Waldheim Report On Softball
Merriam-Webster defines the word coach: one who instructs players in the fundamentals of a competitive sport and directs team strategy. Somehow I think Bobby Knight missed the point.
I spent last weekend visiting a friend in Indianapolis, when maybe I should have taken a detour over to Bloomington. Someone has to tell Hoosier coach Bobby Knight to take a hike. I mean Myles Brand won’t do it. I am sure I few students had something to say as they did in 1988 when Knight told Connie Chung in an interview, "if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it."
So the man has recorded 700 career victories and is revered among college basketball circles. Knight revolts me. Please remember that a coach is a role model, a mentor. A skipper like Joe Lapchick, who coached St. Johns and the New York Knicks in the 40’s and 50’s, could have taught Knight a thing or two about sportsmanship. His son Richard is an activist against violence in sports. While in 1993, Knight kicked his player/son Patrick during a game because he was unhappy with him. Go team!
I guess I should get off my soap box now that the decision has come down to give Knight a three-game suspension and a fine of $30,000 for choking a player during a practice. Funny Latrell Sprewell lost about $6 million for choking his coach. I ask what’s the difference?
Well now that I have vented, let’s get back to softball. Note: All data is from player reports and at times written verbatim.
The Big Dogs split with the Muggers. The Muggers won the first 16-4 but then the Dogs took the second in "dramatic fashion 7-6." In the second game, Frosty blasted a three-run homer in the top of the fifth. The Big Dogs infield led by Angel and Frosty came up big in the final two innings. New addition Tony provided the team with some clutch hitting.
The Cardinals took two from the Brewers, 5-2 and 4–3. The late game went extra innings. "The scores could have been worse, but Fish was unable to cashen on some opportunities," said Seany Ahern.
The Roundballs took two from Blackwater Old Head, 8-2 and 10-0. For the day Bobby Regan was 5-6, Egghead was 6-6, and Mike Markle was 5-5. Markle was also key defensively as he filled in on the
mound, pitching both games. Markle struck out six on the day.
The Orioles were swept by the Assassins, 11-0 and 12-0 (mercy, a couple of people reported 13-0). We are looking forward to playing the Mudsharks this weekend," said Danny Arroyo. He continued, "I just want to remind other teams that we except criticism and will take on any challenge on any giving Sunday."
Chanalana blamed the "grueling, hard-fought battles" on O'Neil's sleep deprivation.
Assassin pitcher Harold "Pedro" Hicks has one earned run in 26 innings (ERA .27).
"Our defense is what is keeping us hopeful for the rest of the season," said Angel. He went on but I will leave that argument for the website.
Hot bats came from Bryan Sohl, Rob, Danny J, and Hammer (Ritz). Sang, Angel, and Rob turned three double plays, totaling seven for the season.
The Mudsharks have been hit hard early this year. The sharks split this weekend, winning the first 12-3 and lost the second 9-8. Several injuries in the second game will leave the team a little weary in the coming weeks. Missing in action were Scott, Sledge, Kenny and Gene M.
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