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The best day of the year came Saturday May 16th at Mosswood Park as the Spring 2015 Tournament for the coveted Swenson Cup was held.  While only one team walks away with the trophy, this is the last time these teams will be together this season, well unless everyone on the roster comes back for Summer 2015 that is…Registration is OPEN!

The BBQ’s were grilling, the beer pong was on and so was the corn hole stations.  A group of fans even brought out the volleyball to bump, set and spike around.  And for those teams who didn’t make it to the championship game?  No worries as everyone won the day because there were fun games to be played, music to be danced too and lots of food to go around.

Quarterfinals

Classy tops Cat’s Pajamas in a Walk-Off

Keeping it Classy since 2015 and Cat’s Pajamas were in the classic 4/5 matchup which provided thrills and missed opportunities for both teams.  Cat’s Pajama’s loaded the bases with none out in the top of the first and were only able to push one across.  They had numerous scoring opportunities later on, but were not able to capitalize.  Meanwhile Classy quickly retied the game in the bottom of the first inning on some great bunting and place kicking.  Both defenses really stepped up and were outstanding all game.  In the bottom of the fifth, Classy decided they had enough and had a bunt to lead off the inning.  Another well placed bunt moved the runner to third base, but a throwing error allowed the winning run to score and Classy walked off with the 2-1 win.  Keeping it Classy since 2015 advances to the Semifinals, while Cat’s Pajamas finishes their season at 4-5-1.

Green Grenades scores early, Shuts out Whistle Kicks

The tournament’s top seed plated two quick runs in the first inning, then relied on solid pitching and a fast defense to keep the Whistle Kicks off the boards. Base-runners were at a premium, as WK had trouble getting a ball to drop in the Green Grenades outfield. Whistle Kicks were able to get a runner into scoring position late in the game, but couldn’t get the clutch hit they needed to score. GG continued on with a 2-0 win.  Green Grenades advances to the Semifinals, while Whistle Kicks completes their season at 0-9.

Hot Carl Escapes the Early Upset, defeats We Got The Runs

In a game expected to be a blowout, Hot Carl had all they could handle with We Got the Runs. Runs started off hot by landing their first two base runners on base but couldn’t close the deal plating no runs in the top of the first. In the bottom of the inning Hot Carl opened the scoring plating two runs on well times bunts, excellent baserunning, and well placed line drives. At the end of the first Hot Carl had a 2-0 lead. We Got the Runs didn’t stay quiet for long and countered Hot Carl’s 2 spot with two of their own in the top of the second to tie the game. In the top of the third, Runs got another run putting them in the lead against a team expected to walk all over them. Unfortunately, Runs couldn’t hold the lead and gave up single runs to Hot Carl in the bottom of the third and again in the bottom of the fourth. The later innings we defined by excellent pitching and defense on both sides with Runs failing to get runners on and get the clutch kick they needed to put a win on the board. Hot Carl advances to play Ja Rule’s Angels while We’ve Got the Runs finsished their season 3-6-1.

Ja Rule’s Angels uses early Homer to down Beer Bandits

Ja Rule’s Angels used a first inning homer to knock off Beer Bandits in the quarterfinal matchup between the 3rd and 6th seeds.  Ja Rule’s Angels third kicker in the bottom half of the first inning lined a shot over the right fielder’s head for a home run and the only scoring of the game for either side.  After the first inning, the game moved quickly along and was a defensive battle throughout.  Both teams got runners to second base in multiple innings, but the pitching and defense held firm with Angel’s hanging on for the 1-0 victory.  Ja Rule’s Angels advances to the Semifinals, while Beer Bandits finishes their season at 4-6.

Semifinals

Grenades Shuts Out Classy, 5-0

Green Grenades came out confident in this one but Classy, coming off a close 2-1 victory in the quarterfinals gave the Grenades all they could handle in the early innings. Classy was able to put runners on in each of the first three innings but had trouble setting up scoring plays and rarely had a runner at second or third throughout the contest. Grenades also started slow and was having a hard time plating runs against the stellar pitching and defense of classy. They managed 1 in the bottom of the second but did not score again until the later innings. The Grenades finally figured Classy out in the fourth inning plating 4 runs on bunts, line drives and heads up baserunning. Once the dam broke it was hard for Classy to contain the Grenades offense leading to a 5-0 victory and a spot in the championship for the Green Grenades. Classy ends their season 5-5-1.

Ja Rule’s Angels uses defense to knock off Hot Carl

JRA’s well placed bunts got the lead-off runner on to start the game.  Ja Rule’s Angels were able to advance the runner, and some fly balls got them on the boards to lead the game 2-0. In the bottom of the first, Angels were able to get the shut-down inning they needed to maintain their lead. In the bottom of the second, Hot Carl was able to string together a few hits and plated their first run of the game. JRA was able to push their lead back to two runs when the top of the kicking order came up in the fourth inning. Hot Carl got base-runners into scoring position, but couldn’t breakthrough the JRA defense. Ja Rule’s Angels win 3-1 advancing to the Championship game, while Hot Carl and The Cleveland Dreamers complete their season at 7-3-1.

