Half-Century Softballers: Rookies Add Fire Power to All-Star Lineup

Half-Century Club Softballers played the first 15 games of the 60-game season, with outstanding performances by the veterans and some standout rookies. Want to join?

Half-Century Club Softballers rolled past the quarter post in its 60-game season this week. Outstanding performances were common, with a good crop of rookies  joining the vets and providing needed youth and fire power to team lineups. 

Leonard Dente, Richard Boler, David Benson, Mike Cardella and Dale McCurdy look like good prospects through the first quarter. Dale joined his father, Larry McCurdy, as a member of the Cranes to provide a first father-son duo in the 80-year history of the club.    

The Gulls, captained by Peter Golenbock, rode a seven-game winning streak to the top of the four-team league and have maintained a two-game margin over the league’s other three teams for a majority of the first 15 games of the season.

Outstanding performances by Dick Bigelow, Ray Cox and Darwin Shiflett as well as good pitching from Pete Beauregard are responsible for spearheading the Gulls’ flight to the top. Bigelow has 36 hits, 28 rbi and has scored 27 runs while amassing a .574 batting average, which, by the way, includes three home runs.

Ken Deacon has led his Kings squad with an outstanding performance during the season’s first quarter. Deacon has 40 hits; 27 runs scored; 26 rbi; and four home runs while batting .608.

Normally, our players are between the ages of 49 and 74, but some exceptions have been made to play beyond that. For example, Hal Olver celebrated his 80th birthday in July!  Ironically the Half Century Club celebrated its 80th birthday this year, too. Despite his 80 years, Olver is no lightweight when it comes to performance.  He pitched his team to a playoff championship last season. In game three of the three-game series, he shut out the opponents for eight innings, allowing a single unearned run in the ninth inning, with his team
winning 16-1.

The injury bug has impacted several teams, so we need replacement players.  If any men or women are interested in playing modified fast pitch softball with us, come on down to the ballpark at North Shore Park any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning through the first week in April.  The North Shore Park field is located at the foot of 8th Ave NE, in St. Petersburg. Our games begin at 10 am.

Applications are available online at www.stpetehalfcentury.com  Contact President Joe Hannah at 727-420-8102 for additional information or to schedule your tryout.  

If you want to get a flavor of the “Boys of Winter” in action, you can view 2011-13 playoff action by clicking on this link http://youtu.be/hVwwaWkrW5c.

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