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Chris Maggio looked in midseason form in this preseason game.

He hit a grand slam and was the winning pitcher as the maroon team beat the green 19-11 on April 5 at field 2 in Brahan Spring Park. They play in the 55-and-over Rockets league in Huntsville Senior Softball. The spring season opened April 12.

“I think we started out sluggish as expected,” Maggio, maroon’s player/coach, said. “I’m just trying to contribute as best I could being out of shape.”

He went 3-for-4, scored three runs and drove in four. He pitched all seven innings for the win.

League newcomer David Allen also hit a grand slam and scored three runs. He went 4-for-4 with a double and six runs batted in.

“I’m just enjoying playing the game,” Allen, the left fielder, said. He heard about the league from Terry Koelbl, the green team’s shortstop.

“He’s the one that got me out here, told me about it and told me to come on out,” Allen said. “He said it’s a lot of fun, and it is.”

Denny Reasner, Moto Miller, Scott Landers and Gary Wilkison added three hits apiece. Mark Hoffman and Jerry Bevel had two hits apiece.

Koelbl, Billy Cooley and Ragnar Opiniano each had three hits for the green. Tom Fickling, Randy Phillippi, player/coach Jeff Abbott and Gary Norris had two hits apiece. Abbott took the loss in the circle.

“We had a lot of balls drop in for hits which could’ve been – should’ve been – outs,” Abbott said. “And gave up a bunch of unearned runs. Still struggling to hit the ball consistently but for our first practice game it was a good outing.”

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