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webmaster | 09/13/13

But first, this seems not very Christian-like. Every year congregations from the Valley’s Churches of God play a softball tournament to promote friendship, sportsmanship and Christian fellowship. This year’s tournament was held at Pedretti Park in Turlock.

For several years the Fresno group has brought in ringers that pounded the competition, including during the championship game against our own Madera church players. Though the mercy rule was in effect, the Fresno congregation didn’t exactly show any mercy toward their fellow Christians. Averaging 29 runs per game Fresno just kept blasting homeruns over the fence (no doubt using shaved, corked and illegal bats since there was no bat-check by the American Softball Association.) until after three innings the score was 29-4.

As a local player mused, “and the tournament directors are scratching their heads as to why they are getting fewer teams every year as long as the Fresno team is stacked.” Well, this wannabe sports writer is just going to change the numbers around a little (never good at math anyway) and say the locals lost 4-3 in 29 innings.

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As you have noticed and mentioned I have not exactly been perfect lately with names in this cat box liner. I’m trying, but sometimes it is confusing and as you faithful readers are aware this meager scribe is so easily confused. I even thought about going against all logic (and AP stylebook) and just go with first names. I began to create a short list of only the waitresses I have mentioned this year, but realized it was no help...


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