About Us
The Osceola Senior Softball League was founded about 20 years ago in St. Cloud Florida. Our most-respected, highly-admired founder Leo Viti is no longer as active with the organization as he would like to be but still drops by occasionally to say hi and cheer us on. Since its founding the league has been devoted to providing an outlet for active seniors to stay in shape both physically and mentally while playing a game they love. As well one will find that it can also provide the opportunity of meeting other like-minded individuals, leading to strong and long-lasting friendships. All seniors are welcome regardless of skill level or place of residence; the only limitation is the 55 plus age requirement hence the name of the website (though actually it probably should be 55plusor54ifturning55thatcalendaryearsoftball.com).

Pickup games are played Monday and Friday from mid-March to December at Denn John Softball Complex in Kissimmee (behind Makinson Aquatic Center). Players must arrive by 9AM (or call before 9 & arrive by 9:15 (see Contact, below, for phone #'s) to play in that day's game. On Wednesday there is batting & fielding practice @ 8:45 to 9 followed by a 10 pickup game (arrive, call by 9:30 to play pickup game). A The Leo Viti Fall League is played one day per week during Sept & Oct played either Mon or Fri so during that season only 2 days per week are available for pickup games.  

From Jan. to end of March Mon. & Fri. pickup games are replaced by our Winter League tournament played at Fortune Road Softball Complex in Kissimmee. Sign-ups take place during November. Teams are created by a selection process with the goal of creating evenly divided teams. Each team is sponsored by a participating organization who donates to our League in exchange for various perks and benefits (and of course prestige). 

Individual players can be highly competitive, but with the league mission of creating a safe place for seniors to enjoy a healthy recreational environment that competitive drive should never drive away respect & tolerance of others. One's sense of competition should be limited to improving one's own game. Osceola Senior Softball is a non profit corporation registered with the Federal Government and the State of Florida.
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Phone :  Dave Brown @ 407-709-2001 (Mike Rodriguez @ 772-359-8415 or Jim @ 321-402-1478 for pickup game issues when Dave is unavailable); RAIN OUT HOTLINE 407-518-2550 EXT: 6203 (hotline usually not too hot so we suggest it might be better to first check website or emails between 7:45 and 8:30 for field conditions)

 Email: wwjd4udave@aol.com, osc55sb@gmail.com, angel_bermudez@msn.com or find emails on MEMBERS page                                                                          

 BOARD; DAVE BROWN, President; RICK ARLEO, Treasurer; GENE MITCHELL, Consultant; PETE EDWARDS, Administration; AL CIALELLA, Rules Official
Angel Bermudez acting Secretary

(League dues can be mailed to Osceola Senior Softball c/o Rick Arleo 2338 Kings Crest Rd, Kissimmee, Fl 34744)   
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KISSIMMEE,  Florida
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Osceola Senior Softball

Victoria Frisenda 
in memory of 
Al Frisenda


Dec 5, - Team selections will happen tomorrow at Fortune Road, as soon as we have details, they will be posted.
 
