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Ten weeks ago, eight teams were on the quest for the 2016 Summer Swenson Cup title and it all came down to a Saturday on a beautiful sunny day at Mosswood Park in Oakland, California. In past tournaments, there have been upsets, but how would the teams fare on this day?

Fall Season Starts September 8th

Don’t look now, but the last league for 2016 begins in about a week on September 8th.  Who will take the Fall 2016 Swenson Cup? Registration is still open on our website at GSKBall.com

Quarterfinals

#3 2 Legit 2 Kick Escapes #6 Almo$t Cla$$y 3-2 in 8 innings

Sixth seeded Almo$t Cla$$y and third seeded 2 Legit 2 Kick led off the tournament with an all-time classic, featuring great defense and two teams that really didn’t want their season to end. The first half of the game was scoreless, with both teams trading double plays and 3 up/3 down innings, with no runners even reaching third base. Cla$$y broke through in the top of the fourth, with some veteran, aggressive baserunning that led to 2 runs. 2 Legit responded in the bottom of the inning, getting a clutch 2-out base hit to cut the Cla$$y lead in half, 2-1. The score stayed that way to the bottom of the sixth. Faced with a do-or-die situation, Legit was indeed legit, starting off the inning with a double and a triple to tie the game and putting the potential winning run on 3rd with no outs. However, Classy came up with a season-saving defensive play, throwing out the runner at home when he tried to score on a shallow fly ball. Ties in a tournament mean one thing of course – bonus kickball!! The score remained knotted until the bottom of the eight inning, when 2 Legit was able to get 2 runners on early in the inning. This time the clutch kick was there, a clean single to left plating the final run and giving 2 Legit a walk-off 3-2 win. 2 Legit 2 Kick moves onto the Semifinals while Almo$t Cla$$y completes their season at 4-6.

#5 Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It takes down #4 Juan and the Cochinos, 3-2

The matchup between Juan and the Cochinos was a well played and tight knit affair that came down to one inning and a couple of plays. This game was as advertised as both of these teams were in the middle of the pack the entire season with the season series tied at one. In the top of the first 2 Legit had their kicking shoes on plating three runs with two outs. The Cochinos had trouble getting their offense, going and finally broke through in the fourth inning on a pair of place kicks to right field. On the flip side, 2 Legit had trouble scoring the rest of the game. While they had chances, they could not add on to their lead. In the bottom of the fifth, the Cochinos put runners on second and third with 2 out and had the chance to take the lead, but a ground out to first squashed that threat. With Juan and the Cochinos down to their last chance in the sixth, they loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a single with one out.  A sacrifice fly to left cut the 2 Legit lead to 3-2, but then another flyout to left secured the win for Hey Girl. Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It moves onto the Semifinals, while Juan and the Cochinos completes their season at 4-5-1

#1 Saved by the Ball walks over #8 Pitch Slap

Unfortunately Pitch Slap was unable to field enough players for the tournament and Saved by the Ball received a walk over to the Semifinals. Pitch Slap completes their season at 0-9-1.

#2 Schoolyard Bullies defeats #7 Welcome to Death Row, 3-1

The battle between Schoolyard Bullies and Welcome to Death Row was a low scoring battle with the sun finally starting to come out. Death Rows speedy leadoff runner was able to score a single run in the first off a solid laser single over shortstop. Schoolyard Bullies would strike back to score one run in the first off a single, and another run off fielder’s choice. The defense showed up in the 2nd thru 4th innings, although both teams threatened to score multiple times, they were held to goose eggs. Schoolyard Bullies truck again in the fifth scoring 2 runs off multiple singles and quick base running. The inmates down to their last breath had a chance to tie the game in the sixth with a pair of runners on, but a force out at third based sealed their fate and closed out Death Row’s season. Schoolyard Bullies advances to the Semifinals, while Welcome to Death Row finishes their season at 2-6-2.

