Telford VFW, Soud­er­ton Le­gion re­new friendly ri­valry

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Jen­nifer Con­nor

This year’s brag­ging rights go to the Telford VFW for win­ning an an­nual soft­ball game against the Soud­er­ton Amer­i­can Le­gion Sun­day, Aug. 19. Each team con­sisted of any mem­ber of ei­ther vet­eran community who wanted to par­tic­i­pate.

Telford won 9-7, in a high­SDFHG, lDuJKWHU-fil­lHG JDmH WKDW lasted about two hours. Fam­i­lies of the vet­er­ans play­ing came out to watch, along with mem­bers of each of the so­cial clubs who weren’t play­ing. So far, Telford has won two of the re­cent an­nual games, while Soud­er­ton only has one win un­der its belt.

“I’m the old goat,” Fred Smith, Soud­er­ton Amer­i­can Le­gion pres­i­dent and team soft­ball coach, said. Smith even went so far as to get in a heated ar­gu­ment with the um­pire, show­ing his true ded­i­ca­tion to the team.

The Telford team man­aged to throw a prank into the game and pitched Spe­cial Forces Cmdr. Kim Car­son an orange, painted as a soft­ball, that he smashed to smithereens.

Each team spanned gen­er­a­tions and wars for that mat­ter. Each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces was also rep­re­sented.

Tim Daven­port played for the win­ning team of Telford. He served in the Navy for 10 years and left in 2008 for a change of pace. He’s been a VFW mem­ber since and en­joys the ca­ma­raderie, he said.

“It gives us a place to be in like com­pany,” Daven­port said. “This game is a great way to just have fun with friendly com­pe­ti­tion.”

Fol­low­ing the soft­ball game, any­one who was in­ter­ested could en­joy a keg of Miller Light pro­vided by the los­ing team and hot dogs, ham­burg­ers and other pic­nic food.

Many play­ers and their fam­i­lies stayed to sa­vor the day’s events and re­cap the game.

Se­nior Vice Cmdr. Ron Joyce, his wife, Stephanie, and their daugh­ters, Giana, 5, and Vic­to­ria, 3, spent time un­der the pavilion. The girls said they en­joyed the game and were happy their daddy’s team won. Joyce served six years in the Navy.

U.S. Army Capt. Steve Wal­ter, of Soud­er­ton, who has served more than 20 years in the mil­i­tary, seemed to know ev­ery­one at the af­ter­party. Wal­ter said he al­ways tries to make it back to these type of events even though he is sta­tioned at Fort Meade in Mary­land.

“It’s a lot of fun to let loose and par­tic­i­pate in a long­time ri­valry,” Wal­ter said.

Telford VFW’s Bill De­lany hits the ball dur­ing a soft­ball game against the Soud­er­ton Le­gion.

Soud­er­ton In­de­pen­dent pho­tos — SU­SAN KEEN

Rus­sel Jef­feries of the Soud­er­ton Le­gion winds up for the pitch dur­ing a soft­ball game against the Telford VFW.

Bruce Hale of the Soud­er­ton Le­gion takes a swing at the ball.

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