Girls Softball - Jim Raatz - 1978

The Eagle, Bryan, TX 5 Jul 1978 pg 21

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Girls Softball - Jim Raatz - 1978 - Softball coach wins praise of players, parents...
Softball coach wins praise of players, parents By MARY JO HIBBERT Special Sections Editor There haven’t been very many peaceful summer evenings at the James Raatz house in College Station these past few weeks. On those lazy summer evenings when most people are relaxing in their (air conditioned) living rooms while sipping a glass of something cool and wet in front of their televisions, Jim Raatz and his family have been playing out a different type of summr scene. Raatz is outside, under the lights, amidst the dust and the cheers and sighs of dozens of sportsminded girls from the ages of Mi-18. And as any one of them will tell you, he’s there because he likes to be there, helping out wherever he’s needed. According to parents and coaches. Jim Raatz is a wonderful man who’s really given his all these past few weeks so that the girls in College Station could play organized softball. He’s been equipment manager, scheduler, trainer, field waterer, chauffeur, first aid director, coach, friend and umpire for the College Station Girls’ Softball League. He was recognized for all those roles by coaches, parents and players at a special ceremony Thursday evening at Anderson Ridge Park, the site of the numerous matches between the various teams in "his” league. Parents and girls turned out in force to watch the awarding of ribbons and trophies to all the participants. "But most of all,” said Kathy Kothmann of College Station, a team parent, "We’re here to honor Jim for all the works he’s done to make softball a really positive experience for all the girls who wanted to play.” "He did everything he could to make this a success, said another parent. "He’s the kind of impartial and unpaid person that really makes a program like this work.” The program, sponsored by the city but staffed primarily by unpaid coaches (Moms and Dads) and helpers (parents and friends), has involved 183 girls this season — 68 in the elementary league, 67 in the junior high group and 28 in the high school division. Since May 22, the teams have played slow-pitch softball four nights and ten games a week. And Raatz has been at all of those games, helping out in any way he was needed. He took over scheduling and equipment management early in the season, and from the start has served as base umpire, supplementing the service of paid female plate umpire. When that umpire was sick, the girls tell you eagerly, "Mr. Raatz was plate umpire too. And he was always fair and never showed any favoritism to anybody.” Many of the participants in the league were eager to talk about Raatz’s work with the league. Members of the Maggies, one of the elementary league teams watching a game between the Eagles and the Condors that could have cinched them a tie for second place, said that Raatz did everything from wetting down the field to helping heal hurt feelings and bruised knees. During baseball season, Raatz’s duties began each day following work at Texas A&M University, where he is graphics manager for Educational Information Services. He begins by watering down the newly-constructed field with a hose offered on a regular basis by a neighbor near the park. At this point, the field doesn’t have any grass, so the watering was necessary to prevent clouds of dust from forming with even hit and run, a small player explained. Raatz would then see to it that everything was ready for the games — equipment, officials, coaches and teams alike. The girls play seven innings per game or until the time period for the game is over, whichever comes first. Other rules include no stealing or sliding, one base on an overthrow and a limit of seven runs that can be earned in a single inning. Raatz’s wife, Mary Ann. said that both she and her husband had noticed "marked improvements” since the beginning of the season. "The girls are more sure of themselves now. They’re not afraid to really slug the ball, to run or to go for a catch.” she said. In addition to his other duties, Raatz also took team pictures that were made available to the group at a nominal cost with all profits going back into the league’s treasury. Parents and players at the final games Thursday could offer only praise and thanks to Raatz for his efforts. He was presented with a plaque that read: "To Jim Raatz with grateful appreciation for his tireless effort and outstanding service to the College Station Girls’ Softball League 1978.” But everyone agreed that the plaque just wasn’t enough. "He’s got a whole lot of friends here.” said one member of the high school league "We’d do almost anything for him, ‘cause he’s done everything for us.” The Pantry Exchange has received a number of recipes in response to last week’s request for recipes for shrimp quiche and bouillabaisse. • Mrs. Tom Beltrand of Bryan mailed in this recipe for Shrimp Quiche for newlywed Brenda Stern: Shrimp Quiche Add Vi cup or more dry white wine and salt as needed. Have ready two hot dishes. Strain the soup into one, place the fish in the other. Sprinkle the fish with 2 tablespoons chopped parsley. The second recipe submitted was for “American Style” Bouillabaisse. American Style Bouillabaisse Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine five cups frozen Southern hashed brown potatoes and Vb cup vegetable oil in large skiller. Heat, stirring, until potatoes defrost: about 3 minutes. Turn into 10-inch 2 tablespoons salad oil 1 cup chopped onions Mi cup chopped celery 216-oz. cans tomatoes result. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for best results, or cover and refrigerate for at least several hours. Toss well before serving. This rich and filling salad serves a gathering of 8 to 15 people, depending on the rest of the meal. With proper refrigeration, it travels to potlucks and picnics. The Pantry Exchange is still looking for a recipe for pulled taffy. A request has also been made for a recipe for thick crust pizza, such as that now being served at many of the pizza places in Bryan and College Station. Send your recipes or requests to Staff pboto by Bob Dicmmrich

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