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Nov 27 - New Contact Information listed in CONTACT US section below (or use link above)
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Nov 24  -   HAPPY THANKSGIVING! .... Don't eat too much, tomorrow is a game day. 
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Nov 15 -  REMINDER: Monday Nov. 21 is the deadline for getting in registration forms in. A dozen or two names I know usually play I've yet to see paperwork for. ACT NOW!
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Nov 9 -  Fri. Nov. 11 is VETERANS DAY.  We do not have any official festivities planned but it would really be great if everyone would  bring a snack or something to munch & share and your favorite beverage and hang around for a while after the game as a show of support for all our veterans
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Nov 1 PLAYOFFS! In Field 1's semifinal Black Attack's relentless attack against Blues Brothers took on a gory quality, as the Brothers were practically buried alive in 5, beaten black & blue & needing mercy in a 13 run loss. 'Bout the same time Orange Crush led White Hot by 7 in the other semi, making a Black & Orange Halloween Final all but final. But by the end, Orange looked white as a ghost losing that lead, ending up more like Orange Smush - like smashed pumpkins the day after Halloween - as White Hot took the game in 1 extra inning. Black Attack now faced White Hot, a team they'd already lost all 3 games to, & after the 2nd already seemed doomed. Pretty scary for all present to witness 3 pitchers give up 8 straight walks & 5 runs without White's batters taking a swing. Seemed like some kind of trickery! The resulting 3 run lead remained into the 5th when White took an 8-5 game, then treated themselves to 7 more, a 15-8 lead thru 6. Black's 5-run rally put a tiny scare into White, but in the end had to admit that each game against White Hot this fall had been frightening; while the champs ended the season feeling like trick or treaters with a bag full of candy (so why, the day after, do I feel sick?). 
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Oct 30 - Halloween tomorrow could bode well for an Orange & Black Final? A treat for them, but for all others - I'm sure would feel tricked by most of the Fall season. The bottom seed Crushers 'visit' #1 seed White Hot (Field 2) while the Attackers 'visit' #2 Blues Brother. Winners meet in game 2 for championship & chance for T-Shirt (hoo boy!)  
**  Lookout for a "reminder" email on Winter League registration; forms will be available around 10:15 tomorrow as will I or Dave (depending on whose team loses game 1).**
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Oct 27Team photos have been posted, thanks to Mike Caputo. To see them click on the TEAMS button above then   scroll down
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Oct 25 - Very exciting games to end the regular season yielding some unexpected results & setting up next Monday playoffs with Orange playing White & Black playing Blue.
(relive the excitement game details are (or will be) available by clicking on BLOG, above). 
To print the League registration form click REGISTRATION FORM, above, which brings up doc; click Print Icon (converts to PDF), then go to your own File, Print commands.
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Oct 17 - 1 regular season day left in the league & it's neck & neck for 1st, neck & neck for last, with 1 in the middle (see Oct. 17 Breaking News & Standings for whose neck is whose).
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Oct 16 - Fall Leaguers: if you could, please arrive by 8:30 tomorrow to take team photos (Thanks Mike "Pops" Caputo). Green Machine doesn't play till 10:15 so might not have entire team present and may have to arrange to take photo later on (around 10 AM, 11:45 AM, or possibly after noon after their afternoon game). 
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Oct 11 - White Hot quite hot winning two & now 6-2-1. Blue now #2, 11/2 games back after winning by 1 in their 1 game. Black & Orange fighting for playoff spot. Green Machine feeling green after DH loss. Board met to discuss Winter League issues. Registration starts Nov 1. ends Nov 21, with season starting Jan 6. Details will be emailed shortly.
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Oct 6 - As you may already know, the City of Kissimmee is allowing someone by the name of Matthew to take over the fields at Denn John all day Friday (don't seem fair).
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Oct 4 - Black Attack didn't lack attack winning 2 on Mon.; both "bye" teams, White Hot & Orange Crush, lose their only game while Green Machine & Blues Brothers both split.
Thursday, the board will meet @ The Catfish Place to discuss Winter League. Dave wants us there early to board up the windows in case Matthew decides to come too. Oops... we meet next Tuesday not this Thursday... sorry Dave you're on your own.
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Oct 2 - On behalf of the dozen Fall League members who participated in last week's Sept 26 thru Oct 1 "1-Pitch Tournament" we thank the other 54 members for their indulgence for interrupting the league last Monday. Hope it wasn't too much of an inconvenience & hope the Monday pickup game was enjoyed (thanks Jim & Mike for setting up the games all week!). From this point on there will be games scheduled each Monday thru Oct 31 (BTW... congratulations to the Osceola Senior League members on team "Latinos" [99.7 FM], Johnny, Hector, Luis A., Jose Riv (1), Jose Soto, Efrain, Miguel, Raul, Ron Ramos, Bienvenido, Sal, Tony Q., & me, for winning the tournament against the other 7 teams all from Lake County).
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Sept 25 - Reminder: there will be a pickup game tomorrow in Denn John. The Fall League continues the following Monday & every Mon. in October. Juan Castillo played his last game before back surgery in the Wed. games that he organized against Puerto Rico. He told me rehab should be 3 to 4 months. Others told me his surgery was successful.  
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Sept 20 - FYI: Wednesday's batting practice will be limited to 1 field as Field 1 will be used for the 3rd annual tournament against a visiting team from Puerto Rico (who'll play OSSL members from the Indios). Optimally only 20-25 will attend tomorrow so BP will not be overcrowded yet there'll be enough for a 2 team pickup game.
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Sept 19 - League standings have been updated. Since currently, these current standings are hard for me to stand, I won't be writing any more on the subject (though I will be 
asking the Board if we can change our team name to Lack Attack). Perhaps Angel B will want to blog about today's games as his White Hot team's white hot, unbeaten in their last 5. 
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Sept 14  - We finally have a few photos of the Labor Day opener honoring LEO VITI One of the leagues' Founding Fathers. Thanks to Cheryl Caputo. to view the pictures click on the "PHOTOS" button above, you'll be re directed to photobucket, look on the left side for LEO VITI CLASSIC and select that.
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Sept 12 - Today, playing 1 game each Orange crushed while Green was a machine. White was hot-ish winning 1 & tying 1 as the Brothers went home blue losing 1 & tying 1. Meanwhile Black was under attack (mostly from within). Orange & Green @ 2-1 with White 2-1-1 are all tied for first. Thanks Tim, Raul, & Curt for stepping in to ump.
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Sept 7 - Hey, for those of you who took pictures on Labor Day & know how to send them via internet send them to Angel @ Angel_Bermudez@msn.com so we can post them.
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Sept 6 - The Fall League started misty, ended with a deluge, while in between it was clear. The mistiness was due to a touching tribute to Leo Viti in which the Fall League was dedicated in his honor for all he's done for us. The deluge ended the day cutting short both the picnic & final game of the day. From 9 to 12 though, it was clear - clear that we have a pretty darn competitive league as each team ended the day at 1 win, 1 loss. I left with 2 pictures in my head - Leo speaking to us before the games or trying to as his emotions took over & Joey alone on the field in the batter's box yelling, "hey let's go" as torrential rain poured on him... from the sublime to the ridiculous. It was a good day!
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Pittsburghs own...

