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Del Webb seniors humble city officials, 8-2

Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford delivers a pitch from the mound during Thursday's softball game between the Silver Sluggers and Manteca City All Stars conducted at the Del Webb softball field.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED June 19, 2009 2:22 a.m.

The Silver Sluggers came ready to play Thursday against the City of Manteca.

In this second annual clash, the senior group of the Del Webb Woodbridge community rolled past the recreational slo-pitch softball team consisting of elected and city officials, 8-2.

“We’re a better team this year,” said Silver Slugger captain John Shirley. “But more importantly (than winning) is that we’re getting exercise and trying to have fun.”

In fact, these seniors have been getting plenty of exercise as of late, with many taking advantage of their nicely groomed home softball diamond.

According to local softball commissioner Ron Kackley, some 92 residents of Woodbridge ranging in age from 57 to 80 are currently involved in three different leagues, including a coed squad and a ladies-only team.

“There are no standings in our league,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re all winners.”

Against the City, Shirley’s team consisting of Rudy Salvador, Lou George, Jerry Monares, Vern Mendes, Oscar Carrizales, Bob Perrin, Wil Harmon, John Thissen, Mike Drewery and Craig Hoyer came out looking like winners, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after two innings.

The City struggled early on. Councilman Vince Hernandez, for one, admitted that the last time he played softball was during last year’s 14-10 win over the Silver Sluggers.

Still, he managed to register a putout in the first inning with a basket-catch in the outfield.

Salvador was the offensive catalyst for the Silver Sluggers, with his two hits early in the game leading to a pair of runs.

Director of Human Resources Joe Kriskovich, who anchored the infield at shortstop, was captain for the City team consisting of Mayor Willie Weatherford, police Capt. Dave Bricker, Steve DeBrum, Steve Pinkerton, Joan Tilton, and Hernandez, to name a few.

Safety was the priority for both teams as players were allowed to run through the bag in order to prevent muscle pulls. They were also given the OK to run left or right of each base to further prevent collisions.

At the conclusion of the game, both teams were scheduled to meet for dinner at the Woodbridge facility.

“I think what’s really important is that we’re all here to have fun,” Kackley said.

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