LP seniors swing into action

LAKE PLACID - The 22nd season of Lake Placid Senior Softball is underway.

Monday morning at the Lake June Ball Field, Seminole Tire defeated three-time defending league champion Yates Insurance in a wild shoot out, 21-18. The 'Noles' stout defense turned four double play, largely thanks to shortstop Bob Roth's stellar play. Winning pitcher "Wahoo" Stanley aided his own cause with a triple and a home run, while Roth and Paul Stephenson each doubled twice. Ed Engler and rookie J.R. Garver had four hits apiece.

For Yates, Richard Rucker (double, triple), Bill Gallagher (two doubles), and Cliff Bluml (double) had four hits each.

In the second game, Schooni's dispatched Central Security, 21-15. Paul Brand paced the Restaurateurs with four hits while "Wild Bill" DeStefano (double), Norm Grubbs (double), and Elston Hedges finished with three hits each.

Ross Anderson and J.C. Brown led the way for the Securitymen, finishing with four hits apiece. Meanwhile, Mel Gross, Dana Hurlbut, Joe Hedges, and Dick Cook chipped in three hits as well.

On Wednesday, Seminole Tire (2-0) upended Central Security (0-2) by a score of 17-10 to stay undefeated through the first week of play. The 'Noles turned two more double plays in the victory. Roth (triple) and Stephenson paced the offense with four hits, while a quintet of hitters tallied three each.

Hedges and Cook paced Central with three hits apiece, with Hedges slamming a home run.

Yates Insurance (1-1) earned its first win of the season by toppling Schooni's (1-1), 31-17. Richard Rucker (two doubles), Bill Gallagher (double), Darrell Richards, Howard Carney, and manager Doran Quigg had five hits each, while Brian Heaphy, winning pitcher Don Ward, and John McCallum logged four hits.

For Schooni's, DeStefano homered and Pete Mathews (double) tallied four hits. Kyle Saunders (double, triple) and Harvey Jones (double) combined for six hits. Grubbs connect for a double and a triple in the loss.

This year, Lake Placid Senior Softball is playing under a new format. The league is now open to players 60 and over, and the season will be split into two sessions. Champions will be awarded for both halves, along with trophies to the winning sponsors. Four teams will vie for the split season hardware. A draft also determined the team rosters, with the managers drawing their own names last. Games are played on Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. on the Lake June Ball Fields.

For more information, visit www.lpsoftball.com.