Celebrating the championship team of 1976 St. Jacob has played a lot of softball over the years but they have not won many championships. In fact, until the last couple of years, the only championship we ever won was 1976. We are excited to get more information together about that team. Pastor Hout recently had lunch with one of the players from that team - Jeff Schroeder. It was terrific to share so many stories!!! He remembers how they were in a very competitive league with 14 teams in it. Here is the championship line-up as we were best able to piece it together:
The weather is looking nicer but stil no softball at Rice Field in but there was some great action this fall in a 69 and over league. It is an amazing sight to see these guys play. No, St. Jacob did not have a team in this league but Pastor Hout was able to play (now that he has qualified with the correct age). He had a great time. There sure are a great bunch of great guys in this group. They did not win the league title but they had a good season. They did happen to make it to the big championship game and were even ahead with two outs in the last inning. Sadly, things started falling apart at that point. Now it is time to get out the orange balls and play in the snow.
St. Jacob won the Wednesday Co-ed tournament!!! 2023 was our year in many ways. We did not have any games rained out and we won nine of our ten games to claim the regular season championship. To top it all off, our team won the big league tournament at the end of the year. St. Jacob has never won a tournament before!!! Yes, it was quite a year for us. How great it is to have our new championship t-shirts. We are looking for a time to give them out and honor the team. We also had a big wedding with two of our key players, Derek (pitcher) and Grace (outfielder and head recruiter). It was a great day for the team as many of the players were at the wedding.
The full schedule for last year is posted below.
Hotline phone number for rainouts - 937-400-2004
Here is our 2023 schedule (as updated on June 12th)...........
4/26-7:15 (Away) on field #2 vs. Team Coyle
5/3-7:15 (Home) on field #2 vs. Sandlot Sluggers
5/10-7:15 (Home) on field #2 vs. Where My Pitches At
5/17-7:15 (Away) on field #1 vs. Sandlot Sluggers
5/24-7:15 (Away) on field #1 vs. Where My Pitches At
6/7-7:15 (Away) on field #1 vs. Where My Pitches At
Looking back, 2022 was a special year for us. Can you believe that we were regular season champions!!! Sadly, we did not win the league tournament as other teams seem to find ways to load up their squad while we played our players who got us there. We are not crying, though, and are happy for all the fun and excitement we had in the 2022 season. We also won the league in 2021 to join the 1976 team as the only league champions in church history.