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Week 3 of the Fall season kicked off at Mosswood Park in Oakland on Thursday night and teams were finally begin to gather their footing. On this night, Pabst Blue Ribbon sponsored the first theme of the season; High School Cliques. The Jocks, nerds, goths, dress code violators, and even the teachers came out to play.  Congratulations to Annie from Almo$t Cla$$y and Brian from Pitches Be Trippin’ who won best female and male costume.  For winning, they received a bundle of swag from PBR.

2 Legit 2 Kick defeats Rosé Riveters 4-3

The battle between the Football Jocks (2 Legit 2 Kick) and Rosé Riveters (Punk/Skater kids) on the dirt was a thrilling game with the jocks sneaking out the 4-3 win. In the top of the first, the jocks kicked a pair of singles and then a two run double brought both of the runners in. In the bottom of the first, the punks responded with a two out rally with a single and a double, and then a single tied the game at 2 at the bottom of the first. In the bottom half of the second the punks took the 3-2 lead on a triple and then a single. After a scoreless third, the football jocks kicked three singles to retie the score. Then in the top of the fifth, the jocks took the lead kicking a pair of singles and then a slow roller for a force out. Rosé Riveters had one last chance to tie in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, a pair of singles put runners on first and second.  A slow roller to third base then loaded the bases, however on the play, the runner from second tried to be aggressive and tie the score. A great throw hit the runner by a step before touching home and 2 Legit 2 Kick held off Rosé Riveters 4-3. In Week 4, 2 Legit 2 Kick plays Dad Bods, while Rosé Riveters looks to take down Pitches Be Trippin’.

Wrecking Balls defeats Dad Bods, 15-2

The Wrecking Balls offense started fast and kept the pedal down, roaring out to a quick 8-0 lead on back to back four run innings in the first and the second innings. Dad Bods struggled on offense all night, with the Balls’ defense and pitching limiting the Daddys’ scoring opportunities. DB’s lone bright spot on offense was a booming two-run home run down the left field line in the bottom of the second inning to briefly cut into the WB lead. The Daddies tried to stem the tide on defense, but a huge five run 4th inning for the Balls put this one out of reach. The Wrecking MVP of the game was 3/3 with 3 home runs and 8 Runs Kicked In, which was more than enough to ensure a comfortable 15-2 win. In Week 4, Wrecking Balls looks to defeat The Green Grenades, while Dad Bods looks to get on the winning track when they play 2 Legit 2 Kick.

Toot It and Boot It defeats Don’t Mosswood Us, 14-0

Toot It and Boot It found their kicking shoes and many kicks they had found grass. Their clean up kicker launched two long home runs eluding Don’t Mosswood Us defense. Don’t Mosswood had plenty of chances to score, but are still having some trouble finding the big kick when they need to get on the board. In Week 4, Toot It and Boot It looks to take down Almo$t Cla$$y, while Don’t Mosswood Us looks to defeat Welcome to Death Row.

Welcome to Death Row pulls away from Almo$t Cla$$y late, wins 9-3.

The battle between veteran teams Welcome to Death Row and Almo$t Cla$$y was as advertised. In the bottom half of the first inning Almo$t Cla$$y jumped out to 1-0 lead using some excellent place kicking. In the top of the second, Death Row responded with a pair using excellent bunting and kicking. In the third, the inmates extended their lead to 4-1 using the same formula. Almo$t Cla$$y cut the lead to 4-3 in the fourth scoring a pair on some excellent place kicking. After a scoreless fifth, the inmates blew the game open in the sixth scoring 5 runs on seven consecutive kickers reaching safely, highlighted by a bases loaded three run clearing double to right field. In Week 4, Welcome to Death Row looks to stay on the winning track when they play Don’t Mosswood Us, while Almo$t Cla$$y looks to bounce back against Toot It and Boot It

Green Grenades drops Pitches be Trippin’, 7-2

The battle between Green Grenades and Pitches be Trippin’ was all about one inning. Green Grenades got off to a roaring start plating the five run rule quickly against Pitches, highlighted by a massive home run to right field. Pitches struggled on offense early, but managed to cut the lead to 6-2 on a some excellent place kicking.  However, later on in the game, the kicker who homered earlier, launched another ball to right deep into the Oakland night to extend Grenades lead to 7-2. Pitches was unable to comeback in their half of the sixth and and Grenades took the 7-2 victory. In Week 4, The Green Grenades looks to defeat Wrecking Balls, while Pitches Be Trippin’ looks to get a win against Rosé Riveters.

