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Real name:
Fred Scerra

Location:
Marlboro, MA

Division:
Men's 80

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Jan. 14, 2014
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

This is starting to get boring. It is now the rule so just accept it. I don't like it either but understand the need for the rule. No matter how great a fielder you are over time you are going to miss one.

I fought hare against using pitching net in our league (even though my getting hit was the change) but over time I learned to live with it and I got use to it so it doesn't bother me now. I would assume it will be the same with the mask. I will find out at the TOC next month.
Jan. 12, 2014
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: face masks

Wayne 37: That is interesting to hear. I tried mine in an indoor game last week and it didn't bother me at all. At times it felt like I had no mask on at all.

One big down side to it was you can't wear regular glasses underneath, at least the glasses I have as the corner's stick out just a little. I wear wrap around sport safety glass, which saved me when I got hit on the left eye, so it won't effect me when I wear them.
Dec. 29, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Poll of 75 and 80 Tournament Format

Thanks for the update. It was a tough choice for me as I would have different answer if I was driving or flying.
Dec. 29, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Poll of 75 and 80 Tournament Format

Anyone know what became of the poll on the format for 75 and 80 tournaments?
Dec. 27, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: face masks

Mad dog: Your right. I looked at both and I liked the Titanium Schutt better which also a wire mask. We will see at the TOC.
Dec. 26, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: face masks

I finally picked up a Schultz Titanium Fielders mask. After looking around for about a year now I came across one in a SA store. It is a wire type mask with no obstruction of view and very light. It is about as close to wearing nothing that I think you are going to get and still get protection for your face.

I found that the regular pitching helmet etc way too heavy for me and would be a total distraction for me when pitching.

I will start working out with it after the 1st of the year but I don't see any problem with it.
Dec. 26, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 80+ Rule change

It also should equalize the competition. It will possibly drop the quality of play especially in the 80 div but make for more equal and better games.
Dec. 9, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Indoor batting practice balls

We have tried different ones and the ones we found worked the best were the Easton Soft Training ball or the Trump AK-12Y-Soft.

I have some used ones left over (As I am not doing indoors this year) if your interested. You can email me at marlsrsoftball@verizon.net
Dec. 7, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats - Top 3 - My opinion

I have very good results from the Miken Triad 3.
Dec. 7, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rule

I don't like it but on the other hand it is making me do something I should be doing anyway with those senior bats.
Dec. 2, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

Omar: I don't know about your area but here most pitchers try to avoid getting behind the net and if we didn't have the rule forcing them to get behind the net very few of them would including myself.
Dec. 1, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

I believe that putting the screen half way between the rubber and home plate to fully protect the pitcher as they are forced to be behind the screen when releasing the ball.

In our league once the pitcher gets behind screen he can come our to field a ball. Pitchers with good reflexes can still become good fielders
Nov. 29, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

I haven't hit in that situation but from trying to pitch over a screen it seams to me it would be a lot easier. It takes away some of the pitchers best pitches. You can throw a low pitch as you have to clear the 6/7'screen. In my case it would take away my drop and change up and makes throwing a curve very difficult. So what a pitcher ends up doing throwing a lot of meat balls.
Nov. 27, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

In our league the screen is suppose to be 4' from the rubber and no more than 6" from either side of the rubber. Pitcher must be totally behind the screen when the ball is hit otherwise it is considered a dead ball hit.

Batted balls hitting the screen are consider no pitch but I think the league is changing that for 2014.

As far as pitching from behind the net that is the way I pitch. That way I don't have to worry about getting behind the net on a batted ball. It took me a few games to get use to it but once I did it really didn't effect my pitching.
Nov. 25, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Need 75+ players

If some where along the way you find a need for a good hitting pitcher I would be interested. marlsrsoftball@verizon.net
Nov. 15, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Elimination of Womens Division Tournaments

This is sad to hear. I don't recall ever seeing anything on it but has there ever been a consideration of a Co_Ed division. It is a shame that all these women won't get a chance to play.
Nov. 5, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball camp Altamonte Springs Fla.

I haven't gone for the last 4 yrs, got harder to keep up with the young pups, and I really enjoyed it.

JR is right it is not a Softball Camp where you get hitting or fielding help. It is basically a pickup team type tournament with 8 games.
Oct. 22, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 11th defender

I don't believe there is any rule that says where he should play. Like I said I prefer him as a rover cutting off the alley's of pull hitters and forcing the batter to hit away from where he is playing.

The few years that I had a 11th player with a strong arm and great range we threw a lot of runners out at 1st from short field.
Oct. 22, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 11th defender

One of the advantages of the 11th player in all divisions is that it does protect the pitcher. You will never see it in the lower divisions because the hitters don't want it. Based on keeping track for two years there is about a 100 point drop in the batting averages with the the MF.

On my teams I like the 11th player to play as a rover and not over the middle especially if he has a strong arm and good range.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Softballs

Should have mentioned that the ASA only bats also work very well with the 52/300.

I tried a Miken Triad 3 and that ball just flew off the bat. In fact it hit too far for me and my hits now became outs. same problem I have with Senior bats, so I didn't buy it. I can't hit over outfielders heads anymore and 250' hits are just outs.


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