Archive for October 2009

Urban Tribe Season Ends with a Bang

October 28, 2009

The Chicago Urban Tribe finished their season with a big win over Emmit’s last week plating a season high 29 runs on 34 hits. They ended strong with a record of 5-2 and a third place finish. The final game was a bit of a massacre with just too much to record for a complete post. Instead, the team sat around the bar at Union Park and came up with the following Top 10 Moments from last week’s game.

Top 10 Moments from the Game

  • 10  Lindsay was a net in the field catching everything hit her way
  • 9    Architect hits for the cycle
  • 8    Gabby brings the baby that doesn’t blink
  • 7   Joggler’s base running gaff where he got flopped on the ground & put out at 3rd
  • 6    Margaret’s “blazing” speed around the bases
  • 5    Brewmaster’s line shot that hits the pitcher in the gut
  • 4    Jim Gould swinging & missing to strike out
  • 3    Christine catching the final out
  • 2    Ryan going 5 for 5 with 5 runs scored
  • 1    John Kelly diving grab in center field

Of course, the number one moment of this game & possibly the entire season…

*** Ditka hurdling the ball to make it safely into third  ***

Congratulations to everyone for a great season! Check out this page for a complete wrap-up of the season’s stats. John Kelly wins the batting race with an average of .813

But now is the time to forget about the regular season. This is crunch time. The playoffs! It is time for the Urban Tribe to finally ascend the ranks to become the rightful owners of the title, The Greatest Kickball Team in the History of the League.

Are you ready!! Let’s do it.

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Urban Tribe Trounces the Emmit Otter Jug Band

October 7, 2009

CHICAGO – Three runs in the first inning.

Six runs in the fourth.

Five more in the sixth.

The Urban Tribe (3-1) rounded the bases at a dizzying pace and achieved their second slaughter rule defeat with a 16 – 3 rout of Emmits (2-2).

“This is something freaky. You won’t see anything like this again for a long, long time. I am glad I was on this end of it,” said John Kelly, who kicked one of two UT home runs in the game.

With the score tied at 0-0, the Urban Tribe couldn’t be stopped. Each member of the team finally gelled at the same time.

“It was great to perform so well in front of our fans,” bench coach Joggler said. A record attendance was set with over 6 fans watching the UT dominate.

It was the ninth time a major kickball league team scored 16 runs, and the first since the Chicago Colts set the league mark in a 36-7 rout of Louisville on June 29, 1897, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“It was AMAZING in capital letters,” said Lindsay, who had two hits and three RBIs after being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma earlier this season.

Hours after announcing general manager Denim would return for the 2010 season, the Urban Tribe handed out the second most lopsided spanking in franchise history and set a team record for runs scored in two games (34).

The UT had not broken the 15 run barrier in any of their previous nine games.

“I knew we’d get the legs going, but I never expected anything like this,” Gould said. “When the faucet is on, you want it to stay on. You never want to cut it off.”

The Urban Tribe set a team record for hits in an early October game with 23.

“You don’t want to be the one to make the out. You feel like you have to get a hit every time up,” Ditka said, who had 2 runs scored with a double and an RBI.

Christine and Melissa, the bottom two girl kickers in the UT’s lineup, each had two hits and scored two runs.

“That was ridiculous. I have never been in anything like that in my life,” said Melissa, who went 2-for-3 raising her kicking average over 200 points!
Ryan & Architect had four of the UT’s 23 hits, the most by a major kickball team since Milwaukee had 31 in a 22-2 victory over Toronto on Aug. 28, 1992, according to ESPN sports.

The Urban Tribe had 39 at-bats, tying the record for a six-inning game set by Milwaukee in its 1992 rout of Toronto.

The UT added twenty five points to their team batting average, raising it to .582 on the season. They finished with more runs than outs made (18).

They could’ve finished with one more but Brewmaster was pegged in the foot at home. “I still can’t believe that ball beat me to the plate,” said Brewmaster who was winded by the sprint from first base.

Emmits went from 3rd in the league with a 5.44 ERA to 6th at 9.30.

Asked how to handle such a devastating defeat, Emmit’s pitcher replied, “You have a real short memory and you let it go.”

Joggler (3-1) allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings. He managed to set a kickball league record by downing his third opponent with a strikeout looking. He is 3-1 in four starts since the Urban Tribe acquired him from Boston on July 31.

Even with the one-sided score, there was a save. John Kelly earned his second career save and first this season by pitching a scoreless inning.

As good as the offense was, the defense might have even been better. The UT was snagging line drives like they were wearing flypaper. Marathon running Melissa took a smash right at her hands and held on despite the wicked speed. Gabby also was unstoppable at short and Christy just missed doubling up a sliding Emmit player at second base. Architect made a diving grab and Ryan let nothing get past him in center. He even took a low blow which made him glad he wears a cup in kickball.

This week’s game is at 8 pm as the Urban Tribe tries to continue their winning ways against the only remaining undefeated team in the league.

“If we play like we did today,” said Ryan, “there’s no way anyone can beat us.”