For the love of the game, senior women’s league recruiting for summer ball

ENGLEWOOD — Sandy Cavin and her Senior Legends Women’s Softball League is looking to wrap up their spring season on Wednesday and getting ready to start their summer season in two weeks.

Cavin said softball means much more than competition. It’s about fun, support and camaraderie.

“We don’t keep track of wins or losses,” Cavin said. “All six teams are playing Wednesday. We play for fun. If you’re looking for competitive play, go someplace else.”

Cavin started building the Englewood league in 2009, holding practices and getting the word out. Cavin had problems getting enough participants until she lowered the age to 35. It wasn’t until 2011 that she was able to start league play. Players come from as far as Bradenton to Cape Coral to play in the league at the Englewood Sports Complex.

Perhaps the secret to Cavin’s competitive success is that she’s always having fun playing the game she loves.

Cavin plays for the Fun Bunch, the number No. 1 ranked national softball team in the 65-and-over category.

The team dominated in tournament play winning 22 consecutive games often dominating their opponents an average of over 10 runs last season, according to their first-base coach Tom Mielecki in a previous Sun report.

Karen Campbell also plays in the Legends league.

“It was a wonderful season,” Campbell said. “Last Wednesday, our team (Southern Fried Legends team) almost overcame a three-run deficit against the Barracuda Legends. We scored two runs, but couldn’t make up the difference.”    Campbell is not one to buckle in the face of adversity.

“I had polio as a kid,” she said. “I am very lucky to be able to run the way I can. Many women my age give up.”

Campbell is on the Freedom Spirit national softball team, the first 75-and-older team to win the national championship in their category.

Cavin said she is planning to have five teams in the summer league, but might have enough for six teams. Each roster will have 13. The summer draft is May 22. The season will start on May 29.    For more information, call 941-661-4555 or email sandycavin1@yahoo.com

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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