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Week6

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: Jim

Team: Krusty Krab Pizza

Position on the Field: Safety

Favorite Elementary School Subject? Recess

Bar Drink of Choice: Diet Coke

How long have you been playing kickball? 1 Week

Why did you join kickball? Internet

Favorite part of kickball? Kicking the ball

Big Diet Coke fan here...

Big Diet Coke fan here…

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Refueling after running around outside

Name: Amanda

Team: I’d Hit That

Position on the Field: Left field or Short Stop

Favorite Elementary School Subject? English.

Bar Drink of Choice: IPA

How long have you been playing kickball? This is my 9th season

Why did you join kickball? To pretend like I’m still an athlete. Oh, and to meet people and have an excuse to drink on a Thursday.

Favorite part of kickball? Getting to run around outside!

GOLDEN RULE OF THE WEEK

Rules are rules and every sport has ‘em.  This week we look at ejections, which we hope never happens in our leagues.  Brush up on further rulebook knowledge here to make Golden State Kickball a fun time for everyone!

2.5 Ejection

2.5.1 If ejected from a game by the Referee, a player is removed from the kicking order and may not take the field on defense

2.5.2 If losing an ejected player causes a team to fall below the minimum number of total players or females, the affected team will forfeit the game

2.5.3 An ejected player may suffer additional penalties as deemed by the league commissioner

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On a beautiful Fall evening at Mosswood Park in Oakland, Week 5 got underway.  With just a few weeks left in the season, teams are jostling for playoff seeding for the November 7th Fall Tournament.  Ginger Balls were the only undefeated team left and would it stay that way?  Almost Classy is the only winless team left and would it stay that way or would they pick up their first win of the Fall campaign?  Let’s get to the recaps where the red rubber ball was flying all over.

Ginger Balls Beat Wasted Wookies 3-0, stay Undefeated

With a Ginger Balls squad looking to stay undefeated, Wasted Wookies gave them all they could handle, but fell just short of spoiling the Balls’ perfect season. This game was a defensive grinder from the outset dominated by pitching and defense on both sides. In the first two innings, both teams put runners in scoring position but couldn’t find that clutch kick as the defense on both sides stepped up under the pressure to squash the rallies. Wasted Wookies had their best opportunity to score in the top of the third as they were able to get their lead off kicker to third base with only one out. Once again, however, the Balls’ pitching and defense held as the next two Wookies went down on a strikeout and a pop out ending their chances of breaking the tie. In the bottom of the third, Ginger Balls would finally open the scoring with a 2 out rally that put the game firmly out of reach. With two runners in scoring position, a well placed bunt drew the Wookies third baseman to throw to first allowing the runner at third to make a mad dash for the plate, scoring the first run of the game. The Balls’ weren’t finished, however, and on a similar bunt down the third baseline were able to draw an overthrow as the Wookies tried to cut down a runner headed to the plate. The overthrow cost the Wookies an additional run as the runner on second scored easily without a play. The rest of the game returned to the defensive grind that started this one as no more runs were allowed through the final 3 innings. Ginger Balls shut the door in the sixth winning 3-0 to remain undefeated. In Week 6, Ginger Balls goes for six in a row against Whistle Kicks while Wasted Wookies square off against Green Grenades.

Whistle Kicks Boil Krusty Krab Pizza 8-6 on sixth inning Grand Slam

An epic pastel colored battle between two evenly matched teams took place under the setting sun of Field 2. Both teams brought out their kicking legs in this one putting on an offensive show that went back and forth for most of the game. Krusty Krab Pizza got things going right away in the bottom of the first opening their half of the inning by putting their first two kickers on base. With one out in the inning, a single to the outfield would plate the first run of the game for the Krabs. Another single scored two additional runs as the Krabs scuttled to a 3-0 lead after just one inning. Whistle Kicks would bounce back and opened the top of the second with a solo home run. Two more singles following the homer would score a second run for the Kicks as they cut the Krabs’ lead to 3-2. Realizing more runs would be necessary to put away Whistle Kicks, the Krabs again put their first two kickers on base. Another well placed kick to the outfield scored both runners to push their lead to 5-2 after just two innings. In the fourth, Whistle Kicks would muscle their way back into the game with five straight kicks that plated two runs, again cutting the lead to just one run. The Krabs’ lead would hold as the game entered the final inning. Needing just one run to tie and two to take the lead, Whistle Kicks loaded the bases on well placed kicks and spotty defense by the Krabs. With one out and the game on the line, Whistle Kicks stepped up big with a tremendous grand slam to take the lead 8-5. Those pesky Krabs are hard to get rid of however, and in the bottom of the sixth would cut the lead to 8-6 on a two out home run of their own. Unfortunately, that would be all they could muster and Whistle Kicks was able to hold onto the lead, winning one of the more exciting games of the fall season. In Week 6, Whistle Kicks looks to play spoiler as they take on undefeated Ginger Balls while Krusty Krab Pizza hopes to stop their losing streak against Almost Classy.

