Co-Rec Kickball Fall 2011

Anything But Good

Back Row: Erik Osvold,  John Flahive, Mark Foreman, Derek Healy
Front Row: Kasey Reynolds, Tara Reynolds, Kimberly Jackson, Krysten Moore

 

Championship Game Summary
Anything But Good 20, D.J. Fish 10

Inning

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

Anything But Good

3

1

4

2

4

3

0

0

3

0

20

D.J. Fish

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

6

0

10

In its second year as an activity, the co-rec kickball championship was a rematch of sorts between the 5-1 Anything But Good versus the 4-1 D.J. Fish. During the regular season, Fish’s only loss was a forfeit, and ABG’s only loss was a 4-3 nailbiter to Fish.

In the first inning of this epic championship, ABG’s Erik Osvold nailed a 2-run homer to rightfield to bring home Mark Foreman, who reached base with a single. After Kasey Reynolds ripped a triple to centerfield, she was brought in by John Flahive’s single. A great defensive double play executed single handedly by Fish captain Justin Handerhan ended ABG's threat in the top of the first. D.J. Fish was quick to respond with Ryan Verrette getting a quick hit to first, Emily Vartebedian smashing a double to left, and Josh Abrams rocketing a double to far right for two RBIs. Christina Kollisch’s single later brought in Abrams to end the first inning tied @ 3.
Both teams exhibited great defense in the second inning. Foreman’s aggressive baserunning and slide into second was spectacular, but Fish’s Ricky “Trick J” Flynn’s diving snag and throw into the infield was truly sensational. Reynolds's single later brought Foreman home. With pop outs and foul balls, D.J. couldn’t get the party started in the second inning. ABC led 4-3.

In the third inning it became clear that ABG’s superior kicking ability was going to be indefensible. If Fish’s fielders played too close, the kickers could rocket the ball over their heads and even to the light posts to score a homerun. If the fielders played out too far, the clever ABG kickers dropped the ball into the open holes. There was nothing Fish could do as Foreman’s monster 3-run homer that hit the light post and Osvold’s solo homerun gave ABG another 4 points for the inning, extending the lead to 8-3. The middle innings were more of the same: ABG’s ability to pound the ball extended their lead, and D.J. Fish floundered with pop outs and poor baserunning. The ball was literally warped due to the impact of ABG’s feet colliding with it at such high forces. Bulges in the ball made every pitch guaranteed to have at least a little bit of bounce in it, which resulted in more hitting and tricky defense for both teams.

D.J. Fish made a huge stand in the ninth inning which proved fruitful but ultimately unsuccessful. Captain Handerhan got the rally started with a four-base effort off of a fielding error. Singles from  Sara Silverman, Arianna Burke, Verrette, Vartebedian, as well as a double from Abrams, gave the Fish a legitimate chance at a comeback. With a beautiful slide into second base, Jared Raymond brought home Abrams to cut the lead to 20-10. The outstanding efforts from Fish were short-lived, however, as a nicely-executed double play ended the rally.

This game was a lot closer than the boxscore would indicate. Both teams played phenomenal kickball with smart fielding and great kicking. In the end, Anything But Good was quite the opposite of their team name and bested D.J. Fish 20-10.

D. J. Fish

Alphabetical: John Abrams, Arianna Burke, Ricky Flynn, Justin Handerhan, Christina Kollisch, Jared Raymond, Sara Silverman, Emily Vartabedian, Ryan Verette