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2018 Underway

The 2018 SFRC softball season was delayed by one week due to “poor field conditions” as determined by the official Senior Manager of Southwest District Field Conditions.  That may have been for the best as it has enabled the Skyline Fighting Red C’s to play on May 24, 2018.  Note: We were not able to have official tryouts this year as some of the SFRC faithful remember fondly.  “Cut two on this!”  “Let’s throw over to one!”  “You have to stay down on that ball!”  (get your glove dirty too).

When the season did kick off, we saw the typical SFRC weather.  Mrs. H for three straight weeks.  The good guys have started the season off 2-4.  Do not let that record discourage you.  2018 has started off as a record setting year for the quote page.

WEEK 01 was at SFRCMP (A/B).  By far the best fields in the state.  SFRC Memorial Park is consistently ranked as a Top 5 field Nationally and a Top 2 field in the Midwest.

Game 1 resulted in a 6-16 loss to IDK.

Game 2 went the say of the LEADERS with a solid 16-14 win.  Kenny may or may not have gone deep (and hit a HR too).  Since the rules state you do not have to run the bases on a HR, Kenny decided to take his glory midway between home and first base.  Apparently pulling a hip muscle, but the celebration was effective.  Nice work 2-7.  I’m in for new material.

There was a strong showing by dedicated fans Patsy and guest.  She may have been without her red horn, but contributed in countless other ways (see quote page).  There were not just one or two solid quotes.  It takes more than attendance to be voted “FAN OF THE YEAR.”  It takes participation, energy and a five minute “hit record” run that only Lars and potentially Kenny was capable of challenging.  Ladies and gentleman, we have an early candidate for “FAN OF THE YEAR!”

Week 02 had the LEADERS playing on Alimagnet A for two games.  One of only three weeks the team bus was not needed between games.  We were able to a Leadership Development Program virgin to help us out on this pleasant evening.  We were missing a couple of LEADERS including Kenny and Potter and Matty due to injury and travel.  Not only do we miss their playing ability, we certainly miss the quotes.

The downside of Week 02 games is that we have one less week to play softball in the summer.  The good news is that the anticipation and anxious energy built up over eight plus months of cold has quickly transformed into routine.  “It’s a good night for two!”

Game 1  vs. Muddy Chicken ended in a 6-10 loss for the LEADERS.  Ol’ 3-5 had to manage right field as our very own #3 was unavailable.  That always brings interesting results.  Final Score:  SFRC 6 – Muddy Chicken 10.

Game 2 vs. Klamms Scrappers was humbling.  The LEADERS took it on the chin.   We lost the game 9-18 too.  Final Score:  SFRC 9 – Klamms Scrappers 18.

In a night it felt like the SFRC could go 2-0, we ended 0-2.  All was not lost, as the quote page grew throughout the evening.  Because we didn’t travel from Alimagnet A, we stayed to discuss the hottest of life’s topics on the third base line.  In other words, not the location of Lars “I ought to come down here and run my doodle” quote,  nor the location of the “Sans turns 50” celebration including meat trays and cupcakes.

Week 03 Required the SFRC to dig into the Rolodex of candidates for our Leadership Development Program.  We had solid help from Marky Mark, Robert and Gavin.  The wind was mighty on Lac Lavon A and B.  That helped the pitching hand of Gavin and his knuckleballs.

Game 1 vs. T-Ball was Full brought the best the SFRC had to offer.  The first four batters (C-20, Pete, 35, Kenny) reached and two runs were on the board.  The floodgates opened in the second with all 12 LEADERS batting on the way to six runs.  The third inning produced three more runs.  The four inning notched another three runs including a wind-aided HR by 35 (note, said batter completely forgot to yell about a sore hip).  The LEADERS continued to do what we do which add more hits and more runs.  Before the game was called due to time, the SFRC had plated an additional six runs.  Final Score:  SFRC 20 – Tee Ball was Full 8.

Game 2 vs. Apple Valley Legion was a back and forth game.  After shutting down the opposition to start the game, the SFRC picked up where they left off and scored seven, including a HR by Gavin.  The second inning showed the kink in the LEADERS armor as we gave up four runs and couldn’t produce any runs at the plate.  The game was close throughout and in the end, the SFRC simply didn’t have enough.  Final Score: Apple Valley Legion 18 – SFRC 15

It feels good to be playing softball again.  We are 3-3 on the beer holder, meaning everyone has a spot for their canned water.

