The zombie kickballers were out in full force at Mosswood Park in Oakland Thursday night with Week 4 getting underway. With the scores so close and every team now in midseason form, a play or two decides each and every game. This week was no different.
Keeping it Classy Since 2015 and the Green Grenades both looked to keep their momentum going into Week 4. This epic defensive battle saw very few scoring opportunities. With the game still scoreless, KIC was able to get runners on the corners in the top of the fourth with one out. Classy was unable to score because a pair of great catches in short left field by Grenades. In the bottom half of the fourth, GG was able to mount their own attack. With the bases loaded and two outs, Grenades launched a booming kick to deep right center. Unfortunately, it too was caught, leaving the scoreless. In the bottom of the fifth, GG relied on small ball, bunting the lead-off kicker on safely. Another successful bunt lead to runners at first and second with no outs. The next kicker was able to advance the lead runner and a sacrifice fly later, Green Grenades broke the scoreless tie. Keeping in Classy was unable to build an attack in the final inning, leaving the Green Grenades victorious, 1-0. Next week Keeping it Classy looks to regroup against We got the Runs, and the Green Grenades will attempt to remain unbeaten against Cat’s Pajamas.
After a heartbreaker against Ja Rule’s Angels in Week 3, Cat’s Pajamas was looking to put last week behind them. Hot Carl and the Cleveland Dreamers was looking for their third win in a row after knocking off The Beer Bandits in Week 3. In the top of the first, Cat’s Pajamas tried to jump out to an early lead. With a runner on third base and one out, the kicker kicked a ball to left field. Unfortunately, the runner was caught off guard and was doubled off third base. This momentum propelled Hot Carl to score a run in the bottom of the first on some excellent place kicking. In the top of the second, Cat’s Pajamas tied the score at 1 with some small ball of their own. For the next 3 innings the defenses took over, squashing all of the threats. In the top of the 6th, Cat’s Pajamas squeaked out two runs and was looking to close out the victory, but Hot Carl would have none of it. A lead-off triple got things started and an infield single put the tying run at first base. After a sacrifice fly cut the deficit to 3-2, back to back singles tied the game at three with just one out. An infield single then loaded the bases and Hot Carl just needed a deep fly ball to complete the comeback victory. However, Cat’s Pajamas locked down defensively getting a force out at home plate and then a force out at second base to end the game in a 3-3 draw. In Week 5, Cat’s Pajamas will look to take down The Green Grenades, while, Hot Carl and the Cleveland Dreamers looks for a win against Whistle Kicks.
The Beer Bandits faced off against a hungry Whistle Kicks team that was looking for their first win of the season. In a crazy first inning, 8 runs were scored with The Beer Bandits having 5 of them. After that the teams settled down defensively and The Beer Bandits took a 7-4 lead going into the the top of the 6th. Whistle Kicks slowly started fighting back with runners on second and third with two outs. A pair of singles cut the deficit to 7-6 and the tying and go ahead runners were on board for Whistle Kicks. The next kicker grounded a hard shot, but the defense made a great play to seal the win for the Beer Bandits. In Week 5, The Beer Bandits will look go for a win against Ja Rule’s Angels, while Whistle Kicks looks for their first victory of the season against Hot Carl and the Cleveland Dreamers.
Ja Rule’s Angles came out to “murda” the competition after an impressive win last week vs. Cats Pajamas. However, We Got the Runs was game struck first with lead-off walk, followed by a single and a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead. Ja Rule struck back in the bottom of the 2nd, with a 2 run blast that nearly entered the playground in left field. JRA struck again in the 3rd with a leadoff double and a laser single making the score 3-1. We Got the Runs wouldn’t be flushed down the pipe that easily. In the top of the 6th, WGR lead-off with a bunt followed by an impressive double making the score 3-2. With 2 outs and the game on the line, WGR managed to bloop a single over the shortstop scoring the tying run. JRA threatened to score in bottom of the 6th, but was unable to get the job done with back to back fly outs. Next week Ja Rule’s Angels attempt rise above the ferocious Beer Bandits, while We Got the Runs look to drop a big one on Keeping it Classy Since 2015.
McNally’s was hopping as usual this week with kickballers doing their thing with flip cup and lots of beverages consumed. Following a closely contested battle on the Mosswood turf, Keeping It Classy Since 2015 and The Green Grenades met on the field of flip cup honor. While the kickball had been competitive, the flip cup was not. The Green Grenades took 3 straight wins while Keeping It Classy struggled to find the winning combination of drinking and flipping.