May 8, 2013
It is with deep regrets that we announce the passing of John Davison. John had been a member of our league since its beginning some 20 years ago, he loved the game and was a great inspiration to all the players especially the younger ones. He was loved by all who met him and will surely be missed.
We have been asked to be Honorary Pallbearers at John's service on Monday, please try to attend.
May 4, 2013
Message regarding John Davison;
The End of My Dad’s Journey
May 4, 2013
After eighty-eight years, my dad is close to the end of his journey in this life. He has deteriorated quickly in the last few days. Yesterday, we placed him under the care of Hospice who has him on 24 hour crisis care. They are managing his symptoms and keeping him as comfortable as possible.
On Thursday, we had a family discussion about what should be done. Mom and dad both said they didn’t want to go to the hospital anymore or be poked or jabbed since there didn’t seem to be hope of long term success. They wanted to be kept comfortable and were ready to go to heaven.
After being assured that my mom would be ok if he went first, he slept very soundly. Instead of taking him back to the hospital because of more problems from the prostate cancer, we called Hospice.
Overnight he became much weaker with his body reacting to all that is going on. Thankfully, he is in little pain. He is conscious occasionally.
Mother is nearby and knows he is slipping away. Though still very weak, she is better than she has been in a while. After being married for almost sixty-eight years, losing a spouse is like having a part of your body taken away. She is handling the situation well and is also tired of many years with her own health issues.
Please continue to pray for all of us.
John and Marge Davison
10039 Hart Branch Circle
Orlando, Florida 32832-5913
April 23 2013
Note from John Davison
John Davison (firstname.lastname@example.org)Add to contacts 12:13 PM
Hi to all, I had planned to write a note sooner, but after you have had several procedures, and several hospital visits it is sometimes difficult to concentrate. We are now temporally living with our son and daughter-in-law near Moss Park road and 15. We certainly appreciate their hospitality. Marjorie is feeling better and is getting stronger every day. We have care givers 24-7.
Thanks for your visits, cards, calls, concerns, and prayers. Softball has been a big part of my life the last 20 some years, I miss playing and the camaraderie. Having had a stroke, cardiac arrest, four hospital visits and several procedures, it feels like my life has been turned up side down. I walk every day and do some exercises. We are trying to keep a good attitude and have faith that the Lord's will, will be done.
Hope all of you are well, happy, and are enjoying your softball while you can. John Davison
April 20, 2013
What a great turnout we had on Friday, four teams with 13 or 14 men on each. Luckily our organizing skills are getting better, we had the games going on time, the teams were more or less evenly matched the rain held off, and of course a good time was had by all.
None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our committee members, don't forget we will have elections coming up soon so if you would like to be considered let us know.
Mon. March 11, 2013
Looks like some guys forgot to reset their clocks, we just barely had enough to squeeze out four teams today. Those who didn't show up missed out on a gorgeous spring day and a great softball game . Leo Viti, one of the founding fathers of our league was in the park today and managed to play a couple of innings with us before he had to rush back to take care of his lovely wife Ann whom we all know and love.
New member Gary Brown writes;
Angel, I met Julio today and he was very nice to me. I had a blast today and look forward to my next experience playing softball with a great bunch of guys from your league. Everyone treated me like I belonged, and I am very grateful for that. Thanks for everything, I hope to see you next Monday.
March 4, 2013
We had a light turnout, just barely enough to make two teams. The cold morning must have kept all the wusses at home. It was a little chilly but the sun was shining brightly doing its best to warm our old bones and when the breeze died down it just a perfect day to play softball. You shoulda been there.
John Davison is presently at the same nursing home as his wife while he contemplates where he will reside in the future. John's wife is now under hospice care at the nursing home, John however, is reportedly doing better and is able to get around. As soon as I get any information regarding visiting etc., I will let you know.
Feb, 27, 2013
John Davison is still at Dr. Phillips Hospital, he is now out of intensive care and is improving and hoping to leave the hospital soon. He thanks everyone for their prayers and good wishes. The telephone number at the hospital is 407-351-8500 he is in room 3042. If you call please keep your conversation sweet and brief.
Feb 24, 2013
Our Banquet was a great success and that was due to the efforts of all the following to whom we express a big Thank You;
The committee, especially Julio Medina, Victoria Frisenda for providing the location, Betsy Medina and her crew from Bob Evans for the food service,
Joe Matos and Cal Goggans for the entertainment, Dean Droz and Bruce Katz and their assistants for their jobs setting up and cleaning up. And to all of those who attended providing the warm friendly atmosphere which we strive to promote. Thanks also to Jeanette Llewelin for her last minute fund raising raffle which was won by Ben Pomales. Banquet photos have posted, click on the " Photos" button above, look for the Banquet album.
Our aim is to continue improving our organization so if anyone has any suggestions or contributions to make please let us know.
We will continue our pickup games on Monday and Friday mornings at Denn john Park.
Jan 11, 2013
Good news, most of those on the disabled list are up and around, Joe Orr is doing fine and playing again, John Davison is up and around and was even able to show up today and cheer for his team, Diego Luquis is still recovering but he was also able to come by and say hello to everyone. George Riddick is on and off he was able to play in the Half Century league this past weekend but managed to hurt himself again thus missing our games for the third week in a row.
Allstate scored what is unheard of in our league, a big fat 0 against Kohlmeyer losing 2 - 0 in their first game, fortunately they were able to save face in the second game winning 18 - 16.
We are trying to get a head count for our banquet to be held on Saturday February 23rd from 6 - 10 PM at Sugarmill in St. Cloud, please let your manager know if you will be attending.
The USSSA will have a free umpires clinic on Saturday January 19th from 9 am - 12 , at Fortune Road athletic complex. This clinic will be for those wanting to improve their umpiring skills and those interested in becoming certified umpires.
Ron, I think I got your name right this time.
Jan 7, 2013
The weather was a little iffy but the clouds cleared up and the sun shone through for us making the day even better than it already was. It was great to see everyone show up after our Holiday recess. Unfortunately there were a couple of absences, Joe Orr was getting some work on his heart ( stent), and John Davison was in the hospital passing a blood clot. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to both of these fellow teammates whom we miss dearly.
