Extra Innings: Old timers in softball form a league of their own

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA -- Long after most seasons have ended, a collection of longtime softball players emerge from the shadows on an indoor 'field of dreams'.

Mike Armstrong played and coached, and got old, like the rest of these guys.

He played competitive softball into his 50's, as long as he could.

"We've got a couple of guys with medical problems, to say the least," he points out.

The same goes for Jon Dorr.

"I like to be competitive," he says. "Enjoy the camaraderie."

When they couldn't keep with the younger guys any longer they looked around and formed their own league.

Mike says, "We started with two teams and then we've grown it to four teams over the past two years."

Jon Dorr says, "I played til I was 55 years old and took about 5 years off. Mike, who was my coach, called me out for senior softball."

They call it the Central Oklahoma Senior Softball League.

This is one of their tryout nights.

The season starts in March.

To play you have to turn 60 sometime in 2016, or be older.

Some are a lot older.

Armstrong says, "We've got an 83-year-old now. So we've got guys from 60 to 83."

These guys aren't beginners.

Most of them have played before.

It's their bodies that won't let them play like they used to.

"Advil and Tylenol man, after every practice and every game," says year old player Paul Martin. "At 69 if you're not sore you're not playing."

Dorr chimes in with another suggestion for easing the aches and pains.

"Either that or a good, frozen drink," he chuckles.

They scrounged 4 different teams in the past couple of years.

The same players who begged their moms for a few more minutes outside as kids, the ones who will play until their legs and arms fall off, are going extra innings now, trying to get a few more to round out their nines and nineties.

The Central Oklahoma Senior Softball League is still looking for players and holding tryouts prior to their season.

If you're interested in joining you can find out how at www.centralokseniorsoftball.org

The league also has a facebook page, or you can call Mike Armstrong at (405) 408-4107.

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