Bar Report

After sticking with their own kind on the field Thursday night, the cliques decided to befriend each other and mingle at the bar. In the back room kickballers tried to find the best flip-cuppers out there to build the strongest team. In the front people enjoyed team shots and high school music hits from all different eras. There was no KOTH, as all the jocks left before the heated competition could start.

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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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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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Week 2 of the Summer 2016 Golden State Kickball league got underway in Oakland on Thursday Night and the four teams that won in Week 1 were looking to stay undefeated, while the rest were looking to get their first wins on the season.  After Week 2 was said and done, only two undefeated teams remained…

Welcome to Death Row and Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It battle to 3-3 Tie

Welcome to Death Row looked to avenge their first week loss by showing up in camouflage to sneak up on Hey Girl, Lets Kick It! Hey Girl decided to flip the script and sneak up on Death Row by getting their first 3 kickers on base. A couple of base hits got a pair of runs in the top of the first for Hey Girl. Death Row countered with three of their own in the bottom of the first using the same strategy as Hey Girl. Innings 2 through 5 were a wash with both teams getting runners in scoring position, but never converting to get them home. Staring at another loss, Hey Girl came up big in the top of the 6th, getting their lead off kicker on. Death Row collapsed on defense allowing an error to get the runner home and tie the game. Luckily, Death Row got their D back in gear and only allowed 1 run. Death Row were looking for the walk off at the end of the 6th, but couldn’t get anybody on and the game ended in a 3-3 tie. In Week 3, Hey Girl, Let’s Kick it looks to defeat Schoolyard Bullies, while Welcome to Death Row looks to take down Almo$t Cla$$y.

Almo$t Cla$$y stays Undefeated with 6-4 Comeback win against Saved by the Ball

A pair veteran teams battled it out on the grass with Almo$t Cla$$y looking to stay undefeated, while Saved by the Ball had other ideas. In the bottom of the first, Saved by the Ball used some small ball and a sacrifice fly to plate their first run. Almo$t Cla$$y had trouble scoring scoring for the first four innings, however Saved by the Ball could not find a way to add on to their 1-0 lead, which would prove crucial. In the top of the fifth, Almo$t Cla$$y plated four runs, capped off by a three run home run that caught the chalk in left field. Saved by the Ball wouldn’t go down without a fight and kicked a homer to deep right field to cut the deficit to 4-3. Almo$t Cla$$y would add on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the fifth to make the score 6-3. With Saved by the Ball down to their last out, they began to rally and plated a run to cut the deficit to 6-4. With the go ahead run at the plate, a short pop up to left field secured the win for Almo$t Cla$$y. In Week 3, Almo$t Cla$$y looks to stay undefeated when they play Welcome to Death Row, while Saved by the Ball looks to bounce back with a win against Pitch Slap

