As far as company-wide activities go, SoDel Concepts’ Summer Softball Showdown, held July 19 at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown, was a home run. More than 120 of the hospitality group’s employees signed up for the draft, which resulted in six teams. This year, Yellow Fever, led by Kris Medford, took home the trophy.
“We had more than 200 people come out with their families to play or watch the game,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which owns 10 restaurants along the Delaware coast, as well as The Clubhouse at Baywood in Long Neck. “A remarkable number of athletes work for our company, and they’re really competitive, which makes the game a lot of fun to watch.”
This is the third year for the event, which has grown in popularity. The first year, two teams played three innings at Rehoboth Beach Little League’s field. On July 19, the six teams each played one six-inning game, followed by a home run derby for the chance to rack up additional points. Hits by Griffin Kammerer and Drew Dryden sealed the deal for Yellow Fever.
In addition to Medford, the captains included Doug Ruley and Ronnie Burkle. Shannon Colburn, Lauren Herlihy, Dan Levin, Phill Blush, Tyler Townsend and Jack Temple were co-captains.
Sports at the Beach concessions, managed by SoDel Concepts, provided lunch for the players and their fans. Lizzie Fish, a Cape Henlopen High School graduate and Millersville University cheerleader, sang the national anthem.
The players took practice seriously in the weeks preceding the game, Ruley said. “We’re already looking forward to next year.”
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