Old Liners softball team takes 4th straight gold medal at Senior Olympics HOWARD COUNTY SENIORS

The Maryland Old Liners softball team took the gold medal for the fourth straight year during the Maryland Senior Olympics last week at Towson State University.

The team is made up of men 65 and older from Howard, Montgomery and Baltimore counties.


The first game of the double-elimination tournament was played in Glen Burnie last month. In the finals Friday, the Old Liners beat Pepco of Montgomery County, 21-10 and 9-1.

The Maryland Senior Olympics were held Thursday through Saturday. More than 1,500 seniors participated in the track and field, team and individual events, including more than 60 from Howard.


Members of the Old Liners from Howard County are Nick Hozik of Clarksville, the manager; Howard Parlette of Clarksville; George Thronton of Ellicott City; Mo Mercier of Ellicott City; Fred Eberhart and Howard Upperco of Columbia; Jack Rose of Ellicott City; and Irwin "Hub" Hubbard of Ellicott City.

Other team members include Fritz Becker, Tom Wilson and Donald Cook of Silver Spring, Steve Illar of Beltsville, Karl Varner of Catonsville, Harold "Hoss" Metz of Germantown, Jim Cleaveland of Fort Washington, Joe Cefaratti of Seat Pleasant and Paul Hetzner of Catonsville.

"Nick pitched both games over there," Mr. Upperco said. "Jim and I each hit one over the fence for ground-rule doubles. We made several double plays."

The team members also plan to compete in next year's Senior Olympics. Most are close to 70 years old, Mr. Upperco said.

"We started out as a tournament team. We go to Dover, Del., Virginia, Pittsburgh. Some of the guys don't like to travel; that's why we have players from other areas," he said.

The Old Liners play from May to September in an over-60 Baltimore County league. They placed second this fall with a 17-11 record in 28 league games.

The Old Liners finished fifth out of 17 teams with a 3-2 record in the National Senior Olympics in Baton Rouge, La., over the summer.

Some of the athletes on the team participated in other events at the recent Maryland Senior Olympics. Howard Upperco took fifth place in the softball throw, Fred Eberhart took a bronze medal in the standing broad jump, and George Thornton garnered a silver in volleyball.