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.
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.