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SYLVANIA SENIOR SOFTBALL


A mens' league established January 2008.
Pacesetter Park, Sylvania,Ohio

2013 65's TOURNAMENT TEAM



Gary Meyer


Mark Vonderembse

The Sylvania 65 team is managed by Gary Meyer and Mark Vonderembse with Gary managing the team on game day and Mark handling the behind the scenes organizational issues. Gary is the proprietor of Harvard Barber Ship, is the president of SSS, and manages the Harvard Barber Shop team that plays 50 and over in SSS. Gary has played competitive softball for more than four decades. Mark spent 38 years as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Toledo, retiring in June of 2013. He played softball from the late 1960s until the early 1980s dropping out to manages and watch his kid play ball. He started playing senior softball in 2001 and plans to play more now that he is retired.

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2013 TEAM ROSTER

Bruce Anderson
George Bates
Richard Block
Ron Callison
Jim Dunlavy
Dan Ferguson
Gary Haas
Roger Heineke
Terry Jessee
Roy Koschalk
Gary Meyer
Jim Nickelsen
Mike Riethmiller
Fred Roberts
Gary Seeger
Dann Schlenbaker
Chuck Strzeynski
George Stuller
Mark Vonderembse
Gary Walton

SSS players' take 4th place in National Senior Games

CLEVELAND, OHIO - The Sylvania National Senior team finished fourth in the '65 bracket at the N.S.S. games, July 24-26. Back row, left: Gary Seeger, Dan Ferguson, Richard Block, Bruce Anderson, Jim VanBrandt, Dan Schlenbacker and Jim Burnor. Front row, left: Jerry Keefe, George Stuller, Mark Vonderembse, Jim Nickelsen and Gary Meyer. Not pictured, Jim Dunlavy.

Jim Burner sets pace with team leading .737 BA!

In 2012, Jim Nickelsen organized a team that qualified through the Ohio Olympic for the National Senior Olympics games, which were played in Cleveland on July 23-25, 2013. The team was a mixture of players from the Sylvania 65 and the Sylvania 70 teams.

Sylvania won its pool by beating the Delaware Stars and a team from Wilmington, North Carolina by identical of 14-13 scores. Sylvania played great defense and had timely hitting to win both games. In the game against Delaware, singles by Mark Vonderembse, Gary Seeger, George Stuller, Jerry Keefe, and Dick Block pushed across three runs in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a 12-11 deficit. In the top of the seventh, the first two hitters for Delaware singled before the third batter drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. The lead-off batter hit the ball sharply back to Jerry Keefe who started a game ending double play to Dan Schlenbaker covering second and Bruce Anderson at first. The second game was tied at the end of regulation, and Wilmington scored one run in the top of the first extra inning. At the start of each extra innings, a runner is place on second base. The first batter for Sylvania, Dick Block, drove in two runs when he hit the ball over the right center fielder’s head and motored around the bases for an inside the part home run and the victory.

Sylvania lost the first two games of bracket play as their bats went silent and was placed in the A flight with seven other teams. In the first game, Sylvania’s bats came alive pounding out 22 hits and scoring 17 runs in five innings. The team beat Socrates Wallingford. Jim Van Brandt, Gary Meyer, Jim Burnor, Mark Vonderembse, and Gary Seeger were all 3 for 3. Dick Block and Jim Nickelsen had two hits. In the second game, Wilmington got revenge from the pool play loss by beating Sylvania. The game for the Bronze medal against ABC Hendersonville went extra innings. Sylvania led 12 to 6 going into the top of the seventh, but ABC Hendersonville hit the ball well and took a 13-12 lead. Sylvania tied it with a run in the bottom of the seventh and lost by 2 in the eighth.

For the tournament, Sylvania was led by Jim Burnor who hit 737. Jim Van Brandt, Gary Meyer, Jim Nickelsen, Mark Vonderembse, Dick Block, and Gary Seeger hit 667, 647, 600, 600, 588, and 579, respectively.

 

First Row: Gary Meyer, George Stuller, Mike Riethmiller, Ron Callison, Gary Walton, Richard Block Second Row: Mark Vonderembse, Jim Dulavy, Fred Roberts, Chuck Strzeynski, Bruce Anderson, Dann Schlenbaker, Roy Koschalk

65's Traveling team battles competitive foes and the weather in SPA tournaments

The Sylvania 65s had the first day of softball washed out in both the First Flight and Thee Buckeye Classic tournaments. In the First Flight tournament, Sylvania lost to the Dayton Legends, the winner of the tournament. In the rained shortened tournament, Sylvania was led by Dann Schlenbaker, who was perfect at the plate, as well as George Stuller, Mike Reithmiller, and Fred Roberts, who hit 800, 667, and 667 respectively. In Thee Buckeye Classic, the team was led by Gary Meyers and Mark Vonderembse, who hit 692 and 667, respectively. The team looks forward to the Great Lakes Tournament in Sylvania in August. Several of the team members will also be playing in the Senior Olympics in Cleveland in late July.