Swenson Cup Championship

Green Grenades take Swenson Cup Spring 2015 in an Instant Title Classic

The top seeded Green Grenades blew a late lead only to walk off against third seeded Ja Rules Angels in a thrilling championship game that will go down as one of the top games in Oakland kickball history.

In the top of the first inning, Ja Rule quickly struck first using a bunt single, a sacrifice bunt and a well placed kick to left center field for the early 1-0 lead.  After another single, Grenades extinguished the threat without further damage.  Grenades would quickly retie the game at 1 with a two out single.  After that, the defenses settled in and the score would remain tied until the top of the 4th when Ja Rule used the same formula that helped them in the first inning, but an ground out and some smart baserunning gave them a 2-1 advantage.

Ja Rule’s issue all game was the inability to get the shutdown inning as Green Grenades responded once again.  A pair of bunt singles and a walk loaded the bases.  Two sacrifice flies later, Green Grenades had taken the lead, 3-2.  Both teams failed to score in the 5th, but the highlight of the inning was an outstanding running catch by Ja Rule’s left fielder to prevent extra bases or a home run by Green Grenades.

Looking to seal the championship, Green Grenades quickly got the first out but Ja Rule’s Angels fought back loading the bases on three singles.  After a pop-up Angels were down to their last out.  A deep fly ball split the outfielders in left center and Angel’s took a 4-3 lead.  A pop out ended the threat and Green Grenades was with their back to the wall with one last shot.

In the bottom half of the sixth, the game ended on three pitches.  After a bunt single to third, the kicker for Grenades took the first pitch for a strike.  He then blasted the second pitch to deep left center field.  The relay to the plate was not even close and Green Grenades walked off with the Spring 2015 Swenson Cup.

Green Grenades finishes with a 10-1-1 record for the season, while Ja Rule’s Angels completes their season at 6-4-2.

fun

After 9 weeks of hard-fought, intense kickball, we take a week to kick back (pun intended) and relax a little bit. There are no official games tonight that will affect the standings, but we will be getting together at the field to play some kickball anyway. Anything goes, we turn the night over to you the players. Mixed teams? Clockwise base running? Beverage in hand? Changing kickball size? Anything goes, just have fun.

The big story of the week of course is the season ending tournament this weekend. Come on out for a day in the park with your closest (kickball) friends. We have music and alcohol permits for the day, so have at it. Bring food, grills, and anything else you might want for a day in the park. Oh, and there will be kickball, games start at 12 noon.

Other quick hits:

  • Summer league registration is OPEN, games start on June 18
  • Summertime pick up game: May 30, 1pm at Mosswood Park
  • CASINO ROYALE end of season party: May 30, 9pm, Grand Oaks Bar

 

For the moment it looks like the rain will miss the field tonight, so we’ll see what happens. If it does rain, dress warmly and add “mud” to the above list of fun options for the evening. I promise mom won’t yell at you for playing in the mud anymore.

Probably.

 

Sadly, the Spring 2015 regular season has come to a close.  However, this means the tournament Saturday on May 16th!!!  Prepare your livers, stomachs, legs for a full 8 team win or go home tournament!  But first, lets see how the games shook out in Part Deux of the Standings battle week

Green Grenades Eek Out 1-0 Victory over Hot Carl, Move Into First Place

One of the quickest 6 inning matches seen all season at Mosswood Park, The Green Grenades upend Hot Carl in a tight, well played 1-0 victory. The win puts The Green Grenades in sole possession of 1st place heading into next weekends tournament. This game started with the Green Grenades putting the first two runners on base in the top of the first to put pressure on Hot Carl’s pitching and defense. Carl bounced back got the next three kickers and then proceeded to shut down the Grenades offense through the next three innings. This game was scoreless heading into the top of the fifth due to some excellent pitching and defense on both sides with very little action to punctuate any one half inning. Finally, in the top of the fifth, Green Grenades plated the first and only run of the game on three consecutive kicks to the outfield. The game ended without much drama and Hot Carl failed to get a runner past second for the entire game. Are these two frontrunners destined to meet in the finals of the tournament? With this kind of pitching and defense on both sides, that very well may be the case.

Almost Classy and We Got the Runs Play To Tie

We got the runs opened with some bunt play to load the bases. Multiple singles added 4 runs to start the game. WGTR defense then held down the bottom of the 1st with 3 quick outs. Classy threatened in the bottom of the 3rd with 2 runs including a laser liner down the left field line. Top 3 WGTR managed to score off a sac fly with an amazingly classy catch in right field. Classy struck again in the bottom of the 4th with some skyline atmosphere kicks adding 2 runs. Classy then squeaked out a run to tie the game 5-5 going into the 6th inning. Both teams threatened in the 6th however, were unable to capitalize. Final score 5-5!

