Telford VFW, Souderton Legion renew friendly rivalry
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.
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.