The Silver Sluggers were forced into a winner-take-all game in Bean Bag Baseball Tuesday, but came alive in time to stave off the charging Beanie Boppers Tuesday in the 21st NW La. District Senior Olympics.
The Sluggers, who had sailed through the double elimination tournament unbeaten, captured the title with a 23-14 victory. That came after the Boppers forced a showdown by belting a listless Sluggers’ crew, 27-12, and seemingly were on their way to the title.
It was during the Beanies’ route in the first game that the Sluggers got what might have been their saving. With her club trailing by 10-3 after two innings, Lucy Leonard leaped in front of her teammates on the Sluggers’ bench and challenged them in a fiery manner that matched her red hair. “Come on, team. Let’s act like we know how to play this game,” she shouted. Her mates immediately posted six runs, but it was too late to change the outcome of Game 1.
Leonard’s words seemed to waken the Sluggers for Game 2. They pulled out to a 10-3 edge after three innings and went on top with six runs in their final at bat, helped along when Carl Knotts delivered a two-run home run to get things rolling. The Boppers were three-up, three-down in their final at bat.
Tuesday marked the culmination of a tournament that ran through two weekends and drew 16 teams. Last Saturday, the Beanie Boppers worked their way through the loser’s backet and reached the championships in rousing fashion, beating Harry’s Crew, 36-16, in the key matchup. Harry’s Crew settled for third place and the bronze medal.
In their march through the loser’s bracket, the Beanie Boppers defeated all three of the teams representing the Springhill Medical Center. Harry’s Crew was knocked into the losers bracket by the Silver Sluggers, but not without a fight. A last inning rally fell a run short at 17-16.
Bean Bag Baseball calls for players to toss bean bags at a target with holes marked for hits or outs. There is no running or fielding and coed teams with wide ranges in age of players. The Sluggers-Boppers showdown was part of Opening Ceremonies for the 21st district games. There are numerous sports and games on tap through May 24 and those men and women 50 years of age and older may still enter. See entry forms elsewhere on this website.