Slowpitch softball games underway at Pykes Field this week

By Michael Zogg, The Triplicate July 08, 2014 01:29 pm

Landon O’Reilly, at left, and Isaiah Sanchez look toward the umpire for the call after a close play at second base on Monday at Pykes Field. The Del Norte Recreation Slowpitch Softball League kicked off this Monday with the men’s upper and lower divisions. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Landon O’Reilly, at left, and Isaiah Sanchez look toward the umpire for the call after a close play at second base on Monday at Pykes Field. The Del Norte Recreation Slowpitch Softball League kicked off this Monday with the men’s upper and lower divisions. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The slowpitch softball season is back in Crescent City as 12 teams, six each from the men’s upper and lower divisions, played their first regular season games at Pykes Field on Monday.

The upper division has six teams this year while the lower division has 10 teams. There are also 11 co-ed teams signed up this season. The co-ed regular season kicked off Tuesday.

 

All three divisions will play two games a week until the end of August. The men’s upper division plays its final regular season games on Aug. 11; the lower division wraps up on Aug. 18; and the co-ed teams finish the regular season on Aug. 21.

The Del Norte Recreation Department will also be hosting three big slowpitch tournaments throughout the summer starting with the Firecracker Tournament at Pykes Field on Saturday and Sunday.

The Firecracker Tournament is a one-pitch tournament that Del Norte Recreation Director John Horner said will draw teams all the way from Medford. One-pitch means that each batter will see one pitch; a strike or foul ball is an out,while a ball is a walk.

Johnny Franz watches a throw from the pitcher sail into his glove. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Johnny Franz watches a throw from the pitcher sail into his glove. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg

“The Firecracker is cool because it is right around the Fourth of July and the one-pitch kind of adds a new dimension to it,” Horner said.