader with 5, 4 of them coming off a grand slam in the 4th inning. Good job by the umpiring crew of Rick Clot and Murray Fairweather, Covid Cop Paul Becker and scoreboard keeper Mark Jessen.
Char Wheeler started out strong putting up 14 runs in the first 3 innings against Canyon State.  Then Canyon State brought out their closer Dale Halder and shut us down, only allowing 3 runs over the last 3 Innings.  Canyon State in the meantime cranked up their offense scoring 15 runs over the last 4 innings to secure an 18 to 17 victory over Char Wheeler.  Char Wheeler was led by Dennis Estes and Ralph McKeever both going 4 for 4.  Gary Stueber continued his hot hitting going 3 for 4 with a Home Run. Thanks to Rick Clot, Murray Fairweather and Paul Becker for handling all the duties. 

 
 













General Exterminating - 12   Tom Ranalls Realty - 11   
Back and forth!  What a game with two fine teams going head to head!!  General Exterminating took an early 7-3 lead when lead off hitter Pete Semenak got on twice the first two innings.  Tom Ranall’s team retaliated five times in the third inning to take an 8-7 lead, then Paul Becker motivated the realtors to an 11-9 lead and were ahead 11-10 heading into the bottom of the final inning.  Allen Bellew led off with a sharp single, offensive stalwart Pete Semenak singled, Mike Anderson doubled to score Bellew, and slugger Ed Hickox was intentionally walked. Dennis Haak calmly stroked a sacrifice fly that scored Semenak on a close play at the plate for the winning score! Amazing hitting and running by Golden Bat Award winner Pete Semenak and teammates Allen Bellew and Ed Hickox, each with 3 hits.  Bob Kloehn, Joe Pioli, Kirk Andes, Brian Kaping, Dennis Haak, and Dave Dorn all had two safeties. Ron Coleman had a key hit in the first inning! Multiple defensive plays were made by the Gold Glove Award winner Dave Dorn, turning two magnificent double plays and gunning one runner out at the plate.  Kirk Andes made three outstanding plays today at the plate, as did Brian Kaping in the hotspot.  Steady Eddie Hickox, Joe Pioli, Bob Kloehn, Allen Bellew, Ron Coleman, Dennis Haak, and Pete Semenak were stellar at their positions, also, holding Tom and Paul’s softballers to only 3 runs the last 3 innings.
Many thanks to the umpiring crew of Dennis Estes, Ralph McKeever, and John Boland!  Thanks for monitoring Greg Kastelic, scorekeeper Sherry Degerman for shading in twelve boxes, and scoreboard operator, Howard Sumner, outstanding in the tower. All the teams appreciate Jim Opyd and his crew. They maintain OUR Field of Dreams amazingly!  WE are soo lucky!









 





Tom Ranalls tried to upend 1st place General Exterminating but fell short in the bottom of the 6th ending with a 12 to 11 final. Ranalls Realty hitting was led by Scott Roberts, Paul Becker, Eric Swobody, Murray Fairweather and Gary Ambrose all with 3 for 3.  Chipping in with 2 hits was Tom Gibans, Brian Pin, Pete Houghton and Bill Parker.  We made some good defensive plays but in the end the Bugs  exterminated us. Thanks to the umpires, monitors and tower people that keep things running smoothly during these Covid days.

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 25, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  General Exterminating 4 1 1 0.75
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 3 0 0.5
  Char Wheeler 3 3 0 0.5
  Liberty GMC 3 3 0 0.5
  Canyon State 2 3 1 0.417
  Park At Surprise 2 4 0 0.333
    - 
Thursday, February 25, 2021
General Exterminating - 18   Liberty Buick - 6
What a difference a day makes!  General Exterminating Pest Control came out FOCUSED and ablazin’ after their lackluster Tuesday ballgame.  The Pests were able to keep Bob Topham’s Liberty GMC offense off balance with some fine defensive efforts by the entire team.  Then Pete Semenak, Bob Kloehn, Dennis Haak, Dave Dorn, and Kirk Andes all led off innings with base hits to assist in run producing innings for the exterminators!  The coaching staff of Mike Caliendo, Tom Goetz, Pete Semenak, and Mike Anderson were amazed at the overall play of every single player today!  Dave Dorn (3/4 2 RBI’s), Joe Pioli (3/3, 2 RBI’s), and Allen Bellew (3/3, 3 RBI’s) contributed to  the potent Pest attack. The offense, though, was certainly led today by Steady Eddie Hickox with his HOME RUN blast in the second inning, along with another safety to earn the Golden Bat Award, handed out by offensive Coach Mike Caliendo.  All eleven players garnered at least two hits.  Pete Semenak’s 2 hits and 3 runs were instrumental in General Exterminating winning each inning!  Other notable players with two hits were the Moondoggie (3 RBI’s), Dennis Haak (3 RBI’s, 2 runs), Brian Kaping, Kirk Andes (2 runs), Ron Coleman (2 Rbi’s) and Bob Kloehn. Bob Kloehn, the Pest Control’s sensational first baseman, made a fantastic play going into the hole on Johnny Boland’s smash, planting, then throwing a strike to pitcher Mike Anderson covering second, to squelch a potential big inning by the Liberty servicemen. This play, along with others by Big Bob, had defensive Coach Tom Goetz select Big Bad Bob Kloehn as the stellar player of the day on defense.  Another key play was Steady Eddie Hickox’s superb elevation on a line drive by Liberty’s Randy Cihlar.  Ron Coleman thwarted off teammate Joe Pioli to secure a fly ball in left field, another gem catch! Thanks sooo much for umpires Glenn Soles and Gary Weslosky who made some fine, tough calls. Monitor Don Ranieri had the masks up and players safe, while Jay Schirpke maintained balls, strikes, and runs on the scoreboard!  Scorekeeper Sherry Degerman was kept busy coloring in the scoreboxes. Thanks to John Hammel, our media man, for putting out these write-ups TWICE a week!  We appreciate all the fans in the stands that keep our outfielders “focused” and ready to catch a long fly ball. WE are sooo lucky to have sooo many GRAND people donating time to make SCG softball a pleasure to play in!!!  Have a great weekend, Folks!!!









The Liberty GMC team got absolutely clobbered today by General Exterminating 18-6 in five innings. The Car Dealers were only able to squeeze out 15 hits while the Bug team must’ve batted .950 - all line drives. Impressive. Thanks to Glen Soles and Garry Weslosky for umpiring and Don Ranieri for monitoring and Jay Schripke up in the tower.


















Park At Surprise - 15   Canyon State - 13
The Park at Surprise got back on the winning side of the standings defeating Canyon State by the close score of 15 to 13.  The By the end of the second inning the game was tied at 5.  In the next two frames, Jim Opyd’s hard hitting squad collected another 7 runs to our 5 regaining a two run lead.  That’s when the Parker’s bats came alive resulting in a 5 spot that was just enough to solidify the win.   Once again, our defense was respectable as was our run producing bats.  Both Randy Biko and Terry Graves had perfect 3/3 days at the plate followed by Dave Fusaro, Jeff Watson, and sub, Ed Hickox with their 3 hit contributions.  Greg Allseitz, Ron Michalski, and sub pitcher, Rob White got into the act with their 2 hit performances.  Thanks to our two aforementioned subs who handled the shortstop and pitching positions duties extremely well.   Nice umpiring job Andy Campbell and Randy Cihlar, you too Gene Prosser up in the scoring tower and our monitor Allen Bellew.










 




Canyon State fell short in its attempt to post back-to-back wins losing to The Park in Surprise by a score of 15-13. Initially ahead 12-10 after 4 innings the run production feel off in the remaining innings with Canyon scoring only 1 run while Park was able to push across 5 to leave the final score at 15-13 in favor of Park. Both Don Ranieri (3-4 and 5 RBIs) and Joel Breiner (3-4 and 2 RBIs) went over the fence today. Top batsman for Canyon was Sub Chip Robertson with a 4-4 day. 3-4 days were also posted by Don Ranieri, Joel Breiner, Garry Weslosky and sub Mike Mahon with the rest of the squad getting 1 or 2 hits each. Thanks to umpires Andy Campbell and Randy Chilar, monitor Allen Bellew and the unknown scoreboard keeper standing in for the injured Gene Prosser

 
 













Tom Ranalls Realty - 22     Char Wheeler - 17  
Down 7-3 after the 2nd inning the Ranalls Realty team finished the game scoring 4,5,5,5 in the final 4 frames.  Always fun to play the Char Wheeler boys as they come to play and can never be counted out.  First let's thank our subs...Pete Semenak (perfect 4/4 from the plate and 2 RBI's), Dave Zuker (4/4 with 2 HR's and 4 RBI's), Mike Anderson (3/3 and an outstanding pitching performance) and Greg Alseitz (4/4 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI's).  4 subs, four perfect days at the plate.  That doesn't happen every day.  Only making 1 out was Bill Parker with a home run of his own, Brian Pin, Kris Schwartz and Eric Swobody.  Coach Ranalls had 4 RBI's and a 3/5 day at the plate and Ralph Hollis went 2/4 with 4 RBI's as well.  Murray Fairweather added a hit and strong defense at 2nd base.  Great weather and lots of fans on the hill!  Good to see community members out there enjoying the games.  It's not just ball players but many in the community find it entertaining to spend the day at the ballpark.  Glen Soles and Dale Halder for umpiring and calling a good game.  Jay Schirpke for keeping score and last but not least..John Hammel for keeping us Covid free in the kennels!









 





Char Wheeler took an early lead against Ranall's Realty after two innings 7 to 3 but ultimately lost the game after being outscored 19 to 10 over the next four innings.   17 runs will win many games but not today.  Once Ranall's got rolling we couldn't stop them or match their run production.  Coach K had a perfect day, no hits and no catches in the field, management will take a look and see if someone is ready to move up from the farm system.  😀     The good news is we all got to play on a fantastic field and will get another chance to put one in the win column next Tuesday.   Thanks  Al Caillouette 4 for 4 and Don Ranieri 3 for 4 for subbing today.  Don's only out was an absolute bullet that Ralph Hollis managed to grab.  Char's other hitting hero's today were Gary Stueber, and Rob White both perfect for the day at the plate.  Dale Mclaughlin and Kevin Anthony also had 3 hit days as well.   Kevin hit his 4th home run of the season.    Thanks to John Hammel for switching monitoring duties with Don so he could sub.  Thanks to Glenn Soles and Dale Halder for handling the umpire duties and Jay Schirpke in the Score Tower.
Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  General Exterminating 3 1 1 0.7
  Char Wheeler 3 2 0 0.6
  Liberty GMC 3 2 0 0.6
  Canyon State 2 2 1 0.5
  Tom Ranalls Realty 2 3 0 0.4
  Park At Surprise 1 4 0 0.2
    - 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Tom Ranalls Realty - 9   Park At Surprise - 4 
Ranalls Realty came out hot grabbing a 9-0 lead after 3 innings.  Due in part to sub Don Ranieri hitting a first pitch grand salami in the second inning.  We thank you for your service Don!  The scrappy Park at Surprise squad wasn't going away easily as they tightened up their defense and chipped away with runs in each of the last three innings but innings ran out and Ranalls Realty held on to an early morning 9-4 victory.  Perfect morning at the plate for Brian Pin and Kris Schwartz.  Only making one out for Ranalls Realty was Don Ranieri, Ralph Hollis, Pete Houghton, Bill Parker, Tom Gibans, Eric Swobody, Murray Fairweather and co coach Paul Becker.  Mike Anderson and Ed Hickox officiated the game and handled their duties well!  Mark Jessen survived another cool morning in the score tower.  I know we've said it a lot but another tip of the hat for the monitors who are doing a remarkable job reminding the players to mask up and distance themselves when not on the field.  What I'm most impressed with is the way they are reminding us to do the right things...they are polite, consistent, fair and always friendly!  THANK YOU MONITORS...you are a big reason that we are able to keep the field open and operating during these difficult times.









The Park at Surprise lost a low scoring game to Tom Ranalls Realty 9 to 4.  The Ranalls/Becker squad scored all of their runs in the first two innings of the game.  The Parkers played catch up the remaining innings but could only produce 4 runs.  The defense was respectable, but the bats were as cool as the 8:30 am start time.  Our offense combined for a total of 15 hits.  Most remarkable was Dave Fusaro with a perfect 3/3 day followed by Dave Elkins, Randy Biko, Mike Hirsch, and Ron Michalski all contributing 2 hits each.  Thanks to the field prep people, umpires Mike Anderson and Ed Hickox, monitor Pete Semenak and Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.

















Char Wheeler - 17   General Exterminating - 8
Char Wheeler had their bats working today against Moondog and Pete's first place General Exterminating Team.   Wheeler jumped out to a 9 to 1 lead after two innings and built it to 17 to 3 with more timely hitting and GREAT defense which fed off Rob White's masterful pitching.   General mounted a comeback as you can't keep that team down the whole game, but we got the final outs to preserve a win.  We hit 800 as a team with everyone contributing.  Perfect at the plate today were Dennis Estes, Kevin Anthony and Dale Mclaughlin.  Thanks to Randy Biko, Dave Elkins, and Mark Jessen for handling the duties.










 




Greg Kastelic’s Char Wheeler Allstars certainly lived up to their billing!  26 well placed hits!  Outstanding defense! TWO  unassisted amazing double plays by SS Dennis Estes in the first and sixth inning!  Dennis actually assisted in TEN outs (out of 18) and squelched any rallies General Extermination Pest Control tried to muster. Congrats to Gary Stueber and Greg’s team today!.  General Extermination was led today by Coach Mike Caliendo’s Golden Bat Award winner, 3rd baseman Brian “Bang” Kaping, with two singles and a double!   SS Ed Hickox banged out two doubles, while Pete Semenak tallied three safeties.  Joe Pioli garnered 3 RBI’s on two hits. Dave Dorn, Mike Anderson, Ron Coleman, and Allen Bellew each had two base hits, with Kirk Andes and Bob Kloehn adding one.  Dennis Haak added a sacrifice fly RBI.  General Exterminating will be facing another fine shortstop Thursday afternoon…  Hmmm…. Defensive Coach Tom Goetz selected the Moondog as the Golden Glove winner with him stabbing two line drives and starting a double play opportunity. Outstanding umpiring today by The Park’s Dave Elkins and “Dandy” Randy Biko.  Mark Jessen was stellar once again in the tower.  Don Ranieri made sure everyone was safe and wearing masks. Thanks to Sunshine Sherry Degerman for once again doing the book!!!  Jim Opyd’s field maintenance crew was magnificent once again!  Thanks to ALL who make the Field of Dreams a reality!!!  WE are soooo lucky!!!


 
 













Canyon State - 15   Liberty Buick - 14   
Canyon State won a close game against Liberty today by a score of 15-14. Both clubs traded 2 run 1st innings then went semi-dormant for the next two with the score being 4-2 in favor of Liberty after 3 innings. Canyon came back in the 4th with 2 runs, but that was quickly countered by liberty who scored 5. With the score at 9-4 in favor of Liberty, the Canyon HVAC team finally turned up the heat by scoring 11 runs in the following 2 innings to lead 15-9 going into the bottom of the final inning. Liberty pushed across 5 runs in their half and were in a good position to win the game. With two outs and the running winning run in scoring position, RC fielder Don Ranieri ran down a hard-hit ball in the right center alley to end the game and secure a 15-14 win for Canyon. Big hitter and RBI man for today was John Hammel with a 4-4 day and 4 RBI’s. Dave Zuker also rang up 3 RBI’s, 2 of which came with a left center home run in the 5th inning. Lots of 3 for 4 and 2 for4 Days throughout the lineup today. Thanks to umpires Jeff Silversteen and Lloyd Newlands, scoreboard keeper Bob Kloehn and COVID Cop Gary Stueber









 





Great game today. Liberty GMC lost a nail bitter to Canyon State by a score of 15-14. Going into the fifth inning the Car Dealers were up 9-4, then The AC team got rolling and scored 11 runs over the last two innings while the GMC team stalled out after getting within one run in the bottom of the sixth. Having good days at the plate where John Boland (3/4), Al Caillouette (3/4), Randy Cihlar (2/3), Andy Campbell (3/3), Lisa Pelletier (2/3) and Al Deangelis (2/3). Thanks to Jeff Silversteen and Lloyd Newlands for umpiring and Gary Stueber pulling monitor duties with Bob Kloehn up in the tower.

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 18, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  General Exterminating 3 0 1 0.875
  Liberty GMC 3 1 0 0.75
  Char Wheeler 2 2 0 0.5
  Canyon State 1 2 1 0.375
  Tom Ranalls Realty 1 3 0 0.25
  Park At Surprise 1 3 0 0.25
    - 
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Liberty Buick - 12   Char Wheeler - 11
In a very exciting game today, the Liberty GMC Team edged by Greg’s Char Wheeler Team 12-11. John Boland (4/4), Randy Cihlar (3/3), Don Urzada (3/4) and Gene Prosser (3/4) were the leading hitters where everyone contributed in knocking out 24 hits. Thanks to Eric Swobody and Glen Soles for umpiring and Monitor Don Ranieri with Pete Houghton in the tower.









Char Wheeler lost a close game today to Liberty Buick 12 to 11 in a five inning game.  Neither team could pull away from the other.  Char Wheeler was led by Gary Stueber going 4 for 4 and Rob White with an inside the park home run.  Our defense was steady and made most plays today.   Tuesday brings another opportunity to put one in the win column. Thanks to Eric Swobody and Glenn Soles for handling the umpire duties and to Pete Houghton on the Scoreboard.
















Tom Ranalls Realty - 21   Canyon State - 20
Odd game, but lots of runs and a lot of excitement.  The score actually became 27-23 in favor of Ranalls Realty, then time ran out and the score reverted back to 21-20 as the rules state it should.  Canyon State was mounting a comeback and who knows what would've happened had Covid Rules not been in place.  Anyway a tip of the hat to Canyon State manager...Jamie White for being all about camaraderie and sportsmanship.  We wish Jamie well as he goes back to Canada to tend to some family matters.  We'll miss you my friend!  We hope Scott Roberts injury isn't too severe...the sun caused Scott to take a fly ball in the side of the noggin and bloodied up an ear pretty good.  Prior to the injury Scott was 3/3 and having a great game.  The rest of the way the Ranalls team went with 9 guys and switched some players around to try and cover the vacant real estate.  Perfect day at the plate from Billy Parker going 5-5.  Paul Becker and Scott Roberts 3-3.  Only making one out was Tom Ranalls (4-5) Ralph Hollis (5-6, and a couple dingers) Sub Gary Ambruz (4-5).  Combining for 10 hits and 8 RBI's were sub Dave Elkins (Thanks for the help Dave), Pete Houghton, Eric Swobody and Murray Fairweather.  Thanks to the umpires Jeff Nickerson and Greg Kastelic for doing a great job.  Howard Sumner kept the scorecard nice and tidy.  Lisa Pelletier kept us all masked up and safe from lingering viruses.  Nice job Lisa!  How about a tip of the cap to Rick Lints and Jim Rumsey...their arms must be sore today after all the run production.  Thanks guys...we appreciate you!  Becky Holliday...finally kept you interested in a game until the end.  Probably even need to sharpen your pencil.  Well let's see if this first win can send us in the right direction....nice to get rid of the goose egg.









