Updated July 17, 2011
2011 Mid-Summer Classic
The 34th District Democrats Annual picnic was combined, for the first time, with a softball game which included both elected officials and candidates for office. There was great coverage by both the West Seattle Herald and West Seattle Blog. Each of them have photo galleries and a story. In addition the Blog article has Michael Heavey's statistics report on the game, which is also below.
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Mike Heavey's recap:
In the early stages of the contest, the incumbents dominated game play, largely benefiting from key pinch hits from Congressmen Jay Inslee and Jim McDermott. The challengers offense was stymied at the hands of sharp infield play led by incumbents' pitcher Sally Clark. The incumbents rallied on deep homers by Bruce Harrell and by miscues by the challengers' defense.
As the game settled in the challengers grew more comfortable on defense and began to retire the incumbents in more regular fashion. The game momentum shifted after the challengers benefited from not one, but two donations to the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks.
First, a donation was made so that the challengers could net two runs per one crossing the plate for the length of the bottom half of the 5th. At the time they were trailing 1-11. Three runners came across in the inning to make the score 7-11.
In the sixth inning the incumbents' team offered a challenge to the audience, if they could match their donation of $140 then the bottom of the 6th would be the last a bat for the challengers team. In the spirit of the 116-win 2001 Mariners, whom were being honored at the same time at Safeco Field, the challengers embraced "the two outs, so what?!" mantra and came back to win with a walk off 3-run homer by an unnamed substitute.
Unfortunately for the incumbents, the crowd matched their generous donation and eliminated the 7th inning which could have served as an opportunity to ultimately retake the lead- embracing their new mantra, "No good deed goes unpunished."
Because of the generosity of the players and spectators, the event raised $400. It will be split between the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks. Our organization is proud to support the community we love to call home! Thanks for everyone coming on out to the ballpark!
Official Lineup and Statistics:
Congressman Jay Inslee PH 1-1
Congressman Jim McDermott PH 1-1 RBI
Councilmember Sally Clark 3K 0 ER
Councilmember Tim Burgess 5R
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen 2-4
Councilmember Bruce Harrell HR & .750 Slugging %
State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon 2 R
State Representative David Upthegrove 99% accuracy
Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton RBI in 1 AB
"Protect Seattle Now" Campaign Manager Ester Handy 2-4
"Moving Seattle Forward" Campaign Manager Dan Nolte 2-4 no Es
City Council Candidate Maurice Classen 3-4 2 RBI
City Council Candidate Bobby Forch 2-4 3 RBI
City Council Candidate Michael Taylor-Judd 1-4 2 DPs
City Council Candidate Brad Meacham 1-4 Key Late RBIs
School Board Candidate Marty McLaren 4 assists
King County Council Candidate Diana Toledo 2-4 2 RBI
Michael Maddux 0 ER
Location Lincoln Park Field #3
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