Last Updated: July 26, 2015
Reminder: The league goes dark for August. We resume on Sept. 3rd.
Week 3 recap: Red Slime still undefeated
July 25, 2015
Red Slime 15 Chocolate Diamonds 14
It was a close 6-5 game, in favor of Chocolate, after three innings and 7-6 Chocolate after four innings. Then, 11-6 Chocolate after five innings, and 14-10 after six and a half innings. Red roared back with nine runs in their final two frames to take the game.
Aqua Men 10 Yellowstoners 6
Yellow didn't score in their first three at-bats, but were "only" down 7-0, and then 7-2 after four, but they never could come back.
Green Hornets 19 Blue Blitz 16
The Blitz took a 5-0 lead to the bottom of the first inning. but were down 9-6 after four. Each team scored the maximum five runs in each of the next two innings. Down by three runs in the top of the seventh, Blue Blitz went three-up & three down.
Gray Bombers 23 Mayhem 16
The Bombers took a commanding 13-4 lead after three innings. Mayhem scored ten times in the next two innings, virtually all on a long series of singles, to trail only 19-14. . But Gray held on with nine runs in the fifth/sixth, while Gray scored only two in the sixth and nothing in the seventh.
Our league's sponsor this season
Click on "sponsors" to the left for contact info for our sponsor:
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.
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.