Summers on St Croix are much like summer stateside. Things move a bit slower, the tourist hustle and bustle slows down and the kids are out on vacation. It’s actually the perfect time of year to really sit back and enjoy island life. This year, a new summer league popped up and I was so excited – Crucian Kickball! Being a kid at heart and knowing well one of the organizers, Frank (he bartends for my destination wedding business), I decided it was a great opportunity to sponsor a fun team.
And a fun team is certainly what we’ve got! To organize the team, I sent a shout out on my personal Facebook page to see if anyone would be interested and within about 24 hours I had a team pulled together and was almost full. I guess I’m not the only one who reminisces about my elementary school days! Our team is a really diverse group that well represents our island. Coach Kevin, my tennis coach, is Co-Captain along with me and he brought in fellow tennis coach Shane along with a few other athletes. We’ve got Dr. House and his wife Jessica from Island Animal Clinic who brought in two of their techs, Sue & Annie. Teammates include well known local bar keeps, Willy B and Ferris, Roger a local booze supplier and the very talented Chef Aaron. Big Beard’s Captain Caitlin kicks a mean ball along with wildlife biologist Claudia. Sean, Christine, Nichole and Ryan represent EDC businesses and VI Govt. Kelly and Kevin some of the best island photographers have been great supporters. And local sports standouts Kaj, Khyle, Allan and Gus round out our superstars.
We started out practicing in front of the historic Fort Christianvaern in downtown Christiansted a few Monday nights a week and had a lot of fun. Now we’ve got three games under our belts and have really been coming together as a team. The games have been a blast and the team spirit and sportsmanship by all of the teams is great. We’re all competitive, but at the end of the day we’re all out there to have fun!
Games are played on Monday nights out at DC Canegata Ball Park at the upper field and are a fun time for players and spectators. On our “bye” week, a bunch of us headed out after a quick practice to cheer on the other teams and got to see the Seaborne Airlines Team win with a last inning run against Balls n’ Dolls. Frank heads up the bar at the field and keeps everyone happy with his tasty rum punch, rum drinks and beer – and the prices are great. Whit who has been organizing the league heads over from St Thomas and keeps us all in check on the field when calls get heated. And the after-party goes on at The Fort Christian Brew Pub with more drink specials. So, if you are on St Croix, swing by the field on a Monday night and cheer on these fun players!
Our Scores so far:
- Da Bomb Squad vs. Balls n’ Dolls (the Brew Pub Team) Loss 4-7
- Da Bomb Squad vs. Pitch, Please Win 7-3
- Da Bomb Squad vs. Balllbarians Win 7-2
Upcoming Games at DC Canegata Field (Mondays):
- Wednesday 8/21 Rain Makeups!
- 6:45pm BallBarians vs. Seaborne
- 7:45pm Pitch,Please Balls n’ Dolls
- 8:45pm Beastmode vs. Seaborne
- Monday 9/2
- 6:45pm Da Bomb Squad vs. Beastmode 0-1
- 7:45pm Balls n’ Dolls vs. Ballbarians
- 8:45pm Da Bomb Squad vs. KDM
- Monday 9/9
- 6:45pm Da Bomb Squad vs. Seaborne 10-1
- 7:45pm Pitch, Please vs. KDM
- 8:45pm Ballbarians vs. Beastmode
- Monday 9/16 Playoffs 6:45pm
- KDM vs. Beastmode
- Da Bomb Squad vs. Balls n’Dolls
- Pitch, Please vs. Seaborne (consolation)