With just a full week left of full games left before the tournament, teams are battling for playoff seeding. Four teams had a shot of getting the top seed in the playoffs. Let’s check out the recaps from the games from Mosswood Park in Oakland on Thursday.
Pitches and Bunts downs Kick It and Quit It, 10-4
Pitches and Bunts and Kick It and Quit It put on an offensive display early and it kept on going for one team throughout the game. In the top of the first Pitches and Bunts took the lead early with a solo homer. Kick It and Quit It responded back with a single run of their own on three singles. In the top of the second, Pitches and Bunts found alot of grass to plate three runs. ick It and Quit It once again scored on three straight singles. PAB kept on their kicking shoes and scored 6 runs in the next 4 innings in a variety of ways. KIQI fought back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 6th, but could not overcome the large deficit. In Week 9, Pitches and Bunts looks to defeat Almost Classy, while Kick It and Quit It looks to bounce back in their second game of the doubleheader against Kicker in the Rye.
Blue Balls defeats Just Kickin’ It, 2-0
In a defensive battle where runs were at a premium, Blue Balls downed Just Kickin’ It, 2-0. In the top of the first, Blue Balls got a triple and a sacrifice fly to plate a run. Just Kickin’ It lead off the second inning with a double, but were unable to pickup the big kick they needed to score. In the fourth, Blue Balls used the same recipe in the first inning with a triple and a sac fly. Just Kickin’ It had a chance in the sixth inning getting the tying run on base, but were unable to get the run across. In Week 9, Blue Balls looks to take down Kicker in the Rye, while Just Kickin’ It looks to beat Flipadelphia.
Green Grenades and Massage My Liver settle for 2-2 tie
The battle for the top seeds between Green Grenades and Massage My Liver was as good as advertised with defense and very little offense. Massage My Livers best chance to score early on was in the top of the first when they had runners on first and second with one out, but were unable to dent the scoreboard. Green Grenades used this momentum to parlay a pair of runs in the second using small ball and productive outs via the sacrifice. After that, the defenses took over and there were a myriad of three up, three down innings, which included some sparkling pitching by both teams pitchers. Down to their last shot In the top half of the sixth, Massage My Liver finally got the big kick that they needed. With one out, the Livers had the tying runs on second and third. A sacrifice fly cut Grenades lead to 2-1. The next kicker then kicked a double down the right field line to tie the game at 2. In the bottom of the sixth, Grenades put a runner on first with a two out single, but nothing more and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. In Week 9, Green Grenades looks to defeat Welcome to Death Row, while Massage My Liver looks to down Kick It and Quit It.
Flipadelphia too classy from Almost Classy, wins 8-1
In a battle between veteran teams going in different directions, Flipadelphia was looking to keep pace with the teams at the top of the standings, while Almost Classy was trying to get to the middle of the pack. Classy started out on the right foot, by starting the scoring with a solid bunt followed by a pair of one out singles to lead 1-0. Flipadelphia then struck back with a 3-run, 2 out rally. Flipadelphia struck again in the 3rd extending their lead to 4-1. Flipadelphia scored 3 more in the fourth after another 2 out rally. Classy’s defense looked good but some quick baserunning sealed a solid lead for the flippin’ flippers. Then the lights went out! 20 minutes later the game continued and Flipadelphia was able to get one more across. In Week 9, Flipadelphia has their doubleheader against Just Kickin’ It and Saved By the Ball, while Almost Classy looks to bounce back with a win against Pitches and Bunts.
Saved By the Ball beats Welcome to Death Row in a Thriller, 7-6
In a back and forth game between Saved by the Ball and Welcome to Death Row, 13 total runs were scored. Both teams showed up in their kicking shoes. Saved By the Ball got the scoring started with a defensive miscue by Death Row. However, Death Row responded with 4 in the bottom half of the seconding inning, using some excellent place kicking. After a scoreless third, Saved By the Ball got their offense figured out and put a maximum five spot in the top of the fourth to take the lead. SBB then added on with another insurance run in the top of the fifth, which turned out to be in the difference in the game. Down to their last chance in the bottom of the sixth, Death Row roared back with a runner on first and second and one out. A single cut the deficit to 7-5. The next kicker took a pitch and then realized they were kicking out of order, which resulted in an automatic out. With two outs, the correct kicker blasted a line shot down the right field line, which cut the inmates deficit to 7-6, with the winning run on second base. However, Saved by the Ball secured the thrilling victory with a groundout back to the pitcher. In Week 9, Saved by the Ball looks to get a win against Flipadelphia, while Welcome to Death Row looks to bounce back with a win against Green Grenades.
Kicker in the Rye takes down Kick It and Quit It, 12-1
In the second part of a double header, Kick It and Quit It looked to play better than game 1, while Kicker in the Rye looked to build on momentum for the playoffs. The Rye took advantage of Quit It’s fatigue (aka beverage intake) in the first game and laid a 5-burger in the first inning. A little shell shocked, the Quit It’s allowed 2 more runs to score in the 2nd and 3rd with no answer on the kicking end. When the clock struck 9, everything went dark for a moment and it seemed like the game was going to be called. As the lights came back, a shudder of hope shined in the Kick’s eyes while getting their lead off to double and then sacrificing them in, putting some life back in the game. The Rye’s immediately stomped any hope the Quit It’s would get and add 3 more in the 4th. Final Score: Kicker in the Rye: 12, Kick It and Quit It: 1. In Week 9, Kicker in the Rye looks to defeat Blue Balls, while Kick It and Quit It looks to down Massage My Liver.
For the first Thursday in 3 weeks, there was no food at the bar. That, however, didn’t stop kickballers from showing face and having a good time. Flip cup was played in the back room with music provided by Green Grenades. It was a rainbow-of-fun with teams mixing themselves up and no color discrimination based on shirt color. In the front room, the ballers danced the night away to the jams of the juke box and enjoyed some friendly banter. Teams enjoyed their shots and competed to have the loudest team cheer.
Reminder: The bumper pool table is for playing bumper pool, NOT for sitting or holding your drinks.