Schoolyard Bullies takes Late Lead, Hangs on to Beat Juan and the Cochinos, 4-3

The battle between a pair of veteran teams in Schoolyard Bullies and Juan and the Cochinos was on display on Thursday. The Cochinos jumped out to a 1-0 in the bottom of the first with some aggressive baserunning and small ball. The same formula worked for the Cochinos again in the bottom half of the second. The Bullies had trouble scoring in the first three innings, however they tied the game at 2 in the top of the fourth on four singles and a double. After that the defenses kicked in and held each other scoreless until the crucial 6th inning. In the top half, Bullies got a one out single and then a double to move the runners to second and third. A walk loaded the bases and then a single to right field plated a pair and gave Bullies a 4-2 lead. Juan and the Cochinos then stepped up their defense and got out of the rest of the inning unscathed. In the bottom half, the Cochinos fought back with a one out walk, and then a single sent the runner to third base. A single loaded the bases putting the tying run at second base and the winning run at first. The kicker for Cochinos kicked a fly ball to left field and the fielder made an acrobatic play to hang onto the catch. The runner from third was able to score on the sacrifice fly, however, the runner tagging from second to third slipped on the way and was tagged out, preserving the 4-3 win for the Bullies. In Week 3, Schoolyard Bullies looks to get a win against Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It, while Juan and the Cochinos look to bounce back against 2 Legit 2 Kick.

2 Legit 2 Kick still undefeated, takes down Pitch Slap, 8-1

2 Legit 2 Quit and Pitch Slap were looking for a win Thursday and 2 Legit quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first taking advantage of Pitch Slap’s defense. Pitch Slap would bounce back with a run of their own to cut the deficit to 4-1. 2 Legit then plated single runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth to take a comfortable lead. Meanwhile, Pitch Slap struggled to get their offense going all night long. Their best chance to score again was in the fifth inning with runners at first and third with two out. However the kicker lined into a double play at first base and 2 Legit 2 Quit got out of the jam. In Week 3, 2 Legit 2 Kick stay undefeated when they play Juan and the Cochinos, while Pitch Slap looks to defeat Saved by the Ball.

Bar Report

Thursday night following the games, kickballers swarmed to the bar to watch the end of the bay bridge series, engage in friendly banter, enjoy some drinks, and flip some cups! The music was blasting in the front room while teams faced on in flip cup in the back room. Later in the evening, King of the Hill took place for the second week in a row. Pitch Slap had the greatest showing, but couldn’t get a player into the finals. Instead, it was Sophie of Almo$t Cla$$y and Sheldrick from Death Row. In a heated competition, Sophie came out on top. Will somebody dethrone her next week or will she remain queen?

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On a beautiful Thursday evening in Oakland, 8 new teams are vying for the Summer 2016 Swenson Cup.  With a new season, optimism is in the air.  In a mere 10 weeks, we will find out who has the mettle to become the champion.  The red rubber ball was flying all over Mosswood Park and offense was aplenty.

2 Legit 2 Kick puts Schoolyard Bullies in detention, Wins 4-3

In the first game of the Summer 2016, a one run battle between a pair of veteran teams in 2 Legit 2 Kick and Schoolyard Bullies. In the top of the first 2 Legit had a pair of singles to lead off the game, however a pair of force outs at third base and a pop up ended that threat. The Bullies then responded in the bottom of the first with a two run double to take a 2-0 lead.  n the second, 2 Legit stopped kicking to third base and tied the game on a single and a force out at second base this time. In the third, 2 Legit took the lead with a 2 out single and a two out double. They tacked on another run in the fourth using the same method as in the third inning, but instead it was with one out. Schoolyard Bullies responded in kind with three singles to cut the deficit to 4-3. After the fourth the defenses for both teams put up goose eggs and 2 Legit 2 Kick held on to the 4-3 victory. In Week 2, 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to defeat Pitch Slap, while Schoolyard Bullies looks to defeat Juan and the Cochinos.

Almost Classy defeats Pitch Slap, 10-3

Veteran team Almost Classy pounced quickly on Pitch Slap scoring 3 runs in the first inning on multiple bunts and singles. Classy struck again in the 2nd scoring 2 runs off a late 2 out rally. Classy would score one run in the 3rd to take a 6-0 lead.  Pitch Slap wouldn’t go quietly and put together a great 3 run rally in the 4th after loading the bases with one out.  Classy struck again in the 5th scoring 4 runs off some dropped balls in the outfield and quick base running.  Pitch slap has mostly new players has some great potential when they figure things out.  Look for them to bounce back next week against another new team. In Week 2, Almost Classy looks to defeat Saved by the Ball, while Pitch Slap looks to take down 2 Legit to Kick

