Monthly Archives: October 2016

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With muddled standings during the Fall 2016 – Oakland league, teams are trying to get the best seed and best match-up possible for the playoffs. With only two weeks to go after Thursday’s games, teams are buckling down and getting every crucial point they can. The ball was once again flying at Mosswood Park in Oakland and Wrecking Balls was still the only undefeated team left standing.  Would it last another week or would the standings get closer?

Dad Bods shuts out Don’t Mosswood Us, 3-0

A good battle in the dirt between a pair of new teams in Dad Bods and Don’t Mosswood Us led off the early slate Thursday with defense being the key. Both teams threw up zeroes until the fifth inning and got out of crucial jams early. In the second Don’t Mosswood Us loaded the bases with none out, but Dad Bods defense buckled down and held Mosswood to a goose egg. Dad Bods then put a pair in scoring position in their bottom half of the second, but were unable to score. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Dad Bods broke the scoring seal with a pair of doubles, which drove in three runs. Don’t Mosswood Us had one last chance in the top of the sixth, but were unable to capitalize and Dad Bods got their first victory of the season, 3-0. In Week 8, Dad Bods looks to get a win against Toot It and Boot It, while Don’t Mosswood Us looks to take down Wrecking Balls.

Toot It and Boot It defeats undefeated Wrecking Balls, 7-5

Toot It and Boot It and Wrecking Balls clashed in a close, well-played game where the momentum and the scoring swung back and forth throughout the entire match-up. TIABI started fast, using their brand of small ball to grab an 3-0 lead in the top of the first. WB responded immediately, crushing a long home run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 3. The teams continued to mirror each other, as Toot would take the lead then the Balls would come back to tie at both 4-4 and 5-5. The pattern held until the last inning. Toot kept with the small ball attack, using aggressive baserunning and a sacrifice to grab a 2 run lead. They then tightened their defense and pitching, locking down WB in the bottom of the 6th to earn the 7-5 win. In Week 8, Toot It and Boot It looks to defeat Dad Bods, while Wrecking Balls looks to bounce back with a win against Don’t Mosswood Us.

Green Grenades defeats Almo$t Cla$$y, 3-1

A great matchup in the right field corner between a pair of veteran teams. Almo$t Cla$$y got the scoring started with a single and a double to take a 1-0 lead. In the bottom half of the first, Grenades got three singles and a walk, but were unable to cash in because Almo$t Cla$$y turned a double play. Grenades however got on the board in the second using lots of small ball to tie the game at 1. Meanwhile, Grenades defense managed to shut down Almo$t Cla$$y getting three up, three down innings from the second through the fourth. In the third, Grenades used the same small ball formula they did in the second plating 2 runs to take a 3-1 lead. Almo$t Cla$$y defense stepped up the rest of the way allowing no more runs. Almo$t Cla$$y had chances to score in the fifth and the sixth with a pair of singles in each inning, but nothing more as Green Grenades took home the 3-1 victory. In Week 8, Green Grenades looks to defeat Rosé Riveters, while Almo$t Cla$$y looks to bounce back with a win against 2 Legit 2 Kick.

2 Legit 2 Kick drops Pitches Be Trippin’, 4-2

If you are a fan of offense and got to the game after the second inning, you were disappointed in the results on this matchup in the dirt between 2 Legit 2 Kick and Pitches be Trippin’. Pitches jumped out of the gate early opening the scoring on back to back two out doubles in the top of the first. 2 Legit then responded with a pair of runs to take the lead at 2-1 highlighted by a sacrifice fly. The score could have been more, but a great relay to the plate, nailed the runner trying to score from second base on the same play. Pitches parlayed their defensive effort to the offensive side in the second by retying the score at 2 on a one out sacrifice fly. 2 Legit then responded in the bottom half of the second using some small ball and excellent place kicking to retake the lead at 3-2. After that the defenses stepped up to the plate and retired each other in order quickly. In the bottom of the fifth, 2 Legit tacked on an insurance run on a double to right field make it 4-2. Pitches had the tying run at the plate in the top half of the sixth, but 2 Legit defense took over and secured the 4-2 victory. In Week 8, 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to defeat Almo$t Cla$$y, while Pitches Be Trippin’ looks to defeat Welcome to Death Row.