Beer Bandits Blow the Whistle on Whistle Kicks, win 7-3

In a battle of cellar dwellers, this game was dominated by offensive opportunities and sloppy defense. Whistle Kicks, still seeking out that elusive first win of the season opened the scoring by plating 2 in the first on some poor defensive efforts by Bandits. Bandits bounced back in the top of the second by scoring 2 of their own on big kicks to the outfield and heads up baserunning. Bandits continued their offensive output in the third scoring two more to take a 4-2 lead after 3. Whistle Kicks would put multiple runners on base and closed the gap in the bottom of the fourth to 4-3. However, the close game would be short lived as Beer Bandits continued to pour it on scoring another 3 in the fifth on excellent kicking and base running pushing their lead to 7-3. No other runs would score as the Beer Bandits tightened their grip on the game sending Whistle Kicks to their 8th straight loss and an 0-8 record heading into the tournament. Both teams finished at the bottom of the standings and will face tough tests in the first round of the tournament next weekend. Whistle Kicks look to play the upset card against top seeded Green Grenades, while Beer Bandits hope to continue their winning ways when they face off against second seeded Hot Carl and the Cleveland Dreamers.

Cats Pajamas Claw their way to victory over Ja Rules Angels

For the last week of the regular season, Cats Pajamas were looking to move up the standings for home field advantage while Ja Rules Angels were locked into the 3 seed. Ja Rule rested some of their starters tonight so this was the perfect opportunity for the PJs to make up some ground. Top of the 1st, Ja Rule wasn’t going to lay down providing a couple multi run hits to lead 1-0. Bottom of the second, some timely baserunning allowed the PJs to load the bases with only 1 out. A slow liner to first created a dramatic home plate out for the Rules, but the ball got away from the catcher allowing the runner from 3rd to score. All tied at one. In the bottom of the 5th, the wheels came off for Ja Rule. A base hit allowed the runner from 1st base to score because of 2 fielding errors from the 2nd and 3rd basemen. This was the only run the PJs would need. Final score: Cats Pajamas – 2, Ja Rules Angels – 1.

Bar Report

Team shots! Flip cup! Jukebox music! Must have been another Thursday night at McNally’s. With the regular season of games on the field coming to an end, the fun was just beginning at the bar. Representation from every team made it to the bar to at least exchange “hello”s and celebrate the end of the regular season. King of the Hill competition was fierce from the beginning, with about 10 contestants trying to dethrone the reigning champ, Trent. The diversity on the table was slight, with most competitors representing Cat’s Pajamas and We Got the Runs. The finals came down to Cat’s Pajamas vs. Cat’s Pajamas: Eric vs. Trent. In an exciting last round, Trent reigned victorious. Some will argue that until there is picture evidence, however, it didn’t really happen. Who is going to take Trent down? Anybody? Word is we might have to call in a judge to watch his form. The excitement will continue this Thursday. See you there. Maybe Santa Claus Naomi will show up again this week. And just maybe, Stretch will be caught playing country on the jukebox.

Challenge-Completed

Since people had so much fun last week with the Standings Challenge, with 4 close games, we decided to stick with the plan and do it all over again. Just with a slight change in dance partners. Tonight will be your last chance to make an impression on the Tournament Selection Committee… oh wait, everyone gets into the playoffs. But playoff seeds are still up for grabs, so every run counts. As always see the schedule at the bottom of this post.

Our Spring EOS Tournament will be held on May 16th.The first games will start at noon. All games will be 5 innings in length. In even better news, we have acquired a alcohol and sound permit for that day only.  That means that adult beverages will be allowed and the DJ will be in full effect ALL DAY!  

For those of you that may not have participated in one of our tournaments, I suggest that you come prepared for a long, glorious day at the park. People usually bring food, drink, chairs and sun shade structures. If you get there early enough, you may even be able to snag one of the Mosswood grills for your barbecue enjoyment.

Also remember that:

  1. The end of season party is May 30th
  2. Registration for next season is OPEN!

 

Tonight’s Dance Card:

Game Date/Time Field Team 1 Team 2 Score
5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM F1 THE GREEN GRENADES Hot Carl and the Cleveland Dreamers TBD
5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM F2 We Got The Runs Keeping it Classy since 2015 TBD
5/7/2015 8:00:00 PM F1 ja rules angel’s Cats Pajamas TBD
5/7/2015 8:00:00 PM F2 The Beer Bandits Whistle Kicks TBD

 

Start pregaming now. Seriously. No, you don’t have to go see Avengers 2 again. Trust me on this one, you can see it again tomorrow instead.

