The Dynasty Rolls on as Vandelay Grabs #6
In a morning fit to be tied to the rainy Spring 2013 kickball season, the 26th edition of the MUSA Golden Lunchbox Tournament began on time and without much consequence. Sure, McCarty Park wasn’t in the best of conditions to start the day but when the rain stopped and the clouds cleared giving way to the beautiful sunshine, only one team, Vandelay Industries stood tall above everyone else taking home their 6th, yes 6th Golden Luncbox.
Vandelay! Vandelay! … say Vandelay Industries!
Standing in their way was a Friday night division rival, Prestige Worldwide. PWW had beaten them early in the season 7-6 and gave Vandelay their only loss but solid defense and clutch kicking saw Vandealy on top 3-2. Next was Suck My Kick, a division winner out of the Thursday Mork division. Suck My Kick held it close for a few innings, but costly errors and mental mistakes cost them a 9-0 defeat and Vandelay a trip to the final four against Fall 2012 Golden Lunchbox champions Blue Balls. Blue Balls previously beat Vandelay in the Fall 2012 Championship 3-0 so you know VI was looking for some payback and payback they got. Vandelay 4 Blue Balls 1.
On to the championship against 3-time Golden Luncbox champion SuperDudes. Vandelay scored 1 run in the top of the first and wouldn’t need anymore as tough defense and very few base runners for either team saw this as a 1-0 snoozer and netting Vandelay Industries it’s 6th Golden Lunchbox. Congratulations!
SuperDudes didn’t have it all that easy either on their trip to the final because they drew powerhouse and previous Golden Lunchbox champion Recreational Hazard out of the Twin Cites league for their first game of the day. SuperDudes fell behind early on a fortuitous bounce for Rec Hazard but were able to regroup and recover to make a statement comeback and pull victory out of defeat 4-3. They then quickly dispatched NBalls & Kickin’ Mules 11-0, 3-0 respectively on their way to what might be the weirdest semi-final I’ve ever been witness to and I’ve seen a lot of them. The ‘Dudes battled division rival Red Ball & Vodka to an epic 3-2 16 inning game that saw each team down to 3 players on the field. (For those that don’t know, in the Luncbox tournament teams must take off a field player for each extra inning) Lots of good plays and lots of bad plays… but an exciting game to watch and amazing that it can be that hard to score runs with very few people on the field. Instand classic.
Thank you to all the umpires for hanging in there and helping out when I needed you. Without you, these tournaments wouldn’t run as smoothly as they do and you are appreciated more than you know.
I also want to thank all the teams for playing this year. I look forward to many more tournaments and seasons ahead.
… and now for your viewing pleasure.