 




Canyon State HVAC Team went toe-to-toe with a hard hitting Ranalls Team today and lost by a score of 21-20 once the dust settled. Initially falling behind by 5 to 1 score the Canyon Team closed the gap to 11-10 after three innings. The next two innings saw both sides posting 5 run innings leaving the final score at 21-20 in favor of the Ranalls team. The Canyon team had a good day in the batting arena getting 28 hits in 36 at Bats for a 0.778 avg. However, it was not enough to push us into the “W” column for the day. Canyon batters hit three HRs in the loss; 2 for Dale Halder (5 RBI day) and one for Garry Weslosky (4 RBI day). Don Ranieri also popped one over the fence later but was only credited with a single due to the three HR maximum rule. Perfect days at the plate included Jay Schirpke (4-4), Garry Weslosky (4-4) and Jim Opyd (3-3), with an abundance of players having multiple hits days. Thanks to umpires Greg Kastelic and Jeff Nickerson, monitor Lisa Pelletier and score board keeper Howard Sumner.


 
 













General Exterminating - 19   Park At Surprise -18   
Wow!  What a balanced league!  What a slugfest this afternoon!!!  Chuckie Cruz’s Park team banged out 27 hits…General Exterminating Pest Control added 26.  21 hitters in both lineups…ALL had at least 2 hits….back and forth…ALL game long!  Chuck and Davey Fusaro’s Park team grabbed a 2-0 lead, trailed 5-2, tied it up at 10, trailed 13-10, then once again took a 14-13 lead, and eventually tied it in the sixth, 18-18.  General Exterminating pitcher, Mike Anderson, led off the last inning with a single to left, Ed Hickox blasted a long single near the wall, and Brian Kaping lashed a single to score pinch runner Kirk Andes with the winning run.  The final…19 to 18.  Ed Hickox, the dynamic Pest Control shortstop, made numerous plays, as did rookie 2nd baseman Dave “Dandy” Dorn.  Dorn was Coach Tom Goetz’s Golden Glove winner!  Dorn threw out two potential tallies at the plate with catcher Kirk Andes securing each bullet.  Bob Kloehn steadied the infield with his 1st base play, while Brian “Bang” Kaping made several fine plays holding down the hot spot at 3rd base.  Coach Tom Goetz continued giving kudos to his outfielders Ron Coleman, Joe Pioli, Pete Semenak, and Dennis Haak, all who made several hustling plays to deny runners to advance! Coach Mike Caliendo’s left arm was tired waving speedsters around 3rd to home plate.  Mike Anderson, Ed Hickox, Dennis Haak, Brian Kaping, Ron Coleman, and Golden Bat Award winner Joe Pioli all had 3 hits (Pioli had 4 rbi’s, Kaping and Dorn 3 rbi’s).  Kirk Andes had two hits (triple, double), as did Bob Kloehn, Dave Dorn, and Pete Semenak all chipping in their two safeties. Kudos and thank you to Scorekeeper Sherry Degerman, umpires Billy Parker and Rick Lints, monitor Don Ranieri, and the score tower operator, Jim Ramsey.  Whew!!!!









 





The Park at Surprise lost a thriller to General Exterminating in the final inning 19 to 18.  The game was a seesaw battle all the way.  The Parkers base running and defensive effort could have been a little better, but our bats kept us in the game.  Mike Anderson’s bug killers using the hammer managed to break an 18 to 18 tie and score the winning run.  Our offensive highlights included Dave Elkins perfect day at the plate 4/4 followed by Mike Hirsch’s perfect 3/3 day.  Greg Allseitz had a 3 hit day and Dave Fusaro, Ray Gibson, Randy Biko, Ron Michalski, Jeff Watson, Terry Graves and Chuck Cruz all contributed 2 hits each.  Thanks to the two umpires Billy Parker, Rick Lintz, Don Ranieri the monitor and Jim Rumsey trying to handle all those confusing buttons in the scoring tower!

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  General Exterminating 2 0 1 0.833
  Char Wheeler 2 1 0 0.667
  Liberty GMC 2 1 0 0.667
  Canyon State 1 1 1 0.5
  Park At Surprise 1 2 0 0.333
  Tom Ranalls Realty 0 3 0 0
    - 
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
   Canyon State - 11   General Exterminating - 11
The Canyon State AC and Heating Crew drew the first game again this Tuesday morning against the unbeaten General Exterminators. When all the smoke cleared at the end of the game, they are still unbeaten, but at least we knocked them down to a tie, 11-11. The CS boys couldn't get things going until the 4th inning, only scoring 4 runs in the 1st three innings. The Exterminators were kinda the same, only they scored 9 of their runs in the first 3 innings, and we held them to only 2 after that. So, we were down by 3 runs going into the bottom of the 6th, and, thanks to David Zuker's 3 RBI blast over the centre field wall, we tied the game. John Hammel led off with a single, Don Raneiri blasted a shot off the brick centre field wall for a long single, then Zuke hit it yard. That's all we could muster, so we ended in a tie. Good performances today by John Hammel, 3-3, Jay Shirpke and David Zuker, both 3-4. The rest of us chipped in with 1 or 2 hits here and there. Thanks to the umps, scoreboard and monitors today. See you Thursday.
 










General Exterminating came out early swinging the composites,, scoring 5 runs in the first inning.  Joe Pioli and Ron Coleman came up with doubles to put five on the board, then holding the Jamie White’s Canyon State team to a deuce.  In the third inning, General Exterminating tallied four more runs to take a 9-3 lead.  The Pest Control team needed one more key hit in the fifth or sixth inning to put some distance between themselves and Canyon State.  Leaving five runners on the basepaths. it opened the door for Canyon State, which mustered five runs the next two innings to close the gap to 11-8.  With 2 out and two runners on in the bottom of the sixth, Anderson served up a pitch and Dave Zuker took it downtown to tie it….hence, 11-11. Top hitters were Coach Mike Caliendo’s Golden Bat Award winner Ron Coleman, Coach Tom Goetz’s Gold Glove Award winner Brian Kaping, and the amazing Johnnie B. Darn Good Boland, all with three hits in four at bats.  Pitcher Mike Anderson added four safeties, and Pete Semenak added two.  The defense was solid with good plays by SS Ed Hickox, 1st baseman Bob Kloehn, outfielder Dennis Haak, and super sub Mike Mahon along with Kaping, Coleman, Semenak, Pioli, Boland, and Anderson.  Highlight of the day defensively  was initiated by Brian Kaping to John Boland to Bob Kloehn for an around the horn double play. Nice!!! Jim Opyd and crew once again had the field in magnificent shape.  Rob White and Jeff Nickerson were amazing umpires, while Mark Jessen did an amazing job in the tower and Gary Stueber made sure everyone had his/her mask on!!! Thanks Scorekee. 
















Park At Surprise - 11   Char Wheeler- 7 
The Park at Surprise entered the win column in our young SCG Red League Softball Winter Session with an 11 to 7 victory over Char Wheeler.  The defense played well in support of pitcher Dave Elkins excellent performance on the mound.  The game was tied at 7 going into the bottom of the 5th inning as the Parkers bats came alive scoring 4 runs which was enough to seal the win against a usually strong hitting Greg Kastelic squad.  None the less, the offensive highlight of the day was the back-to-back dingers by Doug Stone and Randy Biko in the 3rd inning which also produced 4 runs.  While we were limited to 15 hits for the game, the majority of them resulted in run producing rallies.   Both Randy Biko and Jeff Watson continued their perfect at bats this session followed by Greg Allseitz, Doug Stone and Terry Graves contribution of 2 hits each.  Thanks to umpires Dale Halder and Garry Weslosky, Jim Opyd the monitor and John Hammel in the scoring tower keeping the score & trying to handle the game clock!








 




Char Wheeler found itself on the wrong end of an 11 to 7 defeat by Chuck's Park @ Surprise ball club. Park out hit the Realtors and made all the plays today. The Wheeler's started slow and yet managed to tie the game at 7 to 7 with Kevin Anthony's 3rd Home run of the season in the fourth inning.. Unfortunately, we failed to score in the next two innings. Congratulations to Park for putting together a solid game today in handing Char Wheeler its first defeat of the early season. Thanks to Gary Weslosky, Dale Halder, John Hammel and Jim Opyd in handling all the duties today.



 
 













 Liberty Buick - 20   Tom Ranalls Realty - 11  
A tuned up Liberty GMC team scored in every inning and with every player having two hits (27 total) or more and scoring at least one run was able ride by Tom Ranalls Realty 20-11. The Car Dealers defense kicked in early to hold a tough hitting Ranalls’s team to five runs over the last four innings. Having three hit games were John Boland, Chip Robertson (scored 4 runs), Al Caillouette, Darren Duncan, Randy Cihlar, Andy Campbell and Al Deangelis. Thanks to Dale and Jeff for umpiring and Ron Michalski for monitoring with Kevin Anthony in the tower.







 





The weather was perfect, our performance was not and Liberty capitalized on the opportunity.  Leading 4-3 after one inning, that was the last time Ranalls Realty saw the lead.  Paul Becker hit a bomb to right center field and had 4 RBI's on the day.  Coach Ranalls was a perfect 0-3.  Lots of opportunities to learn in this game.  So many of our guys haven't played much ball over the past ten months so we'll write it off to getting back in the groove and move forward.  Thank you umpires Silversteen and MacLaughlin.  Ron Michalski was everywhere keeping players masked up and in compliance....great job Ron and the rest of the monitors.  Tough job but it truly is part of the reason we are still playing ball! Nice to see the level of competition has reached a new level.  Outfielders are fast, infielders are sharp and hitters are dangerous.....fun to watch!!

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 11, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 2 0 0 1
  General Exterminating 2 0 0 1
  Canyon State 1 1 0 0.5
  Liberty GMC 1 1 0 0.5
  Tom Ranalls Realty 0 2 0 0
  Park At Surprise 0 2 0 0
    - 
Thursday, February 11, 2021
  Char Wheeler - 19   Canyon State - 18
What a day for a great match up, Char Wheeler versus Jamie's hard hitting Canyon State squad.   Char's boys jumped out to an early 10 to 4 lead with back to back 5 run innings.  Canyon responded by plating 10 over the next 2 innings to take a 14 to 13 lead after 4 innings.  Canyon stretched that lead to 19 to 13 before the Wheelers responded with 5 of their own, closing the gap to 19 to 18 going into the open inning.  Coach was bailed out after dropping a fly ball in right by solid Pitching by Rob White who came in to pitch the 6th inning and defensive plays by Lloyd Newlands battling the sun and a SPECTACULAR catch by Howard Sumner to hold Canyon scoreless.  Needing one to tie and two to win, Dale McLaughlin drew a huge lead-off walk.  Rob White followed with a clutch single to move the runner to 3rd.  Then, with runners on 1st and 2nd, Kevin Anthony delivered the walk off blow that cleared the left field wall for his second home-run of the Season.  Other offensive stars for the day included Lloyd Newlands and Jeff Nickerson having perfect days at the plate.  Jeff also had a 3 run dinger today.  Thanks to Randy Biko, Jeff Watson, Ray Gibson, and Dave Fusaro for handling all the duties.
 










An excellent first game today between Greg's Car Wheeler's crews and our Canyon State boys. Canyon State was ahead by one run going into the open inning sixth, but could not score any runs in the top of the 6th. So, the Char boys needed only one to tie and 2 to win, and they did that in a hurry. It was a great game and we salute the Char gang. We had 32 hits in total, and that should be enough to win, but not today. Our top performers today were Joel Breiner and Jim Opyd, both 4-4, Jay Shirpke, David Zuker both had 4 hits, Don Raneiri, Garry Wesloski, Dale Halder, John Hammel with 3 hits each. Char has a great team, and we will have some fun games in the future. Thanks to all the officials that made it happen. See you Tuesday.












   Liberty Buick - 12   Park At Surprise - 8
The Liberty GMC team started out slow and after four innings The Car Dealers and Chuck’s Park At Surprise were tied 8-8, then the bats came alive with the GMC team coming out on top 12-8. Six players banged out three hits apiece (Chip Robertson 3/4, Al Caillouette 3/4, winning pitcher Gene Prosser 3/4, Don Urzada 3/4, Andy Campbell 3/4 and Lisa Pelletier 3/4 with a triple). Thanks to the umpires, monitor and scorekeeper for the efforts.









 




The Park at Surprise lost to Liberty GMC 12 to 8.  The Parkers played a close game against Bob Topham’s car squad for the first 5 innings as the score was tied at 8.  In the final frame, Liberty GMC scored 4 runs but managed to keep us scoreless in the bottom of the inning sealing their win.  Our offensive highlights included Randy Biko, Jeff Watson and Mike Hirsch with their 3/3 days followed by Dave Fusaro, Ray Gibson and Greg Allseitz with 2 hits each.  Dave Elkins made his contribution by depositing ball over the left field fence in the bottom of the 5th inning.  Thanks to the 2 umpires, the monitor and the scoreboard operator.




 
 













  General Exterminating - 14   Tom Ranalls Realty - 6   
The General Exterminating Pest Control softball squad had a sizzling start against Tom Rannall’s realtors.  Scoring five runs in the first and second innings before cooling their jets, GEPC managed only four more runs throughout the contest.  Pete Semenak, Dennis Haak, Ed Hickox, sub 1st baseman Dave Zuker, Brian Kaping, and Kirk Andes all had three hits, while Mike Anderson and Joe Pioli added two apiece.  Allen Bellew and Ron Coleman each had nice safeties, too.  The offense was led by Kirk Andes (Coach Mike Caliendo’s offensive stalwart).  Substitute Dave Zuker chalked up 4 rbi’s with his monster blast HR and double, while Mike Anderson added three rbi’s and Ed Hickox two. Several nice plays were made by Coach Tom Goetz’s defensive squad including two back to back warning track catches by left fielder Allen Bellew, the Golden Glove award winner for this game.  Other noted catches were made by Pete Semenak, Joe Pioli, and Dennis Haak in the outfield.  Infielder Brian Kaping got his glove dirty, as did SS Ed Hickox, and 2B Ron Coleman.  Outstanding plays were made by pitcher Mike Anderson and 1B Dave Zuker including a nasty double play, initiated by Anderson stabbing a line drive, then tossing to first baseman Zuker for the force out. Paul Becker’s first baseman, BIG Bam Bam Brian Pin, broke out his BOOM stick to hit a towering two run dinger for the Tom Rannalls’ team, but it wasn’t quite enough. Thanks sooo much to Jim Opyd and his crew, who spend HOURS preparing the field for everyone’s enjoyment, Rick Clot and Al Deangelis, the umpires, John Boland (monitor), and (sub for Greg  😎) in the tower, along with Sherry Degerman, the GEPC scorekeeper.  We are all soooo lucky to be in the Valley of the SUN in February!!!






 





Well General Exterminating came to play and built a solid lead before Ranalls Realty could get the bats going and mount a mini comeback.  Highlights of our 6 runs were Scott Roberts going 4/4, Tom Gibans 3/3 and Kris Schwartz 3/3.  Only making one out was Tom Ranalls, Murray Fairweather and Brian Pin (including a 3 run ding dong).  It was a rough outing for the Ranalls Realty team.  Every time we got something started something seemed to get in the way of stringing together a few runs.  Hats tipped to General Exterminating.  Good offense, good defense get you to 2-0...nice job team Moon Doggie! Umpires Rick Clot and Al DeAngelis did a nice job and scorekeeper Mark Jessen was working overtime to keep up with the button pushing in the score tower.  John Boland kept everyone masked up and safely distanced.  Thank you JB!

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Canyon State 1 0 0 1
  General Exterminating 1 0 0 1
  Char Wheeler 1 0 0 1
  Tom Ranalls Realty 0 1 0 0
  Liberty GMC 0 1 0 0
  Park At Surprise 0 1 0 0
    - 
Tuesday, February 09, 2021
   Canyon State - 14   Park At Surprise - 6
Well Folks, it's great to be back to the Field of Dreams for our 2021 winter season. The Canyon State A/C and Heating Crew had bats that were more heat than AC for the first game of the season, coming out with a 14-6 victory over Chucky & Dave's "Park at Surprise" team. We were able to hold them to only 2 runs after 4 innings, playing some good defense and getting 11 runs ourselves during that time. We then held on for the win after they ran out of innings. We had some real good performances at the plate; namely Jay Schirpke, 3-3 and David Zuker, 4-4, and Dave Archer, 4-4. Don Raneiri was 3-4 with his first HR of the young season, Jamie White, 2-3, John Hammel, 3-4 and Lisa Pelletier, 2-3. Lisa was our super-sub this morning on very short notice, as we found out we only had 9 players, and she was excellent, as always. Thanks to all the officials who performed their volunteer duties for our game, and keep this league running like a fine-tuned clock. It sure is nice to see everyone again. The fun and fellowship is outstanding..










The Park at Surprise lost the opening SCG Red League Winter Softball Session game to Canyon State 14 to 6.  While our defensive effort was respectable, our bats could only scatter 13 hits that didn’t produce any meaningful multi run producing rallies.  The offensive highlight was Mike Hirsch’s in the park home run.  Jeff Watson and Randy Biko both had perfect days at the plate while Doug Stone and Greg Allseitz chimed in with their 2 hits each. Thanks to the two umpires, the monitor, Scoreboard keeper and the field preparation crew.












General Exterminating - 8   Liberty Buick - 7
General Exterminating Pest Control squeaked out a fine defensive game by both teams with an 8-7 victory.  Bob Topham’s Buicks’ outscored General Exterminating in three of the innings, while GEPC won the first and fifth innings.  With the score tied after four innings, 7-7, Pete Semenak scored on a sac fly to give General Exterminating Pest Control an 8-7 lead in the top of the 5th.  Liberty Buick and GEPC were held in check the next inning.  With two outs in the bottom half of the last inning, left centerfielder Joe Pioli made a sensational catch to secure the victory!  Outstanding plays were made throughout the game by Pete Semenak, Dave Dorn, Joe Pioli, Ron Coleman, Ed Hickox, and Dennis Haak. Dennis Haak led General Exterminating Pest Control offensive effort with 3 singles, while Ed Hickox, Dave Dorn, Brian Kaping, Kirk Andes, and Joe Pioli added two hits apiece.  Others contributing to the victory were Mike Anderson, Bob Kloehn, Allen Bellew, and Ron Coleman.  Anderson and Andes led the team with 2 RBI’s apiece.
Coach Tom Goetz selected Joe Pioli as the Golden Glover for the game, while Coach Mike Caliento selected Dennis Haak as the offensive stalwart!  Thanks to umpires Terry Graves, Dave Elkins, monitor Thomas Gibans, and the scoreboard tower operator, Mark Jessen.








 




First game of the second half and Liberty GMC lost a low scoring nail-biter to Mike’s General Extermination team 8-7. In the bottom of the sixth the Car Dealers thought they had at least a tie game with the bug guys only to watch Joe Pioli fly flat out to snag a sure double to end the game. Liberty was only able to punch out 14 hits to go along with 11 fly outs. John Boland (3/4) and Chip Robertson (3/3) had three hits apiece. Thanks to Dave Elkins and Terry Graves for umpiring and Tom Gibans for monitoring with Mark up in the tower.




 
 













Char Wheeler - 13   Tom Ranalls Realty - 11   
On another beautiful day, Char Wheeler / Long Realty kicked off the new season with a hard fought 13 to 9 victory over Tom Ranall's Realty.  Just like last season, the Wheeler's found themselves behind again after a few innings. That is when the bats kicked in and we scored 5 runs in back to back innings.  We were able to hold off a rally by Ranall's in the bottom of the 6th inning.  It came down to bases loaded with two outs, fortunately Char's boys made the play for the final out.   Offensively, Char Wheeler was led by Kevin Anthony and Howard Sumner.  Kevin hit a home run in his first at bat on the Field of Dreams and Howard added an inside the park home run as well. Our defense was a key to allowing us to catch up after falling behind earlier. Thanks to Ed Hickox and Mike Anderson for handling the Umpire duties and to Dennis Haak for handling the score board.  Thanks Brian Kaping and John Boland for Monitoring duties.






