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posted Friday, April 4 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 14
Emerald City Softball Association season begins
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Emerald City Softball Association season begins

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) begins its 35th season on April 6, continuing a long love affair between Seattle's Gay men and women and softball. The tradition continues.

'Some things stick: On April 6, 1980, Post-It Notes first hit the shelves in U.S. stores,' said ECSA leadership in a media release. 'Around the same time, the group of Seattle-area softball players that became the Emerald City Softball Association hit the fields for its first official season as the region's LGBTQ softball league.'

More than three decades later, the ECSA Open Division begins its 35th season on April 6, with games from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at North SeaTac Park in SeaTac, and Moshier Park in Burien. Each game lasts about one hour. A league-sponsored postgame event is scheduled for later that afternoon at R Place (619 E. Pine St.).

Now, one of the country's longest-running Gay-softball leagues, according to ECSA Marketing and Communications Director Tony Stasiek, the ECSA is also one of its largest.

'This year's ECSA features 36 teams in the B, C and D Divisions - with C and D Divisions each entering the season split into two even divisions - plus another Masters Division team, for players ages 50 and older. More than 500 LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ players from the Seattle area are on ECSA team rosters this year alone,' said Stasiek.

In a nod to its long history, the ECSA is naming eight of its subdivisions after some of its 27 Hall of Famers. These individuals - who include longtime league players, sponsors and even an umpire - were elected by their peers in the past decade and have strongly demonstrated the league's standards of excellence, community, sportsmanship and acceptance.

ECSA commissioner Frank Pichinini, an ECSA and North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) Hall of Famer, is entering his 22nd season with the league.

'I am grateful for those who came before me and created this great organization,' Pichinini says. 'Dedicated to working to ensure this organization continues to provide future generations the opportunities it has for me, I declare the state of the league to be vibrant and on strong ground for years to come.'

As a member of NAGAAA - which represents more than 10,000 players and 800 teams in 44 member cities in the U.S. and Canada - the ECSA sends its top teams to each year's NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series. The 2014 World Series will be in Dallas this September 22-27.

Over the past 10 years, the ECSA has produced more World Series champions than all but one city, Boston. The ECSA's regular-season play dates for 2014 are April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, June 1, June 8, June 15 and June 21. First-place teams in each division at the conclusion of the regular season secure an automatic bid to the World Series. A berth tournament to determine non-automatic World Series team bids is set for July 12-13.

'It will be fun to watch the competition and see which 10 teams will be representing ECSA, the city of Seattle and the state of Washington at the 2014 World Series in Dallas,' Pichinini says.

Following the regular season, the ECSA hosts the annual Emerald City Classic tournament over the Fourth of July weekend. The tournament already features 67 registered teams spanning 12 cities - including Atlanta, Minneapolis and Tampa, FL.

Finally, the ECSA is proud to announce five league sponsors for 2014. Bud Light has been an ECSA supporter for more than 15 seasons. Other league sponsors include PB&J Textiles, Rick A. King of Cobalt Mortgage, 1st Security Bank and Rein Fire Ranch.

More than 40 community businesses also support individual ECSA teams - including numerous sponsors that have joined the league for the first time in 2014.

For more information about the ECSA, please visit emeraldcitysoftball.org, seattlegaysoftball.com or contact them at marcom@seattlegaysoftball.com.

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