I’d Hit That slap Around Almost Classy 11-3

Two teams heading in opposite directions clashed this Thursday in a hard fought game. I’d Hit That is looking to continue their 4 game win streak while Almost Classy was looking for any win possible.  I’d Hit That took no prisoners putting up 3 in the first inning with some fabulous baserunning and hitting.  In the bottom of the 2nd, Classy would make things interesting getting a run of their own with a couple dropped fly balls by the Hits making it 3-1.  Top of the 3rd, the Hits would get 2 more runs with base clearing single with 2 men on to make it 5-1.  In the bottom of the 3rd, Classy showed some heart with some timely bunts allowing a pair to get on base. A double to left center field allowed two to score getting the game to 5-3.  I’d Hit That stopped messing around at that point, picking up a run in the 4th and then 5 more in the 5th with some power hitting.  The Hits called the dogs off in the 6th, but it was still too much for Classy.  I’d Hit That: 11, Almost Classy: 3.  In Week 6, I’d Hit That looks to keep the winning momentum going when they play Throwback Thursdaze, while Almost Classy looks for their first win of the season against Krusty Krab Pizza.

Green Grenades’ fast start Propels them to 10-0 victory versus Baby Bouncies

A quick four run first inning by Green Grenades put this lopsided game out reach after just one inning. The big four spot by the Grenades was started by excellent bunting followed by well placed kicks to the outfield. All four runs came across on sharp line drives and pop ups to the outfield that Baby Bouncies had a hard time defending against. The Grenades didn’t stop there as they added another run in the first and two more in the third on heads up baserunning, taking the extra base when they could and forcing Baby Bouncies into poor throws. Baby Bouncies had a really difficult time getting anything going offensively but did manage to get a number of runners into scoring position throughout the game. The Grenades’ defense held tight as Baby Bouncies failed to come through with kicks when it mattered most. The Grenades were relentless offensively and continued to pound line drives into the outfield pouring it on against the helpless defense of Baby Bouncies as they scored 3 more runs in the fifth, going on to an easy 10-0 victory. In Week 6 Green Grenades go for their fourth win in a row against Wasted Wookies while Baby Bouncies search for a win as they face off against Welcome to Death Row.

Throwback Thursdaze win Back and Forth battle against Welcome to Death Row, 5-2

The action started early with Welcome to Death Row plating a run in the bottom of the first. Throwback Thursdaze quickly responded with 2 runs in the top of the second to gain their first lead of the game. It wouldn’t last long, as Death Row got another run across in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 2-2. The tie continued with neither team able to score in the third innning. In the top of the fourth, Thursdaze were able to get runner on first and third. With one out, the kicker sent a bunt to the third-base side. The defense threw to first to get the force out, but the ball hit the kickers legs sending the ball into the outfield. The out was recorded, but two runs were able to score on the play. Death Row were able to get a runner into scoring position in the bottom of the fourth, but couldn’t find the clutch kick they needed to get the run. Defense reigned in the fifth inning as base runners were kept to a minimum and no runs were scored. Thursdaze added an insurance run in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead. Down to their final 3 outs, Death Row needed base-runners. A soft pop-up to the pitcher was followed by a curious decision to intentionally foul-off a ball with a two foul count. The next kicker grounded out, ending the game and securing the win for Throwback Thursdaze.  In Week 6, Death Row looks for a fresh start against Baby Bouncies, while Throwback Thursdaze face I’d Hit That.

