Wilber Lime and John “Sporty” Salsman return to NAFA World Series

Written by Bob on August 10th, 2010


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Photos of the Wilber Lime fastpitch softball team with Merna Wilber, left, and John “Sporty” Salsman along with team members. The aerial photos are of beautiful Raccoon River Park Softball Complex in West Des Moines where more than 150 teams will compete for national championships in six divisions from Aug. 12 to Aug. 22.

WEST DES MOINES & DES MOINES, IOWA – One of the most exciting events of the 2009 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series came when long-time coach of Wilber Lime, John “Sporty” Salsman, was enshrined into the NAFA Hall of Fame.

Salsman had a great influence on the careers of hundreds of fastpitch players, including John Becker – a catcher and manager – who will be inducted into the 2010 ISC Hall of Fame.

“He was the guy that saw something in me as a young 17 year old,” Becker said, “and asked me to come and catch for his team, Wilber Lime (Galesville, Wisconsin) one of the strongest ASA Class A teams at that time in the Midwest.”

Wilber Lime went on to finish third in the 2009 eight-team AAA-Division. And this year, the ball club sponsored by Merna Wilber returns to the NAFA World Series and will try and claim the championship in the 16-team, AA-Major Division, which plays from Aug. 20 to Aug. 22.

Wilber Lime will compete in Pool B with Palazzo’s of Iowa; Winnipeg, Canada; and Team Jones, Oregon.

Wilber Lime opens play on Friday, Aug. 20 at 7:45 p.m. against Winnipeg. Come out to the ball park and thank Sporty for his contributions to men’s fastpitch. Without dedicated people like him, we have to ask ourselves, where would the sport be?

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