 





Well another loss to start another season.  I can't blame the players here as there are only two from last season on the team!  Gotta be the skippers!  I'll blame Becker.  The good news is we never get down and we know we have a heckua good team.  It's pretty obvious that everyone had first day jitters and needs to settle in a bit.  Well, now that I think about it, Becker is off the hook.  The other skipper went 1-4..dang!  Perfect at the plate today for Ranalls Realty were Pete Houghton and Tom Gibans.  Only making one out were Paul Becker, Ralph Hollis, Sub Greg Alseitz with a HR thanks for helping us out Greg,  Bill Parker, Eric Swobody,  Murray Fairweather and Kris Schwartz. Defense was pretty good but not good enough to hold Char Wheeler to less than our 11 runs. Thank you to Mike Anderson and Ed Hickox for umpiring and Dennis Haak for pushing buttons in the tower.  Monitors are all doing a great job at reminding us when we screw up!  Field is in excellent condition...thank you Jim Opyd and the entire crew.  You guys give a lot of time to the club and it's appreciated.  See ya's Thursday!  Eh?  One for the Canadians!!

 

Red League Standings - Winter 2021
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 28, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 17 4 3 0.771
  Liberty GMC 17 5 2 0.75
  Tom Ranalls Realty 8 14 2 0.375
  Canyon State 6 14 4 0.333
  Park At Surprise 5 16 3 0.271
           
    - 
Thursday, January 28, 2021
   Canyon State - 13   Tom Ranalls Realty - 11
Canyon State won a close game against Ranalls by a score of 13-11. Canyon jumped out to a 2 run lead in the first inning by scoring 5 runs to the 3 for Ranalls. The 2 run difference stayed through the next inning with both teams matching the others run production until Ranalls scored 4 in their half of the third to Canyons 0 runs to now lead now 9 to 7 after 3 full innings. However, Canyon came back with 5 of their own in the fourth inning versus 1 for Ranalls to regain the 2 run margin lead by a score of 12-10. Both teams scored 1 run each to leave the score at 13-11 in favor of Canyon. Top batters for Canyon were Jeff Watson, Mike Anderson and Jim Opyd all posting 3 for 3 days with 2 singles and a double. Don Urzada (3 for 4), Lloyd Newland (2 for 3), Bob Snelling (2 for 3) and Dick Stuckey (2 for 3) also had good days at bat with the rest of the team having 1 hit each. Top RBI folks were Don Urzada, Mike Anderson, and Lloyd Newlands each with 3 RBIs. Special thanks to Dave Dorn for providing sub duties for Ralph McKeever.








I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire Ranalls Realty team, base coaches, players, score keeper, assistant coach everyone!  What a great season.  Everyone got better as the season progressed and that was a chore given the Covid lay off.   Everyone supported each other, had fun and stayed healthy.  Very proud of this group for their sportsmanship and willingness to just have fun and play ball.  It's important to me that Ranalls Realty is well represented and you guys and gal were awesome every step of the way! After taking a 9-7 lead in the top of the 3rd things went awry.  We were outscored 6 to 2 the last three frames and there ya have it, it's a wrap!  Thank you to our subs today Allen Bellew, Chip Robertson and Ted Koch.  Fabulous job by the umpires Dave Zuker and Garry Weslosky.  Everyone said their goodbyes and time to move on to the next season.  Congrats to Char Wheeler's team for a great session and a championship! 









Char Wheeler - 18   Canyon State - 11
The Char Wheeler Realtors defeated Canyon State by a score of 18-11 and in doing so, wrapped up the Red League Title of the winter session.  It was a good game played by both sides but 3 consecutive innings of 5 runs was the deciding factor in the game.
Going 4/4 were Dennis Haak and Jim Saltzman,  Many thanks to our 4 subs Don Ranieri, Dale McLaughlin, Chip Robertson and Ralph Hollis (4/4).  Without all your contributions, this win wouldn't have been possible.  Have to mention our scorekeeper Jerry Hotzler and base coach Lee Visker who have been there with us all year. Thanks guys! Challenging season for all of the Red League players with Covid regulations but we did it admirably and all of us deserve a pat on the back for our efforts in making the season fun,safe and successful.  Looking forward to the next session playing on the best and most beautiful softball field around. We are all very fortunate.






 



Canyon State closed out the Fall season with an 18-11 loss against the league champs Char Wheeler. With the score at 0-0 after 1 inning the Wheeler machine turned on the run production and pounded out 5 runs in each of the next three innings, a run production that provided them a 15-9 lead after Canyon was only able to match only 9 of those runs. The ensuing two innings saw 3 runs by Wheeler and 2 by Canyon to close out the game at 18-11 in favor of Wheeler. Ron Michalski had a perfect day at the plate going 3 for 3 with 1 RBI. Other folks having good days a bat were Mike Anderson (3 for 4, 3 RBI), Dick Stuckey (2 for 3, 1 RBI), Jim Opyd (2 for 3, 1 RBI), Don Urzada (2 for 4, 1 RBI), Jeff Watson (2 for 4, 1 RBI) and Lloyd Newlands (2 for 4). Thanks again to David Dorn for providing sub duties for us. Sorry, didn’t mean to run you ragged on the base paths by having you pinch run multiple times on your first day back. Thanks to umpires Terry Graves and Murray Fairweather, Scoreboard keeper Lisa Pelletier and monitor Pet Semenak. Good season folks. Hope all had fun. Good job following COVID protocols and staying safe.



 
 












Liberty Buick - 18   Park At Surprise - 8   
Liberty GMC... what a great season. Team cohesiveness and the spirit to win and have fun was off the charts.  The Car Dealers (17-5-2) finished a half game behind Greg’s first place solid Char Wheeler team (17-4-3). In closing out the first half session, the GMC gang pushed pass Chuck’s Park At Surprise 18-8. Everyone in the lineup had at least three hits. Liberty GMC players are Jay Schripke, Greg Allseitz, Al Caillouette, Assistant Coach Dan Newman, Gene Prosser, Pete Semenak, Brian Pin, Ray Ray Gibson, John Hammel, Tom Goetz, sub Randy Cihlar and Wayne Weidenbach. And Coaches are Rick Clot, Paul Ramos and Bob Topham.





 




The Park at Surprise ended the fall SCG Red League softball session with a loss to Liberty GMC.  Bob Topham’s hard hitting squad took an early lead and never relinquished it.  The Parkers were only able to produce 15 hits in the outing.  Bob Kloehn led the group with a perfect 3/3 day at the plate followed by Dave Fusaro, Eric Swobody and sub, Rob White all contributing 2 hits each.  The remainder of the team each had 1 hit.  Thanks to both our subs Rob White and Ralph Hollis, the umpires Jeff Watson and Tom Yurkunas, Allen Bellew the monitor and Dennis Haak in the scoring tower. Special applause for everyone’s cooperation in making this challenging covid session as successful as it was. (commissioners, managers, players, field preparation staff and I’m sure I’m leaving out someone!). WE DID IT, and were able to continue our camaraderie behind the left field wall!

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 16 4 3 0.761
  Liberty GMC 16 5 2 0.739
  Tom Ranalls Realty 8 13 2 0.391
  Canyon State 5 13 4 0.318
  Park At Surprise 5 15 3 0.283
           
    - 
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Liberty Buick - 11   Canyon State - 3
First of all... Thank You Field Maintenance Folks for performing an amazing job to get our beautiful field ready for an 8:30 game today.
After falling behind 3-1 to Canyon State at the end of the first inning, Liberty GMC slowly accelerated and finished with an 11-3 win. The defense came to play this cold morning and completely shut down the HVAC offense after the first inning. Al Caillouette (3/3), Randy Cihlar (3/3) and Ray Gibson (3/3) had a perfect day at the plate. Brian Pin (2/3 with a towering HR) and John Hammel (2/3) had two hit each. Thanks to Terry Graves and Andy Campbell for umpiring and Paul Becker monitoring with reliable Mark Jensen up in the tower.









Not a whole lot to write about when you score 3 runs in the first inning and get shutout the remaining 5 innings. The only way our numbers on the scoreboard would look good is if they were showing my lottery winnings. 10 hits in 27 At Bats for a 0.370 average will not win a lot of games. After scoring 3 runs in the opening inning and holding Liberty to just 1 run in their half of the first, the prospect for a possible win was still looking good. Unfortunately, the run drought arrived in the second inning and never let up during the rest of the game. The Canyon Team had a lot of well hits balls that unfortunately wound up in the gloves of the Liberty GMC players for outs. Despite the lack or hits and run production, two of the Canyon State players did have perfect days at the plate today. Ralph McKeever went 3 for 3 and Jeff Watson went 2 for 2. RBI’s, though sparse, were obtained by Lloyd Newlands, Joe Pioli and Ron Michalski. Thanks to umpires Terry Graves and Andy Campbell, Scoreboard keeper Mark Jessen and Covid Cop John Boland for performing their duties on a cold, cloudy morning.










Liberty Buick - 17   Tom Ranalls Realty -7 
Liberty GMC after a sort intermission continued with its hot bats to post a 17-7 win over Tom Ranalls Realty. With the win, the car dealers temporarily moved into first place (by 1/2 game). Greg Allseitz (4/4), Pete Semenak (3/3), Ray Ray Gibson (3/3) and “always-on-base” Wayne Weidenbach (3/3 with 3 runs scored) had great days at the plate. Brian Pin (2/3) had another “no questions asked” booming HR. Thanks to Don Urzada and Ralph Mckeever for umpiring and Dave Fusaro for monitoring with Mark up in the tower.





 




Tom Ranalls' Realty came up on the short end losing to Liberty GMC 17 to 7. The bats were very quiet since we didn't score in 4 innings. Leading hitters were Randy Biko 3 for 3, Paul Becker 3 for 4 with a HR and Jeff Knickerson and Kirk Andes were 2 for 3. Thanks to the field crew for getting the field ready under such tough conditions.



 
 













   Char Wheeler - !0   Park At Surprise - 9   
First and Foremost, the entire Char Wheeler Team tips our caps to our Field Maintenance Crew.  Looking at the field yesterday at 4:00 PM, I never dreamed we would play softball today.  Char Wheeler took on Chuck's Park @ Surprise crew and once again it was a battle.  Char Wheeler jumped out early to 5 run lead only to have Park answer back with 5 of their own.  Defense took over and after 5 innings it was knotted up at 8 to 8.   Park then took the lead with 1 in the top of the 6th.  Park then turned a double play in the bottom of the 6th. Char Wheeler was then down to their last out when Dennis Estes and Howard Sumner came through with clutch hits to pull out a 10 to 9 victory.   It was the 8th time this season Char Wheeler boy's pulled one out in their last at bats.  Great Job guys all year! Thanks to Top and Rick Clot for umpiring and to Geno in the Tower.   Tom Yurkunas, outstanding job once again with the Monitoring duties.





 





The Park at Surprise lost a one run game to Greg Kastelic’s league leading Char Wheeler ball club.  The Parkers played well but couldn’t hold a 1 run lead in the final inning resulting in a 10 to 9 final.  John Boland led the offensive attack with 3 hits followed by Dave Fusaro, Eric Swobody, Pete Houghton, Tom Gibans, and sub Gary Ambruz all contributing 2 hits each.   Thanks to our sub, umpires Bob Topham and Rick Clot, Gene Prosser in the tower and Tom Yukunas the monitor. 
Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 21, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 15 4 3 0.75
  Liberty GMC 14 5 2 0.714
  Tom Ranalls Realty 8 12 2 0.409
  Canyon State 5 12 4 0.333
  Park At Surprise 5 14 3 0.295
         
    - 
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Liberty Buick - 19   Park At Surprise - 13
The Liberty GMC team was pushed by Park At Surprise in just about every inning before drawing a blank in the bottom of the last inning enabling the Car Dealers to get to the finish line ahead of Chuckie’s Gang 19-13. Pete Semenak (4/4) had a solid hitting day joined by Al Caillouette (4/5) and new player Randy Chilar (4/5). Wayne Weidenbach (3/4), Ray Gibson (3/4), Jay Schripke (3/4) and Greg Allseitz (3/4) had strong performances at the plate. Thanks to Bob Snelling and Duck Stuckey for umpiring and Ron Michalski doing monitoring duties with Joe Pioli in the tower.








The Park at Surprise gave Liberty GMC a pretty good game but came up short in the end.  Our offense out shined our defense as we collected 24 hits but too spread out to sustain any run producing rallies, save one inning.  Those with 3 hit days included John Boland, Dave Fusaro, Mike Hirsch, Eric Swobody, Skip Pavitt and sub pitcher Rob White.  Thanks to the aforementioned sub and umpires Bob Snelling and Dick Stuckey with Ron Michalski the monitor and of course Joe Pioli pushing ALL THE BUTTONS in the scoring tower.










Canyon State - 7   Park At Surprise - 5
Canyon State final put an end to a 6-game losing streak by defeating Park by a score of 7-5. Canyon appeared to be well on its way to continuing the losing streak by scoring zero runs in the first three innings while Park was able to push across 3. Canyon scored two runs in their half of the fourth which Park quickly countered with 4 of their own. Canyon finally got it going in the top of the fifth by scoring 5 needed runs to pull ahead 7-5. Park failed to score any runs in their half of the fifth leaving the score at 7 to 5 in favor of Canyon State. Canyon once again failed to score any runs in their half of the 6th leaving the door wide open for Park to secure the win with just 3 runs. With 1 out and a runner on 2nd base, Park’s next batter hit what appeared to be a bloop single only to have the ball caught by a shoestring catch by right center fielder Ralph McKeever who quickly fired the ball in to double off the runner at second ending the game at 7-5 in favor of Canyon State. 14 hits in 30 At Bats for an 0.467 average will not win many games, but this time it was just enough. Not a lot of stellar performances at the plate today. There were a lot of well hits balls that just turned into outs. Two batters for Canyon State did have good days at the plate; Pitcher Mike Anderson and second baseman Jeff Watson both had 3 for 3 days. Anderson also shared RBI honors with left center fielder Joe Pioli and first baseman Tom Yurkunas with each player getting 2 RBI’s. Good job umpiring by Dennis Estes and Dave Elkins , scoreboard management by Jim Saltzman and Covid-Cop duty by Allen Bellew




 




The Park at Surprise lost a low scoring game to Canyon State by a 7 to 5 final score. Both teams had a combined 8 scoreless inning halves.  Must have been great pitching by Mike Anderson and our sub, Rob White.  The highlight of the game for the Parkers was John Boland’s blast over the right center field wall which was one of his perfect 3/3 plate appearances.  Bob Kloehn chimed in with his perfect 3/3 game.  Thanks to our sub pitcher, umpires Dennis Estes and David Elkins, with Allen Bellew monitoring and Jim Saltzman in the tower.


 
 













   Tom Ranalls Realty - 14   Char Wheeler - 11   
Tom Ranall's Realty had a great game against 1st place Char Wheeler. The game was tied 9 to 9 after 4 innings. Ranall's Realty outscored Char Wheeler 5 to 2 in the final 2 innings to secure the win with a final score of 14 to 11. Leading hitter was Jeff Silverstein 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs.  Kirk Andes was 3 for 3.  Lisa Pelletier had a great defensive game with many great catches in the outfield. All the other members of the team had at least 1 or 2 hits to secure the victory. Great job team!! Thank you for the great umpiring, scorekeeping and monitors.





 





Char Wheeler played its third straight game against Ranalls Realty and once again came up on the short end of a 14 to 11 final.   The game was tied at the end of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings.    I cannot recall ever playing in a game like that before.  The difference ended up being the 5th inning when the Wheeler's only plated 2 runs and Ranalls scored 5.   Char Wheeler was led by Allen Belllew's perfect day at the plate.  Welcome back Allen. Thanks to Chuck Cruz and Eric Swobody for handling Umpire Duties, Pete Houghton in the score tower, and Tom Yurkunas monitoring.   I also want to THANK everyone on the Field Maintenance crew for getting the field ready for us to play on this week after all the rain.  Great work guys, it is really appreciated by all of us.

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 15 3 3 0.786
  Liberty GMC 13 5 2 0.7
  Tom Ranalls Realty 7 12 2 0.381
  Park At Surprise 5 12 3 0.325
  Canyon State 4 12 4 0.3
           
    - 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Char Wheeler - 0   Park At Surprise - 0
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Char Wheeler - 0   Liberty Buick - 0
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   Canyon State - 0   Tom Ranalls Realty - 0   
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Rain out

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 14, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 15 3 1 0.816
  Liberty GMC 13 5 1 0.711
  Tom Ranalls Realty 7 12 1 0.375
  Park At Surprise 5 12 2 0.316
  Canyon State 4 12 3 0.289
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Char Wheeler - 18   Tom Ranalls Realty - 10
Game 1 of today's Ranalls Realty double header pitted the Ranalls team against Char Wheeler's potent squad.  After being soundly defeated on Tuesday by Ranalls Realty the Char Wheeler team came back and made a statement on Thursday.  Bats were hot and defense was solid for Char Wheeler.  Ranalls Realty was led by Paul Becker and Don Ranieri with perfect 4 for 4 days at the plate with Ranieri scattering the outfield crowd with a blast over the left center field wall.  Only making one out was Jeff Silversteen (serious finger injury, wishing you a quick recovery Jeff!) sub Ralph Hollis (with a home run and thanks for the help today!) Murray Fairweather (having a great season, good health makes a difference!) Jeff Nickerson (having a very good rookie season in the red league) Andy Campbell (back to maintaining a steady batting average) and Lisa Pelletier (playing great in the outfield).  It's a crazy game and amazing how a mistake or a blunder can set a team rolling in either direction.  While two teams have considerably better records than the other three...any team can still be beat at any given time.  Great competition and fun to be a part of!  Thank you to umpires Dave Fusaro and John Boland, nice job!  Tom Gibans with Covid control, great to see the new guys step up and take on some additional duties.  Tom also volunteers for the grounds crew!  Mike Hirsch in the tower, thanks Mike! 









On another beautiful day at The Field of Dreams, Char Wheeler took on Ranalls Realty for the second time this week looking for a different outcome this time.  After trailing early the Wheeler's got their bats working again and defeated a surging Ranalls team 18 to 10.   Char Wheeler's defense was led by some very nice catches by left fielder Howard Sumner battling the bright sun.  The offense was led by Dennis Estes, Glenn Soles, Dave Elkins, Dennis Haak, and Gary Stueber who all had great days at the plate.   Thanks to subs Gary Weslosky and Ed Baumann for playing for us again today.  Congratulations Ed on your 1st Home Run playing here at SCG.  Thanks to everyone who handled the duties today, Umpires Fausaro and Boland, Monitor Tom Gibans and scorekeeper Mike Hirsch. 








Park At Surprise - 22   Liberty Buick - 8
The Park at Surprise defeated Tom Ranalls Realty in the warm afternoon sun.  The Park group came out firing on all cylinders today both on the offensive and defensive sides.  No matter where we hit the ball it found a hole resulting in a nickel in each of the first 4 frames.  Our defense gave pitcher Tom Gibans all the support he needed to hold Tom Ranalls good hitting squad to just 8 runs.  Kris Schwartz had a nice acrobatic catch in left field to highlight our defensive effort. Seven Parker’s had perfect days at the plate including Dave Fusaro, Mike Hirsch, Pete Houghton, Tom Gibans, Bob Koehn, Kris Schwartz, and Chuck Cruz.  John Boland made his contribution with 3 hits as did Eric Swobody including his blast over the left field fence.  Thanks to the Rick Clot and Bob Topham umpiring and Jim Opyd doing the monitoring job and of course Greg Kastelic pushing all those  buttons in the scoring tower.




