Love of the Game Keeps These Women On the Diamond
Once a week in the summer women over 40 take the field at Caswell Park.
"I love the snap of the ball in the glove for one thing but just the friendships and it's just my thing to do in the summertime," said Jana Kurth, who's playing in her 22nd season this summer.
Most have been playing for decades including 91-year-old right fielder Jaci Zellmer.
"I'm going to keep on playing. Really that's one of the big things for longevity I believe is keep active, keep playing as long as you feel like you can do it," Zellmer added.
"It's fun, it's exercise it's community," Sarah Epplen said.
"The ladies are fun, even the ones on the other team, we kind of do a little smack talk, just keep it light," Sarah Downey added.
"As some of us have gotten older and the new younger players come in they've played ball before like some of us older ones never really played ball and the young people actually know how to play so but we can learn, we can still learn," Kurth said.
"That's what I liked about it, there's quite a few women that are actively involved in playing softball so that's fun," Downey added.
"It is a lot of fun. I wish we had more players though. Because year we had eight teams playing and now we're down to four teams. So I really wish that more people would come out and play. You don't have to be a giant, great player. Just come out for the fun," Zellmer said.
"We're just all friends. We've had people come and go over the years but we've had a lot of people that used to be on our team that still come watch. They're still part of the team, so you can't retire once you're on, you're on forever," Kurth said.
With just two make-up games to go, the ladies will soon say goodbye to each other until next season when they will all get together again for another summer of softball.
--KEYC News 12.