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Week 6

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: Team Belcher

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Spelling

Bar Drink of Choice: Old Fashioned

How long have you been playing kickball? 3rd season!

Why did you join kickball? To drink in public and socialize

Favorite part of kickball? Screaming in my teammates ears

 

 

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Name: Carl

Team: Saved by the Ball

Position on the Field: Left out

Favorite elementary School Subject: Recess and PE and History

Bar Drink of Choice:  Can I get another Caucasian, Gary

How long have you been playing kickball? Elementary School

Why did you join kickball? Because in the fifth grade, I always thought “this would be better if I could drink.”  This is my opportunity to live that dream

Favorite part of kickball? Cupping the balls safely in my hands

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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At just past the halfway point of the Oakland league, there is a pile of teams at the top of the standings along with undefeated Flipadelphia and unbeaten Blue Balls.  How would they fare this week on a beautiful night at Mosswood Park in Oakland?  With eyes on the Warriors playoff games, would teams pay attention enough to focus on their games or would there be some upsets in the making?

Green Grenades Hands Flipadelphia First Loss, 2-0

In a matchup of teams at the top of the league, Flipadelphia was looking to stay undefeated against a one loss Green Grenades team. In the home half of the first inning, Green Grenades jumped out to an early 1-0 lead using their speed on the basepaths and small ball. Defense would be a key to the game as both teams threatened, but could not score. With one out in the top of the fifth, Flipadelphia threatened with a walk and a single, however Green Grenades’ defense stood firm, not allowing the tying run to score. The Grenades parlayed this defensive momentum with an insurance run in the home half of the fifth inning. Flipadelphia went down quietly in the sixth and Grenades secured the 2-0 shutout victory. In Week 6, Green Grenades looks to take down Just Kickin’ It, while Flipadelphia looks to bounce back with a win against Blue Balls.

Almost Classy and Kick It and Quit It Battle to 2-2 Tie

The battle between Kick It and Quit It and Almost Classy on the grass started out as an offensive display. In the top of the first KIQI picked up three singles to plate their first run. Almost Classy responded right back with a pair of their own runs in the bottom of the first, with a pair of singles and then a two run triple. The defenses kicked in for both teams and the score stayed the same until the top of the 4 when Kick It and Quit It rallied to tie the game at 2 with a run on three singles. Kick It and Quit It had a huge chance to take the lead in the fifth with a single and a double, however Classy’s defense stood tall and allowed nary a run. With the momentum in their favor, a Classy kicker kicked a ball deep into the outfield that looked like a home run. However, a great relay by KIQI got the runner between third and home, saving the game for the moment. In the bottom of the sixth, Classy had a two out single, but nothing more and the game ended in a tie. In Week 6, Almost Classy looks to beat a tough Saved by the Ball team, while Kick It and Quit It faces off against Welcome to Death Row.

Massage My Liver pulls Away from Pitches and Bunts late, wins 9-3

Pitches and Bunts was looking for another win after picking up their first in Week 4, while Massage My Liver was in the first game of their doubleheader.  They both started evenly, with both sides playing solid defense. They traded early runs, then MML suddenly got their offense on track in the bottom of the 3rd, stringing together hit after hit, scoring the max 5 runs without recording a single out.  PAB stopped the bleeding and wouldn’t go away, scoring 2 in the top of the 5th to draw closer. However MML brought out the big feet in the bottom of the 5th, scoring 3 more to put the game out of reach.  In the second game of their doubleheader, Massage My Liver tries to get the sweep against Saved by the Ball, while Pitches and Bunts looks for a win against Welcome to Death Row

Kicker In The Rye Defeats Just Kickin’ It, 10-0

The battle between Kicker in the Rye and Just Kickin’ It was the difference of being able to find the big kick.  Kicker in the Rye led off the game with a home run and never looked back in a 10-0 win.  Just Kickin’ It had numerous chances all game, but were unable to get the big kick when they needed to get on the scoreboard.  Kicker in the Rye kickers found way too much green grass for Just Kickin’ It’s liking.  Even though they struggled on the offensive end, JKI had an awesome catch in deep center field to save a couple of runs from scoring.  In Week 6, Kicker in the Rye looks to take down Massage My Liver, while Just Kickin’ It looks to get a win against Green Grenades.

