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.
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.
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.