Senior softball league returns

Just like the conclusion of the famous poem “Casey at the Bat,” there was no joy in Verona in 2020 when the Greater Madison Senior Softball League (GMSS) struck out by being forced to forgo the season due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Since the league is only open to players 55 and older, the concerns were founded given that the virus is more dangerous and the symptoms are more severe in older adults.

However, the GMSS has returned in 2021 and recently held its opening day on May 12 with more than 215 players. Currently, there are 12 teams on Wednesday and 11 teams on Thursday. Games are played at Verona Community Park at 451 E. Verona Ave. on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The GMSS has been sponsored by Smart Motors since it started in 2010.

The Greater Madison Senior Softball League was started in 2010 by childhood friends Ray Blum and Bob Ruhland. It has since grown from eight teams to 23 teams and added a second game day. Individual registrations to form an additional Thursday team are now being accepted. Regular league games will take place every Wednesday and Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 through August at the Verona Community Park. For more information, check out the league’s website at For a listing of the GMSS COVID-19 safety measures, go to