Holiday’s in July? Why not? Kickballers dusted off their holiday clothing to celebrate the Holidaze Thursday night at Mosswood Park. Ballers busted out the ugly sweaters and the fancy holiday hats, but the ball was still flying all over Mosswood Park. Let’s get to the recap of Week 6 games at Mosswood Park in Oakland.
Saved by the Ball and Schoolyard Bullies settle for 5-5 Draw
Christmas came early for Kickball fans as 2 of the top 3 teams in the league played an epic match only to be overshadowed by controversy in the last innings. Saved by the Ball got things started in the top of the first by getting their leadoff kicker in scoring position and then base kicking them in for the first run. Schoolyard Bullies fired back in the bottom of the first using the same strategy for their first run. The party didn’t end there with a 2 run homer toward deep right that gave the Bullies a 3-1 lead. In the top of the third, the Balls would answer back with some more impressive base hitting to close the gap to 1 run. The Bullies know how to take a punch and punch back adding another run in the 3rd to make it 4-2, Bullies. With both teams playing great defense, it looks like the Bullies were going to hold on, but the Balls stormed right back in the 5th getting their 2 leadoff batters on base and a base hit getting both runs in tieing the game. In the bottom of the fifth, he Bullies had an impressive hit down the right field line that looked like a home run. Unfortunately, a misread signal by the ref left the fielder’s paralyzed and it was determined it was a going to be a ground rule double. No sweat for the Bullies as they knocked the run in with the next kick and taking a 5-4 lead. In the top of the 6th, the Balls showed some real heart getting a base hit with 2 outs, scoring the game tying run. Bullies locked down their D and forced at least a tie. In the bottom of the 6th, Bullies had runners on 1st and 2nd and their batter kicked a line drive to right field looking like the game winning hit. Suddenly, the base runner ran into the 2nd baseman inflicting an interference call. The Bullies couldn’t recover and the game ended in a 5-5 tie. In Week 7, Schoolyard Bullies looks for a win against Welcome to Death Row, while Saved by the Ball looks to take down Juan and the Cochinos.
Pitch Slap and Juan and the Cochinos battle to 2-2 Draw
Defense was a plenty in the game between Pitch Slap and Juan and the Cochinos on the left field grass. Cochinos picked up an early run using small ball and a sacrifice fly. In the bottom half of the first, Pitch Slap loaded the bases on three straight singles. Cochinos pitching and defense then stepped forward and retired the next three kickers on three pop ups to the left side of the diamond. After a scoreless second, the Cochinos tacked on another run via the small ball and took a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half of the fourth Pitch Slap rallied to tie the game with two out. A pair of singles and a ground out put runners at second and third with two out. The next kicker lined a triple to centerfield tying the game. Both teams had scoring chances in the end to take the lead, but were unable to convert and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. In Week 7, Juan and the Cochinos faces off against Saved by the Ball, while Pitch Slap looks to take down Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It.
Welcome to Death Row and 2 Legit 2 Kick Draw at 1-1
This was a game between two veteran teams whose defense stepped up and scoring was at a premium. Welcome to Death Row got the scoring started with a leadoff single and slowly worked their way around the bases until a short pop up to right field scored the run. Both teams had leadoff runners in every inning, but were unable to get them around to home plate. In the fifth, 2 Legit’s leadoff kicker got on base and moved to second base on a groundout. After an infield single there were runners on first and second with one out. A slow roller to the shortstop forced the runner at second base, however the runner from second was aggressive and scored without a throw. In Week 7, 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to take down Almo$t Cla$$y, while Welcome to Death Row looks to defeat Schoolyard Bullies.
Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It gets First Win of season, drops Almo$t Cla$$y, 8-2
The matchup between Almo$t Cla$$y and Hey Girl, Let’s Kick it was a good one with Hey Girl picking up their first win on the using using a big five run maximum inning. In the top of the first Hey Girl got the scoring started with some very good place kicking to take a 1-0 lead. Almo$t Cla$$y responded right back in the bottom half of the first inning using the same formula as Hey Girl did. In the top of the second, Hey Girl used the same formula as the first and took a 2-1 lead. Meanwhile Almo$t Cla$$y started to struggle with their clutch kicking having threats, but could not score. In the fourth, Hey Girl pitched up the aforementioned five spot using excellent place kicking again. Almo$t Cla$$y responded with a single run in the bottom of the fourth, but Hey Girl’s defense held Almo$t Cla$$y down. Hey Girl picked up another run in the top of the sixth and got their first win of the season. In Week 7, Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It looks to defeat Pitch Slap, while Almo$t Cla$$y looks to defeat 2 Legit 2 Kick
After fierce competition at the fields Thursday night, kickballers made their way to McNally’s to chill out. Almo$t Cla$$y and Schoolyard Bullies battled it out on the flip cup table with other teams sending back some representatives as well. In the front, teams cheered for their team shots, birthdays were celebrated, and dancing ensued with ballers taking control of the jukebox. There was no KOTH for a second week in a row.