HUDSON — A good time was had by all at Saturday’s first Hudson Kickball Showdown at Galvan Field.
A total of 12 teams took part in the competition, which was put together by former Hudson High and Columbia-Greene student athlete Mike Alert.
“I was extremely happy with the turnout,” Alert said. “I say this because I put in a lot of work to get it done! I stayed up until almost 3 a.m. everyday to just think about how I could make it a day people remember. I say it was a success because I left happy and the community looked very happy and the games were very competitive!
“If teams were not competitive there would’ve been no fun in my opinion. I say this because people play sports so they can be competitive and people come out to watch people be competitive. Once playoffs came around I realized that each team had their eye on the prize, which was the trophy and I loved it!”
Fist-round winners were Kite’s Nest, Island, Most Hated, The Booters, HudCity Champs and the Monstars. In the second round, Island defeated Kite’s Nest, Most Hated topped HudCity Champs and The Booters knocked off the Monstars.
Most Hated drew a bye into the championship game where they faced The Booters, who topped Island in the semifinal. Most Hated, the youngest team in the tournament won the title with a 3-1 victory over The Booters.
“They were prepared and had a lot of team chemistry, and they also looked like they practiced weeks before the event,” Alert said. “Before the event started I knew they were going to be tough to beat and they kept their word because they told me they were going to win! So I give them props, and they only had 9 guys, unlike like others teams that had 13+.”
Alert admitted he didn’t know what to expect, since this was the first time he’s attempted to put a tournament together.
“I actually didn’t think it would go so well,” Alert said. “I thought time was going to be a big problem and I thought I wouldn’t get a big crowd. Well, everything ended up going as planned and even when things weren’t so organized everyone helped me figure it out instead of harassing me. There are things I could’ve done better, but it’s a learning experience and next year will be better.”
Alert is already looking ahead to next year and is planning a few minor tweaks.
“I will definitely get real refs because there were some questionable calls that didn’t go in teams’ favor,” Alert said. “I won’t allow the whole team to play in the field and I will not allow people to play on more than one team because I saw some people play on every team.”
With the tournament behind him, Alert is now preparing to go back to school and will be leaving for Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. at the end of the week.
“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life,” Alert said. “Going to Morehouse College, I will be studying Business Management. Being a people’s person and a person that has a lot of ideas, I see myself fitting in perfect as a businessman.
“After I graduate, I want to create programs that teach people about the real world so they are aware of what’s out there. I also want to create programs that help those who are unemployed or need help getting back on the right track. I also want to get involved with real estate and buying property.”
Alert hopes the kickball tournament will encourage others to become more involved in the community.
“If I did it anyone can do it,” Alert said. “You just have to believe in yourself first because if you dont, how can anyone else believe in you? If you envision something allow others to see it because it could be a masterpiece in the making.
“I also want to say thank you to everyone who came out to support me and also the businesses that helped me because without them the event wouldn’t have been as good as it was.”