Donegal Acorn’s Softball Team- ANNOUNCEMENT CENTER
Donegal Acorn’s Softball Team Meeting, Sunday, March 22, 12:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall, immediately following the BDC Service. All past, current and prospective players are encouraged to attend this meeting to receive information for the upcoming season.
“Acorn Droppings” – Donegal Acorns’ Softball Roundup 2014
After 13 seasons in the Donegal Area Church Softball League (DACSL), the Acorns continue to break ground and find new ways to navigate the long season. Beginning with a very cool spring training month of April and the cancellation of the traditional 5 – man tourney just before the season starts, the Acorns and most of the other teams in the league came in cold on opening day.
For the first time in our team’s participation in the league, there were fewer teams (14) than playoff spots (16), so winning our division was not as important as it has been in previous years as every team was going to make the playoffs. We wrapped up our first losing season in 8 years, but were the 9th seed in the double elimination tournament, middle of the pack.
We won our first game against Word of Life Chapel and advanced to play the top seed Calvary Bible Church, the eventual champion. We held our own but didn’t have the bats necessary to beat this powerhouse team. Then in our first elimination game, we stayed alive, beating Mt. Calvary. In our next loser’s bracket matchup, we fell to a very good Dove team that finished in the top 4. Our playoff run this season duplicated our best ever post-season showing of 2013.
With only a day of rest after our 3rd game in 4 days in the DACSL playoffs, we had to turn around and play in the annual Camp Donegal softball tournament in Airville, PA on Saturday August 2 at 8 am! We dug deep with a little help from some friends from upstate New York and our extended Donegal Presbyterian Church roster.
Just as was the case last year, we stayed in the winners’ bracket until the championship games, but lost to Middle Octorara. However, we both had one lose at this point, so there was one final, winner take all game, Game 7 if you will, for the Willis Stine Trophy. As we have in 3 of the previous 4 years, the Acorns prevailed and went home champs!
More importantly, Pastor Tom got to play with his son TJ and granddaughter Quinn for the second year in a row, and the rest of us got to witness how Quinn has come along as a fine ballplayer and a nice young lady. We also had the Musser family (Greg, Jodi and Maddie) as well as the Cleis boys (John and Quinn) getting to play together again this tournament. This was a repeat win for us and maybe next year Tom can ride off into the sunset with a three-peat (although we welcome him back as often as he wishes to play after retirement).
From a management standpoint, after 13 seasons at the helm, this year proved the most trying, mostly due to being spread too thin and often injured. I am happy that Scot Harlacher and John Cleis have agreed to be co-managers next season. Thanks also to our very loyal fans for supporting us through thick and thin this season as always and to our families for indulging us in our enjoyment of playing ball.
So if you have any interest in lacing up your softball cleats next season, come to our annual meeting in late March 2015 or let us know you want to play in the mean time. Thanks to everyone who played this season for your patience and leadership and for making it a memorable year.
Yours in Christ,
GM, Donegal Acorns Softball