Anchored by the dancing knuckleball of IARC's Bob Bolton, Must C Crushed won the championship contest of the Big WiFF, held Sunday, Aug. 26, at Ester Community Park. The Big WiFF consisted of four teams playing at the same time on the lovely grass fields as organizers finished roasting a pig nearby.
Must C Crushed, coached by the GI's Ned Rozell, consisted of many of his Wiffle-playing neighbors, including 8-year old Will Ackerman and his older sisters Emma and Kira. In a steady rain that made for fun sliding on the grass, Must C won the championship game over an ever-expanding team that included Peter Hickman of GINA and many from the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. Even more exciting was the semi-final contest that went three extra innings, highlighted by a clutch at-bat by GI seismologist Cole Richards, who singled in the tying run with two outs.
Honorable mention goes to the GI's Bob McCoy and John Pace, who took their cuts after attending the HAARP Open House hundreds of miles away the day before.
Bill Schnabel, Diane Wallace and many others from the College of Engineering and Mines, the Institute of Northern Engineering and the GI sponsored the well-attended Big WiFF, now rumored to be a yearly event.
Photo 2: Action from the Big WiFF showing Must C Crushed, the winning team. Eight-year old Will Ackerman is pitching. Photo by Amanda Byrd, ACEP.