Mark Kellam, RRSA
The fall softball season is complete, and we move on to the exhibition season. A group of 60+ RRSA men took on the Dallas Spurs on Sunday, October 30.
The Dallas Spurs is a 65+ men’s AA softball team that brought a great lineup to Robson Ranch Field of Dreams and are headed to the Senior National Softball Tournament in Phoenix in a couple of weeks. The teams competed in a full nine-inning game in the hot temps of late October (creeping up on 90 degrees). The game was very competitive, but our Robson men secured the 18-17 victory with some clutch hitting and great defense in the bottom of the ninth!
Eddie Reeves was a perfect three for three at the plate. Bob Laderach got the only home run in the afternoon. Dennis Thomas played a tight third base and went three for four with a triple and a double. Phil Wismer led a speedy and steady outfield, ran for about 10 other runners (give or take), scored twice in two separate innings (so did “Crazy Legs” Dennis) and only needed oxygen twice.
Joe Bingiel was perfect defensively in left field and was three for four batting. Kelly Petre was three for four and Gary King was good at the plate and split time with Brad Killingsworth pitching. Kelly and Mike Conley split time at shortstop and were wizards at getting outs that didn’t look all that “gettable” in the beginning. Pat Powers, Steve Wiley and Jim Hupp were just as good, but suffice it to say they all had a pretty good game.
The RRSA was managed by Paul Dorwaldt and Larry Brown. Players included Pat Powers, Mike Conley, Brad Killingsworth, Gary King, Joe Bingiel, Bob Laderach, Phil Wismer, Steve Wiley, Johnny Blecher, Kelly Petre, Dennis Thomas, Jim Hupp and Eddie Reeves. Umpires were Dan Close and Dean French.
What a display of softball and good sportsmanship, and it was great having the Spurs as our guests. The Spurs have already asked to come back and play another game!