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On a warm, late August evening at Mosswood Park in Oakland Thursday night, 10 teams are vying for the Fall 2015 – Oakland Division Swenson Cup.  Spring Champions, The Green Grenades have returned and so has Welcome to Death Row, who captured the Summer title.  While the media thinks these teams are to beat this year, there are 8 other contenders that also want to lift the trophy after the November tournament.  After an Introduction to Kickball clinic, the red rubber ball did not stand a chance as it flew all over Mosswood.  Let’s get to the Week 1 recaps and check to see if your favorite team pulled off a victory this week.

Throwback Thursdaze shuts out Wasted Wookies 7-0

Coming off a third place finish in the GSK summer tournament, Throwback Thursdaze looked to build on that momentum to earn a spot among the elite teams for fall. Thursdaze opened the scoring in the top of the first using small ball to take a 2-0 lead. In the third, Wookies locked down on defense getting a man out at the plate to keep the inning scoreless. Throwback had a little D of their own gunning down an antsy base runner going from 1st to 3rd.  In the fourth, Thursdaze would add to their lead, piling on with a 2 run homerun to make it 5-0. Another play at the plate for Wookies went the other way in the sixth where Throwback pushed the lead to 7-0. Wasted Wookies, a team of mostly rookies, had a hard time mustering up any kind of an offense and went down quietly inning after inning.  In Week 2, Throwback Thursdaze looks to stay undefeated, when they play Whistle Kicks, while Wasted Wookies looks for a victory against Baby Bouncies.

Krusty Krab Pizza claws their way to a 6-2 win over Baby Bouncies

In one of the early games, two rookie teams squared off as Baby Bouncies and Krusty Krab Pizza both looked for their first GSK win.  KKP started slowly, unable to get a runner to base.  In the bottom of the first, BB did just the opposite, stringing together some outfield kicks to keep the lineup moving.  The Krusty Krabs were able to record the third out with 2 runners on base, limiting the damage to 2 runs.  The next inning, KKP looked to take the lead. The Krabs were able to get their first base runners of the season, but Baby Bouncies sharp defense keep them off the scoreboard.  BB looked to add on to their early lead, but some great catches, by the Krabs defense kept them out of scoring position.  In the top of the third, KKP managed to get their first run across with some well placed kicks.  They didn’t stop there and were able to load the bases with 2 outs.  Baby Bouncies looked to escape the jam, but a well placed kick down the first-base line cleared the bases, and with some aggressive base-running, was stretched into a grand-slam. In the bottom of the third, BB needed to overcome the 5-2 deficit, but couldn’t get a runner into scoring position.  Both teams tightened up their defense, as neither team could get a run home.  In the top of the sixth, KKP tacked on an insurance run with a well-placed kick down the third base line.  Down to their last chance, BB looked to come from behind, but were unable to get a runner past first base.  Next week, Baby Bouncies looks for their first win against Wasted Wookies, while Krusty Krab Pizza faces the Summer League Champions Welcome to Death Row.

Whistle Kicks opens with Win, Beats Almost Classy

A short staffed Whistle Kicks was able to claw their way to a 6-4 victory over Almost Classy.  Almost Classy set the tone in the bottom of the 1st with back to back singles.  A solid double, and a ninja style dodge tagged 2 runs to start the game.  Whistle Kicks would strike back with a leadoff home run in the 3rd.  Three more well placed singles gave Whistle Kicks a 3-2 lead.  Classy clawed back in the game with a run in the following inning, to tie the match.  Whistle Kicks struck again with 3 runs in the top of the 4th after 5 singles in a row.  A Classy leadoff home run in the 5th gave them hope to comeback.  Whistle Kicks defense however, locked up the rest of the game with only 8 tired players.  In Week 2, Whistle Kicks looks for a victory against Throwback Thursdaze, while Almost Classy looks for a win against Ginger Balls.

