Spoilers Enjoy First-Place Position With 5-1 Record In Senior Softball


A pair of Rim country teams -- the Spoilers and the Grays -- are traveling weekly to north Scottsdale where both compete in a senior softball league sponsored by the Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation Department.

According to Spoilers' team spokesman Dave Crowell, his squad is currently in first place in the A division with a 5-1 record.

The A competition, he said, features some of the top teams in the Valley.

In early season play, the Spoilers have been paced by the hurling of Tom Neblett and B.J. Winchester.

"Tom has been the pitcher of record in two of the wins and B. J. has recorded one win," Crowell said.

According to Grays' player/coach Ron Maksymowski, the Payson squad sports a 4-4 record at Fountain Hills and is fresh off one of the biggest league wins ever recorded by a Rim country senior team.

Weeks ago, the Grays -- then known as the Panthers -- played their way to an 11-5 record and the championship of the Apache Junction 55-years-and-over winter league.

"We are the only Payson team to win a (senior) league championship," Maksymowski said.

Both the Spoilers and the Grays will continue to toil each Wednesday in Fountain Hills until the spring campaign wraps up in late May.

Then, both squads hope to turn their attention to summer action in the Rim country.

Maksymowski said he is working in conjunction with Fountain Hills and Payson Parks and Recreation officials to have them possibly co-sponsor a summer senior softball league in Payson.

Games will be played at Rumsey Park rather than in Fountain Hills because of the cooler summer temperatures, Maksymowski said.

Meanwhile, Crowell is laying the foundation for the Rim Country Championships tournament slated to be contested May 27 and 28 at Rumsey Park. Already entered in the fray is the Spoilers team.

Also, Crowell said, the top division will bring teams to Payson from Yuma, Tucson, Phoenix, Albuquerque and Las Vegas.

Although the Panthers/Grays team has not yet committed to play, Crowell says he is hoping the Rim country has two entries in the tournament. "Then, softball fans will be able to see both Payson teams in action over the same weekend of play."

Senior softball players interested in playing on the Maksymowski-coached Grays team should call him at 474-6624.

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