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It’s not unusual to hear “Go grandpa!” at these games.

This is the Huntsville Senior Softball League sponsored by the Senior Center.

In a 63-and-over game, Roger Armstead had two triples and drove in four runs as team Purple beat team Red, 25-10 on May 28 at Brahan Spring Park. The Vietnam veteran, who served in the Air Force from 1966-69, went 5-for-5 and scored four runs.

“We won by teamwork,” Armstead, the player/coach, said. “Everybody doing well and that’s what softball is. It’s a team game. Sometimes things go right all the way right.”

Most things went right from the outset for the men in the purple jerseys. They led 11-5 after four innings.

Leadoff hitter Randy Anderson hit a three-run, inside-the-park homer and scored four runs for team Purple (5-3). Donnie Butler went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in and two runs. Dominic Orlando and Matt Thomas had three hits apiece. Anderson, Steve Meyers, Rick Gazda, Paul Smith and Jim Flynn had two hits apiece.

Don Marsh pitched all seven innings for the win.

Red (4-3-1) was led at the plate by cleanup hitter Don Shook, who went 4-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and one run. Kirk Scruggs, Brent Jenkins, Chuck Jahnke and Bill Hinger had two hits apiece. Greg Warnick pitched the first five innings and took the loss. Jerry Cowan tossed the last two.

“They hit the ball,” Warnick, the player/coach, said. “And we didn’t play very good defense.”

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