2013 Players Memorial Tournament
Saturday, March 30 - Bethesda Park
Bainbridge Pole Cats - 67
Atlanta Recycling - 55
Longshots - 30
Miken Monarchs - 53
GA/AL Masters - 106
FMSI - 58
Extreme Heat - 47
Thanks to all of the teams and players that came
out and played in the Memorial Tournament. We had 7 teams participate
with players from GA, NC, AL, and SC (50/55 and 60/65 Divisions).
The Gwinnett Senior Softball Executive Committee appreciates everyone’s
support of the tournament honoring league players and spouses that
have passed away.
We would like to make sure we get 12 teams next year
to utilize all 3 fields at Bethesda. We generally have the tournament
on Easter weekend and we get pretty good participation. But with
Easter being earlier this year, we lost out on some of the teams
that have been playing with us for the last couple of years. Next
year - everyone needs to recruit teams!!
The tournament started at 8:45 a.m. with Ron King,
League President, welcoming everyone. Bert McDade gave the opening
prayer. Ron read the names of the players who passed away; Bob Morrison,
Vice President read the names of the spouses who have passed away.
The league recognized the players/spouses present with a gift card.
Harvey Schulman read the Les Boswell
Play started at 9:15 a.m. We were able to finish
all games by 6:05 p.m.
- This year we had 50/55 teams playing in the tournament - Home
Runs right and left - 36 overall!! Some of the softballs
were hit so deep that no one ever found them. Overall the games
were pretty close but we had 2 high scoring games - 26 to 20 and
27 to 23. The best part of watching these guys play is the unbelievable
defensive plays - rolling catches in the outfield and
- The 60/65 teams got a bonus of a fourth game
since they only had 3 teams in their division. Plus their games
were 90 minutes long. Needless to say, they were pretty tired
by the end of the day. It was down to GA/AL Masters and FMSI who
would win the division - GA/AL beat FMSI in the final play off
game 28 to 20. GA/AL scored the most runs of any teams who have
ever played in the Tournament - 106 runs.
I think everyone would agree – it was a great tournament.
The weather was beautiful - only started to sprinkle right after
the last game. Plus there were family and friends out there cheering
for their favorite teams.
THANKS to the following individuals who helped make the
tournament a success this year! If I missed anyone that helped out,
I apologize up front for not remembering. Just let me know so I
can add you to the list to be recognized.
SPECIAL THANKS to CHARLIE BLACKBURN!!
Charlie donated his time to be Field Manager
for the day. He got the keys for the fields, made sure the scoreboards
and lights were operating and stayed around to the end to lock up.
He also kept score for the 60/65 Division all day.
- Howard Wilcox and Bill Grimes
for recruiting the teams that participated this year and bring
the softballs for each division.
Kathy Walker handled team registration
and made sure we had all the team waivers and fees paid before
the teams got on the fields. Kathy also helped out in taking
pictures and picking up trash at the end.
Tena Stanfield brought the
donuts and attached the cups in the dugouts. Tena also helped
take pictures and picking up trash at the end.
Bill Grimes brought the ice
for the water coolers.
Doris Warpole brought the gift
cards and gave out to the players/spouses that attended in memory
of their loved ones.
- Dean Eklund brought the home plates/extra mats
from Best Friend.
- Tom Pressley kept score for the 50/55 Division
- Howard Wilcox and Wayne Griffin brought the
2 Pitcher's Screens from Best Friend.
Jim Hannah donated his time
by taking pictures.
Tom Presley, Harvey Schulman, Jim
Gomez, and several other players from the American League
helped out with the ice and getting the water coolers
to the dugouts.
Bruce Caldwell (50/55 Division)
and Ed Brown Jr, (60/65 Division) did a great
job umpiring all the games.
Luis and Maria Maiochi
operated the concession stand for us - not only did
they have great food at reasonable prices; but they provided
free coffee until the games started.
- Stacy Register for reserving the fields.
- Gwinnett Parks and Recreation for lining the
fields for us.
50/55 Teams and
60/65 Teams and Tournament