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12 Wednesday, September 10, 1997 West Seattle Herald/White Center News AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Latino History Month All-American Chomps September is Latino History White Center resident Stacey Month, a good time to catch up on Lund is beaming with pride these your reading. And while you're at days. Her dad, Jim, and his team- it, check out books on political his- mates came in first in the All- tory, artists and trailblazers who American Fast Pitch Softball helped shape the world and left Master's Tournament, which took their indelible mark on cultures of place in College Station, Texas, about two hours northwest of Hous- their countries. ton. By the way, Sept. 16 is Mexico's "This is the third year in a row Independence Day -- known as we've won nationals," said Jim, 51. Fiestas Patrias. It's also the birthday "The Master's Tournament involves of yours truly. If I may reminisce teams from all over the United for a moment, I can remember that States." my family always celebrated my Normally, about 60 teams corn- birthday in a big way because of its pete, but this year, the numbers dual significance. Thus, I was the were smaller with 47 teams compet- only kid on the block with a pifiata ing. for her birthday. "That's because the location was Scores of children would be wait- in Texas," Jim says. "It was very ing in line to hit the paper mache hot and humid." But the team donkey, which my parents filled "drank gallons of water" and applied a cooling solution to their with such goodies as bubble gum, bodies to ward off the effects of the wrapped candy, small toys and heat and humidity. shiny dimes and quarters. My dad Though Jim and the team, aptly would control the rope as each child named the Legends, are used to was blindfolded and turned three competing with other teams, Jim times by my mother. She would says, "it was extremely this year." then place the stick in the hand of They lost in the semifinals, so the each child who was lucky enough to team had to catch up and overtake have a turn before the pifiata was the team from Baltimore. broken and all the treasures spilled The win was a "total team effort," out, dotting the green grass with bits says Jim. Good hitting and timely of color and silver, defense made all the difference, he added. And, of course, it also helps to have the best pitcher in the nation on your team. Dr. Steven Lockett, It's only 120 days until Christmas and many of you haven't even begun to use your dental benefits. Many of you wait till late November and can only take appointments 4pm or later. Like last minute Christmas shopping all you get is frustration as you may find that no late appointments are available before the end of the year. Most appointments ai r 4pm are booked at least 2-3weeks in advance. Do yourself a favor and make l your appointment early. Those benefits are only good for this year. If you see me in a line Christmas Eve, feel free to have a good laugh on me I 10254 16th Ave. SoW. White Center * 762-2573 "Anyone who knows fast pitching knows the name Jimmy Moore," Jim says. "Ten years ago, he was the best pitcher in the world." Now, at age 42, Moore still pitch- es balls at 80-90 mph. Besides Jim, several other players on the team have local roots. Jay Halverson is from Burien; originally from West Seattle and now living inCarolina Torrez Renton, Roger Bled- sol has the distinction of being the senior mem- ber of the team at 56 years of age. "He's in the best shape and-can do 150 pushups and jog for miles," says Jim. Manager Butch Batt is from West Seattle, and Ron Omori is coach of the team. ested Jim Lund prefers to give acco-game tOl lades to his teammates, but this Jim modest man is a celebrity in his giveit~.] own right. In the sport of fast-pitch The softball, he is renowned as one of the best batters in the world. During Jim the tournament, Jim's batting aver- age was an awesome .600. SSC Besides winning the champi- The onship, the team also picked up tion is awards for Most Valuable Pitcher David (Jimmy Moore) and Most Valuable Player (centerfielder Matt McGillian). "Softball is a growing sport, espe- at the cially on the girl's side," Jim says. 16th He says it's common for college- All age females to pitch the ball at 70- come 75 mph, while their high-school BroWn counterparts pitch at 45-50 mph. For With regard to boys playing soft- Ko at bail, Jim says the emphasis now is on baseball, hood "We have to get more youth terand' involved in softball," he says. "If we can get 15 to 16 year olds inter- FLICK LICATA FOR SEATrLE CITY CO "1 respect Nick as a Iongtime citizen government. 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