You couldn’t throw a softball without hitting a Keg or a Chugger at Castleknock College over the weekend. There were 27 club members competing in one of the biggest blitzes of the year featuring 11 different teams, two of which were the Kegs and the Chuggers. The Kegs finished 2-1-2 in the comp division before winning the 3rd place playoff versus Belfast Softball Club, but easily could have finished 5-0 and moved on to the final if a few things broke their way. But we all know you can’t take the fun out of this team as they danced to 90’s classics between (and sometimes during) innings. Even Charli Cook (Kegs rookie class of 2040) was groovin’ to the tunes after recently figuring out that her knees could bend on command. The Chuggers competed in the rec side of the blitz and while they didn’t come away victorious they certainly were the most prepared team in the tournament with what appeared to be a 100L Yeti cooler filled with waters and other critical supplies…They may not have won the day, but there’s no denying that the Chuggers certainly had the strongest showing at the afterparty down the street at Myos Pub.
The Niall Mellon Softball Blitz is a charity fundraiser for Mellon Educate foundation, which has built over 175,000 homes in South African townships since its founding in 2002. Learn more at www.melloneducate.com. This year’s softball blitz raised over €4,000, which will contribute toward materials for the next house building blitz in November 2022.
The Kegs return to Wanderers on Tuesday night to face off with the undefeated Dodder Dynamos while the Chuggers head to St. Anne’s park on Wednesday to take on the Renegade Reapers.