The North Tampa Bay Senior Softball league (NTBSS) celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2022 by experiencing record participation numbers and crowning new champions.
The team sponsored by RIPA Associates out of Tampa defeated AMI Recycling 10-9 to take home the 2022-2023 North Tampa Bay Senior League Slowpitch Championship earlier this year.
RIPA is led by managers/players Wayne Spencer and Gene Castillo, and includes Angel Delgado, Paul Wells, Howard Honigbaum, Bernie Desrosiers, Carlos Pinnace, Brian Jared, Nick Cozzo, Ed Madeo, Dave Leto, Dave Perez, Joe Ricardo and John Esposito rounding out the roster.
The league has teams sponsored by local businesses such as Humana, Payne Environmental, Culinary Packaging, HOJO Softball Inc., E.M. Consultants, J. Emerson LLC, Gary Lemberg Ministries, and A&R Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Inc.
NTBSS is a league that offers outdoor activity for senior men and women, with a concentration on sisterhood, brotherhood, sportsmanship, fitness and competition. The league practices during the summer months twice a week at the fields at Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
New players (men over age 60 and women over 50) are invited to try out for the 2023-2024 season starting in September. A draft of players for team participation will be held last week of August.
Interested parties also can visit NTBSS.net for more league information.