Different opponent, same outcome

Ken Partridge
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It was a different team facing them across the diamond this year, but...

It was a different team facing them across the diamond this year, but the outcome was the same as Sameday recorded yet another Burnside Slow-pitch championship.

Bud Light and ReMax, Sameday's opponents from the last two years, fell earlier in the playoffs, allowing Bird Stairs to make its first appearance in the final.

It was a good matchup, with both teams able to take the ball deep almost at will. Bird Stairs jumped out to the early lead, scoring seven unanswered runs by the midway point of the second inning.

Sameday began its comeback with four runs in the bottom of the second and another five in the fourth. Meanwhile, Bird Stairs offence seemed to dry up with zero scores in the third, fourth and fifth. They didn't get back on the board till they scored two in the sixth, by which time Sameday was already ahead 11-7. Sameday then proceeded to add another four runs in their half of the sixth to take a 15-9 edge into the final inning.

Bird Stairs mounted a last ditch effort, forcing five runs across the plate with two out, but they couldn't get the tying run across.


Sameday's Future Uncertain

However, the chances of Sameday repeating again next year are murky at best right now. Team members have voiced reservations about whether or not they will return in 2013.

In fact, several teams in the league have already stated they will not be returning. Brian McDow, league president, will also not be returning to run things next year. At the time of the championship, no replacement had been named.

There is a movement afoot to bring back Gordon Craig, the former league president who retired in 2007. Sameday has indicated that if the effort is successful and Craig is convinced to return, the team will stay in the league.

However, that outcome remains far from certain. Since ending his playing days, Craig has become an active umpire and is currently considering taking over scheduling duties for umpire's association.


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