Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blaine Title “Codgers” take Missoula meet

65-and-over softball winners

     Ketchum’s Bob Sarchett will be 70 years young in August, but he can still hit a softball.

     Sarchett helped the Blaine County Title-sponsored “Codgers” to the championship of the Men’s 65-and-over division in the eighth annual Keith Thompson/Ron Corr Memorial Senior Games slow-pitch softball tourney at Missoula, Mt.

     The 14-player “Codgers” squad went 5-0 at the June 28-29 tourney at Fort Missoula. They defeated two teams from Alberta, Canada, one from Spokane and one from Great Falls.

     Sarchett, the catcher who batted 12-for-15 (.800) at Missoula, went 4-for-4 in the championship game as the “Codgers” defeated Yeager’s Sporting Goods from Bellingham/Seattle by a 20-11 score.

     Most Valuable Player was “Codgers” star Scott Shumway of Boise (.947), the former Western Trophy star shortstop.

     “Codgers” clean-up hitter was third baseman Mike Ford of Twin Falls, the former Hotsy Steam Shop player (.647).

     It was Blaine County Title’s second senior tournament of 2014, after its 6-3 record in a 30-team Memorial Day tournament at Reno, Nev. Sarchett batted .714 in that meet.

     Next, after proper rest of three weeks, the Codgers will put their reputation on the line during the Bend (Ore.) Senior Classic tournament July 19-20.

     Last year, the “Codgers” went 26-8 for their season and placed sixth of 24 teams in a national AAA slow-pitch tournament for the 65-and-over class Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at Las Vegas, Nev. They won three tournaments, and Sarchett batted .721 for the entire campaign.

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