Bar Report

McNally’s was hopping once again as teams gathered for Flip Cup and socialization.  While no King of the Hill was played this week, a bar tab was raffled off to teams that had at least five team members at the bar.  The Oakland Division trophy was also showed off for those who are vying for the cup.  This week’s winner was Throwback Thursdaze.  Next week is the Midseason Party, so come on out and have some fun with the members of GSK.

Week5

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

Name: Maureen “Reenster Bomb”

Team: Welcome to Death Row

Position on the Field: 2nd base, baby!

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Teather ball and Egyptian History

Bar Drink of Choice: Makers with a splash of your dad

How long have you been playing kickball? 3rd Season

Why did you join kickball? Monique L made me and I’m so glad I did!

Favorite part of kickball? Seriously?  My awesome team! And the bar helps

FLEX GAME ON POINT

FLEX GAME ON POINT

So many happy faces, supposedly...

So many happy faces, supposedly…

Name: Jon

Team: Almost Classy

Position on the Field: Anywhere! (Mostly outfield)

Favorite elementary School Subject: Math, unless recess counts

Bar Drink of Choice: Rusty Nail

How long have you been playing kickball? One year, but like 20 if you count elementary school

Why did you join kickball? To meet people and I love sports

Favorite part of kickball? Cheering teammates on!

GOLDEN RULE OF THE WEEK

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

3.1 Game Length

3.1.1 Games shall last 6 innings or 70 minutes, whichever comes first.

3.1.2 No new innings shall be started within the final 10 minutes of game time.

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On a calm evening at Mosswood Park in Oakland Thursday night, Week 4 of the Fall season provided much excitement for kickball fans.  Would Ginger Balls be able to remain the lone undefeated team of the season?  What rare occurrence did Welcome to Death Row do Thursday that had kickball fans talking about?  Let’s get to the recaps from this exciting kickball evening.

Green Grenades provides Explosive 8-5 win over Throwback Thursdaze

The battle of the greenies commenced a thrilling scoring affair that was a couple of plays short of an upset.  In the top of the 1st, Throwback got on the board early with some great kicking and smart baserunning to go up 3-0.  The Grenades now knew they were in for a battle adding 4 of their own in the bottom of the 1st to make it 4-3.  Never say “Fri” Thursdaze would come back in the top of the 3rd with some great baserunning and a sac fly to make it even at 4-4. Unfortunately, this was as close as Throwback would get as Green Grenades tacked on an insurance run in the 4th and 3 more in the 5th with some impressive foul line doubles to make it 8-4 going to the sixth.  Thursdaze kept it interesting getting their leadoff kicker to score on a sac fly, but it wasn’t enough.  Green Grenades: 8, Throwback Thursdaze: 5.  In Week 5, Green Grenades looks to keep up their winning ways when they face off against Baby Bouncies, while Throwback Thursdaze looks to bounce back with a win against Welcome to Death Row

Ginger Balls win Tight one over Baby Bouncies 3-1

In what looked like a mismatch in Week 4, undefeated Ginger Balls got all they could handle against the rookies from Baby Bouncies. This fast paced game was dominated by strong defense on both sides highlighted by base running mistakes that killed back to back rallies for Ginger Balls. In the bottom of the first and second, Ginger Balls was able to bunt their first kicker on, only to see their efforts wasted by kicking into two double plays, both on line drives back to the pitcher. Baby Bouncies also had early opportunities as they put runners on base in each of the first three innings but failed to get that clutch kick to take the lead. In the bottom of the third, Ginger Balls opened the scoring on a 2 out RKI double into the outfield that scored two runs, giving them their first lead of them game. The resilient Bouncies would not go away, however, and in the top of the fourth lead the inning off with a line drive double. Two consecutive sacrifices would score their first run, cutting the Ginger Balls lead to 2-1. In the bottom of the fourth, Ginger Balls struck back and scored an insurance run on a two out single, increasing their lead to 3-1. The defense for Ginger Balls clamped down the rest of the way and shut down any thoughts of a comeback from the minds of the Bouncies. The game ended on an exciting play in the outfield as two Ginger Balls converged to record the final out in what many are calling a man sandwich. As the ball was being caught it was bobbled and then saved as both Gingers together squeezed their thighs around the ball officially ending the game. In Week 5, Ginger Balls put their undefeated record on the line against Wasted Wookies while Baby Bouncies look to bounce back against Green Grenades.

