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YELLOW GOLD takes the gold

December 12, 2014

Not many people expected this. Yellow Gold finished the season losing five of their final six games. They lost each of their last four games. The last three were each one-run heartbreaking losses. This swoon caused them to drop down to fourth place and they finished the regular season with a 9-7 record. Oh, what could been!

But everything came together in the post-season. A 19-12 win over the Red Devils and then a 15-12 win over The Blue brought Yellow Gold to the championship game against a True Blue Slime team that finished 15-1 and was now 17-1.

It was a game befitting a Warriors championship game. On a night before a great storm, the atmospheric conditions were ideal and the balls were flying. There were several monstrous shots over outfielders' heads struck by both teams. The lead changed hands four times, and, after six full innings of play, the game was tied at 15 as we headed to the unlimited runs open seventh inning.

Yellow Gold exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning and, completely out of their season-long come-from-behind character, True Blue Slime meekly went down one-two-three, via a pop-up to second, a weak grounder to third, and a lazy fly ball to left.  True Blue Slime's line score was odd: they scored five runs three times but their downfall was going scoreless in four separate innings, including three of their final four at-bats.

The win gave longtime Warriors manager John Spadea his first-ever Warriors championship.

The league offers a major congratulations to Ron Yardley and his True Blue Slime team, whose final record was 17-2. And, of course, to John Spadea, who led his team from a very disappointing regular season finish all the way to the top.

GABE DELGADO awarded Brad Betz Memorial Award

December 12, 2014

Longtime San Diego Warrior player Gabe Delgado has been awarded the Brad Betz Memorial Award for “Best Warriors Teammate” for the Fall, 2014 season. Delgado joined the Warriors league in 1997. He is, and was, one of the best defensive third-baseman this league has ever known. Gabe has been on the short list for this award for several seasons and, this season, his time has come. Everyone who ever played on a team with Gabe will attest to him being very deserving of this award and being a most worthy recipient. When his name was announced, most heads in the room nodded in agreement. Congratulations to Gabe Delgado, our Brad Betz Best Teammate recipient.

RANDY HAGEN named new Warriors manager

December 12, 2014

Randy Hagen has been selected to replace Rod Forkas as a Warriors manager. Non-softball matters caused Forkas to have to step down as a manager and probably, also as a player.

We all wish Rod Forkas the very best. 

 

Next season update: Only 8 spots remain. New players welcome

December 13, 2014 – 07:45 AM

We have 96 of the 104 we need. 

We have fifteen (15) players who were on an active roster at the end of the season who are not returning for Spring, 2015. At this time we have only nine (9) new and returning players to offset that. So, we still need more new and returning players now.

Current and ex-players received an emailed invoice from which they should pay.

New players should register and pay using the link that's to the right of this message. That payment link is for NEW players only.

A big thank you to Giovanni's Restaurant

December 12, 2014

The Warriors League wants to thank the staff at Giovanni's restaurant, for the fantastic service they provided to our large party, which, basically, took over the restaurant. There was always enough pizza, salad, soda and beer. The price which they charge the league is fair and we could not be happier holding our twice-a-year functions at Giovanni's.

Oh, the food was great too!

Giovanni's Restaurant is located at 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, at the SW corner of Clairemont Mesa & Ruffin Rd., directly across the street from where the new Kaiser hospital is under construction.

We welcome back our league's great sponsor for Fall 2014

July 1, 2014

The "use any bat they want" players

The following players either are 69 years of age now or will become 69 years of age sometime during 2014. As such, we allow these players to use any softball bat of their choosing in the Fall, 2014 season.

Bob Allen, Jeff Crispell, Tony Devine, Jim Felfoldi, Oran Houck, Jaime Rios & John Spadea.

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:

1. When running to first base, if a play is potentially going to be made on you (you hit a ground ball) you MUST run to the base that sits in FOUL territory while the first baseman uses the bag that sits in FAIR territory.

If you run to the wrong bag when a throw to first base is coming, you will be called OUT even if you beat the throw or even if the first baseman doesn't catch the throw. This rule has been listed in our rules for years. Our rules are available at the left on the Main Menu.

2. When running from first base towards second base, all base runners MUST slide or avoid the second baseman or the shortstop covering the bag. We do not want player-to-player contact. Unavoidable contact during a clean slide is just a part of the game with which we have to live. Making contact with an infielder's upper torso while coming in standing up (contact with your shoulder, elbow, hip or knee) is entirely another story. Please slide into the bag or peel away.

3. When running from first base, if you are put out at second while you are still far away from the second base bag, GET OUT OF THE WAY and do not block the defensive player's throwing lane. You could get drilled unless the defensive player voluntarily opts to alter his throw so as to avoid your forehead.

As our Commissioner Bob Johnson put it, if a player cannot go to work on Friday, because of something like this that happened with us on Thursday, then it was not a good night.

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.




San Diego Warriors 45-and-over Men's Senior Softball League

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