After shedding some blood, an excessive amount of sweat and a few tears, the RT Chickens' 2012 softball season has drawn to a close. Last Thursday, the 9-3 Chickens left it all on the field in a single night of playoff action.
RT's first opponent, cross-street rivals Osborn & Barr, met for a sweltering 6:30 p.m. bout, dubbed the Spruce Street Series. The field had never been hotter, but luckily the bats and walkup music came just the same. It was a hard-fought game, but The Chickens advanced to the tune of a 6-3 victory.
But, there was no time for celebration as RT's next adversary, Boxing Clever, was ready to take the field. After a 7-inning display of athleticism and inebriation, the game was tied, 6-6. Boxing Clever went on to beat The Chickens 7-6 in extras.
Boxing Clever then lost 4-2 against Ninja Midgets in the championship.
"I couldn't be prouder of this team." said skipper Laura Yarbrough. "We played hard all season long, and we have the empty beer cans to prove it."
A 3rd place finish, suitable for a bucket of frosty beverages, but no champagne shower. Congrats to the reigning champs, but the RT Chickens warn them to celebrate cautiously as they look to next year.
"If we can limit the number of players who fly the coop in the offseason, and add a few spring chickens," said Chickens outfielder and pun enthusiast Tim Rodgers Jr., "we could contend for a title."
"We set the bar pretty high for next year," added Yarbrough. "I expect a cut-throat spring training."