 




Game 2 of today's Ranalls Realty double header proved my previous point.  Any team can beat any team on any given day.  Park at Surprise did not look like a struggling team as they filled frames 1 thru 4 with 5 spots and a 2 spot in the fifth!  Ranalls Realty posted three goose eggs which added up to a sound 22-8 defeat for the Ranalls squad.  However there were some good at the plate for the Ranalls team.  Perfect games for Murray Fairweather, Jeff Nickerson (with a dinger in the 3rd) Terry Graves (welcome back Mr. sore back!) and Lisa Pelletier.  I haven't seen a guy go 0-2 with two harder hit balls than Gary Ambruz hit in a long time.  Keep up the excellent effort and positive attitude Gary!  A game like this can help turn a bad season around...great to see Chuck Cruz's team turn it around some...great bunch of guys and really fun to see!  Thanks to Rick Clot and Bob Topham for the umpiring efforts!  Jim Opyd for the monitoring duty and Greg Kastelic for offering to run the score board even though it wasn't his responsibility.  So many people have stepped up and helped out this session.  Appreciate everyone's cooperation and help to keep the field open and games being played!  Keep up the good work.
 
 













Liberty Buick - 8   Canyon State - 4   
The Liberty GMC team struggled at the plate today but their defense held up to shut down Canyon State in winning 8-4. Al Caillouette (3/3) and Pete Semenak (3/3) were perfect at the plate. Pete also had a “Sports Center” catch early in the game to stifle a potential rally. Greg Allseitz (2/3), winning pitcher Gene Prosser (2/3 with a double), John Hammel (2/3) and Wayne Weidenbach (2/3) each had two hit games. Thanks to Terry Graves and Don Ranieri for umpiring with Kirk Andes up in the tower.




 





Canyon State dropped their 6 game in a row losing by a score of 8-4 versus Liberty GMC. Canyon failed to capitalize on the opportunity to pull out in front in the game after holding the Liberty GMC to two successive without any runs. Liberty GMC final got one run in the bottom of the third to go ahead 1-0. The one run by Liberty lit a brief spark under the Canyon team which then responded with 4 to pull ahead by a score of 4 to 1 going into the bottom of the 4th inning. Unfortunately, with some timely hits by Liberty and miscues by Canyon, Liberty was able to come back with 5 of their own leaving the score at 8 to 4 in their favor after 4 full innings. The Canyon team just could not get it going again scoring no runs in the final 2 innings to leave the final at 8-4 in favor of Liberty GMC. Not a lot of bright spots when you get 11 hits in 27 trips to the plate, but there were a few notables. Having the best day were Dick Stuckey (2-2), Don Urzada (2-3, 1 RBI) and Mike Anderson (2-3, 1 RBI) with Ralph McKeever and Lloyd Newlands batted in the other 2 RBIs for Canyon. Thanks to umpires Don Ranieri and Terry Graves. Lisa Pelletier in the scoring tower and Paul Becker subbing for John Boland on the monitor duties.
Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 14 3 1 0.806
  Liberty GMC 12 5 1 0.694
  Tom Ranalls Realty 7 10 1 0.417
  Canyon State 4 11 3 0.306
  Park At Surprise 4 12 2 0.278
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Park At Surprise - 12   Canyon State - 9
The Park at Surprise defeated Canyon State in a frost delayed, game shortened contest this morning.  Nonetheless, the Park player’s bats didn’t seem to mind the chill as they helped take and early lead which was never relinquished.  Sub Doug Stone and Bob Kloehn both had perfect days at the plate.  Dave Fusaro contributed 3 hits followed by Joh Boland, Mike Hirsch, Eric Swobody, Pete Houghton, and Tom Gibans all with 2 hits each.  Thanks to the aforementioned sub as well as Dale Mclaughtin.  Nice job to both umpires Wayne Weidenbach and Brian Pin, Mark Jessen upstairs in the warm scoring tower, and you too monitor John Hammel.









The Canyon State team ran out of time and lost by a score of 12-9 in a frost delayed 5 inning game. Initially down 7 to 1 after 2 innings the HVAC team slowly came back and narrowed the gap to a score of 8 to 6 after 4 complete innings. Park posted 4 runs in their half of the 5th inning, while the Canyon team was able to post 3 before the game clock expired leaving the final score at 12-9 in favor of Park. Joe Pioli (2 for 3, 2 RBI), Mike Anderson (2 for 3, 2 RBI) Lloyd Newlands (2 for 3, 3 RBI) and Jim Opyd (2 for 2) were the top hitters with the rest of the team all getting hits. Thanks to Mark Jessen up in the scorer’s tower and umpires John Brian Pin and Wayne Weidenbach.







Liberty Buick - 11  Canyon State - 9 
The Liberty GMC Dealers had just enough energy in the tank to stay ahead of a fast closing Canyon State team in winning by a score of 11-9. The car dealers raced out to a 11-0 lead early in the game then the Heating and Cooling guys heated up while the GMC team cooled down. Wayne Weidenbach (3/3) was perfect at the plate with Jay Schripke (3/4), Greg Allseitz (3/4) and Dan Newman (3/4) collecting three hits as well. Thanks to Chuck Cruz and Skip Pavitt for umpiring and Gary Stuber for monitoring with Mark in his trusty tower position.




 




Canyon State came up short again in their second game of the day losing to Liberty GMC by a score of 11-9. Down 8-0 after two innings the Canyon GVAC team slowly crept back to leave the score at 11-8 in favor of Liberty after 5 full innings. Canyon’s ability to come back was due to superb pitching by Mike Anderson, good play making and a bit o’luck in shutting down the high-powered liberty offense for 2 full innings. Liberty again came up empty in their half of the final inning, setting the stage for the Canyon State team to complete their come-back effort by scoring just 4 runs. Alas, it was not to be. The Canyon squad could only score 1 run by going 4 up and 3 down to leave the final score at 11-9 in favor of Liberty GMC. Top batsmen for Canyon were Joe Pioli (4 -4), Tom Yurkunas (3-3, 2 RBI), Bob Snelling (2-3) and Ralph McKeever (2-4) with the rest of the team posting 1 or 2 hits each. Mike Anderson also pushed across 2 RBI for the day. Thanks to umpires Chuck Cruz and Skip Pavitt and scoreboard keeper Mark Jessen who is thawing out today after two stints in the cold tower
 
 













 Tom Ranalls Realty - 15   Char Wheeler - 2
Tom Renall's Realty's bats stayed hot as they beat a very good Char Wheeler team 15 to 2. Leading the way was Jeff Knickerson 3 for 3 with a HR and 7 RBIs. Sub Ralph Hollis 3 for 3 with a HR.  Rounding out the good hitting was Murray Fairweather 3 for 3, Randy Biko 3 for 3, Andy Campbell and Don Ranieri 2 for 2. Jeff Silverstein and Paul Becker chipped in with 2 hits each.
And thanks for a great job by the umpires, scorekeeper and the monitors.




 





On a sunny day with our Sponsor Char Wheeler in attendance we could not get the bats going against Ranalls Realty and subsequently found ourselves on the wrong end of a 15 to 2 defeat.    Every team seems to have a day when the opponents defense rises up and makes some special plays and today it was Tom's team coming up with the plays.   The Wheelers will try to change the outcome this Thursday when we play them again.  Thanks to Ed Baumann and Garry Weslosky for subbing for our team today.   Thanks to the crew handling all the duties today, Jeff Watson,Tom Yurkunas, Pete Semenak, and Tom Goetz.

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 07, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 14 2 1 0.853
  Liberty GMC 11 5 1 0.676
  Tom Ranalls Realty 6 10 1 0.382
  Canyon State 4 9 3 0.344
  Park At Surprise 3 12 2 0.235
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Thursday, January 07, 2021
Liberty Buick - 11   Char Wheeler - 8
In a well fought defensive game, the Liberty GMC in their new 2021 model cars drove to the finish line ahead of Greg’s First Place Char Wheeler team 11-8. With a late inning surge and Ray Gibson’s great defense the Car Dealers were able to squelch the Realtors in 5 of the 6 innings played. Jay Schripke (3/4), Dan Newman (3/3) and winning pitcher Gene Prosser (3/3) had timely three hit days. Thanks to John Boland and Joel for umpiring and Tom Gibans for monitoring with Bob Kloehn up in the tower.








In a highly anticipated match up today Char Wheeler's boys were defeated by Top's Liberty GMC team 11 to 8.  The loss snapped a 12 game winning streak for Char Wheeler Long Realty.  It was a low scoring game where hits were at a premium today.  Liberty's defense up the middle was the key to the game.  Char Wheeler's offense was led by Dennis Haak going 3 for 3 and Dave Elkins going 2 for 3 including a 3 run blast in the 5th inning to give us the lead.  Unfortunately, Liberty plated 4 runs in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead and held on, handing Char Wheeler their second loss of the season.   Thanks to John Boland and Joel Briemer for umpiring and to Bob Kloehn for handling the scoring duties.  Tom Gibans, thanks for handling the monitor duties today.








Liberty Buick - 17   Park At Surprise - 7
After getting refueled between games with Burgers, the Liberty GMC engines kept their foot on the accelerator to outdistance Chuck’s Park At Surprise team 14-7. Jay Schripke (3/4), Greg Allseitz (4/4) and Wayne Weidenbach (3/3) each scored three times. Dan Newman (3/4) and Pete Semenak (3/4) also contributed three hits. Thanks to Dave Zuker and Glen Soles for umpiring and Ron Michalski for monitoring.



 




The Park at Surprise lost to Liberty GMC by the score of 7 to 14.  Bob Topham’s squad took an early lead and never relinquished it. The bright spot for Park squad was John Boland having a perfect day at the plate and sub, Don Ranieri’s two home runs.  Was nice to have Ed Hickox sub for us (welcome back) as well.  Thanks to the two umpires Dave Zuker and Glen Soles with Greg Allseitz in the scoring tower and Ron Michalski the monitor.


 
 













 Tom Ranalls Realty -21   Canyon State - 16
Ranall's Realty's bats stayed hot as they banged out 21 runs to beat a determined Canyon State team 21 to 16. Leading the hitting attack was Super Sub Dave Zuker with 4 for 4 with a homerun, Paul Becker 4 for 4 with a homerun, Don Ranieri 4 for 4, and Andy Campbell 4 for 4 with a double. Also leading the hitting attack was Jeff Silverstein 4 for 5, Gary Ambrose 3 for 4 and Jeff Nickerson 2 for 4 with a homerun. Hopefully we'll keep the bats hot into next week.
Thanks again to everyone who worked the game to keep us safe and on time.



 





The Canyon squad stood toe-to-toe with the Ranalls through 5 innings and were leading 16-15 before they pulled a fast one on us and made up play the final inning when the wheels fells off. With a 10-7 Canyon State lead going into the 4th inning the Ranalls team scored 3 runs in their half while Canyon scored 5 to increase their lead to 15-10 after 4 full innings. However, the Ranalls team came back with 5 in their half of the inning while Canyon was able to score 1 run leaving the score at 16-15 in favor of Canyon going into the final inning. Ranalls came roaring back posting 6 runs in the top of the 6th, 2 of which came off a monster 2 run home run blast over the center field scoreboard, to leave the Canyon squad with the task of posting at least 5 runs to tie the score. Unfortunately, the final inning jinx followed Canyon into the new year, and it resulted in no runs being scored ending the game at 21-16 in favor of Ranalls. While one of our better outings for the season (25 hits in 37 at bat for a 0.676 average), it was not enough to secure a win. Top batters for Canyon were Sub Ralph Hollis (4-4 with a 2 run Home Run), Lloyd Newlands (4-4) Don Urzada (3-4), Ralph McKeever (3-4 with a grand slam home run), Jeff Wastson (2-3) and Tom Yurkunas (2-3) with the rest of the team getting 1 or 2 hits each. Top RBI men were Ralph McKeever with 5, and Ralph Hollis, Ron Michalski, Jeff Watson and Tom Yurkunas all with 2 each.  Thanks to the umpire crew of Alan Calliouette and Dan Newman, Scoreboard keeper Ray Gibson and Covid Cop Chuck Cruz for keeping things moving smoothly along on a beautiful day in January.

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 14 1 1 0.906
  Liberty GMC 9 5 1 0.633
  Canyon State 4 8 3 0.367
  Tom Ranalls Realty 5 10 1 0.344
  Park At Surprise 3 11 2 0.25
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Tom Ranalls Realty - 24   Park At Surprise - 12
The two week layoff pumped up our bats allowing us to beat Park at Surprise 24 to 12. The entire team pulled it together scoring runs in every inning.  Lead hitters were Don Ranieri 4 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs. Paul Becker 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs, Randy Biko 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs, and Andy Campbell 4 for 4.  Also perfect at the plate was Kirk Andes 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs. It was a great start team after the holiday layoffs.
Thanks to the Umpires, Scorekeeper and Monitors for a well run game.







The Park at Surprise began the 2021 year with a loss to Tom Ranalls Realty 24 to 12.  Tom’s squad hit the ball well in the cool early morning game.  The Park players could not match their fire power today but did accumulate 26 hits. Unfortunately, they never sustained any run scoring rallies.  Sub Stu Hannam did his part having a perfect day at the plate including a homerun.  Others with 3 hits included John Boland, Dave Fusaro, Eric Swobody, Pete Houghton, Kris Schwartz and Bob Kloehn.  Thanks to the umpires Dennis Estes and Greg Kastelic, Mark Jessen in the scoring tower and Allen Bellew the monitor.








  Char Wheeler - 23   Park At Surprise - 17
On another beautiful sunshine day, Char Wheeler took on Chuck's Park @ Surprise team.  Char Wheeler bats started strong and built an 11 to 2 lead after 2 and half innings.  Park then came back strong scoring 10 over the next few innings while holding Char Wheeler scoreless.  Tied at 11 to 11, the bats exploded in the top of the sixth inning scoring 12 runs for the Wheelers.   Park battled back scoring 6 of their own before the final out was made to secure the victory.  The Wheeler's were led by Dennis Estes who had a perfect day at the plate and the two long-balls hit by Dave Zuker in the 6th inning driving in 7 of the 12 runs scored.  Low light of the game, Coach's 4 base error... I lost it in the sun, I was afraid of hitting the wall, or I just failed to catch it and knocked it over the WALL... YES    Thanks to Murray Fairweather and Don Ranieri for handling the Umpire duties.  Also, thanks to Mark Jessen in the score tower and Monitors Pete Semenak & Tom Yurkanas.


 




The Park at Surprise squad matched scores with Greg Kastelic’s strong Char Wheeler squad by the end of the 4th innings at 11 runs each.  Neither team could score in the 5th frame, but the Wheelers exploded in their top half of the last inning with 12 runs which was enough to earn the victory.  While there were a few chinks in our defensive armor, the offense did accumulate 23 hits.  Leading that effort was Dave Fusaro’s 4/4 day followed by Eric Swobody with his 3 hits. The remaining team members all had 2 his each.  Congrats to Joel Breiner for his homerun in the final inning.  Thanks to the umpires Don Ranieri and Murray Fairweather, Mark Jessen in the tower and Pete Semenak the monitor.


 
 













Liberty GMC - 13   Cayon State -7
After a relaxing time off, Liberty GMC put it in gear and beat Canyon State to the finish line by a score of 13-7. With a good defense and timely hitting, GMC held the lead throughout the game. Seven players had three hit games to lead the way. Thanks to Stu Hannah and Eric Swobody for umpiring and Gary Stuber for monitoring and Pete Houghton up in the tower.


 





The Canyon State HVAC team started off the new year on a sour note with a 13-7 loss to Liberty GMC. Canyon State just could not get the pilot lit in the 1st two innings scoring zero runs to quickly fall behind 6-0. However, Canyon finally got the heat to click on briefly in the 3rd inning posting 5 runs to close out the 3rd inning behind by a score of 7-5. Unfortunately, the heat was shortly lived as Canyon scored no runs in the 4th inning while Liberty scored 5 to widen the gap once again by a score of 12-5 going into the 5th inning. Canyon failed to get the bats going again in the final two innings and scored only 1 run in their half of the 5th which Liberty matched in their half. Canyon then scored only one run in their half of the last inning to leave the final score at 13-7 in favor of Liberty GMC. Not a stellar day in the batting average category for Canyon getting 16 hits in 30 trips to the plate for a 0.533 average. Despite the loss there were bright spots in the lineup. Top hitters were Mike Anderson (3-3), Ralph McKeever, Lloyd Newlands Ron Michalski and Tom Yurkunas all having 2 3 days. Rounding out the top hitters today was Joe Pioli with a 2-4 day. Top RBI folks were Ralph McKeever and Tom Yurkunas with 2 each.
Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 17, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 13 1 1 0.9
  Liberty GMC 8 5 1 0.607
  Canyon State 4 7 3 0.393
  Tom Ranalls Realty 4 10 1 0.3
  Park At Surprise 3 9 2 0.286
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Char Wheeler - 15   Canyon State - 14
Char Wheeler once again found itself facing an opponent in Canyon State looking to end our 9 game winning streak.   Canyon held a 10 to 7 lead after four innings.  Char Wheeler's hitters came alive in the 5th inning to put up a five spot to take the lead 12 to 10.   Canyon wasn't done and they scored 4 in the top of the 6th to retake the lead 14 to 12.   As in the past few games, we found ourselves needing to come from behind to secure the win.   6 straight hits plated the final 3 runs for the victory.   Howard Sumner had a perfect day at the plate along with Allen Bellew.   Both also had outstanding catches in the outfield to shutdown rallies by Canyon State.   Thanks El Presidente (Tom Ranalls) for subbing and providing a key triple in the bottom of the 6th. 
Thanks to Jeff Silversteen and Murray Fairweather for handling the umpire duties.   Thanks Gary Ambruz for handling the score tower and Tom Yurkunas for handling the monitor duties.






The Canyon State HVAC team gave it a good battle but ultimately fell to the Char Wheeler team by a score of 15-14. The game was close every inning through 4 complete innings with Canyon ahead by a score of 10-7. Canyon was unable to capitalize on their lead by failing to score a run in their top of the 4th while Wheeler scored 5 in their half leaving the score at 12-10 in their favor. Canyon then scored 4 runs in their half of the last inning to pull ahead by a score or 14 to 12, but the Wheeler team came back again in their half with 3 to leave the final score at 15-14 in their favor, our second loss in a row to them by 1 run. On the positive side, Canyon was able to post a .634 batting average getting 26 hits in 41 trips to the plate. Our best average against the Wheeler team this season. Leading hitters for Canyon were Mike Anderson, Ralph McKeever and Lloyd Newlands all going 4 for 4. Having 2 for days were Joe Pioli, Ron Michalski, Bob Snelling, Tom Yukurnas and Dick Stuckey. Top RBI folks were Ralph McKeever with 4 (2 of which came off his RC home run in the 3rd inning). Lloyd Newlands garnered 3 RBIs. Mike Anderson and Ron Michalski both picked up two each with the remaining RBIs spread across other team members. Thanks to the Canadian umpiring crew of Randy Biko and Murray Fairweather, scorekeeper Gary Ambruz and Paul Becker doing the COVID Cops duty. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to all. Stay safe and we will see you in 2021







  Char Wheeler - 22   Tom Ranalls Realty - 10
Char Wheeler had the pleasure of playing the doubleheader today before our two week Holiday shutdown.   Ranalls Realty came out blazing putting up 5 runs in the top of the first.  Fortunately, we were able to answer with 5 ourselves.  In what turned out to be our best offensive display this year, we ended up only making 6 outs over five innings in securing a 22 to 10 victory.   Dave Zuker, Glenn Soles, Jimmy Saltzman and Howard Sumner all had a perfect day at the plate.   Zucker had another blast over the LC wall.   Thanks to Mike Hirsch for subbing today and providing timely hitting.  Thanks Kris Schwartz and Dave Fusaro for handling the umpire duties, nice job gentlemen.  Special thanks to Ray Gibson in the score tower for filling in for Mike Hirsch so he could sub in the game.   John Hammel thanks for keeping us all safe. Team Char Wheeler wishes everyone a SAFE and Happy Holiday Season.  See you all in 2021


 




Tom Ranall's Realty lost to Char Wheeler with a score of 22 to 10. Leading hitter of the day was Don Ranieri with  3 for 3 with a homerun and 5 RBI's. Thanks to sub Pete Semenak who went 3 for 3, other players having 2 hits were Jeff Silverstein, Murray Fairweather, Jeff Nickerson, Gary Ambrose and Paul Becker. Thanks to the umpires and score tower again for making things run smoothly.Rest and be safe and have a great holiday.
 
