David White Fast-Pitch Or Slow-Pitch, Softball Getting In Swing Now that basketball season Is over, for most of us in Fayetteville the only sport left to follow is baseball. But watching a sport in person Is better than watching it on TV, just as playing a sport Is belter (or should be) than watching it. Summer time is Softball season in Northwest Arkansas, as well as in most regions of the country. Kayettevillc has four adult Softball, leagues, as well as three for young girls, and of course the baseball leagues The Softball leagues have grown in player interest every year since they . were formed. For many spectators the City Park diamond, right next to the city swimming pool, has been'summer evening's entertainment for a food long while. All those who have followed the leagues are familiar with the sunlit games which progress thru dusk into a spot-lighted field of activity. Or the four, the men's fast pitch league has been in e x i s t e n c e t h e longest. Originally games were played on the Washington County Fairgrounds and the only cost to the players was for electricity. The City Park diamond was much smaller then and was used by the Little Leagues. When the kids moved to Walker Park, the men took over the City diamond. Chicken wire was strung high up the light poles and a home run had to clear it. This make-shift measure was only temporary, however, and the first real diamond of the league was created when the city saw fit to unplug the poles and move them back 30 feet. The fast pitch league plays there now on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A good Softball pitcher is Â«n impressive sight. Measurements have been made, and It has been determined that .a hard pitched Softball can travel faster (depending upon the pitcher, of course) than a hardball thrown overhand The best of the pitchers currently playing in Fayetteville -- and not one of them Is a young man. for some reason -- have a selection of pitches which would command respect from any baseball player. TWO ACES MEET Tuesday night's games matched two former teammates: W. J. Whitehead. who now plays for Baldwin Piano -- last years champion -- and Russell Ogle of Dandy Oil. Whitehead left Dandy Oil for Swcpco two years ago after t h e i r pitcher, Norman Powers, fell from a telephone pole and injured his back. This was an effort to balance the league and keep all teams competitive. Not to have a pitcher in fast pitch is not to be competitive, and pitchers are hard to come by. W. J. Whitehead is a crafty one who helped boost Baldwin to the title. This game was * tight no-hitter for three innings, until Baldwin committed several costly errors. Tuesday's second game matched last years runner-up City of Fayetteville team, and their near-sighted pitcher, John Miller, with a new and apparently strong Inter-state system team which travels down from Rogers to play- A number of inter - league games with o t h e r Rogers teams are scheduled but Interstate plays a full . schedule here. Their lead-off ', pitcher. Dewey Carr, has already become a topic of discussion among opposing batters because of his smooth and unusual delivery which sometimes appears to be I l l e g a l . Despite some grumbling, however, the City of Fayetteville team came hack in a power-hitting fifth inning rally. The men's slow pitch league was formed four years ago City Park Standings Â«*'Â» hÂ»sl Illrfi Washington County Observer FaycltevilSe) 5lr?et Depart mÂ«nl Itandy OIL Interstate System Baldwin Piajiu and had seven or eight teams. They played at the City Park two nights a week. Last year Interest had grown to the extent that there were two leagues, an East and a West. Some of the games had to be played on an iinlighted field at Asbell school. Slow pitch is more popular than fast pitch for both players and spectators. There are a great many hits and thus a lot of fielding, which appeals to the average fan and is exciting for the players. In addition, the pitcher Is not so essential. Since there are no young pitchers in the area this league may some day be the only one. Right field at the City Park is a short 220 feet, and a home run over that fence lands in the swimming pool. Levi-Strauss two years ago recruited so many good- hitting left banders that s w i m m e r s were warned heads up" time after time as Levi's padded their score. This is one reason why slow pitch has been moved to the new field. Participation has reached the point where there are now 20 teams in two leagues. They play three games a night on the brand new lighted diamond at Asbell Park. Construction of it goes on even while teame are playing Last Monday night as dusk settled in, men at the top o[ a bucket lift inserted powerful mercury vapor bulbs, one light pole at a lime. Artificial light- classy light at that-step by step compensated for the setting of the sun. People laughed and speculated what would happen if a hit bcaned a worker. While the park still needs work, it will be a fine new diamond. The women's league is six years old and has become at least as popular as the men's. Husbands