A Come From Behind Victory for the Students in the 42nd Annual Stakman Softball Game
The 2015 Stakman Softball game was held this year on a rainy and humid day, however the rain held off long enough to allow seven innings of great play from both teams. Despite new additions to the faculty and staff team, the students prevailed, rallying behind 4 runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the faculty/staff team on a walk-off single by Blake Webster, that found its way into left field.
The faculty/staff started the game out strong capturing the early lead behind strong hitting performances from Kurt Hockemeyer who had six hits, and Brett Arenz who had five. Corby Kistler was the workhorse on the mound for the faculty/staff pitching with great efficiency in the first few innings, retiring the students quickly behind solid defense and infield play. Despite racking up many hits throughout the early portion of the game, the faculty/staff made a few timely mistakes on the base paths and left numerous runners on base in scoring position.
The students began to capitalize on these missed opportunities, and in the latter innings of the game the students began chipping away at the lead as a result of a few errors made by the faculty/staff. Rallying around a fifth inning homerun by Sean O’Mare (PhD advissee of Corby Kistler in the Department of Plant Biology) and sixth inning triple by Kyle Haralson, the students pulled within three runs going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The final inning rally was lead by a triple from Derek Camitsch and an RBI double by Garrett Beier. The students tallied 4 runs in this inning leading to the victory while the defense did not record a single out.
After the game students, faculty, and staff enjoyed delicious hot dogs, cracker jacks, and other ballpark classics. This year’s victory means two straight victories for the students, and next year the faculty will look to redeem their previous reign during the 42nd Annual Stakman Softball Game.