 













Liberty GMC -12    Park At Surprise - 2
Ahead 4-2 after five innings on a cool and cloudy day, Liberty GMC had to ditch the solar hybrid cars and went all out scoring 8 runs in the top of the sixth to cruise to the finish line 12-2 over Chuck’s Park At Surprise team. Jay Schripke (4/4) and Pete Semenak (4/4) were perfect at the plate. Brian Pin (2/4) hit a towering Home Run to close out the scoring in the sixth. Hats off to Park’s Mike Hirsch who was all over the place making every play around him.  Thanks to David Elkins and Glen Soles for umpiring and Lisa Pelletier for monitoring with Dennis Haak up in the tower. Merry Christmas and have a safe and healthy New Year everyone!

 





The Park at Surprise were defeated by Liberty GMC in the final game of the unusual 2020 year.  Once again, the Park squad were within striking range through the first 5 innings of the game.   However, Bob Topham’s team plated 8 runs in the final inning earning the victory.  Mike Hirsch did himself proud at shortstop making numerous outstanding plays today. Five other players on the offensive side contributed 2 hits to our cause including John Boland, Eric Swobody, Tom Gibans, Bob Kloehn and Chuck Cruz.  Thanks to the umpires Dave Elkins and Glen Soles, Dennis Haak in the scoring tower and you too Lisa Pelletier doing the monitor duty.  Wishing everyone an enjoyable holiday season and stay healthy!
Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 11 1 1 0.885
  Liberty GMC 7 5 1 0.577
  Canyon State 4 6 3 0.423
  Tom Ranalls Realty 4 9 1 0.321
  Park At Surprise 3 8 2 0.308
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Liberty GMC -23   Tom Ranalls Realty - 6
An absolute awesome display of overpowering offense and a hustling defense secured the early four and a half inning game for Liberty GMC overcoming Tom’s Ranalls Realty team 23-6. At one point the score was 19-1 before the “Mercy Rule” - 12 run lead after the fifth inning, kicked in. The Car Dealers banged out 32 hard hit balls with everyone up and down the lineup contributing led by Jay Schripke (5/5), Al Caillouette (3/3), Brian Pin (3/3) and Ray Gibson (4/4) having perfect days at the plate. Greg Allseitz (4/5), winning pitcher Gene Prosser (3/4), Pete Semenak (3/4) and Wayne Weidenbach (3/4 and scored 4 times) all helped in extending the innings. What made this game so special was in the manner in which the team came back from a less than stellar performance the previous week where they only scored 20 runs in a doubleheader and lost both games. Thanks to Duck Stuckey and Don Urzada for umpiring and Tom Yurkunas for monitoring and as always during the early games Mark Jensen up in the tower.






Only one person had three at bats.  That about covers it.  Not making an out was Paul Becker, Gary Ambruz, Jeff Nickerson, Kirk Andes and Randy Biko.  Liberty may be a good team but any team in the red league can beat any team in the red league if they score enough runs!  And you thought Yogi Berra was dead....hah!!!  There's a second game today...maybe things will get better.
Thanks to the usual cast of umpires, scorekeepers and grounds crew.  Monitors...outstanding job!  Thanks to Joe Pioli and Tom Gibans for filling in this morning!







Canyon State - 21   Tom Ranalls Realty - 14
The Canyon State team had a good day at the plate posting 34 hits in 45 trips to the plate to defeat the Ranalls team by a score of 21 to 14. The Ranalls team battled back all through the game to leave the game at 16 to 11 in favor of Canyon going into the final inning. Canyon scored 5 in their half of the inning while Ranalls rang up 2 to end the game at 21 to 14 in favor of Canyon State. Folks all through the lineup had good days at the plate with Don Urzada 5 for 5, Sub John Boland 4 for 5, Ralph McKeever 4 for 5, Mike  Anderson 4 for 5, Lloyd Newlands 4 for 5, Tom Yurkunas 3 for 4, Dick Stuckey 3 for 4, Jeff Watson 2 for 3 and Bob Snelling 2 for 4. Top RBI folks were McKeever and Anderson with 4 each, Urzada, Newlands and Snelling each bringing in 3 runs. Good job of umpiring the game by Bob (Top) Topham and Brian Pin, Mark Jessen managing the score board and Allen Bellew providing the COVID Monitor duty in the stands


 




Well the second game was indeed better.  14 runs still not enough unless you've got shut out lock down defense going.  Everyone is trying hard and having fun.  Supporting each other is fun to see.  This team has looked outstanding one day and a bit off the next for pretty much the entire season.  We've got to keep the mistakes to a minimum and get important hits when they're needed!  Not making an out this game was Pete Semenak (thanks for subbing), Don Ranieri (with a dinger), Murray Fairweather, Tom Gibans (thanks for subbing) and Terry Graves!  9-9 after two innings and just couldn't keep pace the rest of the way.  See everyone Thursday!  Again..thanks to the folks that make this thing run smoothly!
 













Char Wheeler - 13   Park At Surprise - 10
Char Wheeler had its hands full today against Chuck's Park at Surprise team.  Park jumped to an early lead and then held us scoreless for the first two innings.  Something no one else has done all year.   Char scraped back to close the gap to 5 to 3 after four innings.   Park responded in the top of the 5th with a five spot to take a 10 to 3 lead.   Char's bats woke up in the fifth to plate five runs as well.   Another tight game going into the last inning.  Our defense answered the challenge and held Park scoreless.  Needing 3 to win, all five Wheeler batters got hits, topped off by Dave Zucker's Walk off Grand Slam. Thanks to Jeff Silversteen and Ralph Mckeever for umpiring,  Nice job by both of you.   Also thanks to Joe Pioli for taking care of the score tower duties.    
 





The Park at Surprise lost to Char Wheeler 13 to 10.  The Park group led the game until the final inning when, once again, surrendered the lead in the final frame.  Offensive highlights were John Boland and Dave Fusaro having perfect 4/4 days at the plate followed by Tom Gibans with his 3/3 effort.  Others contributing 2 hits each included Mike Hirsch, Eric Swobody, new addition to the team Joel Breiner and Chuck Cruz.  Thanks to Ralph Mckeever and Jeff Silversteen umpiring, Joe Pioli in the scoring tower and Jim Opyd the monitor.

 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 10, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 10 1 1 0.875
  Liberty GMC 6 5 1 0.542
  Tom Ranalls Realty 4 7 1 0.375
  Canyon State 3 6 3 0.375
  Park At Surprise 3 7 2 0.333
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Char Wheeler - 0   Canyon State - 0
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Liberty GMC -0   Tom Ranalls Realty - 0
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Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 08, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 10 1 0 0.909
  Liberty GMC 6 5 0 0.545
  Tom Ranalls Realty 4 7 0 0.364
  Canyon State 3 6 1 0.35
  Park At Surprise 3 7 1 0.318
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Tuesday, December 08, 2020
Tom Ranalls Realty - 15   Liberty GMC - 12
Ranalls Realty jumped out to a 10 -1 lead and held on to win a close game 15 to  12.  Timely hitting with an acceptable defensive performance = victory!  The bats were warm from the start with Don Ranieri, Randy Biko, Kirk Andes, Jeff Nickerson, sub Kris Schwartz, Terry Graves and assistant coach Paul Becker all having PERFECT DAYS AT THE PLATE!  Nice job.  Making one out was Jeff Silversteen, sub Joe Pioli and Gary Ambruz.  Thank you to subs Joe Pioli and Kris Schwartz, we appreciate the assist!   Murray Fairweather played a very good defensive game making some key catches at 2nd base.  Umpires Glenn Soles and Dennis Estes did an admirable job calling the game.  Glenn was a last minute fill in that really stepped up and helped out in a pinch.  Mark Jessen in the score tower...thank you for all you do to help our league!  Great job with the field Norm Lustig and the entire grounds crew.






Well, on a nice mild morning for an 8:30 game the Liberty GMC guys stalled at the starting line and found themselves trailing 10-1 after 2 1/2 innings and could never recover losing 15-12 to Tom’s Ranalls Realty. Al Caillouette (4/4) and Ray Gibson (4/4) had a perfect day at the plate. Jay Schripke (4/5), Gene Prosser (3/4) and Pete Semenak (3/4) added some nice fire power to the mix. Thanks to Dennis Estes and Glen Soles for umpiring and Allen Bellew for monitoring with Mark up in the tower.







Char Wheeler - 9   Liberty GMC - 8
Defending a 1 run lead in the bottom of the 6th inning, the Char Wheeler Realtors were able to hold off Liberty GMC in an unusual low scoring game between these 2 teams that typically like to run it up.  The Realtors managed to generate just 17 hits but it was enough to extend an 8 game winning streak and increase the 1st place lead by 4 games. Making several long throws from deep shortstop for putouts was Dennis Estes who at times made it look easy. Thanks to our subs with 2 hits each were Eric Swobody and Dale McLaughlin who made some nice plays in the outfield to keep the game close. Great job by umpires Randy Biko and Don Ranieri, Mark Jessen, scoreboard and John Boland, monitor.


 




The Liberty GMC Car Dealers again stumbled in their game against Greg’s first place Char Wheeler losing... (you guessed it) by one run 9-8. For those keeping score, it the last three games vs Char’s realtors (55 runs) the GMC gang scored 52 runs, only to lose all three games by one run. A close game after two innings (5-5), both teams went cold scoring only four (Char) and three (GMC) runs over the last four innings. It’s a long season, Liberty GMC will get its game together. Dan Newman (3/3) had a nice day at the plate. Thanks to Randy Biko and Don Ranieri for umpiring and John Boland for monitoring with Mark still up in the tower.
 













Canyon State -17   Park At Surprise - 7
The Canyon State team knocked out 22 hits in 40 at bats to finally post a win and put an end to a 5-game losing streak. With the game still close after 5 innings at 7-6 the Canyon Team turned the heat up by scoring 9 runs in their half of the 6th inning to go ahead by a score of 16-6. Park was only able to score 1 run in their half of the final inning to leave the final score at 16-7 in favor of Canyon. The entire Canyon team had a stellar day at bat with Joe Pioli (5 for 5, 1 RBI), Don Urzada (3 for 4, 1RBI), sub Jeff Nickerson (3 for 4, with 3 RBI via a home run), Bob Snelling (3 for 4, 2 RBI), Lloyd Newlands (3 for 4, 1 RBI), Jeff Watson (3 for 4, 1 RBI), Dick Stuckey 2 for 3, 1 RBI),Ralph Mckeever (2 for 4), sub Tom Ranalls (2 for 4, 6 RBI, 4 of which came on a grand slam home run) and Tom Yurkunas (2 for4, 1 RBI). Special thanks to substitute players Tom Ranalls and Jeff Nickerson for their super efforts today. Between the two of them they accounted for 9 of the 16 total runs batted in. Gee. Maybe I should put myself in the non-essential category and miss more games.
 





Park at Surprise lost to Canyon State by a score of 16 to 7.  Jim Opyd’s club had a 1 run lead going into the open inning, but then exploded for 9 more which was enough to seal the victory.  While the Park squad had a relatively respectable defensive game, we only tallied 2 runs in 5 of the 6 innings. John Boland was the only player with a 3 hit day.  Six others with 2 hits each included Dave Fusaro, Mike Hirsch, Eric Swobody, Tom Gibans, Kris Schwartz and Bob Kloehn.  Thanks to the two umpires Wayne Weidenbach and Alan Caillouette, Jay Schirpke in the scoring tower and Gary Stueber the monitor. 
























 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 03, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 9 1 0 0.9
  Liberty GMC 6 3 0 0.667
  Park At Surprise 3 6 1 0.35
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 7 0 0.3
  Canyon State 2 6 1 0.278
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Thursday, December 03, 2020
Park At Surprise - 22   Canyon State - 14     
The Park at Surprise team defeated the Canyon State squad by a score of 22 to 14.  For the first time this session, we combined a solid offensive and defensive effort.  By the end of the 3rd inning the Park players enjoyed a close 13 to 10 lead.  They added another 9 runs to Canyon’s 4 in the remaining 3 frames to seal the victory. The offensive highlight was the entire team at the plate collecting 35 hits.  Leading that parade with perfect 4/4 days at the plate included sub, Brian Pin, our pitcher, Tom Gibans and Chuck Cruz.  John Boland also got on the 4 hit bandwagon.  Six others contributing with their 3 hit days were Dave Fusaro, Mike Hirsch, Pete Houghton, Kris Schwartz, Bob Kloehn and John Truttman.  Thanks to umpires Jeff Silversteen and Murry Fairweather, monitor Don Ranieri and Lisa Pelletier in the scoring tower.






Canyon State suffered its 5th loss in a row to Park by a score of 22-14. The game was close at the end of 3 innings with Canyon down by a score of 13-10. Canyon posted 3 in their top of the 4th while Park countered with 4 in their half leaving the score after 4 at 17 to 13 in Parks favor. Again the spark failed to ignite and Canyon was not able to capitalize on the situation by posting only 1 run while Park coasted with 5 in their half and an 8 run advantage going into the final inning where 0 runs were posted by Canyon. Ralph Mckeever hit a screaming line drive to open the Canyon half of the 6th inning only to have it picked off by Park’s Left Center Fielder for the first out. The game ended when Lloyd Newlands was called out for allegedly missing 2nd base after hitting an in-the park round-tripper. Leading batters for Canyon were Tom Yurkunas (3 for 3 and 2 RBI), Jeff Watson (2 for 2 and a walk), Joe Pioli (3 for 4 and an RBI), Mike Anderson (3 for 4 and 2 RBIs), Don Urzada (2 for 4 with 3 RBI), Ralph Mckeever (2 for 4 and 2 RBI) and Lloyd Newlands (2 for 4 and 2 RBI) with the rest of the team contributing hits and contributing to the rest of the RBI count.







Park At Surprise - 18   Tom Ranalls Realtor - 17
The Park at Surprise met the Tom Ranalls Realtors for the second time this week in another close game.  The game was played under a sunny but windy afternoon.  Both teams had respectable defensive efforts in spite of the conditions.  The scenario of this game unfolded as déjà vu of our Tuesday’s outing, except this time the Park players returned the favor by claiming victory in the bottom of the last inning.  Going into the open frame the Parkers boasted a 16 to 10 lead but that was eradicated with the Realtors 7 run rally taking the lead for the first time.  With the hammer in the bottom of the inning with two outs and no one on base, the Park at Surprise (and I do mean surprise) managed enough hits and walks to collect the necessary 2 runs earning the victory.  As mentioned earlier, our defense was pretty sound highlighted by Dave Fusaro’s acrobatic diving catch in deep center field. On the offensive side the team collected 30 hits, led by John Boland and Skip Pavitt going 4/4 and Mike Hirsch with a 3/3 outing.  Five others chimed in with their 3 hit days including Dave Fusaro, Pete Houghton, Tom Gibans, Bob Kloehn and Chuck Cruz.  Thanks to the two umpires David Zuker and David Elkins, Howard Sumner in the scoring tower and monitor Gary Stueber.

 




What a difference 2 days makes as Ranall's Realty played Park at Surprise again with a much better hitting game but falling short with a losing score of 18 to 17. Players with 3 hits were Lisa Pelletier, Randy Biko, Kirk Andes and Andy Campbell. Thanks to all the umpires and volunteers for keeping the ship running smoothly and safely.
 













Char Wheeler - 24   Liberty GMC - 23
How do you match the excitement that Char Wheeler and Liberty GMC provided on Tuesday of this week?  Well, you put the same 2 teams together on Thursday and let them go at it. And go at it they did!  Liberty held a comfortable 6 run lead in the top of the 6th but the Char Wheeler realtors didn't quit as they sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 6th and scored 7 runs to claim the 1 run victory.  Great game again but guess what?  These same 2 teams play again on Tuesday of next week.  Can't beat fun at the old ballpark! Leading the charge for the realtors was Dave Zuker with a perfect day at the plate including his 5th homer of the season.  Howard Sumner was 4 for 4, Allan Bellew had a nice game at bat and in left field while Jim Saltzman contributed with a couple of key hits. Thanks to our sub Bob Snelling who was 3/4 and umpires Dale McLaughlin & Skip Pavitt, Lisa Pelletier making sure everyone stays safe and Pete Houghton in the tower.

 





The Liberty GMC Car Dealers scored 23 runs, knocked out 33 hits and had a solid 6 run lead going into the bottom of the sixth only to see it all go up in flames as Greg’s Char Wheeler team squeaked by the Dealers by one run again 24-23 by scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the sixth. Great Allseitz (5/5), Dan Newman (4/4), and Gene Prosser (4/5) had great games at the plate. Contributing with three hits were Jay Schripke (3/5), Don Ranieri (3/5), Pete Semenak (3/5), Brian Pin (3/4) and Wayne Weidenbach (3/4). Thanks to Dale McLaughlin and Bob Snelling for umpiring and Tom Yurkunas monitoring with Pete Houghton up in the tower.
























 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 8 1 0 0.889
  Liberty GMC 6 2 0 0.75
  Tom Ranalls Realty 3 6 0 0.333
  Canyon State 2 5 1 0.313
  Park At Surprise 1 6 1 0.188
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
    - 
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Char Wheeler 21   Liberty Buick - 20      
It was a game comparable to a heavyweight fight where Char Wheeler and Liberty GMC duked it out for 6 innings with the realtors, finally prevailing by a score of 21-20. A game that could have gone either way, Top's team came out fast and furious on a chilly morning posting 14 runs in the first 3 innings. Down by 8 runs in the top of the 4th, we were able to generate 5 runs to make it a 17-14 game and got another 5 spot to their 3 in the 5th inning. We then held Liberty to 0 runs in the top of the 6th trailing by a run 20-19 and eventually scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th to seal the victory for sole  possession of 1st place.  It was a great game played by both sides.
Leading the way for Char was Dennis Estes with a 5 for 5 performance and Dave Zuker slugging his 4th round tripper of the season. Special thanks to Dale McLaughlin for subbing, Lee Visker waving all those runners at 3rd base home and Jerry Hotzler for keeping the book. It should  be another slugfest as we meet Liberty again on Thursday afternoon.






A Barnburner... an absolute Barnburner. The GMC car dealers (6-2)  were pushed out of a first place tie with the Realtors over at Char Wheeler (7-1)  by losing a well played 21-20 game. Exciting to the finish. The GMC guys held the game’s lead the entire game until the dreadful bottom of the sixth inning. Jay Schripke (4/4 with another inside-the-park HR), Greg Allseitz (4/4), and Dan Newman (4/4) led all hitters with four hits. Gene Prosser (3/4) and Brian Pin (3/4) had a nice three hit day. Thanks Mike Anderson and Bob Snelling for umpiring and Jim Opyd as the monitor with the very capable Mark Jensen in the scoring tower.







