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Sports Notebook: Senior softball plays despite heat

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The recent hot weather, accompanied by heat advisories, didn’t stop a large group of dedicated senior citizens from continuing a summer season by playing their favortie sport.

Dozen of players in the Northern Virginia Senior Softball league are competing in season-ending playoffs, despite temperatures in the 90s on some of those game days.

Games are just five innings, with each batter beginning an at-bat with a 1-1 count.

Northern Virginia Senior Softball is open to men at least age 50 and women at least 40 this year.

League public relations director Dave Scheele pointed out that the organization had more than 500 members this summer, with an average age of 66. Players were divided into teams on three skill-based conferences.

Every team was scheduled to play a 56-game season. With many rainouts, only about 40 games per conference were played.

Scheele said there is no record of any active NVSS member having dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

That’s a dedicated group of players for sure.

– Dave Facinoli

dfacinoli@sungazette.net

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