Dec. 17, 2012
You can't keep a good man down, John Davison was able to make it to the game today and we were all very happy to see him.
All teams played hard today and it showed because every team won one and lost one thus retaining their position in the standings.
Not all members will be able to make it on Friday the 21st, our last game until next year so I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all the board members to wish a
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
to all our members and their families, to all our sponsors and our friends. Here's hoping that next year will be better than this one in all ways for everyone.
Dec. 14, 2012
After 18 games played the each team seems to be playing better and better. Kohlmeyers seems to have resolved their shortage of players problem and is clawing its way up from the bottom. Bob Evans for now seems to be solidly in first place (even without Julio).Maybe if the managers of Koffee Kup weren't cruising and casinoing all the time they might be out of the basement (just kidding).
The other teams are all chugging away giving it their best. I have seen some pretty amazing plays for a bunch of old guys, keep up the good work and enjoy yourselves, we have a lot of games left.
John Davis' wife was being moved to a nursing home and it seems doubtful that he will be returning this season say alittle prayer for them.
Nov 30, 2012
We missed John Davison on Friday, he was at the bedside of his wife Marjorie who is in the hospital in intensive care. John and Marjorie have been married 67 years and I'm sure this is a very difficult situation for them both and their family. Please take a minute to say a little prayer for them for the best possible outcome.
Nov. 19, 2012
A little chilly and very cloudy but not bad enough to stop us from playing today. Kohlmyers was a little worried today that they might not have enough players and may have to forfeit but at the last minute enough players showed up. They were so energized that they went on to win two in a row against Koffee Kup. Its good to see Benny out there supporting his team even though he is still unable to play .
Sadly Joint Maneuvers will be losing Ramon for the rest of the season due to severe pain from a pinched nerve, we wish him the best for a speedy recovery. Everyone rest up and have a great Thanksgiving. Next game will be on November 30, 2012.
Nov. 12, 2012
Today we paused to salute our veterans. (see photos ) The Reverend Jim Fox led us in prayer and Cal Goggans once again sang his wonderful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
We played our games under beautiful Autumn weather and fortunately I didn't see anyone limping out of the park so we must be in better shape or getting smarter. Have fun be safe.
November 5, 2012
WHAT A FANASTIC OPENING DAY .
Thanks to all the sponsors who participated, all the guests and fans. Thanks also to John Diaz for those wonderful words of inspiration and to Cal Goggans for that fantastic rendition of the National Anthem.
October 26, 2012
The day started out a little iffy due to the early morning showers caused by hurricane Sandy but things cleared up and the players showed up and we had two very competitive but fun games. The winds were really gusting in the outfield but luckily no one hit any over the fence.
A couple of trades have been made to help teams that were lacking pitchers or first basemen or shortstops. We should have the teams evened out in time for opening day which is still scheduled for November 5th. The commitee will be meeting with the parks department on Tuesday to finalize the schedule. Hopefully we will be able to have our practice on Friday November 2nd at Fortune Road fields so that our new members can get familiar with the location. How's that for an update Larry?
October 18, 2012
Today the board members met to go through the team selection process for the new season scheduled to start in November. Attending the meeting as observers were Gabe Robinson, Cal Goggans, Dave Brown, Frank Woodsby Joe Matos and John Davison.
Great care was taken to select teams that were as evenly matched as possible, Managers will be given the opportunity to do a little trading if necessary. Starting Friday Karl will try to keep the teams together as he sets up our remaining games at Denn John. The next step will be to meet with the parks department and firm up our schedule and we'll be set to go for our opening daay on November 5th.
October 1, 2012
Another beautiful day for softball in Kissimmee, unfortunately last night's rains left a number of large puddles on one of the fields making it unplayable. Once again we were faced with a big turnout, enough for four teams plus, so we played all four teams on one field, two teams played a full inning then the other two took the field. Overall things ran smoothly except that with all the sitting time there was quite a bit of socializing and some players lost track of whose turn it was to be on the field or on the bench, and we didn't finish until almost 12PM , but we had a good time and it was better than not playing at all.
You may have seen some new faces around, that's due to more people finding out about us and the good times we're having here.
Some players still haven't paid their fees for the upcoming season, make sure you pay up so you won't be left out.
September 3, 2012
Labor Day once again, it seems that time is just flying by, and what a great day for softball. We had a fantastic turnout today of our members and some visitors who decided to join us. Pete Edwards quickly organized the players into four teams and off went, fortunately both fields were available and playable. We played two fun filled games working up a thirst and appetite preparing for our picnic which followed the game. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the occasion with food drinks and barbecuing paper goods etc. and as usual thanks to Joe for providing the music. The cornhole tournament was a big success and provided lots of laughs and entertainment, thanks to Julio for providing the game and organizing the tournament. Thanks to everyone who stayed and made the barbecue a success.
Don't forget, registration is now going on for our upcoming season get registered so you don't get left out.
August 31, 2012
Time is just flying and before you know it we'll be back at Fortune Road for out next season. We are trying to get a jump on the signing up process so we can determine how many teams will compete this year. Please make sure that you see Julio or one of the board members to assure a spot on one of the teams. The fee for this year will be $70 and this is because we will be paying for umpires,
something that we had not done before, but was voted for by the members. Of course this fee is for league play and year round play at Denn John as well as the annual banquet which takes place in February right after the playoffs. We hope to have everyone registered before the draft which will take place in November.
Today we tried something different, we had four teams but only one field was playable due to the heavy rains the night before, so we played two simultaneous games on the same field, two teams played a full inning and then sat while the other two teams played a full inning. The process seemed a little confusing at first but amazingly enough it worked out pretty good and we were done before 12 o'clock. Thanks to Dave Brown for coming up with that idea.
On Monday Labor Day we will have a little barbecue after the game, we hope everyone will participate and stick around. We usually have a good time with plenty of music, food and a very competitive Cornhole Tournament .