Char Wheeler - 10   Canyon State - 9
In the 2nd game of our doubleheader, it was difficult getting any offense going with Mike Anderson keeping us off balance for the entire game.  10 runs however was enough as Char Wheeler edged the HVAC guys by a score of 10-9. Dave Elkins was a workhorse on the mound holding the opposition in check while helping his own cause as he belted his 2nd home run of the season over the left field fence.  Dennis Haak provided great defense in right center making a
nice catch on a ball that was surely headed for the gap. It wasn't a pretty win but kept the winning streak alive heading into Thursday.



 




The Canyon State HVAC team fell short in their quest to avenge two prior back-to-back losses to the Char Wheeler team losing by a score of 10 to 9. Just 15 hits in 31 trips to the plate are not going to come close to winning against any good team. The hits, though not many, were not garnered in a timely enough fashion to generate multi-run innings except for the 4th and 5th innings where we posted 8 of our 9 runs. After falling behind by a score of 8 to 1 after 3 innings, the HVAC team gradually came back to leave the score at 10 to 9 in favor of Char Wheeler after 5 full innings. Once again, the HVAC squad failed to deliver in their half of the critical sixth going 4 up and 3 out to seal the 10-9 win for the Char Wheeler Realtors. Bright spots for the Canyon squad were sparse with just both Ralph McKeever 3 for 3 (including a double) and Ron Michalski 3 for 3 (including a triple) having perfect days at the plate. Mike Anderson and Tom Yurkunas also turned in 2 for 3 days. Top RBI folks were Ron Michalski with 3 and Jim Opyd with 2.

 













Tom Ranalls Realty -6   Park At Surprise - 5
We had a week off for Thanksgiving and our bats think they are still resting. Tom Ranall's Realty came from behind to beat Park at Surprise 6 to 5.  Andy Campbell had the winning hit in the bottom of the 6th to pull out the victory.  We had several good defense plays especially the good  running catch by Gary Ambrose.  Hopefully we'll wake up the bodies and the bats by Thursday.
 





The Park at Surprise Ball Club lost a low scoring 6 to 5 ball game to Tom Ranalls Realty.   Neither team did much scoring.  Maybe too much turkey over the holiday!  The game was tied at 5 until the last of the final inning when the Realty group, who had the hammer, were able to score the winning run.  Two Park players had perfect days at the plate including Chuck Cruz and Eric Swobody who has been on a hitting terror the entire season.  Four others contributed 2 hits each, namely John Boland, Pete Houghton, Kris Schwartz and Bob Kloehn.  Thanks to the umpires Dennis Estes and Glen Soles and Howard Sumner in the scoring tower.























 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 19, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 6 1 0 0.857
  Liberty GMC 6 1 0 0.857
  Canyon State 2 4 1 0.357
  Tom Ranalls Realty 2 6 0 0.25
  Park At Surprise 1 5 1 0.214
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
  
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Tom Ranalls Realty - 19   Park At Surprise - 16      
Tom Ranalls' Realty came out in first game with their hitting shoes on, scoring 15 runs in first 3 innings to hold on to a 19 to 16 win over Park at Surprise. Leading hitters were Jeff Silverstein and sub Dave Zuker 4 for 4, Murray Fairweather, Andy Campbell, Lisa Pelletier and Terry Graves wered 3 for 3. Good job by all.





The Park at Surprise were defeated by Tom Ranalls Realty by the score of 19 to16.  Tom Ranall’s and Paul Becker’s Realters came out strong in the first 3 innings with a nickel in each frame.  The Park squad bats then came alive scoring 10 runs to their 4 in the final 3 innings which wasn’t enough to earn a victory.  The Parkers accumulated 24 hits led by 6 players including John Boland, Mike Hirsch, Erick Swobody, Bob Kloehn and subs Greg Allseitz, and Ted Koch.  Others with 2 hit days were Dave Fusaro, Skip Pavitt and Chuck Cruz.  Wish to thank the above mentioned subs and Jamie White for helping out.  Ted Koch took a nasty fall at 2nd base near the end of the game, and hopefully is OK.  Thanks also to the umpires, scorekeeper and monitor.  We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving, whatever your plans may be, and stay healthy!








  Liberty GMC - 19   Tom Ranalls - 6
Solid defense and timely hitting enabled Liberty GMC to win in five innings 19-6 over Ranalls Realty. Jay Schripke lead the way with a fantastic day going 4/4 with a late inning inside the park grand slam that sealed the win. Super sub Mike Hirsch (4/4) played a great game at short as well as having a perfect day at the plate.  Greg Allseitz (3/4), winning pitcher Gene Prosser (3/3) and Brian Pin (3/3) provided line drive after line drive to push the top of the order across the plate. Everyone scored in the game as The GMC gang banged out 27 hits in five innings. Thanks to Eric Swobody and John Boland for umpiring and Ron Michalski with monitoring duties and Jim Saltzman up in the tower.



 




Game 2 of the double header was a different story.  The bats were silenced by the 1st place team Liberty GMC. Final score GMC 19 Ranalls 6. Paul Becker,Andy Campbell and Terry Graves each had 2 hits.  Thanks for all who umpired, scoreboard and monitored the games.
Have a safe Thanksgiving.

 













Char Wheeler - 19   Canyon State - 9
On another beautiful day at OUR Field of Dreams, Char Wheeler and Canyon State had the pleasure of playing the final game before our Thanksgiving break.  It was a rematch of Tuesday's game and again it was a close one until Char Wheeler broke it open in the 5th inning plating 5 runs and 3 more in the 6th while holding Canyon State scoreless in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to secure a 19 to 9 victory.    The Wheelers once again had the offense working, banging out 33 hits.  Gary Stueber hit his second home run of the young season. Thanks to Ray Ray (Boom Boom) Gibson for subbing for us today.  Always a pleasure playing with him. Great to have Jerry Hotzler and Lee Visker helping with score keeping and handling the 3rd base coaching duties.  Coach K promises to listen next time Lee...Thanks to our umpire crew today, Terry Graves and Andy Campbell and Pete Semenak for Monitor duties.  Thanks Tom Goetz handling the scoreboard. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and we will see you all again in December at the best Softball field in Arizona.





After starting out with a 2 all tie after 1 and the prospects looking good, the Canyon squad slowly fell behind to trail by a score of 11-9 at the end of 4 innings. The Wheeler team cranked up the hits on the Canyon team in the next two innings by scoring 5 in the top of the 5th and 3 in the top of the 6th to force a flip-flop situation at 19-9. The thermostat for the Canyon squad evidently shorted out when they went to turn up the heat by failing to match the Wheeler production and scoring no runs over the same 2 innings to eventually fall by a score of 19-9. 17 hits were produced in 34 at Bats by Canyon, but the hits were not timely and / or good defensive plays by Wheeler cut off potential rallies. While all Canyon team members posted hits, there are a few needing special mention. Mike Anderson with 3 for 3, Bob Snelling 2 for 2 and a walk, Don Urzada 3 for 4, Ralph Mckeever 2 for 3 and Joe Pioli 2 for 4. Top RBI folks were Mike Anderson with 3, Joe Piloi with 2 and Ron Michalski with 2. Thanks to the umpire crew of Andy Campbell and Terry Graves, Scoreboard keeper Tom Goetz and monitors Pete Semenak and John Boland. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Stay safe, enjoy the holiday and the days off.





















Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 5 1 0 0.833
  Liberty GMC 5 1 0 0.833
  Canyon State 2 3 1 0.417
  Park At Surprise 1 4 1 0.25
  Tom Ranalls Realty 1 5 0 0.167
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
  
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Char Wheeler - 17   Canyon State - 7     
Char Wheeler got off to a slow for the first time this year. Trailing 3 to nothing after the first inning to Canyon State.   The Wheeler's found the right gear and scored 17 runs while only making 4 batted outs over the next 4 innings to secure a 17 to 8 victory.  Everybody had at least one RBI and the team had 29 hits in total.  Thanks to Mark Jessen and Buck for getting the Score board up and running this morning.  Randy Biko and Don Ranieri did a great job handling the umpire duties while the board was down, keeping everyone aware of the pitch counts and outs. Great to see Coach Opyd back on the diamond again.  Welcome back Jim.





After holding the Wheeler team to no runs in the opening top half of the inning the Canyon team posted 3 to jump out to a 3 -0 lead after one. However, the Wheeler team came back in their top half of the 2nd inning with 5 while the Canyon squad tied the score with two of their own. What started out as a potential toe to toe slugfest game with the score tied at 5 all after 2 innings ended up being a kick in the groin to the Canyon Crew who could only post two runs in the remaining 4 innings while the Wheeler team ran rampart with 12 runs leaving the final score at 17-7. The Canyon team posted 15 hits in 35 at bats with every team member posting at least 1 hit. Unfortunately, the hits were sporadic and not clustered together to score runs. Leading batsmen for Canyon were Ron Michalski (2 for 3), Lloyd Newlands (2 for 3) Bob Snelling (2 for 3), Jim Opyd (2 for 3) and Don Urzada (2 for 4). RBI’s, while scarce, were garnered one each by 7 of the team members.









   Tom Ranalls - 17   Canyon State - 12
Scoring 17 runs and playing solid defense will generally get you a win.  Today it did and it was our first of the young season.  Very proud of my guys and gal for hanging in there and overcoming a very slow start.  Everyone has supported each other and no one hung their head.  Well at least not for very long.  Dave Elkins and Glenn Soles called a fantastic game, thanks fellas.  Mark Jessen at his usual post hit the digits expertly!  A special thank you this week to all the monitors for helping to keep everyone safe.  For the most part everyone is being careful and showing a lot of respect for everyone around them. 
Perfect day at the plate by Jeff Silversteen 4/4, Jeff Nickerson 4/4, Gary Ambruz 3/3, Terry Graves 3/3 and Kirk Andes 3/3.  31 total hits!  Only making one out were Randy Biko, Andy Campbell and Lisa Pelletier. Don Ranieri hit a bomb in the 6th inning for a little insurance tally. 



 




Well game #2 of the day for the Canyon HVAC team didn’t start well with the Canyon team quickly falling behind 6 to 0 after 2 innings before matching the 5 run production of the Ranalls team with 5 of our own in the third to leave the score at 9-5 in favor of Ranalls. After holding Ranalls to no runs in the top of the 4th, the Canyon team was not able to take advantage of the situation to significantly close the run gap by posting just 1 run. The Ranalls team went on to score an additional 6 runs in the following two innings while Canyon posted just 2 to trail 17 to 7 going into the bottom half of the final inning. Not wanting to post back-to-back 17-7 losses in one day the canyon bats came alive briefly but fell short in their quest to close the 10-run gap by scoring 5 runs to eventually fall to a 17-12 score. Batting stats were much improved this game with, once again all team members posting hits. Leading batsmen for Canyon were Ralph Mckeever (4 for 4), Dick Stuckey (3 for 3), Mike Anderson (3 for 4 ) with a two HR blast, Bob Snelling (2 for 3), and Joe Pioli, Don Urzada, Ron Michalski, Jeff 1watson and Lloyd Newlands all going 2 for 4. Leading RBI folks were Mike Anderson with 3, and Ralph Mckeever and Ron Michalski both with 2 RBIs.

 













Liberty GMC - 11   Park At Surprise - 9
Liberty GMC accelerated to a fast start getting 5 in the first only to see Chuckie’s Park At Surprise get 4 in the first to make it a close contest throughout with the Car Dealers finally securing an 11-9 win thanks to a late inning three run home run by Greg  Allseitz (4/4) and a solo shot by Tom Ranalls (2/4) to go along with a backwards over-the-head tumble - the crowd gave him a 9.5 for his great inning ending play. Ray “Boom Boom” Gibson continues his fine hitting with a 3/3 day. Two hit hitters were winning pitcher Gene Prosser, Brian Pin, Tom Goetz and Wayne Weidenbach. Thanks to Tom Yurkunas and Bob Snelling for umpiring and monitor Paul Becker with Joe Pioli up in the tower.





The Park at Surprise lost a close game to Liberty GMC by the score of 11 to 9.  Trailing by 4 runs going into the last of the final inning, the Park squad’s rally efforts fell short of the mark sealing the deal for Bob Topham’s team.  While our defense wasn’t as strong as it could have been, we did string together 22 hits in the low scoring game.  Leading our hit parade was Dave Fusaro and sub, Gary Ambruz having 3/3 days and sub, Don Ranieri with his 3 hits.  Five others, including Eric Swobody, Bob Kloehn, Skip Pavitt, John Truttman and Chuck Cruz contributed 2 hits each.  Thanks to the 2 aforementioned subs, and sub, Jamie White for filling in on the mound for us.  Appreciate the efforts of Tom Yukunas and Bob Snelling umpiring, monitor Paul Becker, and Joe Pioli playing with all those buttons in the scoring tower.





















 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 12, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Char Wheeler 4 1 0 0.8
  Liberty GMC 4 1 0 0.8
  Canyon State 2 1 1 0.625
  Park At Surprise 1 3 1 0.3
  Tom Ranalls Realty 0 5 0 0
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
  
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Canyon State - 12   Liberty GMC - 6      
The Canyon State HVAC squad avenged the season opener 1 run loss to Liberty by besting the Liberty GMC team by a score of 12-6. After an initial 4 up and 3 out in the Canyon top of the first, Liberty’s lead off hitter Shirpke got an inside the park HR just like he did in the first game eliciting thoughts of here we go again by the HVAC crew. However, it was not be this time with good pitching and defense holding the liberty team to just 1 run in the next 4 innings while Canyon’s bats came alive and scored in every inning to lead by a score of 11-2 going into the fifth inning. The Canyon squad picked up an additional run in their half while Liberty added 2 in their half forcing a flip-flop situation. The Liberty team while posting 4 runs eventually fell 12-6 to the Canyon State team. 21 hits were garnered by the Canyon State team. Top hitters for the Canyon team were Don Urzada (4 for 4), super sub Dale Mclaughlin (3 for 3) and Bob Snelling (3 for 3) with the rest of the team collecting one or two hits each. Top RBI men were Don Urzada (3), Ralph Mckeever (3), Bob Snelling (3) and Dale Mclaughlin (2). Thanks to the umpire crew of Terry Graves and Jeff Silversteen, scorekeeper Steve Katz and sub Dale Mclaughlin who did a bang up job for the Canyon State team.
















Liberty GMC blew a tire out of the starting gate and was never in this game won by a good hitting Canyon State team 12-6. Greg Allseitz (3/3) and Brian Pin (3/3) had a nice day at the plate. Thanks to Terry Graves and Jeff Silversteen for umpiring and Don Ranieri monitoring and Gary Ambruz up in the tower.









Liberty GMC - 16   Tom Ranalls - 7
After going flat in the first game, Liberty GMC put a few Whoper sandwiches in the fuel tank and knocked out 25 hits in rolling by Ranalls Realty 16-7. Jay Schripke (4/4) and Greg Allseitz (4/4) lead the way with perfect games. Al Caillouette (3/4) played a great game at shortstop roaming all over the field. Everyone else contributed two hits. Thanks to Jeff Watson and Don Urzada for umpiring and Steve Katz in the tower and Allen Bellew doing monitor duties.



 




No one had a perfect day at the plate today.  In fact with 11 hits spread out the way they were it was a monumental task to try and keep up with the Liberty GMC fellas.  Ranalls Realty opened up to a 6-3 lead then scored 1 more run in the final 4 innings.   Paul Becker and Jeff Silversteen split up the pitching duties...and really under normal circumstances you'll win quite a few games that you give up 16 runs in.  Making only one out was Don Ranieri, Paul Becker, Jeff Nickerson (with a round tripper), Andy Campbell, Sub Bob Kloehn (Thank you very much for helping us out today) and Terry Graves.  Thank you Jeff Watson and Don Urzada for not letting anyone cheat!!  Steve Katz...nice work upstairs working the numbers.  19-5 is still a possibility. 

 













Char Wheeler - 16   Park At Surprise - 13
Char Wheeler's hitters came out swinging again to stake the team to an early 10 to 2 lead over Park at Surprise team.  I am not sure what Coach Cruz said to his team, but it worked, Park's offense started clicking and closed the gap.   This is one game we were happy to see only go 6 innings with the way Park was hitting in the end.  Char Wheeler held on for a 16 to 13 victory.  Char Wheeler's entire team continued with balanced hitting throughout the line up.  We had 27 hits, and only 8 batted outs.   Dave Zuker banged his third home run of the season.  Howard Sumner continued his strong play in Right Field as well as going 3 for 3 today. Thanks to Brian Pin and Wayne Weidenbach for handling the Umpire duties.  Thanks Kirk for handling the scoreboard operations.    I also have been remiss in thanking Jerry Hotzler for keeping our book and providing input as our bench coach.   Jerry THANK YOU from all of us on Team Char Wheeler.




The Park at Surprise lost to a strong Char Wheeler squad by a score of 13 to 16.  The Wheelers started out strong in the first 3 innings leading 10 to 2.  The Surprise bats then began producing runs trying to catch up, but in the end ran out of innings trailing by 3.  Four players had perfect days at the plate including Mike Hirsch with 4/4, followed by Bob Kloehn, Tom Gibans and John Truttman all going 3/3.  Dave Fusaro contributed 3 hits and Eric Swobody and Skip Pavitt added their 2 singles to the effort.  Thanks to the two umpires Wayne Weidenbach and Brian Pin and Kirk Andes in the scoring tower and the monitor Paul Becker.





















 

Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Liberty GMC 3 0 0 1
  Char Wheeler 3 1 0 0.75
  Canyon State 1 1 1 0.5
  Park At Surprise 1 2 1 0.375
  Tom Ranalls Realty 0 4 0 0
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
  
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Liberty GMC - 14   Park At Surprise - 6     
Liberty GMC slowly accelerated through the early innings and by the fourth inning were moving at top speed on all cylinders to pass by Park At Surprise 14-6 in six innings. Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Gibson (4/4) needed a Home Run in his last at bat to complete the cycle... he got a line drive single for what we’re calling a Jr Cycle. Jay Schripke (4/4) in his lead off position got the team rolling and never looked back. Pete Semenak (3/4) had a spectacular ‘Sports Center’ Shoestring catch to bring the fans to their feet. Winning pitcher Gene Prosser (3/3) and Wayne Weidenbach (3/3) were perfect at the plate. Greg Allseitz (3/4) and Dan Newman (3/4) also contributed three hits each. Team defense continues to be outstanding. Thanks to Dale McLaughlin and Chris Schwartz for umpiring and Mark Jensen up in the tower. Really appreciated Jim Opyd performing the monitoring duties and being our gate keeper. Special thanks to Don and John for putting up with us Managers in getting our game time schedule in top notch shape.

















The Park at Surprise team was defeated by Liberty GMC by 14 to 6 score.  Bob Topham’s squad came out in the early cool morning weather hitting on all cylinders tallying runs in all but one inning.   The Park team while playing respectable defense couldn’t put together any meaningful run producing rallies.  Timely hitting was the issue.  While we collected 16 hits, they were too scattered to be very effectilve.  Both John Boland and Tom Gibans were perfect at the plate with 3/3 days.  Mike Hirsch, Bob Kloehn, Skip Pavitt, and John Truttman each contributed 2 hits.  Thanks Norm Lustig for your pre-game field preparation, umpires Dale Mclaughlin and Ralph Mckeever, monitor Jim Opyd and Mark Jessen in the scoring tower. 









