|Martin Schmaltz||Right Field||Burton Richter||Pitcher|
|Lance Dixon||Team Captain/Ctr Field||Aaron Roodman||Catcher|
|Howie Haber||Left Field/Shortstop||Ron Cassell||Short Stop|
|Bill Kirk||First Base||Paul De Pietro||Center Field|
|John McGreevy||Shortstop/Left Field||Toshi Abe||Left Field|
|BJ Bjorken||Relief Pitcher||Terry Toole||Third Base|
|Sid Drell||Pitcher||JJ Russell||Right Field|
|Darius Sadri||Third Base||Mo Olson||First Base|
|Yuval Grossman||Short Ctr Field||Dick Zdarko||Relief Pitcher|
|Kirill Melnikov||Short Ctr Field||Jim Johnson||Second Base|
|Hooman Davoudiasl||Second Base||Norman Graf||Second Base|
|Gudrun Hiller||Second Base||Zerah Lurie||Short Field|
|Eva Silverstein||Second Base||Tom Markiewicz||Third Base|
|Shamit Kachru||Catcher||Mike Woods||Team Captain/First Base|
|John Brodie||Right Field|
Experiment wildly celebrated their third softball victory in a row after crushing Theory 25-3 in the annual SLAC softball game. The first three-peat victory in over a decade was especially sweet as Experiment dominated every aspect of the contest. The victors combined a relentless hitting attack with a smothering defense to seal the victory.
Theory was outmatched this year from the opening pitch by winning hurler Burt "Big Daddy" Richter to the final out. Led by the big bat of Ron "the Rock" Cassell, Experiment tallied 12 runs by the end of the fourth inning to effectively put the game out of reach. It was a special day for Cassell who celebrated his 25th game appearance by batting for the cycle (single, double, triple and home run).
With machine-like precision Experiment tallied runs in every inning. Timely hitting by Paul "the Bull" De Pietro, Toshi "Babe" Abe and JJ "the Rocket" Russell helped power Experiment to 25 runs, the third highest run total in the 39-year recorded history of the annual contest.
Experiment held Theory scoreless until the top of the fifth when pitcher "Big Daddy" Richter lost the shutout bid. "This game was so important to us," said Richter. "We believed we could defend the championship for a third consecutive year and we did."
Woods agreed. "It was an excellent all around effort," said Woods. "And now it's off to Krefeld's to have this year's victory engraved on the Drell-Richter trophy. The trophy is on display at the SLAC Visitor Center, along with an exhibit on Beam Trees.
Theory fell to Experiment in this year's annual SLAC softball game held in the late afternoon on Friday, June 9, at Roble Field on the Stanford campus. For Theory, it was only the seventh loss to Experiment in the past 12 years. The lopsided 25-3 final score was considered by many an unusual outcome. Recently played games have been settled by only a few runs either way.
Theory's very friendly and somewhat casual approach to the game this year was evident from the toss of the first pitch. The Theory team exhibited a refreshing camaraderie and good-natured sportsmanship that was great fun for everyone. This was especially true for the visiting international players new to the game. Their charm and diversity added much to the spirit of the game.
For some, the drama and competitive intensity traditionally generated by this annual international contest seemed to be missing this year. But that did not phase Theory fans who roared with approval over the late inning heroics provided by Theory players.
The team valiantly prevented a shutout by scoring an important run in the fifth inning. At the top of the eighth, Theory team captain Lance Dixon blasted a two-run home run off of relief pitcher Dick "Zany" Zdarko to end the scoring.
According to losing pitcher Sid "Lefty" Drell, "We introduced a record number of theorists from the international scientific community to the game and everyone enjoyed a beautiful evening. We consider it a theoretical victory."
28 August 2000
Nina Stolar, Official Scorer