Last Updated: September 3, 2015
WARRIOR RESOURCE GUIDE NEWS
August 26, 2015
The Warrior Resource Directory has been updated to Jan. '15 and posted on our website. Ron Yardley is updating it for this season so, if you have a service to offer to our Warrior League, email it to him at email@example.com using the existing format.
Sponsor needed starting in 2016
July 10, 2015
Neither of our two alternating sponsors will be sponsoring our league after this season. If anyone in the league has a company which could devote some of its advertising dollars to sponsoring the Warriors League starting next year please contact Commissioner Jerry Hermes at SDWsoftball@gmail.com.
Week 4 recap: No undefeated teams. No winless teams
July 31, 2015
Blue Blitz 21 Red Slime 20
This match-up was between undefeated Red Slime and winless Blue Blitz. The visiting Red Slime started the top of the first with seven consecutive singles, good for five runs. Blue Blitz answered with three straight singles, two doubles, and two more singles, enroute to four runs. That's the way this game see-sawed til the very end when the score was tied at 20 going to the bottom of the 7th when Blue Blitz pushed across a run for the win.
Green Hornets 19 Chocolate Diamonds 16
The Green Hornets led 13-3 and 15-3 and Chocolate kept trying to mount a comeback in a one-hour and thirty-five minute long marathon. Chocolate made it close---but no cigar.
Gray Bombers 15 Aqua Men 8.
The opposite of the 95 minute marathon mentioned above, this game took a mere 50 minutes to complete, courtesy of Aqua Men failing to score in innings 4, 5, 6 & 7. Despite that absence of offense, the game was tied 8-8 after six innings! A seven-run top of the 7th by Gray, followed by another scoreless inning, ended this one in 50 minutes.
Mayhem 19 Yellowstoners 18
No line score for this game or anything other than the score has been submitted so this is all we have. What we can say is that Mayhem narrowly won their first game of the season.
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Commissioner Jerry Hermes to step down on June 30, 2016
July 7, 2015
Jim Smith to take over July 1, 2016
Longtime Warriors Commissioner Jerry Hermes announced he will be leaving his position at the end of the Spring, 2016 season. At that time, Hermes will have served as league Commissioner for ten years. Commissioner Bob Johnson will be continuing as the other league Commissioner.
Next July, Hermes will be replaced by longtime Warrior Jim Smith, who will continue to manage teams during the next two seasons, then stop managing and start Commissionering.
Hermes will be having a second operation on his left shoulder this August 4th, and hopes to resume his Warriors playing career in February, 2016. After that season, Hermes will be in the league as a player only.
Walk-off Win for White Blitz
June 26, 2015
Lance Osborn's second 3-run HR of the game, a walk-off shot coming in the bottom of the 7th inning, propelled White Blitz to the Warriors League Championship by a score of 16-14 over Death. Both of Osborne's homers were line drive smashes over Death rightfielder Joel Hawk's head.
The game was an entertaining see-saw battle for the many observers who came out on a beautiful night to watch this game.
It was 3-3 after one.
8-4 White after two.
9-8 White after three.
Neither team scored in the fourth.
Black roared ahead with 4 in the 5th and held White scoreless, giving Black the lead 12-9, and their first lead in the game since it was 3-0 after half-an-inning.
Black couldn't score in the 6th while White answered back with 4 and re-took the lead 13-12.
In the top of the seventh Black managed two runs and again temporarily re-took lead 14-13.
But then White came back, as it has all season, and the rest is history.
Winning manager Randy Hagan becomes only the second "rookie" manager to win a championship in his first year of managing (Ron Yardley was the other in 2007).
Jim Palecek awarded the Brad Betz Award
June 26, 2015
Green Envy pitcher Jim Palacek was the 12th recipient of the Brad Betz Memorial Award at the championship game party, whose attendance was 90 people!!!. The award is given by the league each season to the Warriors player who best exemplifies the example set by our late friend and player, Brad Betz, for being the best teammate.
Basepath safety issues
October 19, 2012
Our league would like to reiterate our rules regarding player safety on the basepaths. If everyone always followed these three simple rules we would have fewer basepath safety issues:
Top Fourteen Things To Know About the Warriors Softball League
1. Our primary reason for existence is to have fun in a safe way and build male friendships.
2. To accomplish that we only allow the use of league-furnished, ASA approved bats, in 26oz, 27oz, 28oz and 29oz weights. Any other bat, other than those provided by the league, is prohibited, except for players 69 years of age, or players turning 69 that year. These players may use any bat of their choosing.. Currently we use the Mizuno "Craze" and the Mizuno "Frenzy" composite bats.
3. We use a 375/.44 polyurethane-core softball.
4. We re-draft teams each season, so players are not with the same teammates each and every season. Eventually, everyone plays with (and against) everybody else.
5. We have "AAA"-type tournament-quality players, and we have "A"-type recreational-quality players, and everything in between.
6. We have 45-year-old players and we have 70-year-players and every age in between.
7. We have a true draft, but even though we do not make promises or issue guarantees, we bend over backwards to make every effort to try to make special accommodations to players who need to be on the same team for whatever reason (siblings, carpool together from afar, etc.)
8. We allow the use of courtesy runners once a batter reaches first base.
9. Outfielders must station themselves behind an arc of orange cones until a ball is struck by a batter. If a batted ball touches the outfield grass, the batter can do no worse than a single and does not need to run/walk/crawl/get to first base. Batters may not be put out at first base on a throw from any outfielder.
10. We hire our own real paid umpires.
11. Every team participates in the first round of the post-season playoffs.
12. Every player receives a new shirt each season and it's theirs to keep forever. We do not issue faded, shrunken, ill-fitting hand-me-down shirts to our players.
13. The league hosts all players, from all teams, to a pizza party immediately after conclusion of each season's championship game, at no charge to the players. At the party, usually attended by 60-70 players, the Brad Betz Memorial Award is presented to the league's "best teammate". For information on this award, click on the Brad Betz tab on the left side of this homepage near the top.
14. All games have not only a fully-stocked first aid kit on site, but also a cardiac defibrillator at each backstop. Most league players have been trained on how to use it.