By ALEX SPONSELLER The Rhode Island Senior Softball League is back at it this summer and has enjoyed another season of play as it works its way back to normalcy. The league got off to a late start last season due to the pandemic and had to cram its
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Rhode Island Senior Softball League is back at it this summer and has enjoyed another season of play as it works its way back to normalcy.
The league got off to a late start last season due to the pandemic and had to cram its schedule into a smaller window. This season, the league has regained its form and teams are in the thick of the playoff hunt with just a few weeks left on the regular season slate.
One team that is looking to make some noise is Blue Cross, who is being managed once again by 92-year-old skipper Joe Giordano of Cranston.
“It’s normal this year. We have 20 teams in four divisions. I’m still managing and sporadically playing, everything feels normal,” said Giordano.
Blue Cross currently sits in first place and hopes to win a championship after falling short last summer. With nearly the entire roster returning, Giordano and company are confident and feel a sense of urgency heading into the final leg of the regular season.
“We have everyone back this year besides one fella, other than him the entire team is intact. We also added a couple more fellas. With a few games left, hopefully we can run the table,” said Giordano. “We have some good players but we were in over our heads a little bit last year and were eliminated in the first round the playoffs. That is not the story this year, we are back to where we belong. This is a good team and we have some good competition in our division, so if we are going to go anywhere, we’re going to have to run the table.”
Giordano has been a member of the league for decades and at 92, continues to manage and occasionally hit the field for some action. With a playoff run much in the cards in the next couple months, Giordano is thrilled to once again be a part of this organization and feels proud to still be doing it at his age.
“I don’t know, I’m 92 but think I am 19 in my head,” said Giordano, who also plays ball at Warwick City Park on Wednesdays. “I’m in pretty good shape, I play ball on Wednesdays and Sundays, I just want to show up with my glove. I enjoy it, I don’t know what keeps me going. I am a lucky man, I’m blessed.”
The RI Senior Softball League is always looking for new members and encourages any players that are 50 and older or 60 and older that are interested to visit its website at www.leaguelineup.com/riseniorsoftball. For those interested in joining next year’s league, they may visit the website and fill out a player inquiry form.