Combining the wisdom of the African antelope and the blinding speed and sheer batting power of His Tibetan Holiness, the Dalai Impalas are a co-recreational softball team composed primarily of students from QERM, as well as integral teammates from School of Aquatic Fisheries Science (SAFS) and College of Forest Resources. (CFR)
They are a direct descendant of the mighty Sinister Muffins.
The Dalai Impalas long road to the Co-rec Softball Intramural Championships kicked off on a stormy and dreary Monday evening this week. The Impalas faced a formidable team, Swing 'n Stance who came ready to play. As 2nd base (wo)man Liz Atwood said, "It was intimidating that they all had black paint on their faces." However, the Impalas showed no sign of intimidation from the start of the game, scoring four runs in the first inning. These four runs in addition to dazzling athletic displays from Kevin See in center field and consistent pitching from Amanda Kaare helped the Impalas earn a tie score of 5-5 against the Stance by the 6th inning at which time the umpire called the game due to the hour and five minute time limit. According to left fielder Tommy Garrison, "we would have no doubt won the game if the umpire let us keep playing. Come on ump, let us play!" he said frustratingly after the game. Nonetheless, the Impalas start off the season just where they want to be, not with a losing record and a small step closer to the main event. The Impalas play each Monday evening at 6 pm on IMA softball field 3. Come check out the action!
April 28, 2008
Dalai Impalas Blow Late Lead, but is Given Win Because of Captain's "Coolness"
After a three week hiatus the Dalai Impalas were back in action Monday evening against the heavy underdog Discipline and Punishme, who was severely disappointed on hearing the Impalas did not bring any S & M gear. The game was a defensive struggle after the Impalas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Derek McClure and Isaac Parsons. They added a third run in the second inning...somehow. After D & P was given a third inning mercy run when left-center fielder Libby Anderson failed to heed the safety word the Lama's lead was cut to 3-1. The score remained 3-1 for three more innings behind dazzling defensive plays and marquee pitching by both teams. Right fielder Amy Yahnke, making her Impalas debut, was particularly impressed by the defense judging from her post-game comments "I like playing right field because I can watch the birds" and "At one point I was cleaning up dog poo." Impala's ace Amanda Kaare pounded the strike zone and let her defense do it's job which included two double plays. "That double play started by Isaac was kinda lame, but the one by Derek...perfect execution" said Amanda after the game. Unfortunately the Impalas luck ran out in the seventh (the last inning) when D & P tore off their leather and chokers and revealed uniforms complete with stirrups. They promptly scored 3 runs and shut the potent Impala offense down in the bottom of the inning for the 4-3 victory. "Yeah, in the seventh we like to use the flail" said one D & P player this reporter was ordered to call Sir. The Impalas were dejected until the umpire gave the game to the Impalas because of the team captain's overwhelming "coolness". This reporter thinks free stat tutoring for life offered to the umpire may have had an affect on the decision.