Kickball isn't just for elementary school recess. On Sunday, members of the Mid-Missouri Kickball League, a 21+ B.Y.O.B. fellowship of players, gathered in costumes to play in their fourth week while celebrating Halloween at the mid-Missouri kickball fields in Columbia. It wasn’t just an afternoon of competition though; members cheered together, drank together and celebrated a new proposal together.
Yes, the six weeks and three seasons of getting out of the house and hanging out with other adults every Sunday was a perk to the league according to many members. But another was simply “family.”
“We’re super tight knit,” Lynsey Foster said.
Foster joined the league when it started and has been bringing more and more people into it.
“Lynsey is the Tito’s vodka,” teammate Stephen Waltrip said, “And the rest of us are the different red bulls that make up the team.”
Frank Owens proposed to teammate Julie Bauer with the help of fellow teammates, members of the opposing team and one of the league owners and founders, Adriana Nieman.
Julie Bauer pitches the ball
Lynsey Foster attempts to kick the ball
Brett Kenney throws the ball to the pitcher
Elise Ridenhour asks her son Grayson Ridenhour, 4, if he wants to play
Trophies for best team costume and best individual costume are placed
Tanner Cassil catches his son Isaiah Cassil, 2, while his team was kicking
Frank Owens lifts his new fiancée Julie Bauer
Team members huddle together for a picture
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