Massage My Liver Walks Off Saved by the Ball, 5-4

Massage My Liver was looking for the doubleheader sweep, while Saved By the Ball was looking for a win after tying Just Kickin It in Week 5. In the top of the first Saved By the Ball used small ball and aggressive base running to jump out to a 1-0 lead.  In the bottom of the first, the Livers quickly threatened with two on and one out. The cleanup kicker launched a ball to deep right field, but the fielder made a running catch to save the day. The next kicker flew out and ended the inning. After a scoreless second and third, Massage My Liver took a 4-1 lead with some clutch kicking and baserunning. They loaded the bases with one out and a force out drove in a run. With two out, the kicker kicked a deep fly ball down the right field line that landed about a foot fair scoring two runs. If it wasn’t for a great relay by Saved by the Ball to nail the kicker at home plate, the damage would have been worse. Saved By the Ball parlayed this defensive gem into a tie game in the 5th inning on a pair of laser home runs to right field. Massage My Liver had one last chance in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on second and third and one out, Saved by the Ball got the kicker to foul out. The next kicker ran the count full and then kicked a dribbler to third base. The only play was to home on a tag play, however the throw was just a bit wide and Massage My Liver walked off with a thrilling 5-4 victory. In Week 6, Massage My Liver looks to keep the momentum going with a win against Kicker in the Rye, while Saved by the Ball looks to take down veteran team Almost Classy.

Welcome to Death Row and Blue Balls Don’t Score, Tie

Usually the difference between victory in defeat in kickball is one team unable to cash in the big kick when they need it. When both teams do it, you get goose eggs across the board and Welcome to Death Row and Blue Balls accomplished this rare feat. While both teams couldn’t cash in on the scoreboard, credit the pitching and defense. In the second, third and fifth, Death Row loaded the bases, but was turned away. Blue Ballers pitcher provided the defense in the fifth with an outstanding fingertip catch that would have plated a run for the inmates. Blue Balls had spread out chances throughout the game as well, but were also not able to cash in on the scoreboard.  The pitcher for Death Row flexed his muscles and was this close to striking out the side in the sixth, but failed to do so, settling for a pop out for the third out instead. Even who these teams couldn’t score on the field this week, smiles were abound for a 0-0 tie. In Week 6, Welcome to Death Row has their doubleheader when they play Pitches and Bunts and Kick it and Quit It, while Blue Balls looks to defeat a tough Flipadelphia team.

Bar Report

The Warriors, snacks, and flip cup had the bar buzzing Thursday night. Kickballers drowned their sorrows of the Warriors’ loss in carbs, sweets, and alcohol. Players enjoyed a plentitude of different snacks throughout the night; Circus Animal cookies, sour gummy worms, and white cheddar popcorn were among the favorites. Players then continued the competition from the field in round after round of flip cup. Thank goodness for this game as there is no real winner or loser. Green Grenades provided music in the back room while the jukebox had the jams playing all night.

Week 5

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: Ryan

Team: Welcome to Death Row

Position on the Field: Sideline

Favorite Elementary School Subject? Steel Drums

Bar Drink of Choice: C-bros

How long have you been playing kickball? 2 weeks since 7th grade

Why did you join kickball? Need an excuse for being hungover on Friday

Favorite part of kickball? Camaraderie

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Name: Zoe

Team: Blue Balls – slogan – Blue Ballin Beezgs since 2016

Position on the Field: Cheerleader/MVP

Favorite Elementary School Subject? RECESS DUH

Bar Drink of Choice: The sweet taste of victory when I defeat other teams @ flipcup

How long have you been playing kickball? rookie!!

