The Robinson’s Furniture 65-and-older tournament softball team recently traveled to Tampa, Fla., for the ISSA World Tournament of Champions Senior Softball Tournament and came home a winner.
The team comprises players in the Olde Tymers Softball League, a league for players 60 and older that holds its games in Dagsboro. The team won five of six games in the Tournament of Champions, going up against four other teams from the U.S. that had previously won major tournament championships.
The team is sponsored by Buddy Robinson of Lewes and Robinson’s Furniture of Oxford, Pa., and is managed by Steve Unger of Milton.
Robinson’s Furniture won its first four games to earn a spot in the championship game, where the team faced the Myrtle Beach 65s team that had survived the loser’s bracket to enter the game with one loss. Robinson’s only needed to win one of the possible two remaining games.
On a chilly (for Florida) and breezy Thursday morning, Robinson’s got off to a slow start against Myrtle Beach and fell behind 10-1 before beginning its comeback. After the top of the sixth, Robinson’s was ahead by two runs, but couldn’t hold the home team in the bottom half and ended up losing 17-16.
With one game left, Robinson’s had to win. The team started off fast this time, jumping out to an early 9-5 advantage before extending their lead to 16-7 after the fourth inning. They eventually won the game 17-12.
Robinson’s left fielder Joe Oswald of Ocean View was voted the tournament MVP. He led the team in batting with an average of .850. Steve Carey (third base, Fenwick Island), Paul Litwin (pitcher, Selbyville) and Eddie Givens (pitcher, Georgetown) were elected to the tournament all-star team.
After the game, manager Steve Unger enjoyed a champagne shower.
OTS, with a wide range of softball skill-level participants, is gearing up for the 2021 season of league play, which starts in April. Anyone interested in joining the senior softball league can go to https://teampages.com/leagues/118816 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.