The CO-ED Intramural Kickball league is ready to start off its second year summer outing! There are currently nine teams competing this year, each with clever team names and sporting a different color, as each team battles it out to be crowned kicking champions!
Unfortunately though, with only nine teams, one team will be playing in a double header each week. It looks like only one team has completely returned from the third year OD class from last year: Ball Me Maybe, which could be a potential threat.
This year appears to be super competitive, as one notable team - New Kicks On The Block - seems to have a deep lineup on their roster and can potentially give some teams a scare. Last year’s champions, Fresh Kicks, with a newly assembled team this year have only half of their players returning, so it will be interesting to witness their match up to the other teams this season.
After being in the scorching sun we had some really good match-ups played. Starting off the first game of the season was the Physician Assistant (PA) team Gray Matter. The PA team, coming off a win at the Intramural Volleyball league, came out firing on the kicking field - putting up the most runs of the night as they defeated their opponents
Team Pitch Please! is looking hot - and they were the only team to score a run in every single inning.
Team Fresh Kicks left off right where they ended last summer, as they picked up their first win of the season, thanks to Brett Igbinoba ’16OD, who hit a game-winning blast to deep center clearing the bases and earning a grand slam to take the lead late in the fifth inning.
Team New Kicks On The Block played in a double header and are living up to their team name. In their first game against We Got The Runs they jumped to an early 7-0 lead. After the end of the second inning, New Kicks On The Block were shut out for the rest of the game. In the top of the sixth inning with a 7-3 lead, Jared Scheff ’16OD hit a three-run blast to bring the game to 7-6. With a man on second base and two outs the ball was hit in the infield and the runner was thrown out at third to end the game 7-6!
In their double header New Kicks on the Block were up against the fierce Ball Me Maybe and it was truly the game of the night. The game was tight until the top of the third inning, where a few missed plays chalked up three runs for the New Kicks On The Block. Opponents Ball Me Maybe responded right back in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs of their own. The game continued to be a nail biter as they went to the bottom of the sixth and Ball Me Maybe was down by a run. With two outs and a man on third base, the ball was hit to the infield where there was going to be a play at first base.
The play was super close and could have easily gone either way, but the runner was called out, as the New Kicks On The Block won each game by just one run and hold the #1 spot going 2-0 for the season. These two teams can easily find themselves in a rematch during the playoffs and it will be interesting to witness if it does happen.
Only two teams remain undefeated as Gray Matter and Fresh Kicks picked up victories this evening!
The game of the night was truly a game to see as the hot New Kicks on the Block took on “Gray Matter. New Kicks on the Block started off early, putting up a run in the very first inning. Each team kept responding back every other inning so that by the sixth inning, it was all knotted up at four each. New Kicks on the Block took the lead in the top of the sixth, putting pressure on the PA team. In the bottom of the sixth they started with a lead-off double. The bases were then loaded with only one out. The next batter kicks a rope splitting both outfielders to bring in two runs to win the game in a walk off fashion 6-5!
Both Fresh Kicks and Ball Me Maybe put up big numbers tonight on the score board as they each shut out their opponents. With Ball Me Maybe playing in a double header, they were able to cruise on past Hit It & Bounce and then had a tight one in the second game against Cheese Balls. Cheese Balls, playing with only nine players, kept the game close until the top of the fifth inning, when Ball Me Maybe opened up the score 3-0 and then tacked on another three runs in the top of the sixth. Cheese Balls refused to go down quietly, as they made a mini rally by responding with three runs of their own, but unfortunately, it not enough to even up the score to bring it to extra innings. Picking up their first victory of the season was We Got The Runs as they scored five early runs and was enough to seal the victory.
And then there was only one as Fresh Kicks holds the #1 spot. With a change in the schedule due to rain, Gray Matter was up for a tough one as they played in a double header this week. In their first match-up against Ball Me Maybe, it was a game to watch.
Gray Matter opened up the game scoring two runs as Ball Me Maybe answered right back with two runs of their own - thanks to a blast from Michael Kelleman ’15OD - in the bottom of the inning. Gray Matter tacked on another three runs in the top of the third, which eventually was enough to seal the game, to go 3-0 on the season.
