Shortstop Paul Budrow on the Evergreen IGA B team fields a grounder during the first game of a doubleheader against the IGA A team last Monday (June 16). Photo by Mike Maltais

Shortstop Paul Budrow on the Evergreen IGA B team fields a grounder during the first game of a doubleheader against the IGA A team last Monday (June 16). Photo by Mike Maltais

By Mike Maltais

Two teams of well-seasoned softball players squared off in a battle of the bats in a doubleheader at the Winthrop Ball Park on Monday (June 23), as the Evergreen IGA-sponsored A and B teams met in a home league game on a local diamond.

The A team, coached by Paul Stanley, and coach Bob Jateff’s B team met in a friendly rivalry to prepare for upcoming games against Omak, Chelan and Wenatchee in the Wenatchee Senior Softball League.

“We usually play all our games in Chelan,” said Jateff. “But since this game was against each other, we thought it made more sense to have it here where the local folks could come and watch.”

To be eligible to participate in senior league softball, men must be 50 years of age or older and women must be over 35. Games are seven innings long and designed to keep scores from getting too one-sided. When one team scores five runs in an inning, its turn at the plate is over and the opposing team gets to bat.

That rule applies to all but the seventh and final inning.

“Then it’s wide open,” Jateff said.

Team A got off to a fast start by scoring the maximum runs in the first game’s early innings, including an over-the-fence homer by Don Maples. The As took both games by  sizable margins.

The Evergreen A Team is 10-4 so far this season and will play next in Chelan on Wednesday (June 25) at 6:30 p.m. The B Team will play the same venue on Monday (June 30).