Tag: Softball

Softball Profile: Artie Wachter

Ken Muhlbeier Trying to profile what Artie Wachter accomplished as a soccer player in 500 words is nearly impossible, not to mention his years of refereeing and coaching at the international and professional level. Once you add tennis, bowling, pickleball, golf, and over 30 years of softball, you begin to realize what a remarkable man we…

Softball Profile: Clark Fletcher

Clark Fletcher

Ken Muhlbeier As a youngster growing up in La Palma, Calif., Clark Fletcher was first exposed to baseball by shagging balls for his older brother and attending his games, and listening to his dad give him instructions on fielding and hitting. As soon as he was old enough to play, Clark had the unenviable task of…

Robson Ranch Softball Has Begun

Bill Schaible With everything that is going on in the country regarding COVID-19, we weren’t sure we would have a softball season this fall. With hard work from the softball club and the HOA, an agreement was made on how we could play softball this fall under CDC guidelines. Our traditional fall league began on Nov. 3…

Mike Rains: Softball Profile

Ken Muhlbeier It is not difficult to understand how the Anaheim Angels would be the favorite team for young Mike Rains. Growing up in Orange County, Calif., would probably be a sufficient influence but his story has a much more interesting twist. Mike tells us that he lived near Angels stadium but there was one special…

Softball Player Profile: Bill Sturgeon

Ken Muhlbeier Bill Sturgeon’s softball experience at Robson Ranch began within days of moving into the community in 2015. “I was like a little kid peering through the fence watching a bunch of old guys practicing. Jim Duran was the first to come over and invite me to join in,” Bill said. Even though it…

Softball Profile: Brad Payne

Ken Muhlbeier It is little wonder that Brad Payne is a lifetime St Louis Cardinal fan. Born in Olney, Ill., a little over 100 miles from St Louis, the youngster soon found his favorite player, Lou Brock, the long-time left fielder for the Red Birds. Although Lou hit left-handed, Brad fashioned his right-handed batting style…

Softball Practice and Evaluations Are on the Way

Bill Schaible It is that time of year again when activities around the Ranch begin to pick up. Softball is no exception. It has been a very hot summer to say the least, but we have managed to get practice in throughout the summer. With the COVID-19 virus still affecting our nation, it is uncertain if…

Softball Player Profile: Bobby Skier

Bobby Skier’s story is one of “dedication and perseverance.”

Ken Muhlbeier Bobby Skier says his story is one of “dedication and perseverance.” Having four surgeries in nine years including both left and right rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic knee surgery, and just last May, lower back surgery. He credits lessons learned in Air Force flight school, beginning with the mantra “you never give up.” Despite…

Softball Profile: Bill Schaible

Softball Profile: Bill Schaible

Keith Bradley Just outside Flint, Mich., is the small town of Swartz Creek. It was here that Bill Schaible first played little league baseball. Like many other youngsters, his lack of success prompted him to turn his attention to other endeavors. “In four years of playing I think I got one hit,” he remarked. Golf,…

Softball Profile: Steve Andrews

Ken Muhlbeier The summer sun sets late in the evening in the small town of Graceville, Minn. As a young ballplayer, these last hours of daylight would often find Steve Andrews still practicing with his junior American Legion baseball team, honing skills he still uses today playing softball at Robson Ranch. Located near the joining…