History in the making

By on June 15, 2011

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley is sponsoring a softball team in a new over-70 league that grew out of an over-60 league that started some 30 years ago.

According to team manager Bill Ludwig of Reamstown, the over-60 league started with four teams and now has 15. As the over-60s pile up more birthdays, he hopes they’ll step up to the over-70s plate and help the league grow.

The Historical Society, located at 237 W. Main St, Ephrata, saw an obvious tie-in with the ever-young batsmen and pitched in for a box of shockingly visible safety-green T-shirts bearing the Society’s name and logo. With 15 players 70 or older, there’s at least 1,050 years of living out there swinging away, shagging flies, and running — more or less — bases.

That’s historical.

Ludwig said the other teams in the nascent league are Elizabethtown, Willow Street Blue and Willow Street Red. The Belvederes, the guys from Ephrata, won their first game of the season in a face-off with E-town.

The Belvederes play home games at the Ephrata Middle School at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. The Ephrata Rec Center provides the field for the team and gets it ready for games.

Home games are scheduled for June 22 and 29, July 20, and August 3 and 10.

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