Green Grenades open Fall defeating defending Champs Welcome to Death Row, 3-2

Green Grenades, winners of the Spring season took a season off, facing the interim champion from the Summer season, Welcome to Death Row. GG started quickly, getting their lead-off runner on base, but were unable to get them home.  In the bottom of the frame, Death Row was quickly retired with some stellar defense.  The scoring opened in the top of the second with the Grenades plating 3 runs on some outfield kicks.  WDR looked to comeback and a huge solo homerun to right-center cut their deficit to 3-1.  After flexing their power, the inmates managed to get another run across using small ball. With a one run lead, GG looked to widen the margin. Grenades loaded the bases with only one out, but couldn’t get the clutch hit they needed to get a run home.  Both teams tightened up thee defense and base runners were at a premium the rest of the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Death Row tried to mount a two out rally with runners at first and second.  The next kicker had a well placed bunt down the first base line, but was tagged out just before they could get to the bag.  Green Grenades walked away with the 3-2 victory.  Next week, Green Grenades looks for another win against I’d Hit That, while Welcome to Death Row looks to turn things around against Krusty Krab Pizza.

Ginger Balls recapture magic in comeback win vs. I’d Hit That

Folks, you couldn’t ask for a better start of a season than what transpired Thursday night.  Two powerhouse teams collided that made a showdown for the ages.  I’d Hit That got started early getting 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st with some timely base hitting.  They kept playing the Hits by adding another run in the 3rd.  For 5 innings, I’d Hit That played shutdown defense only allowing 1 base runner through the Ginger Balls entire lineup.  Down 3 runs in the top of the 6th, the magic came alive. Hit after hit, the Gingers kept getting on base having their first 5 batters get on.  Suddenly the game was tied 3-3 with some amazing base running and some unforced errors.  Gingers kept the magic going when Kaptain Koch made a great read on a bunt to score all the way from 2nd to put the Gingers in the lead 4-3. After the Hits got out of the inning, they looked deep in their soul and were determined to get the win.  After 1 out, the Hits put 2 men on base and were a sacrifice away from tying the game.  Unfortunately, a pop out and a force out ended the game, completing the comeback for the Gingers.  Ginger Balls: 4, I’d Hit That: 3.  In Week 2, Ginger Balls looks to keep the momentum going when they face Almost Classy, while I’d Hit That looks for a win against Spring League Champions, Green Grenades.

Bar Report
First week and McNally’s was hopping with kickballers once again after a short hiatus.  Tobias if you are reading this, thank you for putting up with 100+ nutsos every week on a Thursday night.  With a new season comes new faces, introductions. team shots, lots of name forgetting and well, you can use your imagination.  I’d Hit That turned the bar into a Taylor Swift sing-a-long concert for a few minutes with their ‘rendition’ of Blank Space.  In the back, veterans introduced the new players to Flip Cup and then some King of the Hill was played with a veteran, Trent taking the prize defeating Kristina of Whistle Kicks.  The rest of the top 5 were Melissa, Bryan and Noel.

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On Saturday, August 22nd, Golden State Kickball presented a Pick Up game to kick off the start of the Fall 2015 season which starts Thursday August 27th.  Sign ups are still open here!

During the evening, Golden State Kickball held the end of season, opening of Fall 2015 with a Scavenger Hunt through Oakland bars on Telegraph Avenue.  Prizes awarded was a free season, movie gift card and a bar tab.

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It was abnormally hot in Oakland Saturday as the Summer 2015 Oakland Division Tournament was played at Mosswood Park.  In the past 9 weeks, 10 teams were vying for the Swenson Cup.  There were definitely some surprises in this action packed day where teams brought out the BBQ’s, cornhole, frisbee, and other items to keep entertained.  With the hot weather also brought, the kickball flying all throughout Mosswood.

First Round

Last place AfterDarc Forfeits against seventh seeded Throwback Thursdaze

The first play in game of the day was over before it started as newcomers AfterDarc failed to field a team and lost their chance at an upset before the day began. Throwback Thursdaze automatically moved on to play second seeded Captain Morgan’s Revenge in the quarterfinals, while AfterDarc finishes their season at 0-10.

#8 Almost Classy wins in walk off fashion over ninth seeded Rolling Clones

Almost Cla$$y and Rolling Clones locked up in an entertaining roller coaster of a game in which the kicking team failed to score only 3 times for the entire game. Rolling Clones was playing two players down, and it cost them in the first as Cla$$y got rolling with a 3 run home run past the undermanned outfield for an early lead. However, the Clone Army wouldn’t fold, chipping away at the lead and eventually tying the score at 4-4 entering the 4th inning. AC pulled ahead again with a perfect bases loaded, 2-out suicide squeeze, but RC struck back in the 5th to take a surprising lead at 6-5. The veterans of Cla$$y weren’t done though, staging a tying rally in the bottom of the 5th, then dramatically sealing the game in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 6th. Almost Classy moves onto the QuarterFinals to face top seeded Highland Hitman, while The Rolling Clones finishes their season at 1-9.

