Find a League In Your Area
Submitted by Brian Schueller, Rally
on the River Tournament Director
Did anyone mention baseball in the
heat and humidity of the Heartland over the 4th of July weekend?
Well, we caught a break! Temperatures were in the low to mid 80s in Bettendorf, Iowa, humidity was low and not a cloud in the sky as teams faced off in
18+ and 50+ divisions.
We had two 18+ teams play a 3-game
series on Saturday. Our Des Moines Bruins faced the Power Train
Bandits. The Bandits were made up of a few players from our Mid-Iowa
League along with some players from the Cedar Rapids area. Mid-Iowa
league president John Linden organized the Bruins, who won all three games and
the championship. I came in to pitch
about four innings late in the day for the Bandits and faced most of my usual
teammates and only gave up a couple of runs!
The St. Louis Gray Beards defeated
the Quad City Blasters to win the 50+ crown.
One highlight from the 50+ division,
the elder Des Moines Bruins were led by Ron Watson on the hill in game one, who
threw nine of the ten innings on the way to a 2-1 walk off victory. I came in to ‘vulture’ the win in the tenth.
Unfortunately the Bruins didn’t win the
championship but played extremely well with tight, competitive games.
Another interesting tidbit is that
one of our pitchers, Frank Dardis, was an extra in the movie ‘Field of Dreams’ and remains a Ghost Player today, entertaining crowds at the movie site and
around the world.
The competition was very even, the
games were all excellent and the players, managers and fans just raved about
the experience. We are already planning to ramp this up and we have
former players in other parts of the country already expressing interest. We nailed it!