Juan and the Cochinos knock off Welcome to Death Row, 9-6

If you were looking for a back and forth scoring affair between two experienced teams, Juan and the Cochinos and Welcome to Death Row did not disappoint. In the top of the first, Juan’s Cochinos strung together a whole bunch of singles to plate four runs. Welcome to Death Row got their kicking legs under them plating 6 runs in the second and third using place kicking and excellent small ball. The Cochinos then scored single runs in the 3rd, 5th and 6th, while plating two in the fourth to take the lead for good. The key in the two run fourth was an triple to deep left field, which gave the Cochinos the lead. Welcome to Death Row had chances late in the game, but were unable to cash in the opportunities.  In Week 2, Juan and the Cochinos look to make it 2-0 on their season when they play Schoolyard Bullies, while Welcome to Death Row looks for a win against Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It.

Saved By the Ball defeats Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It, 7-1

After a Quarterfinal run in the Spring 2016 Swenson Cup Tournament, Saved by the Ball was back with a vengeance to start the Summer season on the right foot, by defeating Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It, 7-1. Saved by the Ball used their speed and defense to plate multiple runs and keep Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It from scoring much. The speedy outfield of Saved By the Ball made numerous catches of the highlight variety to preserve the victory.  Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It definitely had opportunities to score despite Saved by the Balls outstanding defense, but were unable to cash in. In Week 2, Saved by the Ball looks to stay undefeated when they play Almost Classy, while Hey Girl, Let’s Kick It looks to take down the inmates of Welcome to Death Row.

Bar Report
King of the Hill, music, socializing and a wedding party was at McNally’s on Thursday night after the games. While the night was pretty normal in kickball standards, ballers had a great time playing a little flip cup and dancing and singing in the front of the bar. Summer season brought back King of the Hill, which took a hiatus in the Spring. In the end Steven G. of Schoolyard Bullies took down Trent S. of Juan and the Cochinos for this Week 1 title. Wonder if the wedding party will join kickball. Check back next week to find out…

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Week 9 got underway Thursday Night at Mosswood Park and teams are trying to make the final push for tournament seeding.  Ginger Balls with a win would lock up the top seed and also would stay undefeated.  After that it gets a little murky in the standings.  Let’s get to the recaps, which also included a King of the Hill Flip Cup Tournament sponsored by Olympia.

Almost Classy walks Over Wasted Wookies in a Forfeit

Unfortunately, Wasted Wookies was unable to field enough players for a team and took the 5-0 forfeit to Almost Classy.  Both teams still were able to salvage the evening with an awesome game of kick away, cup in hand and no bunting, just like how kickball was meant to be played.  In the Week 7 games, which were postponed, Almost Classy faces off against Baby Bouncies, while Wasted Wookies looks to get back in the winning column against I’d Hit That.

Throwback Thursdaze defeats Baby Bouncies in Wild affair, 13-8

When two high powered offenses match up, sometimes a football game breaks out.  Both teams were coming off impressive wins in week 8 which was the makings of a high flying game. Throwback Thursdaze would start the run brigade first by getting 3 of their 4 first kickers on base. Throwbacks 5th-7th kickers would kick runners in with some assistance by some errant fielding by Bouncies.  When the damage was done, Thurdaze took a 4-0 kead.  A stacked Bouncy lineup responded back punished Throwback all game taking multiple base after multiple base allowing them to score 3 runs with their first 5 batters.  Bouncies shut out Throwback in the top of the 2nd then added 2 of their own after a mishandled fly to right field to take the lead 5-4 Bouncies going to the third. Throwback decided to lay the smack down in the top of the 3rd getting their first 4 batters to score with some timely bunts and a couple line drive doubles to right field. Throwback would then 5 berger the inning after some over throws to 2nd and 3rd base. Bouncies got some revenge in the bottom of the 3rd with adding 3 runs with their track and field tactics.  Unfortunately Bouncies’ “Let’s keep over running bases and see what happens” strategy got the best of them with Thursdaze running the pickle play to perfection getting some unforced outs. Thursdaze escaped with a 9-8 lead by the end of the 3rd.  Throwback knew they had to keep piling on the runs if they wanted to beat Bouncies. By taking a lot of pitches, Thursdaze seemed to wear out Bouncies pitcher who was throwing heat all game.  This strategy seemed to pay off in the top of the 4th where Throwback was able to get their first 4 kickers over the plate. In the bottom of the 4th, Throwback clamped down on defense not allowing a hit.  With all this scoring and pitch taking, the game was called in the end of the 4th because of time.  Even in just 4 innings, it was a hell of a game! Throwback Thursdaze: 13, Baby Bouncies: 8.  In the Week 7 makeup games, Throwback Thursdaze looks for a win against Krusty Krab Pizza, while Baby Bouncies looks to finish off their regular season campaign with a win against Almost Classy.

