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9/26/2012 1:40:00 PM
Almost time for old-timers 8th annual softball games

For women's softball "old timers," it's almost time to get their mitts ready.

The eighth annual Old Timers Softball Games will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Geneva Township Recreational Park in Scipio. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

The event is a reunion of sorts, bringing together former and current women's softball players from the Jennings County area for an afternoon of softball, fellowship and fun.

Many of the players starred at the old Capital Field at the North Vernon City Park. That was when the city park was known as the Capital of Slo-Pitch Softball. One of them is Sandy Ramey Vance.

"We are doing our best go get as many as we can to play," said Vance, one of the event's organizers. "It's always great to get together."

Also assisting are Judy Castetter, Elaine "Granny" Herron and Margaret Wilkerson, veterans of women's softball leagues from North Vernon, Columbus and surrounding areas.

There is no fee for the players and a day of fun is guaranteed. There will be two games, one for those in the 49-and-under age group, the other for 50-and-over players. Both, of course, will be slo-pitch, with veteran umpire Robin Brown officiating.

Spectators are welcome and no admission will be charged. The concession stand will be open or spectators may bring their own refreshments.

"We will get together for a lot of laughs, play some semiserious softball, have some fun and reminisce," Vance said.

The Old Timers Games were started in 2005 by Jack McConnell, a longtime former softball coach in the North Vernon and Scipio areas.

"Jack did a wonderful job of starting this and organizing it the first two years," Vance noted. "We want to make sure it continues. Jack and his wife Ledell always come to watch and root us on. They enjoy seeing everyone and we enjoy seeing them.

"This is an event no softball player wants to miss. We have a lot of fun just catching up on what everyone has been doing throughout the past year," she added.

Those interested in playing or donating can contact Vance at 352-3060, Castetter at 346-3641, Wilkerson at 346-1251 or Herron at 346-5870 or 592-1721.

"We're trying to generate as much interest as possible," Vance said. "If anyone knows of any former women's softball players, please let them know about the game. The more we have playing, the more fun it will be."

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