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Real name:
Murray Williams

Location:
Austin, TX

Division:
Men's 50

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Jan. 4, 2013
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best leadoff hitter

Conman, Sorry to hear about Eddie...this is the first that I knew about it. I played with Eddie and Soupie back when I lived in Florida in the 80's. Is Soupie playing senior ball?
thanks,
Murray Williams
Dec. 19, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Funniest Softball Stories

2010 SSUSA Vegas Worlds, 50 Major. Losers bracket game on Saturday night game that started around 10pm. I think it was originally scheduled for 8pm.

We are down 9 going into the bottom of the 7th with 1 HR left. We score 8 (without using our HR) with runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. The guy on 1st is the winning run and he is a guy we ALWAYS run for. For some reason we don't this time.

Batter hits a hard line drive to left field that the fielder chargers and the ball takes a big hop over his head. Runner on 2nd scores to tie the game. Runner on 1st is sent home and is going to make it by a couple of steps. He gets to the home plate line (there wasn't a second plate, just a line) and he does a barrel roll over the line because he is excited that he is the winning run! He is called out for sliding.

Top of the 8th, the other team scores 9 runs. We come back and score 8 runs with our same runner on 1st and 2 outs. This time we pinch run for him! Same batter who should have had the game winning hit the previous inning comes up to bat and this time hits a HR. We win by 1 run.

Because of the bone-headed running play the previous inning the game is extended by about 30 or 45 minutes and the next game starts around midnight. We get into the 4th inning and the lights shut off! They can't get them back on so they tell us we need to come back at 7:30 Sunday morning to finish the game. We get up the next day and it is raining, about 45 degrees and the wind is blowing straight in about 40 miles an hour. Neither team is too thrilled that we have to be out there in these conditions all because our runner extended the game the previous night. We end up losing the game and are eliminated from the tournament.
Oct. 18, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

Oh and Dave, I forgot to add. Thanks for listening to our feedback!
Oct. 18, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

Dave, here is my 2 cents worth:
1. 2/3 format is fine, but the 0-2 teams should play each other to have the opportunity to advance in the tournament and it should be an extra game that puts them in the back of the losers bracket. In other words, they get no advantage in moving up further in the losers bracket by playing this extra game than any other one loss team. This would also help address southerson's concern about two 1-2 teams not getting the same treatment. If one of the 0-2 teams won against another 0-2 team they would be 1-2 then when they played another 1-1 team in the losers bracket, the winner of that game would have the better record (either 2-2 vs 1-2 or 2-1 vs 1-3).
2. Pods are OK if needed. In the AAA bracket in Vegas, I think the biggest problem was determining the seeds into the bracket. If this had been done on time it would have eliminated a lot of the delays. As others have suggested, do it with computers. A computer with the right software could do this in 10 minutes. I could write an excel macro for you that could handle this if you want help. Another delay was having fields double-booked with a coed tournament. How does this happen in a nation tournament?
3. I really don't think pods are necessary, but if you do break the bracket up in pods, try to separate teams by geography as much as possible. We are a team from Austin Texas and this year we got a bye in the first round. Our first game in the bracket was the winner between a team from Austin and Houston. We have played both of these teams many times this year.
4. Tournament size. If you have enough fields, don't limit the size. If you get into the loser's bracket early then you really don't have a reason to complain about playing a lot of games. A premium should exist for staying in the winners bracket and you should not make it easier for a loser's bracket team to win.
5. Also post the bracket game times and fields for the first games for each team once the seeds have been determined on your website. In this day and age it is unreasonable to require all teams to be at one field at 2PM to find out their game times, especially how it worked out this year with all the delays.
Oct. 3, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Double Knee Replacement Surgery

A few of us have. See some of the previous threads.
http://seniorsoftball.com/?keywords=knee+replacement
Aug. 27, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Houston Based 50

Just curious, what team is this?
Aug. 20, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: AUSTIN TEXAS SENIOR SHOOT-OUT !!

Chris,
Have you decided which weekend to reschedule? On Saturday you said you were leaning towards Sept 8th...is that the most likely date?
thanks,
Murray
July 27, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

Tim, you state: "if we had won the tourney we would have had three bad choices to make...cut friends to get better, or stay together and get whooped at Plus Worlds, or break up for Worlds...none of which would have been enjoyable."

If you force a major plus team to break up aren't you forcing them to cut friends or break up? Why is this any less enjoyable for major plus players than others?
July 9, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Available Teams

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http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/realestate.asp
June 5, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Any rules about location of safety screen?

neck10, does the pitcher walk towards the screen after pitching to make sure he remains behind it and is protected? It would seem that a 6ft or taller pitcher would be in jeopardy if a ball just cleared the screen and he was at the pitchers mound or deeper.
May 31, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: new bat

Ed, why is the vector-O being discontinued?
May 22, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Method for Breaking in a new composite Senior Bat ??

You have to type it to either email or post it here. Might save you a few keystrokes typing it here once rather than emailing several different people who contact you about it.
May 22, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Method for Breaking in a new composite Senior Bat ??

ChiPrimeMarty, everything you do sounds good to me (I wouldn't step on handle or beat it with a mallet).

Tri18, why so secretive? If you have good methods of breaking in a bat why not post it here so that everyone gets the benefit rather than one person emailing you?
May 16, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee-What's The Truth?

Ed, I left you a voicemail a couple days ago. Want to buy a vector. Please get back with me soon. Thanks, Murray
May 7, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee-What's The Truth?

surf88, I need to get an ASA bat to use in league with the young guys. Is the Vector ASA come in end load like the Melee end load? I want to swing a bat that feels the same for both senior and ASA.
thanks,
Murray
April 24, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: IS SURF88 THE ONLY REP THAT DOES ANYTHING FOR REEBOK?

I sure hope that those who are going to Ed with problems are buying their bats from him.
April 9, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Asked Again: Anyone have a Miken Ultra 2 Advance for sale?

I sold mine this weekend. Thanks for the interest.
April 6, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Asked Again: Anyone have a Miken Ultra 2 Advance for sale?

After seeing that the eBay one is up to $177 with 17 bids, I have decided to list mine on eBay. Thanks to those who showed an interest in my bat.
April 3, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Austin Texas Senior Shoot-Out !!!

Chris, what kind of hand made plague's will the MVP's get? Bubonic? ;>)
April 2, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Asked Again: Anyone have a Miken Ultra 2 Advance for sale?

You mean one with the metal knob? I have a 28oz with less than 20 swings on it that's been sitting in my closet for several years. I never could get used to that knob. You can email me at murray.williams@austin.rr.com and I can send you some pictures if you are interested.
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