Bill Davis/News Floyd Payne tosses a dart during Dartball practice at Fredericktown Community Park on Sunday. Payne, 90, celebrated his birthday with his fellow players.

Bill Davis/News Floyd Payne tosses a dart during Dartball practice at Fredericktown Community Park on Sunday. Payne, 90, celebrated his birthday with his fellow players. Buy Now

 


FREDERICKTOWN — Floyd Payne, who had just turned 90, steadied his grip and took a swing.

Strike three.

He hasn’t hit a baseball in years. But, in this sport, he doesn’t have to.

He plays Dartball, a sport that uses darts but is scored like baseball. And it’s been around for decades.

“I’ve played 57 years,” Payne said. “It’s a team game. There’s a lot of friendship.”

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