Season Ending Stories, New Sports Opportunities
The Rehoboth Beach Senior Women’s Softball season has officially come to an end. The winning team, the Delaware Diamonds, had a fantastic season, posting a 10-2 record and having a great time doing it.
The Diamonds’ line up consists of women ranging from 48-77 years old. This group has lots of talented players, including Gabby Dillard who was named MVD (Most Valuable Diamond). Gabby was moved from 3rd base to left center mid-year to cover for an injured player and she was amazing. That’s about the time that the team learned that, as a much younger player, Gabby was a Golden Glove outfielder for the state of Delaware.
Dottie Pope is the head coach, assistant coaches are Dee Pecora and Barb Sweeney, and the manager/scorekeeper is Karen Dorris. The players include: Mary Anderson, Patricia Battersby, Valendia Branch, Teresa Crivelli, Gabriella Dillard, Debbie Dorris, Christie Douda, Jackie Doyle, Barbara Ellis, Cindy Knotts, Patty Lake, Dee Pecora, Dorothy Pope, Kit Ryan, Dianne Steinbach, Barbara Sweeney, Robin Verdery, and Sandy Yanaga.
According to Dottie, the Diamonds are also a group of compassionate women, many of whom are in the helping professions like Dee Pecora. Dee is a nurse and decided it was important for the league to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) available during games, so she bought one for the league.
The Diamonds insist that their entire line-up is always ready to sub if needed, and their last game was a prime example. Dottie Pope, who hasn’t played in over 30 years, was called upon to take over 2nd base. She borrowed a glove, put on some cleats, and ended up going 2 for 3 at the plate and making some great plays at second base. She must have been some great player 30 years ago to sub like she did.
The Diamonds played their last game against the Shore Sharks and didn’t need the win in order to win the season. But Dottie’s philosophy is that the last game win of the season sets the momentum for the next season. The Diamonds won 10-7 and hope to use that momentum to take them to the national Senior Olympics in 2020.
Olympics Are Us
The Rehoboth Senior Women’s Softball league put together a winning Senior Olympics team this year. The Softball Rebels (a team from the league), recruited two players from other teams and represented Delaware for 2019. The Rebels beat teams from Connecticut and Maryland and won the tournament. It is the first time in the history of Delaware State Senior Olympics that a Delaware team beat an out-of-state team to win the tournament. The Olympians included: Michelle Lee (coach and player), Patty Rickman (coach), Polly Bryan, Allison Dann, Val Jones, Dana Macelrevey, JR Fletcher, Nan Martino, Chris Hodakievic, Jackie Shahan (pitched 4 games in the heat!), Julia Spetz, Tami Murry, Nancy Kennedy-Howard, Michele Peters, Jackie Doyle, and Rina Pellegrini.
Goodbye Golf for now
Autumn means an end to the golf season for many locals. So instead of playing golf, a group of us decided to head over to Scotland to watch Team USA play against Team Europe in the Solheim Cup.
The Solheim Cup is played every two years, alternating between a course in Europe and one in the US. This year the tournament was played at Gleneagles in Scotland (which is about an hour away from the most iconic course in the world—St. Andrews).
While in Scotland, local golfers Margie Moore and Sheree Mixell, along with this reporter, and Pattie Magee, took the iconic picture crossing the bridge at St. Andrews. The Solheim Cup was won by Team Europe, despite the best efforts of Team USA and the loud cheering (and patriotic outfits) of the American fans from Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach.
Bowling Is Up Next
One sport just getting started for fall is bowling. The Rainbow Ladies Bowling League meets on Tuesdays at Millsboro Lanes. Don’t miss the chance to stay active this fall and get to know our local bowling legend, Rina Pellegrini, while you’re doing it. Rina is the league coordinator and you can contact her at if you’re interested. ▼
Anita Petit is a former marketing executive and current small business owner in Rehoboth and NJ. She’s played multiple sports all her life, but now concentrates primarily on her golf game.
Photo above: In Scotland, Solheim fans from King’s Creek Country Club, from left, Kathi Westcott, Anita Pettitt, Sheree Mixell, Margie Moore, Pattie Magee, Teri Caswell.