SUN CITY TEAM HOLDS ITS OWN AGAINST ARMY, MARINES
On Saturday, the Sun City Travel Softball Team hosted softball teams comprised of U.S. Marines from Parris Island and the Third Infantry Division from Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah. The event was to raise money for the Fisher House and Wounded Warrior programs.
A pair of Wounded Warriors, one from each of the two services present, threw out the ceremonial first pitches. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eddie Ortiz and Sgt. Kevin Campbell, U.S. Marines, Ret., had the story of how they came to be wounded read to the audience.
At the conclusion of the introduction, they were given an ovation in recognition of their sacrifices and the first pitches were thrown.
The ceremonial catchers included retire nurse Gwyneth Saunders, Sun City Board member Harry Vollkommer and Mary Houser, a retired captain wit 30 years of service in the U.S. Navy Corps who was instrumental in taking care of prisoners of war returning from Vietnam.
In the first game, the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division team scored nine unanswered runs i the seventh inning to defeat Sun City 25-18.
Outfielder and Sun City Softball Club president Tom DaParma led the way with four hits and superb defense. Outfielders Randy Johnson and Jeff Cabral added two hits apiece.
In the second game, the U.S. Marines rallied with two in the seventh edge the Army team, 4-3.
In the final game, the Marines jumped out to a four-run lead and ended up with a 12-4 win over Sun City. Shortstop Dean Waters keyed a strong Sun City defense, taking part in two double plays. Third baseman John Heere played a strong game, knocking three hits and making numerous defensive stops at third base. DaParma added three hits and Cabral, Johnson and Dan Kuszynski each made superb catches.
"It was a perfect day," Sun City coach Ross Glatzer said in a release. "We got the opportunity to honor our soldiers and their families. Hundreds of Sun City residents got to see magnificent athletes on all three teams make exceptional plays all day long. And for our senior softball team, it is a thrill for us to play against these service teams."
The Sun City Travel Team includes Mike Coriale, DaParma, Cabral, Don Feldkamp, Fitz Harding, John Heere, Dennis Jackson, Johnson, Bob Lee, Waters, Jack Schultz, Kuszynski and Paul Addams. Craig Waite and Lou Fasano are injured.