August 13, 2012
A few new faces in the crowd today, it seems as if word of our program is spreading. A few familiar faces have returned such as Jim Fox, Paul Goddard and Dave Middleton, its reminiscent of the swallows returning to Capistrano. We enjoyed another friendly fun game with 3 teams under beautiful sunny Florida skies as the weather warmed our bones and brought back memories of yesteryear when we could play all day and never have any aches and pains. But hey that's why they invented aspirin and ibuprofen and Aleve and Ben Gay .
Rest up we'll do it again Friday.
August 6, 2012
We're still going strong and attracting more players, this is the second week that our visiting player Mario has come out to join us. Mario is from Canada and he is having so much fun he's thinking of applying for a green card so he can play softball year round with us.
Today we had 3 teams on the field and ir seems that everything was slowed down, maybe everyone was tired from the weekend, but after 5 innings the score was 0,0,0, and it seemed as if we might have to go into extra innings but finally the bats came to life and some runs were scored. As usual a good time was had by all. Lets do it again Friday.
July 16, 2012
Well despite the heat and the rain we're still here and having just as good a time as ever. Last Friday we unexpectedly had enough players for four teams and had excellent nine inning games on both fields which resulted in very close scores. Today we had 3 teams but just to shake it up a little bit we played on field 2 instead of 1 and as expected we all had a good time anyway.
We'd like to welcome Elmer who is visiting from Oklahoma City, he'll be playing with us for a couple of weeks, if you see our pictures from today, he's the catcher. We would also like to welcome newcomer Gene Mitchell he's been here a couple of times now and is certainly enjoying himself and seems to be on the road to being one of our better players. The roving photographer was around today and you can view our photos by clicking on the link above. Hope that all those guys we haven't seen in a while are doing ok, you know who you are, Charlie, Jim, Freddy, Dennis, et al. See you soon.
July 7, 2012
Thanks to all who participated in our July 4th celebration which was held prematurely (due to our schedule) on July 2nd. We were honored to have John Diaz (US Navy Chaplain ret.) lead us in a few moments of reflection and inspiration on what July 4th means to us. We then feasted on hot dogs and some fine food brought in by Jackie Arleo and Mrs. Villereal and others whose names unfortunately I failed to get but thanks to all. The Cornhole Tournament once again provided hours of entertainment thanks to Julio Medina. Joe Matos once again lugged out all his equipment to provide us with some musical entertainment.
Board members Julio Medina, Dean Droz, Pete Edwards and Angel Bermudez recently met with Kissimmee Parks Department's Steve Lackey, Assistant Director and Jason Carroll, Manager Recreation and Leisure Services. Our objective was to get to know each other better and to once again inform them of our program and how they fit in with Kissimmee Parks and Recreation's activities and schedule of events. Steve and Jason were true gentlemen and assured us that would do all they can to help Osceola Senior Softball keep going and growing and to make sure that softball fields were available to us as often as we needed them ( except in situations beyond their control or pre scheduled paid field rentals).
June 14, 2012
From Lary Williams,
Hi Guys, I read with interest all the news on the website and it appears that all is well in Florida softball. That is good news, indeed. I am playing in the over 50 league at home and just started a 60 and over, about 10 years too late since I am now 70. Our oldest grandson is named Ted Williams. One of our players was trying to describe how old the players in the league are and he told others that he is playing in a league with Ted Williams grandfather. At least we get out there and give it our best try. Keep up the good work and please, please let me know as soon as you determine approximate start and stop dates for the new season as well as off days. I need to start trying to outfox the airlines as soon as possible. All the best! Lary Williams
June 11, 2012
Well the rainy season is here again and sooner or later we're going to get rained out. We haven't had to cancel any games so far thanks to the great work done by the Kissimmee Parks Department grounds crew. I didn't think we would be able to play today after last nights heavy rains but they did a fabulous job this morning prepping the field and the game went on.
Attendance has been down a little bit lately, it seems that some of the guys are doing a little traveling or just taking a little time off during these 90 degree days.
We are still looking for sponsors for the next season so if anyone has any one in mind let us know.
I spoke to Dennis a while back and he's having some problems with arthritis in hisshoulders but hopefully he should be back in a couple of weeks.
To anyone out there that we haven't seen in a while, drop us an email and let us know how you're doing.
See you Friday.
May 28,2012 (Memorial Day)
A little early morning rain didn't dampen our spirits, enough guys turned out for 4 teams and fortunately both fields were available and ready to go. Our games went rather quickly but still we managed to get a few laughs and have a good time. After the game it was on to our little barbeque, the cornhole game got started the dogs were on the barbie, and the refreshments were ice cold and we all looked forward to a good time. Before commencing we had a moment of silence in honor of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation.
Honorable mention went out to those remaining members who founded this organization among them Leo Viti, John Davison, Osvaldo Garcia, and Reggie Lewellin as we celebrated 20 years of Osceola Senior Softball. We were happy to see Leo and Ann drop by and spend some time with us, Bruce Katz also made an appearance and was able to play with us today. Unfortunately many had prior obligations and could not stick around very long but, maybe next time.
Once again we have to thank Frank Woodsby and his family for their generosity providing those hefty hot dogs and salads. Thanks to Joe Matos for providing the music and to everyone else who contributed something to make our Barbeque a success. HOWEVER, just as things got going Mother Nature let loose with high winds an a torrential downpour and there went the barbeque.
May 25, 2012
Well it looks like summer is here a little ahead of schedule. On Friday we put together 3 teams which started out ok but it seemed that as the temperature climbed up into the 90's everyone sort of slowed down. we originally planned to play 9 innings but had to cut it back to 7 because it just taking too long. We're hoping that the rain holds off on Monday so that we can have our little barbecue after the game, we're all looking forward to some fierce cornhole competition, a couple of hot dogs some refreshments and entertainment by Joe. Please try to attend it should be a fun time.
Al Cialella is taking his new role as the head of the Rules Committee very seriously and is already of some improvements. I think the new Board will work out just fine. It's good to see that some old timers that can't play right now still come out to say Hi once in a while such as Leo, Bill Gonzalez, and Larry Widmer, Dennis we're still waiting for you. Hope to see everyone on Monday, have a great weekend.
