On a cool and calm September evening at Mosswood Park in Oakland, the Fall 2016 Golden State Kickball season got underway. In a mere 10 weeks, there will be one team left standing after the tournament on November 12th. For now, who are the teams to beat? Green Grenades is back and looking to defend their Fall 2015 title, while Summer League Champions Schoolyard Bullies, now Wrecking Balls is looking for back to back titles. While those two teams might be the team to beat, 8 other teams are looking for the coveted Swenson Cup.
Welcome to Death Row defeats Toot It and Boot It, 4-2
A pair of veteran teams took the field on the dirt and Toot It and Boot It quickly got the scoring going in the top of the first on some aggressive baserunning. Death Row had a shot to tie the game in the bottom of the first with a runner on second and two out, but Toot It’s pitcher induced a foul out to prevent further damage. In the bottom of the second, Death Row took the lead plating a pair of runs off a double and three singles. Toot It and Boot It responded with a run to tie the game in the top of the third using aggressive baserunning and great place kicking. In the bottom half of the third, Death Row retook the lead plating a pair on some excellent place kicking. Due to time constraints, the fifth was declared the last inning. Toot It and Boot It had a chance to tie the game with the tying at the plate after a two out single, but could not get the big kick to tie the game. In Week 2, Welcome to Death Row plays Green Grenades, while Toot It and Boot It face 2 Legit 2 Kick.
Rosé Riveters drill Dad Bods in the gut, 5- 1
Two rookie teams square off in Week 1, but watching the game, you wouldn’t know it. Rosé Riveters started off with the long ball getting a 2 run homer in the bottom of the first. They wouldn’t stop there with a solo shot by the lead off and then getting another run in with some timely hitting. 4-0 Riveters in the third. Dad Bods digged deep in the fourth loading the bases and picking up a run on with a base hit. Unfortunately, a double play stopped their momentum and ended the inning. The Riveters put another insurance run in the bottom of the 4th with from a couple fielding errors. 5-1 Riveters in the fifth. Dad Bods could never recover and the game ended.. Final Score: Rosé Riveters:5, Dad Bods: 1 In Week 2, Rosé Riveters faces off against Wrecking Balls, while Dad Bods looks to get a win against Pitches Be Trippin.
Wrecking Balls defeats Almo$t Cla$$y, 10-0
Wrecking Balls started their season in mid-season form against Almost Classy, roaring out to a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a grand slam. The Wreckers added another run in the top of the second, keeping the pressure on the Cla$$y defense throughout the game. Classy struggled on offense for most of the night, and couldn’t get the clutch kick when they needed it. The Balls defense was playing as well as their offense, throwing out runners at home in two different innings. WB broke the game open in the fourth inning, keeping their focus through the OPR-induced blackout to plate five more runs. Their pitching and defense closed the game out, giving them a comfortable 10-0 win to open their season. In Week 2, Wrecking Balls plays Rosé Riveters, while Almo$t Cla$$y looks to get in the win column against Don’t Moss Wood Us.
Green Grenades sweeps 2 Legit 2 Kick legs, 2-1
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back! Two veteran powerhouses squared off in week 1 to establish position as lead dog for the start of the season. Green Grenades started out with a bang getting their first three kickers on base. Another base hit and an errant throw by the 3rd baseman allowed two runs in the bottom of the first. Spectacular defense by both teams for innings 2 through 4 concluded with multiple 3 up, 3 down innings. 2 Legit 2 Kick needed some help and the OPR gods provided some with a 15 minute black out to help them reconvene. The timeout helped with 2 Legit get back in the game having their leadoff hitter get to third and a base hit getting the run across cutting the Grenades lead to 2-1. Grenades locked down their defense in the sixth with another 3 up, 3 down shutting down the hopes for 2 Legit. Final score, Green Grenades: 2, 2 Legit 2 Kick: 1. In Week 2, Green Grenades look to defeat Welcome to Death Row, while 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to get a win against Toot It and Boot It.
Pitches Be Trippin’ defeats Don’t Moss Wood Us, 3-0
The game between Pitches Be Trippin’ and Don’t Moss Wood us was a defensive gem with very little scoring opportunities for both teams. Many lined kicks that were normally hits, found outs and “hang with ‘em” high fives from teammates. Pitches be Trippin’ was able to squeeze out a run in the bottom of the second by parlaying three singles. Don’t Moss Wood Us had trouble getting their offense going, not getting a runner past second base until the fourth inning. Meanwhile, Pitches tacked on two more in the bottom of the fourth with some excellent place kicking. In the sixth, Don’t Moss Wood Us offense woke up with two outs. Two singles later and the tying run was at the plate. The kicker bunted down third base and everyone was safe, however, the runner at third rounded the base a little too far and was tagged out to end the game, giving the win to Pitches Be Trippin’. In Week 2, Pitches Be Trippin looks to defeat Dad Bods, while Don’t Moss Wood Us faces off against Almo$t Cla$$y
Following week 1 of the games, kickballers rushed to the bar to get to know each other off the field. Teams built their rapport by chanting loudly before taking their team shots and mix and matched colors in the back room with some friendly games of flip cup. There was no King of the Hill.