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Close games, story of year for Spring River softballers

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The July 31 game for the Spring River softballers against Trumann and Jonesboro at the Ash Flat Ballpark was rained out.

So far this has been an interesting year for the softball team.

The teams Spring River have played has been pretty evenly matched and most of the games have been close.

Usually a bad break for one of the teams has led to a victory for the other.

The Trumann team has a bunch of long-ball hitters, so they can catch up quickly if they fall behind in a game.

Jonesboro added some quality players to their team this year, which helped even the talent.

Although most players have been with their teams for several years, there are some new faces this and every year.

The minimum age for play in the league is 55 years of age for the youngsters. A few of the players are near 80, and some may be over 80 years of age.

The men don't count the years -- they do what they like doing.

Most will say that the exorcise they get from playing keeps them mobile and going.

One of the players said, "I never thought I'd run again, but playing this game gave me a reason to run and now it's natural."

The game has allowed many friendships to develop and that's a big part of why the players show up year after year.

There are probably many former softball players in the area and league organizers hope interest in 2009 could result in having two or three teams from the Spring River area alone.

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