Senior Softball Team Needs Players

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Making good contact with the ball, Mike Leigh, a member of the Cougars senior softball team, gets another base hit. Action took place Wednesday at Rumsey Park.

Lou Felix is issuing an invitation for athletes 60-years-plus to hook up with the Payson Cougars senior slow-pitch softball team.

“Grab your glove and come join us,” he said. “It’s fun, it’s great exercise and you meet new people with like interests.”

Flex is the manager of the local senior team, along with Abe Yamada, and also plays the rover position for the Cougars.

The team practices from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on the Rumsey II field, which is located just north of Taylor Pool.

The team plays some weekdays in a Fountain Hills’ based league, but during the hot summer months, games are played at Rumsey.

The team currently has 20-plus on its roster but not all of them are always available, which prompted Felix to issue the call for more players.

Also on the Cougars’ agenda is the inaugural Payson Invitational Senior Softball Tournament to be played Sept. 20, 21 and 22 on the Kiwanis ball fields in west Rumsey Park.

“Teams from throughout Arizona will be playing,” said Felix. Currently seven teams have committed and Felix expects one more to join the field.

Tournament games will begin each day at 9 a.m. and continue until about 3 p.m.

There is no admission charge for spectators.

Roger and Darla Annabelle sponsor the local team, said Felix.

The Payson senior softball team has been in existence for decades but originally was called the “Grays” until a few years ago when players opted to change the name saying, “Not all of us are gray.”

According to Senior Softball USA, more than 1.5 million men and women in the United States today play senior softball.

The sport will hold its national convention Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 at the DoubleTree hotel in Tucson. It is at the convention where rules are decided upon, venues are picked for tournaments, new equipment is introduced by vendors and officials are honored.

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