Why did you join kickball? Peer pressure made me do it

Favorite part of kickball? The jams/freezing in the outfield

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 cool and quite windy Mosswood Park on Thursday night, teams looked to breakaway from the rest of the pack.  Blue Balls looked to stay unbeaten, while Flipadelphia looked to stay undefeated.  Just Kickin’ It had a pair of chances with their doubleheader this week to try and put some points on the board and hopefully get a win.  The red rubber ball was flying all night long and the lights taking full effect for the second week in a row, the picture was hopefully clearer.

Flipadelphia stays Undefeated, downs Kicker in the Rye, 4-1

Kicker in the Rye started the game with a bloop single with 2 outs.  The next kicker hit a single to center.  Some quick base running and a overthrow at 2nd scored the 1st run of the night.  The game went quick after multiple innings of solid defense were displayed.  Flipadelphia’s offense rallied to score 4 in the bottom of 4th after loading the bases with bunts and some short singles.  Both teams displayed terrific pitching, however it just took one half inning decided the match. In Week 5, Flipadelphia takes on a tough Green Grenades team, while Kicker in the Rye looks for a victory against Just Kickin’ It.

Just Kickin’ It Rallies in Sixth to Tie Saved by the Ball at 7

The match-up between Saved by the Ball and Just Kickin’ It was arguably the most exciting game of the evening with some back and forth action and a massive comeback. Saved by the Ball kicked off the scoring early with a deep two run home run. Just Kickin’ It however answered with a run of their own on a sacrifice fly. After a scoreless second by both teams, Saved by the Ball put on their kicking shoes plating four runs. They could have had a max inning, but Just Kickin’ It’s defense was able to prevent that with a beautiful catch in left field to end the inning. JKI would parlay their defense into a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. In the top of the sixth, Saved by the Ball added an insurance run, which they would end up desperately needing. Up 7-3 with one out on the bottom of the sixth, Just Kickin’ It fought back. A well placed kick cut the score to 7-4. After a force out, Just Kickin’ It needed a nothing short of miracle and they sure got it.  A triple to left field cut the deficit to 7-5, then a double cut the deficit to 7-6. Saved by the Ball’s pitcher then made a great pitch and jammed the left footed kicker, however the ball found outfield grass and the score was tied at seven. The next kicker, launched a deep fly ball to left center field, however Saved by the Ball’s defense saved them just in time and the game was completed in a 7-7 tie due to time constraints. Just Kickin’ It faces Pitches and Bunts in the second game of their doubleheader, while Saved by the Ball takes on Massage My Liver in Week 5.

Blue Balls squeeze out a win against Kick It And Quit It, 3-1

Blue Balls looked to continue rolling their unbeaten streak another week against a feisty Kick It & Quit It team. Balls started out quickly getting bases loaded in the 1st with no outs. The Kicks locked down on defense and only allowed one run.  The Kicks momentum continued by getting bases loaded themselves with 1 out in the top of the second.  Now, it was the Balls turn to lock down, which they did a good job only allowing 1 run of their own.  Tie game: 1-1.  After two scoreless innings, Blue Balls broke out with their big boppers slamming two multi-base hits down the left and right field line with runners on.  This allowed two more runs for the Balls.  3-1 Balls, bottom 4.  Kick It and Quit It made a valiant effort to get back in the game, but it was no use for the Balls big D.  Final score Blue Balls: 3, Kick It and Quit It: 1. In Week 5, Blue Balls goes for a victory against Welcome to Death Row, while Kick It and Quit It look for a victory against Almost Classy.