Park At Sirprise - 7   Canyon State - 7 
The Park at Surprise ball club played Canyon State to a six inning 7 run tie.  Both teams could only score runs in just three frames of the game.  Must have been the strong mound performances by the two pitchers Mike Anderson and Tom Gibans!  The Park squad’s defense was less than spectacular, but our bats kept us in the low scoring game.  Dave Fusaro, Mike Hirsch and Kris Schwartz had 3/3 efforts at the plate and Eric Swobody and Chuck Cruz chimed in with their 2 hits.  Thanks to the umpires Andy Campbell and Glen Soles, Monitor Lisa Pelletier and Mark Jessen in the Tower.





 




Well the players were cold and so were the Canyon State bats. After leadoff batter Joe Piloi’s inside the park round tripper in the 1st inning, the Canyon bats went silent posting only 1 run and 6 hits in the following 3 innings and going into inning 5 trailing 5 to 1, a familiar patter so far in our 1st 3 games. Fortunately, the bats came alive enough to post 5 runs in the top of the 5th inning. Park, in their half of the inning came back with two runs leaving the game tied at 7 all going into the 6th and final inning. The HVAC team was unable to post any runs to pull ahead in our half, but the Park team returned the favor by also posting no runs leaving the game in a split decision tied at 7 all. Leading hitters for Canyon were Don Urzada (3-3), Ron Michalski, Jeff Watson and sub Dale Mclaughlin all 2 for 3 with the rest of the team all posted 1 or 2 hits. Thanks to umpires Andy Campbell and Glen Soles, monitor Lisa Pelletier and scoreboard tender Mark Jessen, who might have been feeling the effects of the cold weather when he tried to shortchange one of his fellow Minnesotans out of a pitch.
 













Char Wheeler -20   Tom Ranalls Realty - 14 
On a much cooler day than last Thursday Char Wheeler continued their hot hitting.  The Wheeler's banged out 31 hits over the 6 innings including home runs by Dave Zuker and Gary Stueber.  Dave Elkins and Dennis Haak had four hits each as well.   Glen Soles made several outstanding plays at second again helping shutdown a potent Ranalls offense.  Char Wheeler ultimately came out on top 20 to 14. Thanks to Big ( I'm in a bad mood) Mike and Lloyd for umpiring the game and keeping the players loose with all their banter.   Thanks to Ron Michalski in the score tower as well.





Ranalls Realty played better but still wound up on the short end to Char Wheeler 20 to 14.
The Offense is steadily improving with Kirk Andes and Jeff Nickerson going 4 for 4, Randy Biko 4 for 5, Lisa Pelletier 2 for 3 and Jeff Silverstein and Don Ranieri 3 for 5. Don also had 4 rbi's.
Thanks for everyone for keeping things running smoothly.




















Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 05, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Liberty GMC 2 0 0 1
  Char Wheeler 2 1 0 0.667
  Park At Surprise 1 1 0 0.5
  Canyon State 1 1 0 0.5
  Tom Ranalls Realty 0 3 0 0
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
  
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Char Wheeler - 19   Park At Surprise - 10      
Char Wheeler came out swinging again in our second game of the season, defeating a very good Park at Surprise team 19 to 10.  Char Wheeler had 31 hits in 6 innings led by Howard Sumner with a perfect day at the plate.  Dave Zuker provided the fans out behind the fences with a souvenir as he blasted his first home run of the season on this very warm day.  We only made 12 outs over the entire game, great hitting everyone.  Thanks to Dan Newman and Alan Caillouette for handling the umpire duties and Mark Jessen  in the score tower. 

















The Park at Surprise suffered their first loss of the early season being defeated by Char Wheeler 19 to 10.  The Park player’s defense was respectable, but Greg Kastelic’s squad had too many solid hits throughout the entire game. On the offensive side we collected 19 hits but couldn’t seem to put them together establishing many run producing rallies.  You can’t win many games in this league scoring just 4 runs in 6 of the 7 frames.  Our highlights at the plate included Dave Fusaro having a 4/4 day, followed by Eric Swobody’s 3 hit performance and John Boland, Mike Hirsch, Pere Houghton and Bob Kloehn each contributing 2 hits.  Thanks to the two umpires Dan Newman and Alan Caillouette, monitor John Hammel and Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.  I really appreciate Rick Armentano volunteering to do handle our score book for the entire season.  It’s a long season and we are looking forward to next weeks games









Liberty GMC - 17   Char Wheeler -12
Liberty GMC came off the starting line at a slow pace only to put it in high gear over the last four innings scoring 15 runs to out pace Char Wheeler 17-12. The GMC Car Dealers slugged 31 hits with Jay Schripke (4/5)And Pete Semenak (4/4) leading the Dealers with four hits apiece. Contributing three hits in the game were Greg Allseitz, Al Caillouette, Gene Prosser, Ray Gibson, Tom Goetz and Wayne Weidenbach. Thanks to Chris Schwarts  and Chuck Cruz and Big Bob Kloehn up in the tower and Paul Becker hanging in there with monitoring duties.



 




Char Wheeler started strong again taking an early lead against Liberty GMC.  The two teams then shutdown each other's powerful offenses the next two innings before Liberty broke out adding 4 runs in fourth to go ahead 6 to 3.  Liberty continued to get timely hitting while Char Wheeler wasn't able to capitalize, leaving 13 runners on base.   Liberty ultimately won the game 17 to 12, handing Char Wheeler their first loss of the young season. Glenn Soles continued his hot hitting with a perfect 4 for 4 day and solid play at second base. Thanks to Chuck Cruz and Eric Swobody for handling the umpire duties and Bob Kloehn in the score tower. 













     Canyon State - 11   Tom Ranalls Realty - 10 
Canyon state squeaked by Ranalls Realty to pull out a last inning victory and even our record at 1 & 1. The Canyon State HVAC team fell behind after 2 innings by a score of 7-2, but due to excellent pitching and a strong and timely defense over several middle innings we were able to slowly close the gap until we finished 6 innings in a 10 all tie. After shutting down a potential Ranalls rally in their half of the 7th inning the Canyon State team was able to load the bases with one out and score the winning run on a hard hit ground ball that wasn’t fielded cleanly. Leading hitters for Canyon were Joe Pioli, Ralph Mckeever, and sub Dale Mclaughlin each with 3 hits with the rest of the team contributing 1 or 2 hits each. Special thanks to umpires Glen Soles and Greg Kastelic, scorekeeper Ray Gibson and monitors Pete Semenak and John Boland.



Well the WD40 worked for the first 2 innings as Ranalls Realty built a 7-1 lead early in the contest.  Randy Biko played a nice game going 2/2 from the plate and keeping pitcher Paul Becker on point!  Having good days at the plate and only making one out were sub Tom Ranalls 3/4, Paul Becker 3/4, Lisa Pelletier 2/3 and Jeff Silversteen 3/4.   Defensively the Ranalls Realty team was strong and kept Canyon States bats in check.  The 6 unanswered runs in the Canyon State 3rd and 4th innings was the difference.   Glenn Soles and Greg Kastelic did a nice job enforcing the rules and Ray Gibson kept track of the low scoring game in the tower without nodding off!  Field looks and plays great…thanks again to the grounds crew for their hard work this off season.  Thanks Becky for keeping our book and making it easy to do these write ups!




















Sun City Grand Softball - Fall 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 03, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Park At Surprise 1 0 0 1
  Liberty GMC 1 0 0 1
  Char Wheeler 1 0 0 1
  Canyon State 0 1 0 0
  Tom Ranalls Realty 0 2 0 0
           
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
  
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
Char Wheeler - 19   Tom Ranalls - 9      
Another GRAND day for the start of our Softball season.  A special thank you to Buck and his crew for getting the Field of Dreams ready for play.  Buck and crew, it has never looked better!  We all appreciate being able to play on this field, which would have never happened without the great work of our Commisioner's and the SCG Softball Board.Char Wheeler came out swinging to take an early lead that we never relinquished in defeating Ranalls Realty 19 to 7.  Char Wheeler's line up was  strong from top to bottom.   We only made 8 outs in 5 innings of play.  As a team, we hit 800 with several players having a perfect day at the plate.  The highlight of the day was Dave Elkins return from last season's injury to blast a 3 run home run. Thanks to Skip Pavitt and Dave Fusaro for handling the Umpire duties and to our favorite scoreboard operator Mark Jessen.  Welcome back Mark for another great season.  Norm, the lines were perfect as always.  Thanks
















Well the parts and pieces were a bit rusty.  Ranalls Realty couldn’t string the hits together when necessary and were just over powered by a very good Char Wheeler team.  Don Ranieri was a perfect 3/3 at the plate and played a nice defensive game as well.  Only making one out were Lisa Pelletier, Jeff Nickerson and Randy Biko.  23 more games left this session…things will get better.








Park At Surprise - 14   Tom Ranalls - 1 
The Park at Surprise ball club began the 2020 SCG Fall Softball Red League Season with a win over a usually strong Tom Ranalls squad.   We welcomed Tom Gibans, our pitcher (one of the new players in our league) by supporting his efforts on the mound with solid defense allowing just 1 run in 6 innings.  On the offensive side of the equation the Park group collected 25 hits.  Five players including John Boland, Dave Fusaro, Pete Houghton, Eric Swobody, and Tom Gibans, went 3 for 4 today.  Mike Hirsch, sub Dale McLaughin, John Truttman and Chuck Cruz chimed in with 2 hits each.   Things went very well considering our Covid19 game protocol rules. Everyone seemed to take them in stride, just being thankful for having the luxury of playing ball and partaking in the camaraderie that this league enjoys.  Thanks to the aforementioned sub, umpires Dennis Estes and Dave Elkins and monitor Gary Stueber.  Of course, we appreciate all the work done by the field management group this summer and the field preparation for today’s games.  I didn’t forget you, Mark Jessen all alone in the tower pushing those scoreboard buttons.  It’s a 24-game season and hopefully everyone will be injury free and STAY HEALTHY!  


 




More WD-40 needed.  One game didn’t shake the rust loose.  The second one was also a struggle.  8 total hits by the Ranalls Realty squad this game.   Terry Graves 2/3, Randy Biko 2/3, Gary Ambruz  1/2 and Jeff Silversteen 1/2 were those only making 1 out.  Park at Surprise played a solid game that was more than enough to win their opening game.    Ranalls Realty’s defense was not perfect today but it wasn’t the deciding factor.  Offense on the other hand was really the task of the day and we just couldn’t get the bats going.  22 more games left this session…things will hopefully get better.












Liberty GMC - 14      Canyon State - 13  
Well, Liberty GMC got off to a season opening good start by squeaking by Canyon State 14-13 in six innings thanks to an intentional walk to Al Caillouette (2/2 with two walks) and a walk off walk to Dave Zuker (2/2).  Jay Schripke (3/4 with on opening inside the park home run), Greg Allseitz (3/4 with three double), Al and Dave scored 11 of the teams 14 runs. Winning pitcher Gene Prosser (3/3), Dan Newman (3/3) and Tom Goetz (3/3) were perfect at the plate. Wayne Weidenbach (2/3) also contributed with two hits. Thanks to Randy Biko and Andy Campbell for umpiring and Jeffery Nickerson on the scoreboard and Thomas Gibans doing the monitoring duties. Want to thank everyone for doing a great job in following the COVID 19 procedures.
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Canyon State dropped its season opener to Liberty GMC by a score of 14 to 13. The Canyon bats came out strong in the first inning posting 5 runs and came out of the inning with a 5-3 lead. However, the Canyon bats went semi-dormant if the following 4 innings posting only 6 runs. Going into the 6th inning and down 2 runs the Canyon team was able to make up a 2-run deficit to tie the score at 13 all. In the bottom half of the inning with the score tied, 2 outs and the bases loaded Liberty GMC team was able to squeeze out a walk to bring in the winning run. Leading hitters for Canyon were Mckeever with 4-4, Michalski, Urzada and Watson all going 3-4 with the rest of the team all collecting 1 or 2 hits each.




















Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 05, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Gothic 5 2 0 0.714
  Treedah Magee Realtor 4 1 2 0.714
  Liberty Buick 3 3 1 0.5
  Property Sisters 3 4 0 0.429
  Swing Orthopedic 3 4 0 0.429
  Camino Eye Care 1 5 1 0.214
  
Thursday, March 05, 2020
CAMINO EYE CARE - 13   TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR -13      
Camino Eye Care dueled Treedah Magee Realtor to a seven inning draw by the low score of 13 to 13.  A win was in reach for both team throughout the game, but neither one managed the necessary offense to distance themselves from the other. Bob Topham’s strong squad led by one run at the end of the 6th frame.  The Eye guys managed the tying run in the top of the final inning and were able to hold the Realtors scoreless in the bottom half to salvage a tie.  The Camino defense gave our pitcher, Mike Jennings, the support needed to hold down the score.  On the offensive side of the coin, Alan Caillouette again let the hit parade with his 5/5 production followed by Erick Swobody’s perfect 4/4 day. Dennis Haak added his 4 hit contribution along with 5 others chiming in with 2 hits each including Ralph Hollis, Pete Semenak, Skip Pavitt (before leaving the game with a knee issue) Howard Sumner and Chuck Cruz.  Special thanks to Jeff Silversteen for coming out of the stands to fill in for Skip Pavitt, the two umpires Jamie White and Randy Biko and Tom Goetz in the scoring tower.















The Treedah Magee Realtors went cold over the last two innings allowing Chuck’s determined Camino Eye Care Guys to come back strong to pull even ending the game in a 13-13 tie. Six Treedah players went 3/4 today ( Lloyd Newlands- with a HR, Don Urzada, Gene Prosser, John Hammel, Bill Parker and Gary Stuber). Brian Pin also homered in the first inning. Thanks to Jamie and Randy for umpiring and Jay in the tower.








SWING ORTHOPEDIC - 20   LIBERTY BUICK - 19   
Swing Orthopedic had its 5th straight 1 run game.  This time Swing came out on top 20 to 19 over Jamie's powerful Liberty Buick team.  The balance in this session amongst all the teams is showing up in every game.  It seems to be coming down to the very end in all the games to who makes the last play whether it is a hit or a defensive play to end these games.  Today it was Swing's Jim Saltzman with a quick snag at Catcher to shutdown a fierce Liberty rally in the bottom of the seventh that had already scored 6 runs and had the bases loaded with 2 outs.  Swing's offense was lead by Jay Schirpke and Rocco Janokowski who were perfect at the plate today.  Wayne Weidenbach and Rob White combined on the mound to keep Swing in the game until our offense was able to get going.  Thanks J.T. for subbing and contributing to the offense with a 3 hit game, but more importantly, surviving those rocket shots at 3rd off Blaine's bat.  Thanks to Billy Parker and Brian Pin for umpiring. 

 




It was a gorgeous afternoon at the Grand Field of Dreams for our Red League extravaganza. Of the 3 games played today, 1 ended in a tie and the other 2 were one run ballgames. That's how close our competition is every game. That's what make it so much fun. We had a great game against Greg & Gary's Swing Orthopedics, but came out on the short-end of a 20-19 final score. It was a close game all the way through, but found ourselves trailing by 7 runs going into the bottom of the 7th. We scored 6, not quite enough. We had a total of 28 hits, 3 HR's, Garry Weslosky, Moon-Doggie Mike and Blaine Lutz. Other hot hitters for the game were Kris Schwartz, 3-3, Tom Goetz, 3-4 and Jamie White, 4-6. Fun times. Thanks to the 2 P's, Parker and Pin for the fine umpiring job. Have a good weekend.












   PROPERTY SISTERS - 18   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 17   
Property Sisters bats came alive as they narrowly defeated Gothic Landscaping 18-17. Thirty four hits is the best offensive output of the young season for the Realtors and combined with allowing only 3 runs in the final 3 innings for the powerful Gothic squad they were able to squeak by with the win. Tied 17-17 going into the seventh  the Sisters defense held and Larry Biko slammed the winning hit. Well done Larry! Top hitter as he has been all season was Mike Hirsch going 5/5. Other 4 hit performers were Greg Allseitz, Sub Garry Weslosky, Dave Archer and Jeff Watson. Greg and Garry had a homer each in their hitting barrage. Dave Maligro had his best game of the young season banging out 3 hits and scoring 2 runs. Dave Zuker slammed 3 hits as well. Thanks to Garry Weslosky for subbing, Wayne Weidenbach and Rob White for umpiring and to David Dorn and his assistants Gary and Rocco in the tower.

Tough day for Gothic...second loss of the season was a tough one!  Well played by both teams and close throughout.  Let's thank the umpires for doing a thankless job to the best of their abilities, Rob White and Wayne Weidenbach.  Thank you Gary Stuber for filling the scoring tower with too much brainpower for one game!  Subs...Dave Dorn and Jay Schirpke thanks for the help, much appreciated!  Only one perfect day at the plate today...Terry Graves with a 3/3 and 3 RBI's.  Making only one out was Dave Dorn, Don Ranieri (w/ HR), Paul Becker,  John Conacher, Jeff Silversteen and Lisa Pelletier.  Property Sisters just wouldn't go away and hung on tight for the one run win.  We'll be looking to regain sole possession of first place next week.  The weatherman are saying we could have another wet week!  Better warn the wives you may be home more than usual next week. 

















 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Gothic 5 1 0 0.833
  Treedah Magee Realtor 4 1 1 0.75
  Liberty Buick 3 2 1 0.583
  Property Sisters 2 4 0 0.333
  Swing Orthopedic 2 4 0 0.333
  Camino Eye Care 1 5 0 0.167
Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
  
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
CAMINO EYE CARE - 22   SWING ORTHPEDIC - 21      
This is a Camino Eye Care Team first this session defeating Greg Kastelic’s Strong Swing Orthopedic squad by a close 22 to 21 score. The game was close all the way.  Well maybe!  Anyway, by the end of the 4th inning, the two teams were tied at 16 runs each.  Then in the top of the next inning, the Orthopedic squad scored another nickel, which ended their run production for the remaining frames.  Trailing by 5 in the bottom of the last inning, the Eye Group managed to score 6 runs to seal the deal for their first win of the early season. Our defense was respectable in support of pitcher Mike Jennings, who had a smile on his face!  On the offensive side of the equation, we had a season high 33 hits led by Dennis Haak with his 5/5 day, followed by Sub Dale Halder with his perfect day at the plate.  Ralph Hollis, Alan Caillouette, Pete Semenak and Mike Jennings (with the hit that brought in the winning run) contributed 4 hits each.  Helping out the cause was Eric Swobody and Chuck Cruz with their 3 hits and Howard Sumner with his 2 hit contribution. Thanks to the aforementioned sub and also Dan Newman who agreed to play the early morning game for us and handled the right center field duties tracking down his shares of fly balls.  Appreciate the early morning work of Norm Lustig with the field preparation, umpires Tom Ranalls, Don Ranieri and of course Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.















Swing Orthopedic lost to Camino Eye Care in a well fought game by the score of 22-21.  We were able to score 21 runs in the first 5 innings but were held scoreless in the last 2 innings. Sub Garry Weslosky kept us in the game with 2 home runs but the Eye Care guys just kept on coming to score 6 runs of their own in the bottom of the 7th to notch the victory.  Rocco Jankowski was 4 for 4.  Sub Glenn Soles had 4 hits along with Jay Shirpke. Thanks to Tom Ranalls, Don Ranieri and John Boland for umping and  Mark Jessen in the tower.









