Play ball! 2019 adult softball season starts

Muffintops congratulate the Bodacious Batters on a game well played

The Piedmont Recreation Department’s Adult Softball League began its 2019 season on June 17. The league features seven teams this year, and each team has a co-ed roster of 16 players. Most of the players are Piedmont residents, with several of the teams formed from parents of one of the three Piedmont elementary schools. A few teams feature recent PHS graduates, including softball players Kylie Heller and Erin Sturdivant on The Other Guys, and baseball players Christian and Julian Turner on Game of Throws. The season runs through the end of July, with playoffs crowning a champion the week of July 29th.

Julian and Dale Turner of No Name

The 2019 teams and managers are as follows:

Baja Bombers, led by Mike Stankiewicz

Beach Bums, led by Chiaty Shrieve

Bodacious Batters, new for 2019, led by Kristin Johnson

Bodacious Batters (l-r): Kristin Johnson, Steven Miller, Catherine Harris, George Manolis, Denelle Dixon-Thayer, Jeremy Bowers, Jeanine Jacobs, Michael Murphy, Lyle Johnson, Chris Hart

Muffintops, led by John Shields

Muffintops: Front (l-r) Nick Levinson, Lauren Dutton, Paul Tiao, Fritz Fredericks; Back (l-r) Clay Mitchell, John Shields, Joe Knoll, Tami Collins, Sandy Fox, Pat Philips, Georgia Fox

Game of Throws, led by Luke Heller

Saints and Sinners, led by Sarah Jones

The Other Guys, led by Kim Heller

In addition to a first-year team, the Batters, the umpiring crew is new for 2019. Russell Kyle is the home plate ump, who has already endeared himself to struggling pitchers with his calls of “negatory” for pitches out of the strike zone. Matt Cabral is the field ump.

Umpires Matt Cabral (left) and Russell Kyle

Several of the other teams go back over 15 years, including Saints and Sinners, the Baja Bombers; and the Muffintops.

Michael Murphy of the Bodacious Batters waits on a pitch, while Pat Philips of the Muffintops catches and Russell Kyle umps
Steven Miller of the Bodacious Batters plays first while Muffintop John Shields assesses the situation
Bodacious Batter Denelle Dixon-Thayer meets Muffintop Lauren Dutton
Great efforts abound in the Piedmont Adult Softball League

Games are played most Monday and Wednesday nights at Coaches field, with the first game starting at 6 PM and the second game getting underway at 7:15 PM.

Photos by Julie Moll

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