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Collier Senior softballers know their game

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Collier County Senior Softball League Commissioner Dan Balanga also plays in the Majors Division of the league. He is shown pitching with a protective screen in case a hard line drive is hit his way.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Collier County Senior Softball League Commissioner Dan Balanga also plays in the Majors Division of the league. He is shown pitching with a protective screen in case a hard line drive is hit his way.

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Max Hurt, left, one of the founders of Collier County Senior Softball League, shares a laugh with Dan Balanga, league commissioner. Hurt said he got a fews guys together to play softball 24 years ago and the league has grown to 200 players and 14 teams.
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Al Murray, 84, delivers a picth behind a protective screen in the AAA Division of the Collier County Senior Softball League. AAA and the Majors divisions total 200 players who compete on Tuesday and Thursday at Veterans Community Park in Naples.
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Mike Hickey readies to catch the ball for a force out at second base in AAA Division play of the Collier County Senior Softball League.
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Ted Todd has his eyes on a pitch in Majors Division action of the Collier County Senior Softball League.
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Bob Gentile watches a pitch in AAA softball action in the Collier County Senior Softball League. In slow pitch softball the pitch has to have an arc of six feet and land on the plate pad (dark color) to be a strike. This pitch fell short for a ball instead.
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Team Gipson's Neil Kellum cruises into third base with a triple in the Majors Division of the Collier County Senior Softball League.
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Second baseman Sheliea Gave throws to first base for a putout in AAA softball in the Collier County Senior Softball League. She was the first woman to play softball with the men 15 years ago. Three other women play in the league that numbers 200 players, on 14 teams.
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Jeff Frey holds onto his hat as he races to home for a run in Collier County Senior Softball action.
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Second baseman Rich Strodoski stopped a hard hit ball and threw from a kneeling position to get the force out at second base in the Majors Division of the Collier County Senior Softball League.
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Collier County Senior Softball League Commissioner Dan Balanga also plays in the Majors Division of the league. He is shown pitching with a protective screen in case a hard line drive is hit his way.
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Bruce Dwoskin digs for home in a Majors Division game in Collier County Senior Softball action.

From 50 to in their 80s, Collier Senior Softball League players can really play the game.

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