Golden State Kickballers descended on Mosswood Park Thursday Night to begin Week 3 of the season. The theme this week was College Teams in honor of the March Madness NCAA Tournament. The coaches got the little leaguers off the field quite quickly, so the games started somehwhat on time.
After last week’s heartbreaking loss, We Got the Runs looked to turn their luck around against The Green Grenades who looked to remain unbeaten. Both teams brought out their ace pitchers, with neither team scoring in the first two frames. In the top of the third, GG was able to push a runner into scoring position. A kick to the outfield was able to bring them home for the game’s first run. WGR looked to level the score in the bottom of the frame, but was unable to get the clutch kick they needed. Green Grenades was able to plate two more in the fourth to pull ahead 3-0. We Got The Runs was able to get runners on base, but once again GG’s defense kept them off the scoreboard. After a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning, WGR found themselves down 4-0. We Got the Runs regrouped and was able to get the lead-off kicker on base. A productive out advanced the runner, and the next kicker was able to get them home. The late rally was cut short as the Grenades defense was tightened up and refused to let another kicker on base. In the final inning GG was able to rally and picked up three insurance runs. WGR was unable to respond and a 1-2-3 inning ended the game 7-1. Next week, We Got the Runs looks to rebound with a victory against Ja Rules Angel’s, while The Green Grenades look to stay unbeaten against Keeping it Classy.
Whistle Kicks was looking for their first win of the season facing a Keeping It Classy since 2015 team coming off a loss in Week 2. In the first, Keeping It Classy plated two quick runs, while Whistle Kicks struggled with their offense. Whistle Kicks were held scoreless through 3 innings before put 1 on the board in the fourth. The game remained close for much of the evening until KIC broke the game open with a 4 run fifth. Classy once again showed off their outstanding pitching and defense, which will help them as the season progresses. Whistle Kicks improved on defense throughout the game, but their offense struggled once again. In Week 4, Keeping it Classy since 2015 looks for a win against The Green Grenades, while Whistle Kicks looks for their first win of the season against The Beer Bandits.
A classic defensive battle broke out between Hot Carl and the Cleveland Dreamers and The Beer Bandits. With both teams coming off wins last week, both teams were amped. The teams were scoreless through the 2nd with many three up three down innings. In the top of the third, Hot Carl opened the scoring with a run on some excellent place kicking and small ball. Beer Bandits tied the game in the bottom of the 4th on a deep fly ball to left field in which the speedy runner used her speed to score from second base. Both teams were held scoreless in the 5th and 6th innings leading to a 1-1 score, but there was time left, so both Captains agreed to play a 7th inning. The 7th inning benefited Hot Carl as their kicker blasted a 2 run homer to deep centerfield. The Beer Bandits went down in order in the bottom of the 7th and Hot Carl escaped a 3-1 thrilling victory. In Week 4, Hot Carl and the Cleveland Dreamers looks to keep up the defensive intensity against Cat’s Pajamas, while The Beer Bandits looks for a bounce back win against Whistle Kicks.
The battle between Cat’s Pajamas and Ja Rule’s Angels was a heart stopping game that should not have been missed by any kickball fan. Angels came out kicking and plated 3 runs in the bottom half of the first inning. The score remained at 3-0 with some nice pitching and defense by the Angels. The Pajamas began clawing their way back into the game with a run in the third and then took a 4-3 lead with some great place kicking in the fourth. Ja Rule’s Angels responded with a 5 run bottom of the fourth inning on bunts and line drives assisted by some sloppy defense by Pajamas. Cats Pajamas wouldn’t be held back and scored once again in the fifth to cut the deficit to 8-5. In the top of the sixth CP plated one and had the stage set for an epic comeback. With the tying run at third and the go ahead run at first with one out, the kicker blasted a hard, high line drive down the first base line. Out of nowhere, the first baseman jumped up and made a brilliant finger-tip catch. He then threw the ball down to nail the runner at first before he could get back to the base and Ja Rule’s Angels hung onto the 8-7 win. In Week 4, Ja Rule’s Angels looks to keep up the winning momentum with a game against We Got the Runs, while Cat’s Pajamas looks to bounce back with a win against Hot Carl and the Cleveland Dreamers.
The competition then traveled to McNally’s where We Got the Runs wanted to seek some revenge on the pounding they took from The Green Grenades on the field. A flip cup battle in a best of 7 series was conjured for bar bragging rights. The Runs put their best flippers and looked like they were going to sweep the series with a 3-0 lead. However, the Grenades made a solid comeback winning the next game. Game 5 was a heart stopper as both anchors had the final cup when We Got the Runs put the nail in the coffin. We Got the Runs: 4, Green Grenades: 1. After the epic battle concluded, multiple players from different teams combined to compete against each other in flip cup. No one team came out victorious, but they all came out with a good time.