Batter up! Wilmington Senior Softball Association starts 23rd year

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New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple threw out the ceremonial first pitch to start the 2017 season of the Wilmington Senior Softball Association. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 23rd season of the Wilmington Senior Softball Association is underway after the group held their Opening Day ceremonies this morning at Ogden Park.

New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple threw out the first pitch to kick off the new year.

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Don’t let their age fool you, these athletes can play some softball! More than 170 players from across the region, with some in their mid 80’s will participate in the league this year.

The seniors will play in the 60-game season running through the summer, and for some, into the National Senior Championships like one of the Wilmington teams did last year.

Everyone said they are excited for the new year.



“I think we were all anticipating playing again,” Gary Kohunsky said. “Once you get out and get some dirt on yourself, get some hits and talk with your players, it just gets into your bloodstream. It’s something that you want to do.”

“I would really encourage anyone who sees this or listens to this, if you played softball, or even didn’t play softball when you were younger but you want to get involved in an activity, you can’t beat it,” Commissioner Zapple said. “This is where you need to be, out here at Ogden Park.”

If you want to see your name in the lineup, visit the Wilmington Senior Softball Association website by clicking here.