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May 27, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ball tipped over fence with no bome runs left, bases loaded, playing rules were walks after no HR Left. what should happen.

USSSA changed in 2013 to hit and sit for a ball tipped over the fence.
May 25, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

Crump you have a great memory. I never knew we had players missing that were coming in that night. Anyway I agree with you when you say we just love to play. Being on OKI the last few years we got used to spotting 5 runs or an 11th fielder. Yes thats a rule that I'd like to see changed but it is what it is so we just play ball. Good luck to you guys the rest of the season!!
May 24, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

Crump those are all valid points. Do you remember playing in Birmingham AL that one year? The first play-in game we played we had to give that team both 5 runs and an 11th fielder (mistake by the tournament director). That was when they gave the teams 5 runs to start the game. What was so absurd about that was you won the flip and took home team and they scored 5 in the top of the first. We were down 10-0 before we even batted and couldn't tie the score!!
May 22, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

Well said 17black. Back in the day when playing B and A ball we didn't get any equalizers when we played AA or major teams. Conversely if we played a C or D team they didn't get any equalizes. It was straight up ball. In senior ball besides the hr rule and runs per inning rule 5 extra runs or an 11th fielder is absurd.
May 19, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

Neck as far as me, I consider myself remarkably sub-average!! Stewie has been hitting it like the Stewie of old-- home runs & lasers everywhere. He hurt his shoulder last weekend in Lansing and was supposed to have it looked at by a doctor. Hope it's nothing serious.
May 15, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

Playing 50 major plus the last seven years I've always been on the side where our team has to give the other team 5 runs or allow the 11th fielder. Personally I think the rule is absurd but if I was a 50 major team playing a 50 major plus team and I was the one choosing it would be the 5 runs. While Donnie makes valid points about how an 11th fielder can help the defense I wouldn't want my team getting too used to having 11 fielders. Especially considering in the tournament phase we'll likely be playing with 10 fielders. In my humble opinion of course.

May 11, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ranken "Tater" Johnson passed

Even though I don't know Ranker and Kimberly reading this hits home for me because in March my dad passed away in a similar fashion that Kimberly's dad did. Kimberly, as you may well know by now, right after a loved one passes you have good days and bad days. I'm very sorry for your loss and I pray that you can look back and remember fond memories of thew times you had with your dad like I do with mine.
May 10, 2015
stick8
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior World Series Columbus Indiana ???

Titanhd is there a website that has that info on the smokeys?
April 30, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is or what makes a player a major plus player?

Softball4b I love it!! Especially the thinking part. I try real hard not to think because each time I do it ends up being a disaster--I think? lol
Thanks for sharing
April 26, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Tim that sounds good in theory but in order for that to succeed at the major plus level wouldn't removing the bordering states rule make it easier? It's not like all major plus teams are from areas where there are numerous players to choose from.
April 24, 2015
stick8
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hot Bats and Hrs

As a teammate of Marios for the last four years I can say that if he points out his Dudley bats have hundreds of swings on them and have not cracked then they have to be amongst the most durable bats out there. He hits the ball about as hard as any senior player out there.
April 20, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 44/375 -VS- 52/300

Sparky.1, are you sponsoring a team this year?
April 14, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

Back in the day I played on a festival type that played on off weekends. We were a team made up of tournament players from different teams--we went out to have fun. Don't know how it came about but we called ourselves H.L.A.P. It stood for Hung Like A Pony. One game we were playing a christian church team and they asked us what the initials on our jerseys stood for. We all froze and looked at each other. "should we tell them?" was the question. One of our guys--a real quick-witted type, said "sure I'll tell them". It means "Hit Like A Pro"
March 1, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tribute to one of the best!!!

Dale, my first encounter with Craig Elliot was memorable. My first year playing B in 1988 we had a round robin event with several,local Detroit teams along with Steeles. When it came our turn to play them I went out to take the coin toss. Out of their dugout comes this huge man, smiles and shakes my hand (nearly breaking it) and says "Craig Elliot". I froze and said "omg, I use your bat ". The umps go over the ground rules and Craig says to me to just have your pitcher throw it over the plate and they won't hit him. They do the toss and they win the toss. He elects to hit first. I yell back to our team (stroh's) "we got the hammer". After 24 straight home runs we got the first out of the game. That was a whole other level,of ball!!
Feb. 17, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Factors in defining what a good hitter is

Dave that is very good!! Giving yourself up for the team is something many players struggle with. I think we all want to be "the man" but sacrificing for the team can make the difference between winning and losing a 1 run game.
Feb. 17, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Factors in defining what a good hitter is

So true Dale. I've seen great hitters freeze up in clutch situations. Heck I've been there done that!! Do you think players should take a different approach when coming up in a late inning clutch situation?
Feb. 15, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Factors in defining what a good hitter is

What makes a for a good hitter? Is it:
1)high batting average
2)home run/gap power
3)consistency day in and day out
4)coming thru in clutch situations
5)a combination of some or all the above
Tell the board what you think


Feb. 13, 2015
stick8
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Best Hitters in Senior Softball

Chuck, Oz I certainly admire the intelligence you both have!! lol In reality, I'm just a little bloop in a huge sea of bangers. Playing 50 major plus for 7 years I've had the pleasure of sitting in the front row watching an aerial display. You could take 3 or 4 hitters from each 50 major plus team and arguably make a case for them being the best. And I've seen some strong major players as well.
Ain't senior softball great?
Feb. 10, 2015
stick8
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Best Hitters in Senior Softball

Count me in the club of being biased but in my 7 years of playing 50 major plus 4 names stick (no pun) out in my mind. OKI teammates Vern Hensley and Carl Underwood. Former teammates (now on DLB) Bob Woldyke and Paul Stanley.
Another one that stands out is former Mavericks leadoff hitter Gary Springer. He arguably has the best bat control I've ever witnessed.
Jan. 30, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Facing one batter

Staff if I may add one more to your list:
--no throwing the ball around the infield after a recorded out. ball goes right back to the pitcher
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