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Red Parrot Crew comes out on top

April 29, 2016

Senior Taelor Hufford rips a dinger over the fence / Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

The Scholar’s Day softball tournament is an annual tradition at Monmouth College and this year’s excitement for the tradition was record breaking. 294 students participated on 21 different teams in what turned out to be one of the closest tournaments ever. Emily Watkins and her team, The Red Parrot Crew, took the crown over their Michael Smith led opponents in the championship round.

“The Scot’s Eve softball tourney is always a blast to be a part of,” said junior Sam Motta. “Playing with all my friends and having fun made me feel like I was on cloud 9. It’s unfortunate that my team The One Hitters got smoked in the early rounds.”

The Red Parrot Crew got to the championships after a hard fought victory over team Rosenburg. Senior Ross Langlois and team Rosenburg went the distance with The Red Parrot Crew, but we were unable to best the eventual champions.

Michael Smith’s team also faced a tough matchup in their semi-final game against Trey Murphy’s squad. The contest went into the 8th inning of the game, before Smith’s team ended up winning with a final score of 15-10.

Red Parrot Crew teammates meet senior Carson Perrero at home plate following his home run / Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

After putting on impressive displays of softball skills in the semi-finals, both teams showed up with their a-games in the championship matchup. The game was knotted up at nine a piece before The Red Parrot Crew’s pitching forced Smith’s team to lay a goose egg on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning.

The Red Parrot Crew then looked to their offense to provide them a walk off victory. Senior Parker Perrero launched the winning run over the wall in center field to secure the championship crown for the Red Parrot Crew.

“Although I enjoyed witnessing the impressive homerun jacks of Alex Sheppard and the Perrero brothers, along with the truly unique hitting and fielding style of Emily Flint, the highlight for this old man was witnessing Brodie Welker rip his shorts wide open,” said professor Richard Johnston. “To keep the winning mojo going he continued to play with those pants, leaving no doubt as to the answer to the question; “Boxers or briefs?” I hope he didn’t catch me staring.”

Another chapter is written and finished in the book of scholar’s eve softball and with a dramatic finish by a team full of seniors and a beloved business professor. With the seniors graduating this year, they will not be able to defend their crown next year. The participants of this year’s tournament will have a full year to prepare for next year.

Anthony Matozzi
Sports Editor

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