Age is just a number for The Glen Gophers’ Alma Edwards, oldest competitor in the Assisted Living Division of Beanbag Baseball. With a little assistance, the 104-year old (center, left photo) aims her toss. The closest you will come to a fist pump is exhibited by the competitor in the second from left photo as he finishes a home run trip. And the question is whether Bludie Langley of the NW La. Veterans Home grabbed his cell phone (next photo) to call for a relief pitcher. “Nope, it was my daughter calling to see how I was doing,” he said. In the right photo, it’s two veterans and a princess, Bill Gibson and Bludie Langley flanking Nancy Sevier of Shreveport, 2015 Miss Louisiana in the World Classic Tourism contest. (Click photos to enlarge)
The Live Oak Rookies and Live Oak Astros traveled different roads to reach the Gold Medal Round of Assisted Living Beanbag Baseball Friday in the Northwest La. District Senior Olympics. And that’s when the fireworks began.
The Astros rolled through three games in the winner’s bracket of the double elimination tournament and then had to wait for an opponent. Knocked out in its second game in the winner’s bracket by the Waterview Wave 17-15, the Rookies waded through three games in the Comeback Bracket and then used an extra inning 23-20 victory over its Live Oak counterpart, forcing a second match for all the beans.
That’s when tournament officials stepped in and suspended play. “These teams are from the same facility,” said Tournament Co-Director Marilyn Hainey. ” They’ve played several games (from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). We will let them rest and hold the final game later at Live Oak. We will set a date and each team will be fresh and able to play their best.”
The Waterview Wave beat the 2014 champion The Glen Gophers for the bronze medal, 16-10.
In the Rookies’ win over the Astros in the Gold Medal round there was plenty of drama, mostly because of a last-ditch effort by the Astros. Down by 17-8 in the final regulation inning, Jaye Byrd got the Astros going with a three-run homer to cut the margin to 17-11. Louise Choate later recorded a bases loaded home run to make it 17-15 and Henry Ward tripled in two runs to knot the count at 17-all.
In the extra inning, a barrage of extra base hits, led by Dewey Ryder, Charlene Young, Orval Davidson, Lois Montelepre, Natalie Bethard and Roy Fish led to six runs and an eventual 23-20 victory for the Rookies.
Play was staged at Bellaire Fitness Center.
WINNERS BRACKET–Live Oak Astros d. Summerfield Estates Sluggers 17-16; The Glen Gophers d. Bloom Angels 7-5; Live Oak Rookies d. NW Veterans Home Screaming Eagles 18-15; Waterview Wave d. Azalea Estates Honeybees 18-14.
Astros d. Gophers 24-9; Wave d. Rookies 17-15.
Astros d. Waves 14-13.
COMEBACK BRACKET–Angels d. Sluggers 12-11; Screaming Eagles d. Honeybees 17-11; Rookies d. Angels 13-11; Gophers d. Screaming Eagles 13-3; Rookies d. Gophers 18-10; Rookies d. Wave 17-16.
CHAMPIONSHIP–Rookies d. Astros 23-20 (Forcing 2nd Game for title). Rookies v. Astros (play suspended)