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June 29, 2008

Softball scene: Three softball leagues having no problems with participation

TERRE HAUTE — In a recent column, I referred to the declining numbers for adult softball teams. This observation may not have been entirely accurate as we find at least three local leagues doing extremely well in terms of participation. The Terre Haute Church League as well as the Terre Haute YWCA/YMCA and Brazil YMCA programs are enjoying very successful seasons to date.

The always popular Terre Haute Church League has 41 adult teams participating in its summer league program. With games played at 1075 North Fruitridge Ave. adjacent to the Northside Community Methodist Church, the program has been forced to turn away 5 to 10 teams each of the last two seasons. Playing on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings are a total of 30 men’s teams, while Friday evenings is reserved for the 11 team co-ed league.

Noteworthy this year is the effort of the First Baptist team. After winning a total of four games in the past two seasons, the First Baptist team now finds themselves with a 6-0 league mark and atop the Tuesday night “A” league.

League officials encourage the public to visit their family friendly facility.

The Brazil YMCA program, under the guidance of first year administrator B.J. Hull, is enjoying another season of success. Always a hotbed of adult softball action, the YMCA program has 29 teams enrolled in league play. Included in that number are eight church co-ed teams, 14 adult leagues co-ed teams and seven men’s league teams.

The program’s strong suit is the adult co-ed league play. Teams such as Akers, Chop Shop, Cottonwood Corner and Schurick Heating and Cooling make the league play highly competitive.

Another league enjoying success is the Terre Haute YWCA/YMCA program. While league numbers were not available, they are reported to be in excess of last year’s program. The Terre Haute YMCA program offers league play for both co-ed and men’s teams.

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