LIBERTY BUICK - 20   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 16   
The Liberty Buick Boys, came up with a victory this morning against the previously unbeaten and powerful Gothic squad, a score of 20-16. Both teams came out swinging, with the game tied at 11 after 3 innings. We then outscored the Tom Ranalls crew by a count of 9-5 in the last 4 innings. It was a very good game, with solid defence played by both teams. Our super-sub and pitcher, Ted Koch, did a masterful job on the mound, filling in for Moon Doggie. He also went 3-4 at the plate, so we give Ted our player-of-the game award.. Other solid performances were contributed by Garry Weslosky, 5-5 and 4 RBI's, Blaine Lutz, 3-4, 1HR and 4 RBI's, Randy Biko, Steve Katz, Tom Goetz, and Jim Opyd, all with 3 hits and multiple RBI's. Also, big thanks to our other super-sub for the game, Jay Schirpke, always a solid defender in the outfield. Thanks to Wayne W and Al Cal for doing a fine job calling the game. See you Thursday.
 




Well being undefeated was fun while it lasted.  Gothic Landscaping ended the run at 5-0 and toker in the chops today against a fired up Liberty Buick team.  Gothic was missing a few key players but had some excellent replacements....Greg Alseitz, Mike Jennings...Thank you very much for stepping in and playing hard!  Offense today was lead by John Conacher who seemed to take a liking to his new lead off role and went 5-5!  Don Ranieri and Terry Graves also had perfect days at the plate going 4-4 with a homer and 5 and 4 RBI's respectively.  JT had a highlight reel stop on a hard hit grounder and proceeded to throw out a speedy Blaine Lutz!  As always a solid defensive performance by Gothic Landscaping kept the game close until the very end. Al Deangelis also knocked in 4 runs!  Great attitudes and lots of fun even with the loss...great job guys and gal!  Thursday we go back at it...starting a new streak would be a great idea!












TREEDAH MAGEE - 8   PROPERTY SISTERS - 5
The Treedah Magee Team survived a low scoring game to edge Gordie’s Property Sisters Team 8-5... and the clock still had six minutes showing. Unbelievable, after four innings the score was 3-2 in favor of Treedah. Then Treedah’s bottom half went to work, punching five runs across the plate to build a six run lead with two to go. Key defensive plays were made by both teams to curtail potential rallies. Short stop play (Ed Hickox and Blaine Lutz) is now being played from short left center field - amazing. Winning pitcher Gene Prosser (3/3) was perfect at the plate and Lloyd Newlands, John Hammel, Bill Parker, Rick Armentano and Bob Snelling all chipped in with two hits. Thanks to Dale Van Der Kooi and Garry Wesloski for umpiring and Steve Katz in the tower.

What can you say? The games two shortstops put on a defensive show and only 13 runs were scored in total. Ed Hickox and Blaine Lutz were both awesome as they fielded many HOT grounders and threw batters and runners out. Score 8-5 for Top’s Treedah Magee’ realtors over Gord's Property Sisters realtors. The Sisters managed only a season low 14 hits with Dave Archer 3/3, Blaine Lutz 2/3, Larry Biko 2/3 and Jeff Watson ⅔ leading the offense. Thanks to Jamie White who pitched a strong game and to Blaine Lutz and Ron Michalski for stepping in for the Bullhead boys. Thanks also to Dale Vanderkooi and Garry Weslosky for umping and Steve Katz in the scoring tower.

















Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 27, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Gothic 5 0 0 1
  Treedah Magee Realtor 3 1 1 0.7
  Liberty Buick 2 2 1 0.5
  Property Sisters 2 3 0 0.4
  Swing Orthopedic 2 3 0 0.4
  Camino Eye Care 0 5 0 0
  
Thursday, February 27, 2020
PROPERTY SISTERS - 18   CAMINO EYE CARE - 15    
Property Sisters bested a determined Camino Eye Care squad 18-15 on a beautiful afternoon for softball on Thursday. Big scoring innings were the order of the day as the Sisters had three five run innings. Lately in this very tough Red league runs have been hard to come by and this offensive output was welcome indeed. Leading the hitting barrage were Mike Hirsch, Dave Zuker and Jeff Watson with 4 hits apiece. Close by with 3 hits each were Greg Alseitz, Herb Hannem and sub Ron Michalski. Thanks Ron and a huge thank you to Herb Hannem as returns home. It has been a real treat having you in the lineup! The Realtors now have a 2 win, 3 loss record and to a man they are looking forward to next week and evening their record. Thanks to Terry Graves and Dan Newman for umpiring and to Ray Gibson for his steady hand in the scoring tower.













Camino Eye Care lost to Property Sisters this afternoon 18 to 15.  The Eye Care Guys again were in the game all the way.  Unfortunately, our defense could have been a little better.  On the offensive side, Alan Caillouette and Dennis Haak had perfect days at the plate going 5/5 and 4/4 respectively.  Dave Fusaro and sub Garry Weslosky contributed with 3 hits each.  In the 2nd inning, Garry had a 3 run dinger followed two batters later by Eric Swobody’s 2 run blast.  Bob Kloehn, Pete Sememak and Howard Sumner chimed in with 2 hits each.  Thanks to our aforementioned sub, umpires Dan Newman and Terry Graves and Ray Gibson in the scoring tower.









GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 14   SWING ORTHOPEDIC - 13
Well no one ever said it was easy to go 5-0 and Swing Orthopedic made sure it wasn't.  Some goose eggs for both teams, some 5 spots for both teams.  In the end it just fell our way today.  The only perfect day at the plate for Gothic Landscaping was turned in by John Conacher.  Only making one out was Don Ranieri, Al DeAngelis, Dan Newman, Terry Graves and Lisa Pelletier.  Jeff SIlversteen, Jim Templeton, Paul Becker, Greg Alseitz and John Boland all chipped in with base hits and or RBI's.  Terry Graves had a very timely double that drove in some hard to find runs!  Alseitz (thank you for subbing) and Ranieri both had dingers that will put a little change in Connie's tip jar!  Very good defense on both sides kept this one tight throughout.  It honestly could've went either way.  I'd like to thank both teams for a very competitive game that featured an abundance of camaraderie and sportsmanship.  Excellent umpiring today by Mike Jennings and Ralph Hollis, thanks guys!  Dennis Haak had an easy day in the tower...thanks Dennis. 




Another beautiful day at the Field of Dreams.  Swing Orthopedic lost another close 1 run game to Tom's Gothic Landscaping juggernaut 13 to 14.  This game was as close as the finally score indicated.  Swing had the opportunity to hand Gothic their first lost of the season but Gothic made the final plays in the bottom of the 7th to seal the victory.  Great game by both teams. Scott Roberts lead Swing going 4 for 4.  Thanks to Mike Jennings and Ralph Hollis for handling the umpire duties and to Dennis Haak in the scoring tower. 












TREEDAH MAGEE - 8   LIBERTY BUICK - 8
Where to begin... the Treedah Magee Realtors and Jamie’s Liberty Buick team struggled and I mean struggled to score runs thus ending in an 8-8 tie after playing a full seven innings. After falling behind 4-0 after one inning, the Realtors started putting a few runs on the board thanks to homers by Lloyd Newlands (3/4) and Dale Halder (3/3). Lloyd’s two run shot tied the score 8-8 in the top of the seventh , then the Realtors shut done the car dealers to preserve the tie. The play of the infielders was spectacular today. Each team’s shortstop played as if they were in left center to rob batters of sure hits. Contributing two hits each were Don Ranieri, Herb Hannam, Bill Parker and Bob Snelling. A side note - Coach Top could be seen lobbying with Commissioner Ranieri to bring back the half run rule for the visiting team... no luck. Thanks to Jeff and Dan for umpiring and JT in the tower.

Well, it wasn't exactly a slugger's dual, but we played against some big bats today, and hung on for a low-scoring 8-8 tie against Top's Treedah. We scored 4 runs in the first inning, mostly on a Blaine Lutz big fly, then managed to add only 4 more in the next 6 innings. Top's guys were about the same, getting one and 2 here-and-there, so I think both teams deserved a tie. Maybe that's all we deserved. Very few hits, very few errors, but still a fun game. Every day is different, every game is an adventure. At the end of the day, we enjoyed each others company on a beautiful Thursday afternoon . We had a super-sub today, Ted Koch, and it was great to see him back. As always, he had 2 big hits that helped keep us in the game. Thanks to Jeff and John for being great umps. Have a good weekend. Good luck to all in Bullhead. Don't get hurt.

















 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Gothic 4 0 0 1
  Treedah Magee Realtor 3 1 0 0.75
  Swing Orthopedic 2 2 0 0.5
  Liberty Buick 2 2 0 0.5
  Property Sisters 1 3 0 0.25
  Camino Eye Care 0 4 0 0
  
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 12   SWING OTRHOPEDIC - 11    
A slugfest it was not. The Treedah Magee Realtors eked out a one run victory over Greg’s powerful lineup  11-10. With the lead changing five times and a tied 7-7 game after four innings it was not until Greg Allseitz’s spectacular game saving “over the fence” catch robbing Don Ranieri of a line drive HR that got the Realtors going and preserved the win. Teammates/ fans all agreed that Greg jumped at least four maybe five feet off the ground. Thanks to teammate Don Urzada (2/3) for a great backup as he held on to Greg’s feet to prevent Greg from disappearing over the fence. The bottom of Treedah’s lineup accounted for seven of the eleven runs scored with Rick Armentano (3/3) and Dale Halder (booming HR) leading the way. Contributing two hits each were Lloyd Newlands, Brian Pin, Gene Prosser (Winning Pitcher), John Hammel and Ed Hickox (who now crawls to stop sharply hit infield ground balls). Thanks to Dale Vander Kooi and Glenn Soles for umpiring and Mark up in the tower.












Swing Orthopedic came up short today losing to Top's Treedah Magee crew 10 to 11.  The game was back and forth with 6 lead changes.  Swings offense was lead by Rob White going 4 for 4.  Swing's record fell to 2 and 2 after two consecutive 1 run losses.  We will all need to pull it back together for Thursday match up with undefeated Gothic Landscaping.  Thanks to Dale Vander Kooi and Dave Maligro or umpiring today.  Mark Jessen in the Tower, thanks for enduring the power outage and keeping us on track.







 LIBERTY BUICK - 12   PROPERTY SISTERS - 11
It was a low scoring, breezy day at the Field of Dreams today, fly balls were a bit of a challenge. The Liberty Buick Bashers beat Gord's Property Sisters, 12-11, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th to capture the win. Randy Biko hit a 2 RBI single with the bases loaded to score the winning runs. Blaine Lutz was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Randy came through with the winning hit. He was also 5-5, Garry Weslosky was 3-4, Blaine was 3-4, Steve Katz was 3-3, and the rest of us pitched in with 1 & 2 hits each. It was a tough day for everyone on defence, with the sun and wind, but it's the same for everyone. We have scratched our way back to a 2-2 record. See everyone Thursday.




Liberty Buick bested a determined Property Sisters squad 12-11 on a blustery Tuesday at the Field of Dreams. A 11-10 lead for the Sisters disappeared in the bottom of the seventh inning when the coach’s decision to walk one of the league’s top home run hitters backfired and two runs crossed the plate when the next batter singled to center. Sisters outfielders- Archer, Allseitz, Soles and Watson- made several great catches on this windy and sunny day. Mike Hirsch was perfect at the plate going 4/4 with 2 RBI’s. Dave Zuker pitched a strong game and pounded out 3 hits that resulted in 3 RBI’s. Dave Archer also banged out 3 hits and scored two runs in the low scoring affair. Thanks to Stu Hannem and Rocco Jankowski for their fine umpiring jobs and as always to Mark Jessen in in the windblown scoring tower.











GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 19   CAMINO EYE CARE - 15
Definitely a formidable challenge brought forth today by the Camino Eye Care gents!  Tight game throughout but the Gothic Landscapers finished strong and eeked out a 19 - 15 decision.  Leading the way with the bat was Don Ranieri who went a perfect 5/5, Terry Graves 3/3 and Dan Newman 2/2.  Only making one out was Paul Becker, Lisa Pelletier and sub Garry Wesloski.  Defensively Gothic held their own fighting off the sun on the majority of the fly balls.  Seems if the sun wasn't in the outfielders eyes the wind would carry the ball out of reach.  Tough weather conditions today.  Worth a mention is the pitching duo of Becker and Silversteen.  Seems switching it up is keeping opponents slightly off balance.  Nice job both of you!  Special atta boy to Garry Wesloski for covering for the injured Ralph McKeever.  Wishing you a speedy recovery Ralphy Boy!  Thank you also to the umpiring crew of Larry Biko and David Melagro.  Mr. Alseitz seemed to do well in the tower...thank you Greg!  Hats also tipped to Buck and his field crew.  That was one heckuva lot of rain that fell this past weekend and we were back to playing on Tuesday.  Great job!
Camino Eye Care lost to the league leading Gothic Landscaping 19 to 15.  The Eye guys had the lead at the end of the 5thinning by a 15 to 12 score, but couldn’t match their 7 runs in the final two frames.   Alan Caillouette led our offense with a perfect 5/5 day at the plate followed by Dave Fusaro’s 4 hit day.   Dennis Haak contributed his 3 hits and Eric Swobody, Bob Kloehn, Pete Semenak and Chuck Cruz had 2 hits each.  Thanks to sub Joe Pioli, the two umpires Dave Maligro and Larry Biko and of course Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.
















Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 20, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Gothic 3 0 0 1
  Treedah Magee Realtor 2 1 0 0.667
  Swing Orthopedic 2 1 0 0.667
  Liberty Buick 1 2 0 0.333
  Property Sisters 1 2 0 0.333
  Camino Eye Care 0 3 0 0
  
Thursday, February 20, 2020
LIBERTY BUICK - 25   CAMINO EYE CARE - 10   
It's Feb. 20th, 80 degrees, and we are all playing ball at our beautiful Field of Dreams. What could be better? Oh ya, we even won a game, for the first time this winter, beating Chuck & Dave's Camino Eye Crusiers, 25-10. Our bats were crazy hot today, with a total of 36 hits hits. That's the best offensive performance we've had this year, by far. The bottom half of our order really carried the ball today; Kris Schwartz, Mel Snyder, Jim Opyd, Steve Katz and Tom Goetz all had multi-hit days and important RBI's. Garry Weslosky, Mike Anderson, Blaine Lutz and Randy Biko also were almost perfect at the plate, only registering 2 outs between the 4 of them. So, we finally had a game where we hit well and didn't make an error. Refreshments tasted really good after the game. Thanks to Dan N and John C for their fine umpiring skills. 











Camino Eye Care were defeated by Jamie White’s Liberty Buick 25 to 10.  The only highlight for the Eye Care Guys in this game was Ralph Hollis’s home run in the 4th inning.  He also led the team with his 3 hits.  Others contributing 2 hits each were Dennis Haak, Dave Fusaro, Eric Swobody, Pete Semenak, Mike Jennings, Chuck Cruz and sub Ed Hickox.  Special thanks to our sub, umpires Dan Newman, John Conacher and Bob Topham & Pete Houghton in the scoring tower.  The Camino team vows to get back on track in our future games.






GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 14   TREEDAH MAGEE - 10 
Gothic Landscaping got off to a very slow start but the final 3 innings we scored 13 runs to pull out a 14 to 10 win. Our top hitters were John Boland 4 for 4, Terry Graves 3 for 3, and John Conacher was 3 for 4.  Al DeAngelis, Jim Templeton, Lisa Pelletier and Jeff Silverstein all chipped in with 2 for 3. Great job team. Good umpiring was done by Randy Biko and Rob White and scoreboard by Mel Snyder. 



The Treedah Magee Realtors and Gothic Landscaping went after each other in a battle of the unbeaten. It started off as a low scoring defensive game as it was 1-1 after three innings. Then the bats got hot for two innings to end the 5th inning 9-9. At that point the Realtors could only come up with four hits over the last two innings allowing Gothic to close out the game winning 14-10. Pete Houghton (3/3) and Dave Zuker (3/3) were perfect at the plate and Ed Hickox (3/4) also banged out three hits. Thanks to Randy Biko and Blaine Lutz for umpiring and Mel Snyder and Tom Goetz up in the tower.










PROPERTY SISTERS - 18   SWING ORTHOPEDIC - 15
Dave Zuker provided the pitching prowess and much of the hitting power to lift Property Sisters to their first win of the young Red league season. Score 18-15 over Swing Orthopaedic. The game featured big score and zero innings. Dave Z. pitched four scoreless innings and hit a 3 run homer while his mates responded with four scoring innings and 18 runs. Along with Dave Z’s 4 hits Mike Hirsch, Herb Hannem, Glen Soles and Dave Archer had 3 hit performances. Greg Alseitz, Larry Biko, Jeff Watson and Dave Maligro contributed 2 hits apiece to the victory. On a tough sun day the outfield of Archer, Alseitz, Soles and Watson made great catches. Thanks to Bob Snelling and Rick Armantano for a fine job of umpiring and to Geno in the scoring tower
Swing Orthopedic lost to a scrappy Property Sisters team by the score of 18-15 knocking the Ortho guys out of first place. After Swing put up 10 runs in the first and second innings, the Sisters didn't back down and scored 9 runs of their own in a closely contested game. We were shut out for the next 2 innings and trailed 14-10 until the 5th inning when we put up a 5 spot for a tight 15-14 lead going in to the 6th.  The 6th and 7th innings however proved fatal for us when we were held scoreless and gave up 4 more runs to lose by a score of 18-15.  Tough to win in this league with 0 runs in 4 innings but we'll come back next week and try to do some damage to avenge this loss.
Bright spots in the game with 3 hits were Jay Schirpke, Ron Michalski, Jim
Saltzman and Ray Gibson.Thanks to umpires Rick Armentano and Bob Snelling and scorekeeping in the tower was Gene Prosser. Great job.














 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2020
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 20, 2020
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Gothic 3 0 0 1
  Treedah Magee Realtor 2 1 0 0.667
  Swing Orthopedic 2 1 0 0.667
  Liberty Buick 1 2 0 0.333
  Property Sisters 1 2 0 0.333
  Camino Eye Care 0 3 0 0
  
Thursday, February 20, 2020
LIBERTY BUICK - 25   CAMINO EYE CARE - 10   
It's Feb. 20th, 80 degrees, and we are all playing ball at our beautiful Field of Dreams. What could be better? Oh ya, we even won a game, for the first time this winter, beating Chuck & Dave's Camino Eye Crusiers, 25-10. Our bats were crazy hot today, with a total of 36 hits hits. That's the best offensive performance we've had this year, by far. The bottom half of our order really carried the ball today; Kris Schwartz, Mel Snyder, Jim Opyd, Steve Katz and Tom Goetz all had multi-hit days and important RBI's. Garry Weslosky, Mike Anderson, Blaine Lutz and Randy Biko also were almost perfect at the plate, only registering 2 outs between the 4 of them. So, we finally had a game where we hit well and didn't make an error. Refreshments tasted really good after the game. Thanks to Dan N and John C for their fine umpiring skills. 











Camino Eye Care were defeated by Jamie White’s Liberty Buick 25 to 10.  The only highlight for the Eye Care Guys in this game was Ralph Hollis’s home run in the 4th inning.  He also led the team with his 3 hits.  Others contributing 2 hits each were Dennis Haak, Dave Fusaro, Eric Swobody, Pete Semenak, Mike Jennings, Chuck Cruz and sub Ed Hickox.  Special thanks to our sub, umpires Dan Newman, John Conacher and Bob Topham & Pete Houghton in the scoring tower.  The Camino team vows to get back on track in our future games.






GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 14   TREEDAH MAGEE - 10 
Gothic Landscaping got off to a very slow start but the final 3 innings we scored 13 runs to pull out a 14 to 10 win. Our top hitters were John Boland 4 for 4, Terry Graves 3 for 3, and John Conacher was 3 for 4.  Al DeAngelis, Jim Templeton, Lisa Pelletier and Jeff Silverstein all chipped in with 2 for 3. Great job team. Good umpiring was done by Randy Biko and Rob White and scoreboard by Mel Snyder. 



The Treedah Mage