Well, here it is September 13 and SaddleBag Notes article deadline is Thursday, September 14. Meanstwhile, you all won’t be reading these golden words till around the end of September and the Summer league ends on Friday, September 22. Final results in the edition after that.

Labor Day Tournament HighlightsAlso in the books is our LABOR DAY TOURNAMENT, appreciatively sponsored by BEYOND CLEAN. Thanks Jimmy and Karen. We had a rip-roaring crowd down for some softball “dramedy,” tunes, brats, dogs, burgers and more! With DJ Leroy Johnson spinning the platters and yours truly at the mic, AND Tournament Director, Jessica Passoni working her logistical “magic,” the softballers put on a show.

In game one, the Community/Coyote contest, Twin Lakes Air just held off Tucson Orthopaedic at 15 to 14. Then in Sidewinder/Recreational, Beyond Clean “wiped” Window Wizards windows, 13 to 6. And finally, in the twilight game (well, noonish), the “Competitives” put on another barn-burner with The Longo Firm outlasting The Charles Company at 19 to 17.

At half-time (well, after game two) the softballers, with Jessica Passoni, Tournament Director and Paul Auster, Association Vice President at the microphone, honored Jack Graef (featured earlier this year in an article), who turns 90 in September and has been around SaddleBrooke Senior Softball longer than the Earth has been orbiting around the Sun. Jack’s still holding down the “hot corner” in the Recreational League. Eddie Lopez put together a photo montage as a presentation for Jack.

Summer League ActionMeanwhile, the summer softballers have seven weeks under their belts. In the Monday Recreational, Dominick’s Italian took a solid 6 to 1 league lead over Hardin Brothers Automotive at 1 to 6 (one game mutually canceled cuz the field was “damp”). In Monday Community—a three team league this summer—yours truly got traded from the co-league leader Firetruck Brewing, then 3 to 1, now the cellar-dweller at 4 to 6, to then cellar-dweller DS Builders, at 0 to 4, who are NOW the league leader at 6 to 5. After taking this past Monday’s twin bill by one run over Firetruck and two runs over Ray Szpakowski, CPA (yours truly on the mound for both wins, naturally), the CPAs are also 6 to 5. But DS has a run “differential” of -6 and Szpakowsi’s in at -10, giving DS the league lead (for now—stay tuned!). YOWZA! Talk about a slim lead. And, just two more weeks to go!

Anyhoo, on Tuesdays, in Community, KJK Insurance is at 6 to 2 after winning four in a row and Healthy Skin Dermatology has dropped those same four and is at 2 to 6. Then in Competitive, Kristy McInnis – Coldwell Banker Realty finally lost a couple (and consequently probably escaping the “trade police”) and is at 5 to 3 with their partners in “softball misadventure,” Player’s Pub, crying in their beers at 3 to 5.

Wednesdays in Sidewinder, Jim Click Automotive Group has motored out to a 5 to 3 lead over Leah Kari Medicare Solutions at 3 to 5. In Community, Rancheros Market has forged a 7 to 1 record while Pride Mechanical is on the other end at 1 to 7. OUCH! Your author has no “intel” on whether any trades occurred here, but what the hey!!!

In Thursday Coyote (geezer league), Red Earth Tile continues, UNABATED, to “hammer” Robson Communities and is now at 6 to 2 to Robson’s 2 to 6. Hard to have much fun when you are getting your derrieres handed to you every week. A bit late for the trade police, though.

On Fridays, in the Competitive league, SaddleBrooke Pet Rescue has captured two in a row to jump into the league lead at 4 to 3, while Shifren Physical Therapy has dropped those two in a row and is presently in the cellar at 3 to 4. We could have a battle in this league folks! And finally, in Friday Community, Splendido had been regularly thumping Shelves That Slide, but has dropped two in a row. None-the-however, they still have a commanding 5 to 2 lead over the Shelves’ 2 to 5. Did the “trade police” make a visit!!!!?????? I ain’t heard.

Well that’s it for now, softball fans. Next up—fall season begins Monday, October 9 and runs until mid-December. The snowbirds will begin drifting back about mid-October and the rosters will be full. Our VETERAN’S DAY TOURNAMENT will be held on Saturday, November 11. Get on down to the field to check out the action or surf us online at saddlebrookeseniorsoftball.com for the latest standings and stats.

Hasta la vista, baby!

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