2015 Players Memorial Tournament
Saturday, May 9 - Best Friend Park
(Pictures now online)
Total Runs Scored
Monarchs - 78
Laney / Griffin - 83
Team Augusta - 77
Atlanta Recycling - 54
Stars and Stripes - 50
Extreme Heat - 30
Lake Keowee SC - 26
Gwinnett 65 - 30
Thanks to all of the teams and players that came
out and played in the Memorial Tournament. We had 8 teams participating
with players from GA, NC, AL, FL, and SC. The Gwinnett Senior Softball
Executive Committee appreciates everyone’s support of the
tournament honoring league players and spouses that have passed
The tournament started at 8:45 a.m. with Bob Morrison,
League President, welcoming everyone. Bert McDade gave the opening
prayer. Bob read the names of the players and spouses who passed
away. Ben Wiechman, Vice President, recognized the players/spouses
present with a gift card. Bert McDade read the Softball
Due to a sudden rain storm early in the morning,
the 3 Bethesda fields were under water and not playable. Ron Petre,
American League Commissioner, Bill Grimes, National League Commissioner,
and Stacy Fowler, Gwinnett County Parks, made the decision to move
the tournament over to the League’s home field of Best Friend
Park. Unfortunately that meant no concession stand for the players
and only 2 fields to play on.
Ron and Bill had to make quick decisions on which
teams played on which field and the start times. Needless the say
the original schedule was out the window. But all the teams understood
the situation, and we were able to get almost all of the games played.
Play got started at 10:30 a.m. and finished up at
7:15 p.m. I think everyone would agree – it was not what we
had planned but everyone got to play at least 2 games (National
league) and 3 games (American league). The weather was beautiful,
and there were family and friends out there cheering for their favorite
THANKS to the following individuals who helped
make the tournament a success this year! If I missed anyone that
helped out, I apologize up front for not remembering. Just let me
know so I can add you to the list to be recognized.
SPECIAL THANKS to Stacy
Fowler, Gwinnett Parks!! Stacy reserved the fields
for us, provided the PA system, and had the fields lined. He also
offered to have his staff stay at Bethesda to work on 2 of the fields
so we could have the 5 teams in the American League play at Bethesda.
But the teams opted to stay at Best Friend for the day.
- Ron Petre and Bill Grimes for recruiting the
teams that participated this year and bringing the softballs for
- Kathy Walker and Harry Harrison handled team
registration and made sure we had all the team waivers and fees
paid before the teams got on the fields.
- Tena Stanfield brought donuts, attached the
cups in the dugouts, and bought snacks for sale to players.
- Bill Grimes brought the ice for the water
coolers. Several players (Ed Davis, David Ernst, Phil
Ogan, and others) helped fill the water coolers and put
in the dugouts.
- Harry Harrison, Emmett Vollenweider and Tom Pressley
for keeping score.
- Ben Wiechman brought the Pitcher's Screens
- Jim Hannah brought the home plates and extra
mats and took pictures during the day.
- Ed Brown Jr., Jim Lowndes, and Tony Taylor did
a great job umpiring all the games.
- Ron Petre, Jim Hannah, and Kathy Walker for
staying to the end and helping to clean up the dugouts and lock
THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE - THIS WAS DEFINITELY
A TEAM EFFORT!!
Division Teams and Tournament Play
Laney / Griffin
Stars and Stripes
Teams and Tournament Play