Sunday, March 3, 2013

W.A.I.S.T. 2013: Get off of our lawn!

The January 2013 West Africa Invitational Softball Tournament in Dakar was a great success for the Kédougou team. Not so much for winning games, but we lead the league for style and team spirit. 

Each year each region comes with a theme (Superheros, South of the Border, Beach Core, etc) and the costumes are generally intended to be flattering, not unlike Halloween on any given college campus. With that in mind, this year Kédougou's theme was Geriatrics. We pulled our pants up as high as they would go, baby-powdered our hair, filled our pockets with hard candy, and went searching for sweater vests. 

 We didn't have very many throwing or catching skills, and we weren't super clear on all the rules and positions, but had a lot of good cheers and we did our best. Jubal played Outfield Guitar, Katie O. and I covered Third Base from time to time, and Kyle pitched, with some help from Karen. We made the most of the element of surprise when Country Director Chris Hedrick got a solid hit and we all ran to first base, and we got a semi-standing ovation (and Captain America came over from the sidelines) for our mid-game rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

We ate hot dogs, drank cold Cokes, watched the other games, just generally had a good time, and all too soon the tournament was over. 
Most of the Geriatric 'Gou Crew 


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  3. Hello LaRocha. My name's Dior. I'm a member of Brakasses Softball team. We played last WAIST 2013 and others before. Made a facebook page about WAIST to gather players, fans and every interesting people. To share pictures, videos, memories... about this tournament. Right now we reach 75 fans in just few months. It's a little hard to gather everyone because don't have the contact of everybody. But I have find your blog via google and would like to share the link of the page to you.
    Be a fan and share it with your team mates and others.
    Also there is a twitter page
    Thank you again and hope to meet your team again next year.
    The best.