Quarterfinals

Eigth seeded Almost Classy lucks their way into Semifinals as #1 Highland Hitman Forfeit

Another forfeit, this time by the undefeated Highland Hitmen, sent the unlikely number 8 seed directly into the semifinals. Winning only 2 games during regular season Almost Classy, after a thrilling win in their first round play in game, found themselves in the semifinals where they would meet the winner of the quarterfinal between Whistle Kicks and East Bay Ballers.  Highland Hitman finishes their season at 8-1-1.

Fourth Seed East Bay Ballers shuts out #5 Whistle Kicks 4-0

This quarterfinal felt a lot like the first matchup between these two clubs during the regular season with pitching and defense shining for both sides early, and a big blast by East Bay Ballers making the difference. Whistle Kicks, coming off of an unexpected 5 win season, looked prime to play spoilers as they kept East Bay Ballers quiet through 3 innings allowing only 1 baserunner past first base with solid defense and great pitching. Matching that feat, the defense and pitching of East Bay Ballers was equally exceptional allowing only a few baserunners and recording multiple strikeouts. The score was tied at 0-0 entering the bottom of fourth when East Bay Ballers finally broke the scoring open. With 2 outs and a runner on second, Ballers blasted a 2 run home run off the right field tree. That homer proved to be all the Ballers needed as a demoralized Whistle Kicks could not match those runs as they failed inning after inning to get runners into scoring position. Ballers would add a pair of insurance runs in the fifth and let their pitching and defense finish the shutout for a 4-0 and the right to move on to face #8 Almost Classy in the semifinals.  Whistle Kicks finishes their season at 5-5.

Second seed Captain Morgan’s Revenge Upset by Throwback Thursdaze 5-4

Throwback Thursdays looked to overturn the results of their Week 1 loss to Captain Morgan’s Revenge. Both teams sputtered early with neither team able to score in the first inning. That wouldn’t last long however. In the top of the second TT coupled some well-placed bunts with some timely booming outfield blasts. When the dust had settled, Throwback Thursdaze had posted a 4-spot and taken a commanding lead. CMR were able to steal back 2 runs in the fourth, but only after TT had scored again at the top of the frame. Taking their 5-2 lead into the final inning, TT looked to close out the game and get their CMR revenge. The Pirates were able to get the runners on base, and thanks to a bunt down the first-base line and some base-running shenanigans, both runners were able to score. Down to their final out, CMR needed a base-runner to have a chance at victory. The next pitch was popped up to the first-base side of the infield. The ball was caught and the upset complete. While Throwback Thursdaze advances to the Semifinals, Captain Morgan’s Revenge completes their season at 7-3.

#3 Welcome to Death Row easily reaches semifinals with a 5-0 win over #6 Purple Rain

The inmates of Death Row began their run to the GSK Oakland Division title with a dominant and convincing shutout of the sixth seeded and well overmatched Purple Rain. From the opening frame, Welcome to Death Row looked the part of a champion. Purple Rain had a difficult time getting anything going offensively throughout this contest against the excellent pitching and smart defense of Death Row. The top of the first provided a brief moment of hope for the Prince fan club, but after the first kicker reached base, Death Row shut the door collecting the next three outs. As good as they were defensively, they looked equally as good on offense in the first inning. The top of their lineup got things rolling quickly, wiith three excellent bunts which loaded the bases for their power kickers. With sharp line drives to the outfield and a sacrifice fly, Death Row jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. They added to their lead in the bottom of the second plating two more. The scoring ended as Purple Rain clamped down defensively, aided by the fact that the boys and girls in black slowed down their ground attack and began kicking away sensing that a 5 run lead would be all they would need. The game ended unceremoniously on a foul out and Welcome to Death Row completed the 5-0 shutout and moving on to play #7 Throwback Thursdaze, while Purple Rain completes their season at 4-5-1.

