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In Memoriam: Remembering Don Welsh

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend and visionary, Don Welsh, founder of the Cactus Cities Softball League (CCSL). Don’s legacy extends far beyond the softball field – he was a quiet force, a steadfast advocate, and a beacon of camaraderie for all who stepped onto the field. As we honor Don’s legacy, we recognize him not only as the league’s founder but also as a board member, player, coach, mentor, and unwavering friend.

Cactus Cities Softball League extends deepest condolences to Don’s family, friends, and team NuTowne Pricks.

As an advocate for inclusion Don’s vision extended beyond the diamond’s chalk lines he championed inclusivity, creating a safe space where everyone could play, regardless of their background or identity. His legacy is etched in the laughter, the friendship, and the shared love of softball.

A man of few words, but countless accomplishments Don’s humility belied his remarkable impact. Over the course of 30 years (except for the brief Boston detour), he graced CCSL with his presence. From Coach to Mentor, Don guided teams through victories and defeats, sometimes with a nod of approval, other times with a wry smile. Our memories with Don blur seamlessly together like a sun-soaked afternoon game, but this one deserves clarity. Let it linger in our hearts forever

Every time we take the field as a league, you will forever be in our hearts and minds Don Welsh, you’ve rounded third and touched home plate for the final time. May the Arizona sun forever warm your memory, and may your legacy inspire generations of players to come. Rest easy, friend – your impact echoes through every crack of the bat and every cheer from the stands.

Play on, Don. Play on.

Dream Job Alert: CCSL Softball Groundskeeper Wanted!

Are you passionate about Cactus Cities Softball League and love the great outdoors?
Do you have a knack for drawing straight lines and playing in the dirt?
If you’re nodding yes, then step up to the plate because we’re looking for a CCSL Softball Groundskeeper Superstar!

Click the image above to apply or

What You’ll Do:

  • Collect game day equipment and supplies from CCSL storage.
  • Groom and manicure the softball fields to perfection.
  • Line the diamonds so straight, they’ll lead us to victory.
  • Return game day equipment and supplies to CCSL storage.

What You’ll Get:

  • $120 per weekend Fall 8 weeks  ($960) / Spring 10 weeks ($1200)
  • The freshest morning air and the best views of the valley sunrise.
  • A supportive league that values your hard work and dedication

Interested in Playing Slow Pitch Softball?

This is your chance! Individuals 18+ are invited to come out and meet others in our LGBTQ+ league and join a team. LGBTQ+ individuals and allies are welcome.  Click on the link above to register as a 2024 Fall Season Interested Player.

We fill follow-up with you regarding Skills Day. At this 2-hour event, we will go through some basic fielding, throwing and batting drills. This will help us determine which skill division is the best match for you.

Our league has 5 divisions, ranging from A to E. Our E division is designed for individuals with no previous experience. Our league has two seasons – Spring and Fall, and plays Sundays at Cesar Chavez Park.

We hope you consider joining Cactus Cities Softball League as we focus on our mission: Developing LGBTQ+ Ties Through Softball.

2024 CCSL Spring Season Schedule & Standings

Saguaro Cup Sports Festival 2025

2025 Saguaro Cup Sports Festival
April 11-13* Phoenix Arizona
*tentative date

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