By Maggie Calhoun
Thirty-four teams of Senior Women hit and fielded softballs during the weekends of April 6 and 13. Mesquite Senior Games welcomed approximately 500 players, friends and family members who stayed here and played here until the gold, silver and bronze team medals were awarded. The cheerful competitors came from NV, CA, AZ, MD, MI, CO, TN, UT, and 2 from British Columbia. Their ages range from 50 on up to 75+. There were players in their 80’s. The women were competing for places and ranking in the National Senior Womens’ Softball Competition Games. The 12 teams of 50 -55 Brackets were first time visitors this year. They used both Pioneer and Hunter fields the first weekend. The following weekend, 22 teams of 60 to 80 year Seniors filled all 3 fields.
Senior Games is in their busy season right now with many local and several national events held here. The volunteer organization, led by Consulting Director Amy Bradshaw scheduled, structured, gathered equipment and volunteer help. A survey of the Senior Women showed the top reasons for attending are the fun of playing, the weather, seeing friends, the quality fields and the friendliness of Mesquite. Senior Games continues during the summer, at a slower pace, and entertains more multi state competitions in the fall.