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.
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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$$y have a chance to steal the spot. Pitch Slap will be the 8th seed, no matter what happens.
It was another Thursday and another night at McNally’s. Flip cup dominated the back room. Even some non kickballers were dragged into the fun for a few rounds! Teams cheered loudly in the front as they took their team shots, and the jukebox had people dancing all night long. For the first time in a couple of weeks, KOTH was played. The final five came down to Stretch (Welcome to Death Row), Talicia (Almo$t Cla$$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!