Community notebook: Softball reunion is a hit

Goal is to create a Clark County Softball Hall of Fame

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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More than 100 former softball players attended the Boys of Summer reunion on Saturday in Vancouver.

Organized to promote the formation of a Clark County Softball Hall of Fame, the gathering brought together several generations of players. Fastpitch softball was a popular summer sport in the Pacific Northwest from the 1940s into the 1970s, when slowpitch softball became the more popular game.

“I’m glad it only went from 3-5 p.m. By the end, the batting averages were getting pretty high,” joked Jim Raines, who helped organize the event.

Raines said the turnout helped build momentum for a hall of fame. He said organizers will meet soon to formalize a hall of fame nominating process.

The oldest player at Saturday’s event was 90-year-old Pat Sutherland. He brought with him a glove dating to the 1940s. Dan Rifenbery, 86, and Dan Genereaux, 85, also attended, Raines said.

Raines said a highlight for him was reconnecting with Ron Soule, a pitcher who Raines caught for many seasons.

The event was the idea of Chuck Chronis and was held at Chronis’ downtown restaurant. In addition to the crowd at the reunion, Raines said he received emails from former players who live out of state.

Local golfer tops OGA event

Jillian Carlile of Vancouver was the women’s champion of the Oregon Golf Association Players Championship tournament played Saturday and Sunday at Portland Golf Club.

The reigning Oregon Women’s Amateur champion, Carlile shot 75-75 for 150 to finish alone in ninth among the entire field. Denny Taylor of Gladstone won the third-annual tournament with a 2-under-par 142.

Gregg Guernsey of Vancouver tied for seventh place at 5-over 149.

Golfers are invited to play in the players championship based on the performance points earned based on a schedule of state, regional and national events. To provide an opportunity for all participants to win the overall title, each division plays from a different set of tees ranging from 5,448-yards for the senior women to 6,649-yards for the men.

Rowing event on Sunday

Rowers representing more than 25 clubs and colleges from around the Northwest will be on Vancouver Lake on Sunday for the Portland Fall Classic regatta.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with a college eights race. The last of almost 50 races is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.

The regatta features 5,000-meter races on a course that will start near the Vancouver Lake Sailing Club on the east shore, circle the island in Vancouver Lake and finish in front of Vancouver Lake Park.

Colleges attending are Oregon, Oregon State, Gonzaga, Lewis and Clark, Portland State, Seattle University, University of Portland, Washington State and Willamette University. There are about 190 entries from three states, including adult and junior boats from Vancouver Lake Crew.

The fifth-annual Portland Fall Classic is being held at Vancouver Lake for the first time. Construction on the Sellwood Bridge made forced the event to move from the Willamette River.

Runner second in Portland 5K

On Sunday Adam Goulet, 27, from Vancouver took second in the Run Like Hell 5-kilometer race in Portland. His time was 16 minutes and 13 seconds. Alex Cameron from Portland won in 15:28.

David Cummings of Vancouver placed eighth in 18:24. Lindsey McChesney of Vancouver finished seventh among women with a time of 21:41.

Sami Andrews of Camas, 23, was the ninth woman finisher in the Run Like Hell Half Marathon, with a time of 1:34.07 for the 13.1 miles. More than 1,000 runners, 701 of the women, finished the half marathon.

Costume run is Saturday

The Clark County Running Club will hold its annual Halloween Costume Run on Saturday at Marine Park.

The event begins with a quarter-mile fun run for kids at 10 a.m. The 4-mile race starts at 10:15 a.m.

Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

The event costs $2, and is free for members of the Clark County Running Club.

For a list of other races and event in the region, check out the Community Sports Calendar at Columbian.com.

COMMUNITY SPORTS NEWS is published each Tuesday. Submit items by email to paul.danzer@columbian.com or call 360-735-4521.