usually bring the kids and come to watch their wives play: young men come to watch the girls. Play can be quite good. Under the lights some of the girls, especially the more competitive ones, are fascinating to watch. Standard Register's team dominated the early years of the league. In Fact Uiey had never lost even one game u n t i l McClinlon Bros, matured as a unit and beat them for the title two years ago. Coach James Wright took a group of high school girls who, once they had played together for a year or so. developed into Â« coherent and well-coached team; Last year McClinton Bros, almost lost the title to Burger Chef. A number of strong players Joined this team from Standard Register last year, when the company made it policy that only their employes could play on their team. Les Karlin. who comes to the city.ball park to watch his wife Frieda pitch, also has coached her and the rest of the Burger Chef team into a solid unit. His recruiting has given them some of the flashiest players in town. Cocky girls are very interesting to watch, and when McClinton Bros, and Burger Chef take the field there is pizzazz as well as excellent play. The Women's league Is called fast pitch, but actually they get it over any way they cati. Bill Brunncr, a huge man and shot gun of a pitcher who says he's retiring -although bets are he'll play -- once literally rolled a pitch over the plate in frustration at an umpire. Slow pitchers lay it up to be blasted at the 275-foot fence at Asbell. But no matter what the pilch, women can be reassured to know fchnt it was a w o m a n P. E. teacher at Fayetlevile High who, a number of years ago, taught W. J. Whitehead to throw underhand. Pur Auto Paris Incorporated U'wwn'K !,*Â·(Â·Â· ' RnrcL-r Chef KIK; McCMnton Brothers Standard R*niÂ»Ler rk Floor l.cvl .Slrfluss Hunlsvllle National Bank SMnkeuwnro Spencer Bonding W L a L 0 2 0 2 Cards Get McClain ST. LOUIS (A'P) -- Running back Cliff McClain, who be came a free agent after playing out his option- with the Ne\\ York Jets last year, has been acquired by the St. Louis Cardi ials.' the National Footbal League team said Saturday. Brewers Nip Yankees, Halt Losing Streak NEW YORK (AP) - Dave May's Iwo-run homer in the second imilnjt and Ken Berry's run-scoring single in Ihe seventh helped the Milwaukee Brewers end a five game losing streak Saturday with a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees. May connected with two out in the second inning and Darrell Porter on base after being hit by a pitch. May's third home run of the season came off Loser Doc Medich. 5-2. who allowed only five other hits. May scored what proved to be the winning run in the seventh. He singled, moved around to third on a sacrifice and long fly ball and scored on Berry's single. The Yankees scored off winner Jim Slaton, 4-3, on * leadoff homer in the bottom of the second by Chris Chambliss. his second. Tliey got their other run in the eighth on singles by Thurman Munson and Ron Blomberg and Graig Nettles sacrifice f l y . A single by Chambliss, his third hit. chased Slaton. and Tom Murphy then retired Bil Sudakis on a drive to center field. Everyone Knows That A school teacher asked her class how many could name the four seasons. One boy held up his hand immediately. He answered, "Squirrel, duck, deer and turkey." ACTION AT ASBELL PARK Moore Hits For The Cycle To Highlight Week's Play The TIMB I* On Tep ef The New* Seven Day a Week |Â»AVtTfÂ«vi (NEWS Arfcemm TIMtt, Sun., May 12, 1*74 ARKANSAS NEWS WHILE IT IS NEWS IN THE TlhfS Trip The Light Fantastic in London and Paris Â» Come |ein SARA Â·nd JIMMY TURNER (Hendrix 72; U. ef A. Psych. arwf Animal Science Deptt.) In Â· well-done visit to London, Paris and a few point* : i In between. Â·Â· Depart LirHe Rock 10 August 74 and return the 24th. Total price SÂ«80.: Includes teven days in London and environs. Stratford-A von theatre. CÂ«v : _ ( , timntal breakfast throughout, and three dinners. Six days in Paris and: ' nearby countryside. Continental breakfasts and four dinners. Local sight-: seeing and plenty of free time. Private bath all the way. . ' " For-further information and reservations, call us at 521-1246 evenings and: weekdays. Arrangements can also be made with MARTENSEN TRAVEL,* Sixteen East Center, or call 443-2318. .; Dwight Moore hit for the cycle in men's fast-pitch action at the City Park Friday night, leading Interstate System to a 7-4 win over Purvis. In the second game, Dandy Oil druhhed Aulo Parts 21-3. Moore ripped a single, double, triple and borne run in four times at bat. He drove In three runs la lupport o( winning pitcher John Peacock. Also Tor Interstate, Gene Tedford had three hit*, scored three runs Â»nd drove In two. Jim Carson took the kÂ»s for Purri*. Russell Ogle was the winning pitcher for Dandy Oil and Â· David Flynn was Ihe loser. Twe women's league games Â· will nc played Monday night at : thÂ« CHy Park. Levi Strauss will meet EPC at 6, Followed by aa I p.m. ontaat between Ozark Floor and Spencer Bonding. 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