Sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) was undefeated before walking into the women’s intramural kickball championship. They walked out winners again against Pi Beta Phi (Pi Phi) 7-6 in the bottom of the eighth inning with a walk-off single.
With bases loaded and no one out, Michaela Ronk kicked a fly ball towards third base. One of the Pi Phi fielders looked to make the out but dropped the ball, which allowed Anna Grill a small chance to sprint home from third to score the winning run.
“I was like, ‘well I better not mess this up.’ I didn’t realize how serious it was that we were going to win after. I kicked it in the air and was like ‘oh my gosh’, but then she dropped it,” Ronk said.
While the end result was victorious, the champions faced opposition early in the game. In the first inning, Pi Phi scored three runs over six hits, one of those hits being a two-run home run by Pi Phi team captain Maddie Johnson.
Pi Phi built up their lead again, having another inning scoring three runs through six hits. For some of the newly crowned team, their confidence dwindled by the offensive explosion early in the game by Pi Phi.
“I honestly thought we were losing from the first inning,” team captain Lauren Wick said.
To get back on top, KKG had to respond by making the most out of their at bats. In the third inning, eight batters delivered four hits that gave them four runs to shorten the lead. Gabby Rogers stood out with a triple to bring in Emily Osowski, Sarah Valtierra and Wick. Ziba Sibelius then helped bring in Rogers with a single.
The fourth inning helped even the score, as KKG scored two more runs over two hits to tie the score up at six.
According to Wick, this offensive recovery effort helped instill critical confidence when they needed it the most after being down earlier in the game.
“We were just trying to get our team pumped back up again. I didn’t think they were ready to come play today. Once we started scoring, people started to get their spirits up,” Wick said.
An offensive highlight of the game was the hit efficiency. While Pi Phi delivered 26 hits to their opponents, KKG made everything count with their 12 hits.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, KKG experienced a fluke offensive situation. With runners on first and second, Maddie McDonald hit a line drive towards Johnson, who then passed it to second base. Pi Phi’s second baseman then stepped on second and tagged the runner coming from first base, committing a triple play.
Aside from the win, this season was a new experience for the sorority in terms of competing in a new sport. Wick commented that the new experience was a positive one.
“It was really fun. We never played kickball before. We’ve played flag football and stuff, but we love kickball,” Wick said.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Wick also commented that this sport gave her and her teammates the chance to spend time together.
“It was good. I’m glad that we were able to come out and do stuff like this and see each other. It was fun to still be able to bond with sisters and get outdoors” Wick said.