Terry “The Big Kahuna” Williams, Don “Big Dog” Leavitt, Bryce “The Bomber” Bernard, and many other faculty members joined the softball team on Thursday Sept. 30 for a home run derby.
Other faculty members who joined the team were Marty Trammell, Justin Sherwood, Don Sparks and Jim Dyer.
They started out with some practice swings, before moving on to the actual home run competition. Both the faculty members and the softball players were excited to get out and have a little competition.
“I really enjoyed the friendly competition of the home run derby,” said softball player Jessie Jones. “It was a lot of fun to be around the professors and faculty outside of class, they had me laughing the whole time.
“Also, I’m really glad we won the derby because (Professor) Leavitt was giving us some lip about softball being a sissy sport,” she added.
A little friendly competition is always fun, and both the students and the faculty members seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
Leavitt, who mentioned that he hasn’t swung a bat in three decades, said his favorite part of the afternoon was seeing the smiles on the faces of the softball players, “They really seemed to have a good time watching us try their sport,” he said. “Also, I enjoyed watching their best hitter hit homerun after home run no matter how much trash talking I did,” he said.
The faculty member who most surprised the players and his fellow faculty members was Sherwood. “He was a stud and even hit the score board,” Leavitt said. “He has the blisters on his hand to prove it.”
“He (Justin Sherwood) hit the ball hard and far,” Jones said. “He had a lot of home runs too.”
But despite Sherwood’s efforts to win the game for the faculty members, the softball team still came out on top proving that softball is by no means a “sissy sport.”