Bay Ladies back on field for the game they love

NEIGHBORS

April 27, 2001|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH GREAT anticipation, members of the Bay Ladies softball team will begin another season next week on a field in Pasadena, playing the game they love.

This loose-knit group of women began playing ball together almost seven years ago on a Brooklyn field, and Dee Rizzutto, a veteran member, has been there through it all.

"We started out as a 50-and-over team with big dreams of eventually playing other senior women's teams. Our goal was to keep in shape while having fun," Rizzutto said. "We have made a little progress over the years attracting new players, but it has not been as easy as we thought."

Eleven players have remained at the Bay Ladies' core over the years.

Seeing a lack of interest in its originally targeted age group, the team reduced the bracket for play to 40-plus to try to attract more players.

"We would like to field three teams if possible, for intramural play, but some years it has been difficult to attract enough players to field one team," Rizzutto said.

Like many of her current and former teammates, Rizzutto learned to play when girls had few opportunities to play organized sports. "Unfortunately, when I was growing up there were no teams for girls, so I learned to play baseball with the boys," she said.

She continued to play softball over the years, for fun and to keep in shape.

Many women on the Bay Ladies have played high school or college ball, but career and family demands prevented them from playing as adults. A few continued on adult club teams, but injuries and aging joints have reduced their ability to fully participate on highly competitive teams. Still others have had no experience at softball.

"We have mature women from novice to expert playing," Rizzutto said. "All you need to be on our team is a glove, and a good sense of humor. We really have a lot of fun on the field."

If there is enough interest from over-50 players, the team would like to compete in the 22nd annual Maryland Senior Olympic Games, to be held in October at Towson University.

According to the National Senior Games Association, a correlation exists between physical fitness and mental health that adds to the quality of life for older Americans.

"We went to the state games last year and got creamed by a great team from Montgomery County, but it was fun to compete," Rizzutto said.

The team will have its first practice of the season at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Jacobsville Park on Magothy Bridge Road.

Information: 410-647-8114 or 410-437-2035.

Church celebrates heritage

Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will celebrate its heritage Sunday with several events, including an appearance by the Rev. Mamie Williams, district superintendent, as guest speaker for the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

A noontime covered-dish luncheon in the fellowship hall will precede a presentation by the church historian, Hazel Brown, showing slides and movies from the beginnings of the 84-year-old church to the present.

Lay leader Irene Callbeck will present a talk at 2 p.m. on the founding of the Methodist societies by John and Charles Wesley.

Visitors can view mission displays and a variety of church memorabilia.

Information: 410-647-3255.

VFW dinner bingo

The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2462 will sponsor a dinner bingo Sunday at the post home, 2462 Bayside Beach Road.

The doors will open at noon, with bingo starting at 1 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes dinner and 20 regular games. An auction and raffles also will be held.

Information: 410-255-7101.

PBA luncheon

Pasadena Business Association will hold its annual legislative luncheon at noon Wednesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

The luncheon will feature District 31 legislators giving an overview of the 2001 General Assembly session and its impact on the business community. Tickets are $12 in advance with reservations by today or $15 at the door.

Information: 410-987-4887.

Fashion luncheon

Tickets are on sale for the Chesapeake Women's Club annual luncheon and fashion show fund-raiser, taking place at 1 p.m. Wednesday at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie. Fashions, modeled by club members, will be provided by Kohl's.

Tickets are $25, with proceeds benefiting various club charities. Information: 410-255-9308.

Onions - last call!

East Anne Arundel Lions Club is accepting orders for Vidalia onions for the last time this season.

Cost is $5 for a 5-pound bag, $10 for 10-pounders - for the real onion eater. Deadline for orders is Sunday, with pickup scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5 at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road. Orders: 410-255-0076.

Profits from the sale will benefit vision research at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Clinic in Baltimore.

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