Rosé Riveters and Welcome to Death Row battle to 5-5 draw.

In this matchup on the grass on Field 2, Welcome to Death Row got the jump early with a 2-0 lead on some excellent place kicking and a sacrifice fly. In the third Rosé responded with a run of their own with a two out rally cutting the score to 2-1. Death Row then picked up another using some great place kicking in the fourth to extend their lead to 3-1. Death Row’s defense stymied Rosé for most of the game, while Riverters defense kept them within shouting distance of Death Row with some excellent catches in the outfield. Death Row extended their lead to 5-1 in the bottom half of the fifth using some excellent place kicking. Down to their last chance Rosé finally got the offensive breakthrough that they needed plating four runs highlighted by a two run home run to deep right field. Welcome to Death Row had a chance to walk it off by getting the winning run to third base and two out, but pop out to the pitcher ended the game and both teams settled for the 5-5 tie. In Week 8, Rosé Riveters looks for a win against The Green Grenades, while Welcome to Death Row looks to defeat Pitches Be Trippin’.

Bar Report

Back at McNally’s again and more bar shenanigans. With lots of music in the front room and a ton of flip cup in the back, teams enjoyed the Week 7 festivities. How spooky will the bar get for Halloween next week? Stay tuned…

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In the calm before the literal storm to hit Northern California on Friday, mother nature was kind enough for Week 6 of the Oakland Fall league to be played. With the ball flying all over Mosswood Park in Oakland Thursday, there was an unbeaten and an undefeated team left and they would be playing each other.  Also some other great matchups on the Thursday slate followed by some pizza at the bar.

2 Legit 2 Kick pulls away from Don’t Moss Wood Us, 3-0

Another rookie vs. veteran matchup that looked one sided on paper, but what a battle it was.  Don’t Moss Wood Us started out hot on defense in the first inning allowing only 1 hit. In the bottom of the second, 2 Legit got on the board getting their lead off kicker to third and then a sacrifice fly got the first run of the game. Moss Wood had an opportunity to score in the top of the third with a runner on 3rd with 1 out, but a key double play by the 3rd baseman ended their hopes. In the bottom half of the fourth, 2 Legit was able to get 2 more runs in with some timely doubles to right. Moss Wood had another chance for runs with runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out, but a pop out to center and catching the base runner sleeping ended the inning. The game was a wash in the 6th with no scoring and 2 Legit 2 Kick took home the 3-0 victory n Week 7, 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to defeat Pitches be Trippin, while Don’t Mosswood Us looks for a win against Dad Bods.

Toot It and Boot It scores early, adds on late to defeat Pitches be Trippin’, 7-3

Toot It and Boot It jumped to a four run 1st inning after multiple singles and a 3 run homerun.  Toot It added another in the 2nd after a laser double and a fielding error. Pitches be Trippin’ threatened to score in the first 3 innings, however were unable to get a runner home. Toot It led off the 4th with a homerun that was blasted onto Field 1. Pitches Be Trippin attacked in the fourth scoring 3 runs after multiple singles and fielding errors. Solid defense from both teams finished the last 2 innings to cap the game off and securing the Toot It and Boot It win. In Week 7, Toot It and Boot It looks to take down Wrecking Balls, while Pitches be Trippin’ looks to get a win against 2 Legit 2 Kick

Rosé Riveters downs Almo$t Cla$$y, 9-4

In a seemingly even matchup of two teams looking to climb up the standings, the early game on Field 3 turned out to one a one sided affair. Rosé Riveters came out swinging in the first inning plating two on excellent kicking and some mistakes defensively by Almo$t Cla$$y to take a 2-0 lead.  Adding to their lead in the second, the Riveters plated 3 more runs on back to back RKI singles as Cla$$y continued to having defensive issues out in the field. Not letting the 5 run deficit get the best of them, Almo$t Cla$$y continued to battle and made up some ground scoring 3 runs in their half of the third to make it 5-3. Unfortunately the close score would not last as Riveters once again pushed two runs across on a booming home run in the bottom half of the third to extend their lead to 7-3. Classy would get another back in the fourth but would continue to have issues on the defensive side of the ball as the Riveters scored more in the fourth to put Cla$$y down for good. The rest of the game went without an exciting moment and Rosé  Riveters walked away with a 9-4 victory. In Week 7, Rosé Riveters looks for a win against Welcome to Death Row, while Almo$t Cla$$y looks to bounce back with a win against Green Grenades.

