It was another beautiful sunny day at the Grown Up Sports Adult Coed Kickball League in the Houston Heights. The match-ups this week were full of excitement, lets take a look at the days activities.
Noon Game: Camp Gladiator v. …takin names…
The first match-up of the day saw the lone undefeated teams from Week 1 squaring off against one another in a battle of wills. These teams were not unfamiliar with each other, having essentially played each other twice already in the two free preview weeks before the season. However, without ace pitcher and kickball superstar Juan Herrera, Camp Gladiator knew it needed a quick start out of the gates to take control of the game and got exactly that, taking a quick 2-0 advantage in the first inning. Having taken the lead, the Gladatorial Campers focused on playing merciless defense. After losing a protested call, CG captain Roz took on a take no prisoners demeanor, retiring the entire side of the order with diving grabs and merciless pegs that would make even Commodus stand up and applaud.
Though down, …takin names… didn’t roll over, anchored by the tenacious fielding of speedy Jonathon Brown. Keeping the lead within reach …takin names… utilized its patented small ball strategy to advance runners and even the score. Once even, neither team was able to get on base, much less score… ending the game in the first ever GUS Leagues tie.
Result: 3-3 tie
1PM Game: …takin names… v. Can I Kick It
The second half of …takin names… double header saw them face off against upstart Can I Kick It? …takin names… picked up right where it left off against CG… with outstanding defense and stellar pitching by ace Angela Dunn. Can I Kick It? found itself able to get on base, but not advance much further than that as every time runners got close, …takin names… tightened up and withstood the run. Can I Kick It? was no defensive slouch either, as first baseman, Shaun Hasty, anchored the D with his highlight reel tags, including a leaping, no look, behind the back peg to get the runner out at first. In spite of the defense, …takin names… did what it does best and found a way to score. Down 3-0, Can I Kick It? decided it was time to turn it on and mounted a late game rally. Frustrations began to show on the …takin names… team as tempers temporarily flared after a failed peg attempt. After letting in two runs, the name takers cooled their temperatures, and found a way to close out the inning and the game. Heartbreak for the second week in a row for the team in green.
Result: 3-2 …takin names…
2PM Game: Substantially Ball v. Kundi Kickers
The final game of the day saw two teams looking for their first win. Substantially Ball came to the field knowing it wanted to deliver a dominant performance after a disappointing shut out in week 1. Kundi Kickers… well, its not clear where their mind was. Kundi Kickers began this game the way it ended last weeks… with the opponents scoring runs. Quickly down 6 runs thanks to titanic kicks from Bobby Big Foot Wonish and fleet footed running by the Substantially Ball ladies, the team quickly batted through the order, each punching their ticket at home plate. As the game wore on, Substantially Ball lost player after player to injury. Brandy Scott, one injured member, reportedly said, “The 80% rule applies- if I have 80% functionality, I will kick the ball.”
Showing heroics as they fought through injuries, Brandy and Alyssa both made big plays while playing on one leg. While the Substantially Ball team showed heroics in victory, the Kundi Kickers sought to display heroism in defeat. With the team in turmoil down 14-0, Kundi Kicker team captain called the team together in a huddle rallying the troops.
“”We must die. Our business is not to make a fruitless effort to save our lives, but to choose the manner of our death.” With that, Matthew swept his foot and drew a line in the sand, asking all who would stay to play kickball to cross it and those not willing not to cross it.
With everyone confused, the Kundi Kickers mounted its final run… scoring 3 runs in the last two innings to bring the score to a respectable 16-3, and better yet… hope for the rest of the season. After the game, Kundi Kicker Sruti Patel was reportedly seen training for next week at the GUS League Happy Hour. When asked why she ate a whole pizza ($8 special!)- she replied, “Carb loading for next week. Let’s kick some kundi!”
Result: 16-3 Substantially Ball
*Note- quotes may not be verbatim (or real)
Anyway, the schedule for next week is posted. It is as follows:
Noon: Camp Gladiators (2-0-1) v. Substantially Ball (1-1)
1PM: Can I Kick It? (0-2) v. Substantially Ball (1-1)
2PM: Kundi Kickers (0-2) v. …takin names… (2-0-1)
Please remember to bring your shirts. If you need a replacement, you can buy one from us, just let us know. Look forward to seeing everyone out on the field next week!
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