Green Grenades deep Fry Krusty Krab Pizza 11-0

Looking to increase their chances of grabbing the second seed in the upcoming GSK fall classic, Green Grenades jumped all over Krusty Krab Pizza bunting and booting their way to 11-0 victory scoring early and scoring often. The Grenades got things going right away in the top of the first loading the bases with no outs on three consecutive bunts; but could only plate two of the runs. Nice defense and pitching by the Krabs limited the damage and prevented what could have been a big inning. In the top of the second, however, the Grenades would find that big inning scoring four more to push their lead to 6-0 after two. The inning was capped off by a three home run down the right field line that was misplayed by the defense. The Krabs had a difficult time getting anything going offensively and had only a few baserunners through the first four innings, only one of which was able to get into scoring position. The Krabs failed at their only scoring opportunity and found themselves down 7-0 after five innings. Continuing to pile on, Green Grenades added four more runs in the sixth booting the ball all over the field and taking the extra base when they could. Not letting the Krabs up for air, Grenades completed a swift 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth en route to a dominant victory. In a makeup of Week 7 Green Grenades faces their toughest test as they play the undefeated Ginger Balls, while Krusty Krab Pizza hopes to end the regular season on a winning note when they face Throwback Thursdaze.

Whistle Kicks Blows by I’d Hit That, 7-2

The game between Whistle Kicks and I’d Hit That was pretty much decided in the early going.   I’d Hit That started the 1st inning out of character with no hits.  Whistle Kicks had a leadoff bunt and were able to load the bases with 2 outs.  A bloop single then scored all 3 runs giving Whistle Kicks a 3-0 lead going to the 2nd.  I’d Hit That had trouble getting their offense going, while Whistle Kicks struck again scoring 1 more run off a bunt squeeze.  I’d Hit That finally was able to strike back in the 4th with line drive and bunt sequences which plated a pair of runs, cutting the lead to 4-2.  Whistle Kicks threatened in the 4th but left a runner crossing home after the final out.  Whistle Kicks picked up 3 more runs in the 5th after some solid laser singles.  I’d Hit That threatened in the bottom of the 6th but refused to play the bunt game and Whistle Kicks sealed the victory, 7-2.  In the makeup of the Week 7 games, Whistle Kicks looks to defeat Welcome to Death Row, while I’d Hit That looks to defeat Wasted Wookies.

Ginger Balls stays Undefeated, Shuts out Welcome to Death Row, 11-0

Under the fully functional lights, Welcome to Death Row looked to end Ginger Ball’s perfect record. GB got off to a hot start, getting their first 2 runners on base with some small-ball. With runners on first and second, a cheeky bunt down the first-base line allowed the runner on second to score. With their 1-0 lead, the Gingers poured it on. After an avalanche of singles, they jumped to a 4-0 lead. Welcome to Death Row looked to narrow the deficit, but couldn’t get the clutch kick they needed. Both teams were able to hone in their pitching and defense to keep a scoreless second inning. In the third inning, a single and back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Ginger Balls. A few outfield shots later, their lead had expanded to 7-0. WDR couldn’t find an answer to the puzzling pitching of the Ginger’s pitching duo. Finding themselves down 11-0, they were able to get a runner on base, but were unable to get them into scoring position. After holding GB scoreless in the top of the fifth inning, Death Row was ready to rally back. Unfortunately, at that very moment the lights cut out drowning the game in darkness as both teams fell victim to their leisuring defensive assembly. More timely teams surely could have gotten a full six innings in, but perhaps a lesson is learned from this incident. Next week, in the makeup of the Week 7 games, Ginger Balls puts their undefeated record on the line when they play Green Grenades, while Welcome to Death Row looks for a win against Whistle Kicks.