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Golden State Kickball entered Week 8 with the Spring 2015 season coming down to playoff positioning for the tournament on May 16th.  To make things interesting Week 8 is the first of two Standings Battle Weeks, which could drastically change the standings and playoff seedings.  It was a beautiful night in Mosswood Park in Oakland Thursday night for kickball.

Beer Bandits Take Down We’ve Got the Runs 11-7 in Back and Forth Mercy Rule Game

In a game in which both teams were looking for wins to improve their rank in the standings, this game had a ton of offensive firepower. Both teams came out kicking and took advantage of lackluster pitching and defense as they exchanged 5-run mercy rule innings over three consecutive half innings. We’ve Got the Runs opened the scoring first in their half of the first by plating 2 runs on laser line drives to the outfield. The 2-0 lead did not last long as Beer Bandits quickly countered in the top of the second and mercy ruled their way to a 5-2 lead taking advantage of Runs’ pitching and sloppy defense. The two teams would exchange mercy rule innings in the bottom of the second and again in the top of third leading to a 10-7 score in the bottom of the third. The game would level off from there with only one additional run plated through the remainder of the contest. The bandits plated this run in the top of the fifth. The latter stages of the game were punctuated by stellar pitching and defense on both sides with close calls at first coming in virtually every inning. Next week, both teams will be involved in challenges with the team they are closest to in the standings. Both teams need wins to ensure their position in the top half of our playoff bracket.

Whistle Kicks 1 inning away from Victory, but Fall to Classy 10-7

With Whistle Kicks still looking for their first win of the season, they were in prime position to get it versus the slumping Classy. If they were going to win, it sure didn’t start out well.  Keeping it Classy started off blazing putting up 3 runs in the top of the first with a hit barrage out of the gate.  Whistle Kicks retaliated with a couple runs in the 2nd and 3rd.  Just when it looked like it was a game, the Classies had another 3 run inning in the 4th with many multi-base hits.  Then the Kicks got mad!  A 3 run homer in the bottom of the 4th and a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 5th gave the Kicks the lead, 7-6.  All the Kicks had to do was hold the lead for a half inning, but Classy wasn’t going to let that happen.  A 3 run home run with another insurance run sealed the deal in the top of the 6th and there was no looking back. Great game, 10-7 Classy.

Hot Carl Steams Up Cats Pajama’s Litter Box

Two of the most balanced teams in the league faced off on Thursday night as the race for playoff positions tighten.  Cat Pajamas were obviously not sleeping as they clawed out an early 4 run lead in the top of the first inning, while wiping up all scoring attempts in the bottom of the first. As Hot Carl began to loosen up, the managed to score 2 runs in the second inning while returning the favor and shutting down Cats Pajamas in the next two innings while scoring another two runs in the 3rd to tie the score. After trading scoreless halves, Hot Carl finally managed to flood the scoreboard at just the right time, scoring 1 run on an error and squeezing out 2 more runs before putting the Cats back to bed. 7 – 4 Hot Carl for the silent but deadly win.

Ja Rule’s Angels Hand The Green Grenades their first loss, 2-1

Entering the game undefeated, the Green Grenades looked to stay at the top of the table and remain unbeaten on the season. However, they were unable to strike first as the Ja Rule defense kept runners from getting into scoring position. In the bottom of the first, some well placed bunts and speedy base runners allowed JRA to get on the board. The top of the second saw GG quickly strike back. Aggressive base-running and some infield singles tied up the game 1-1. Both teams relied on their strong defense and pitching, and at the end of regulation the game was still knotted at 1-1. Neither team wanted the tie and agreed to play an additional inning. The Green Grenades threatened, but were unable to take the lead. JR’s Angels were able to bunt their lead-off kicker into base. Another bunt advanced the runner into scoring position. With the game on the line, GG attempted to get the force out at 1st. Aggressive baserunning allowed the winning run to cross the plate and end the game 2-1.

Bar Report

Another Thursday, another night at McNally’s. With the “King of Oakland kickball,” Mr. Swenson, back in town, the bar was even more happening than normal. After the exciting games at Mosswood, the players headed over to McNally’s to keep the night young. Team shots were enjoyed, music was blasting, flip cup was played. The teams mixed for some fun flip cup competition toward the beginning of the night in the backroom. After a few rounds, King of the Hill took over. It was stiff competition, with Green Grenades making their presence known, and Swenson trying to prove his name. The final five consisted of Green Grenade members, Swenson, and the two reigning champs, Jason, of Beer Bandits, and Trent, from Cat’s Pajamas. Fierce competition saw Trent and Jason face off in the final, with the best of three. Trent ended up the winner, keeping his KOTH streak alive. Who will take him down? Come to the bar next week to try and knock the king off his throne!

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