By Jeff Linville
July 12, 2013
Chatter comes from the dugout as infielders crouch in anticipation.
A Little League game? An adult softball league? No, the action on Thursday was a kickball league started by Reeves Community Center.
Games are played on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Graham Field, across the street from the Jones Resource Center, according to Peter Raymer, RCC program supervisor.
Not only is he involved in organizing the league, Raymer participates on a team called the Bench Warmers.
“It is an adult league based on co-ed softball rules with modifications for kickball,” said Raymer.
“Teams wear uniforms with numbers, and games are officiated by umpires,” he explained. “Teams kick boy-girl-boy-girl and take the outfield in a similar manner.”
On this particular Thursday night, the Bench Warmers were playing Travis Manchester’s Kick Lupus team.
The team name is to raise awareness of the disease, said Manchester. His sister, Barbi, has systemic lupus, so whenever he is involved with something — from T-ball to kickball — he puts lupus in the name.
Barbi has organized the Mayberry Butterfly Walk for Lupus each of the past two years. While at Mount Airy High School, she participated in soccer, softball, track and swim as well as serving as a placekicker for the football team.
On this night, she watched from the bleachers as her brother’s team scored two runs in the first inning and three in seventh for a 5-1 win over the Bench Warmers.
While athletics can always bring out performers’ competitive instincts, the players also showed camaraderie and good cheer, like Raymer sharing a high five with the fielder who nearly tagged him out at second base.
For more information on the kickball league and other ongoing sports and events at Reeves Community Center, call 786-8313.