Local masters teams to play visiting squads today
Local masters softball players are hoping to come out on top when they take to the field to play a couple visiting squads from Orlando, Florida, today.
The annual games will be held at the Archdeacon William Thompson Softball Park, at the Southern Recreation Grounds. The Bahamas’All-star select team will comprise players from the Masters Softball League(MSL). They will welcome players coming in on the Senior Moments Softball Cruise, which is expected to dock in Nassau Harbour earlier in the day. The first pitch is expected to be thrown at 10:00 a.m. This is the seventh annual event, and MSL President Anthony Weech is excited about the return of the foreigners.
“It has been great in the past and we expect the same level of play this time around,”said Weech.”Everyone who see it, they can’t stop talking about it. We are looking at men from ages 55 to 75 and over, playing in a double-header. We do this every year. They visit The Bahamas on a cruise and we play two friendly matches, then they go back to the ship. This has been going on now for almost seven years.
“No, we(The Bahamas)don’t have that many players in that age range, only about two of the guys in our league might be 70 or a little over, so the team will be fielded from the Masters Softball League. We have a 50-and-over softball league that has been in existence for some nine years now, so the team which will be playing is an All-star team selected by statistics. They will be playing a group of softball players from Orlando, and they will combine to form two teams.”
Local players selected to play in today’s games are expected to use the games as a tune-up for the second half of the regular season. The season started in November and usually climaxes around March. Seven teams are currently playing in the league. Games are held Saturdays and Sundays at the Archdeacon William Thompson Softball Park, at the Southern Recreation Grounds.