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Sports Roundup -- Seniors gird up for big game/Junior golf on Saturday/Fastpitchers need arms

Seniors gird up for big game

This isn’t your father’s softball team.

But it could be.

The Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center’s softball team is wrapping its third season with a game against the Bremerton Senior Center’s team at Lions Field in Bremerton at 10 a.m. on Friday.

The team, which consists of 19 men and women ages 50 to 84, play once a month against the Bremerton nine in a home and away series. Assistant coach Tom Kilbane said they are trying to get other senior centers in Kitsap County involved.

“Sequim was talking about getting a team,” he said. “Anybody can do this. We’ve even offered to go and help them (other senior centers) get started.”

They play slow-pitch softball and it’s non-contact, as they have an orange safety base to avoid collisions.

There’s no sliding, and the team that scores five runs in an inning has to switch due to the mercy rule.

Roger Lauen, the other assistant coach, said the best part about their play is “we’re out here every day saying, ‘Holy (cow), we can still play.’”

Roth Hafer has been with the team since they formed. He likes to think of a well-worn baseball axiom to describe their play:

“At our ages, (we go by) Yogi Berra’s dictum that 90 percent of the game is half mental,” he said.

Sheila Curwen, who plays with a glove signed by former Mariner pitcher Freddy Garcia, has been a softball player for much of her life.

She stopped for several years, but when the team was formed, she immediately signed up. She enjoys staying active, but it is the friendships she values most.

“The main thing for me is the camaraderie. We have a good time,” she said. “Nobody gets down on anybody else.”

They’ll play one more time in September as they split the squads for a game and have a barbecue afterwards.

For those who want to get involved for next year, they can call the Bainbridge Senior Center at 842-1616. Yearly dues are $5.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Junior golf on Saturday

The next Bainbridge Island Junior Golf Clinic has been rescheduled to this coming Saturday.

It will still take place at Wing Point Golf and Country Club and go over the short game, which is chipping, pitching and putting.

Members of the high school golf team are encouraged to attend and assist in teaching others the game.

Parents are to bring their child 15 minutes to their scheduled clinic time along with $10.

Fastpitchers need arms

The Kitsap/Jefferson 16A fastpitch team is holding tryouts for the upcoming season.

Interested athletes can attend open tryouts this Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the fastpitch field at North Kitsap High School.

The Kitsap/Jefferson team will practice in the North Kitsap area and play a competitive tournament schedule.

For more information or to schedule a tryout if you cannot make the date, call Joe Schiel at (360) 509-3085 or Kraig Peiguss at (206) 799-7377.

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