BaseballI have to imagine I was one of the few fans still watching at 1:40 a.m. when the MLB All-Star game finally reached its inevitable conclusion with the AL winning in the bottom of the 15th.

It was a great game, though I could have lived without blowhard Tim McCarver talking in sentence fragments for nearly five straight innings about how the Rays would prefer that Scott Kazmir not have to pitch.

My question is this: If you really don't want the guy to pitch, why not just decline the invitation, so that the manager can add a guy to the roster that is available to pitch? Yes, Kazmir was used, and picked up the win, but it really wasn't fair to AL manager Terry Francona to have to ignore the wishes of his closest division rival this season, just so he could finish out a glorified exhibition game.

Here's another thought. How about inviting a small group of pitchers, say 3-5, that are not actually on the roster, and can only be used if necessary, like when a game goes 15 innings?

Really, that has to be better than the thought of seeing J.D. Drew and David Wright come in as relievers, doesn't it?

One other note on the All-Star Game: Man, I feel bad for Marlins' second baseman Dan Uggla. Not only did he have an awful game, he then had to deal with every hack sportswriter in the country using horrible puns of his last name to describe just how bad his game was.

Softball

Preparations for the 2008 season in the SECA Fall Co-ed Softball League have begun.

Games are played on Monday and Wednesday evenings in September and October at Legion Park in Quarryville. The league is looking for male and female players ages 18 and over, either individuals, partial teams or full teams.

Interested players are asked to attend a league meeting on Tuesday, July 29, 6 p.m., at the SECA bulding in Quarryville, or to contact either Julie Collins at (717) 806-0123, or by email at seca@epix.net.

You can also contact me at (717) 786-6095 or by email at brudick55@gmail.com.

Volleyball

John Regener has been named the varsity volleyball coach at Octorara, with Deanna Funk taking over as the junior Varsity coach.

Octorara Volleyball will have Open Court on Monday evenings from 5 - 7 p.m. in the high school. Dates are as follows: July 14, 21, 28, and Aug. 4.

School Physicals are scheduled for Wednesday July 30 at 9:30 a.m. in the high school library. Pick up forms at the office. Cost is $10.

Try-Outs for the team will be Monday, Aug. 11-15. Please note, there will be two practices a day-Mandatory. 8 - 11 a.m. and then 6 - 8 p.m. Bring indoor and outdoor sneakers.

Wrestling

The Rubicon Wrestling Club at Solanco is hosting a takedown tournament on Thursday, August 7. For the takedown tourney, each match will be five minutes in length, with the best of five takedowns in a match declared the winner. Weigh-ins at 5:30 p.m., wrestling set to begin at 6. The entry fee is $5, payable on site.

To report area sports news, contact Bill Rudick by email at brudick55@gmail.com or by phone at (717) 786-6095.

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