Massage My Liver Shuts Out Welcome to Death Row, 2-0

The game between two veteran teams on the dirt was a game of taking advantage of opportunities.  In the top of the first, Welcome to Death Row had runners on second and third with two out, but were unable to score.  Massage My Liver took the momentum from their defensive effort and was able to get a two out single to centerfield to plate their first run.  Death Row loaded the bases in the second, third and fourth innings, but were unable to get the big kick that they needed to get on the board.  Meanwhile, Massage My Liver was able to pad their lead with another two out single to centerfield to make the score 2-0.  Massage My Liver could have had more runs that inning, but a reaching dive by the third baseman, kept the game close.  Welcome to Death Row had one more chance with the tying run at the plate with one out, but Massage My Liver stymied Death Row’s offense and escaped with the 2-0 shutout victory.  In Week 5, Massage My Liver has their doubleheader facing off against Pitches and Bunts and Saved by the Ball, while Welcome to Death Row looks to bounce back with a win against Blue Balls.

Green Grenades Pulls away from Almost Classy, Wins 11-1

Almost Classy was looking to stop Green Grenades high powered offense, who had scored 34 runs in the past three games.  Classy started out on the right foot with a quick run in the top of the first using some well placed kicks and good baserunning.  Classy shut down Grenades offense in the bottom of the first, holding a 1-0 lead.  After the first, Green Grenades defense clamped down and held Classy scoreless the rest of the way.  Meanwhile the Grenades offense broke through to put up 3 runs in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth to take a commanding lead.  Classy had a couple of opportunities, but was unable to get the big kick when they needed it in the most In the bottom of the fifth, Grenades pulled away for good with a maximum five run inning using excellent place kicking and aggressive baserunning.  Classy was unable to mount any type of rally in the top of the sixth and Grenades officially sealed the victory.  In Week 5, Green Grenades looks to keep their winning streak going when they face Flipadelphia, while Almost Classy looks for a win against Kick It and Quit It.

Pitches and Bunts picks up First Win, shuts down Just Kickin’ It, 10-0

In a match-up between two teams looking for their first wins, Just Kickin’ It was looking to build on momentum of their comeback the first game of their doubleheader with a win against Pitches and Bunts.  Pitches and Bunts however had other ideas.  In the top of the first, Pitches and Bunts, used their legs to score a pair of runs on a pair of singles.  They would add three more in the third inning again with some well placed kicks that found the outfield grass.  Even though they put up 7 runs in their first game of the evening, Just Kickin’ It was not as fortunate this time in terms of scoring.  They had chances all game long, but were unable to cash in.  Pitches and Bunts shined on defense turning a double play on a nice catch in the outfield.  Their offense pulled away in the top of the sixth inning with a maximum five run inning and were able to preserve the shutout.  In Week 5, Pitches and Bunts looks for a big win against Massage My Liver, while Just Kickin’ It looks for a win against Kicker in the Rye.

Bar Report

The theme of the evening on this Thursday was San Jose Sharks playoff hockey and lots and lots of flip cup.  While we have fun at the bar and hanging out brings camaraderie and new friends, a highly frowned upon moment is outside alcohol.  The bar owner gives us $2 Hamms, a free team shot and other excellent specials each week.  Unfortunately a case of outside alcohol happened this past week and the bar owner was none to happy about it.  Please be responsible and leave the outside alcohol out of the bar.  This is a liability issue for the bar owner, who sponsors us every week and lets us invade their establishment.  

Week4

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: Colleen

Team: Flipadelphia

Position on the Field: Pitcher – never played

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Circle Time

Bar Drink of Choice: 40 oz

How long have you been playing kickball? For 40 years, but really first season

Why did you join kickball? I like doing things I hate

Favorite part of kickball? Balls handling

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Name: Brian

Team: Kick It and Quit It

Position on the Field: All over your face!

Favorite elementary School Subject: Circles

Bar Drink of Choice: One with alcohol

How long have you been playing kickball? 1 Day

Why did you join kickball? My wife told me to

Favorite part of kickball? Kicking balls!

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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The Warriors/Spurs were the biggest game of the night? No way!  For those that descended on a beautiful night at Mosswood Park on Thursday night, kickballers busted out their favorite sports team gear.  While there may be rivalries off the field, there are teammates on the field, which made for some interesting game play.

