The Seventy and Over Softball League ended with fairly low final scores Tuesday at the Highlands County Complex Center in Sebring. The weather was not to blame; it was a beautiful, calm day.
Royal Palms and Buttonwood Bay played a back-and-forth game through six innings, ending with the Palms on top by a 12-9 score.
This was the highest-scoring game of the day.
Bobby Floodine belted out a three-run homer for Royal Palms. Kyle Saunders went 2-for-4, with two doubles.
Winning pitcher Charlie Quinn was 2-for-3, and Ray Concepcion had a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
For Buttonwood Bay, the Richardson brothers contributed their share, with Earl going 3-for-3; Nelson went 2-3, including a double; and Fred belted a triple for the team.
VFW No. 4300 won their game with Highlands Independent Bank due to a few too many walks given to their batters in the seventh inning. The final score was 10-5.
VFW's Chuck Fluharty went 2-for-3, including a double. John Kloet, the winning pitcher, also went 2-for-3. Cal Bready and Bob Roth each had three hits.
Highlands Independent Bank's Woody Woodward had a home run included in his 3-for-4 day at the plate. Don Cunningham was 4-for-4, with a triple. Fred Krieg went 2-for-3, and seven other batters had a hit each.
Silent Salesman played Allstate Insurance Company, with both hoping to move over the .500 mark on the season. As it turned out, Allstate came to play and the Salesman came to watch.
Allstate's Jerry Kuffman had two home runs in his 4-for-4 effort. Dick Ostrich was 3-for-4. Marvin Knutilla went 2-for-3. Eddie Lindberg and Gallo Gonzalez each had two hits.
Allstate's pitcher, Rudy Pribble, had the Salesman in the palm of his hand. Allstate went on to win 12-1, with the Salesman only collecting 10 hits. Norm Grubbs had 2-for-3 including a triple. Bill Todd and Victor Rodriquez each had 2-for-3 days.
On Thursday four teams were in action, and VFW No. 4300 overpowered Buttonwood Bay with a 25-7 victory. Bob Fulcher went 4-for-4, including a triple. Bready was 4-for-4. Fluharty had a two-base hit in his 3-for-4 day. Also going 3-for-4 were Dennis Birkholz, winning pitcher Kloet, Spider McMinn, Jerry Murphy and Bob Ross.
Buttonwood Bay Rebels were led by John Degnen, who batted 3-for-3, with a double. Tom "Moose" Morrissette and Bob Wood each included a triple in their 2-for-3 days at the plate. Also going 2-for-3 for their team were Fred Boyd, Jim Monroe and Earl Richardson.
Highlands Independent Bank avenged an earlier loss to Silent Salesman by easily downing the Salesman 13-6.
For Highlands Independent Bank, Bobby Fahnestock went 4-for-4, with a double and triple. Going 3-for-4, including a double, were Cunningham and Gene Phillips. Don Sheets was 3-for-4 and three other batters managed two hits each.
Silent Salesman started off by scoring three in the first inning, but left most of their runners on base the rest of the way.
Rodriquez pitched a good game, but did not get the fielding support he usually gets from his defense.
Larry Ambuel connected for a triple for the only extra-base hit by the Salesman. Going 2-for-4 were Ken Crandall and Fred Moore. Newcomer Cliff Skeans went 3-for-4, and Richie Birkholz had 2-for-2 with two walks for a good day at bat.
Buttonwood Bay takes the prize for the most loyal spectators coming to each game.
The games are played each Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Highlands County Sports Complex, located behind the Sebring train depot