 Wasted Wookies hurl their Way to a 7-6 Win over Whistle Kicks

A thunderdome style battle on the dirt occurred between Wasted Wookies and Whistle Kicks, with the game starting with some solid defense, and nasty pitching by WW. Wookies jumped out of the gate scoring 4 runs in the first after back to back bunts and some solid singles.  Whistle Kicks answered back in the 3rd with bases loaded and none out, but unfortunately they were only able to squeak a run across.  Wookies would answer back with a run of their own in the bottom of the 3rd.  The Kicks of the blowing Whistle wouldn’t go away and answered back big in the 4th.  After putting a pair on via an error and a single, Whistle blasted a 3 run home run to right field.  The Kicks would continue to fight back and tie the score at 5-5 tie going into the 5th inning.  Both teams exchanged runs in the 5th with singles, and some spotty defensive  by both teams.  In the bottom of the 6th, the Wookies a blooped a single into right field.  A lone Wookie then blasted a laser into center driving home the winning run.  Both teams shook hands gleefully after a close battle in a galaxy far far away… In Week 5, Wasted Wookies try to knock off undefeated Ginger Balls, while Whistle Kicks looks for a win against Krusty Krab Pizza.

I’d Hit That Crack open Krusty Krab Pizza for a 14-0 victory

In a lopsided game, I’d Hit That bunted, kicked, and ran all over Krusty Krab Pizza showing off their kickball mettle in this one. The Hits got things rolling quickly in the bottom of the first bunting their first three kickers safely on base and opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly. A holey defense for the Krabs then allowed four more runs, three of those coming by way of the home run. I’d Hit That continued their offensive dominance in the bottom of the second, scoring four more runs and again taking advantage of a shaky Krabs’ defense that dropped balls in the outfield and had a hard time preventing runners from taking extra bases on the base paths. As the game moved on, I’d Hit That continued their endless barrage of bunts and kicks plating three more runs in the third and an additional two runs in fourth to lead 14-0 after just four innings. In addition to a poor defensive effort, Krusty Krabs had a hard time getting anything going offensively and had two three up, three down innings to start the game. In the later innings Krusty Krabs did manage to put runners in scoring position but excellent pitching and defense closed the door on all those opportunities as they failed to get that clutch kick that would have prevented the Hits from securing the shutout. In Week 5, I’d Hit That look to keep their winning streak alive versus Almost Classy while Krusty Krab Pizza hope to get back to winning against Whistle Kicks.

Welcome to Death Row picks up First win of season, Beat Almost Classy 11-1

The last game of the night saw two winless teams square off, both hoping to find that elusive first win of the season. With a surprising 0-3 start to their fall campaign, defending champs Welcome to Death Row brought energy and stellar pitching and defense to the opening frames of this one. A tight game early, Death Row set the tone defensively with an awesome double play throwing out a runner out at home in the top of the first inning to shut down one of the few scoring opportunities that Almost Classy had all game. In the bottom of the first with a runner on third, Death Row would open the scoring on an infield single to second to take a 1-0 lead. Great defense on both sides continued through the second and third as both teams held the other at bay, until Death Row pushed two more across in the bottom of the third on a single to the outfield and a sacrifice fly, stretching their lead to 3-0 after three. In the fourth, Welcome to Death Row would complete a rare occurrence in kickball as their pitcher struck out the side not allowing a single ball to reach the fair side of the field. Adding to their amazing top of the fourth, Death Row would put the game away in the bottom of the inning with a huge offensive outburst plating five runs to increase their lead to 8-0. Classy would not give up, however, and eager to prevent a shutout mustered up some nice kicks to score their first and only run of the game. Death Row would continue their late game offensive output pushing across three more runs in the top of the fifth on defensive miscues by Classy, claiming their first win of the season 11-1. In Week 5, Welcome to Death Row looks to stay on a roll facing off with Throwback Thursdaze, while Almost Classy continues looking for their first win of the season against I’d Hit That.

Bar Report

Another Thursday, another night of mayhem at McNally’s. Kickballers swarmed to the bar for pizza and flip cup. TT and BB faced off in team vs. team flip cup. Other teams mixed themselves and got rowdy in the backroom with beers provided by Golden State Kickball. When pizza arrived at the bar, everybody got their grub on. More flip cup was played while dancing and singing took over the front. Next week, maybe King of the Hill will return. Come and find out!