Bar Report
Even though they lost in the field, Welcome to Death Row claimed the free bar tab at McNally’s this week through the drawing.  After the team shots and some dancing in the front room, kickballers headed to the back for the King of the Hill Tournament, sponsored by Olympia beer.  Alex P. from Wasted Wookies came in 5th and Alex Z. from Almost Classy at 4th.  The top three was all Ginger Balls and Mike S’s.  Mike Sw. finished third, with Mike Sp. coming in second to Mike Sh. who defeated Mike Sp. in a tightly contested three cup battle.  Olympia; It’s the water.

GSK Week 9

On Tuesday’s, we take the time to spotlight whose balls shined brighter than most, that week. Throw on some shades as we introduce you to our Golden Ballers of the Week.

Name: Hillary Billary

Team: Welcome to Death Row

Position on the Field: Token uterus/team cripple

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Science

Bar Drink of Choice: Old Fashioned

How long have you been playing kickball? First Season

Why did you join kickball? To have fun and drink in public

Favorite part of kickball? Shit talking on the sidelines

If you hear smack talk, it's probably Hillary

If you hear smack talk, it’s probably Hillary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You figured out why he is called OP right?

You figured out why he is called OP right?

Name: OP

Team: Purple Rain

Position on the Field: Catcher, etc.

Favorite elementary School Subject: Math

Bar Drink of Choice: The Fiat

How long have you been playing kickball? 5 years. 1.5 years in the Bay Area.  Before I played in Southern California

Why did you join kickball? The people who named me OP made me

Favorite part of kickball? Sex

GOLDEN RULE OF THE WEEK

Rules are rules and every sport has ‘em.  This week we look at pitching and it’s delivery.  Brush up on further rulebook knowledge here to make Golden State Kickball a fun time for everyone!

3.3 Pitching

3.3.1 Pitching Delivery

3.3.1.1 The pitcher must plant his foot behind the pitching mound within one foot to either side of the mound when delivering his / her pitch

3.3.1.2. The kicker must keep one foot within the kicking box prior to and during the pitch delivery.

Week 8

On Tuesday’s, we take the time to spotlight whose balls shined brighter than most, that week. Throw on some shades as we introduce you to our Golden Ballers of the Week.

Name: Veronica

Team: East Bay Ballers

Position on the Field: Beer & Cheer

Favorite Elementary School Subject: English

Bar Drink of Choice: Bourbon

How long have you been playing kickball? Physically 2 years, factor in alcohol and you can knock a year off that

Why did you join kickball? Because I heard ya’ll are degenerates like me

Favorite part of kickball? Meeting new people.  Come say hi! =)

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All smiles for GSK

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Hat and Red Cup Game

Name: Heather

Team: Captain Morgan’s Revenge

Position on the Field: 1B/SS/Pitcher

Favorite elementary School Subject: Math

Bar Drink of Choice: Moscow Mule

How long have you been playing kickball? 7 years

Why did you join kickball? Meet people in the area.  Have fun!

Favorite part of kickball? Getting the RKI’s! (and the sweet bunt when it works)

GOLDEN RULE OF THE WEEK

Rules are rules and every sport has ‘em.  This week we look at the catcher position.  Brush up on further rulebook knowledge here to make Golden State Kickball a fun time for everyone!

