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Del Webb softball league opens 2011 season
Sue Edmiston of the Diamond Gals warns up in the infield during Saturday’s opening day ceremonies at Del Webb at Woodbridge. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Carole Gordon was ready to play ball even before the umpire called it.

As a part of the “Diamond Gals,” McGuire waited patiently Saturday morning with the other members of the Del Webb Woodbridge softball players as they took part in the annual opening ceremonies at Del Webb Field.

With her glove in hand, Gordon – a three-year veteran of the softball league – was waiting patiently by the dugout following the opening ceremonies for the first game of the 2011 season to begin.

“I love the camaraderie and having fun with everybody out here and just enjoying the company,” Gordon said. “It’s very important as we get older that we stay active – it builds up your bones. So between that and having fun it’s like killing two birds with one stone.”

Nelson Conner, a member of the men’s “Silver Sluggers,” only got the opportunity to play a couple of games at the end of last season.

Saturday morning marked the first time he’s participated in the opening day ceremonies at Del Webb. It proved to be exciting for the softball veteran that used to spend a lot of time on the diamond in his younger years.

“Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to play a whole lot last year, but this year I get the chance to play all year,” Conner said. “I used to play softball a lot when I was younger, but now I enjoy getting along with the other guys and staying active. It’s a lot of fun playing in this league.”

All of the players, as well as those in attendance, joined in a collective rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” before the opening ceremonies wrapped up, and the Woodbridge Singers delivered their rendition of “America The Beautiful.”

Shirley McGuire – who is marking her second season as part of the Diamond Gals – says she’s glad she found something fun to do despite thinking that sports was something that had passed her by.

“I never participated in any sports in my youth, and I didn’t think that I’d be able to play,” McGuire said. “I thought it would be fun to come out and try and play with the ladies, and we ended up putting a team together purely for the fun of it.

“It’s fun to get out here and take in the fresh air. The people are great and it’s just a fun time for everybody.”