School may still be out for a few more weeks of summer, but one of recess’ favorite past times is still in season.
Kickball is a game loved mostly by kids, but in recent years it has become a fun way for 20-somethings to get more active and social.
One team in Waxahachie’s summer league is also using the sport to fill its trophy case.
Runteldat (“run-tell-dat”)locked up its third straight league title with a 9-4 win Tuesday night versus Wicked.
“We’ve got a pretty strong team and we’ve won a lot of softball championships, so we thought we’d try this out,” Runteldat coach Tucker Wilson said. “A lot of us hadn’t played kickball since we were kids. But it’s more fun now because we can go meet for beers after the games.”
These two teams played a classic contest two weeks ago that saw Runteldat win 4-3 in extra innings. Wicked started the second meeting strong as it sought revenge. Kyle Osteen and Cadie Pylant led off the game with infield singles. Jeremy Newsom reached on a fielder’s choice, while the play was at second base. Osteen never stopped running and scored from second on the ground out. Two batters later, Kris Foster singled to score Newsom and give Wicked an early 2-0 lead.
Runteldat didn’t waste any time responding as Travis Heine and Leah Martinek singled to start the home half of the inning. Seth Riley drove in Heine with a groundout and Ashley Peeks plated Martinek with a single to knot the score at two through one inning.
The sneakers went silent for two innings until a questionable call took a run off the board for Wicked. An errant throw left the playing field and Foster, who hit a lead-off single in the fourth, was originally awarded home, but the field’s lone umpire reversed his call and put him on third. A pair of pop outs and a base running miscue ended Wicked’s threat.
Runteldat capitialized on the momentum and scored three times in the home half. Peeks and Cameron led off the inning by getting on base with singles. A one-out single by Jonathan Lord scored Peeks and a groundout by Jenna Dutschmann scored Cameron. Wilson singled to score Lord from second to make it 5-2.
Wicked got right back in the game in the fifth thanks to a lead-off single by Bruce Green and a one-out single by Osteen. Pylant then doubled to score both runners thanks to an incredible leap by Osteen over the throw home.
Riley showed plenty of hustle of his own in the bottom of the fifth to pad the lead. He singled and moved up on a groundout. Cameron then flew out to right field, but Riley tagged up and never slowed down as he came all the way around to score from second.
Cameron’s next boot put the game away for good. With Martinek on second and Riley on first, Cameron blasted a ball to right field between the outfielders. He never slowed down and came all the way around to score on an inside-the-park home run to all but seal the victory.
Runteldat (6-0) now has a two-game lead on Wicked (4-2) with two games to go. Since Runteldat won both meetings between the teams already, they have locked up the title.
“I’m proud to see our hard work and dedication pay off and secure our third straight kickball championship,” Wilson said trying to impersonate a World Series winning manager. “It feels good to play with class and integrity while establishing this dynasty.”
Wicked plays The Avenue (3-3) at 8 p.m. and Runteldat faces Rock Tenn (2-4) at 9 p.m. Tuesday on field 3 at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.
Registration is now open for the fall kickball and softball seasons at the sports complex. Register online by visiting www.quickscores.com/waxahachie.