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Local softball players staying young on the diamond

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It's opening day at Middleton Bowling Green Recreation Center. The sounds of bats are ringing and fans are cheering. However, this group gives new meaning to the term 'the boys of summer.'

The Greater Madison Senior Softball League started up in 2010 with only eight teams. Six years later, they now have 11 teams competing in the 55-and-over division with six more teams battling in the newly-formed 65-and-over division.

"Your mind tells you, ''Oh, I can go like crazy'," says 61-year-old Jose Diaz. "But tomorrow, a lot of these guys be feeling it. Still, I can feel it in my legs, they're going to be hurting tomorrow."

Diaz is a two-time cancer survivor.

"Four months ago, I was told I'm still good. I'm playing ball. This is my sixth season playing ball with the guys. Every minute I'm out here, I'm enjoying it. You gotta everyday see the sun and enjoy your life."

Randy Jackson understands that notion. He has survived six bypass heart surgeries.

"Healed up really good. Feel great.  Never felt better."

Jackson means it. Many of the players have bad knees, failing eyesight or poor hearing. Still, the game keeps them young and young at heart.

"We have to step outside of the batters box we're laughing sometimes or step off the pitchers mound, we're laughing sometimes," Jackson adds. "That's the way it should be at this age."

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