Each year, Salem Lutheran Church hosts a one pitch tournament right before the DAMSL season starts. What makes the one pitch tournament unique is that every at bat is only one pitch, period. You either hit the ball into play, take a ball (which is a walk), take a strike (which is an out), or hit a foul ball (which is also an out). This makes the games go by quicker so you can fit more into the day. This year’s tournament was double elimination and consisted of 7 teams: Karmel 1, New Hope Cambridge, Oxlip Ballhawks, Oxlip Clown Sharks, Refuge 1, River of Life, and the host Salem Saints.
This is always a fun event, and today was no exception. It rained steadily for the first several hours, but everyone made the best of it as they were all just happy to be back playing the game they love. Coach Cole Shugren of Salem did a great job keeping the water under control as best as possible, and Karmel Covenant Church was gracious enough to lend use of their field for a few games to keep things on schedule.
The rain slowed considerably by early afternoon and the field was in much better shape. The games were competitive, featured great sportsmanship, and fun was had by all. In the end, New Hope Cambridge edged the Salem Saints 19-17 in the championship game, while the Oxlip Clown Sharks claimed third place.
Salem is looking to expand the tournament next year to even more teams, so be on the lookout for announcements next spring. If your team has interest in playing but is short on players, you are able to add players from other teams as this is not a league sanctioned tourney. Thanks again to Salem Lutheran Church for putting on such a great event!