May 18, 2012
The Board of directors met today and discussed several issues, among them; Julio Medina was ratified as the Chairman, Rick Arleo remains treasurer and Angel Bermudez remains secretary. Dean Droz, Karl Lengl, Al Cialella and Pete Edwards will head committees in several areas such as Rules, Sponsorships, Banquets and Entertainment committees. The Committee also agreed to address the issue of umpires by looking further into the availability of umpires during our games and the cost of umpires to see how it fits into our budget. Our next scheduled meeting will be on June 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM at Osceola Council on Aging. If you have any issues that you would like to be brought up at the meeting Please let one of our Board members know.
Seems that the cooler weather weather coaxed some more players to come out to the park today. Among the participants were some players we had not seen in a while like Fred Corley and Tom Stoliker. Ted Witt was able to play today seems he has recovered from his surgery, Tony Vega was also here which was a good thing in view of what he has been through recently. Among the missing were Dennis Cyr who is recuperating after having a pacemaker implanted we hope to see him in a few weeks. We were able to put four teams together and fortunately both fields were available and well groomed thanks to the Kissimmee Parks and recreation Department. Both games went very well with very close scores, no incidents were reported except for Boch getting bopped on the head while going for a fly ball, we had a bit of a spat on field 2 when Jim Fox made a bad call while umping, Yes Gabe I was out but the ump can't see everything. We all had a good time, let's do it again on Monday
Don't forget Mother's Day is this Sunday
Seems tha the snowbirds have gone north and others are taking a vacation, we haven't been able to put together four teams together for a few weeks but, 2 teams or 3 we still have a good time. Hoping Tony is doing OK and hope to see him back soon.
See you at the park
April 11, 2012
We had a really good turnout for practice today and fortunately the fields were available and the weather was spectacular.
Our Monday and Friday games are still very popular drawing a good crowd, however due to previous renting out of fields we are usually locked out of one field even if it's not being used, forcing everyone to play on one field which makes for crowded teams and some unhappy players. From now on when only one field is available we will limit the rosters to a max of 13 men per team, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED, if you're late, you may not play. Word seems to be getting out about our league because we have recently picked up a few more members.
Good Luck to those players participating in the Florida Half Century games this weekend. See you Friday.
March 23 2012
Possible disaster averted. We had close to 50 guys at Denn John this morning all ready to play only to find out that the entire park had been rented out and we were not allowed to play there, unfortunately we had not been notified in advance. Thanks to Julio who quickly got on his cell phone and started making calls to the parks department, realizing our predicament they then allowed us to use a field at Fortune Road and the day was saved. I don't know how the lack of communication occurred but hopefully it won't happen again. As it turned out we had a great game with lots of laughs.
The board of directors met on Thursday 3/22 to discuss the budget for the upcoming year, tweak the rules a little bit and prepare for upcoming elections. There will be 3 vacancies on the board as we are only allowed a 2 year term after which we can either step down or run for re election. If anyone is interested in being part of the committee now is your chance to help out and maybe make a difference.
Elections will be held on Friday April 20th 2012. Also on the ballot will be the important question as to how many of you would like to have professional umpires at next year's tournament which will involve an additional fee of approximately $40 per player. Any other issue that will have a major impact might be included on the ballot.
March 5, 2012
Everyone seems to be rested up after the long tournament season and are ready to play again. We had an excellent turnout today, enough for four teams unfortunately, one of the fields was in pretty bad shape with several puddles making it unusable so we had to squeeze everyone onto 3 teams and use only one field making for less than ideal playing conditions. The weather was excellent and quite a few players hung around to play a second game which turned out pretty good. afterwards we wished Jose Soto a Happy Birthday and shared a pizza and refreshment with him. Hopefully everything will work out OK on Friday and we can accommodate everyone.
February 26, 2012
Last night we held our annual banquet and we would like to thank everyone who attended for making it such an enjoyable fun filled evening. Special thanks go out to Frank and his crew from Koffee Kup Restaurant who did such an outstanding job providing our meal for the night. We are indeed blessed to have such a generous and all around wonderful guy as Frank as a member of our organization.
Thanks also go out to Joe Matos who who kept our toes tapping and booties shaking throughout the night, his singing and choice of music were superb. The evening would not have been complete without Elvis' surprise appearance, I could see all the ladies were close to collapsing from all the excitement but they held it together. (Thanks Cal Goggans). We cannot forget Dick Stenger who was able to provide the hall for us at a reasonable price. Finally thanks to your Board of Directors Dean Julio,Angel Rick Arleo and Karl who worked very hard behind the scenes to put this together. I can hardly wait until we do it again next year.
Some photos from the event are available for viewing and I must apologize for their quality I don't know if it was the camera or the cameraman who malfunctioned.
If you are able, please stop by and pay your respects to Roberto Morales' family.
February 20, 2012
Well sadly we've come to the end of another tournament season, fortunately we're in Florida and we'll just keep on playing year round. Thanks to all locals and snowbirds who participated hopefully we can do it again next year if the Mayans were wrong. Many of you have been making recommendations for improving the operation of the league and hopefully some of them will be implemented when the new officers are elected.
Beginning Friday Feb. 24th we will be back at Denn John Fields for our regular weekly pickup games (weather permitting). As you know Koffee Kup won the tournament winning 23 out of 39 games, the playoffs were a tie between VFW and Allstate at this time we are trying to determine what the tie breaker will be, some have suggested the highest combined weight of the team or which team can drink the most beer in an hour or the least number of runs scored against the odd numbered team on a Monday ending with the number 3. But I think we're leaning towards the highest total of runs made by a team during the five games of the playoffs. John Davison may put the kibosh on that idea though. I'm sure we'll have it figured out by Banquet time. Don't forget Roberto Morales if possible go see him or call. We have some new pictures, check them out.
See you soon. Goodbye Lary "Y'all come back now.
February 13, 2012
We started today fearing the weather due to the super hype that the TV Weathermen give it and expecting arctic weather, however the softball gods looked out for us and turned up the heat turning it into a gorgeous sunny day just perfect for softball. Once again in what seems to be a regular occurrence we gathered in prayer to ask the Lord to look kindly on one of our friends and teammates Roberto Morales who lies in the hospital awaiting test results for what might turn out to be
pancreatic cancer. We wish him the best for a good diagnosis and pray that he will be back on the ball field real soon.
