Players, Bobtail tie for first

Barbara Lawlor
Gilpin County

Being on top of the Gilpin County Adult Coed Softball League is like being number one in a ski raceGolpin Softball midway through the start list: you could slide to second, or fifth, at any moment. Last week, the Eldora Ski Area team was at the top of the list, with a few teams tying for second.
This past week, as of Thursday, July 21, the Players, longtime champions in the league, moved into the first place slot along with the Bobtail Cocktail, both teams having six wins and one loss. Last week’s first place team, the Eldora Ski Resort, slipped to a second-place tie with the Acer’s, each team having five wins and two losses.
At the bottom of the pack with no wins are the Savages, a new team in the league and comprised mostly of Nederland High School athletes who have performed outstandingly on the sports field but have a huge learning curve in a sport that many of them have not played before. The team was formed by Joe and Lori Kinczel.
Joe, the team’s coach, said he wanted to participate in a team that included his family, Lori, Alex and Natasha and their friends. Joe is a die-hard ball player, according to his teammates. He played through high school, college and then was chosen for the semi-pros in Chicago and Cleveland. He has recently been competitive in the Denver area adult men’s league.
Years ago, when the Players were the Peak Players, he was a member of their team. The Peak Players have morphed into just the Players, now on top of the league. The kids say they are having a great time playing even if they are picking up the tail end of the standings. Lori said it is amazing how far along they have come since the beginning of the season.
A highlight of last Thursday’s game was the home run hit by Mindi Harris in the sixth inning, giving herGilpin Softball team, the Acer’s, a 7-6 lead in the sixth inning. One of the team members thought the homer was a first. They were playing on the Elk Field, which is shorter than the Weber Field, and the rule is that if a male player hits a home run it doesn’t count and they are out. A female, however, can hit as many home runs as she can, but it hasn’t happened before. Mindi had a huge smile as she was high-fived by her teammates.
On Thursday, July 25, the Rollinsville Rockies will play the Mean Machine at 6 p.m. on Weber Field, and the Acer’s will play the Red Dolly Misfits on Weber Field at 7 p.m. The Bobtail Cocktail will play the Eldora Ski Area team at 6 p.m. on the Elk Field.
As of Thursday, July 25, the teams will have played 50 games of the 55 scheduled competitions. Tournament play begins on Wednesday, July 31.

GC Adult Coed standings as of July 21
1. Players, 6 wins, 1 loss, .857
2. Bobtail Cocktail, 6 wins, 1 loss, .857
3. Acer’s, 5 wins, 2 losses, .714
4. Eldora Ski Area, 5 wins, 2 losses, .714
5. B&F NedVet, 5 wins, 3 losses, .625
6. Mean Machine, 4 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie, .571
7. Blue Sox, 3 wins, 2 losses, 2 ties, .428
8. Rollinsville Rox, 3 wins, 4 losses, .428
9. 1st Street Pub & Grill, 1 win, 6 losses, 1 tie, .125
10. Red Dolly Misfits, 0 wins, 7 losses, .000
11. Savages, 0 wins, 8 losses, .000.