Ray Hensley worked 37 years for General Motors in Indiana. An avid Hoosiers and St. Louis Cardinals fan, he has played softball since the age of seven. He first came to Lake Placid to visit his parents in 1979. After retiring, he moved to The City of Murals and helped form the Lake Placid senior league in 1993. One of seven Hensleys to play in the league, he's been its president for longer than he can remember.
On Monday, Hensley watched from the stands as Yates Insurance topped Central Security 17-11. Pacing Yates with three hits were Richard Rucker, Bill Gallagher (double), Doran Quigg, and Gene Welbaum. For Central, The Three Hit Club included Dana Hurlbut (double), Dick Cook, Joe Hedges (three doubles), and JC Brown (double, triple).
Seminole Tire outslugged Schooni's Restaurant 27-22. Skip Raller had five hits, including a homer, and Bob Roth, Paul Stephenson, Jeff Stanley, and Chet Johnson notched four hits each. The tight 'Noles infield of Raller, Roth, Frank Hedges, and Bill Card turned in many sparkling plays on defense.
For Schooni's, Paul Brand (double, home run), Kyle Saunders (double), Victor Rodriguez (triple), Harvey Jones (triple), and Ron Wickman (two doubles) had three hits, while Bill Cook smashed a double and a triple.
In Wednesday's action, Seminole Tire (4-0) remained undefeated by outscoring Yates (2-2) 14-10 in a game marked by defensive gems on both sides. The 'Noles turned a 4-3-2 double play, and rover Jim Hensley made two key stops late to seal the win. A sextet of 'Noles hitters had three hits apiece.
Not to be outdone, Yates turned the rare triple play to snuff out a bases loaded fourth inning Seminole uprising. It was just the second triple play in league history.
"Looks like both teams need some base running practice," Ray said.
Howard Carney had three hits to lead Yates, while Cliff Bluml smashed a double and a triple.
Finally, Central Security (1-3) notched its first win of 2014 by defeating Schooni's (1-3) 19-14. Supplying the power for The Securitymen were Dick Cook and Joe Hedges with seven doubles between them. Ross Anderson, winning pitcher JC Brown (double), and Drew Whittaker had three hits each.
For Schooni's, Victor Rodriguez (two triples, double) had four hits, while Bill DeStefano (two triples) and Kyle Saunders (two doubles) had three hits apiece in the losing effort.
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70s hitters cranks up
The Highlands County 70 and older softball league got off to a bad start with cold weather cancelling opening day. But despite the showers and overcast skies, the league fit all of its games in Thursday.
KFC knocked off last year's champs, VFW 4300, by a score of 12-2. Jery Kaufman, Ed Lindberg, Chuck Fluharty, and Norm Grubb paced KFC in the win. VFW mustered just seven hits. Curt Brown, Don Cunningham and John Kloet finished with two hits each.
In the biggest upset of the week, Buttonwood Bay beat Silent Salesmen 18-17 in a game that had over 20 walks. Nelson Richardson, Moose Morrissette, Fred Richardson, and Fred Boyd all tallied four hits while Jim Monroe added three more with a triple.
The Silent Salesmen were paced by Bill Scrase, Woody Woodward, (three hits, one double) and J.C. Brown, who also belted a double.
In the final game, Highlands Ridge defeated Royal Palms 13-7. Bob Roth and Don Goodwin led Highlands Ridge with four hits each. Roth smashed a double in the win. Don Goodwin and Doug Hammond had four hits each, while Bill "School Boy" Todd finished with three hits. Dick Ostrich and Rich Godfrey paced Royal Palms with three hits apiece in a losing effort.