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February 2015: In My Opinion

This is my fourth in a series of articles looking at what has caused the game of softball to go from a very well respected, competitive sport, and the fastest growing sport in the world, to what is now little more than a church picnic game. This once great game has lost thousands of registered […]

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February 2015: What’s Your Gripe?

Q. Ron, we were arguing this play over a beer the other night, and I knew you would know the answer. In baseball or softball does a base runner have to slide when going into a base, and if he doesn’t, is he out for interference?   A. The same rule does exist for both baseball […]

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Six Enshrined Into Norwood Sorrento’s-Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall Of Fame At Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront

Covington, Ky.–Six more area softball greats were inducted into the Norwood Sorrento’s Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall of Fame during a banquet ceremony held in their honor on Sunday, January 25th at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront in Covington.   The ceremony, attended by almost 250 people, brought to 183 the total number of people who […]

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2015 Norwood Sorrento’s-Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremonies Slated For January 25th At Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront

Another class of six distinguished slow pitch softball figures will comprise the 2015 class of inductees into the Norwood Sorrento’s-Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall of Fame.   Elected by the Greater Cincinnati Softball Hall of Fame Committee, the inductees will include Tim Klemm in the Umpire category, Robert “Red” Moore in the Manager-Sponsor category, Jason Roesch […]

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January 2015: In My Opinion

This is third in a series of articles that have examined the issues plaguing the game of softball today and leading to its decline.   This month I will continue to discuss the effect of composite bats on the game, and also address team classifications.   I went into the history of composition bats last […]

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January 2015: What’s Your Gripe

Q. Ron, I didn’t see this play, but since I umpired softball for many years in the Dallas area I had a friend ask me for the answer to this play. I don’t know if the play actually happened, but I wasn’t sure of the answer either.   This is the play. There were runners on […]

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December 2014: In My Opinion

I was recently asked “what are the biggest issues facing the game of softball today, and is it the composite bats, classifications of teams or declining participation?”   This would be great subject matter for someone to use in studying for a graduate degree, and I am too old, too tired and too lazy to […]

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December 2014: What’s Your Gripe?

Q. Ron, I watched this play at the Metro Tournament this year, and I am certain the umpires applied the rule incorrectly. Please tell me how the rule should be applied, and if the same rule applies in baseball. There was a runner on first base and the batter hit a long fly ball that […]

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Eleven Inducted into Ohio USSSA Softball Hall of Fame

Columbus, OH. – On Sunday, December 7th, the Embassy Suites Columbus Airport was the site of the 2014 Ohio USSSA Softball Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies at which eleven USSSA softball notables were honored.   Among those inducted by the Ohio USSSA Board of Directors were Steve Dickinson, Perrysburg, Paul “Shorty” Lewis, Columbus, Tony Salamone, […]

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Four Locals To Be Inducted Sunday, December 7th, Into Ohio USSSA Hall Of Fame Class Of 2014

Columbus, OH. – Four Greater Cincinnati softball legends, including Tony Salamone, Tom Taylor, Pam Patrus and V. K. Lehmann, will be among the ten distinguished slow pitch softball figures comprising the 2014 class of inductees into the Ohio USSSA Softball Hall of Fame on Sunday, December 7th.   Elected by the Ohio USSSA Board of […]

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Greater Cincinnati USSSA Player List Revised For 2015

The Greater Cincinnati USSSA “Player List” was revised for 2015 by the Ohio District IX-Northern Kentucky USSSA Classification Committee at a meeting held on Monday, November 24th.   The Committee added 23 players from the tri-state area to the local USSSA “Player List,” and removed 116. The committee also lowered 5 players from the B […]

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November 2014: In My Opinion

I don’t know if there ever was or ever will be anyone who has been as instrumental in the rules of amateur baseball and softball as I have. I was the co-writer of both the high school “National Federation Of High School Sports” and the college “National Collegiate Athletic Association” rules when they stopped using […]

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November 2014: What’s Your Gripe?

Q. Ron, at the city tournament this year at Rumpke Park, I saw the following play, and I think the umpire blew the call. He seemed totally confused, but this is how he called it. There was a runner on second base, and the batter hit a would be single, except the fielder intentionally took […]

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Nasty Noles Rally Back For USSSA Fall “E” National Title, Double-Dip Young Guns, 7-3 And 17-3, At Expressway Park

Milford, Oh.—The Nasty Noles rallied all the way back from a second round loss to capture first place in the USSSA Men’s Class “E” Great Lakes Division Fall National Tournament October 11-12 at Expressway Park.   Nasty Noles went 8-1 to outlast a 17-team field, tripping up winners’ bracket champion Young Guns 7-3 and 17-3 […]

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S.S.A. Smash/ Willie’s Western Hills Mercies Ohio USSSA “E” Fall State Field At Warren County Armco Park

Lebanon, Oh.–S.S.A. Smash/Willie’s Western Hills mercy-ruled three of their five opponents en route to a first place finish in the Ohio USSSA Men’s Class “E” Fall State October 4-5 at Warren County Armco Park.   S.S.A. Smash/Willie’s polished off Nasty Noles 17-7 in five innings in the championship to complete the sweep of the twenty-team […]

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