Hotlanta Softball season finding its stride

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The Hotlanta Softball League continued its season on Sunday in what’s supposed to be Week No. 6. But the start of the season was delayed due to rain, which has led to at least three weeks of cancellations.

Unfortunately, the day of competition took a tragic turn when Joe Flanagan, a longtime HSL member who played on the Xtreme, collapsed in the dugout and died of an apparent heart attack during his second game of the day, according to HSL’s web site. Paramedics were unable to revive Flanagan at the field, which is part of the Metro Atlanta Softball Complex in southwest Fulton County.

The HSL web site said the team is establishing a fund with the American Heart Association in Flanagan’s name.

The league picks up on May 18 after a week off for Mother’s Day. To check Open Division standings, go here. For the Women’s Division, go here.

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