3.4 Catching

3.4.1 The Catcher is the only defender who may start play in foul territory

3.4.2 The Catcher may not at any time touch the kicker or obstruct their kick in anyway

3.4.3 The Catcher must always stay outside the kicking box until the ball is kicked

3.4.3.1 If the Catcher interferes with the kicker in the act of kicking or in proceeding to first base the play is dead and kicker is automatically awarded first base

Week5

On Tuesday’s, we take the time to spotlight the man and woman who’s balls shined brighter than most, that week. Throw on some shades as we introduce you to our Golden Ballers of the Week.

Name: Jo

Team: Throwback

Position on the Field: Short

Favorite Elementary School Subject: Math

Bar Drink of Choice: Beer

How long have you been playing kickball? My whole life

Why did you join kickball? Elegant Diversion

Favorite part of kickball? The witty heckling

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GSK For Realz Yo

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Yeah, my kick reached that tree easy…

Name: Steve

Team: East Bay Ballers

Position on the Field: Third Base

Favorite elementary School Subject: The Dare program, which taught me everything I needed to know about recreational drugs

Bar Drink of Choice: Bourbon

How long have you been playing kickball? 2 seasons

Why did you join kickball? Perhaps it’s our genetic predisposition to be drawn to team activities, an impulse inherited from our ancestors who functioned more closely with one another in primitive tribal societies.

Favorite part of kickball? I no longer drink alone on Thursday nights!

GOLDEN RULE OF THE WEEK

Rules are rules and every sport has ‘em.  This week we look at the interference.  Brush up on further rulebook knowledge here to make Golden State Kickball a fun time for everyone!

3.8 Interference

3.8.1 Any interference with the ball in play results in a dead ball. The play is immediately over. Any base runners in motion are allowed to advance.

3.8.2 Any person, not playing or refereeing the game, contacting the live ball or hindering the fielder results in interference.

3.8.3 Any object, that is not part of the Field (see 1.1), contacting the live ball or hindering the fielder results in interference.

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Some rare July rain did not stop the kickballers from playing Week 4 Thursday night at Mosswood Park in Oakland.  In fact, some kickballers revelled in the liquid coming from the sky.  In a humid night at Mosswood, there were two undefeated teams left and would they stay that way after the night was over?

Hitman Take Down Throwback Thursdaze

This game matched up two teams headed in two different directions. Highland Hitmen coming into this one was sitting at 3-0 and looking unbeatable through their first 3 games, while Throwback Thursdaze at 0-3 were still looking for their first win of this summer season. However, this proved to be an exciting game with Throwback Thursdaze looking to play spoiler. Hitman would have no part of that and quickly opened the scoring in the bottom of the first on excellent bunting and heads up baserunning, taking advantage of a missed fly ball in the outfield. They would again plate a run in the second to take a 3-0 lead after two frames. In the top of the third, Thursdaze would fight and  claw their way back on a big 2-out, 2-RKI rally capped off by a line drive down the right field line. Hitmen saw their lead crumble to 4-3 and Thursdaze momentarily sniffed a possible upset of the top dog in the league. That chance was all but buried in the bottom half of the frame, however, where the Hitmen answered with four of their own on excellently placed kicks and retook the lead 7-4 after three. The excitement would not stop there as Thursdaze, eager to prove their kickballing mettle answered once again with two in the top of the fourth to cut the Hitmen’s lead to 7-6. Unfortunately that would be all Thursdaze would get in this one as the Hitmen clamped down defensively to pitch a shutout the rest of the way. Hitmen would add to their score in the bottom of the fourth on the back of a 3 run homerun to right to extend their lead to 10-6. The scoring would end there with Hitmen claiming a well deserved victory 10-6. In Week 5, Highland Hitman look to stay undefeated when they play Purple Rain, while Throwback Thursdaze looks to defeat Almost Classy.

