Central Security rolling in senior softball

Puerto Rican native Victor "V-Rod" Rodriguez, after a hitch in the US Army, spent 32 years in federal law enforcement.

Vic worked mostly undercover pursuing criminal activity, and death threats were part of his job. He retired in 1998, moved to Lake Placid, and heard about its senior softball.

He had never played organized ball at any level, and knew little about the game.

He has become one of the better hitters in the league, and for years served as its vice-president. Mornings he can be seen riding a tractor to get the fields ready for play. He describes his time as "great fun, win or lose."

On Monday, "V-Rod" had four hits (double), but it was not enough as his Schooni's Restaurant team fell 17-15 to Central Security.

Pacing The Securitymen were owner Dana Hurlbut, winning pitcher JC Brown, and Joe Hedges with a total of seven doubles. Jim Lorne and "Wild Bill" DeStefano joined "V-Rod" in the Four-Hit Club for Schooni's.

Yates Insurance upended Seminole Tire 23-13.

Richard Rucker (two doubles) and Darrell Richards had four hits each, while Bill Gallagher smashed a home run.

Winning pitcher Don Ward slugged two doubles, while first baseman John McCallum turned an unassisted double play to spark the Yates defense.

For The 'Noles, Skip Raller (two doubles), Paul Stephenson, "Wahoo" Stanley (home run), and Ray Wilson had four hits each. Chet Johnson made two fine running catches in the outfield.

On Wednesday, two teams heading in opposite directions saw torrid Central Security (5-3) win its fifth straight by handing Seminole Tire (4-4) its fourth consecutive loss by a score of 17-12.

Manager Dick Cook made several fine plays at shortstop and joined Dana Hurlbut in a back-to-back home run barrage.

Joe Hedges also went deep, while Ross Anderson and Ian McCuaig had four-hit games.

For Seminole Tire, a sextet of hitters had three each, including Paul Stephenson and "Wahoo" Stanley, who each doubled twice.

Schooni's (3-5) toppled Yates Insurance (4-4) 35-24 in the wildest slugfest of the year.

Yates raced to a 15-2 lead in the third inning, only to have The Restauranteurs score 14 to take the lead and never look back.

For Schooni's, Ron Wickman homered twice, while Norm Grubbs hammered a grand slam. "Wild Bill" DeStefano (two doubles) had six hits, and Paul Brand (two doubles) and winning pitcher "V-Rod" had five hits each, while 88 year old World War II Navy vet John Ladensack managed to coax three walks.

"At my age, I've got plenty of time to work the count", quipped the always smiling war hero.

For Yates, Cliff Bluml (double), Brian Heaphy (triple), Richard Rucker (triple), Bill Gallagher (double, home run), and Don Ward (two triples) had four hits each in the losing effort.

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