NICK BARONE

FALL TOURNAMENT ROSTER  2016
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    Blues Brothers         W
    White Hot                  L

    Orange Crush           L
    Green Machine         W

    Green Machine          L

    Black Attack               L
    White Hot                   T

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    Orange Crush            L

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    White Hot                  W

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    Blues Brothers          W

    White Hot                  W
    Blues Brothers          W

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    Green Machine          L

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    Orange Crush            L

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    Green Machine          L

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    Orange Crush           W
    White Hot                  T

    Black Attack              W
    Orange Crush           W

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    Orange Crush         W

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PLAYOFFS MONDAY OCT 31st 

 9:00AM  Team 4 (Orange Crush) vs. Team 1 (White Hot )         Field 2

​               Team 3 (Black Attack) vs. Team 2 (Blues Brothers)    Field 1

 10:15 AM                Winners play Championship Game
(partial) details of final regular season games, Oct. 24

Game 1, Field 2 - Blue vs. White playing for 1st place, winner takes all. But what if no one won? After scoring 10 runs with blasts a 'plenty - 1 being Vidal's 305 ft. shot over the fence - White would squandering a 3 run lead in top of 6th by virtue of 3 errors as Blue scored 4 & took an 11-10 lead to the 6th. White came up to find time had run out & the last of the 6th would be last licks. They managed to get 1 for the tie. An umpire decision to play 1 extra '1-pitch' inning was then overturned by the league when White rightly cited the 'time limit' rule. So for the 2nd time the same teams tied. But did White make a mistake to not play to win. Perhaps. By gaining a tie White was 7-3-2, Blue 6-3-2. If Blue could beat Orange in game 2 they'd be 7-3-2 & would get 1st based on winning the season series 1 win & 2 ties.

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Blue            3        0        4       0        0       4               11      
White          0        3        5       2        0       1        x        11


Game 1, Field 1 - Green vs. Orange
Orange came in knowing they needed this win and then a 2nd win to make the playoffs. Green would have to lose to Orange & then Black to miss the playoffs. A seesaw battle ensued: 2-2, 4-2 Orange, 4-4, 5-4 Orange, 8-5 Green, 9-8 Orange, 9-9 (a score Green would see once again later on) & finally 14-9 Orange. With the win Orange now 4-7, Green 5-6. 

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Green         2       0      0        2        4        1        0            9 
Orange       2       0      2        1        4        5        x           14


Game 2, Field 1 - Blue vs. Orange. Did Blue even know they were fighting for 1st? I didn't! But Orange sure knew that their Game 1 win wouldn't be enough to get them to the playoffs, so continued to wage another 'fight to the finish'. Their season was helped in the 6th, when a dropped ball on an attempted force out would have ended the inning & sent them to 7th up 8-7. Instead they went on to score 5 & ended up winning 13-8.  
​Orange in playoffs; Blue out of chance for 1st.
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Blue            3         0        1        0       0       3        1             8 
Orange       2         2        2        0       2       5        x            13


Game 2, Field 2 - Green vs. Black  With one eye on Orange's game, Black jumped off to a 9-2 win after 3 helped by tight D and loose O(offense). Black had to win to get in the playoffs unless Orange lost to Blue & scoreboard watching confirmed they better just worry about winning with every check showing Orange tied or slightly ahead. The middle of Green's lineup with Ray, Miguel, Efrain, & Hector kept hitting and after 5 the score was tied 9-9. But in the 5th & 6th Black scored a run, each time with 2 outs; in the 5th on a ground ball error & in the 6th on a line shot by Cuba. Jose Lopez played his best game with multiple hits including one to the fence, and 4 put outs on Defense. With Orange already a winner, Black into the playoffs, Green out.

