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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
by Kat Szmit
It takes strength, guts and determination to play a sport at any age. There are always risks involved. But when passion prevails, athletes are born.
Such is the case with the members of the Cape Cod Senior Softball League. These men and women, age 55 and up, take to the fields with a youthful exuberance, ready to play ball, aching joints and the raised eyebrows of the younger generation be damned. They aren’t there for admiration, after all. They’re there to play the game they love and will continue to play until they simply can’t.
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As we all know, the Classic can only be successful because of the work of all of the Volunteers. One of those areas in need of volunteers is the merchandise tables. This is an area that generates a lot of revenue for our league. We need volunteers at all of the fields. Please consider signing up for a time slot when you or someone you know can help out. We appreciate your help!
To sign up for a time and field when you can volunteer by clicking on the button at the bottom to get started.
When the list of times come up, check on the time you want and then hit the Submit and Sign Up button that you will see on that page. It will allow you to sign up in your name or you can sign up another member of your family who wants to help. If you need help with the signup, email me at email@example.com
The Cape Cod Mariners played 7 games in Rhode Island at the AAA Ocean State Classic. They opened the tournament with a 20-11 victory over Talaga Masonry and followed that with a 17-13 win over Mike’s Blue Collar Bar. They then finished off their day with a solid victory over Davy Byrnes by a score of 17-9. In the second day they started with a win over Mike’s Blue Collar Bar 9-7. The Mariners then defeated Talaga Masonry 17-16 earning them a rematch with Mike’s Blue Collar Bar which defeated them 19-7. This set up the championship game with Mike’s Blue Collar Bar and an 18-9 victory gave the Mariners the title. During the tournament the team hit .654, going 183 for 280 and hit over .700…756, .738 and .715 in three of the seven games!
Paradise Pizza won the 2015 Cassidy Cup in Division 3. Here the team poses after the champion- ship game with the trophy and members of Joe's family. Congratulations to Paradise Pizza!
As we all know the Cassidy Cup is played in honor of Joe Cassidy, the founder of our League. The Division 1 championship was decided in extra innings on a run driven in by Joe's grandson, also named Joe Cassidy. This was a fitting way to decide the inaugural Cassidy Cup.
The following positions on the CCSSL Board of Directors will become vacant in October and will be open for election:
3 At-Large Directors
Please submit all nominations to Bill Prodgers firstname.lastname@example.org
The names of all people nominated will be posted shortly
The CCSSL 75 Travel Team sponsored by Back Office Associates Finished 2nd at the Northeast Championships in Syracuse, NY. Games were played on July 13-15th. After beating Brookhouse restaurant from Rochester, NY, they lost the afternoon game to Peach Tree Restaurant from Harrisburg, PA 13 – 12. On Tues. they beat the Syracuse Cyclones 17 – 5 only to come back to play them again in a ten inning win 20 – 19.
Coming out of the losers bracket on Wed. they won the two morning games, one being against Peach Tree, forcing them to play Peach Tree again for the championship. Rich Johnston and Jim VanBaalen shared the pitching duties, while Vince VanNorman, Stu Winston and Jim VanBaalen provided consistent offense and defense and were selected to the all tournament team.
As you enter the path that leads to Memorial Field, be sure to take a look to your left and see the new memorial to Joe Cassidy, the founder of our league! Joe is the player who made this possible for all of us by starting Senior Softball here on Cape Cod back in 1987.
The Cape Cod Whalers 70s (CCSSL 70s travel team) played in the CT Masters Games on 6/8 &6/9 in No. Branford , CT. They played four seeding games; winning the first vs. Socrates/ Vios 65s(CT) 13-7, losing the 2nd to Syracuse Cyclones 70s 12-11 and losing to Bostonian Shoe 70s in the 3rd 19-14 on Monday. On Tuesday, they lost the final seeding game to Cozy Grille 70s (RI) 12-7. This placed the Whalers as the 4th seed. In the semi-finals they then played the 1st seed (Bostonians), winning 16-9. Cozy Grille (3rd seed) also won their semi-final game. So it was the 3rd seed vs. the 4th seed for the championship, which the Cape Cod Whalers lost 8-6. Chris Sweeney pitched all 6 games and was one of the hitting stars. John Seliga and Peter Brooks also had a good tournament at the plate.
For the first time the Cape Cod Senior Softball League fielded a travel team to compete in the 80-year-old division. The team traveled to Akron, Ohio to compete in The Buckeye Classic. This team is sponsored by Back Office Associates who also sponsors the 75 travel team. Click here to read all about it
We hope to see all of you again in the early spring if not before.
Many thing have been happening since we last met at the Annual meeting. There are some new faces on the Board and some new assignments. Much of these will be available for review on-line shortly. The advanced registration has helped us in more ways than one; we ran a deficit last season primarily due to the re-outfitting of all teams and the purchase of pitching screens. So, having some money come in as advanced registrations allowed us to keep current with expenses. As of this writing we are very close to having enough players to field 6 teams per division for next season and tryouts haven’t happened yet. There are still many former players who have not registered for next season and I encourage you to at least send in a registration form so we can count you back in. Registrations forms are available on-line or by mail by contacting any Board member or the Commissioner.
Because of the changes learned from past experiences committees are currently working on rules regarding balls, bats, screens and base runners. We are devising a plan for uniform replacement to be spread over a period of time so as not to impact the budget all at once. We are developing updated policies for Travel Teams to keep our name known in national tournaments. We are working on ways to improve the approach to make-ups and have a less crowded seasonal schedule.
All of these items and more will require help. I was disappointed by the number of volunteers at last year’s Classic Tournament. This is the single biggest money making event we operate. The success of last year’s tournament has led to early inquiries from teams who have not participated in the past but who are now interested. This will mean even more help will be needed in the future. This is a plea to all of you to volunteer to help next season. Please volunteer to manage, work on a committee or offer your services to the league to fulfill a need it might have. Our league depends solely on volunteers to be successful and it shouldn’t just be the same players who have done it in the past doing it again. We need you to step up and help early and often. Lots of jobs require only a few minutes of phone calling or e-mailing but will go a long way to lifting the entire structure of the league. If every player volunteered to serve on one committee and for one day or even a ½ day during the Classic we’d never have to ask again.
If you are willing to do your part please contact me, in person, by e-mail, by phone call or by letter or any other member of the Board of Directors and offer your services. All contact information can be found on our web site under “League Information” “Board of Directors” and thank you.
Charles A. Salerno
The CCSSL 75's travel team sponsored by Back Office Associates competed in Lakeland, Florida in the 2015 Tournament of Champions Tournament on the 6th. Despite a string of health issues and injuries, the team captured 3rd place. The roster consists of: Chris Sweeney, Jack Ferrie, Jim Parmelee, Vince VanNorman, Joe Graziosi, Jack Deschamps, Mike Sullivan, Bob Blakeslee, Hank Baldasarri, Tony Bonina, Tom Daronco, Jim VanBaalen, Nate Koppel and Stu Winston. Bernie Powers is the manager. All teams in this tournament won qualifying tournaments sometime during 2014 to be eligible. Jim Parmelee was selected to be the team's representative in the All-Star game to be held on the evening of the 5th. One player per team was allowed.
Back Office Associates 70+ senior softball team recently competed in the SSUSA Winter National Championship in Ft. Myers, Florida.
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The Masters Division of the Cape Cod Senior Softball League is now playing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am at Kelley #1 in Dennis. All are welcome to join in whether new, rehab, returning or former players.
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