Finally, and as a reminder, while it wasn’t fun to miss out on the start of the season.  That late snowfall has gifted us two games TONIGHT!  WE’RE READY, RED!!

Opening Night – 2017

April 27, 2017…Opening night for the SFRC leaders.  Last week was nearing 70, today into tonight (first pitch at 8:00pm) should feel like 32’ish degrees.  Not ideal, but we will play as leaders do.  We have been moved up a level due to winning several one run games in 2016.  The SFRC are coming off an interesting and educational season of “Arena Softball.”

2017…GIDDY UP!   We’re ready Red

Catch Up in Pursuit of 3rd Place

No RainThe author admits fault in a lack of updates.  Life happens.  You know what else happens?  The SFRC don’t stop playing.  The SFRC don’t stop competing.  The quotes don’t stop getting logged.  A few highlights over the past few weeks as life has happened….

  • Down 1 in the top of the 7th, Lars hit a rope down the left field line (where else?) to score two…SFRC wins by one
  • Pauly caught fire and went on a spree of doubles
  • Sans watched a game without cold beverages…in the rain
  • Kurty stepped in as only a true leader can to help a squad go
  • The SFRC has lost two and tied one – PURSUIT OF THIRD PLACE STILL IN PLAY
  • 35 closed his eyes on an evening at Alimagnet B and hit 4 HRs in an evening
  • The forecast called for 100% chance of precipitation, but we needed sunglasses to start the game
  • The beverages have remained cold
  • C20 got engaged (I feel bad about this one – this deserved it’s own post)
  • New bats arrived to the dugout of the SFRC – leaders
  • Matty hit a HR and it wasn’t for an out (he has owned some bad luck)
  • The SFRC had a mid-season processed food cool down
  • The SFRC beat a team of mostly experienced subs that could not be happy they lost
  • The ump at LL F fell victim to the shats and only the blue sauna was around…and occupied
  • The SFRC played with nine leaders (unusual)
  • Quotes – I cannot stress this enough
  • A few leaders have seen Friday before their wives / houses

For those that don’t believe in the “SFRC are meant to play” theory, two pictures of the evening with 100% chance of precipitation:

Weather leaving (facing East) at 7:45pm on the left and weather coming (facing West) on the right at 7:45pm, whilst the SFRC started at 8pm:

Weather leaving

Weather coming








35 HR

Good Night

Mid season processed food

Krull big wiener

Half-way, 50%, 12 down / 12 to go

It’s difficult to believe we are halfway through the 2016 SFRC Leadership Development Consortium.  We have seen some real progress in the Leaders of this ship.  At the midyear point, the SFRC are batting a combined 0.555 BA with an 0.814 Slugging percentage.  That is 259 combined hits in 467 official At-Bats.  Solid.  The Leaders have hit 23 balls over the fence (three for outs) in 12 games.  More than 26% of Leadership hits go for extra bases.  That is due to unrivaled speed and power.

Game 1:  Burnsville Braves vs. SFRC

There was no lack of hits on this gorgeous night for two.  The Burnsville Braves buckled at the knees a few weeks ago in a 29-6 stomping by the SFRC.  They had no plans to go as quietly this time around.  The Braves present in their new yellow t-shirts came out swinging, and hitting well too.  They plated four in the first, one in the second and then pushed three or four each inning after.  The SFRC were in no mood to let their spirits down.  35 was able to close his eyes and hit a 301 foot foul ball and then answered the one strike count with a 301 foot homerun down the left-field line.  Pub Krull was also able to launch a ball into the teeth of the wind, taking more steps then we are used to seeing before heading to the dugout with a homerun under his belt (and a ball hit over the fence).  We were unable to push any runs across in the second or sixth inning (last due to time), but we were able to push two, five, six and EIGHT in the other four innings.  Taking a seven run lead into the bottom of the last inning, the SFRC were able to hold tough.  Four runs crossed, but that was not enough as Pete squeezed the last ball of the game in left to seal the win.

There is good news and bad news to Krull hitting a couple of spots down in the order.  The bad news is for Krull’s at-bats.  The good news is there tends to be more video available.  Here we see Pub Krull’s range at second base.

Kenny improved his team leading batting average by going 4-4 with two triples and two singles.  Brain sprayed the ball all over the park, also going 4-4.  All 11 Leaders reached base AT LEAST twice in the 6pm tilt.  That is unofficially only the third time that has happened.  Sans pitched a masterpiece of a game allowing the Burnsville Braves to bend, but not break the SFRC.

