The Nashua Senior Softball League is the 'senior' circuit
"There is no limit on how old you can be," said the league's president, Bob Lavoie, 71, of Nashua. "And every year we have gotten bigger. We started with 16 people and two teams nine years ago. Now we have nine teams."
Nevertheless, most players cite friendship, along with the love of the game, as the primary draw.
"The camaraderie and competition keeps me coming back," added Jerry Ferullo, 65, of Haverhill, Mass. "It's better than sitting at home and watching TV."
"It keeps me in good condition, and I love to play," Gavin said.
"This is my first time playing softball in almost 40 years," said Steve Ulicny, 75, of Amherst, "and I think this is great for old-timers. If they were not here, they would be at McDonald's drinking coffee. Obesity in the senior age group is so high, and this keeps us active."
Despite their age, many of the men can still run well, and many of the players swing a heavy bat.
Steve Brzozowski, 63, of Goffstown, said he finds it reassuring to see men older than he is run faster, hit the ball farther and generally play better than younger men.
"We are always taking new members," league president Lavoie said.
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