Tag: Softball

Having Fun and Helping Others: Softball Club Charity Games

The Robson Ranch Softball Club played two exhibition games to raise money for the Eloy Food Bank.

Ken Muhlbeier On April 1, the Robson Ranch Softball Club played two exhibition softball games to raise money for the Eloy Food Bank. This was the first year of what club president Bill Dirkes says he hopes will become a yearly event. Each participating player contributed, and donations from the fans were accepted at the…

Robson Ranch Softball Profile: Bill Dirkes

Ken Muhlbeier Bill Dirkes claims the distinction of being “the oldest kid to ever play tee-ball. We didn’t have any baseball in Federal Way, Washington, so when we moved to Claremont, California, I had no skills and had to start at the lowest level.” This start led to his father going to the store to…

A Winning Partnership

Ken Muhlbeier About one-third of the way through the Palm Creek B league season, the Robson Ranch Renegades were limping along with a 2-win and 4-loss record, and no one was talking about them as a contender for the league title. Coach Jim Innocenti says, “We continued to play selflessly despite our mediocre win-loss record…

Robson Ranch Softball Profile: Lori Aitken

Ken Muhlbeier Lori Aitken got her first ball glove when she was 10 years old. “My dad loved playing catch with me in the backyard. He loved sports and had two daughters. He encouraged and helped my sister and me to learn to play all sports. I remember playing on blacktop playgrounds. Boy, did that…

Robson Ranch Softball Profile: Jim Duran

Ken Muhlbeier Being raised in a family that included four sisters, Jim Duran had to endure the unenviable treatment of nail polish, makeup, and being dressed like a girl. Fortunately, Jim grew up “all boy” and enjoyed stellar athletic success that now includes senior softball at Robson Ranch. Jim’s ability to throw and catch was…

Softball Tournament Provides Exciting Competition

The Raptors

Ken Muhlbeier The Robson Ranch softball club hosted their first tournament of the season featuring five teams from various active adult communities. From nearby locations, the Palm Creek Vipers were joined by the Mission Royale Titans. Also competing were the Sun City Rock-kickers who came all the way from Surprise to join the battle. The…

Softball Profile: Mark Mindrum

Ken Muhlbeier Mark Mindrum was born in Hamilton, Ohio, near Cincinnati, and lists players such as Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, and Joe Morgan as his favorite players growing up. He also says his mom was his biggest baseball influence. “She would play catch with me and throw batting practice,” x Mark says. “The Reds were her team…

Softball Profile: Ron Carpenter

Ron Carpenter

Ken Muhlbeier Every winter in upstate New York, the freezing of the local ponds in Elmira would signal the start of another season of neighborhood hockey games for Ron Carpenter and his brothers. Combined with various other sports such as baseball, football, and volleyball, friends and neighbors joined together to enjoy a kind of neighborhood Olympics.…

Robson Ranch Softball Ladies Make an Impact

Alyson Stephens

Ken Muhlbeier The Robson Ranch (RR) Softball Club has experienced a membership surge the last nine months. Among the new members are several females who have made their presence known in dramatic fashion and these ladies are impacting the way softball is being played. While there is a history of female softball players at RR, it is…

Robson Ranch Softball Profile: Keith Uhlenbrauch

Keith Uhlenbrauch

Ken Muhlbeier Born in Appleton, Wis., Keith Uhlenbrauch lost his father at an early age, but there was no lack of discipline, as his mother enrolled him in a Catholic grade school. “The nuns had us toe the line,” says Keith. “I can remember getting hit by the ruler more than once.” Keith first started…