Semifinals

#1 Saved by the Ball routs #5 Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It 10-1 moves to Finals

Even after the walkover to the Semifinals, Saved by the Ball was still favored to defeat Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It, who were coming off an emotional Quarterfinal win.  Saved by the Ball got a double plate in the top of the first to squash an early Hey Girl threat and parlayed the defensive momentum into three runs in the bottom of the first highlighted by ball that found outfield grass and plated two runs. In the third, Saved by the Ball extended their lead to 6-0 highlighted by a defensive miscue that plated two runs.  Unlike the first game, Hey Girl had trouble scoring early and often going quickly in most of their innings.  In the fourth, Saved by the Ball put the game away for good plating 4 more runs to take a 10-0 lead using their outstanding place kicking that helped them out throughout the regular season. In the sixth, Hey Girl picked up on a run on some very aggressive base running, but the deficit was too large to overcome as Saved by the Ball won 10-1. Saved by the Ball advances to compete for the 2016 Summer Swenson Cup, while Hey Girl, Let’s Kick it completes their season at 5-5-1.

#2 Schoolyard Bullies pulls away from #3 Legit 2 Kick, advances to Championship

One of the semifinals pitted second seed Schoolyard Bullies against third seed 2 Legit 2 Kick. All of the offensive action in this game came early as the offenses were constantly applying pressure. The Bullies opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, rebounding from a great 2 Legit double play to take a 1-0 lead. 2 Legit responded immediately, tying the score in the top of the second on an aggressive tag up on an infield pop out. The Bullies retook the lead in the bottom of the inning 2-1, but a good relay to the plate cut off any additional scoring to keep the game close. 2 Legit threatened again, loading the bases in the top of the third, but this time the Bullies defense was up to the task and no damage was done. That wasn’t the story in the bottom of the inning, as the Bullies offense erupted for four runs with great kicking and smart aggressive baserunning. 2 Legit was able to scratch back one run in the top of the fourth to make the score 6-2, but both defenses locked it down from there on out, highlighted by 2 Legit turning the rare triple play in the bottom of the fifth to squash a Bullies rally. With the 6-2 win, Schoolyard Bullies advances to the Championship game, while 2 Legit 2 Kick completes their season at 6-4-1.

2016 Summer Swenson Cup Finals

Schoolyard Bullies claim 2016 Summer Swenson Cup over Saved by the Ball 6-2

In the end, the battle of the Swenson Cup was between the two best teams all season long with second seeded Schoolyard Bullies and top seeded Saved by the Ball. The Bullies started off fast, loading the bases in the top of the first and taking a quick 1-0 lead. However, a second run was thrown out at the plate, and Saved by the Ball turned that into offensive momentum in the bottom of the inning, cashing in their own bases loaded opportunity and knotting the score at 1 a piece. The defenses settled in at that point, with empty base paths and great plays being the norm until the fourth inning. The Bullies found their offense rhythm and some gaps in the Balls defense, using small ball and smart base running to plate 3 runs and take a 4-1 lead. Saved by the Ball wasn’t done, responding with a run in their half of the fourth to cut the lead to 2. The Bullies had their offense locked in though, keeping the pressure on the Balls defense, scoring a run in the fifth and tacking on two more in the sixth. The Balls offense tried to respond, but the Bullies defense and pitching was just too strong, shutting Saved by the Ball out for the rest of the game and clinching the 7-2 win and the 2016 Summer League Swenson Cup Title. Schoolyard Bullies completes their Championship season with a 9-2-1 record, while Saved by the Ball is the runners up finishing their season at 8-3-1.

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On Saturday August 20th, Golden State Kickball hosted a GSK Slip & Slide event at Mosswood Park in Oakland. Bases were replaced with mini pools filled with water and players slid into bases. Registration for the Fall 2016 Kickball season is open and the season begins on September 8th.  Check out this LINK for details!

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A mere 9 weeks ago, teams were getting together for their first games of the season for a feeling out period and what a regular season it has been. Many thrills and spills, with close games, blowouts and shocking results. After Thursday, it all comes down to one day–Tournament day. But, first the recaps to find out where every single team is seeded.

Saved By the Ball Walks Over Schoolyard Bullies

The battle for the top seed unfortunately was completely anti-dramatic as Schoolyard Bullies headed to the bar early.  While the players that were left scrimmaged, Saved by the Ball got the top seed for the tournament and will be playing Pitch Slap in the Quarterfinals. Schoolyard Bullies gets the second seed and will be playing seventh seeded, Welcome to Death Row.

