Slow start for slo-pitch league
Softball action got off to a slow start for the Carbonear Molson Men’s Slo-pitch League this season.
The first game did not get played until last week, largely due to the fact grass on the softball pitches at the Carbonear Recreation Complex had not been cut and the fields were not ready for play.
The focus of the Carbonear recreation department’s attention on getting the Carbonear Swimming Pool back in operation after five months of downtime has been cited as the main reason for the delay in having the softball fields ready for use earlier this year.
That puts the league almost a month behind schedule, according to the league’s statistician Gerard Griffin, who told The Compass, “ This is the latest start for the league in its 34-year history.”
The veteran softball player and league executive member, who has been with the organization since its beginnings, said normally they start playing their first games after the May 24 weekend.
The league is made up of approximately 50 adult male softball players from Bryant’s Cove to Bay de Verde. They play for three teams— West Side Charlies, Butt’s ESSO and Rock Hard Construction.
In the first match of the 2011 season played last June 23, West Side Charlies edged Butt’s ESSO 16-15. West Side took the game on the strength of five hits each from Keith Peddle and Jody Doyle, who led the way for the win.
One of Doyle’s hits was a home run. They were among the top batters for the winning team, along with Chris Parsons and Mike Whiteway with three hits each. Two of Whiteway’s hits were home runs. Sam White and Jeff Parsons had two hits apiece in helping with the win.
White tossed the win on the mound for the winner, while Gerard Griffin suffered the pitching loss.
Top batters for the losing team were Luke Hogan with four hits, including a home run, and Andrew Butt with four hits, two of which were home runs. Gerard Griffin had three hits. Ryan Dean had two while Brendon McCarthy had one in a losing cause.
Griffin said they had hoped to play a double-header on opening night, but a late start to the first match combined with poor weather forced them to scratch the second match.
With two double-headers scheduled to be played Monday and Thursday evenings throughout the season, the league spokesman said “everybody gets to play at least two games a week.”
Mike Whiteway is league president with Gord King as vice-president; Stephen King as umpire-inchief and Chad Parsons, treasurer.
Softball action was scheduled to resume Monday evening, June 27 with Rock Hard meeting Butt’s ESSO.
Griffin said before that match, they plan to have all players line up on the field to observe a minute of silence out of respect for the late Gord Dean, who served as umpire for the league for 32 years. Dean was a leading sports figure in the area who passed away earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Griffin said despite this year’s late start, they expect to get in all their games before the end of September when the lights are shut off for the season.