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The "boys of summer" Senior Softball League gets underway

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Courtesy: Madison Senior Softball League Courtesy: Madison Senior Softball League

MADISON (WKOW) -- The "boys of summer" have grown up. Madison's only senior softball league gets underway next week.

Over 200 seniors will take to the baseball diamond where the average age is 67 years old, but you wouldn't know it by the way they play.

Starting May 8, games will take place every Wednesday at Goodman Park. It's a fun league, but there will be 12 teams and a championship game at the end of the season.

"These guys, they've battled cancer and heart attacks, diabetes, knee and hip replacements, and other health issues. To most people, after events like that, they might hang it up. Not in the Greater Madison Senior Softball League. The love of the game drives them to play through their golden years," says Bob Ruhland, one of the league founders.

League organizers say they've made modifications in order to keep the game safe and competitive. The team uses a special softball called, "the clincher."

The Greater Madison Senior Softball League started in 2010 by childhood friends, Ray Blum and Bob Ruhland. The league is open to men 55 years and older. Regular games take place every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. starting on May 8 at Goodman Park.

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