Who need their own bat? Certainly not JOLICO 65’s ROSE BOLONE who used teammate PEGGY VAN ECKOUTE’s Miken to hit her first ever home run.
BOLONE enjoyed it so much she hit another, this one a grand slam.
“I have been playing softball since I was five years old and this was the first time I have ever hit a ball over the fence,” the JOLICO 65 catcher said.
Her first came in pool play during a 15-3 win over the OHIO CARDINALS but the second one was really big.
“We were only ahead by 16-13 in the seventh inning of the championship game with the SENIOR DIAMONDS when I hit the grand slam,” BOLANO said.” I was so excited, it really felt great.”
Her blast helped JOLICO 65’s win the title game 20-13.
Her big disappointment, however, was not getting to trot around the bases.
“Ever since I was a kid, I would dream of hitting a home run and trotting around the bases,” she said. “But darn it, SPA has a rule “hit and sit”, so I was only able to trot to first base.
BOLANO also had a good tournament with the glove making two huge put outs at home plate in the championship game.
You would think softball would be her top sport but it isn’t, golf is her favorite.
“I only get to play around thirty games a year in softball but I golf twice a week in FLORIDA and I can do it year around,” she said.
She even credits golf for her softball swing.
“I am more relaxed with my grip and it helps timing and hand-to-eye coordination,”: she explained. “I use the same swing for both.”
The only difference between golf and softball is she has her own clubs.
“I’m sticking with using PEGGY’s bat, if she lets me,” she said..You can’t change a good thing.”