On a beautiful Thursday evening in Oakland, 8 new teams are vying for the Summer 2016 Swenson Cup. With a new season, optimism is in the air. In a mere 10 weeks, we will find out who has the mettle to become the champion. The red rubber ball was flying all over Mosswood Park and offense was aplenty.
2 Legit 2 Kick puts Schoolyard Bullies in detention, Wins 4-3
In the first game of the Summer 2016, a one run battle between a pair of veteran teams in 2 Legit 2 Kick and Schoolyard Bullies. In the top of the first 2 Legit had a pair of singles to lead off the game, however a pair of force outs at third base and a pop up ended that threat. The Bullies then responded in the bottom of the first with a two run double to take a 2-0 lead. n the second, 2 Legit stopped kicking to third base and tied the game on a single and a force out at second base this time. In the third, 2 Legit took the lead with a 2 out single and a two out double. They tacked on another run in the fourth using the same method as in the third inning, but instead it was with one out. Schoolyard Bullies responded in kind with three singles to cut the deficit to 4-3. After the fourth the defenses for both teams put up goose eggs and 2 Legit 2 Kick held on to the 4-3 victory. In Week 2, 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to defeat Pitch Slap, while Schoolyard Bullies looks to defeat Juan and the Cochinos.
Almost Classy defeats Pitch Slap, 10-3
Veteran team Almost Classy pounced quickly on Pitch Slap scoring 3 runs in the first inning on multiple bunts and singles. Classy struck again in the 2nd scoring 2 runs off a late 2 out rally. Classy would score one run in the 3rd to take a 6-0 lead. Pitch Slap wouldn’t go quietly and put together a great 3 run rally in the 4th after loading the bases with one out. Classy struck again in the 5th scoring 4 runs off some dropped balls in the outfield and quick base running. Pitch slap has mostly new players has some great potential when they figure things out. Look for them to bounce back next week against another new team. In Week 2, Almost Classy looks to defeat Saved by the Ball, while Pitch Slap looks to take down 2 Legit to Kick
Juan and the Cochinos knock off Welcome to Death Row, 9-6
If you were looking for a back and forth scoring affair between two experienced teams, Juan and the Cochinos and Welcome to Death Row did not disappoint. In the top of the first, Juan’s Cochinos strung together a whole bunch of singles to plate four runs. Welcome to Death Row got their kicking legs under them plating 6 runs in the second and third using place kicking and excellent small ball. The Cochinos then scored single runs in the 3rd, 5th and 6th, while plating two in the fourth to take the lead for good. The key in the two run fourth was an triple to deep left field, which gave the Cochinos the lead. Welcome to Death Row had chances late in the game, but were unable to cash in the opportunities. In Week 2, Juan and the Cochinos look to make it 2-0 on their season when they play Schoolyard Bullies, while Welcome to Death Row looks for a win against Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It.
Saved By the Ball defeats Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It, 7-1
After a Quarterfinal run in the Spring 2016 Swenson Cup Tournament, Saved by the Ball was back with a vengeance to start the Summer season on the right foot, by defeating Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It, 7-1. Saved by the Ball used their speed and defense to plate multiple runs and keep Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It from scoring much. The speedy outfield of Saved By the Ball made numerous catches of the highlight variety to preserve the victory. Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It definitely had opportunities to score despite Saved by the Balls outstanding defense, but were unable to cash in. In Week 2, Saved by the Ball looks to stay undefeated when they play Almost Classy, while Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It looks to take down the inmates of Welcome to Death Row.
King of the Hill, music, socializing and a wedding party was at McNally’s on Thursday night after the games. While the night was pretty normal in kickball standards, ballers had a great time playing a little flip cup and dancing and singing in the front of the bar. Summer season brought back King of the Hill, which took a hiatus in the Spring. In the end Steven G. of Schoolyard Bullies took down Trent S. of Juan and the Cochinos for this Week 1 title. Wonder if the wedding party will join kickball. Check back next week to find out…