Following a year-long respite in which there were no active senior softball teams in the Rim country, a trio of local players have joined forces to form the Payson Mavericks.
Dave Crowell, Neil MacVicar and Bob Lynch are co-sponsoring and playing on the Maverick senior team that is currently participating in a 16-team league in Fountain Hills.
According to Crowell, games will be played the next six weeks at Golden Eagle Park in Fountain Hills.
"Once it heats up down there, the games will move to Rumsey Park for another six weeks," Crowell said.
League play tipped off last week with the Mavs sweeping a double header, 21-8 and 30-16, from the Arizona Aeros.
The Aeros entered the fray boasting impressive national credentials.
"They are a AAA team that finished second in the (Senior) World Championships last year in Las Vegas," Crowell said.
The key to the Mavericks upset victory was stellar defensive play in which middle infielders Tom Neblett, Bobby Charameda and MacVicar turned five double plays.
The outfield of Fran Doering, Jerry Carlson and Crowell also helped keep the Aeros in check.
Offensively, the Mavs were led by Tom Neblett, who finished 9-for-10 at the plate.
Crowell praised the efforts of the entire team.
"Everyone played great ball," he said. "When you play like that you win games."
Sporting a 2-0 record, the Mavericks returned to action yesterday (Thursday) against Buzz's Buzzards. (Results not available at press time).
The Buzzards are another AAA team that competed in the World Championships last year, Crowell said.
Currently, the Buzzards are ranked among the top-10 senior teams in Arizona.