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Real name:
Steve Belcher

Location:
kimberly, AL

Division:
Men's 70

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Sept. 12, 2019
southpaw
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Need players for 65aaa

Just out of curiosity, what team is this?
Aug. 17, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Practice Tourney Yesterday, August 16 in Birmingham area

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone: Columbus, Titus, RPR, and Deep South. A little warm (98) in the last game!
Just a reminder:
Friday, March 6, 2020 70's and 65's at Fultondale
Saturday, March 7, 2020 50's, 55's, and 60's at Green Springs, Birmingham.
Aug. 7, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: practice tourney in B'ham on Aug 10th.. need a few teams

This is a 3 GG. Special one time deal: $80 entry fee for field and umpire per team!

A number of hotels/motels are available within a 5 mile radius in Fultondale and Gardendale.

Black Creek Park 777 Yarbrough Road Fultondale, Al
Aug. 7, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: practice tourney in B'ham on Aug 10th.. need a few teams

Coop, Steve here. Wondering if this tourney developed?
If not, there are 4 65's playing on Friday, August 16.
There is one more field available, FRIDAY ONLY.

The fields are not available Saturday. Can only take 4 teams. First games at 9 and last game scheduled for 3:45.

This may not be conducive for you age group; just let me know on here or call at 205-647-2881.
July 30, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1961: My First Little League Game

I was hoping someone might share a blast from your past or a lesson learned, etc. Thanks
July 26, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1961: My First Little League Game

2 of our 4 grandchildren have spent most of the summer with us and we try to have Bible study and life discussions every few days with them. The other day, I decided to share about my first baseball game when I was 12.
I played for the Dodgers and my neighbor, Danny, played for the Cards. We had our first game of the season against each other. A week before opening day we found out that we were to be the starting pitchers. Over the course of the week we kidded each other about striking one another out and who would win the game. Typical 12 year old fun of course.
I had never pitched a game before! Nervous was an understatement. On the mound I took a deep breath, wound up like my hero Whitey ford (to the best of my ability) and fired it as hard as I could. Unfortunately, no squaring up, no follow through, no focus on the catcher's mitt and the ball sailed high. In fact, so high that it cleared the back stop, and the press box, and landed in the parking lot! We only got one out before I was pulled in the first inning! By the way, Danny only lasted one inning as well.
One may ask what is the life lesson? This is what I shared with my grandson and granddaughter.
I did not give up. I wanted to pitch so desperately that for the next two years I practiced every day. It did not matter that everyone in the stands had laughed nor that the coach had no confidence in me and I did not pitch for two years. My grandfather, who lived with us, had a barn behind our house. It was built of concrete blocks and I practiced pitching by drawing a circle on the barn wall and literally threw thousands of pitches until I became pretty accurate and proficient. I started pitching again at 14 and have pitched baseball or softball for all the years since. I will be 70 in August. Not that I have ever been that great, but I do love to play now just as much as ever.
And recently I found proof of what I have shared with you! Tim Tebow and his brother financed a faith-based movie entitled "Run the Race" which is now out on video. The family scenes were filmed at the old ramshackle house where I grew up north of Birmingham, Alabama.
Almost at the end of the movie, there is a scene where one of the characters is standing in our yard, just outside my bedroom window. In the background is my grandpa's barn and just for a fleeting second, I thought I saw a couple of those holes in the concrete blocks! Perhaps it was just me wanting to relive those memories, but it did bring back some good lessons that I learned quite a while ago and I thought were worth sharing with two of my greatest blessings!!
June 4, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking Ahead

The sale of Green Springs Softball fields in Birmingham did not work out. Therefore, I will be able to have my 1 day tourney there in 2020. My plan is to have 70's and 65's on Friday in Fultondale and 60's/55's/ and 50's in Birmingham.
I will have 6 fields available on Saturday, so I can take 24 teams.
March 21, 2019
southpaw
Topic: Bats
Discussion: DUDLEY 2019 LIGHTNING HOTW

All my teammates kid me that I do not swing hard enough to break a bat so that may be the reason my new dudley is still intact.
I have 210 swings off a batting tee and mine is just starting to open up. Still looks like it just came out of the wrapper.
I purchased mine from Robbie Clark in south Alabama. My understanding is that there are 2 different batches out now; one with serial #'s beginning with 1 and another with 2. Mine is a 2.
March 21, 2019
southpaw
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 65+ tourney team needs OF and power hitter

We dropped back to 65's, so just wondering if we would be playing you anywhere. Looks like Great Smoky Mtn . Good luck this year.
March 19, 2019
southpaw
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 65+ tourney team needs OF and power hitter

Jim, playing any Georgia or Tennessee tourneys this year?
March 2, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama

Again, my apology for Saturday. if it is any consolation, it never got past 49 degrees until 1 p.m. this afternoon.
Sunday is 100% rain with possibly severe weather.
We did play Friday.
Feb. 27, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama

You are right about changes occurring repeatedly. However, there are 5 local TV stations in the Bham area which give the same basic forecast of scattered showers late Friday and 60% chance of rain by Noon on Saturday.

The weathermen differ greatly from the Weather channel. So, just trying to be fair as I can in that several teams are coming from quite a distance with hotel rooms involved as well.

There are games scheduled through 5 p.m. The small amount of money that I make on the tourney is not as important as being fair to all the teams.
Feb. 26, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama

My apologies: fields are not available for Saturday, 9th. See you next year!
Feb. 26, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama

If any of the 60 and 55 teams are interested and available, I can have the fields next Saturday, March 9.

Please call me at the above number or just reply here on the message board. Would need to know by Monday.
Feb. 26, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama

WE WILL PLAY ON FRIDAY!

10 a.m. For Freedom vs Travelers Field 1
RPR vs R&D Field 2

11:20 For Freedom vs Deep South Field 1
RPR vs The Titus Company Field 2

12:40 Travelers vs Deep South Field 1
R&D vs The Titus Company Field 2

2:00 Travelers vs RPR Field 1
R&D vs For Freedom Field 2

3:20 Deep South vs The Titus Company Field 1

Info: Steve 205-647-2881
Feb. 26, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama

Saturday and Sunday games canceled due to rain, rain, rain!!
Feb. 26, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama

Time for an Update:

Black Creek Park 749 Yarbrough Road Fultondale, Alabama 35217

3gg/RR format/entry fee: $185, includes umpires. Teams will provide their own softballs; must be SSUSA, SPA, ISSA approved.

Schedule: Friday, March 1 65/70/75's
Saturday, March 2 60/55's
Sunday, March 3 50's INFO: Steve 205-647-2881

TAKING ONLY 8 TEAMS PER DAY; FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

Hotels in Fultondale/Gardendale: Fairfield Inn, La Quinta, Hampton,
Comfort Inn, Microtel, Best Western, Day's Inn
Feb. 22, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama

Weather breaks Sunday morning. The coming week looks better. I will look at the forecast again Tuesday morning and contact everyone. Thanks
Feb. 17, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama

Hopefully, new Dudley bats will be available for sale at the tourney.
Feb. 17, 2019
southpaw
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southpaw's One- day Practice Tourney/Alabama

"Rain, Rain, please go away!"
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