Greenbelt Senior Softball Team
The Greenbelt Senior Softball Team is for men 60 and over and women 55 and over. It plays in Division C of the Baltimore Beltway Senior Softball League (BBSSL), and its season is from April to August. During the regular season, on Monday and Wednesday mornings, the team plays doubleheader games and its home field is at Watkins Regional Park . These photos are from two playoff games on August 15 at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia, Maryland.
Phil Olson pitches for Greenbelt.
John Strekel has the lineup and keeps track of the score. Team manager George Harrison cannot be here today.
Irv Salzberg, Diane Gardner, and John Strekel. The Greenbelt team has two women (Diane Gardner and Patricia Gaines) and is the only team in the 18-member league that has women on its roster.
Diane Gardner cheers her teammates on.
Fred Bohle and Tommy Howe
Sidney Chapman, Clarence Collins, and Alvis Morton
Patricia Gaines swings at a pitch.
Greenbelt is playing Reisterstown from Baltimore County, a new team which joined the league this year. Each game in the softball league has seven innings (except the championship game which has nine), and the maximum number of runs a team is allowed to score in one inning is five (except the last inning which has no limit). Here a member of the Reisterstown team keeps track of the score. Greenbelt has jumped to a quick start, scoring 4 in the first inning and then the maximum 5 in both second and third innings.
Pitcher for Reisterstown
Diane Gardner swings at a pitch.
Clyde Moody is on second base.
Larry Dandridge (right) and Alvis Morton watch the action on the field.
Coach Jasper Pendergrass (left) and John Strekel look over the lineup.
Clyde Moody, Diane Gardner, and Barry Clark
Willie White, Eugene Pinkney, and Clyde Moody
Greenbelt’s (loud) cheering squad
Jasper Pendergrass runs to second base after a hit.
Jasper Pendergrass heads home.
Third base coach Irv Salzberg holds the runner David Kerr at third base.
Eugene Pinkney throws to first base.
Pinkney fields the ball again.
Greenbelt wins the first game 24 to 8.
The Greenbelt Senior Softball Team takes a group photo.
Irv Salzberg and League Commissioner Jim Ganz
Greenbelt players wait for their next playoff opponent which is still playing at a nearby field.
Jim Dugan (left) and Paul Williams
Coach Jasper Pendergrass leads the team cheer before the start of the second game.
John Strekel announces this game’s lineup.
Stretching before the game
Greenbelt’s opponent in the second game is Bowie Bronze. The game is played at Cedar Lane Park Field 3 in Columbia.
Fred Bohle runs toward third base.
Tommy Howe runs toward third.
Bowie Bronze’s on deck hitter
Greenbelt celebrates another successful inning.
Joe Battle prepares to bat.
Pitcher for Bowie Bronze
Diane Gardner hits.
Greenbelt wins the second game 15 to 3.
Jasper Pendergrass leads the team cheer after the second game.
Irv Salzberg checks the schedule for the next playoff game. Greenbelt will play again on Monday, August 20.
Fred Bohle, Alvis Morton, and Rex Powell enjoy their lunch after the conclusion of today’s games.
The tournament is double elimination, meaning each team is eliminated after losing two games. Greenbelt lost its first game on August 13 but was able win all its remaining games to win the tournament, and Division C Championship on August 22.