Massage My Liver Too Much for Just Kickin’ It, 16-0

The mixed bag of veterans from Massage my Liver knocked off the newcomers of Just Kickin it 16-0.  Just Kickin it rushed from work and were able to get enough players just in time.  Just Kickin It would threaten to score multiple times but just could not get the big kick they needed to get a runner to cross home. A combination of five different players pitched for MML to keep their arms fresh and throw off Just Kickin’ It’s offense, and keep their pitch count low.  Massage My Liver scored in every inning inning which included a pair of walk-off, 5 run limit innings.  MML also had 2 home runs and multiple laser singles to get the win.  In Week 4, Massage My Liver looks for a win against Welcome to Death Row, while Just Kickin’ It plays their doubleheader against Saved by the Ball and Pitches and Bunts.

Kicker in the Rye Squeaks out First Win against Pitchers And Bunts, 5-4


If you wanted to see a pair of veteran teams that know what to do, the battle between Kicker and the Rye and Pitchers and Bunts was a thriller.  Kicker In the Rye was down 3-4 going into the bottom of the fifth.   Kicker in the Rye loaded the bases and a single tied game.   They then took lead with a sacrifice fly.  Pitches and Bunts weren’t done yet with their last at kick in the top of sixth.  With none out, a runner on first, bloop hit falls between 1st and pitcher.   Kicker in the Rye’s pitcher bobbled and then threw ball over shoulder to hit the runner for the first out.   Of the deflection the other base-runner keeps going while ball goes into foul territory.  The pitcher gets the ball and gets back to pitcher who throws home to nail the would-be game-tying run for a double-play.  The defense would continue for Kicker in the Rye as the final out of game was finger-tip snag of a bunt by the catcher. In Week 4, Kicker in the Rye plays against a tough Flipadelphia team while Pitches and Bunts looks for a win against Just Kickin’ It.

Green Grenades Blasts Kick It And Quit It 14-0

Green Grenades got their doubleheader off with a bang, shutting down Kick It and Quit It, 14-0.  Since the Week 1 loss to Blue Balls, they have outscored their opponents 23-2 with a much improved offense, which is scary news for the rest of the league.  Kick It and Quit It had plenty of chances to score, but were unable to get the big kick to get the run across that they needed to get on the scoreboard.  Kick It and Quit It still had some sparkling defensive plays, making some very nice catches in the outfield and in the infield to prevent further damage by Green Grenades.  Green Grenades plays their second game of their doubleheader when they play Saved by the Ball, while Kick It and Quit It faces off against Blue Balls in Week 4.

Green Grenades too Much for Saved by the Ball, Win 11-0

Green Grenades were just too much against Saved by the Ball on Thursday, shutting them down 11-0.  Green Grenades scored in every inning from well executed bunts, singles and effective base running.  The Grenades offense blew up all game getting two runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th.  Grenades also scored in the 3rd, and 4 runs in the 5th to cap off the evening.   Saved by the Ball showed great improvement and could potentially be a sleeper team after figuring out some of the defensive strategies of kickball.  Game only went 5 innings due to extended innings, while also both teams were willing to start the bar shenanigans early to watch the Warriors lock up the #1 seed.  Pundit’s who thought Grenades were going lost a step after losing to Blue Balls 1-0 in Week 1 have now thought otherwise for the defending Oakland Swenson Cup Champions.  In Week 4, Green Grenades looks for a win against veteran team Almost Classy, while Saved by the Ball looks to defeat Just Kickin’ It

Blue Balls Pulls away from Almost Classy Late, win 7-2

Blue Balls in their second season is learning how to win, pulling away from a veteran Almost Classy with a sixth inning rally.  It was a back and fourth defensive battle with the teams tied through six innings.  Both teams had outstanding chances, but an array of defense from both teams kept the game tied.  In the top of the sixth, Blue Balls offense broke through and rallied to score 5 with some well placed singles, and quick aggressive baserunning.  Almost Classy had a chance to comeback in the home half of the sixth, but was not able to get the big kick they needed to tie the game and Blue Balls finished off the 7-2 victory.  In Week 4, Blue Balls faces off against Kick It and Quit It, while Almost Classy tries to kick to the win column against Green Grenades

