By Lyn Becker and Oren Monroe
On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, wisdom prevailed over youth, as the faculty and staff proved to be too much for the students, at the first annual faculty/staff vs. students softball game. For the sake of time and good old fun, the rules were somewhat modified. For one, the pitcher pitched to his own team, and each batter only had three pitches to reach base. For another, since the game was being played at the women’s softball field, there was a three over-the-fence home run limit per inning. Any more hit over the fence in the same inning was an out. The faculty and staff team was coached by Professor Allen Webber, and the students were coached by members of the Palm Beach State Women’s Softball Team.
Nohely Rosario-Brito sang the national anthem, and Sy Hanover, Palm Beach State Office Assistant and a WW II veteran, threw out the first pitch. The game was also highlighted by crazy games between innings.
Softball coach, Martha McCall was instrumental in the success of the event. Her softball players helped with base coaching as well as provided equipment, uniforms, music and the concession stand.
The faculty/staff team won over the students with a score of 12-10 in six innings. Everyone who participated had a great time, and the students are anxious for a rematch. They may have to wait until next year, but there was talk in the dugout of the Lake Worth faculty/staff team having a friendly competition with the other campuses. The faculty/staff team was also victorious at last year’s field day as well as the basketball game held last February, where they won in overtime. All the events were close contests.