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82 years young, this ballplayer is still going strong on the field

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Johnny Bass, 82, plays softball for the Morro Bay South Bay Grays Senior Softball Team. (KSBY photo) Johnny Bass, 82, plays softball for the Morro Bay South Bay Grays Senior Softball Team. (KSBY photo)

A local man proves age is just a number and that you're never too old to get out on the field to play competitive softball. 

At nearly 82-years-old, Johnny Bass has been playing ball since he was a kid.

"All my life I can never remember doing anything else," said Bass, a hitter on the Morro Bay South Bay Grays Senior Softball Team. 

You can catch him on the diamond every Tuesday night.

"He's always giving 100 percent, either running down the line or getting a base hit, it's always good to watch him play," said Charlie Simmons, Bass' teammate.

He's the oldest player on the team, and he may not be hitting screamers like he used to, but it's still no can of corn. Johnny continues to slap the ball down the first base line.

"He's my hero. When I grow up, I want to be just like him," said Jeff Lowe, Bass' teammate.

"I want to play as long as he's playing," Simmons said.

How long does Johnny want to keep playing? 

"'Til they won't let me play no more," he said.

"He's got the right idea about life. Just keep moving, it's the only way to keep going," Lowe said.

"You just got to keep it moving because if you stop, you drop. That's my system, just keep moving," Bass said.

Some say he's the heart of the team.

"Every time he leaves the field he's always got a smile on his face no matter what, what the score is, he doesn't care. He's just here to hit the ball and have fun, and he's always coming back," Simmons said.

"I'll see him next week. That's always something to look forward to, he's always here. You couldn't ask for a better teammate," Lowe said. 

Bass has also made multiple appearances with his traveling team at the Senior Softball World Series at St. George in Utah.

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