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Three area brothers inducted into softball Hall of Fame

Three brothers from Washington County have been inducted into the Heartland Softball Association’s Hall of Fame.
Growing up in the Sulphur Springs community in the 1940s and 1950s, the Sells family included eight children — seven boys and one girl.
With no electricity, and thus, no television, the children spent their time inventing games to play.
Their father, Roy, was a good baseball player so he taught the boys how to play.
The children could be spotted nearly every day playing ball in the pasture near their home.
The eldest son, J.C., played professional ball for a few years in the Detroit Tigers organization. All the other boys continued to play baseball as they got older and then turned to softball.
To this day, three of them still play: Richard, 66; James, 68; and Thomas, 77. The men play on various teams in the Tri-Cities. They play several tournaments each year throughout the southeast, winning more games than they’ve lost. They have been named to all-tournament teams on numerous occasions.
All three were recently named 2012 inductees to the Heartland Softball Association’s Hall of Fame.
In addition to Richard, James and Thomas, the youngest Sells brother — Brad — also played for several years but had to quit after suffering shoulder injuries.
Three of the brothers are now deceased ­ — J.C. died in 1992 while Jack and Frank Sells both passed away last year.