Semifinals

East Bay Ballers Walk-Off Almost Classy, Move into Finals

The 4 vs 8 matchup between East Bay Ballers and Almost Classy was a classic low scoring kickball tournament affair. Classy threatened early in the top of the first, but East Bay Ballers got out of the two on, one out jam with some stellar defense. That defense propelled the Ballers to a pair of runs in the bottom half using small ball and sacrifice flies. After that, Almost Classy’s defense stepped it up and allowed zeros for the next 4 innings, while their offense chipped away and picked up a run on a single and a two out double in the third and then picked up the tying run in the fifth with an outfield single. In the bottom of the 6th, Ballers had a chance to walk off.  With one out, two runners reached via singles.  After a force out at third base, Classy was determined to send the game to extras, but Ballers had other plans.  The kicker, lined a shot down the right field line that stayed just fair and Ballers walked their way into the Finals.  Almost Classy finishes their season with a 5-7 record.

Welcome to Death Row ends Throwback Thursdaze Cinderella run

After coming off a huge upset to Captain Morgan’s Revenge, Throwback Thursday was looking to use their momentum to send Welcome To Death Row to the chair.  Early in the game, it looked like that was going to happen with six straight outs without a hit in the 1st and 2nd inning.  With some small ball and timely hitting, Throwback took the lead 1-0 in the top of the 3rd.  Death Row would come back with some small ball of their own to tie the game at 1-1.  Thursdaze title chances would slowly fade in the 4th allowing an additional run to score for Death Row due to an errant throw by the pitcher. Death Row would shut the door in the 5th with some controversial base running and adding an insurance run with the final score Welcome To Death Row: 3, Throwback Thursday: 1  With the win Welcome to Death Row advances into the Oakland Division Championship game, while Throwback Thursdaze completes their season at 5-7.

Finals

Welcome to Death Row Claim Swenson Cup in Thriller against East Bay Ballers

In the top of the first, East Bay Ballers quickly jumped on the board with a run via small ball and a sacrifice fly. The next three offensive innings for Welcome to Death Row proved to be very frustrating ones as each inning ended in a double play. Not to be deterred however, Death Row’s offense kept the pressure on and East Bay Ballers finally cracked. With runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs, a kick to shallow right-center managed to drop between two defenders. The base-runners needed to wait to make sure the ball wasn’t caught and broke late to the bases. A quick throw to second base narrowly got the runner for the first out, but the lead runner continued to advance. The throw home was behind the runner and allowed the kicker to advance to second base with an RKI. With the game now tied 1-1, EBB looked to retake the lead, but couldn’t get a runner into scoring position. In the bottom of the fifth inning, WDR looked to take control of the game. With a runner on second base, an infield single coupled with some aggressive baserunning allowed the go-ahead run to score. East Bay Ballers had one last chance in the top of the sixth, but the inmates of GSK played solid defense and walked back to Death Row with the Summer 2015 – Oakland Division Title.  Welcome to Death Row finishes their season at 9-2-1, while East Bay Ballers finishes their runner-up season at 8-4.

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It was the last day of the Summer 2015 regular season at Mosswood Park on Thursday night as teams secured their seeding for the tournament.  On a beautiful night in Oakland, let’s get to the recaps and figure out what is going on at Tournament Saturday.

Whistle Kicks Squeak by Throwback Thursdaze 1-0

In a tightly contested defensive game that lasted a mere 30 minutes, Whistle Kicks came out on top 1-0. The pitching and defense on both sides was superb and only a few runners all game made their way past second base. Thursdaze opened the game with a threat in the top of the first when they had runners at first and second with only 1 out but the threat was squashed quickly and the next two kickers popped fly balls into the hands of the defense. Whistle Kicks could not get anything going offensively in the early part of the game and did not put a runner past second base until the fourth where they scored their first, and only run. The leadoff kicker for the Kicks reached base on an outfield miscue and was promptly bunted to third. The next kicker plated the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly. Thursdaze would mount an admirable comeback in the fifth putting runners at second and third with two outs, but just couldn’t get that clutch kick they need to tie or take the lead, losing to Whistle Kicks 1-0. Heading into the tournament this weekend Whistle Kicks takes the 5 seed and will face off against fourth seeded East Bay Ballers, while Throwback Thursdaze falls to seventh and will play AfterDarc in a play in game.