Week4
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: Merritt

Team: Krusty Krab Pizza

Position on the Field: Wherever the ball isn’t

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Arts & Crafts

Bar Drink of Choice: Beer

How long have you been playing kickball? One whole week

Why did you join kickball? I just moved from Colorado and don’t know enough people to be able to say no to any invitation yet

Favorite part of kickball? The drinking

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Invite her out! She’s new!

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He like’s getting hit by red balls apparently…IN THE FACE!

Name: Jason

Team: Wasted Wookies

Position on the Field: Neutral

Favorite elementary School Subject: P.E.

Bar Drink of Choice: Jameson on ice

How long have you been playing kickball? 2 seasons

Why did you join kickball? Undercover for Rolling Stone Magazine to undercover truth about rec-league kickball

Favorite part of kickball? Drinking & competitiveness = sore balls

GOLDEN RULE OF THE WEEK

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

3.1 Game Length

3.1.1 Games shall last 6 innings or 75 minutes, whichever comes first.

3.1.2 No new innings shall be started within the final 10 minutes of game time.

3.1.3 Games shall always finish with a complete inning.

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On a hot, but beautiful night in Oakland Thursday, the red rubber ball was once again flying around Mosswood Park.  With Krusty Krab Pizza and Ginger Balls the only two undefeated teams left in the Fall 2015 – Oakland Division, would these teams stay undefeated for another week?  How about an unbeaten Whistle Kicks team who settled for a tie in Week 2? Let’s get to the recaps on this America themed night in Oakland and see how your favorite team did.

Baby Bouncies Bounce away Whistle Kicks to their First Win

In a tale of two different teams, the veteran Whistle Kicks looked to extend their unbeaten streak, while rookie team Baby Bouncies were searching for their first win of the Fall campaign. The game was a defensive powerhouse for the first 4 innings with both teams loading the bases multiple times, but getting key defensive plays to out of the jam. In the top of the 5th, Baby Bouncies, got their lead off runner to third base on an errant throw to first. A sac fly would get the runner home and give Bouncies a 1-0 lead. The wheels fell off for the Kicks in the top of the 6th via the walk and then giving up key base hits, which allowed the Bouncies to add 5 more runs to make it 6-0.  However, Whistle Kicks wouldn’t go down without a fight. With the top of their lineup in play, the Kicks would get 3 runs of their own to make it 6-3.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as a pop out to third ended the game securing the win for Baby Bouncies.  In Week 4, Baby Bouncies looks for a win against Ginger Balls, while Whistle Kicks looks to bounce back with a win against Wasted Wookies.

I’d Hit That Execute against Welcome to Death Row, Win 5-0

Searching for their first win of the season, Welcome to Death Row found themselves down early after I’d Hit That plated a run in the top of the first. While they were able to get on base, they couldn’t find a way to get the runner home. In the top of the second, I’d Hit That did indeed hit that, sending several balls into the outfield. By the time the third out was recorded, they led 3-0. Both teams were able to keep runners out of scoring position through the third and fourth innings with tight defense and sharp pitching. IHT were able to post runs in the fifth and sixth. WDR found themselves down 5-0 in the final frame. With runners on first and second, Death Row were down to their final out. A well struck ball found open grass in the middle of the infield. The catcher quickly secured the ball, but couldn’t find a base to throw to. All the runners were safe, bases loaded. With the pressure on, the kicker launched the ball into shallow left-center field, but the outfielder was able to make the catch, ending the game. Next week, I’d Hit That go for 3 consecutive wins when they face off against Krusty Krab Pizza, while Welcome to Death Row look to overturn their misfortune against Almost Classy.

Green Grenades Blow away Almost Classy, 17-2

Looking to rebound from a loss in Week 2, Green Grenades came out with a ton of firepower in this one muscling their way to a 17-2 victory. The Grenades wasted no time getting their kicking legs going in this one. After a nice bunt single in the bottom of the first, Grenades plated 5 runs on big kicks to the outfield capped by a two run home run to close the mercy rule inning. Almost Classy had a number of opportunities on defense to shut down the Grenades, but dropped balls and miscues let them down. Shaky defense for Classy was a theme in this one as again, more dropped balls in the outfield allowed Green Grenades to push the score to 8-1 after just three innings. Classy never gave up however and tried to remain in high spirits scoring runs in the third and fifth attempting to rally their way back into the game. Green Grenades would have none of it and began piling on in the later innings taking advantage of Classy’s outfield scoring four more runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth. The big legs were out for the Grenades on this night as kick after kick seemed to find a hole in the outfield allowing their base runners to take the extra base and score at will running away for a 17-2 win. In Week 4, Green Grenades hope to keep their winning streak alive against Throwback Thursdaze, while Almost Classy search for their first win of the season against Welcome to Death Row.

