Rex Lasson won one for us old guys in the Princeton Fastpitch Church League.
The 61-year-old grandfather of seven was the winning pitcher in the league championship game, a 4-3 victory over St. Matthew’s Saturday night at West Side Park. That came after St. Matthew’s cracked 15 hits in a five-inning, 14-1 first game victory to force a winner takes all championship game.
The graying haired grandpa also picked up a 4-2 decision over St. Matthew’s. For his efforts, he is this year’s BCR’s Gordie Shipp MVP of the tournament. The award is in memory of the late Gordie Shipp, who also proved to be an oldie but goodie in the church league and mentored many a young pitcher.
St. Matthew’s slugger Eric Waca got a close-up look at Lasson in the batter’s box. In a word, he says Lasson is simple, crafty.
“There might not be as much heat anymore, but he knows how to set up his offspeed with offspeed,” Waca said. “He knows how to work the plate...in, out, up, down. Changing speeds and working the plate is how you win in this league.”
I always root for the old guys in the league. It was nice to see St. Louis captain Bob Schabow come off the bench last week and promptly get a base hit.
The championship is the ninth for Lasson since he moved to Princeton in the mid-’80s. As he calls it, this was his fourth generation team with Methodist in 30 years, turning the roster over completely including sons Matt and Bret, the latter whom has taken over most of the Methodist pitching duties.
Can he help pitch again next year? He’s making some plans.
“Bret and maybe Nathan will be our pitchers going forward no doubt. Just in case the guys need me I’m planning on working on a new pitch in September,” he said.
Church League batters will be waiting to see what that pitch is.
New job: Garrett Youngren of Princeton has accepted a position at Peoria Heights High School as a teacher and coach. He will be teaching high school history, social studies, and government. He will also be assistant football and assistant basketball coach. He was working with PHS football this summer.
Lefty right on: A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Stan “Lefty” Novak of DePue. We talked about his experiences playing Little Giants basketball in the 1930s and I gained a lot of insights about the game and how the team traveled during his day. Lefty passed away last week at the age 94, and I’m going to miss hearing from him. I’m so glad I got to learn some history from him while he was living. If you have an old coach, or and relative getting up there in years, take the time while you can to visit with them. You’ll get as much and even more out of it than they will.
A Rod rage: I’m sure if you’re like me you’re as tired of the A Rod saga as I am. My interest did peak Sunday night when I heard of Ryne Dempster delivering a purpose pitch. Not sure exactly Dempster’s reasons, he gave it I was just trying to pitch him inside bit. I think he was standing up for the game and I don’t have a problem with that. I’d like to hear your thoughts? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interesting enough, I just picked up A Rod on a fantasy team of mine. Needed a lot of help at third base and he was available.