Captain Morgan’s Revenge Overtakes Almost Classy 2-1

With second place on the line, Captain Morgan’s Revenge pillaged their way to a rowdy, drunken (not really) 2-1 victory over the hapless Almost Classy. The early innings of this one were defined by pitching and defense as both squads had a hard time getting anything going offensively and went three up, three down for the most part over the first two innings. In the third, Classy would open the scoring on a line drive single to center and took a 1-0 lead. The lead would be short lived however, as those swashbuckling pirates (yes, more pirate humor) of the Jolly Roger would strike back in the bottom of the third on an overthrow at home plate. Classy attempted to mount rallies in both the fourth and fifth but heads up defensive plays by Captain Morgan clamped down with runners in scoring position to shutout the opposition the rest of the way winning the contest 2-1. At Saturday’s tournament Captain Morgan’s Revenge will be the 2 seed and square off against the winner of the 7-10 play-in game. Almost Classy falls to take the 8th seed and will face the ninth seeded Rolling Clones for the right to move on and play top seeded Highland Hitmen.

Purple Rain on After Darc Parade

After Darc comes into the game winless with one more shot for glory and early it looked like they were going to get it.  After a scoreless first, in the bottom of the second, After Darc had some great hitting to go on the board 1-0.  Unfortunately, after that the wheels fell off for AD.  Purple Rain came back in the 3rd with superb bunts and clutch kicking to make it 2-1 PR.  Top of the 4th, the Princes shot the lights out with a home run in the 4th and another solo shot in the 5th raking 10 more runs in the process. After Darc had some chances in the 6th, but not enough to come back.  Purple Rain: 12, After Darc: 2

Welcome to Death Row and Highland Hitman play to a 5-5 tie

Death Row looked to climb in the standings while the Hitmen were defending their undefeated record. The scoring started quickly with a solo home run in the top of the first to put WDR out to an early lead. In the bottom of the frame, HH looked to tie it up. With 2 runners on base and only one out, a double-play ball ended the inning, but Highland Hitman were not deterred. With some well placed kicks, they were able to plate 2 runs in the bottom of the second. Their 2-1 lead held until the top of the fifth inning when Welcome to Death Row uncorked a 4-run frame, capped by a bases clearing triple. HH were able to claw back a run in the bottom of the fifth to enter the final frame down 5-3. Close force plays at second and first bases allowed some base runners on. An over-throw at first base allowed them to score. The Hitmen were able to tie the score, but couldn’t get another run across for the lead, giving both teams their first tie of the season. HH preserve their undefeated season while WDR drop to 3rd in the standings.

East Bay Ballers pulls Away from Rolling Clones Late, wins 6-1

East Bay Ballers opened the game up with some timely bunts, and laser line drives to start the game 2-0.  Attack of the clones came in the bottom if the 2nd with a lead off double and 2 bloop fly balls to score one run.  EBB opened the game up with 4 runs in the 5th inning.  A fly ball with bases loaded was turned into a literal volleyball match with 3 bumps and a drop to score 3 runs.  Was it pure strategy, or pure nonsense?  Final score was 6-1 East Bay ballers.  Both teams showed solid defense at times which will be crucial in this Saturdays tourney.

Bar Report

Another Thursday night, another rocking night at McNally’s after kickball. Almost Classy got the flip cup going early, with other teams joining in on the fun as the night went on. Other members chose to enjoy the music in the front room and dance after taking their team shots. For only the second time this season, a King of the Hill champion was crowned. The tables started crowded but soon it was down to the final five. Some players will report their chance was taken from them by the anonymous tickler, a distraction that gets people almost every time. In any event, the top five was made up of Trent from Hitman, Koch from Whistle Kicks, and Sophie, Talicia, and Kayley from Almost Classy. In a Classy vs. Classy final, Kayley and Sophie squared off in a 3 cup competition. Sophie reigned supreme, claiming her win was for Mr. Jonathan Neely.

GSK Week 9

On Tuesday’s, we take the time to spotlight whose balls shined brighter than most, that week. Throw on some shades as we introduce you to our Golden Ballers of the Week.

Name: Hillary Billary

Team: Welcome to Death Row

Position on the Field: Token uterus/team cripple

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Science

Bar Drink of Choice: Old Fashioned

How long have you been playing kickball? First Season

Why did you join kickball? To have fun and drink in public

Favorite part of kickball? Shit talking on the sidelines

If you hear smack talk, it's probably Hillary

If you hear smack talk, it’s probably Hillary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You figured out why he is called OP right?

You figured out why he is called OP right?

Name: OP

Team: Purple Rain

Position on the Field: Catcher, etc.

