The weather was perfect for another Saturday of action in the Grown Up Sports Saturday Adult Coed Kickball League in the Houston Heights.
With the onset of spring all our players came a’flocking outdoors with the mean green team, Can I Kick It?, showing up in full force to face off against the always feisty true blue crew, Substantially Ball. Can I Kick It started off strong with a first inning run that would set them up for the rest of the game. There’s something about the 12 a clock game that requires a little while for people to warm up. I’m certain the lively officiating of the stand in ref helped arouse both sides. Substantially Ball’s Rachel was overheard stating “I love the energy you’re bringing to the game. Please add a little more umph.” Noted! CIKI’s Johnny Walker must have over heard that umph comment, because he added a little try to that umph (get it?) in the bottom of the 6th, slamming a high ball into the stratosphere and turning on the afterburners, almost swallowing up teammate Elizabeth while barely dodging a body shot and successfully completing a two-run homerun putting CIKI up 4-2. Johnny is a preseason shoe-in for first ballot all-star in the upcoming Grown Up Sports Adult Coed Dodgeball league. To think, he wouldn’t even have the most elusive maneuver of the afternoon. SB still had some fight in them as Ross sealed off the top of the 7th and final inning with a big time catch immediately following CIKI’s Phillip Castleberry initiating his signature pop-off-pants move which is always a crowd pleaser. Heading into the bottom of the 7th, SB’s Brandi very succinctly told her team, “This is where champions are made. This is where we filll our stands. This is where we do work.” Ross tapped into that energy with a big score for SB keeping their hopes alive, but alas, CIKI pulled off the victory almost as smoothly as Phillip pulled off his pants.
Can I Kick It? wins 7-2
…takin names… v. Camp Gladiators This is what you’ve been waiting for ain’t it? Lets get reacquainted. I believe the hype was bubbling under the surface for this game for weeks. Facebook taunting. Schedule requests. Scouting reports. Finally the day was here. Camp Gladiators v. …Takin Names…, the current two top dogs in the league squaring off in a mid season rivalry match. This was actually one of the crispest kickball games I’ve ever witnessed with a whole midsection of 3-up, 3-down innings going both ways, which made an early 3 run triple batted in by TN’s Mitch Mac all the more impactful to the final score. Shamus, CG’s new addition at shortshop, wrapped up almost everything. TN’s superstar rover John Brown fielded everything within 20 feet as we’ve come to expect. However, CG had a secret weapon they may want to tap into in the future; break out superstar, Eric Maddox. He started off the play in question with a Babe Ruth prediction. “I’m going to kick a homerun. It’s that easy right?” We chuckled and he kicked a single. Or so we thought.
That was Eric between first and second base on what would have otherwise been a routine single, but even more so a routine out for risking a play for the double with star defender, Justin Iglehart, holding the ball raring to peg Eric. 15 seconds and one scissor kick later, Eric was through home plate and back to managing the roster for CG. What a guy. Nevertheless, …takin names… took names.
…takin names… wins 6-2.
All I remember was the Kundi Kickers provided the tunes (the Backstreet Boys) and …takin names.. provided the dancing. That’s really all you need to know.
The KK’s (woah, only 2 K’s) started off strong with Sruti driving in their first run on the bottom of the third. …taking names… was taking notice as Mitchell opened up the the 4th inning by escorting John “The Jet” Brown home. We had to double check the score because John so nonchalantly strutted through the plate that we were inclined to add team points AND style points. Continuing on, Angela “The Quiet Storm” Dunn, finessed in a single that drove in Joy and Justin, putting …takin names… up 4-1. Kundi Kickers opened up the 5th with newbie, Arun, showing amazing proficiency kicking his 3rd consecutive ball immediately in the hole between the second base and center field, driving Nibin in and tightening the gap. The 6th inning brought our 3rd contestant for GUS play-o’-the-day with TN’s Jessica performing a texas two-step on the first base line and completing an in-the-park homerun. She’s a swift one. The Kicker’s would get a needed boost in the final inning with Joe “Jeruvicius” driving in 2, bringing the game to 7-4 and rallying a little fire amongst his teammates. In the end it wasn’t enough. After the loss, the Kundi Kickers regrouped by completely switching sports to football and eating copious amounts of jello.
…takin names… wins 7-4
The weather looks great for this Saturday. Can’t wait to do it all again!
That being said, Distillery 2520 will no longer use their kitchen for food so ix-knay on the ood-fay ecials-spay. DRINK SPECIALS STILL REIGN SUPREME. However, there will be assorted outdoorsy meals (bbq, crawfish) and food trucks out and I must say that’s a perfectly swell trade off.