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.
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.