With only two weeks left until the 34th Annual Rainball Tournament, to be held June 26-28, the men's and women's division action has kicked up another notch.
It's the half way point in the season. Rosters have solidified, field positions have been staked and the batting orders are firmly written.
Now's the time when all the teams are aiming at the division leaders. For some it's just for bragging rights, but for others it's to move to the top of the standings.
Mens C Division
Taku Oil is gushing, and undefeated at 10-0, as they greased the Parts Plus Men 18-12 and slipped past Timberwolf, 21-18. Meanwhile, Team Imperial remained standing and set up this week's showdown with the Oilers. They torqued those same Partsmen 18-0, and then hunted down the Wolf pack, 7-2.
Mens D Division
The Rounders and SE Mine Supply Miners are holding even, with a Friday match up for first place on the line. The Miners muscled past Pavitts 17-16, and laundered the Dirty Dozen, 6-1. At the same time, the Rounders knocked out the Northern Lights 7-4, and powerlifted Pavitts in a convincing 22-7 win. Northern Lights hung in the division race with a 16-8 cleansing of the Dirty Ones.
Mens E Division
Kapplers Computers remain undefeated at 10-0, as they drained the Gas N' Go tank 21-7, and then hardwired Play it Again Sports, 16-7. The Pubbers from the Island (a young team, I am informed by the only Cobra in Juneau) defeated Play it Again 26-12, and then de-constructed Home Depot 25-3 to remain only two games back of Team Mainframe. These two teams will clash on Wednesday at Dimond Park.
Mens F Division
It was a week of streaks, and they were all kept alive by the skinniest of margins. Those ACOA Mudstingers are now the proud winners of three in a row as they breached the UAS Flukes 17-16, and stung Double Ugly, 16-15. Life got Triple Ugly for the boyz last week, as they also got slapped by the Flukes 15-14, and lost a beauty contest to 10 Rightfielders, 17-14. Perseverance/ Pak's are gellin' as they parked the 10 Rightfielders 14-11, before a shattering a 14-12 loss to the Caps. The First National Caps got harpooned by the Fluke Men 22-9, but came back with eight runs in the bottom of the last inning to edge 10 Rightfielders 15-10. They still hold a two-game lead in the division.
Womens C Division
This division is a card shuffle each week. Pat's Douglas Inn is in the midst of a three-game losing streak, as they were packed up by Lynden 11-6, and then got imprinted by Alaska Litho, 17-4. There was no closing time for Imperial, though, as they rocked Sticks N Stones 18-11, and then contained Lynden, 11-3. Sticks N Stones kept pace in the division with a 17-7 clubbing of Alaska Litho. Every game keeps this division in a whirl from top to bottom.
Womens D Division
The women from the Merchants Wharf are on a five-game win streak, the latest being a 44-0 shellacking of AEG Staffing, and then in a battle for sole possession of first place, a nail biting 13-12 squeaker over Chicks with Sticks (and the Wharf team only had 8 women playing). Mendenhall Mall shoplifted the Hecla's Angel, 6-4, and then bagged the Staff from AEG, 20-9. Meanwhile, the Chicks hit the Parts Plus Ladies with their sticks 16-8, but Parts Plus came back and dynamited the Angelic Ones, 23-5.
Coed D Division
At the mid-season point, the Drunkateers are still undefeated at 7-0, but Team Miller Lite is only a game behind. This week sees both teams wanting to ring the bell. Team Miller Lite flossed Nizich Dental, 4-3. Drunkateers gorged on the SE Waffle House 17-2, and then poured it on the Wee Fishie Shoppe, 12-3. The Little Fish said enough is enough and proceeded to put a whipped topping on the Waffle Eaters, 17-5. Nizich Dental may have four losses, but three of them are by three runs or less. They won the coed tournament and could still make a run for the crown.
Coed E Division
The Hooliguns and Auke Bay Electric each have only one loss at the half way mark, and they take it to each other this week. We'll see who is still on top after the sparks flash. This week the Young (and not so young) Guns fouled GCI Party Fouls 11-2. Valley Liquor Crown Royals got velvet bagged by both GCI 15-6, and the Guns, 11-2. And Auke Bay insured that Clif Beadle's State Farm wasn't getting in the win column, 13-3.
Coed F North Division
Four teams are within two games of the lead, and each week brings a new division leader. Last week, the Killer Bees carted off Foodland 12-2, but then got stung by Brain Pain, 16-12. Meanwhile, the Pavitt Piranhas bit the Haz Gas in extra innings 18-17, and then Bartlett Too allowed the out of Gassers no room for recovery, 17-8. This week, Foodland will need all the Cisco burger fuel they can get, as they face a headbanger with Brain Pain and a frenzied Piranha attack.
Coed F South Division
Two thirds of this division have winning records, so each week can bring a bucket of surprises. Team America stands alone on the hilltop at 6-1, but three other teams are only a game or two behind. The spangled crusaders thumped the ERM Adder Ups 25-12, but Alaska Towing crept closer by disabling Off the Cuff 12-5, and then greasing Reliable Oil, 7-5. The Oilers started the week tied at the top, but also got lubed by Trusted Choice, 9-5. Trusted Choice then ransacked the Pirates, 13-4. T&H Mad Batters announced they want another shot at the Caped Ones after last week's loss, as they stretchered the Bartlett Bruisers, 13-10.
Coed G Division
Seabreeze blew away the MRT Slammers 18-14 for their sixth win in a row, but the Battalions of Terminators kept pace for a June 29 rematch, as they put away AWARE, 16-8. The Red Headed Kids slammed MRT 17-4, and AWARE irritated the Attractive Nuisance, 11-10.
Any team can be victorious any week, and that's what makes it all so exciting. It's also why we play the game.