The ZomBees took home the championship of the Fall Fairfax Adult League Men's Open, Division 5, with two big wins tonight. What a great way to end a year of softball! Somehow, it seemed very fitting that a team with a name like ZomBees would win it all within an hour of Halloween. Like it was meant to be, or something!
I rode to and from the games, which were at a field all the way on the other side of the county from us, with my pal Roger, who also plays on the other team that we won a championship with this year, the Time Bandits. We're the two old dudes on the ZomBees. Roger had a terrible injury in the late spring, where a ground ball took a nasty hop and caught him right in the eye, breaking his nose and the bone of his eye socket. It required surgery to repair, but he wound up missing less time from that injury than I did with my two freak injuries. For both of us, this victory was most satisfying.
This is a team that spans several generations and cultures, but we're all united by our love of the game. There are 11 of us - two 18 year olds, a 21 year old, then a variety of 20-something, 30-something, and 40- somethings, then there's Roger and I, the 60-something's! Well, technically, I won't join that last group for another 2 weeks. But, who's counting?
We needed the teams that played before us to either split their games, or for the Barcroft Bombers to win both games. They did their part, and brought home both wins. Half the players on that team are guys I played with in the spring, a great group of guys. So, we needed to win both of our games, in what would be the coldest night of play we've seen, just about all year.
Fortunately, our bats were hot and our field work was tight, as we won both games handily.
Champions...I'll never get tired of the sound of that. Now - let's go trick or treat!