By Nina Adelman Stolar
Theory bolted to a five-run first inning lead and never
looked back as they clobbered Experiment 18-6 at this year’s annual Theory
vs. Experiment Softball Game. The convincing win snapped a five-year
Experiment win streak that began in 1998. Wildly cheering Theory fans and
supporters had not seen such a complete victory since 1982 when Theory
snapped a seven-year victory drought. It was the highest run production
for Theory batters in over 20 years.
"There is nothing theoretical about this important
victory," said Emeritus Theory Captain Sid ‘Lefty’ Drell (DO). "Captain
JoAnn Hewett put together an excellent game plan and the team executed to
Jamie McGuire (Stanford) accepts the MVP honor
awarded by Theory Captain Emeritus Sid ‘Lefty’ Drell (right).
(Photo by Nina Adelman Stolar)
There were plenty of heroic efforts by both teams as
players struggled under the withering sun. Surface temperature at Roble
Field nudged 100 degrees F (38C). The oppressive heat took its toll on
overheated players and sweltering fans. However, there was no relief in
sight for Experiment—they could only tally three runs through the first
seven innings. In contrast, the Theory hitting barrage was relentless and
got stronger as the game progressed. Theory scored 13 runs in the final
five innings while Experiment could muster only three more runs of their
own. Theory mercifully shut out Experiment in the bottom of the ninth to
close out the game 18-6.
Much of the credit goes to Theory pitchers Herm ‘The
Wiggler’ Winick (SSRL) and Yuval ‘G-man’ Grossman (TH) who frustrated
impatient Experiment batters by throwing a devastating selection of
unhittable spinners and sky balls.
The first Bill Kirk MVP Award went to Theory Stanford
student Jamie McGuire for his sterling batting performance. McGuire’s key
base hit in the first inning scored two RBIs. He followed up with three
more RBIs in the seventh with a bases clearing home run.
After the game Experiment Captain Mike Woods (EA)
remarked, "We were dismayed to see our winning streak snapped. This
off-season we’ll negotiate to woo some key SSRL players from THEORY, and
we’ll seek new recruits. I’m looking forward to the match up next year!"
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