2001-08-18 / Sports

The Waldheim Report: Broad Channel Ladies Softball

The Waldheim Report: Broad Channel Ladies Softball

By Corinne Anne Waldheim

In the second meeting this summer, O's Raisins defeated Grassy Point, 15-14. Like the tide, each team’s score ebbed and flowed until the final out in the top of the seventh. Festivities followed at Grassy Point Lounge and both teams spoke of a rubber match, possibly in September or October.

On a dreary Saturday following a sweltering week, they hit many balls by adversaries twenty to forty years their junior. In fact, one ball may have left a young man sterile. Now that I've got your attention:

Leading off for the Raisins squad was Janet O'Hare. The matriarch of the O'Hare family was a spitfire at the plate and on the bases, aiming below the belt and refusing pinch runners. Kenny Grey and Janet's son Bobby AKA "Rabbit", volunteered to play designated pitcher and catcher. Itchy Hanning called the balls and strikes.

Grey, who normally plays for Jamaica Bay Softball League's Grassy Point Muggers, was pelted in the groin area by a rocket off of Janet's bat. Feeling no remorse, Janet scampered toward first with a hit. Grey, now cringing, took it like a man and claimed he'd worn a cup. The ladies in the crowd roared with laughter, as male spectators' faces mirrored the pitcher's agony. Janet was 5-6 on the day. Rabbit snapped some incredible action shots behind the plate. Those photos can be seen at www.bchorseshoes.com.

Jane Fuller bounced a few singles and played stellar defense at second. Patty Rich played third. The sister of opposing third baseman and game organizer Margaret Glade, scored three times and went 5-5. After scoring one run, Patty scared fans and players, colliding headfirst with the backstop. She seemed to escape unscathed. Grey almost hyperventilated.

Yours truly batted clean up. By games' end (more players battered than I batted), with the aide of my teammates, I managed to score three runs with three singles (and one strike out). My attempts to field grounders amidst the infield divots must have been quite amusing. Luckily, teammate Barbara Yale was there to back me up and reminded me time and time again with a few pointed (but light-hearted) comments. Batting ninth, Barbara went 4-5 with a double.

Auntie Gail "Go boom" Waldheim batted next, with four hits (a double and four runs scored). She played a mean left field. Her Coogan's Luncheonette partner in crime, Pat "Good Morning Corinne" Ciaccio, was there to root the ladies on. Carol Corbett (4-5, three runs) batted seventh and played first base. Softball prodigy Deanna Glade (5-5), my vote for MVP, drove in several runs.

Leading off for the Grassy Point squad was Eileen Hanning, 3-5 with a walk. Dina Hanning was 5-6, with two doubles and four runs scored. Mama Luanne was on base four times with a K. Margaret, batting clean up, went 5-6 with two runs scored.

Heidi Monahan was hit by a pitch and got no love from her pitcher-man Kenny. She recovered, going 4-6 with a homer (thanks to a few Raisin errors). Helen Hanning (4-5) hoped to barter a walk, offering to let Kenny hit her with three pitches. Three bean balls later, she was forced to stay in the box and also went down on strikes. Grey threw three more strikes to Jeanine to strike out the side. Laura Stefan made her debut, 3-5.

Missing in action were Nora Albert, Patty Ann O'Sullivan, Becky Monahan and cheerleader/bartender Mary Barr. Gail wondered how the team won without Albert’s speed?

If you once played for any of the BC ladies softball teams, or just want to enjoy watching a great show make sure to attend the next reunion game and bring some friends!

Event Reminder:

The BCAC will be holding the second annual Jamaica Bay Old Timers Softball game on Saturday, August 18th at 6 p.m. The game will be held at Memorial Field. All proceeds will go to the children who participate in any of the Broad Channels Athletic Club sports programs. Visit the B.C.A.C. at www.broadchannelac.org. For more info contact Billy Collins from Rockaway or Marty Feeney from Broad Channel.

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