The playoffs got off to a good start and every one played their heart out however where there are winners there must be losers, BUT its not over yet, check out the standings on the SCHEDULE page.
The final details of this years banquet are still being worked out, don't forget its included in your dues so plan to attend its usually a pretty good time.
February 10, 2012
Everyone was in great spirits as we met to play the final games of our tournament before the playoffs. Unfortunately our spirits were dampened as the news of Al's passing spread amongst us and once again we gathered in prayer to commemorate the loss of another friend and team mate. Unbelievably Al cared so much for us and our games that he made his own funeral arrangements making sure they would not interfere with our schedule. We went on with our games and dedicated them to him.
We would like to congratulate the winners of our tournament Koffee Kup who wound up with a 590 average winning 23
and losing 16, they were closely followed by Bob Evans with a 564 average winning 22 and losing 17, see standings. Playoffs
commence on Monday Feb. 13th good luck to all.
A short time ago I learned that Roberto Morales has been admitted to Celebration Hospital with what could potentially be a very serious condition, more info as I find out.
Good luck on Monday.
February 3, 2012
Well we're getting close to the end of the tournament season and the competition is getting fierce, unfortunately when VFW needed to win a couple of games they were plagued by player shortage and had to forfeit 2 games to Cocina Caliente, The big Dogs Koffee Kup finally lost 2 in a row to Joint Maneuvers and Bob Evans took 2 from Allstate, Please make an all out effort to show up for your team's sake.
Once again think about whether or not you might be interested in a position on the board of directors, we need someone who is willing to put in the time to keep the organization running and hopefully improve it. If you have any questions see Julio.
As of Thursday Feb 2, Al Frisenda was in Osceola Regional Medical Center, he was getting a blood transfusion to try and strengthen him so he can undergo the ordeal of chemotherapy. At this time I don't know when he will be released.
Have a great weekend, see you Monday.
Oh well not all days can be picture perfect, Monday started out with a few light showers and lots of clouds but nothing like the weatherman had predicted, the fields were in great shape we were ready to play. Unfortunately a few players didn't show up and some teams had to forfeit games, Cocina Caliente forfeited 2 to Allstate and VFW forfeited 1 to Joint Maneuvers. Frank's Koffee Kup team is still in first place, Frank is so confident that he just goes cruising whenever he feels like it and takes Dave along and his team still wins, must be the coffee.
It is still a little early but there will be a couple of openings on the board of directors coming up, if you feel that you can put in the time and effort to keep this organization going and even improving then put in your name as a possible candidate. Another thing to think about is the possibility of becoming a team manager for next year, its a tough job but somebody has to do it to keep things going.
See you Monday
January 20, 2012
We were all surprised and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Bob Sieber, Chaplain John Diaz led us in a moment of silent reflection and a short prayer in Bob's memory. Bob's smile and good sportsmanship will surely be missed.
The weather couldn't be better with sunny skies and mild temperature perfect for softball. The team standings didn't change at all because amazingly every team split winning one and losing one, you can check the standings on the schedule page.
It was good to see Al Frisenda come out to the park to get a little sunshine and see how everyone is doing. Al will soon be going to a consultation in Texas to discuss his condition which is very serious, let's hope they have some good news for him.
See you Monday.
January 9, 2012
We were fortunate to have several volunteer umpires show up , among them Nilo, Edwin, Bill Gonzalez, Jerry, George, and others I may have missed, we owe them our thanks and should not give them a hard time.
We are about halfway through the season and things are really heating up, Koffee Kup continues to be in the lead, but who knows for how long? There is a 3 way tie for second place between Allstate,Bob Evans and Cocina Caliente so the next few games should separate the men from the boys. Lets do it again Friday.
Remember no games on Monday January 16, Martin Luther King Day.
Well the New Year is here and it was great to have everyone back, I think all the snowbirds have all finally landed and all the teams have a full roster. Today we had several volunteer umpires who did a good job and overall bickering was kept down to a minimum. Win or lose the beautiful weather made for a great day for everyone. The big downer was that we were all expecting to hear good news about Al's condition but were a little disappointed at the turn of events, we're all wishing him the best for a quick recovery. Team standings are posted,
Standings are in see "schedule" page.
Osceola Indios win 2 out of 3 games against Sebring at Sebring. A beautiful day, good people, good fun, good food. Life is good.
December 16, 2011
What started out as a cloudy day turned into a really nice mostly sunny day just right for softball, not like that rainy muddy mess we had on Monday. I still haven't posted the standings because I have not received them from Al, He may have more important things on his mind right now, I'm sure the standings will be in shortly.
We would like to welcome two new players to the group they are Skip on the Joint Maneuvers team and Tom with Allstate, and welcome to all our returning players.
We have lots of action photos from today's games thanks to Cynthia, you can view them by clicking on the button above.
See you Monday for our last game for this year.
December 7, 2011
Well it was good to get back on the field and get all those kinks out. Due to scheduling difficulties not all players could make it on Tuesday, this was especially bad for the Allstate team which had to forfeit 2 games to Cocina Caliente. It looks like things have started to change for VFW, they won their first 2 games on Tuesday, let's see if they can keep it up on Friday.
On Monday the board members met with the managers to see how they could minimize some of the ongoing issues that have been plaguing our games, one of the actions to be taken is an umpiring clinic to try to make us more efficient when its our turn to ump., hopefully we can get that in before the game on Friday.
Update on Al Frisenda's condition; Al has been undergoing radiation treatments to reduce a cancerous tumor, he will be entering ORMC on December 27th to have a complex operation to remove the tumor, and afterwards will be recuperating for a couple of weeks. We all wish him the very best during these difficult times. During Al's absence Dean Droz will be filling in for him.
