Geneva Strain (right in first photo) and Marilyn Haynie of Harry’s Friends talk strategy in Open Beanbag Baseball. In the right photo, Linda Brangham of Go Getters Also (left) and Jeri Lancaster of Go Getters’ No. 1 team, square off before the teams’ intense “family squabble” in the Comeback Bracket. In center photos, Mike Rose (left) and Kenny Birch (right) of Marian Council Knights of Columbus reach high and let the beanbags fly. Click on photos to enlarge.
Harry’s Friends moved through the Winners’ Bracket of the NW District Beanbag Baseball tournament and is assured of at least a Silver Medal when the competition concludes April 11.
The all-winning team awaits a challenger to emerge from four teams fighting to advance through the Comeback Bracket in the double elimination event, either Go Getters Also, the Sometimers, The Elders or the 2014 champion, the Young Guns.
Harry’s Friends is a team made up of acquaintances of the late Harry Strain, longtime member of the District Screening Committee who passed away late last year.
In the battle in the Comeback Bracket, Go Getters Also will face Sometimers and the Elders will battle the Young Guns at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bossier City.
It wasn’t a cakewalk for Harry’s Friends. They opened by beating the Silver Sluggers and then Go Getters No. 1 in intense struggles. After that, they sent first The Elders and then the Young Guns to the Comeback Bracket and hold a 4-0 record.
Speaking of intense battles, the match between Go Getters and Go Getters Also topped the day. It was replete with cheering section tit for tat and long, loud responses to important plays. But as always, the players from either side had handshakes from the opposition after extra base hits.
Harry’s Friends includes Twyla Bartlett, Bennie Davison, Denise and Matt Laenger, Betty Hustead, Dick and Marilyn Hainey, Joann Smith, Red Fletcher, Kay Staples and team captain Geneva Strain.