In the next game, Gray Matter matched up against Fresh Kicks for the battle for the #1 spot as each team was still undefeated. Fresh Kicks knew they were going to be up for an intense match-up and started off the game strong scoring four runs. Gray Matter was unphased as they scored a run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead down. The game was fairly tight until the top of the fourth inning, when Matthew Bryant ’14OD, hit a three-run homerun to deep right center.
In the top of the sixth inning Matthew Bryant again hit another deep blast clearing the bases for his second homerun of the evening. With Fresh Kicks tight defense they let up only one run to seal the victory. The game against Cheese Balls and We Got The Runs was super close. Cheese Balls, looking for their very first win of the season, finally came alive in the top of the sixth inning. With the score all knotted up at 0-0, Cheese Balls led off with two back-to-back singles that eventually led to four runs to open up the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, We Got The Runs tried to make a mini rally as they started off with a lead-off single. With two outs left and a runner on second base, the ball was hit in between the infielders, but the runner was thrown out at home to end the game with a shutout.
With this week being the last week for finals during the summer session a few teams were missing some key players and it was interesting to see how each team performed.
Starting us off was the game against Pitch Please! and We Got The Runs. This was our first extra-inning game of the season and it was an intense battle to the very end. As their team name implies, We Got the Runs started off the inning strong putting up three runs on the board. Pitch Please! responded back in the bottom of the first and third innings to tie the game up at three apiece.
In the bottom of the fifth, We Got The Runs turned a key double play to get out of the inning and keep the game tied. In extra innings, they put up two runs to give them a comfortable lead. Pitch Please! refused to go away quietly, as their captain started off the inning with a single with the next kicker doing the same. The next kicker hit it into the infield and a heads up play by second baseman Sean Dempsey ’16OD to tag the runner out at third, as the runner over ran the base - which would have loaded up the bases and cause a major threat.
The next kicker hit the ball into the outfield, scoring a run and we’re now only down one. The next play was hit to shallow left field as Chelsea Johnson ’16OD made the play, falling down to the end the game and help her team secure a .500 record.
Cheese Balls started off the season 0-2. During these past two weeks they have come alive, as they evened up their record 2-2 as they played against the fierce PA team, Gray Matter.
Gray Matter, coming off their tough loss last week, started the game with a two-run homerun by their clean-up kicker Matthew Butler ’15PA to deep right field. In the bottom of the first inning Cheese Balls scored three runs to answer right back, as Robbie Woodard OD’16 returned the favor with a homerun to deep right field. Cheese Balls, not wanting to give up their early lead, tacked on more runs in each of the third, fourth and fifth inning to solidify their victory.
Fresh Kicks did indeed have a very tough match up as they played in a double header against New Kicks On The Block and Ball Me Maybe. With their game against New Kicks On The Block, Fresh Kicks put up two runs apiece in both the third and fourth innings, which was eventually enough to hold the lead and pick up the victory.
In the game against Ball Me Maybe, Fresh Kicks” found themselves down in the hole early as their opponents were able to put up a run in the bottom of the second inning. The game was tight even after the fourth inning, when Fresh Kicks was able to put up two runs to take a slight one run lead. In the bottom of the sixth inning Ball Me Maybe started with a single but was unable to manufacture a run, as Fresh Kicks remained undefeated for the season!
The Athletic Committee wishes you all a wonderful break and we shall see you after orientation!
Hit It & Bounce finally got their first win of the season just before the regular season ended! The game was tight against the Misfits, as Hit It & Bounce opened up the game with a two run lead in the bottom of the second inning. Misfits responded right back in the top of the third, with two runs of their own - and then added one more run in the top of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Hit It & Bounce put up three runs on the board to take a 5-3 lead. In the last inning Misfits needed to score two runs and began to make a rally, but were only able to put up just one run to allow Hit It & Bounce to get their first victory.
Fresh Kicks ended the regular season undefeated and will try to keep the streak going into the playoffs. The New Kicks on the Block solidified the #2 slot in the playoffs as they picked up the victory against Cheese Balls in a 3-0 win tonight.