Flipadelphia stays Undefeated, takes care of Welcome to Death Row, 12-2

Flipadelphia is looking like a team to be reckoned with in this season for the Swenson Cup defeating veteran savy Welcome to Death Row, 12-2.  Using a myriad of strategies, Flipadelphia clawed their way through the inmates defense with small ball.  When Death Row moved their players in a little, Flipadelphia adjusted and went to the long game.  Death Row competed early tying Flipadelphia, but struggled offensively for the rest of the game.  Unable to get the big kick on offense, their defense watched helplessly as Flipadelphia put up a 5 run third inning to pull away for good.   However, even though Flipadelphia is much improved, do not count out Death Row in the playoffs as they tend to get very strong down the stretch.  In Week 4, Flipadelphia heads to a tough match-up against Kicker In the Rye, while Welcome to Death Row looks to knock off Massage My Liver

Bar Report
McNally’s was poppin’ Thursday night with the biggest turnout of the season!  Bartenders were moving up and down the bar faster than Steph Curry tearing through the Spurs defense on the televisions above.  Whatever minor arguments and smack talk that went down on the field were quickly resolved on the flip-cup tables.  

Week2

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: Natalie

Team: Almost Cla$$y

Position on the Field: Shortstop

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Geometry

Bar Drink of Choice: Lemon drop

How long have you been playing kickball? Two years!!

Why did you join kickball? Joined kickball because I kept hearing from others about how fun and great it was, and no one would hang up with me on Thursday nights because they would all be at kickball

Favorite part of kickball? Always being able to meet new players every season!

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Name: Grego

Team: Massage My Liver

Position on the Field: Swiss Army Knife

Favorite elementary School Subject: Being a Boss

Bar Drink of Choice: Jameson

How long have you been playing kickball? 1 season professionally, 20 amateur

Why did you join kickball? Drinking and sports.  Why not?

Favorite part of kickball? The big balls that remind me of mine

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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The red rubber ball was once again flying around Mosswood Park Thursday Night as kickballers were ready and the butterflies from Week 1 wild games subsided.  Expect the contenders to start distancing themselves from the rest of the pack, but in kickball, fans will never know what is going to happen.

Blue Balls Locks down Defense, defeats Pitches and Bunts, 7-3

The game on the dirt between Blue Balls and Pitches and Bunts was wild early as both teams put up three spots in the first inning on some excellent place kicking and aggressive base running.  In the second inning, the two teams matched runs score, but this time with a pair of goose eggs.  Blue Balls defense began to lock down Pitches and Bunts, while their offense added single runs in the third and fourth and a pair in the fifth for some insurance.  Pitches and Bunts had opportunities in the later stages of the game, but they could not get the big kick they needed to get themselves back into the game. Blue Balls plays their second game of the doubleheader, while Pitches and Bunts looks for a win against Kicker in the Rye in Week 3.

Flipadelphia Too Much Offense for Massage My Liver, Win 10-3

For the longest time Flipadelphia needed a player or two to get over the hump.  Now that they got those players, they are a competitor for this season’s Swenson Cup as they steamrolled Massage My Liver 10-3.  In the first inning, Flipadelphia quickly loaded the bases and used some productive outs to plate a pair.  Massage My Liver loaded the bases quickly as well, but was unable to cash in more than one run.  An excellent double play by Flipadelphia ended the threat.  However, Massage My Liver would tie the game in the bottom of the second on three singles to the outfield.  Flipadelphia would answer back in the third with a five run inning using some excellent bunting and then place kicking to get the runners in.  In the fourth, Flipadelphia put the game away for good with a three run homer.  Massage My Liver struggled to get their offense going, but plated a run in the bottom of the sixth to gather some momentum for Week 3.   In Week 3, Flipadelphia looks to stay undefeated when they play Welcome to Death Row, while Massage My Liver look to bounce back with a win against Just Kickin’ It.

