(Thanks to Stephen Kindland, a freelance writer and photographer living in Fletcher, for the great pictures.)
Today on field 4 at Jackson Park, the Henderson County Senior Softball League was represented by two teams in conjunction with the Henderson County Sheriffs Department and WLOS-TV. Although the scoreboard indicated that there were winners and losers, in reality there were no losers on this day and there was a very big winner, the WNC Special Needs Sports program. At the conclusion of game one, a check in the amount of $5,315.00 was presented to Donnie Jones for WNC Special Needs Sports and money continued to come in after that. The league received great exposure by participating in this worthy cause and it is hoped this will be the first of many more charity events.
As for the games themselves, both were very competitive. The team put together by Tim Epley and Jeff Donde acquitted themselves quite well in the first game against the Sheriffs Department despite losing. Although our players ranged in age from 60 to 70, the younger and more powerful Sheriffs Department knew they had been in a fight when the last out was made in their 18-14 win. This game proved that Seniors can still play a pretty good game of softball and hopefully, this exposure will help attract even more, and younger, players.
The second game of the day proved to be a thriller in a coed game for our league against WLOS-TV. Ed Neace put together a team of players from our league ranging in age from 70 to 80+ that was supplemented by some ladies and a few players from the Special Needs group. The Henderson County Seniors jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first inning and did not score again until the last inning. WLOS kept chipping away and surged out to an 11-5 lead heading into the seventh inning. The league team then put together some timely hitting accompanied by some “charity” from WLOS and scored seven runs to storm back and capture a 12-11 victory.