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  • Medill: Adult men's softballl continues wild season

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  • What an evening of adult men’s softball Wednesday.
    Division I Softball now has a five-way tie for second place with each team sporting identical 4-3 records. Currently, Stick Hit Ball (5-2) sits alone at the top after defeating Regulators, 12-2.
    LCF, after sitting at the top of the standings the first six weeks of the season, saw their record fall to 4-3 after losing another close battle, 12-10 with Great Western, whic is also 4-3.
    Woody’s also fell into the 4-3 pool following an 18-12 loss to Los Diablos (4-3).
    The Trent Peter Agency (3-4) fell out of a tie for second with a 15-0 loss to the Goosetown Reds (4-3).
    This division could very well go down to the last night of the season.
    • In Division II in adult men’s softball, we had a titanic battle of our last two undefeated teams. This game saw Live Wires (7-0) take control of first place with a 10-8 victory over Trumps Softball (6-1).
    Crown Lanes (4-3) forced a third-place tie by defeating Myers Tire Supply (4-3), 11-10. New Hope Anchors (4-3) managed to remain tied for third as they squeaked by a battling Sketch Bags team (1-6) 8-7.
    The Fighting Mongooses (1-6), behind the 4-for-4 night of Ricardo Martinez, were victorious for the first time this season as they won 12-3 against the Pitches and Bros (1-6).
    • The women’s games for Thursday will be covered in next week’s Musings. Luxury and
    Imports (1-4) will do battle at 6:30 p.m. with Exchange National Bank (0-4) in the evening’s first game. This game will be followed by Ball Busters (5-0) and Wenzl Construction (4-1) at Cody Park.
    • Our newly renovated concession stand at Cody Park is now open. Terry Booker is serving some great concession items. To this point, I have been his best customer as I have consumed the delicious all beef hot dogs. I know how good his offerings are.
    • Fall 2014 adult coed softball team sign-ups have begun. Registration of teams for the fall, season will be July 1-31. Our coed league will be played at Cody Park on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
    Registration is $250 per team for a 10-game season. The season will begin the week of August 18. You may sign-up at Riverfront Community Center — our hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m. All players must be at least 19 years old.
    • We are going to offer two new leagues in the fall. We are going to offer a men’s doubleheader
    league, which will play Monday and Wednesday nights. We will only have one division and we will play 10 games.
    Page 2 of 3 - Only eight teams will be accepted for the adult men’s doubleheader league.
    We will also offer a women’s doubleheader league, which will play Friday nights. We will play 10 games. Only four teams will be accepted for the league, and if we do not have four teams,
    we will not have this league.
    Registration forms for both the coed league and the doubleheader leagues are attached. There is also a team roster attached which must accompany your fee payment.
    • The next Youth Bike Race will be Wednesday. The Youth Bike Race series co-sponsored by Santa Fe Trails Bike Shop and Leavenworth Parks and Recreation will be at Warren Middle School at 6:30 p.m. A waiver with a parent’s signature is required. All participants are also required to wear helmets. The fees are: free for ages 12 and younger; and ages 13-18 are required to purchase a
    USCF license fee of $10, which may be purchased on-site the day of the event. For additional
    information or to register, call (913) 682-2444.
    • Coach Kelly Bowie’s first girls softball camp will be July 8-11 at Sportsfield Complex for
    grades 3-12.
    Coach Bowie is the new head softball coach at Leavenworth High School. She has played both
    collegiately in Oregon and professionally overseas. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.
    The cost of the camp is $35. For additional information, call Bowie at (503) 575-6578.
    • Our Joan Joyce softball league is for 9-10 year old girls. This league is our first “kid-pitch” softball league for girls.
    I would like to recognize our three coaches in the league: Katie Campbell, Mary Garrison, and David Price.
    I applaud these three individuals for everything they have done for our girls. It is extremely important that our girls are having fun, and they all appear to be doing that as we enter the last week of our season.
    Just exactly who is Joan Joyce?
    • Joan Joyce entered the ASA Women’s Fast-Pitch Hall-of-Fame in 1983 as a pitcher. This honor is the same as a man being inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame.
    Following a record-setting career as a softball player for the Raybestos Brakettes and the Orange Lionettes, she was named head softball coach for Florida Atlantic University in 1996. She is the only coach at FAU in its history.
    She struck out Hank Aaron and Ted Williams in exhibitions during their prime years. She compiled a 753-42 career win-loss record with 150 no hitters and 50 perfect games. She struck out more than 3,600 batters in less than 1,800 innings.
    Joan also had an outstanding golf career playing on the LPGA tour for several years. She is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for lowest number of putts (17) in a single round (both men and women), set at the 1982 Lady Michelob.
    Page 3 of 3 - • I also want to recognize our coaches in the Willie Mays baseball league. This league is our first “kid-pitch” baseball league for boys. These coaches are David Blakeman, Randy Kohl, Jim Kochanowski, and Elliott Snider.
    They have put in many hours to ensure the youngsters have a positive experience throughout the summer.
    • Health tip of the week: Jessica Yoakam is a family medicine physician with Saint Luke’s Medical Group–Cushing.
    She sees newborns to geriatric patients and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
    In this month’s health tips, Dr. Yoakam discusses one of the realities of summer — sunburn.
    Musings asked Dr. Yoakam: What exactly is sunburn and why is it so bad for my skin?
    "Sunburn happens when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays damage your skin. The color change in your skin, whether a tan or a burn, is the body’s way of protecting itself from the sun’s harmful rays.
    "More than 70 percent of children and 30 percent of adults experience sunburn each year. Sun exposure can lead to early wrinkles, skin cancer, and other skin conditions."
    In two weeks, we’ll talk about risk factors for sunburn and what to avoid before heading outside for a long day in the sun, and, we’ll discuss the easiest way to prevent sunburn from happening.
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