Ten optimistic teams descended on Mosswood Park in Oakland on Thursday night to begin the Summer season for the coveted Swenson Cup. After a rules clinic pre-game and some team introductions, the red ball was flying all over the park. Kickball scouts say this season could be the most unpredictable yet as each team has question marks. Lets get to the recaps for this exciting Week 1.
AfterDarc defeats the Rolling Clones 5-2 to open the Summer Season
The first game of the summer featured two rookie teams facing off. Both teams were aggressive in the kicking box, but couldn’t get the ball to land on grass. The scoring opened in the bottom of the second with AfterDarc plating a run. The Rolling Clones were able to answer in the top of the third. With a runner on base, the kicker blasted a ball to left field. The 2-run home run was the play of the game, as the Rolling Clones were able to hold onto the lead for the remainder of the game. AfterDarc was able to scratch out a run in the fifth, but eventually fell, 5-2. The Rolling Clones look to take down the Highland Hitman in Week 2, with AfterDarc looks for a win against Whistle Kicks.
Awesome Opossums Squeak by Whistle Kicks
Whistle Kicks come into the season winless looking to turn their luck around with a whole new arsenal of players. Luck seemed to be in the Kicks favor when the Awesome Opossums only showed up with 7 players. That didn’t stop some sensational offense from the Opossums scoring 1 run in the top of the first and then 3 in the second. The Kicks shook off some of that offseason rust and locked down on defense the rest of the game, but could they score? In the bottom of the third, they answered with a resounding YES with some timely hits scoring 2 runs. Bottom of the 6th, the Kicks mustard one more run and had the tying run on 2nd with 2 outs. Unfortunately, the batter popped out to second leaving the Whistle Kicks still winless. Better luck next week. Awesome Opossums 4: Whistle Kicks 3
Highland Hitman Shut Down East Bay Ballers, 5-0
The first 8pm game featured a pair of veteran teams with new players in a defensive affair. After a scoreless first inning, Highland Hitmen strung together a pair of hits and used some aggressive baserunning to plate the games first run. After a scoreless third, the fourth was the big difference in the game. With one out Ballers rallied with a pair of singles and then loaded the bases with two outs. The next kicker however grounded into a force out on which the pitcher made a great tag play to get the runner on a close play at home. In the bottom half Hitman showed off their power by kicking a three run home run. Highland picked up another run before East Bay Ballers were able to stop the bleeding. In the top half of the fifth, Ballers had one more shot, but they went quietly and Highland Hitman earned the shutout victory. In Week 2, Highland Hitman look to take down The Rolling Clones, while East Bay Ballers look to bounce back with a win against Almost Classy.
Captain Morgan’s Revenge defeats Throwback Thursdaze in Offensive Affair
The second 8PM game featured a pair of returning veteran teams looking to get the summer season off to a winning affair. This game proved to be one of the best of the night featuring stellar defensive plays, excellent offense, and a wild (almost) comeback finish. This game got started with Captain Morgan, in full pirate regalia, plating the first run of the game in the top of the first. Those dastardly pirates continued to plunder Thursdaze in the top of second scoring 5 and forcing a mercy rule inning. After 2 innings the score was 6-0. In the third Thursdaze began to chip away at the lead by scoring a single run in the bottom of the third, fourth, and fifth. The lead heading into the final frame was 8-3 and it looked as though the Captain Morgan would have a runaway victory in this first week of summer. Thursdaze would have none of it, and, with kick after kicking finding holes in the pirate defense began to creep their way back into the game. With two outs, Thursdaze had cut the score to 8-7 with a runner on third and were looking to tie the game. Captain Morgan’s defense, however, answered the call and closed out the game for a close 8-7 victory. Next week Captain Morgan looks to make it two in a row against Awesome Opossums while Throwback Thursdaze looks to capture their first win of summer when they take on Welcome to Death Row.
Almost Classy Falls to Welcome to Death Row, 8-2
The final game of the night featured two veteran team squaring off in a tediously coached affair. Welcome to Death Row, frustrated by their RPS loss, opened the scoring right away plating 2 runs in the first inning. Some aggressive base-running allowed another 2 runs in the top of the second inning. Almost Classy was able to answer back in the bottom of the frame with 2 runs of their own. With the bases loaded and no outs, a line drive was kicked to the third base man who was able to get an unassisted double-play. This prevented a big inning for AC and set the tone for the rest of the game. Classy were unable to score anymore in the inning. WDR motivated by their defensive prowess, was able to score 4 in the top of the 3rd. The final score after 4 innings, 8-2. In Week 2, Welcome to Death Row looks to take down Throwback Thursdaze, while Almost Classy looks to bounce back with a win against East Bay Ballers.
After fierce week 1 competition on the field, teams took the party to McNally’s. At the bar, teams got to know each other better by indulging in the infamous team shot, also known as the “Tobias Special.” In the backroom, Golden State Kickball provided the beer, and the teams provided the fun. There were some heated team vs. team games of flip cup. Slap cup was in high demand on Thursday following flip cup, ruling out King of the Hill for the night. A few rounds of slap cup got players hyped and allowed for ample practice on their flipping skills for the weeks to come. Show up at the bar next week for more fun and games. Perhaps we will crown our first King of the Hill summer champion. With an exciting first week, this is expected to be the greatest Golden State Kickball season to date. Photos from the first week are posted here!