Wasted Wookies Devour Krusty Krab Pizza, 5-1

In a game between two evenly matched teams, clutch kicks for Wasted Wookies and failed opportunities for Krusty Krab Pizza proved to be the difference. The hairy drunkards wasted no time getting their offense rolling in this one plating three runs in the top of the first on a couple of singles and an extra base kick to the outfield. In the bottom of the first, Krusty Krab responded by putting runners in scoring position, but couldn’t find that clutch kick and found themselves behind 3-0 after the first. In the second, excellent defense by Krabs prevented the Wookies from scoring on a nice throw out at home plate.  However Krabs keep the wasted off the board in the third as the Wookies would score on a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the third, Pizza would close the gap on a run scoring double but would get no more, kicking into a rally killing force out. Wookies, realizing their 3 run lead might not be enough, tacked on an insurance run in the fourth on a single stretching the lead to 5-1. Pizza bunted their first two kickers on in the bottom of the fourth putting pressure on the Wookies defense. That defense would respond however, and shut down the Krabs threat once again with strong pitching and solid defense stranding both runners.  In the bottom of the sixth, with the bases loaded, KKP were down to their final out. Down 5-1, the kicker let the first two pitches go by for balls. The next pitch was rocketed into deep right-center field. The outfielder sprinted backward, looking over their shoulder before leaping into the air and making a brilliant fingertip catch to seal the victory for Wasted Wookies. In Week 4, Wasted Wookies look to stretch their win streak to three in a row as they take on Whistle Kicks, while Krusty Krab Pizza looks to get back in the win column against I’d Hit That.

Ginger Balls Claim easy 10-2 victory versus Throwback Thursdaze

The undefeated Ginger Balls captured their third straight victory in a one sided affair as they downed the defenseless Throwback Thursdaze. Ginger Balls opened the scoring right away in the bottom of the first on a controversial interference call that put runners on first and third two kickers into the Balls’ lineup. Excellent bunting and kicking ensued and with a little help from Thursdaze defense, Ginger Balls found themselves up 5-0 after the first inning. The scoring continued for the Balls in the third as the plated four more runs highlighted by a two out two run double into the outfield. A run in the fourth made it 10-0. Thursdaze looked completely overmatched offensively and defensively as their leaky defense contributed to this high scoring affair. Offensively, the boys and girls of Thursdaze did not lack for base runners or scoring opportunities. In the first second and fourth, Thursdaze had runners on base only to find themselves stranded their, failing to find that clutch kick. The Balls’ defense had a lot to do with those stranded runners, however, playing airtight d when it mattered to shut out Thursdaze through five innings. With the game in hand Gingies defense faltered in the sixth as Thursdaze finally got those kicks they were looking for on a couple of nicely laced singles to the outfield. Their mini sixth inning rally would produce 2 runs and no going down to Ginger Balls 10-2 at the final out. In Week 4 Ginger Balls look for their fourth win in a row as they face off against Baby Bouncies while Throwback Thursdaze try for their second win of the season against Green Grenades.

Golden State Kickball, LLC would like to send out our heartfelt wishes, thoughts and prayers to our uniformed personnel on this day of remembrance of the tragic events that happened on this day 14 years ago.  We thank you for your service.

Week3

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: Chris

Team: I’d Hit That

Position on the Field: All the Important Ones

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Math

Bar Drink of Choice: The half empty beers people leave after flip cup

How long have you been playing kickball? I’ve been blacked out since I started so…

Why did you join kickball? To meet cool people, but unfortunately this sport is just full of A-holes

Favorite part of kickball? Drinking.  No, winning. No, drinking.  One of those two.

T. Swift and a mini keg go hand and hand

T. Swift and a mini keg go hand and hand

Awesome socks!

