Playing the field: Teams ‘spring’ into play

Match-ups from across the Carolinas

Welcome back to another edition of Playing the Field. We hope you have been enjoying the spring weather lately and getting out and seeing one or more of our local sports teams! Here is this month’s rundown of what’s going on in your neck of the woods.

Charlotte Roller Girls jammin’ it up against Cape Fear Roller Girls. Photo Credit: A Boy Named Tsunami

Charlotte Roller Girls jammin’ it up against Cape Fear Roller Girls.
Photo Credit: A Boy Named Tsunami

Roller Derby

The Charlotte Roller Girls have started the season out strong! Through two matches this year, they are undefeated and are averaging 175 points per bout. In their last bout, the CLTRG took on the Cape Fear Roller Girls in front of a sold-out crowd in their home opener. In this close and hotly tested match, in which the lead changed hands several times, the CLTRG were able to outlast the Cape Fear team with a bout-changing jam skater Histeria, the final score being 185–157.

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MVP Jammers:
All-Stars, Hitsteria
Cape Fear, Hawaiian Puncher

MVP Blockers:
All-Stars, Rosie Cheeks
Cape Fear, Grave Riot

That’s not all! The Charlotte Roller Girls also appeared on the Food Network Show “Rebel Eats,” in an episode that aired hours before their Cape Fear bout. On the show, the ladies got to bowl and dine with host Justin Warner, while promoting their sport and talking about its unique culture. You can catch re-airings of this episode on The Food Network. Check your local listings.

For their upcoming bouts, the CLTRG hit the road with a match against the Big Easy Rollergirls down in New Orleans on April 20 (which the Big Easy Rollergirls won 212-122), and one in New Jersey against the Garden State Roller Girls on May 11.

Jeremy Holt for Charleston and Danny Wadsworth for Charlotte battle it out. Photo Credit: Will B. King

Jeremy Holt for Charleston and Danny Wadsworth for Charlotte battle it out.
Photo Credit: Will B. King

Rugby

The Charlotte Royals continued their season this month with an away game versus the newly formed Charleston Blockade down in South Carolina. This time of year, Charleston is usually a brisk 70 degrees and sunny, with people just starting to venture out onto the many beaches of the S.C. coast. However, this year has not been nearly as kind weather-wise. Temperatures dipped to the 30s and rain fell all day long, which made for less-than-ideal conditions for the game.

The game was sloppy, to be sure, but the Royals came out aggressive and scored easily and often in the first half. The Blockade fought valiantly in their first official game ever, but their overall lack of experience prevented them from capitalizing on some careless mistakes from the Royals. In the end, the official called the game at the half, with Charlotte winning 45-0.

Man of the Match:
Mark Carr, Charleston Blockade
Garrett Jordan, Charlotte Royals

The Royals went to Nashville for the inaugural Music City Cup tournament on April 20, where they competed with 7 other rugby teams on a lone Saturday for the championship. The Royals came in third place beating the Nashville Grizzlies, with the Chicago Dragons coming in second and the Seattle Quake winning the championship match.

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D teams: l to r: Atlanta Migrating Ducks, Knoxville Cyclones, Tampa Panthers, Atlanta Agression, Ft. Lauderdale Sluggers. Photo Credit: Bryan Thompson

D teams: l to r: Atlanta Migrating Ducks, Knoxville Cyclones, Tampa Panthers,
Atlanta Agression, Ft. Lauderdale Sluggers.
Photo Credit: Bryan Thompson

Softball

The 30th Annual Southern Shootout was held Easter weekend in Birmingham, AL. This is the longest running LGBT softball tournament in the nation and consisted of 20 C teams and 32 D teams. Over two long and rainy days, which left the fields looking more like a war zone than a playing surface, the champions were crowned in two very exciting games.

In the D division, The Tampa Panthers took on the Ft. Lauderdale Sluggers in the final. The Sluggers were undefeated through the tournament portion of play and the Panthers needed to beat them twice in the final to secure the championship. And, that’s just what they did. The first game was a blowout, with the Panthers taking the win by 12 runs. The final game saw a lot more life from the Sluggers, resulting in a very competitive match-up with the lead changing hands almost every inning. In the end, the Panthers’ bats were just too hot and they walked away with the trophy.

In the C division, the Knoxville Cyclones played the DC Allstars. This was their second meeting of the tournament, having just played each other in the winner’s bracket final just an hour earlier. The Allstars took that one easily, winning in 4 innings on run differential. The Cyclones were able to get back to the final against the Allstars, but they would need a lot of help to beat DC twice. The game was close, with Knoxville staying within 5 runs the entire time. However, they just could not break through that buffer the Allstars got to in the first inning, losing 19-14.

C Division Results:
1st: DC Allstars
2nd: Knoxville Cyclones
3rd: St. Louis Squirrels

D Division Results:
1st: Tampa Panthers
2nd: Ft. Lauderdale Sluggers
3rd: Knoxville Cyclones D

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