On Wednesday, October 2nd, the Henderson County 60+ team sponsored by Humana traveled to the Parker Meadows Complex in Franklin, NC to compete in the season-ending Clayton League tournament. The Henderson County team aka the Sluggers lived up to their nickname in the opening game of the
tournament with a resounding 30-7 win over the Lake Keowee Kings. The Sluggers scored the maximum allowable five runs in each inning of the game while holding the Kings scoreless until the fourth inning. While this game was being played, Franklin (NC) was in the process of pulling off a 23-19 upset win over the favored Lake Keowee Lakers. With this upset Franklin provided the opposition for the Sluggers in the second game of the day. Franklin played well and the second game was close through four innings. The Sluggers slowly pulled away and entered the final inning with an 18-9 lead.
In the top of the seventh inning, Franklin pushed across five runs to narrow the final margin to four in the 18-14 victory. With the two victories, Henderson County entered the championship game to face the Tri-State Pick-ups. Tri-State was the only team to defeat the Sluggers this year as the two teams split their four-game match ups during the regular season. The Sluggers completed the regular season with a 32-2 record with the only blemish being the losses to Tri-State. In the final game of the tournament, Tri-State jumped out to an early 10-2 lead after two innings of play. The Sluggers did not quit and kept battling throughout the game, but Tri-State held a 19-17 lead as the teams entered the final inning. In the top of the seventh, the Sluggers took their first lead of the game and added to it by scoring seven runs. In the bottom of the frame, Tri-State was unable to score and the Sluggers captured the league championship with the 24-19 win. The three victories in the tournament extended the Sluggers’ overall record to 35-2 for the year in their inaugural season in the Clayton League.
The Henderson County league will be represented by the 65+ team (American Legion) and the 70+ team (Worsham Athletics) in the North Carolina Senior Games softball tournament in Cary, NC from October 4th through the 6th at Thomas Brooks Park. The two teams will play four games in pool play on Friday and Saturday before entering championship play on Sunday.
The Henderson County Senior Softball League is always looking for new players ages 50 and older. Regular league games are played on Monday and Friday mornings at 9:30 on fields 8 and 9 at Jackson Park in Hendersonville. For additional information go to: