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Welcome to the Westford Over 30 Slow-Pitch Softball League!

Welcome to the Westford Over 30 Slow-Pitch Softball League's web site. As this site is always a work in progress, all comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

Westford Over-30 Softball is still accepting applications for the 2015 season.  These late applications will be used to fill openings that arise on team's rosters.  The application can be found by clicking on the Handouts link to the left.

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to visit our sponsor page- thank you to the local business's that help keep our league going.

Both new comers and returning visitors are invited to visit the League Overview Page for details regarding our league. Also, please sign the Guestbook with any feedback that could prove helpful in this ongoing project.

Monday, September 14
Mustangs Sweep for Third Consecutive Title

The Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs are officially a dynasty. On Sunday night they won their third championship in a row and their fifth in seven years as they swept Floral Arts in three games, out scoring Floral, 44-18, in the series. The Mustangs’ series win was the result of excellent defense and offense, with the entire line up producing in all three games. The outstanding Mustangs won 29 of the 31 games they played the season.


Floral Arts 12 - Willis Tent 10

On Tuesday, in the fifth and final game of the second round, Floral Arts erased a 7-4 deficit in the sixth inning by scoring eight runs to go up 12-7 against Willis Tent. In the top of the seventh inning, Willis made a quick out on a fly ball to left field, but then put two men on for power-hitter Rob Swinamer, who had homered earlier in the game. Swinamer then launched a three-run shot to put Willis within two runs. Floral pitcher Larry Mardany then induced two fly outs to earn the victory and send Floral Arts to the league finals for the seventh straight year. Roger Whittlesey (2-run homer, double, 4 RBI), Simon Tripp (homer), Geoff Pavao (homer), and Dave Janowsky (three hits) led the offense for Floral Arts. 


Final Round of the Playoffs


Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 15, Floral Arts 2

In Game One of the final on Wednesday night, Paul Selfrige set the tone at leadoff for NVVM with three hits, a walk and three runs scored. Mike Kennedy and Jack Erickson added three hits and three RBI apiece. Jay Dolan chipped in with three hits also, while Mark Cusano had two hits, including the only Mustang home run of the game. Winning pitcher Don Cusano added two hits and two walks to aid his cause. Mustangs steady defense was led by outfielders Erickson and Bill Knute and third baseman Kennedy. Rob Beaudette (solo shot) and Roger Whittlesey (2-for-3, RBI), Frank Lancelotta (two hits), and Dave Janowsky (single) accounted for six of the eight Floral hits in the game. 


Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 16, Floral Arts 5

In Game Two on Friday night, once again Paul Selfrige (2 RBI, 2 RS) produced three straight hits from his leadoff position for the well-balanced Mustang attack. Bill Knute contributed two hits, including a home run with 4 RBI. Cormac Bordes belted a homer of his own with 2 RBI. Jim Ward (2 RBIs, 2 RS), Don Cusano (2 RS), Mark Cusano (2 RS), Paul Liguori (2 RS, RBI) and Dan Crogan each had two hits. NVVM defense was outstanding all game and was led by left-center fielder Ward and third baseman Mike Kennedy. 



Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 13 - Floral Arts 10

Amid misty and foggy conditions, the Mustangs achieved a clean sweep of Floral Arts in the final round of the playoffs, beating Floral 13-10, and gaining their fifth championship in seven years, third in a row. Jack Erickson hit two home runs for the Mustangs, while Paul Selfrige, Cormac Bordes, Don Cusano, and Mike Kennedy each homered once. Bill Knute made an outstanding diving catch in left field and Jim Ward threw a player out at the plate. Floral got offensive production from Ken Delaney (home run, two hits), Roger Whittlesey (2-for-4, home run, 3 RBI), Frank Lancelotta (2-for-4, home run), and Rob Beaudette (home run). 


2015 League Champions

Sunday, September 6
2015 Home Run Hitters

It’s Westford’s Little Bandbox.  The dimensions at the VFW Field on Prescott Street are smaller than a typical softball field—most slow pitch softball fields require a hitter to bash the ball more than 300 feet to knock it over the fence. At the VFW Field, it’s only 240 feet to the left field fence, about 250 feet to straightaway center, and only 220 feet to right. About fifteen years ago, the town added a second tier to the fencing in left, but center field and right field fences are still the original eight feet of chain-link. 


To adjust for the small physical dimensions of the field, the Westford Over 30 Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League uses bats and balls that are designed (balls are flight-restricted and bats are single walled) to make the park play like one with more typical larger dimensions. 


To hit a ball out of VFW using the league equipment, you have to hit the ball just right and with a great deal of power. Home runs don’t come easy. Case and point: one team this season combined to club only 15 home runs!


Still there is a select group of power hitters who year-in and year-out continue to pound the ball over the fence in bunches. The Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs Don Cusano is one of those players. He led the league with 23 home runs in 2014. This year, he hit even more.


Below is a list of the elite power hitters of the 2015 season.


1.                    Don Cusano: The 56-year-old is the most dangerous power hitter in the league. His teammates call him “Donny-matic,” a pun on the word automatic because he is so reliably productive at the plate. Cusano dominated this season, hitting 27 home runs and knocking in 90 RBI in 21 games. 


2.                    Thanh Nguyen: He’s known across the league as simply “T.” Nguyen is a five-tool player who hits some of the longest home runs in the league for team GutCheck. Opposing pitchers fear him and often pitch around him—Nguyen walked 15 times this season. Nevertheless, he managed to blast 20 homers and amass 49 RBI.


3.                    Simon Tripp: Ever since Tripp joined the league in 2009, he has been a perennial power hitter, his best year coming in 2013, when he hit 23 home runs and knocked in 82. This year the Floral Arts cleanup hitter swatted 18 round-trippers and tallied 53 RBI. 


4.                    Billy Knute: The Mustang lefty is an excellent athlete, both defensively as the starting left fielder and offensively as the cleanup hitter. This year, mid-season, Knute went on a tear and hit seven home runs in nine at-bats. He finished the season with 17 home runs. 


5.                    Jason Humphrey: Now in his third year on Shortcut Landscaping, Humphrey, an English teacher and baseball coach at Westford Academy, is one of the top defensive shortstops in the league. Always a solid hitter, this season the ball jumped off of his bat. In a game in July, he hit four home runs in one game. Humphrey finished the regular season with 15 long balls.


6.                    Jim Peloquin, Brian Gallardo, Mike Gross, Dave Sullivan & Brent Oakleaf: Once an all-star shortstop at UMass-Lowell, Peloquin still has great range in the field and a relentless competitive spirit. Despite starting the season way off of his 2014 home run pace that produced 20 home runs, the Floral Arts shortstop still impressed at the plate, knocking out 14 home runs in only 43 at-bats. 

Willis Tent’s Brian Gallardo made a splash in his rookie season. The left-handed batter hit .708, used his great speed to leg-out eight doubles, and swatted 14 home runs in 48 at-bats for his third place team. 

Pound-for-pound, Shortcut Landscaping is the biggest team in the league—a team peopled by giants. It is no wonder that nearly half of the names on this list are from SCL, including the following three: 

Mike Gross is a stocky first baseman with a big personality. Grossy, as his friends call him, also carried a big stick this season, banging out 14 home runs. 

Gross’ teammate, Dave Sullivan, is a fleet-footed outfielder and all-around athlete. Sullivan is known for turning singles into doubles with his all-out hustle and exceptional speed, but his bat also has a lot of pop. Sullivan hit 14 home runs this season. 

Brent Oakleaf is the tallest of the SCL giants—standing at 6 feet, 5 inches. A basketball player at UMass-Lowell in his college days, Oakleaf now spends his summer evenings launching rockets out over the left-field fence. Oakleaf also hit 14 home runs for his fourth place team.


11.         Matt Sepe: Most lists end at ten, but here’s one more. Sepe moves slowly, but carries a big stick. His GutCheck teammates joke that the righty’s motivation for hitting home runs is so that he can trot around—rather than run—the bases. Sepe hit 13 home runs in 13 games this year (50 at-bats) and knocked in 36. His power-stroke was key in getting his team in the playoffs for the first time. 

Friday, February 24
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If anyone has old photos of League teams, games, or events, please feel free to forward to the League so that we can continue to improve the site.

Check out the Hall of Champions link to the left for recently added photos of past championship teams from 2001 and 2002.


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