Monday's games dragged on a little longer than expected and it was due to the usual delays such as ; waiting for umpires, deciding on a courtesy runner at the last minute, and worst of all bickering about umpires' calls. We can not afford to get professional umpires so we have to rely on the HONESTY and SPORTSMANSHIP of our players when umping or playing, if you don't like a call made by an umpire just accept it and go on with the game, there is no pot of gold waiting for the winner.
Read the rule book and become familiar with it so you can avoid all the bickering. All disputes should be settled by the managers only in a gentlemanly manner.
We will now take a break until Tuesday December 6th. This Thanksgiving be thankful for the important things in life, like softball, and beer and hot dogs. See you soon.
Well we're 8 games into the season and Bob Evans has taken an early lead and it seems that they are the team to beat this year. Newcomers Koffee Kup are right there in second place after giving Allstate a tough fight today taking both games. Unfortunately Joint Maneuvers dropped from first place due to the forfeiting of both games on Monday due to insufficient players, a big disappointment for the team as well as their opponents Cocina Caliente.
There are still plenty of games left and so those on top don't get too cozy and those in the bottom your day will come.
See you Monday.
November 8, 2011
See lots of action Photos taken by Cynthia on Monday Nov. 8th. Click on Photos button above.
November 4, 2011
Well opening day finally arrived and apparently everything went well for our first session. The only problems were a few missing players and the Cocina Caliente team was left without a manager but fortunately all teams had enough players to carry on. Steve Lackey Assistant Director of Kissimmee Parks and Recreation had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Steve has been extremely helpful in assisting our league with helpful information and ideas to keep our organization thriving and by accommodating the sometimes demanding senior citizens of this club. Thanks Steve.
Among our sponsor guests this morning were John Laskey commander of the VFW Post in St Cloud and Betsy Medina representing Bob Evans Restaurant, I hope she doesn't have a sore throat from all that enthusiastic cheering she did for her team (and Hubby). Most importantly, Leo Viti managed to come out for a little while to see how this little thing he helped create has grown and matured to a six team league and an ever increasing waiting list , Thanks Leo.
Finally lets keep Al Frisenda in our prayers that he may recover quickly and get back in the game and be the cranky old jarhead we know and love.
Rest up, lets do it again on Monday.
October 31, 2011
What a bummer, rained out two days in a row, apologies to our snow birds but don't worry it will get better. We might be a little rusty when we finally get to play next Friday but try to stay in shape to avoid injuries. By the way we should be at Denn John on Wednesday for practice and who knows, if enough guys show up we may even get a game together.
Make sure you show up early on Friday to get your T shirts, hats, schedule and last minute instructions plus we may have opening day ceremonies.
It looks as if the weather will clear by Trick orTreat time so get your costume ready and don't eat all that candy.
October 24, 2011
The new schedule has been corrected and is now posted on the "SCHEDULE" page.
We had a good turnout today which led to a bit of confusion in setting up the teams. In our attempt to keep the teams together and give priority to those who have have paid their dues and have been assigned to a team, there is a possibility that some additional players may not be able to play due to too many people on a team. In the future we will try to accommodate everyone but in the meantime our apologies to those who were left out.
There has been some griping about the player rating system and team selection, the committee makes an attempt to be as open and fair as possible,for this year the process is completed and we will live with the results. In the future if you have any suggestions and are willing to be more involved then make your voice heard and bring it to the committee or else be happy with the outcome.
October 17, 2011
Once again we tried to keep the teams together so teams can begin to work out the kinks and managers can think about where to place their players.
We now have our schedule ready, you can view it on the "SCHEDULE" page.
October 10, 2011
After a Monsoon weekend some players must have thought the fields were under water, so they didn't show up, but the fields were in better shape on Monday than they were on Friday and enough guys showed up for 3 teams. A cloudy morning gave way to sunny more typical Florida day and we had a very enjoyable game. Some guys loved it so much that they decided to play a second game.
From now until the start of the season we will attempt to keep the teams together according to their rosters so they can get their act together before the first game in November. If you still don't know what team you're on check the TEAM page, if you want to get a hold of your team mates you can find their numbers on the MEMBERSHIP page.
The actual schedule is still being finalized and will be posted as soon as we agree on all the dates with the parks department.
See you Friday.
The board met today to select the team members for the upcoming season. The following members were present at the selection process; Al Frisenda, Julio Medina, Dean Droz, Angel Bermudez,Karl Lengle, Rick Arleo, Joe Matos, Dave Brown, Frank Woodsby, Jose Rivera, John Davison. As always a bona fide attempt was made to distribute the players according to their abilities as equally as possible. Tofind out what team you're on see the "TEAMS" page.
October 3, 2011
Autumn is here and some of the best softball weather will be around for the next few months and today was a prime example. Sunny skies cool weather and a mild breeze made everyone feel great whether they were a hero or a stinker, it didn't matter. We had enough guys for four teams today and it didn't matter who won or lost because we were all winners just by being out there to enjoy the day.
Don't forget team selection will be on Wednesday.
Congratulations to all those who participated in Half Century League this past weekend we had a lot of winners out there.
See you Friday.
I have to apologize for not keeping the website updated for a couple of weeks but I'm back.
As you all know we had a little scare back on Sept. 19 when Larry Widmer abandoned his post as catcher and went and had a fainting spell causing the holdup of our game until the ambulance came and hauled him away, we'll have to revise the rule book regarding ambulance delays. Naturally we were all a little upset about Larry choosing the start of the game to pass out but he promised not to do it again. But seriously Larry had a reaction to his medication causing his blood pressure to drop excessively. After spending a little time in the hospital he was released and is back out here playing again, we're all happy to know he's doing ok.
Congratulations are in order for our fearless leader Al Frisenda who recently married the lovely Victoria whom you may have seen accompanying him in the park on several occasions, may they have a long happy marriage. Al is continuing his radiation and chemotherapy and being the marine that he is, he is looking and holding up exceptionally well under the circumstances.
We had a little miscommunication today, as we prepared to play on field 1, we were told the field was not available because it was being worked on but being the troopers we are we quickly set up a diamond on the grassy field and had a very enjoyable game none the less.
Some of you may have seen a pretty hefty guy playing on field 2 today, that was
Al (Big Al) Cristini he played with us last year and he's back for more.