Awesome socks!

 

Name: Susanna

Team: Gingerballs

Position on the Field: First and Outfield

Favorite elementary School Subject: Recess

Bar Drink of Choice: Any beer or vodka soda

How long have you been playing kickball? 4 years

Why did you join kickball? Fun, meet new people.  Never played before wanted to do something new =).  Do not have kickball in Switzerland.

Favorite part of kickball? People and drinking

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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Mosswood Park in Oakland was once again hopping Thursday night as Week 2 of the Fall season got underway.  In Week 1, we learned that no lead is safe and even the Summer Champions are not immune to the loss bug.  Let’s get to the recaps to see what your favorite team did this week.

Krusty Krab Pizza scuttles Away with 4-1 victory Over Welcome to Death Row

A lopsided affair on paper, defending champs Welcome to Death Row got all they could handle from an upstart Krusty Krab Pizza squad. Pitching and easy defensive plays dominated the first two innings in this one with neither team putting much pressure on the other. The pitching seemed to keep the big boots away and many of the bunts in the early frames were easily fielded by the pitchers on both sides. Death Row had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the top of the third with runners on the corners and only 1 out. That threat was dashed by those pesky krabs who turned a double play on a hard line drive back to the pitcher as the runner at third sprinted home on contact failing to tag up on the play. That inning would prove costly for the champs as those pizza loving arthropods opened the scoring plating 2 runs on shaky defense and dropped pop-ups. Death Row would get one back in the fourth however on excellent kicking and baserunning to cut the lead to 2-1. Unfortunately, that would be the only run the inmates would get in this one and were once again plagued by defensive mishaps allowing the krabs to score two additional insurance runs for a 4-1 final. In Week 3, Krusty Krab Pizza looks to stay undefeated against Wasted Wookies while Welcome to Death Row search for their first win of the season against I’d Hit That.

I’d Hit That hold on for Tight 5-4 win against Green Grenades

In a rematch of sorts from the 2015 Spring championship game, I’d Hit That (formerly Ja Rule’s Angel) got revenge against the Green Grenades holding on for a 5-4 victory. Green Grenades got off to a fast start in this one as their first two kickers reached, putting immediate pressure on the defense. I’d Hit That would bear down, however, inducing 2 fly ball outs and groundout to end the inning and the threat. In the bottom of the inning, I’d Hit That would open the scoring with a lead off double that eventually came around to score on heads up baserunning and sacrifices. I’d Hit That, knowing that they needed to add to that slim 1-0 lead, plated two more as a leadoff walk would come into score plus another in the bottom of the second stretching the lead to 3-0. Green Grenades simply could not find that big kick in the early innings as they had multiple opportunities with runners in scoring position but could not bring anyone home. In the top of the third, with runners on second and third and only one out, I’d Hit That once again shut the Grenades out inducing pop outs that stranded the runners. I’d Hit That, looking for more, pushed the lead to 5-0 in the fourth on a sac fly and an overthrow. I’d Hit That nearly squandered a lead for the second week in a row as Green Grenades would rally for 4 runs in the sixth to make it a 1 run game. This time, however, they were able to shut the door as Green Grenades fell just short of an epic comeback, losing 5-4, and once again missing out on that one key kick that could have taken them over the top. In Week 3, I’d Hit That looks to continue their winning streak against Welcome to Death Row, while Green Grenades look to get back on track as they square off against Almost Classy.

Ginger Balls come up big with small ball, Crush Almost Classy 10-1

Almost Classy, looking to overturn last week’s loss, found themselves with a large deficit early as Ginger Balls were able to plate 5 runs in the top of the first, ending the inning automatically. AC fought back responding with a runner on base . With some aggressive baserunning, they were able to score on a force out at first base. The pitcher nailed the kicker with the ball, but the ball continued into foul territory allowing the runner to continue. GB quickly tightened up their defence, and didn’t allow a run the rest of the game. Using small-ball technique, they were able to add 3 more in the 4th inning and 2 more in the 6th to extend their lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Almost Classy couldn’t get a rally started, falling to Ginger Balls 10-1. Next week, Almost Classy faces another tough opponent in Green Grenades while Ginger Balls look to continue their perfect start against Throwback Thursdaze.

