Bee’s win again at Heroes of October softball |

Bee’s win again at Heroes of October softball

Front row from left to right: Terri Andersen, Dawn Zydonis and Catrina Olson. Back row: Rob Zydonis, Brad Croul, Skyler Moon, Jimmy Zydonis, Jim Moon, and Morgan Andes.

Just before the rain fell Sunday, representatives from the cities of Nevada City and Grass Valley faced off in the fourth annual Heroes of October softball game.

This year, the well attended event took place on Childer’s Field at Pioneer Park, and for the third straight time, the Nevada City Bee’s emerged victorious.

The game, which is coordinated by Gold Country Community Services, involved teams comprised of city staff, members of the chambers and downtown merchants.

Grass Valley, with a roster of 14 players, jumped off to a 1-0 lead. But after the second inning, in which every player must bat with his opposite hand, Nevada City tied the score at 1-1.

“Kids were everywhere, chanting, ‘Go Mommy, go Daddy.’”

— Sandy Jacobson,
Gold Country Community Services executive director

While the game is played on a traditional field, the rules are modified to reduce the impact of skill. The rules state that “anyone taking the game too seriously will be ejected.” Be that as it may, Nevada City took a 7-1 lead after the fourth inning, during which batters are required to pay $1 for each pitch or $5 for a “do-over.” The proceeds benefited Gold Country Meals on Wheels.

Although the odds seemed stacked against it, the Grass Valley squad didn’t give up and managed to close the gap with a big rally in the seventh inning but fell just short, as Nevada City took the contest, 8-7.

“The game was more of a family event this year,” said umpire and Gold Country Community Services Executive Director Sandy Jacobson. “Kids were everywhere, chanting, ‘Go Mommy, go Daddy.’”

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