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I continue to be asked about the relationship between the CCSSL and OPTIONAL Senior Softball, LLC. The simple answer is that both organizations are in the business of offering playing opportunities for seniors. Long-time CCSSL player, Mike McCluskey, formed OPTIONAL Senior Softball, LLC as a private, for-profit company. Mike still remains a member of the CCSSL. There have been comprehensive discussions between both organizations. OPTIONAL offers playing opportunities that the CCSSL does not. Mike has generously offered to donate some of the proceeds from his tournaments to our League. There has been some concern that the CCSSL will lose players. We will be fielding 18 teams this summer. We fielded 18 teams last summer and the summer before that…and so on. While two distinct organizations, we nevertheless expect to work effectively together, resulting in more opportunities for softball enthusiasts to play the game we all love.
The CCSSL’s 70’s Travel Team began the 2019 Tournament Season accepting an invitation to play in the Fifth Annual East Coast Senior Softball Tournament in Pompano Beach, Florida March 7th, 8th and 9th.
Playing together for the first time as the Cape Cod Dugout Dawgs, the team was seeded fourth out of 14 teams competing in the 70s age group.
The highlight of the tournament was on day two when the Dugout Dawgs beat last year’s Tournament Champion and this year’s number one seed Cc Medical Services 18-8. Cc Medical is rated by SSUSA as a Major Team.
The ECSS Tournament allows only 65 minutes per game and batters began each at-bat with a one and one count. The Dugout Dawgs batted all 14 players each game producing 118 hits with the team batting average of .608.
Additional tournament activity is planned this year including the Cape classic in September and the SSUSA Winter Nationals in Fort Myers, Florida in November.
The Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade will be retired Yarmouth Police K9 Officer and longtime CCSSL player, Peter B. McClelland who will lead the parade. This year’s parade is in honor of Sgt. Sean Gannon and his K9 partner Nero, who together marched in last year’s parade.
The parade will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 9, 2019 and will Have a group from the CCSSL marching as they travel along Route 28 in Yarmouth. The theme of this year’s parade is the “Spirit of the Community.”
Peter McClelland encompasses all aspects of this year’s theme for the parade. He worked for the Yarmouth Police Department for 30 years and most of those years were spent being a K9 dog handler. Mr. McClelland trained K9 Nero from the time he was a puppy and started training him with Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon, who eventually took him full time.
After the tragic events that took place on April 12, 2018, where Officer Sean Gannon was fatally shot in the line of duty, and K9 Nero sustained critical injuries, McClelland rushed to the hospital where he stood by K9 Nero’s side during his surgery. Mr. McClelland continued to stay by Nero’s side day and night for six days in the ICU. K9 Nero was eventually sent home with Mr. McClelland for three months of rehabilitation. K9 Nero returned to the Gannon home in August.
“The people of Cape Cod were left devastated after the senseless loss of Officer Sean Gannon, and the injuries to K9 Nero. Mr. McClelland’s dedication, compassion and strength during Nero’s recovery along with his continual updates on Nero’s progress, helped to lift the spirits of this heartbroken Cape Cod community at a time when it was greatly needed,” said Desmond Keogh, Chairman for the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade Committee.
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Just Think, if You Apply This Year at the Age of 50, You Could be Playing for the Next 47 Years!
Senior Softball Team Features a 97 Year Old Catcher and a 90 Year Old Pitcher!
The Cape Cod Chronicle ran a nice story on the Back Office Associates Travel Teams
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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.
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