Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Kicking off the year with a little softball

By Rob Senderoff
Head Men's Basketball Coach

I am proud to announce that the winning tradition continues, as the coaches/support staff came away with a 10-8 victory in the 12th annual Labor Day men’s basketball players vs. coaches/support staff softball game on Monday. We have never lost this game and are now 12-0 all-time.

It’s a great tradition for our team to play softball on Labor Day. It’s a nice way to start the year and to welcome everyone back in the fall. It also helps to get our guys’ competitive juices flowing as we get ready for preseason activities.

We had a close game last year and the players felt like this was there year to finally get a win. They scored four runs in the 1st inning, and I think got a little overconfident. We scored one in the 2nd and four in the 3rd to take a 5-4 lead.

The lead stretched to 8-4 before they cut it to 8-6 after five. We added two runs in the 6th and held a 10-8 lead entering the 9th after the players scored once in each of the two previous innings. In the 9th, we retired them 1-2-3 to claim our 12th straight win.

I was winning pitcher and Kris Brewer was losing pitcher as bragging rights remain with the coaches and support staff for another year.

Most importantly, the game is about having a good time together and serves as a way of thanking our support staff for all that they do for our program. We have a BBQ for everyone after the game, and I usually cook the food. To this date, I can proudly say that there have not been any reported cases of food poisoning as a result of my cooking.

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