2010-07-30 / Sports

The Waldheim Report: Softball Sunday Funday Reunion Doubleheader

By Corinne Waldheim

Last Saturday the BCAC held a charity doubleheader at Memorial Field. The turnout of fans and fielders was impressive. Everyone was treated to a mix of exciting, amusing and sometimes turbulent game play.

Here is a round-up of the battle between the Ruffle Bar Raisins and Jimmy Duggan’s My Ladies, follow-ed by Connolly’s Orioles and the Marina Mud-sharks.

When I arrived, a total of 30 women were at the field ready for some softball on a scorcher of a summer day. My Ladies were led by the curmudgeonly Sean O’Connell, while the Raisins had Timmy Han-ning at the helm.

The six inning competition, tied up 1-1 in the bottom of the final inning, ended in controversy when a routine grounder tossed to third for the force out was marred by collision.

Shannon Barr actually got tripped up and without the video replay we are left to wonder: Did the Raisins win yet another battle? Could My Ladies, who had just gotten a pre-take the field pep talk/earful from Coach ’Connell, boast a respectable tie? At press the mystery sustained.

Photos by Corinne Waldheim. Photos by Corinne Waldheim. Next up, the eternal hometown rivalry between the Mudsharks and the Orioles had been re-ignited. Names like Belly, Den Den, Dr. Riota, Whalehead were emblazoned across loud orange Oriole jerseys. Chope showed his devotion to the Orioles – picking the brew team over the brawn team. Smack talk began weeks before on the event page and Sledge (a Mudshark) had indeed been found, Trooper was MIA.

The Mudsharks would have none of the birds’ antics – taking them down mightily 24-10. Everyone celebrated back at Ruffle Bar where they were treated to old Orioles footage. Thanks for the memories and I’ll raise my glass to many more reunions to create new ones!

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