The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce and the Marathon Jaycees (Junior Chamber…no relation) battled under the softball diamond’s lights this past Friday in what seemed like a fight to secure event funding from TDC. The publicized purpose of the game was set to raise money for Toyz for Keyz Kidz – the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office drive to bring holiday gifts to needy kids throughout the county.
At stake – a 6ft trophy.
Stacked by some of the Chamber’s most prominent, yet reclusive business leaders and led by Stan Haines, Dan Samess, and Teresa Konrath, the upstart Jaycees battled back from an early deficit to tie the game in the 5th inning. Coached by Ryan McCarthy and behind the defensive wizardry of Nick Toban and Jeff Fogle, the young bats of the Jaycees shellacked the Chamber into submission in the later innings.
Clearly rattled and physically demoralized, several Chamber pitchers had to be yanked in the sixth and seventh innings as the Jaycees seemed to score at will.
The Chamber did exhibit flashes of greatness. Chris Gratton slapped in a few runs and three extremely young female entrepreneurs had multiple hits. But even Jack Carlson’s heroic double play did little to stymie the Jaycees’ resolve.
Bill Daniels, Rob Busweiler, Blair Shiver, and many, many more Jaycees could have hit for the cycle if not for some questionable rules established in the spirit of fair play.
When asked about the final score, Chamber coach Stan Haines said, “There was alcohol involved.”
The final score: questionable. The winners: Toyz for Keyz Kidz.
Despite expensive uniforms and a deep roster, the Marathon Jaycees captured the 2009 Softball Champion trophy through sheer grit and determination.
Chamber CEO Dan Samess accepts a tiny trophy on behalf of a humbled Chamber of Commerce. Pictured with celebrity umpire Kerry Struyf.