Final Score:  Burnsville Braves 18 – SFRC 21

Game 2:  SFRC vs. ShantyTown Thunder Sticks

The ShantyTown Thunder Sticks look like a squad to be reckoned with.  They have some nice players that can hit the ball and field well.  They tend to suffer, at times, from inconsistency.  Both teams pushed two across the dish in the first inning and followed that up with a goose egg in the second.  In the third inning C20 started with the SFRC with a single.  After two meaningless outs, Kenny and CHill both walked, loading the bases for Pub Krull, aka “the artist.”  Why “the artist?”  There may not be another player on the planet who can enjoy the site of a ball in the air more than Pub Krull.  Love it.  Here is what “the artist” did with the bases loaded and two outs (just sat back to take it all in, and watch his bases clearing single).

You don’t see a bases clearing single too often, so when it is there, we all enjoyed watching.  Here’s to 3-6, with the first ever recorded bases clearing single.  The SFRC went on a run scoring three, four and four in the third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Brain locked down third with a number of nice places and Kurty transitioned well from catcher to third.  The outfield made the necessary plays to lock down the win.

Final Score:  SFRC 14 – ShantyTown Thunder Sticks 8

At the risk of stirring up the Mosquito Gods, we are half-way through the season and have not had to break out the Deet sweater.  Solid.

A Friend of Mine Does It with a Lamb

There were countless options to title the recap from June 2, 2016.  In the running:

  • “Second walk-off win in two weeks.”
  • “10 feet, right Red?  Is not always appreciated.”
  • “Playing for third place.”
  • “Mid-season cookout at south beach.”
  • “Mrs. H and Mother Nature’s wishes.”

The fact is, the title of this recap was a direct quote that simply explains why you can never leave softball too early.  You just don’t know what you could miss.  Frankly, this is a top 10 quote of all time.  More impressively, Lars wasn’t involved (in the quote, not the lamb).

Game 1:  SFRC vs. Turd Burglers

Runs were abundant by both teams as there was no lack of hitting.  The sun was out which made fielding on the right side of the field an adventure.  Potter held tough, fighting off the closest star to earth in right field making multiple catches.

The SFRC was down early, 4-2 and 6-3 before pushing eight runs in the top of the 3rd to take an 11-6 lead.  Turd Burglers did not give up and answered with five runs in the bottom of the 4th and pushed a few in the bottom of the last inning (6th due to time) to tie the game.  Whilst the SFRC bent, they did not break.  They easily could have given up and let the game go.  Pete was 4-4 and Kenny was 3-3.  Matty somehow found bad luck and hit a HR for an out.  35 found lightning in a bottle and capitalized on a long ball.  I’m not sure Turd Burglers liked the “10 feet, right Red” comment on the prior pitch, or the lack of hustle by 35 out of the box.

Final Score:  Turd Burglers 16 – SFRC 16

Game 2:  SFRC vs. Below Zero

Below Zero is unique.  They are unique because, individually, they are decent players that can field and hit.  Collectively, they drop down a notch or two.  Perhaps it is just the pressure of the Burnsville D/E Rec league.  As the SFRC switched fields, the sun went directly into the eyes of the Leaders on the left side of the field.  The game was back and forth and the SFRC found themselves in the unusual position of trailing by one going into the bottom of the last inning.  San, ever the LEADER, barked out “we need two to win.”  With inspiration in our ears, 35 found a hole between someone’s legs, and reached on an error.  Kenny flew out to deep right-center.  CHILL  walked to push the tying run to second and winning run on first.  Pub Krull approached the dish with confidence in his eyes.  He roped a line drive to left-center.  The fielder took a step in and then his eyes grew to the size of a Frisbee, whilst 35 could not hear his voice, I could read his mind….”OH CRAP!”  The ball flew over his head.  Both runners scored and Krull ended up with a game-winning triple.  This was the second walk-off win for the SFRC Leaders.

Final Score:  SFRC 17 – Below Zero 16

After the game, we nestled into Lac Lavon South Beach for some processed food.  Processed food and cold beverages inspired an all time quote.  Whilst discussing methods of roasting a swine, we heard, “I have a friend that does it with a lamb.”  Names don’t accompany quotes on the quote page, but it is worth mentioning, Lars is still out of town.