March 26, 2016

Rascals, SMC Sluggers No. 2 Lead Way in Bean Bag

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 6:47 pm

The Rascals rode a sizzling performance by Rita Holloway to three wins and were joined by Springhill Medical Center Sluggers No. 2 in the winners bracket semifinal of the NW La. District Senior Olympics Bean Bag Baseball tournament at Bossier Knights of Columbus Hall.
Holloway was credited with two grand slam homers on the day as the Rascals defeated Krewe of Elders 26-10, The Diamonds #2, 22-12 and Go-Getters Too 21-8.
SMC Sluggers No. 2 kept pace, but it took some last-minute heroics for the team to stay unbeaten for the day. Facing the Silver Sluggers in a see-saw battle that saw one team grab a lead and the other bounce back, SMC used a pair of triples by Jean McEachern and Sue Wreyford to grab a 21-20 win in extra innings to make the winners bracket semifinal when play continues next Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Hall.
The Silver Sluggers had their own moment in a last-inning win over the Sometimers earlier in the day. Debra Powell had a home run with Robert Tatum on base for a 23-21 win in the bottom of the seventh inning. Play early in the day was over seven innings with later games slated for six innings.
The tournament started with a form reversal when the 2015 champion The Young Guns bowed out with back-to-back losses, 24-23 to Sometimers in an extra-inning affair and then 26-10 to Beanie Boppers in the Comeback Bracket of the double elimination tournament. Several of the players from the Young Guns’ winning roster of a year ago were unable to play this year, hampering a three-peat try.
When play resumes at 9 a.m. next Saturday, the Rascals have a date with SMC Sluggers No. 2. The loser drops into the comeback bracket where three other teams are trying to make it back to the Gold Medal game.
Bean Bag Baseball is a favorite among the sports and games offered for men and women 50-years of age and older. This is the district’s largest tournament field ever (18 teams). It is played by coed teams and is a target sport, contestants tossing bean bags 17 feet toward a board that has holes marked for foul balls, one-base, two base and three base hits and a home run. Players advance or are scored as an out depending on the hole their bean bag drops into. Tosses not going into a hole are strikes. There is no running or fielding in the game and this allows players across a wide spectrum of age to play against one anoter. In fact, the Silver Sluggers have Hugh Gates, who is a few months short of his 100th birthday, on their roster. Teams include at least nine players (with a maximum of 14) and the entire roster comes up to bat in order.

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