Softball - Week 6

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

News 10 vs. News 10... and it was a spirited contest. (VIDEO INCLUDED)

After two weeks of not playing (rainout, golf trip), I was chomping at the bit to get on the field this week.  It was time for the (3-2) WILX News team to take on the (0-5) WILX Sales team and things got a little chippy because of some trash talking.  Over the last few days, I'd heard about some talk-- some really good bulletin board material-- so I was more than happy to share it with the team as we took the field.

They responded with 3 quick runs in the first, jump started by Chris Gervat's lead-off double.  The other thing you need to know about this rivalry is two players on the sales team used to be on our team-- and both are pretty good.  (Nicole and Troy both quit before the season started for different reasons).  Troy also brought his sister to play against us.  I'll go ahead and call her a ringer since she had a few hits and made a diving catch deep in the outfield on Gervat that saved two runs.

Anyway, Bottom 1, Troy and his sister bat 1,2 and are speedy enough to put a run on the board to make it 3-1.  Then comes our big inning.  Everybody bats at least once as we put up 8 in the top of the second.  Maria Tocco, Proctor, and Matt Ondecker all came through with big hits in the inning.  The best part is we went out in the field and shut them down for no runs.  11-1 after 2.

Throughout the game there was a couple of hard slides (Nicole took me out at 2nd-- totally clean), there was a little collision at home, and plenty of trash talking and hootin' and hollerin' in the field.  In the end the News team held on for the 14-3 victory in 5 innings.

Now there was a wager of some sort with a now former WILX sales guy mentioned in previous posts.  The other thing I told the team pregame was the winnings would go to the bar tab.  That didn't happen.  Let's just say... he didn't pay up... and the team wasn't happy, unleashing a cascade of boos as we left the field.

So the war's over and now we can back to work at the big 1-0.  We're all friends again and-- wait... we could potentially play them again in the playoffs.  Time to get the game face on.

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  • by Trish Location: Williamston on Jun 30, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    Jason, I crack up every time you mention this softball competition and after watching tonight's newscast I would love to know how well my favorite weatherman plays ball. When it comes to you and Andy doing the 11:00 news I know I am always guaranteed a grin. :)
  • by jim Location: boston on Jun 25, 2008 at 09:58 PM
    AWESOME photo of Pedro and Zimmy! Thanks, man, it left me a little teary-eyed recalling that fateful day. Oh, nice game.
  • by Jason Location: Newsroom on Jun 25, 2008 at 06:15 PM
    Hey Matt, it sounds like you're ready to be a news director/general manager! Go ahead and send a resume... actually the set isn't that old and I think it's still pretty sweet. When the weather set is unveiled you'll see another element to the news set which I think you'll like. As for graphics-- not sure... AJ and Beth-- I agree, but not going to happen... simulcasting the morning show-- interesting idea, and I think they have considered that. Maybe FOX is happy with the Smurfs in the morning. I could be wrong.
  • by Matt Location: DeWitt-East Lansing on Jun 24, 2008 at 08:52 PM
    Jason, I agree with everything that Steve said. It looks like you have made some small changes to the set; but if you could make it digital, then WSYM and WILX could share the set and you could either expand the Weather Lab or turn the current WSYM desk into a permanent Sports Blitz/Sports Sunday and Staudt on Sports Area. You have had the same set for a long time and it looks like a makeover might just be the cure. A full update of graphics as well that are HD ready? AJ and Beth would be a great Anchor Team for Fox 47. Then you could put John T. on Weekend evenings and maybe Lauren Z on News 10 Today Weekends. Has WILX ever considered simulcasting or rebranding News 10 Today for viewership on Fox 47 in the mornings?
  • by Tom Location: Lansing, MI on Jun 23, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    nice hit by ondecker
  • by Steve Location: Lansing - Washington, D.C. on Jun 23, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    Hey Jason, any word on possibly a new set for the news studio. Also, can you suggest putting A.J. on anchor duty with Beth, an hour is a long time for someone to solo anchor. Also could you please suggest putting up entire webcasts of FOX 47 News and News 10 on the website. Many other small markets do too, and it allows people not in Lansing to get their full dose of news. Keep using nicknames!
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