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August 27, 2013

76-year-old slugger

Sarofian continues to hit away in Haverhill over-45 league

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Sarofian realizes that he’s slowed down, but he won’t acknowledge much else.

“I can’t compete with the younger guys for power and things like that, but I like to try, and I think I hold my own,” he said.

Above all, Sarofian enjoys the challenge, something he feels robbed of when he was a Haverhill High student about six decades ago.

“I played JV baseball as a sophomore and I got cut as a junior and I can tell you I wasn’t too happy about it,” said Sarofian, who worked in retail clothing until retiring in 2001. “I didn’t think they recognized my ability.”

Perhaps because he feels he was cheated from organized ball in high school, he’s relished the chance to keep playing competitively at an age when most of his colleagues are content to watch the Sox on television. And, with the league playoffs underway this week and the season drawing to a close, he has no timetable to call it quits.

“If they call me and I’m healthy, I’d consider it and probably keep playing,” he said.

For next year, at least, he should expect the call.

“I will absolutely call him,” said Boyd. “He’s been loyal to me and I’m going to be loyal to him.”

Boyd, incidentally, has also played in older-age leagues in Florida, including an over-65 league. There are adjusted rules, like pinch runners for nearly all batters and, as has been implemented in Haverhill this year, a separate dual home plate to avoid collisions.

Sarofian has heard about such leagues. While he thinks they’re a good idea, he’s not sure if he’d join one if it was available.

“I’d probably join, but only if the competition was there,” he said.

Over-45 league

Started by Ed Chernesky of Shoe City Hardware over 20 years ago, the Haverhill Over-45 League currently has four teams: Shoe City, Lebro’s, KC Carpets and Route 110.

Chernesky, 70, finally retired from playing this year, but he still runs the league.

 

 

 

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