RANDOLPH, NJ- The Morris Essex Tuesday Senior Softball (METSS) League recently held its ninth annual barbecue in Randolph.  Over 200 players participated in the morning round robin tournament and then joined their fellow athletes at Brundage Park to enjoy the end-of-season picnic.  Food was provided by the Randolph Diner and beverages by High-Grade Beverage distributors.

The League has been led by Randolph residents, Gene Stracco and Al Cheli, since 2006.  Under their leadership, the League has grown from 4 teams to 15 teams playing in 3 divisions:  A, B and Slocum.  In order to participate in the A and B divisions, a player must be at least 60 years of age.  The Slocum Division includes players who are 70 years of age and older.  Cheli and Stracco look forward to eventually expanding the League to include a division for players over 80 years of age.

Doubleheader games are played on Tuesday mornings starting the first week of April through the first week of August.  There are approximately 240 players in the League, with about 50 of them being from Randolph.  Games are played in Randolph, West Orange, Montville and Roxbury.  The League also sends representative teams to NJ state tournaments, the National Senior Games and other tournaments around the country.

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At the picnic, Cheli presented an Outstanding Sponsor award to Bobby Spiropolous, owner of the Randolph Diner, in recognition of the support he provides to the League. Cheli also thanked Russ Newman, Director of Randolph Parks and Recreation, Jeanne Montemarano, Assistant Director, and the staff and grounds crew from the Randolph Parks and Recreation Department for their outstanding cooperation in preparing and maintaining the playing fields throughout the season. 

Councilman Al Napoliello, Councilman Mike Guadagno, Town Manager Steve Mountain and Mayor Christine Carey attended the picnic.  Carey congratulated the athletes for their participation in the senior softball league, saying that she admired their commitment to staying fit and active.  She also described the Township’s plans to build a new park on Calais Road.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Senior Softball League can contact Gene Stracco at genestracco@optimum.net.