Rock music blared from one of the dugouts. This was the essence of recreational sports.

It’s tournament time for Marshall’s first-year kickball league. With this week’s hiatus for fall break, five teams are competing in double-elimination on the NASA softball field.

“We’re trying to make the league big,” Carlos Gomez, one of the three organizers, said. “Now that it’s started, a lot of people are interested. So we might get 10 (teams) next year. It’s pretty much softball rules but we don’t start with a 1-1 count (on the batter). No infield flies. We’re planning on doing dual seasons – before softball and after softball.

“It’s more fun. You don’t feel that pressure, you know, like you’ve got to make that play.”

Austin Decker and Michael Yates are the league’s other two organizers. The season started in the third week of September and the tournament began last week. After fall break, competition resumes Oct. 15-16.

With Gomez umpiring, the Ballbarians beat the Leftovers 10-3 in the tournament’s first round Oct. 2 on NASA field 1. The other three teams include the Funderballz, Astroballz, and Kicking Aces.

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