Almo$t Cla$$y kicks away Pitch Slap, 10-0

Almo$t Cla$$y and Pitch Slap were both looking to end their regular season on a positive note. Almo$t Cla$$y got things started in the second inning and took the 1-0 lead on some very good place kicking. Almo$t Cla$$y added two more in the third using the same formula to take a 3-0 lead. Pitch Slap had chances to score in the 3rd and 4th innings, but were unable to get the big kick that they needed to push a run across. Meanwhile Almo$t Cla$$y blew open the game late by scoring seven more runs and won by a final score of 10-0. Almo$t Cla$$y will be the sixth seed and will be facing 2 Legit 2 Kick in the Quarterfinals, while Pitch Slap will be trying to knock off top seeded Saved by the Ball.

2 Legit 2 Kick Swipes Third Seed from Juan and the Cochinos Late, 3-1

The battle for the third seed between 2 Legit 2 Kick and Juan and the Cochinos was about missed opportunity and a comeback late. In the top of the first, 2 Legit 2 Kick loaded the bases quickly with three straight bunts. However, three pop ups later, Cochinos was back in the dugout with no runs allowed. Cochinos parlayed this into a run in the bottom of the first using some aggressive base running and small ball. Cochinos had chances in the 3rd and 4th innings to add onto thelr lead, but did not cash in. 2 Legit also had chances in the middle innings, but could not cash in either. In the top of the sixth, 2 Legit found what they were looking for by plating three runs with one out. A string of six consecutive kicks along with some aggressive baserunning gave 2 Legit a 3-1 lead. In the bottom half, Cochinos had the tying run at the plate with two out, but a line drive to short sealed the 2 Legit 2 Kick 3-1 victory. With the win 2 Legit 2 Kick as the third seed will play Almo$t Cla$$y in the Quarterfinals, while Juan and the Cochinos takes the fourth spot and will face fifth seeded Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It

Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It edges Welcome to Death Row 5-4

A back and fourth game betweeen Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It and the inmates of Welcome to Death Row was a close one run game with Hey Girl picking up the 5-4 win. This game included a pair of lead changes and two ties. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the inmates had a chance to tie and win it with the tying run at first base, however a pair of flyouts ended the game and gave Hey Girl the 5-4 victory. The game was highlighted by some excellent outfield play by both teams with running catches that kept the game close throughout. Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It will be the fifth seed for the playoffs and will face fourth seeded Juan and the Cochinos in the Quarterfinals, while Welcome to Death Row is the seventh seed and will look to pull the upset against Schoolyard Bullies.

Bar Report

Kickballers came rushing to the bar Thursday night following their games to get their hands on some nachos provided by GSK. After the nachos were devoured, people played round after round of flip cup. In the front of the bar, teams psyched themselves up for the tournament by partaking in team shots. The jukebox was blaring and people were dancing. There was no King of the Hill, but there was a raucous cheer for the newlyweds, Stephanie Tews and Mike Sheldrick. I think it’s safe to say they enjoyed their nacho reception.

Next Up

Saturday, August 20th determines the champion of the league. Fall 2016 registration is also open.  Season starts on September 8th.

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Though 7 weeks of the GSK Summer 2016 season teams all of the teams have played each other and the last two weeks is when teams starts to get serious and battle for the precious seedings for the playoffs.  Once again the ball was flying across Mosswood Park Thursday night, so let’s check out the recaps.

Interested in signing up for the Fall 2016 season? Registration is now open and the season starts on September 8th!

Schoolyard Bullies edges Juan and the Cochinos 5-4

The first match-up of the night was between 1st place Schoolyard Bullies and 3rd place Juan and the Cochinos. Bullies quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first using some very well placed kicks and bunts. The Cochinos quickly responded with a single run of their own using the same formula in the second.  However, in the third, Bullies used small ball to bring in a pair and extend their lead to 4-1. In the fourth, Bullies tacked on a key insurance run to make it 5-1. In the last half of the sixth, Cochinos got their offense going and within two kickers, cut the score to 5-2. After a pair of fly outs, four straight kicks to the outfield that found grass and the Bullies then were leading by the slimmest of margins.  With tying run at second and the winning run at first, Cochinos kicker grounded into a force out at third base to end the game giving Bullies a 5-4 victory. In Week 9, Schoolyard Bullies will face Saved by the Ball and Juan and the Cochinos will play 2 Legit 2 Kick.

Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It shuts out Pitch Slap, 8-0

A rematch from last week yielded the near same result between Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It and Pitch Slap with Hey Girl winning 8-0 in a game that was close throughout. In the top of the first, Hey Girl got the scoring started with a run in the top of the first on small ball and a sacrifice fly scoring the first run. Pitch Slap once again had their chances, but they were unable to cash in all game long.  Hey Girl, broke open a close game in the top of the 4th with a five run maximum inning highlighted by a Grand Slam. In the sixth, Hey Girl put on the crowning blow with a pair of runs kicked in on a triple. The kicker would have had a home run, but an awesome relay by Pitch Slap nailed the runner at home. In Week 9, Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It faces off against Welcome to Death Row and Pitch Slap looks for a win against Almo$t Cla$$y.

Saved by the Ball shuts out 2 Legit 2 Kick, 9-0

Saved by the Ball like last week deflated their competition early with a four run first inning. 2 Legit 2 Kick struggled to get back in the game, but their defense gave them a chance thwarting Saved by the Ball opportunities in the second. While they allowed a single run in the third 2 Legit 2 Kick keep it to a minimum. In the bottom half of the 4th 2 Legit 2 Kick had their chance with the bases loaded, but were unable to score. In the fifth, Saved by the Ball put the game away for good scoring three more runs. They also added one in the sixth for good measure and took the 9-0 shutout. In Week 9, Saved by the Ball will battle Schoolyard Bullies for the top seed for the playoffs, while 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to steal the third seed away from Juan and the Cochinos.

Almo$t Cla$$y blows lead, comes back, hangs on to defeat Welcome to Death Row, 5-4

The battle between veteran teams Almo$t Cla$$y and Welcome to Death Row was a thrilling one run game that came down to the last play. Almo$t Cla$$y picked up single runs in the 1st, 2nd and 4th to take a 3-0 lead. Welcome to Death Row had been struggling with Almo$t Cla$$y pitcher and their defense was also stepping up to the plate thwarting the inmates advances. However in the bottom of the fourth all of that changed when Death Row loaded the bases on walks and singles. Three more singles and a walk later, the inmates took a 4-3 lead into the 5th inning, which would be the final inning due to the time limit. Almo$t Cla$$y fought back taking the lead with a pair of runs highlighted by a pair of singles to right field. Down to their last chance, Welcome to Death Row loaded the bases with one out. The kicker then kicked a ground ball to third base and the fielder tagged third and threw home hitting the runner in the back ending the game and giving Almo$t Cla$$y the 5-4 victory. In Week 9, Almo$t Cla$$y looks for a win against Pitch Slap, while Welcome to Death Row looks to defeat Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It.

Saved by the Ball defeats Welcome to Death Row 6-4, completing Week 5 Game

In a matchup from Week 5, Saved by the Ball finished off Welcome to Death Row in a suspended game. When the lights went out, the score was 6-4 Saved by the Ball with a runner on first and none out in the bottom of the sixth for Welcome to Death Row. The next kicker popped up, then Saved by the Ball shortstop made a lunging catch to his left for the second out. Welcome to Death Row down to their last out grounded a ball to third and the runner was forced at second base giving Saved by the Ball a 6-4 win.

What Week 9 Means

Schoolyard Bullies and Saved by the Ball are tied with 19 points in the standings and tied each other in Week 6 at 5. The winner of this game will be the top seed in the playoffs. The winner between the 2 Legit 2 Kick and Juan and the Cochinos match-up will be the third seed. The bottom half of the standings remain muddled with Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It controlling their own destiny with getting the 5th seed, but a loss could mean Welcome to Death Row and Almo$t Cla$$y have a chance to steal the spot. Pitch Slap will be the 8th seed, no matter what happens.

Bar Report

It was another Thursday and another night at McNally’s. Flip cup dominated the back room. Even some non kickballers were dragged into the fun for a few rounds! Teams cheered loudly in the front as they took their team shots, and the jukebox had people dancing all night long. For the first time in a couple of weeks, KOTH was played. The final five came down to Stretch (Welcome to Death Row), Talicia (Almo$t Cla$$y), Steve (Juan and the Cochinos), Sophie (Almo$t Cla$$y) and Trina (Juan and the Cochinos) and they were hoping to crown a new winner. However, the final two were Sophie and Steve. Sophie ended up reclaiming her spot as champion. Next week is the last week of the regular season. Come see if somebody from another team can take the KOTH crown!

