Bob Sarchett acknowledges that National 50-and-over slow-pitch softball champion McU Sports of Boise keeps the 61-year-old Ketchum player on the team because he hits the ball well and consistently.
Sarchett, McU Sports catcher and oldest player on the squad, did just that last weekend at Reno, Nev. He batted in the McU Sports six hole and hit 17-for-25 (.680) with eight RBI over six winning games.
At Reno, now classified in the 55-and-over division, McU Sports went 6-0 over three days to win the 55-and-over Triple AAA division of the Rockin' Reno Senior Slow-Pitch tournament. In all, 130 teams competed with players 50-and-over.
McU Sports beat the San Jose (Ca.) Styx twice including 37-24 in a windstorm in Sunday's finale.
The championship game was remarkable in that 32 runs were scored between the two teams in the seventh inning. In senior softball you're limited to five runs per inning, but the seventh and final inning is wide open. McU Sports exploded for 21 runs in the top half of the seventh and Styx added 11 in the home half.
McU Sports, with former Idaho Sporting Goods hurler Wayne Clark forming the battery with Sarchett, also defeated teams from Kansas City, Sacramento, Phoenix and Oakland during the Reno tournament.
It was the first tournament of the year for McU Sports, which won its national championship last October at Phoenix, Az. The team will play once a month this summer—at Coeur d'Alene and Salem, Ore. leading up to the 2006 national tournament in Seattle, Wash. this September.
McU Sports, which qualified for 2006 nationals by winning the Reno tournament, also plans to compete in the World Senior Games during October at St. George, Utah.