Green Grenades scores early and often, pummels Dad Bods 15-0

A mismatch on paper also turned into a mismatch on the field as Green Grenades used excellent offense and defense to put away the Dad Bods. Starting out their offensive attack quickly, Green Grenades opened the first with a three run home run to dead center field to take a 3-0 lead after one. Home runs in the following innings pretty much locked things up for the Grenades as they lead 10-0 after just three innings. There was nothing Dad Bods could do to match the firepower of Grenades and routinely struggled to get anything going offensively. In the innings in which the Bods did get something going the well placed defense of the Grenades shut them down. Dad Bods were only able to get one runner to third base all game. The Grenades scored 5 additional runs in the final 3 innings going on to win 15-0. In Week 7, Green Grenades looks for a win against Almo$t Cla$$y, while Dad Bods looks for a win against Don’t Mosswood Us.

Wrecking Balls take down Welcome to Death Row 13-5, remains undefeated

It was a cool black night with a clear white moon, and these 2 veteran teams had beers to consume. The first inning went to the pitchers who shut down leadoff kickers on both sides. Wrecking Balls started the attack in the second scoring 5 off well placed bunts and 2 laser singles to the outfield. Wrecking Balls would score 2 more in the 3rd. Death Row struck back in the third with 1 run. Wrecking Balls would score 3 more in the fourth off 2 bunts and a double. Death Row came strong in the 4th as well with 4 runs after loading the bases, followed by a bases clearing single. Things settled down down in the 5th with a scoreless inning from both teams. Wrecking Balls put the icing on the cake with 3 more runs in the 6th. Death Row threatened to score in the 6th with runners on 1st and 2nd, but were unable to get them across home plate. In Week 7, Wrecking Balls looks to stay undefeated against Toot It and Boot It, while Welcome to Death Row tries to bounce back against Rosé Riveters.

Bar Report

Free pizza, beer, playoff baseball and the NFL, what more would you want on a Thursday night?  Team flip cup of course!   Toot It N Boot it dominated on the tables dominating best out of 5 series with 2 Legit 2 Kick and Pitches N Bunts.  We’re not even sure if any team won a game let alone series.  Watch out Toots N Boots, more teams will be gunning for your crown!

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At just past the midway point of the season, there is an undefeated team and an unbeaten team left. Would it stay that way or would the other teams have other plans up their sleeves? On a cool night at Mosswood Park in Oakland, the red rubber ball was once again flying. How would the Oktoberfest theme affect the kickballers on this night?

Toot It and Boot It defeats Almo$t Cla$$y, 4-2

The battle between two veteran teams in the first came down to one inning, the first. Toot It and Boot It jumped all over Almo$t Cla$$y, plating four runs in the bottom of the first using excellent kicks and bunts to find holes in Almo$t Cla$$y defense. After that, Almo$t Cla$$y locked in and didn’t allow a run the rest of the game. Not going down without a fight however Almo$t Cla$$y picked up a run in the fourth and another in the fifth to cut Toot It’s lead in half. However, in the sixth Almo$t Cla$$y would go down quickly and Toot It and Boot It secured the 4-2 win. In Week 6, Toot It and Boot It looks to defeat Pitches be Trippin’, while Almo$t Cla$$y looks to bounce back with a win against Rosé Riveters.

