The annual SLAC softball game took place Saturday in the warm afternoon sunshine at Stanford's Roble Field. The Research team came from behind to triumph over the Accelerator team, 15-11, and win the coveted Drell-Richter Trophy.
The game was a multi-generational affair, with Research aided by the power-hitting duo of Ryan and Brett Auer, while Mike Woods, who captained Research, brought the wily Woods daughters Clara and Laurel as the team's secret weapons. Accelerator team captain Tom Markiewicz brought his son Alex. Brother-sister duo Matt and Natalie Cramar also gave able support to the Accelerator team, along with Gene Anzalone and his sons Brian and Mark and daughter-in-law Cindy.
Richard Zdarko, the game's oldest player, is a veteran of SLAC softball games since the early 1960's when they pitted Faculty against Grad Students. He pitched for Research and advised some of the newer players, including software engineer Raghuveer Ausoori of the Particle Physics and Astrophysics Division, whose previous experience in cricket transferred nicely to both hitting and fielding.
"I've been playing for 10,000 years," Zdarko said dryly. "One year I played for both teams. That was intense."
Players from the SLAC intramural team, the Spinors, provided the cores of both teams.
"We're reaching out to the entire lab to participate in this game," Woods said. "It's great competition, but mostly it's an opportunity to have a good time with colleagues, friends and family.
The Bill Kirk Most Valuable Player Award went to Brett Auer for his killer combination of home run hits and devastating fielding.
MVP Award Winner Brett Auer with Accelerator Captain Tom Markiewicz