Al loves softball and will play in any league or game he can get into, welcome back Al.
Don't forget if you have any info you would like to see here just send me an email at email@example.com.
Okay Larry you can get off my back now. Next Friday at Denn John.
Beautiful weather today and enough players for four teams and a joyous day as we celebrated John Davison's 87th birthday. John has been an inspiration to us all and we hope he can keep playing for at least another 10 years.
Today we had Julian Puma, a visitor from Wayland Mass. join us for some softball, Julian is visiting Kissimmee for a few weeks and didn't want to miss out on any softball so he did an internet search and found our website and contacted us, apparently he had a good time because he said he is definitely coming back.
We'll see you Friday
September 6, 2011
Well Labor Day has come and gone and for many it means getting back to work or school or whatever, but for us it just means more softball.
We were blessed with a beautiful day for our game on Monday and our little get together afterwards. Julio took on the job of activities director and hosted the cornhole tournament which is always a big hit at our picnics.
A millon thanks go out to Frank Woodsby (Koffee Kup Restaurant)he really outdid himself this time, once again he provided us a wonderful meal of pulled pork, roast chicken and all the fixings, all that just for letting him play with us. Thanks also to Joe Matos for providing the music and entertainment, and to everyone else who contributed something.
We wish Al Frisenda all the very best for a quick recovery as he begins his radiation treatments this week.
We'd also like to congratulate Dave Brown on his recent marriage, he will be away honeymooning for a while.
We had a surprise appearance by one of our All Star players Bruce Katz who even managed to play today, Bruce has not been able to play for a while due to job obligations and injury to his arms but his arms are improving and hopefully we'll see him around more often. The Osceola Indios will be playing Tuesday night at 8pm at Fortune Road, if you have nothing to do come out and cheeer them on.
See you on Friday.
Well the chickens are coming home to roost and then some. Today we had enough players for four teams, including one newcomer "Danny" who managed to make it through the entire game.
For those of you who haven't already done so don't forget to bring in your waiver forms and payment for the coming season.
If you can spare a few seconds say a little prayer for our fearless leader Al, he seems to have a bit of cancer and will have to undergo some treatments soon and we're all hoping for a quick recovery.
On Monday September 5th, (Labor Day) we will have a little picnic after the game, Frank Woodsby has once again generously volunteered to provide the main course. Everyone else is requested to bring their refreshments and maybe some dessert to share as well as paper plates, plasticware and napkins. It should be a fun time as usual, the cornhole competition should be pretty intense as Frank is planning to win it all. See you Friday.
We have a few new action shots see Photos link above.
August 22, 2011
Only managed to put together 3 teams today it seems like a lot of guys are taking some time off before the season starts.
It was good to see the return of some faces we hadn't seen in a while such as Jim parker, Jim O,Brian, and David Quinones, we are also starting to see some new faces, one guy showed up last week but unfortunately by the second inning he had pulled a muscle and we haven't seen him since.
The waiver forms were passed out on Monday, make sure you fill them out and return them with your $60.00 which will cover the annual fee and the tournament fees, If you haven't received one contact one of the board members. The new and improved rule book was also handed out, again if you did not get one see aboard member.
We would like to thank the Osceola Council on the Aging for allowing us to use their facilities for our monthly meetings.
I've added a few photos to our album, click on the link above to see them. It looks like the upcoming hurricane may not allow us to play on Friday so we'll probably see you next Monday.
August 15, 2011
Seems that our teachers and school bus drivers had to report to work today, we were missing a few players and only had enough for 3 teams. Those who did show up had a good time as usual, the game was won by the 3rd base team managed by Ben Pomales, they had some pretty tight defense keeping the other teams down to just a few runs. One of the highlights was a spectacular catch by Rick Rivera of a long fly ball hit by Jose Soto robbing him of a few RBIs.
Bill Gonzalez was out there playing today and got a few hits, seems he didnt forget much while he was home recuperating.
Another familiar face showed up today, everyone knows him as JR he had also been out sick for a while but he hopes to start playing again soon. That's it for now see you Friday.
August 8, 2011
The new rules seem to be working just fine, games are moving along at a record pace, which is welcome considering the extreme heat we've been having lately. As usual you can't make everyone happy, there is one disgruntled player who likes to throw the ball around before the start of every inning and he's looking to file a complaint with the board, oh wait a minute he is on the board.
Frank Woodsby has been playing with us for a short while but he's had so much fun that he has committed to sponsoring a team for the upcoming tournament season. Frank is the owner of
Koffee Kup Restaurant in St. Cloud. If you happen to be in the area stop in for some good food and southern hospitality.
During a couple of weeks this summer we have an additional player, Bert Ruiz.
Bert is Boch's brother who lives up north, but whenever he comes to visit he
makes sure he comes out and plays a few games with us. He hopes he can someday
do it year round because he enjoys it so much.
August 1, 2011
New month New rules. Today we initiated some changes to our rules in an effort to move our games along at a quicker pace. The changes are;
1- No courtesy foul, if a batter has 2 strikes and he hits a foul ball, he is OUT.
2- No courtesy runner allowed after the pitcher has thrown the first pitch, if a base runner needs a courtesy runner either from home or from any base he (courtesy runner) must be there before the first pitch is thrown or he will have to wait until the next batter comes up.
3- Five run limit, the hitting team can only make 5 runs per inning, except if they are trailing by more than 5 runs then they can make as many runs necessary to tie the score. There is no run limit in the 7th inning.
4- Home plate and the strike zone mat will be combined into one continuous mat (the combined size will be the same as the existing home plate and strike zone mat), when a defensive player is going to put out a runner coming home, he can touch any portion of this mat.
These and other rule changes will will be included in our new rule book which will be distributed to the players before our new season begins.
The rules seemed to work just fine, the game on field 2 seemed to wrap up in record time, and we had a few more strikeouts than usual.
Tony's wife is still in the hospital in stable condition, and fortunately Tony can sneak out for a little while and join us for a quick game before running back to her side.
I recently heard from Bill Gonzalez, He hasn't been around due to the high temperatures which don't agree with his health, but he wants everyone to know that he's still alive and kicking and hopes to stop by soon and say hi to everyone.
