SIGN IN:   Password     »Sign up

Message board   »Message Board home    »Sign-in or register to get started

Online now: 2 members: Emmitt, cecil; 101 anonymous
Change topic:

Discussion: One player dies, 5 seriously injured

Posted Discussion
May 22, 2008
17 posts
One player dies, 5 seriously injured
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of six senior softball players involved in a serious accident yesterday in Maryland. The van in which they were driving to a tournament was struck broadside by a tractor-trailer.

One player, Clifford Rice, 72, was killed instantly. Two other players -- Jack Finniff, 63, and Gardner Stewart, 64 -- were taken by Lifeflight helicopter to a nearby hospital and are in extremely critical condition.

The remaining 3 players -- Robin Poffenberger, 72, Dennis Kenndle, 65, and Gary Gruber, were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The players were traveling to a local senior softball tournament in Olney, MD.

Some of the players are also on the Hamel's 65 tournament team. For more in formation, see

Senior Softball-USA Staff
May 22, 2008
47 posts
Sad scenario. Don't know these guys but if they are like 98% of the guys I've met in Senior Ball they are good people. Bless them. While I'm not ready to go anytime soon I've asked the Lord to take me as I'm rounding second in an 80 and over championship game. Dying on the couch with the clicker in my hand just doesn't seem right. SLOMO
May 23, 2008
Men's 60
349 posts
I would like to recommend that all senior players take a moment of silence at their games or tourneys this weekend for our injured and departed brothers. I will be playing in the Chili Pepper Classic in Las Cruces and will recommend this to the tourney director to start the tourney.
May 23, 2008
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
806 posts
Boston, very nice thought. Could you include the player that passed away in the Lansing qualifier? I was told that he was from Michigan. Be grateful that we are above the diamond.
May 26, 2008
3 posts
The man who passed away in the Lansing qualifier was from Michigan. He was my father and we will miss him very much. We do have comfort knowing that died doing what he loved.
Sign-in to reply or add to a discussion or post your own message and start a new discussion. If you don't have a message board account, please register for a free nickname. It will only take a moment.
Senior Softball-USA
Phone: (916) 326-5303
Fax: (916) 326-5304
9823 Old Winery Place, Suite 12
Sacramento, CA 95827
Senior Softball-USA is dedicated to informing and uniting the Senior Softball Players of America and the World. Senior Softball-USA sanctions tournaments and championships, registers players, writes the rulebook, publishes Senior Softball-USA News, hosts international softball tours and promotes Senior Softball throughout the world. More than 1.5 million men and women over 40 play Senior Softball in the United States today. »SSUSA History  »Privacy policy

Follow us on Facebook