After a rainout of the 8pm games in Week 8, teams were ready for the last full week of kickball trying to get the best seed possible. On a cool and calm night at Mosswood Park, kickballers were also amped for the basketball game near by and nachos at McNally’s post-game. More importantly, there was kickball to be played.
Pitches Be Trippin’ defeats Wrecking Balls, 5-1
Wrecking Balls looked to solidify their place at the top of the standings while Pitches Be Trippin looked to play spoiler and move up the standings. The first inning was all Pitches getting 2 in the bottom of the 1st getting multiple base hits to right field having their top 2 of 3 lead off men score. 2-0 Pitches. Wrecking Balls couldn’t get any offense going as they constantly lined their kicks to the infielders. Some excellent defense in the second and third kept the score at 2-0, but Balls was able to break through in the 4th getting their lead off man to score with a sacrifice bunt and a base hit down left field. 2-1 Pitches. This looked like the time Balls would come back to tie or win, but Pitches was having none of that. They got their first 2 batters on base and then scored 3 more with some help with some fielding errors and timely hitting. 5-1 bottom five. Defense held true for the rest of the game making Wrecking Balls pay and potentially losing the top seed. In the make up week, Pitches be Trippin’ looks to defeat Welcome to Death Row, while Wrecking Balls prepares for the tournament and can either be the first or second seed.
Almo$t Cla$$y downs Dad Bods, 11-6
In a shortened four inning game on the grass, both teams decided to play beverage in hand and liquid was flying all over the place for both teams. Almo$t Cla$$y put up a 5 spot in the top of the first to get things started. Dad Bods finally got some traction in the second, plating a pair to cut the score to 5-2. Almo$t Cla$$y responded with another 5 spot in the third and then played stellar defense to keep the Dad’s scoreless. After making it 11-2 in top of the fourth, Dad Bods had one more chance to catch up. Dad Bods were able to plate four runs, but were unable to get anymore as Almo$t Cla$$y took the beverage in hand game, 11-6. In the make up week, Almo$t Cla$$y looks to defeat 2 Legit 2 Kick, while Dad Bods looks to defeat Toot It and Boot It
Toot It and Boot It defeats Green Grenades, 3-2
A pair of veteran teams at the top of the standings looking to battle for the top seed with a thriller on the grass. Toot It and Boot It jumped out to a 2-0 lead using small ball and singles. After a scoreless second, Green Grenades broke through and plated on a run using a pair of singles and a pair of force outs. Toot It extended their lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth, with three singles and a force out. Grenades got the run right back in a similar way in the bottom of the fourth. After that the defenses stepped up and the fifth was scoreless. In the last half of the sixth, Grenades made a bid to tie getting a pair of singles sandwiched around two outs. The next kicker lined softly to second base and the fielder made a very nice catch to preserve the 3-2 win for Toot It and Boot It. In the make up week, Toot It and Boot It faces Dad Bods with a chance for the top seed in the playoffs with a win, while Green Grenades will be either the second or third seed.
Rosé Riveters defeats Don’t Mosswood Us 14-4
The battle between Don’t Mosswood Us and Rosé Riveters was a high scoring affair with Rosé getting the 14-4 victory. In the top of the first Don’t Mosswood Us, a team who have had trouble getting runs on the board, plated four with some excellent place kicking. Rosé however was able to respond right back, plating four of their own to tie the game at four. The rest of the way however, Don’t Mosswood Us had runners on, but could not score. Rosé took off offensively plating five in the the third and five more in the fifth to blow the game open for good. In the playoffs, Rosé Riveters will either be seeded seventh or eighth, while Don’t Mosswood Us will be seeded tenth.
2 Legit 2 Kick and Welcome to Death Row Draw at 6-6
If kickball fans wanted to see a replay of World Series – Game 7 at the kickball field, 2 Legit 2 Kick and Welcome to Death Row provided the thrills. In the top of the first, 2 Legit took a 1-0 lead after a double scored the leadoff single. The inmates of Death Row responded quickly and took a 3-1 lead using bunting and plenty of place kicking. 2 Legit loaded the bases in the second inning and cut the deficit to 3-2 on a force out to third base. 2 Legit’s defense then took over keeping Death Row off the board in the middle innings. 2 Legit’s offense carried them to a 6-3 lead when they plated a run in the fourth and three more in the sixth inning, using their speed and aggressiveness to befuddle the Death Row defense. Down to their last chance in the sixth inning, Death Row put their first kicker on via a single. After a line out to first, the next kicker lined a double putting runners at second and third. The next kicker lined a smash to right field that was unable to be caught driving in a pair and cutting the score to 6-5. With the tying run at first and one out, the kicker used a sacrifice bunt to get the runner to second who then made an aggressive move and tried to run to third. The runners gamble paid off as the ball was thrown away to the left field corner, letting the runner score and tying the game at 6-6. The next kicker lined out softly to third base and both teams settled for the draw. In the make up week 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to defeat Almo$t Cla$$y, while Welcome to Death Row looks to defeat Pitches Be Trippin’.
Following the games Thursday, kickballers rushed to the bar to enjoy some nachos. Teams combined with other teams for some friendly competition in flip cup. Players enjoyed their team shots while dancing took place in the front room.
Seeding Possibilities for Swenson Cup Fall Tournament
Even with only three games left, the seedings for the tournament are still very muddled. Below are the possible seeds for each team. If the games are rained out, 2 Legit 2 Kick/Almo$t Cla$$y and Dad Bods/Toot It and Boot It will be recorded as a tie, while Welcome to Death Row would win by forfeit over Pitches be Trippin’.
Wrecking Balls – 1st or 2nd
The Green Grenades – 2nd or 3rd
Toot It and Boot It – 1st, 2nd or 3rd
2 Legit 2 Kick – 3rd, 4th or 5th
Welcome to Death Row – 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th
Pitches Be Trippin’ – 5th or 6th
Almo$t Cla$$y – 7th or 8th
Rosé Riveters – 7th or 8th
Dad Bods – 9th
Don’t Mosswood Us – 10th