The Ultomatoes were a little too much for the Tiny Dancers on Tuesday night at Epple Field as they battled for the Ultimate Frisbee Championship title.
Playing by the light of the moon, the Tiny Dancers won 17-16 in a game that continued past the normal 13-point limit.
Nathan Jacobs, the Tiny Dancers’ captain, attributed hard work and an edge at the end to their win.
“It was a good game, had a lot of fun and it was really competitive to the end,” Jacobs said. “Both of the teams were very evenly matched, and we just happened to get it in the end.
“It wasn’t anything in particular, just hard work.”
Ultimate is not a typical game of Frisbee. It requires speed, hand-eye coordination and an athletic ability to run the length of a football field for about two hours.
Jacobs has played since 1994 in Columbia and was confident the Tiny Dancers could beat the Ultomatoes.
The Columbia Ultimate Frisbee summer league is composed of six teams of nine players, but only seven from each team play during the game.
This is the third year the league has been in competition, and it began with four teams.
Players register in May, and teams are chosen in a draft. Fresa Jacobs, who plays for the Ultomatoes and is Nathan Jacobs’ sister, picks the captains.
“We’ve had a round-robin of play, and the last three weeks has been a kind of playoffs,” Fresa Jacobs said. “We had a lot of people who play ultimate in the area, and there are tournaments we play around the state and locally.”
The league season started May 25, and the teams competed in three pick-up games a week.
The Tiny Dancers were the first to score, and at halftime they led 7-6. After an hour of play, the Ultomatoes led 13-12.
A game ends at 13 only if a team has won by two. If there is not a two-point lead, the game continues to 17 or until a team has a two-point lead. The length of Tuesday’s game did not surprise Fresa Jacobs.
“For finals, it is typical game; it depends sometimes on how tired the teams are,” she said.
At one point, the Ultomatoes led 15-14, but the Tiny Dancers earned the victory.
Fresa Jacobs was not bitter over her loss to her brother.
“It was a good game on both sides,” she said. “During round-robin play our team is only won one, so to come to the finals is pretty good.”
The Nuttier Peanuts took third place.