Pitches Be Trippin’ drops Rosé Riveters, 6-2

The battle between Pitches be Trippin’ and Rosé Riveters was a good one in the outfield grass. Pitches got their offense going early on plating a pair in the second and two more in the third. Rosé on the other hand had chances in the second and the fourth, but could not get any runs in. Pitches added a three run homer in the fifth to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Down to their last kick in the bottom of the sixth inning Rosé got on the board when a two run home run was launched deep into the Oakland night to cut Pitches lead to 6-2. Rosé however could not muster anymore runs for the comeback and Pitches secured the 6-2 victory. In Week 6, Pitches Be Trippin will look to defeat Toot It and Boot It, while Rosé Riveters looks to take down Almo$t Cla$$y.

Welcome to Death Row escapes Dad Bods, 6-5 to stay unbeaten

When both teams are playing cup in hand, you get an entertaining game, with many twists and turns. In the first inning, Dad Bods and Welcome to Death Row both found holes in each others defense and we were knotted at three after one. In the second inning Dad Bods took a 5-3 lead by loading the bases with one out and a single and a sacrifice fly. For the next two innings, the defenses stepped up and held the other team scoreless. In the bottom of the fourth, Welcome to Death Row kicked back to back doubles and then two kickers later, tied the score at 5. After another single, Death Row had the lead 6-5. With the fifth inning the last inning due to time, Dad Bods had one last shot. After a one out single, Dad Bods kicked a ball to left field, but the fielder made an outstanding sliding catch, with beverage contents flying everywhere. After a walk put runners at first and second, a kick to the outfield and Dad Bods looked to have tied it, but a great relay through home from right field nailed the runner at home plate and Welcome to Death Row remained unbeaten. In Week 6, Welcome to Death Row looks to take down undefeated Wrecking Balls, while Dad Bods looks to bounce back with a win against The Green Grenades.

Wrecking Balls pulls away late from 2 Legit 2 Kick, 4-2 to stay undefeated

A pair of veteran teams faced off in the dirt to lead off the late slate and this could potentially be a late round playoff preview.  Pitching and defense was the story in this game where opportunities were few and far between. With the score knotted at one, the wreckers took a 3-1 lead on some excellent bunts and place kicking. 2 Legit squeezed a run across using the same thing.  Wrecking Balls then picked up an insurance run to extend their lead and they would need it. 2 Legit in the sixth had a last chance and cut the Balls lead to 4-2 quickly. However, with the tying run on base, Wrecking Balls closed out the win. In Week 6, Wrecking Balls looks to stay undefeated by beating unbeaten Welcome to Death Row, while 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to bounce back with a win against Don’t Mosswood Us

Green Grenades defeats Don’t Mosswood Us, 6-1

Veteran Green Grenades and new team Don’t Mosswood Us looked to be a big mismatch on paper, but this is why they play the games. Green Grenades jumped out to an early lead in the 1st inning, plating 4 runs off well placed kicks, and a 3 run homer to right field. Green Grenades continued to get multiple runners on base however they had difficulty getting them across the plate in the 2nd, and 3rd innings. Don’t Mosswood Us played great defense in the outfield saving some potential home runs. In the 6th, Mosswood’s leadoff kicker blasted a ball all the way to the big tree in left field for a triple. They were then able to get that run across with 2 outs remaining, however left 2 runners stranded on base to end the game. In Week 6, Green Grenades looks to defeat Dad Bods, while Don’t Mosswood Us looks to take down 2 Legit 2 Kick.

Bar Report

Finally, King of the Hill was back and the battle was down to a pair of Wrecking Balls, Johnathan N. and Eric D. with Johnathan taking the crown. As for the rest of the evening, you can use your imagination on how it went, but pardon our language with this quote… “Bar was a shitshow. Lots of people. The end.”

Stay tuned for next week…….It can’t get any worse can it?

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At the near midway point of the season, teams are starting to hit their stride at Mosswood Park in Oakland. With a pair of unbeatens left, would this last another week? The red rubber ball was once again flying around the field.

