By Tom Evans Krause, Puget Sound League President
The Puget Sound Senior Baseball League returned to Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, July 1st. 68 PSSBL members participated on a sunny day made for baseball as 600 fans cheered them on. The exhibition-style games helped raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington.
Longtime PSSBL player Jerry Duris was recognized with a PSSBL Lifetime Achievement Award at a home plate ceremony to kick off the festivities.
It was a major league experience for everyone involved with PA announcer Randy McNair of the Tacoma Rainiers on the mic, stadium sound, Naval Hospital Bremerton Honor Guard presenting the colors, Konomi Rivers and Laurie Miller providing excellent renditions of the National Anthem, professional photographers, full umpire crews from NBUA and PSUA, and ceremonial first pitches from Make-A-Wish kids J.J. and Barron.
Thanks to Karl Ramsay, Paul Davison, Josh Whall and Ryan Langager for managing the teams. Thanks to Head Groundskeeper Bob Chistofferson, Jenna Massaro, Alisia Anderson and the entire Mariners organization, the NBUA, the PSUA, the NHB Honor Guard, Konomi and Laurie, photographers Jason Becker, Randy Inghram, and Geoff Vlcek, our partners at Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington, sports intern extraordinaire Elijah Harris, and all the fans who attended on this very special day.