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Minnesota SSWC qualifier battles weather in
By Steve Simmons
(Steve Simmons is the SSUSA Clubs & Leagues national director and also serves as a traveling tournament director for both SSUSA recreational events and SSWC qualifiers.)
“Let it be known that Sunday turned out to be a ‘drop dead gorgeous’ day, a wonderful day to play ball,” said Simmons. “I think this proves I’m not totally jinxed but I am available to schedule a tournament in your neighborhood if your area happens to be drought stricken.”
Simmons’ track record this spring
started with basically a two-day wash-out in West Des Moines, Iowa in
mid-April, after just one round of games were played in a SSUSA recreational
tournament. He next journeyed to
Finally, Simmons directed the
Connecticut SSWC qualifier in mid-May in
The other challenge facing Simmons in
The Minnesota Masters 55’s, a 55 Major Plus team, won the 40+ division which also included Foltz Buildings (MN), a 40 AAA team, and Jimmy’s (MN), a 50 Major team. MN Masters beat Jimmy’s twice by scores of 19-15 and 16-13 and split with Foltz, winning 26-23 before losing 13-12 to establish the best record in the division.
Korba Insurance (MN), a 60 Major Plus team, captured the 60 Major crown beating the Minnesota Masters 60’s, a 60 Major team, twice by scores of 17-16 and 24-9. Both these teams also played the 40+ division teams to fill out their schedules.
The third division was the 60 AA division, a stand-alone division. One of the co-host teams,
Bobby & Steve’s 60+ Lumberjacks (MN – 60 AA), won that division and the
other co-host team, Bobby & Steve’s 65+ Lumberjacks (MN – 65 AA), were the
runners-up. Finishing third was Winnipeg South, another 60 AA team who hails
This tournament, had it been filmed, could have served as a training video, endorsing the wearing of softball protective gear. Rich Majcin, who is the groundskeeper for the beautiful Moondance Softball Complex, also is one of the pitchers for the 60+ Lumberjacks team. He purchased a lightweight face mask, made specifically for softball players, which he wears when pitching.
In one of the 60+ Lumberjacks games Majcin ended up playing first base and, fortunately for
him, continued to wear the mask. A hard hit line drive, drilled right at him,
“knuckled” in flight and deflected off his glove and smacked him right between
the eyes. The ball caromed off his forehead, flying high in a parabolic arc
before settling in right field. Aside from being a bit stunned, Majcin emerged uninjured from that beaning.
His softball career could have ended right there save for that piece of
reinforced plastic protecting his face. SCORE