July 26, 2011
Monday's games went along smoothly, the teams on field 1 were still in the 5th inning when field 2 wrapped up their game. Some guys were ready to throw in the towel by the 6th inning because the heat was becoming a bit oppressive and everyone was soaked in sweat by then. but we hung in there and finished the game, who won? we all did as usual.
The board will meet on Thursday for their regular monthly meeting, if you have any suggestions, grievances, donations, now is the time to be heard. We still have our practice sessions on Wednesday mornings so if anyone is up to it they are welcome.
Keep cool we'll see you Friday.
July 18, 2011
It seems like some of our players are taking a little break from softball, we had enough players for only 3 teams today but we had a great game from start to finish. The weather was partly cloudy with a mild breeze just great for softball.
The only damper was when Freddy Rosado was hit on the face by a ball as he ran to second base, it looked like it could be pretty nasty but I spoke to him today(Tuesday) and he says everything is just fine and he'll be back next week.
On another note, Tony Vega's wife suffered a heart attack and had to be rushed to the emergency room, she is at Osceola Regional Medical Center where she is is undergoing a slow recovery due to other health complications, we wish her and Tony all the best.
And yet another, John Davison had been in the hospital but his wife told me he is back home but has been advised to take it easy for a couple of weeks, to John also we wish the very best for a speedy recovery.
Leo was able to make it to the park on Monday and toss the ball around a bit and hit a few balls against the fence, he is very eager to get back in the game but he has more important responsibilities right now.
To everyone else, stay healthy, we'll see you Friday.
It was another hot steamy Florida summer day but that didn't stop the regulars, we managed to put together 4 teams for some highly competitive softball action. The teams on field 2 were so psyched that they decided to play 9 innings in what proved to be a very close game won by Larry Widmer's team by 1 run in the bottom of the third, the final score eas 14 - 13.
Although I didn't see him, I heard Leo was able to take a quick bike ride and stop by to say hello for a minute, sorry I missed him.
I'd like to take this opporunity to plug the KOFFEE KUP KAFE in St. Cloud if you're in the area please drop in , even if youre not in the area, take a ride for some great food.
I have a few photos of the game on field 2 you can see them by clicking on the link above, by the way the dog enjoyed the game.
July 4, 2011
What a great day it was. After an exciting softball game everyone was hot and sweaty and ready for some food and refreshments. Once again we were honored to have Frank and his family provide us with an excellent meal, this time consisting of pulled pork, chicken and all the fixings. WE THANK YOU IMMENSELY. Joe Matos provided us with some lively entertainment that got our toes tapping and hips swaying, Even got Dean to get up and do his spectacular rendition of New York New York which can compete with any Vegas show, he received a well deserved BIG round of applause.
Leo was able to get away from home for just a few minutes and paid us a visit, it was a real pleasure to see him.
Julio was a big hit with his cornhole game which provided hours of spirited competition which was enjoyed both by participants and spectators alike. Thanks to everyone who decided to stay and share the day with us. Can't wait to do it again.
I took a few Photos, you can click the link above to view them.
July 1, 2011
Despite all the recent rains the ball fields were in very good shape today thanks to Kissimmee Parks Dept. ground crew. Luckily the rain held off this morning allowing us to get our games played with no problems. Rick Arleo has the duty of choosing up the teams this month and it seems he is off to a pretty good start, we were able to get started on time with no grumbling about the makeup of the teams (but then again who is going to grumble to Rick).
A few of us stopped by to see Leo and Ann on Wednesday after practice, they were as happy to see us as we were to see them. Ann looks good but is still unable to get around on her own requiring a lot of attention from Leo. If you have the opportunity to stop by and say hello I'm sure he'll be glad to see you, please call first.
On Tuesday June 28, we met with Steve Lackey, Assistant Director Kissimmee Parks and Recreation to discuss costs and availability of the Fortune Road fields for our 2011-2012 tournament season. Due to the fact that we are a non profit organization the city will charge us their most favorable rates so it seems that we will not have to pay much more than we did last year. We are still in need of sponsors so if anyone has any suggestions let us know.
Next Monday, July 4th we will have a picnic after our game, once again food will be provided by Frank from Koffee Kup Kafe in St. Cloud, please bring your refreshments and anything you would like to share, it should be a good time please try to attend.
June 27, 2011
We just barely made four 10 man teams today, Ben's team only had nine players when out of the blue came a new guy "Randy", who just found out about us and wanted to play. From what I hear Randy did OK despite the fact that he hadn't played in a few years.
The weather wasn't so bad at the start of the game but shortly thereafter someone cranked up the sauna to full blast and everyone was sweating bullets. Once again no one was yelling out for nine innings.
On Monday July 4th we are hoping to have a little picnic after the game so plan to bring something to share, Julio will bring out his Cornhole game which is always a very popular with everyone, please try to attend.
Just one more week to go and someone else will be making up the team rosters, its not as easy as it looks, especially when a bunch of people show up at the last minute and you have to create four teams from three. Having Ben Pomales and Larry W breathing down your neck doesn't make it any easier as they try to stack their teams.
We had four teams on Friday and they were closely matched with no runaway scores. Nothing major to report except that Dennis was a little off his game and was a little upset but he shouldn't worry about it we all have our bad days. Julio is still unable to play due to problems with his shoulder but he was kind enough to come out and umpire. Over on field 2 we had a spectator who volunteered to umpire also, I didn't catch his name but it seems that he was affiliated with the Florida Half Century League and he might be interested in playing with us once he recovers from elbow surgery.
As usual we all had a good time and we'll do it again on Monday.
Greetings to Leo and Ann, hope all is going well.
The board met on Thursday June 23 to review some of the rules and to consider some suggestions made by our members.
On Tuesday June 28, we will have a meeting with the parks department to find out how much its going to cost us for the upcoming season, available dates and any time constraints they may impose on us. We may have to change some rules in order to speed games along as well as adhering to a strict starting and ending time policy. We are hoping to have everything set so we can start our season in November. Once we have a definite schedule we'll let you know.