Tag: Softball

Senior Softball Impressive in Tournament

SaddleBrooke softball team during introductions at the Robson Ranch tournament. From left: Dave Bohlman, Terry Mihora, Lynn Laureys, Lee Leksell, Brand Eigen, Len Gann, Mark Adolph, Steve Laureys, Tim Ward, Mark Hojnacki, Charlie LaNeve, and Bob Chesney. Not pictured: Rick Keagy.

The best of SaddleBrooke Senior Softball beat the best of, well, almost everyone else. In a five team, two-day tournament hosted by Robson Ranch at their impressive field in Eloy, Feb. 21 and 23, the SaddleBrooke team won three of four games, good for a second place finish. The 12 players who competed were selected…

Twenty Tips for Senior Softball Newbies

Terry Hurley Playing softball is not easy for people our age. Let’s face it, our reflexes, coordination, strength, speed, endurance, and vision are not what they used to be. Plus, most of us are not in the best shape of our lives. However, every season about 165 men and women put on their blue or…

Senior Softball celebrates veterans at tournament

Terry Hurley On another perfect fall weather day last month, SaddleBrooke Senior Softball held its annual Veterans Day tournament at their gem of a ballpark dressed up in red, white, and blue bunting and miniature American flags. A large crowd paid tribute to the many military veterans on the field and in the stands. Vern…

Senior players still got game

Boys of summer (from left): Jake Jacobson, Al Cangeme, Jack Graef, Harold Norton, and Jerry Cowartt. Not pictured: Brad Adair.

Terry Hurley “You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.” – Dennis Quaid in the 2002 movie, The Rookie. Jack Graef has been playing softball since the late 1950s, regardless of what it looks like on the field or what others may say, he jokes. On a beautiful early Tuesday…

Labor Day tourney features Wall of Fame inductees

Mark Hojnacki Even a light downpour at the start of game three couldn’t dampen the spirits of those playing and a good crowd in attendance who witnessed three games at the SaddleBrooke softball complex. The highlight of the day were those past and present members who were honored as contributors and players over the past…

Thank you to the founding father of SaddleBrooke Softball

So, who was the driving force behind getting Ed Robson to build our softball facility? Many here believe Gene Bovee was the key individual to make it all happen in the early 2000s. After land was granted and construction commenced in June of 2004, a steering committee of ten softball players were tasked with getting…

Who controls the chaos at SaddleBrooke Softball?

In softball, the umpire is the person charged with officiating the game from beginning to end, enforcing the rules of the game, playing ground and making judgment calls on balls/strikes, plays and handling any disciplinary actions. Here in SaddleBrooke, our umpires are volunteers who may also be players during the season or others who just…

A look back at SaddleBrooke 65 Pima County Champions

Prior to having our own field in 2005, numerous SaddleBrooke teams played in the downtown Tucson league. One of the best back then was the 2003-2004 team led by current resident and player Brad Adair. Brad is a “young” 80-year-old still very active here in SaddleBrooke. When not playing golf at SaddleBrooke One courses, Brad…

SaddleBrooke Softball players share their talent

SaddleBrooke Softball stretches beyond our retirement community. We have a number of current players who reside here who have stamped their softball skills on teams outside of SaddleBrooke. Currently, nine of our residents play on an over 65 league in downtown Tucson for the Copper Health sponsored team. That roster includes Paul Auster, David Bohlman,…