Blog Note: Julie Brezeninski is the Stags softball coach and was one of the key organizers of the staff softball team. All rules for staff games are approved by her.
A great way to start of the new academic calendar year in the athletic department is with a little competition. With that being said the Fairfield University athletic department enjoyed an afternoon out on the softball field to get the competitive juices going, following the year opening department staff meeting.
After a lunch catered by Garden Catering to get going, and celebrate the Stags 2011-12 MAAC Commissioner Cup Championship, it was game time. Joe Klauder headed things up by having the numbers in a hat ready to be picked, and I got the field and rules going for the game. Biggest rule change- only one homerun per inning per team will count, the rest are outs.
Right from the start we could see it was going to be Jack Jones’ day on team Red. He was stellar on the mound holding the opposition to only two runs in the first two innings. The lone highlight was a two run bomb over the right field fence by Coach Bill Currier in the early part of the game. Jones was the Team Red run producer, launching not one but two missiles over the left field fence, as well as another double in the gap for a total of five RBI on the day.
The Red team built up a solid 12-3 lead by the 4th inning but then all the screws started to come undone. Sloppy defense by Red followed by timely hitting on the White team formed a comeback in the making. Coach Tyson Wheeler followed up Coach Kevin Conry’s homer with a three-run shot of his own, which was disallowed due to the aforementioned rule change. The White team led by Wheelers strong defense and Joey Civico display of “I don’t need a glove” mentality got them back in the game and closed the gap to 15-11 heading into the last inning.
The White team held the Red team scoreless and was again on the prowl for a comeback in their final at bat. Again, sloppy defense go the runners on early. The red team did all they could but were unable to hold off team White. In dramatic fashion the final run was scored by Coach Kelly Romano as she slid under the tag of Chris O’Connor for the final tying run. The game ended in a tie as the teams were wearing down. The unanimous MVP of the game was Jones as he led his team to a stunning tie.
It was a great way to kick-off the season – having lunch together and enjoying a great sunny summer afternoon on the diamond. It is back to the grind now, with a full slate of games for our athletic teams. I am looking forward to seeing how the coming campaign unfolds and hope to see you all out at the games soon.