Welcome to Death Row Riots Almost Classy, 24-6

The inmates of Welcome to Death Row took no prisoners in their match-up against fellow veteran team in Almost Classy, crushing Classy, 24-6 in was more like the score from a football game, instead of a kickball game.  Welcome to Death Row got their run limits in 4 of the 6 innings they played, dropping home run after home run and flexing their power.  Classy was able to put up a respectable six, but the shock and awe of the inmates has the rest of the league on notice.  Rumors also had it, that Classy’s “secret stuff” was not flowing this week, hindering their ability to play defense.  In Week 3, Welcome to Death Row looks to stay undefeated when they play Flipadelphia, while Almost Classy looks to bounce back with a win against Blue Balls.

Just Kickin’ It Starts Barcapades Early, Walked Over by Kick It and Quit It

Unfortunately Just Kickin’ It headed to the bar a little early and Kick It and Quit It got the forfeit win.  Even though Just Kickin’ It was short players, both teams decided to still have a scrimmage anyway.  The defense was superb between both teams and there were some fancy highlight reel plays in the outfield.  The pitcher for Just Kickin’ It showed a ton of heart pitching on basically one leg after looked to be a lower body injury.  In Week 3, Kick It and Quit It will try to get their second win of the season when they face Green Grenades, while Just Kickin’ It will look for a victory against Massage My Liver.

Green Grenades Breaks Open a close game, Defeats Kicker in the Rye, 9-2

After being held scoreless against Blue Balls in Week 1, they got off the schneid early with a pair of early runs against Kicker in the Rye.  Kicker in the Rye re-tied the game in the fourth with a pair of their own, highlighted by a bunt that turned into a little league home run.  With runs being at a premium, it was up to the defenses to see who would wilt first.  In the bottom half of the fourth, Grenades got their offense going with the help of some miscues by the Rye and broke out to a 6-2 lead.  Grenades tacked on three more and could have had more if it wasn’t for a great relay to nail a runner at home.  Kicker in the Rye had a minor rally in the bottom of the sixth, but was unable to plate any runs across.  In Week 3, Green Grenades has their doubleheader when they play Kick It and Quit It and Saved by the Ball, while Kicker in the Rye will look for a win against Pitches and Bunts

Blue Balls Ties Saved By the Ball at 3 Amid Lineup Controversy

Blue Balls was looking for the double header sweep, while Saved by the Ball was looking to take advantage of a team on a back to back.  Blue Balls got the scoring started early in the top of the first with a quick run.  Saved By the Ball would take the lead 2-1 in the second on some excellent place kicking.  However, Saved by the Ball could not get the shutdown inning and Blue Balls took the lead right back at 3-2.  In the fourth, Blue Balls tried to add on, but an excellent catch by Saved By the Ball, which doubled the runner off first base spoiled the inning for the Blue Balls.  In the bottom half of the fifth, Saved by the Ball was able to retie the game at three and threatened to get more, but Blue Balls turned a double play of their own, so the score remained tied.  After a scoreless sixth, the teams agreed to play a seventh, however due to lineup controversy decision, the game was went in as a tie, with an option to replay in Week 10.   In Week 3, Saved By the Ball looks for a win against Green Grenades, while Blue Balls looks for a win against Almost Classy.

Bar Report

There were a few team vs. team round of flip cup where players tried to prove their worth off the field.  The jukebox was blasting hits all night while ballers in the front danced the night away. Also, Kick It and Quit It provided some delicious and much needed gluten free pretzels to keep the drinkers head’s above water late into the night.  No King of the Hill this Thursday, but be sure to show up next week to see who the first Champion of Spring ‘16 is.

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