March 23, 2017

Sometimes It’s Enough in Beanbag Play

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 2:32 pm

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The Sometimers captured the 2017 Beanbag Baseball crown to open the
25th year of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics March 23.
Edna Neill, JoJo Mazyck, Shera Peterson, Cookie Thomas and Lynette
Wynn comprise the front row from left with Bill Mazyck, Howard Peterson,
Mike Fort and Larry Wynn round out the champion squad on the back row.

The Sometimers were on target most of the time March 22-23 in winning the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Beanbag Baseball title at VFW Hall No, 4588.

The team played six games through two days and won them all. In fact, in the opening match of the second day, The Sometimers routed the Silver Sluggers 31-11 and then closed out the day by beating the Silver Sluggers 19-16 for the Gold Medal.

The Silver Sluggers won the Silver Medal and last year’s champion, The Rascals, settled for the Bronze Medal, as the Sometimers beat them, 19-17, to set up the Gold Medal showdown. JoJo Mazyck went 3-for-3 with a couple of home runs in pacing the win. Mazyck and her husband Bill, Larry Wynn and Sherra Petterson also had big offensive games. “But we had many contributers in most of our games,” team captain Bill Mazyck said.

This was no surprise win for the Sometimers as almost all of the squad played in years past as Better Than Best. “Some of the players thought that name was a little too arrogant,” said Captain Bill Mazyck. “So we became The Sometimers.”
In 2011 the team won a Silver Medal as The Sometimers. The Silver Sluggers won a Gold Medal in 2012.

Last year’s champion, The Rascals, fell on hard times in their first game in the tournament March 22, beaten by the Benton Council on Aging Tigers, But the team fought itsr way back.

Other second day scores: Diamonds 2 11, David Raines Cougars 2; Rascals 17, Beanie Boppers 16; Knights of Columbus 15, Go Gettrers 2 5; Rascals 19, Diamonds 2 14; Silver Sluggers 2 17, Knights of Columbus 9.

Beanbag Baseball is a target game with players throwing beanbags toward a target 17 feet away, seeking to drop them through holes labeled home run, three bagger, two bagger and single, as well as out and foul. Team rosters bat in order for a designated number of innings.

The Beanbag competion opened the sports and games carnival for 50 year olds and older. Various activities are scheduled through May 26.

March 20, 2017

Live Oak Rookies Assisted Living’s Best Beanbaggers

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 7:17 pm

The Live Oak Rookies repeated as champions of Beanbag Baseball in the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Assisted Living Division March 17 at Bellaire Fitness Center.

The Rookies took the Gold Medal ahead of the Waterview Wildcats. The Bloom Angels earned the Bronze Medal. In 2016, the Rookies finished ahead of the other Live Oaks team, the Astros, with the Azalea Estates Honey Bees taking the Bronze Medal.

This year’s event drew eight teams and 104 players, one of whom checked in at 102 years of age.

Marilyn Hainey, who began conducting the Assisted Living Division with her husband Dick. said the event gives her a warm feeling. “I know I will have to give it up some time, but when I see the smiles and hear the laughter of the players, it’s hard not to want to come back next year.” She’s been with Northwest District Senior Olympics for 24 years and at the Assisted Living helm for 15.

The District’s Open Division kicks off on Wednesday (March 22) with Beanbag Baseball set for VFW Post 4588 Hall in Bossier City at 9 a.m.

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