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Area senior softball players can enjoy spirited competition in league

April 07, 2013|By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com
  • Steve Thornton, 56, of Fairfield, Pa., connects on a pitch during a Washington County Senior Softball League practice at City Park in Hagerstown on Tuesday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Ball careers don’t have to end with Little League or Pony League, high school or college.

The Washington County Senior Softball League offers athletes from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia the opportunity to use their softball skills in friendly competition.

Now in its 23rd year, the league is open to men 50 and older and women 40 and older.

Prior to 2001, the league was called Washington County 50 Plus League.

A four-member board of directors is gearing up for the season, in hopes of adding two teams, since players had to be turned away last year.

Larry Hines is president, Craig Metz serves as vice president, Tom Hyme is treasurer and A.J. Nicolosi serves as secretary. Bob Ayers is outgoing president.

The goal is to have at least 120 players for eight teams, up from 90 players and six teams last year, Nicolosi said.

The league also is seeking two more sponsors.

Practices are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. until dark and run from April 1 through May 2, with registration ending April 17. Draft night is April 18 and the first official game is May 7.

Players are asked to bring completed registration forms and waiver forms, both downloadable on the website — www.wcssl.webs.com — and the $30 registration fee when they come to practice.

Practices and games are at the two softball fields at the rear of City Park in Hagerstown. Games are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from May until early August. Each team will play two games a week on different nights.

The website includes registration forms, rules, schedules and game results.

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