Heat wave won’t stop national senior citizen softball tournament

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The heat is not slowing down senior citizens playing softball at the Fenton Athletic Association this weekend.  The Show-Me Women’s Senior Softball Organization travels the country to play tournaments. This weekend the organization is hosting its 1st tournament in St. Louis. Twenty teams, one from as far away as Canada, traveled to St. Louis for the weekend.

“For us to have this many teams, we’re pumped,” said Show-Me player and coach Terry Beuttenmuller.

Teams are formed based on age.  The youngest age group are players ranging in ages from 50 to 55. The oldest division includes players who are at least 75 years old.

“Those women are an inspiration to watch them play,” said Beuttenmuller.   “They have fun and they give 110 (percent) and that is an inspiration.”

Grey Power team captain Sue Westlake lives in Ontario.  She called the St. Louis weekend weather, “Lovely and warm.”  She shared her team’s strategy for battling a forecast calling for weekend temperatures near 100 degrees.

“We need to drink lots of water today and no beer,” said Westlake with a laugh.

Show-Me player Cheryl Franz said the heat beats being rained out.

“When we go down to Florida, we get rain,” said Franz.

She encourages fans to watch the tournament at the Fenton Athletic Association this weekend located at 945 Larkin Williams Rd., Fenton, Mo 63026.

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