Death Row Stays Undefeated Knocking Out AfterDarc

AfterDarc was gunning for the first win of the season against the inmates of Welcome to Death Row and they come out of the gates on fire scoring a run on the top of the first.  After that Death Row locked down their defense and allow just a run the rest of the game despite multiple threats by AfterDarc.  In the 3rd inning, Aisha of WDR (on a perfectly placed bunt) manage to trip, stumble, face-plant, somersault and crawl to 1st base, which propelled Death Row to get their offense going and plating eight unanswered runs and staying undefeated in league play.  In Week 5, Welcome to Death Row tries to stay undefeated when they face off against Whistle Kicks, while AfterDarc looks to get a win against East Bay Ballers

Classy Walks Off Rolling Clones in a Thriller

Rolling Clones quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a two out rally in the first with a whole bunch of singles.  After a scoreless second with great defense played by both teams, Classy responded with 3 runs in the bottom of the third highlighted by a pair of line drive singles and a sacrifice fly.  Each teams traded runs in the fourth and then Classy was looking to close out in the sixth, however Clones was not going down without a fight.  A leadoff double and quickly, the tying run was in scoring position.  The next kicker lasered a single and with a close play at the plate, the referee signaled safe and the game was tied at 4.  Rolling Clones however was unable to take the lead, which gave Almost Classy a shot to win it in the bottom half.  With two outs Classy began their uprise.  A double and then an infield single put the winning run at second base.  The next kicker blooped one into the outfield that landed just out of the outstretched Rolling Clone defenders and Classy walked off with a 5-4 victory.  In Week 5, Almost Classy looks for a win against Throwback Thursdaze, while The Rolling Clones look to bounce back with a win against Captain Morgan’s Revenge.

Cinderella Whistle Kicks take down undefeated Captain Morgan’s Revenge

A lot of smack talk was going around last week at the bar regarding this matchup as both teams wanted to prove their hot starts were not flukes.  Whistle Kicks backed up their talk early by playing fundamental kickball; great fielding, baserunning and timely hits.  This led to an early 6-1 lead by the Kicks in the bottom of the 3rd.  Then the kickball gods got bored and decided to make the game more interesting. As the rains came down, fielding the ball became difficult to say the least.  Both teams capitalized extending the score to 11-4 in the bottom of the 6th with CMR down 7.  The lineup and field conditions looked ripe for a comeback with the Pirates scoring 4 runs, leaving the based loaded without an out, making it 11-8.  The Kicks digged deep and made some great defensive plays, but the Pirates still scored 2 more runs with 2 outs this time.  With the game winning runs on 2nd and 3rd, CMR’s luck just ran out with a final pop out to first.  A thrilling game concludes Whistle Kicks 11, Captain Morgan’s Revenge 10.  In Week 5, Whistle Kicks looks to hand Welcome to Death Row their first loss of the season, while Captain Morgan’s Revenge looks for a bounce back win against The Rolling Clones

Ballers Score Early, hang on against Purple Rain, 8-5

With a light rain coming down, Purple Rain was sure to be in their element against East Bay Ballers.  However, it was East Bay Ballers that scored early and often in the first three innings.  Picking up a single run in the first, three in the second and four in the third on some well placed kicks, Ballers were balling.  In the bottom of the fourth it was time for Purple Rain to unleash their venom with a five run mercy rule inning on some excellent place kicking.  After a scoreless fifth, Purple Rain had one last chance in the bottom of the sixth.  With runners on first and third with one out Purple Rain was unable to get the big kick that they needed to tie the game.  In Week 5, East Bay Ballers look to stay in the winning track when they face AfterDarc, while Purple Rain looks to recover with a win against a tough undefeated Highland Hitman team.

Bar Report

The bar atmosphere was alive and well Thursday night. Kickballers came to escape the rain and enjoy some beverages with their compadres. Flip Cup competition heated up in the backroom with teams determined to demonstrate their midseason form, on and off the field. King of the Hill was finally brought back. Stiff competitors and full tables led to round after round of one player being kicked off the table. At the end, five members remained: two from Almost Classy (Kayley and Talicia), two from Purple Rain (Helen and Krissy), and Trent from Highland Hitman. In the end, Trent defeated Talicia for the first King of the Hill Crown of the season. Speculators say the refs should keep a close eye on Trent in next week’s KOTH. Other players are hoping that he can become dethroned. Come to McNally’s next Thursday to find out what will happen.

Photos from Thursday Night are posted here!

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