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Green         0        0        1        3        5        0        0             9
Black          4        0        5        0        1        1        x            11 



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August 31 - So far, all week, we've weathered all the bad weather, so over all... not at all bad Played on Mon. & Wed. so maybe we’ll get lucky tomorrow despite getting Hermine's tail-end being over all of us tonight. Stay alert for an AM weather alert as to whether you should stay or you should go (now) 
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There’s absolutely no chance of bad weather for opening day on Monday because that would just be WRONG (if it happens I'm going to suggest moving to a domed stadium). Had our umpire/managers meeting today so any Fall League questions now go to your manager; in other words… leave me alone (sorry, please leave me alone). 

The picnic list grew to about a dozen items on Wed. & perhaps we can get a dozen more Bring Your Own items tomorrow. If you’re not sure what’s on the list & what you should bring you can always bring a beverage, dessert, or any dish that can be wrapped up and brought home if we run into overages. A controversy is still brewing over whether the league will provide hot dogs & burgers or submarine sandwiches (since we now have refrigeration, sandwiches are back as a salmonella-free option). If the decision is to BBQ you can always bring charcoal and lighter fluid. Of course with the ground’s crew being off for opening day perhaps the most important thing anyone could bring would be a rake or better yet, a John Deere with an infield drag mat attachment (a.k.a. a ‘Denn John Deere’).
And please welcome new member Keith Arthur who, like all new players, can probably best be welcomed by sharing your quad & hamstring stretching regimen with him.
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August 30 - the Fall League Schedule has been posted on line (see link above) & on bulletin board. White & Green teams please note the 12 PM starts on 09/05 & 10/17.
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August 23 - Successful draft for the Fall League (well actually we won't know how successful till Oct. 31). Thank you to the volunteer managers especially last minute saviour, Jim DiGiacomo (Orange Crush), Hector Ahorrio (Mean Green Machine), Moncho Ramos (White Hot), Dave Brown (Blues Brothers), & Gene Mitchell (Black Attack.... I say "no problem" to me for thanking me). I'll send out an email with team rosters shortly & post them at Denn John. Angel, perhaps can post them on the website & I'll work with him on posting the schedule within a week. Hopefully we can start playing pre-season games by keeping Fall League teammates together for next 5 pickup games.
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August 11 - And the hits keep on coming as we take another hit when it comes to the health of our members with Al Villarreal going into the hospital tomorrow to have a pacemaker inserted. Angel or I will update you after the procedure and let you know where and how to send your concerns & best wishes.
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August 10 - With Fall League rosters expanding, please expand your ability to tolerate my inability to finalize a schedule (have you tried meditation). Doing this has been difficult given our 'Monday only' stance, intended to let Monday-only players finally be part of league play. And with league expansion the schedule expands so that with 5 teams (& murmurs of finding players for Team #6) we found it necessary to cut the # of games in order to avoid conflicts with other leagues in which a sizable % of our players play in. I intend to bounce all such variables off the Board, get feedback, thus allowing me to take all but one schedule variation off the board. Once there's a final schedule I'll need dates of any games you'll miss before the Aug. 23rd "draft". We also still need volunteers as managers (strong knowledge of softball & our players along with strong pain tolerance. 
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August 9 - It took 4 days to reach our 52 player Fall League limit & 4 more to blow thru our new 5 team, 65 player limit - all & all a full fall softball league. I can know say we now. I can now say with 100 % confidence, I'm not confident this finalizes anything (can you say 6 teams?). With a wait list as well as 2 dates in Sept. that present scheduling issues I'd like to run all open-ended issues by the board, after which I'll send out a final email with full detail.  

QUESTION for Fall Leaguers: are there any Mondays from Labor Day to Halloween that you CANNOT play? If so, I need to know [reply to gemit2000@aol.com]. Let's all 

And let's welcome 4 welcome additions to the league: Mike Caputo & Joe Sereci (who I welcomed prematurely on July 1 before this week's cash transaction), Jose "Vidal" Torres (making dreams of an all-Jose team reality), & Mark Taminini (who registered in Dec & has yet to come, tho' believe the time has finally come come tomorrow. 

