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posted Friday, May 15, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 20
Emerald City Softball Association celebrates midseason with party
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Emerald City Softball Association celebrates midseason with party

With half of its 2015 regular season in the books, the ECSA gives thanks to one of its Hall of Fame electees with May 17 event at Changes

by Tony Stasiek - Special to the SGN

Although the Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) has hit the midpoint of its 2015 regular season, the action is just getting started. After the ECSA's games on May 17, the league invites its players and supporters to celebrate its 36th season at the ECSA Midseason Party, May 17, 3 to 8 p.m., at Changes in Wallingford, 2103 N. 45th St.

Changes and longtime owner Floyd McIsaac were elected to the ECSA's Hall of Fame in 2014, in recognition of their 25 years of supporting what has become one of the country's largest Gay-sports organizations.

This year, the ECSA is larger than ever, with more than 555 players comprising 37 teams across three division - B, C and D - that are organized by skill level. Since Opening Day, each division has seen its share of excitement.

The ECSA's B Division, reserved for the highest-skill players, boasts a record nine teams in 2015. A number of its players are new to the division this year, commissioner Frank Pichinini says, having moved up from lower divisions to try their hand against tougher competition. Three newly formed teams top the standings entering May 17s games, led by the Ball Hawks, Arsenal and Expos.

In the C Division, the Maulers recently moved into first place with a 9-1 record. Just behind them are the upstart Hammer (9-2) and the 2014 division champion Knights (8-2).

The Muffin Tops - the ECSA's last remaining undefeated team - lead the D Division at 10-0 and hope to represent Seattle for the second-straight year at the North American Gay Amateur Athletics Alliance (NAGAAA) World Series after the season. Hot on their heels are the Atomic and Fat Cats.

ECSA regular-season games continue through June 20. Following that is the annual Emerald City Classic (ECC) tournament on July 4-5. In 2014, the ECC was the West Coast's largest Gay-softball tournament, and it will welcome more than 60 teams in 2015 from as far away as Minneapolis, Houston and San Diego.

Volunteers are welcome to help with ECC events and games. Email ecc@seattlegaysoftball.com for information.

About the ECSA
The ECSA started in 1980 in Seattle as a group of friends playing ball and has grown to be a welcoming place for LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ players to partake in the competition and spirit of softball. It is now one of the oldest and largest Gay-softball leagues in the nation. Games are on Sundays at North SeaTac Park in Seatac and Moshier Park in Burien.

As a member of NAGAAA - which represents more than 10,000 players in 36 member cities in the U.S. and Canada - the ECSA sends its top teams to each year's NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series. In August 2014, a record nine teams represented Seattle and the ECSA in the World Series in Dallas. This year's series is set for August 17-22 in Columbus, Ohio.

To learn more about the ECSA or to get information on sponsoring the league or its teams, please visit emeraldcitysoftball.org or contact marketing/communications director Tony Stasiek at marcom@seattlegaysoftball.com.

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