Last week, the North Lakes Academy’s advanced gym team wrapped up their World Series baseball tournament. This 3-week long journey was a blast for most of the students involved and is surley something to be remembered!
The first game started out just like any other baseball game, with the exception of the equipment used, (a tennis racket and tennis ball were used for safety reasons), the teams were chosen school-yard style and positions were chosen. Oddly, the teams were pretty evenly matched this time, which is rare, so there was little complaining to Mr. Beimert.
Once each team had been established, they had to figure out which position would be played by whom in the field. This was mostly random with the fastest players gravitating toward the outfield. This meant that Brandon Arm, Dylan and Derek Beatty, Robert Shamota, Joe Wright, Colton Thell, and Spencer Stanley were all time out field. The honorary pitchers for each team became Brandon Arm and Mr. Beimert for team two, and Blake Hansen for team one.
After the positions were established, the games begun! There were constant pop flies and home runs, along with caught line drives and double plays. After the first few games, the initial leeriness of playing baseball was gone. This was war.
Because the teams were so evenly matched, the war was constant for some time. Battle after battle, the winners simply went back and forth. Robert Shamota would smash the ball into a home run, only to have Dylan Beatty zoom over and catch it a second before it hit the ground. Katie Christenson would be lined up to snag the winning catch, only to have the ball slip right though her frozen fingers. Every player contributed something amazing to their team.
Sadie Thornberg caught the third out in the last game which helped to keep her team in the lead. Blake Hansen smashed in a home run with two players on base scoring 3 points for his team. Branden Flash tagged several people out at home plate keeping his team in the lead. Courtney Ketchel hit a base run advancing a runner home and scoring one point for her team. Kaylee Krogstad struck out several batters at home plate, and Ty Nosser caught the ball that ended the 3rd inning of the 3rd game. Not to mention the countless balls caught by the outfielders on both teams!
Some of the most memorable moments of the gym class’s baseball extravaganza came at the most unexpected times. Like when Robert Shamota was up to bat, the outfield had backed up a considerable amount, like they always do, to catch his guaranteed far hit. However, instead of smashing it high into the outfield Robert whipped out a surprise line drive that flew directly into Mr. Beimert! After several cries of laughter and shouts of “Are you okay?” Mr. Beimert assured everyone that he was fine, and planned on getting Robert back somehow.
Another memorable moment came in the 6th game. Tensions were running high as the scores were tied, team 2 was up to bat, and the bases were loaded. After a smashing hit the runner on third headed home and made it. The runner who had started on second base was not far behind however, when he got to home plate the ball was there too. After some plowing of the catcher and dropping of the ball it was unclear if the runner had been safe. The catcher and the runner began to argue, and without hesitation, Mr. Beimert jumped in and resolved the conflict. The runner was upset as he had been called out, but the two boys continued to play the game as if nothing had happened.
In the end, everyone loved the World Series. Sadie recalls her favorite moment being “When I caught the ball with my mitten hands.” And Katie Christenson loved the feeling of winning. Ty Nosser being the boxer he, is said his favorite part was “When they (The runner and catcher) got in an argument.”
Team 2 ended up winning the World Series with a close call of 4 games to 3! After all was said and done each team voted on their MVP. Team 1 had a tie between Blake Hansen and Derek Beatty, and Team 2 voted Joe Wright. No matter what team won, or who became MVP, everyone loved this smashing event put on by our beloved Mr. Beimert and all hope for a similar event in the future!