The 18th edition of Club Sport’s annual kickball tournament, “Showdown at the Playground” did not disappoint this year! We saw 28 teams descend on Gadsden Park in Tampa on a gorgeous December Saturday. Teams set up camp and enjoyed a great day of competition and friendship. The tailgating was almost as entertaining as the play on the field! On the rec side of the tournament, most of the groups were tight with the advancing teams not decided until the final pool play game. After some intense semi-finals, the final saw “Will Kick For Beer” take a commanding lead. But down by 8 in the bottom of the final inning, “All My Pitches Love Me” staged a rally that falled short with the tying run stuck on first giving “Will Kick For Beer” the rec title. On the competitive side two powerhouses proved why they were favored and met in the finals. In the championship, it took extra innings for “Huge in Japan” to edge out “Eastbound and Down”, adding to their trophy case of multiple titles.
Also thank you to all those who gave for our raffle. We raised $200 for Moffitt Cancer Research in the memory of longtime player Luis Diego Villarejos – which Club Sport matched.
Just as fun was our famous afterparty atElmer’s Sports Cafe. Our kickballers relived the day’s glory and broke out many a flip cup game while polishing off numerous kegs of Miller Lite. Thanks to our other sponsors MOR, Blue Moon, and Southern Comfort. Hope to see everyone for the 19th edition in 2016.