Wrecking Balls knock off the explosive Green Grenades, 5-4

Two former champions (both undefeated) met on the dirt for a true clash of the kickball titans. Wrecking Balls jumped out early, scoring 3 runs in the opening frame using some small ball followed by a few deep line drives. In the bottom of the first inning, Green Grenades scored 1 run on a solo shot, putting WB on notice that the Grenades would not be going quietly. In the top of the 4th inning, Wrecking Balls managed to plate two runs, ending in a close play at home. Down 5 – 1 in the bottom of the 6th inning, Green Grenades finally started finding their kicking shoes, scoring 2 runs and a double to right field. Grenades plated one more run but ended up popping out to shallow Right Field, leaving the tying run on 2nd base. In Week 5, Wrecking Balls looks to stay undefeated when they play 2 Legit 2 Kick, while The Green Grenades look for a win against Don’t Mosswood Us

Pitches be Trippin’ and Almo$t Cla$$y draw at 1

Runs were scarce in the matchup on the grass between Almo$t Cla$$y and Pitches be Trippin. Almo$t Cla$$y jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on a double and a triple. It could have been more, but a great relay throw to home by Pitches nailed the runner at home plate. Throughout the rest of the game, both teams had legitimate scoring opportunities thwarted by the other team. Almo$t Cla$$y left the bases loaded in the third and Pitches did the same in the fourth. Down to their final inning, Pitches used small ball with a lead off single. A force out moved the runner from first to third and then Pitches found some grass in the outfield to tie the game at one. After a walk put the winning run in scoring position, Almo$t Cla$$y was able to get the third out and preserve the tie. In Week 5, Almo$t Cla$$y looks for a win against Toot It and Boot It, while Pitches be Trippin’ looks to defeat Rosé Riveters.

2 Legit 2 Kick shuts down Dad Bods, 11-0

The game between Dad Bods and Too Legit to Kick began with the Bods’ usual beer shotgunning ritual while the 2L2K players were trying to find someone to watch all their dogs. Seriously. The game itself became a clinic on small ball offense, with 2L2K relying almost exclusively on bunts and sacrifices. 2 Legit put up three runs in both the first and third innings without the ball leaving the infield to take the early 6-0 lead. 2L2K did break out the long ball in the fourth inning with a 2-run home run to put the game out of reach. DB was energized and game throughout, but struggled to get runners on against the Legit defense. The Bods did improve and started putting runners on in the later innings, but their best scoring threat ended in the 5th when the Legit center fielder made a juggling circus catch on his back for the third out. 2 Legit added some more bunting and defense in the 6th inning to close out the 11-0 win. In Week 5, 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to defeat Wrecking Balls, while Dad Bods looks for a win against Welcome to Death Row.

Toot It and Boot It defeats Rosé Riveters, 4-0

Toot It and Boot It and Rosé Riveters were battling it out on the dirt and it was an excellent well played game with great defense from both teams.  Toot It jumped out of the gate quickly offensively with a run in the first and two in the second. The score could have been higher, but Rosé Riveters turned a clutch double play to extinguish Toot It’s threat. Rosé Riveters had trouble getting the big kick on this night with their best scoring chances in the third and fifth innings, but were unable to score. Toot It added an insurance run in the sixth and finished off the shutout, 4-0. In Week 5, Toot It and Boot It looks to take down Almo$t Cla$$y, while Rosé Riveters looks to defeat Pitches be Trippin.

Welcome to Death Row defeats Don’t Mosswood Us, 8-0

The inmates of Welcome to Death Row were looking to stay unbeaten, while Don’t Mosswood Us was looking for their first win of the season. Death Row quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first highlighted by a two run double. Death Row would tack on a run in the second and two in the third to extend their lead to 8-0. Don’t Mosswood Us was befuddled by Death Rows defense and had offensive troubles. Their best chances to score was in the third and the fifth, when they loaded the bases with two outs, but were unable to get the big kick they needed to score. In Week 5, Welcome to Death Row looks to beat Dad Bods and stay unbeaten, while Don’t Mosswood Us will try to get a win against Green Grenades

Bar Report

At McNally’s, Dad Bods and Almo$t Cla$$y with a smattering of other teams led the flip cup way in otherwise a pretty light week. Kickballers as usual enjoyed their team shots and drank the night away. There was no King of the Hill this week.

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