Almanac

Sports - October 12, 2011

Purple Swingers top Portola Valley softball

by Chuck Corley

The town of Portola Valley celebrated its 13th adult coed summer softball season with a new champion, the Purple Swingers.

Portola Valley softball is played all summer long and culminated on Sept. 10 with a men's and women's all-star game followed by the championship game and a barbecue.

The Portola Valley Town Center field provided a great backdrop for local parents, neighbors and those working in Portola Valley to enjoy the warm, relaxing and lazy days of summer playing America's favorite pastime.

The Purple Swingers, led by Team Captain Jon Myers, had steady hitting and a tight defense that held off the Teal Spare Parts squad in the championship game, 10-4.

Over the 12 game regular and playoff season, the Purple Swingers outscored their opponents by a 2-1 margin.

"After playing together for over a decade, it's great to finally finish a season with a win," Myers said. "As we've gotten older, it seems like we've continued to get better. This was a fun season for all of our players and our families."

Like many of the dozen teams in the league, the Swingers have been teammates and friends for more than 10 years since their children were in pre-school together.

The Portola Valley Softball League brings out the town, kids and community to play ball and cheer on for their friends in a casual, yet competitive environment.

The members of the Purple Swingers are Chris Molumphy, Lori Sutherland, Mike Banks, Beth Rabuczewski, Tina Molumphy, Sue Jaggers, Bao Chang; Mike Chang, Mia Banks, Mark Geenan, Carrie Sweetnam, Jan Sweetnam, Buffie Ward-Williams, Jim Totte, Maria Geenan, Chuck Corley, Jon Myers, Mike Randal, Kristi Corley and Craig Flower.

Visit pvsoftball.com for more information about the Portola Valley Softball League.

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