Whistle Kicks and Throwback Thursdaze Fight to a 2-2 tie

Two evenly matched teams turned in superb defensive performances as Whistle Kicks and Throwback Thursdaze finished 2-2, completing the first tie of the season. Both teams brought their defensive game as neither team was able to score against the other for the first two innings of play. Whistle Kicks opened the scoring in the third on a single to the outfield to take a 1-0 lead. They would add to their lead with another single in the sixth to push that lead to 2-0. The suffocating defense and pitching of Whistle Kicks seemed to be the star of the game as they did not allow Throwback Thursdaze many opportunities to put runs on the board, and entering the sixth, were looking for their second straight shutout victory. Throwback Thursdaze however, would not go quietly and put immediate pressure on the Kicks in the bottom of the sixth. One run scored to end Whistle Kicks’ shutout streak and, hungry for a walk off win, Thursdaze loaded the bases with 2 outs. Kicks’ pitching, which had been great all game, crumbled in the final moments as Thursdaze coaxed a 2 out, bases loaded walk that tied the game. Fortunately for Whistle Kicks, the game would end with the very next kicker to preserve a 2-2 tie and end Throwback Thursdaze hopes of a walk off win. In Week 3, Whistle Kicks looks to stay unbeaten against Baby Bouncies while Throwback Thursdaze will go up against Ginger Balls.  

Wasted Wookies win one-sided game 7-1 over Baby Bouncies

Wasted Wookies came out kicking and pitching to win their first game of the fall season with a nice victory over the rookies of Baby Bouncies. Wasted Wookies wasted no time getting things going offensively and scored the opening run of the game playing small ball and taking extra bases on the base paths putting pressure on the defense of Baby Bouncies. Bouncies would fight back in the bottom of the first with a run of their own to even the score at a run a piece after the first frame. Wasted Wookies continued their scoring putting across another run in the second and two more in the third and fourth respectively to pull away from the rooks. Wookies took advantage of the defense by playing small and using bunts to set up their offense. Baby Bouncies was stifled offensively and scored no more after tying the score in the first. The wookies kept piling on scoring a final run in the sixth to win the game 7-1. In Week 3, Wasted Wookies looks to continue on this mini 1 game winning streak as they go up against Krusty Krab Pizza while Baby Bouncies tries to get their first win of the season taking on Whistle Kicks.

Bar Report
Another Thursday night, another wild outing at McNally’s. The fruit smoothie shots were back and flip cup was in full swing. Our resident DJ Marc Stretch took over the juke box to keep music jamming in the front, while Green Grenades provided jams for the back room. In the back, there was a rainbow of shirts and cups flying in the air. Teams inter-mingled and played round after round of flip cup. Some teams faced off against their on-field opponents for bragging rights, other teams played against themselves, and other teams interspersed themselves to play with new and old friends. No King of the Hill was played. Show up next Thursday to find out who will become the new King of the Hill champion…

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On Tuesday’s, we take the time to spotlight the man and woman who’s balls shined brighter than most, that week. Throw on some shades as we introduce you to our Golden Ballers of the Week.  This week was too good not to include a photo of the Spring Champions duo of Paige and Andrew.  Well just check out the photo and you will definitely agree with us on this one.  High school team photos anyone?

Name: Paige

Team: GREEN GRENADES

Position on the Field: 1ST!

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Math (yes, I’m a nerd)

Bar Drink of Choice: vodka water like a treal basic betch

How long have you been playing kickball? 2 seasons (..2 championships, nbd)

Why did you join kickball? to justify weekday drinking to my boss on Friday mornings

Favorite part of kickball? Doin’ hoodrat ish with my friends

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If you played High School Sports, you definitely know this pose…

Name: Andrew

Team: Green Grenades

Position on the Field: Pitcher

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Recess

Bar Drink of Choice: Jack and Coke

How long have you been playing kickball? 2+ seasons

Why did you join kickball? Got recruited and it sounded like fun

Favorite part of kickball? Pretty much everything

GOLDEN RULE OF THE WEEK

Rules are rules and every sport has ’em.  This week we look at the encroachment rule before a ball is pitched.  Brush up on further rulebook knowledge here to make Golden State Kickball a fun time for everyone!

3.6.1 Before the ball is kicked no Defender, including the Pitcher, may enter fair territory in front of the imaginary line made from 1st to 3rd

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