Slicks make it fun for all
Every team in the Craig Softball Association Coed League has a unique personality.
For members of the Slicks, a team sponsored by the Ridgeview Church of God, the goal every game is to make sure that they and their opponents are having fun.
“We’re the only team to go shake our opponent’s hand if they hit a home run,” Mike Cramer said. “We’re here to have tons of fun and to make sure it’s not just us having fun.”
On the final night of the regular season for the Coed B League, the Slicks didn’t make it too fun for McCandless Animal Hospital. They scored 23 runs in the third inning to win, 24-1. The Slicks, a name derived from an original sponsor of the team who no longer lives in Craig, finished second in the B League with a 4-1 record. That record came in B-league play after the coed league was split into an A and B level. The only loss for the Slicks was to Freight Damaged Furniture, the undefeated winners of the B League.
“Wait until the tournament,” Cramer said, exchanging friendly banter with a Freight Damaged player Tuesday night. “We’re going for the big trophy when it matters.”
Cramer’s brother, Brandon, agreed that the team’s focus in on a good performance in the tournament.
“We’ve never been in the B League before,” he said. “We really wanted to sweep, but now we’ll have to go for it in the tournament.”
Brandon and Mike organize the team and along with Jerry Davis, they admitted they’re probably a little too competitive for their own good. But it’s all in good fun.
“We have a blast,” Brandon said. “Win or lose, we’re smiling.”
Davis’ trademark as third base coach is to run half way to home with the base runners.
“He helps a lot of our players score,” Mike said. “He’s always there step for step.”
Four of the 11 players on the team Tuesday night were Cramers, which led to the suggestion that the team change its name to “Cramers Plus a Few.”
There were also three Hergenreters, including twins Sean and Seth, and two Penners.
“It’s a family affair,” said Davis, who said he was the only teammate not related to somebody else on the team.
At times it’s difficult for the teammates to tell the difference between Sean and Seth, but not Tuesday. Seth was the only one wearing a hat.
“Sean is Hatless Sean tonight,” Mike said. “Kind of like Shoeless Joe, we have Hatless Sean.”
Most of the team (about 90 percent according to Brandon) attends the church that sponsored the team. After the game the team prayed, which is another unique aspect, team members said. After the post-game prayer it was jokingly mentioned that they should pray before the game instead as a preventative measure.
This week marked the end of the regular season for all CSA leagues. Next week the tournaments begin. The Slicks were preparing to probably play three games Monday night in the tournament’s opening evening.
“Be prepared to be here until 11,” Mike told his team. “But if we play well and have fun, it will be worth it.”
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