Favorite elementary School Subject: Math

Bar Drink of Choice: The Fiat

How long have you been playing kickball? 5 years. 1.5 years in the Bay Area.  Before I played in Southern California

Why did you join kickball? The people who named me OP made me

Favorite part of kickball? Sex

GOLDEN RULE OF THE WEEK

Rules are rules and every sport has ‘em.  This week we look at pitching and it’s delivery.  Brush up on further rulebook knowledge here to make Golden State Kickball a fun time for everyone!

3.3 Pitching

3.3.1 Pitching Delivery

3.3.1.1 The pitcher must plant his foot behind the pitching mound within one foot to either side of the mound when delivering his / her pitch

3.3.1.2. The kicker must keep one foot within the kicking box prior to and during the pitch delivery.

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It was a humid night at Mosswood Park in Oakland Thursday night as kickball teams were jockeying for seeding position in the penultimate regular season game.  With some slight sprinkles and some lightning in the background, lets get to the recaps from this evening where the thunder was the red ball flying all over the yard.

Purple Rain Reigns over Throwback Thursdaze 8-5

Purple Rain started the game like they had a plane to catch, roaring out to a quick 7-0 lead after two innings, highlighted by a five run 2nd inning. PR’s defense was airtight too, shutting down all of Thursdaze’s attempts to get something going.  Thursdaze finally got their shoes tied and some alcohol in their systems, stopped the bleeding, and started to dig their way back. Thursdaze’s defense began throwing up zeroes, and their offense came alive with a clutch four run 4th. The lead was eventually cut to 7-5 and Prince was getting nervous, but Purple Rain was able to scratch out an insurance run in the top of the 6th, and their defense righted itself in time to close out a well-played 8-5 win.

Captain Morgan’s Revenge Plunders East Bay Ballers, 9-2

In recent weeks, East Bay Ballers had been on quite a winning streak as they quickly shot their way up the Golden State Kickball standings. Captain Morgan, however, was not going to let them creep up any farther as they trounced the East Bay Ballers for a 9-2 win, proving again why they are one of the top contenders for the title in this years league.  The game opened with both teams scoring 2 runs in the first inning.  Both teams executed their offense to perfection using bunts, kicks, and heads up baserunning.  Tied at 2 after 1, this game had all the makings of a kickball classic.  In the top of the second, Captain Morgan’s would score to take the lead and put 2 more on the board in the third to push the lead to 5-2.  Ballers would make threats in each of those innings but couldn’t get that clutch kick to pull themselves back into the game.  Those scrappy pirates, even without flying their Jolly Roger, would continue their offensive output in the fourth with an additional run to stretch the lead to 6-2.  The Ballers hopes and dreams continuing to be dashed as rally after rally was seemingly squashed out by excellent pitching and defense by Captain Morgan’s.  The Ballers would be sent to their watery grave in the 6th as Captain Morgan’s added 3 more insurance runs for a final score of 9-2.  In the final week of the regular season Captain Morgan’s looks to make a final push for second place as they face off against Almost Classy while East Bay Ballers look to finish up strong against The Rolling Clones.

Highland Hitmen Assassinate Whistle Kicks 8-2

Highland Hitmen remain undefeated heading into the last week of the season by easily taking care of Whistle Kicks, 8-2.  Aided by poor defense and speed on the base paths, Hitmen jumped all over Whistle Kicks as they bunted, kicked, and ran their way to a 4-0 lead in the the top of the first. Those 4 runs would prove to be all the Hitmen would need as Whistle Kicks couldn’t find a rhythm and had very few kicks when it counted.  The Hitmen would add to their lead in the second and third and had an insurmountable 8-1 lead after 3 innings.  Deflated but not beaten, Whistle Kicks continued to put pressure on the Hitmen with runners all over the bases, but could not find ways to bring them home.  A tighter defense over the second half of the game kept the score at 8-1 until the bottom of the sixth when Whistle Kicks finally broke through with a meaningless run, losing to the Hitmen 8-2.  The Highland Hitmen look to keep their undefeated season alive as they square off against Welcome to Death Row while Whistle Kicks looks to get back on track against Throwback Thursdaze to avoid a potential play-in game in the tournament.

