As sunlight streaked across Chautauqua early Saturday morning, the scene was quite different from Chautauquans packing their cars to leave after a week at the Institution, or lazy coffee-accompanied walks around the grounds.
The battle for Chautauqua men’s slow-pitch softball supremacy was fought Sunday evening in balmy conditions. The rain earlier in the day jeopardized the game, but the men would not let that delay their quest for glory.
The game was a battle of generations. It pitted Chautauqua stalwarts the Slugs versus a team of 20-somethings, the Mayo-Based Salads. One can laugh at their whimsical name, but the Salads’ reputation preceded them, and the Slugs knew they were in for a tough game.
The Slugs took time before the game to discuss the importance of being vocal from the bench and encouraging their teammates. Meanwhile, there was a buzz around the bench on the third-base line as the Salads hyped themselves up for the culmination of all of their hard work this season.