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​August 8 - With regret, we pass on to you the news of the passing of Hector Ahorrio's father. Señor Ahorrio tiene un buen hijo as Hector showed incredible concern & devotion to him when he became ill. It was nice to see him at many of our games this year. Services from 5 - 9 today @ Funeraria San Juan (1/4 n.e. of new Publix on Simpson & BVL).
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July 31 - Here's a recap from this week's board meeting:
1. Our 2nd annual (?) Fall League has been set for Mondays Sept 5 to Oct 24 (Sept 26 off) @ Denn John with 4 teams of 13 each on first come basis.Detailed email to follow.
2. The end of "net neutrality". Pitchers still get warned for not moving behind the net after a pitch, but 2nd call & they get replaced for an inning. Strike 3, they're out (as pitcher)
3. Call for repeal of bat restrictions was rejected. Still must be at least 70 in 2016 to use "senior bats". If younger such bats are for batting practice only (& must be announced).
4. As of Tuesday, Angel Bermudez will be responsible for communications via website and email (so what the %&*! am I still doing this right now (only kidding... told him I would.
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July 30 - We found out Fri. that Luis Nieves was released from the hospital & started his recuperation. Get strong Luis!. Rico Rivera returned from NY from his brother's funeral & was greeted with much love and heartfelt sympathy by his softball brothers who were thrilled to see him back & in good spirits. Also, all our love goes out to our league's MVP (most valuable person), founder Leo Viti - a wonderful man who's been fighting a serious illness. We honor him & soon hope to do so in person as well.
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July 23 - Please send out your best wishes & prayers to longtime member Luis Nieves who'll be undergoing heart surgery this Tuesday. I'm hoping he's out there pitching for my team come the Winter League. Hope his surgeon is as surgical & accurate as Luis is when he pitches (but without rubbing his hands with dirt like Luis is prone to do).
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July 22 - We all like good comeback stories so I'll nominate Dave Brown for comeback player of the week. On Wed he claimed he'd played his worst game ever - no hits, 3 errors, & the coup de grace', being thrown out at 1st from rt. centerfield. But then on Fri. he makes every play at short, has a single (or 2?) & 2 TRIPLES. Too bad his team didn't win due another comeback by Gene's Machine, our team scoring 7 in the 7th to gain a 13-13-6 tie. 1 more comeback: Juan Castillo came back to visit. Good to see him!
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July 13 - Welcome Tim Neale. Nice debut too, with solid 'D' (& solid 'O' ?) culminating with game-winning ground ball (??) grand slam that ended up rolling to OF fence.
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July 4 - Happy Birthday to US (thanks Joey for being a man and manning the grill!)
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July 2 - Here's a bunch of information that I've been too busy (and honestly too bored & too lazy) to enter here previously:
1) Speaking of busyness & being bored..some board business: Angel was sought & brought back to take on league communications & off me; I thank him for this takeover!
2) July 4 picnic: Joey's in control of the grill; all others need to be in control of all other picnic needs (too late for signing-up; you'll now just have to guess what's needed).
3) I think most know we waived the 5-run rule and then we waived the waiver. But there's a chance we may waive it again once we begin this year's Fall League.
4) Oops.. just gave away the surprise announcement that there will be a 2016 Fall League. Pretty sure it will most likely it'll be on Fri., perhaps mid-Sept to end of Oct. with,I imagine, a week off in the middle, maybe 4 with a chance of 5 teams with 12 possibly 13 players, presumably with a $15 fee, probably starting registration 08/01. Or not.
​If anyone has a new/changed email address, phone, residence, etc. pls. email me, gemit2000@aol.com, or give it to me as it's one of my projects before the Angel takeover
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July 1 - Welcome to new members Guy Thompson, Dave Pearcy, & Anibal Niebla. I'd welcome Joe Sereci & Mike Caputo too, but not till they fork over the $15. 
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[ below is a lost entry, the only trace of any of my archived works from 2015 & '16, which Angel purged & which, IMO, is akin to fascist book-burning. We live in dangerous times my friends]
Juan" (with Johnny & John Luciano) & they got 6; however add Joey to the 'Jose's' you got a 10 man team (Fall League idea - 'name' teams instead of 'color' teams). 

    FINAL STANDINGS
 POS    TEAM                      W    L   T     GB   PCT

   1     WHITE HOT                7     3    2    -----     .700

   2     BLUES BROTHERS   6     4    2      1       .600 

   3     BLACK ATTACK         5     7     -      3      .417 

   4     ORANGE CRUSH       5     7     -      3      .417

   5     *GREEN MACHINE     5     7          3      .417
 * Green Machine - tied with Orange Black but miss playoffs             due to losing season series to both teams 1 win, 2 losses.
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