Welcome to Death Row shuts down Rolling Clones 4-0

With Welcome to Death Row needing a bounce back win to remain in contention for the second seed in the tournament, their pitching and defense stepped up and shut out the Rolling Clones 4-0. Rolling Clones had a hard time getting much going offensively in the beginning of this one while Death Row had no trouble, opening their scoring with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first. More well placed kicks followed and Death Row quickly led 2-0 after an inning.  In the third, the Rolling Clones would show some life as they loaded the bases with only one out putting a ton of pressure on the inmates of Death Row.  Unfortunately, two quick flyouts would follow and the Clones would be turned away from the plate yet again.  Death Row pushed their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the inning scoring 2 more runs on singles to the outfield. Rolling Clones defense, however, really stepped up and shut down the rest of Death Row’s offense, preventing this game from getting out of hand.  Both Rolling Clones and Death Row would be kept off the bases for much of the rest of this game leading to an uneventful second half with Death Row wrapping things up in the sixth to win the game 4-0.  In the final week of the regular season,  Welcome to Death Row will continue their push for the second seed against Highland Hitmen while Rolling Clones hopes to end their season on a high note against East Bay Ballers.

Almost Classy wins thriller Over AfterDarc 6-5

With both teams looking to overturn tough losses last week, lightning lit up the sky.  On the field, thunderous kicks were audible from both teams.  Almost Classy got things started quickly with 4 runs in the top of the 1st with a bases clearing triple and a base hit to follow.  AfterDarc were able to respond with some aggressive base running to steal back a run. Down 4-1, AD were able to get another run across in the bottom of the second.  The moon shot to center field was able to score the runner on base, but they were unable to get a rally started. After holding Almost Classy scoreless, AD were able to tie the game with a 2-run shot to left-center.  Classy responded with runs in the fourth and fifth to go ahead 6-4. In the final frame, AfterDarc were able to get their lead-off runner on base.  Another outfield blast scored the leadoff man, leaving Darc down by one with no outs and a runner on second.  A base hit and a pop fly lead to one out with runners on 1st and 2nd.  The next kicker hit a flare to shallow right-center.  The charging outfielder was able to make the catch and quickly throw the ball in to first to double off the base-runner, ending the game with a double-play.  Classy win 6-5.  Next week AfterDarc look for their first win against Purple Rain, while Almost Classy take their momentum to Captain Morgan’s Revenge.

Bar Report

McNally’s was bumping like it’s usual self as the honey whiskey came back for another week.  East Bay Ballers may have lost on the field, but they busted out into an impromptu dance off and sing along to some Taylor Swift songs and a Third Eye Blind 1990’s classic, ‘Semi-Charmed Life’.  In the back of the bar, Almost Classy challenged themselves to a game of flip cup and other teams started filtering in for more fun.  Next week is the last week for Summer King of the Hill.  Will you be the one to finish at the top?  Will it even be played?  Stay tuned…

Week 8

On Tuesday’s, we take the time to spotlight whose balls shined brighter than most, that week. Throw on some shades as we introduce you to our Golden Ballers of the Week.

Name: Veronica

Team: East Bay Ballers

Position on the Field: Beer & Cheer

Favorite Elementary School Subject: English

Bar Drink of Choice: Bourbon

How long have you been playing kickball? Physically 2 years, factor in alcohol and you can knock a year off that

Why did you join kickball? Because I heard ya’ll are degenerates like me

Favorite part of kickball? Meeting new people.  Come say hi! =)

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All smiles for GSK

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Hat and Red Cup Game

Name: Heather

Team: Captain Morgan’s Revenge

Position on the Field: 1B/SS/Pitcher

Favorite elementary School Subject: Math

Bar Drink of Choice: Moscow Mule

How long have you been playing kickball? 7 years

Why did you join kickball? Meet people in the area.  Have fun!

Favorite part of kickball? Getting the RKI’s! (and the sweet bunt when it works)

GOLDEN RULE OF THE WEEK

Rules are rules and every sport has ‘em.  This week we look at the catcher position.  Brush up on further rulebook knowledge here to make Golden State Kickball a fun time for everyone!

3.4 Catching

3.4.1 The Catcher is the only defender who may start play in foul territory

3.4.2 The Catcher may not at any time touch the kicker or obstruct their kick in anyway

3.4.3 The Catcher must always stay outside the kicking box until the ball is kicked

3.4.3.1 If the Catcher interferes with the kicker in the act of kicking or in proceeding to first base the play is dead and kicker is automatically awarded first base

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