All tied up in softball

Ron Hanisch is a West Virginia native and lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates/ Mountaineers fan who migrated to Florida and worked for the post office until retiring in 2008.

He then bought 80 acres and 40 head of cattle and started the Shro Cattle Company in Venus.

A farm accident last year nearly cost him an eye. Eight surgeries later, his desire to continue playing senior softball requires that he wear an eye patch and catchers' mask for protection. He serves as the league vice-president and plays while awaiting more surgeries to fully restore his vision.

"If something happens to my good eye, I will just have to become an umpire!" joked the affable Hanisch.

On Monday, Ron's Schooni's team fell to Seminole Tire by a score of 19-15.

The Restauranteurs were led by "Wild Bill" DeStefano with four hits (double), while Norm Grubbs (triple) and Kyle Saunders (triple, double) notched three hits each. Mike Kratt made two fine running catches in the outfield.

For The 'Noles, Skip Raller and Bill Card combined for nine hits, while Bob Roth had a double and triple and Ed Engler clubbed three doubles.

Yates Insurance defeated Central Security by a score of 18-7.

Cliff Bluml (double), Richard Rucker, Bill Gallagher (two doubles, home run), Brian Heaphy, John McCallum (double), and Doran Quigg all registered four hits for Yates.

For Central Security, Dick Cook homered in a game that marked the lowest team run production of the year.

On Wednesday, a new low for run production was recorded when Seminole Tire (6-4), playing a man short in the field, bested Yates (5-5) 13-5.

"Wahoo" Stanley pitched a gem and supported his own cause with three doubles. Shortstop Bob Roth anchored a stout 'Noles infield, while JR Garver made a splendid catch in right field to rob Bill Gallagher of extra bases.

Cliff Bluml and Dave Steigerwalt had three hits each for Yates.

Central Security (6-4) remained tied with Seminole Tire for first place with a 21-15 win over Schooni's (3-7).

Winning pitcher JC Brown had three hits (double), while Dick Cook tripled and doubled and Joe Hedges homered and doubled. Mel Gross sparkled on defense with two clutch catches in left field, while Ross Anderson played a stellar game at second base.

For Schooni's, Mike Kratt led the offense with five hits. Kyle Saunders (double) had four, while Paul Brand homered and doubled.