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With Week 7 in the air at Mosswood Park in Oakland on Thursday Night, all teams will have played each other. Weeks 8 and 9 were to be determined by the standings to determine playoff seeding and get teams to “size up” their tournament competition.

Saved by the Ball takes down Juan and the Cochinos, 7-1

Saved by the Ball defeated Juan and the Cochinos 7-1 fueled by a 4 run top of the first inning. In the first, Saved by the Ball loaded the bases on three singles and then parlayed a couple of more singles and a sacrifice fly into a 4-0 lead. Juan and the Cochinos had chances to come back throughout the game getting runners on in first and third, but failing to score. Cochinos defense stayed solid and gave up no runs to Saved by the Ball from the 2nd through the 4th innings. The Cochinos finally broke through on the scoreboard in the fifth with a two out single to left field. The tying run was at the plate, but Saved by the Ball easily got out of the inning on a pop out to third base. In the top of the fifth, Saved by the Ball essentially put the game away plating three runs on some very well placed kicks. Cochinos went down quietly in their last two times kicking and Saved by the Ball walked away with the 7-1 victory.

Schoolyard Bullies Edges Welcome to Death Row, 3-2

A pair of veteran teams were in a low scoring battle and runs were at a premium on the grass between Schoolyard Bullies and Welcome to Death Row. Bullies got out on the right foot with a lead off but and then some aggressive baserunning to plate their first run. Welcome to Death row also used small ball to tie the game in the bottom of the first. The inmates could have gotten more, but a nifty double play by the Bullies shut that down in a hurry. After goose eggs for both teams in the second and third, Bullies flexed their kicking power with a home run to right.  Bullies would add a key insurance run in the fifth on some well placed kicks. The inmates were not going to go down without a fight however and plated a run on a very close play at home plate.  In the sixth, both teams went down quickly in order and Schoolyard Bullies squeaked out a 3-2 victory.

Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It scores early, often beats Pitch Slap, 11-0

The game between Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It and Pitch Slap was a game of getting the big kick and Hey Girl could do no wrong in doing that. Scoring in every inning but the sixth, Hey Girl bombarded Pitch Slap with their outstanding offense. When they adjusted for the long kick, Hey Girl went short. When Pitch Slap went short, Hey Girl went long. Pitch Slap’s defense kept this game from being a complete blowout with numerous catches in the outfield. Pitch Slap had plenty of opportunities to score throughout the game, but they could not get the big kick when they needed it.

2 Legit 2 Kick scores early, hangs on to beat Almo$t Cla$$y, 6-4

2 Legit 2 Kick and Almo$t Cla$$y was a great game, but it looked to be very high scoring early on. 2 Legit picked up a maximum five runs right out of the game in the top of the first on Almo$t Cla$$y, using small ball and the some very well placed kicks that found grass in the outfield. Almo$t Cla$$y however would fight back with a run of their own in the bottom of the first using some very good place kicking. 2 Legit however would get that run right back and take a 6-1 lead using some good place kicking as well. Almo$t Cla$$y picked up three runs in the fourth using some excellent place kicking to cut the lead to 6-4. Almo$t Cla$$y, had a glorius chance to tie the game or take the lead, but a great outfield by 2 Legit kept the game in their favor. While there were further opportunities to cross the plate for both teams, no one could score anymore runs and 2 Legit 2 Kick took the game 6-4.

Standings Battle Scheduled for Weeks 8/9

With the standings battles set for Week 8 and 9, the schedule is as follows.  With 16 points and in first place, Schoolyard Bullies will be battling it out against Juan and the Cochinos who are in third place at the moment in one of the early games on the dirt. Second place Saved by the Ball will be playing 2 Legit 2 Kick in the late game on the dirt. Saved by the Ball will then wait for 5th place Welcome to Death Row who is playing 6th place Almo$t Cla$$y to complete their suspended game from Week 5.  Game is in the bottom of the sixth with Welcome to Death Row kicking with a runner on first base with none out and Saved by the Ball leading 6-4. In the other early game that takes place on the grass, 6th place Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It looks to knock off 8th place Pitch Slap for the second consecutive week.  

Bar Report

Afterwards the teams headed over to the bar for socializing, drinking and the obligatory team shot. Almo$t Cla$$y, Pitch Slap and Saved by the Ball and a few others players held down the Flip Cup table all night, defeating all who joined. No King of the Hill this week. Stay tuned for next week to see if it’s back!

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