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Meet a true champion... of Columbus Commons Kickball!

Steve Darling, an attorney in Downtown Columbus, grew up in Worthington. He recalls visiting City Center Mall before it closed and is glad the plot of land is now Columbus Commons. And why wouldn’t he be glad?! The kickball team he captains has won the league championship four sessions in a row, which pretty much means that since Columbus Commons first opened and began hosting the Downtown kickball league, Steve and his team, High Beck, have been relishing in victory.

What’s in a name, you might ask? The team, High Beck, gets its name from its sponsor, the local watering hole at the corner of High and Beck in the Brewery District, just south of Downtown. The bar is conveniently located between where many of the team members live. The assemblage of teachers, lawyers, and other professionals generally work or live in German Village or in the vicinity of Downtown.

Initially, Steve played on a work team and eventually assembled a team of his own, made up of athletically-gifted friends, many of whom had played other, somewhat similar sports like soccer and volleyball in the past. The team is split 50/50 in terms of gender and range in age from 22 to 34, but it’s safe to say they’re all kickball professionals at this point.

So how does the league work? And how do you manage to win four championships in a row? According to Steve, “Having very athletic and fun women on the team!” More technically speaking, teams can lose regular season games, but must win all playoff games. The top two teams from each of the two divisions (four teams, total) make it to the playoffs, which will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 5:45pm. From there, teams are eliminated as they lose, until a champion is bestowed the famous kickball trophy. The trophy – a shoe affixed to the top of a traditional gold-colored championship cup trophy – is proudly displayed at High Beck, the bar, and visited weekly by the kickball team members before each game.

So if you’re in need of a little after-work excitement this week, swing by Columbus Commons on Thursday to cheer on High Beck or, alternatively, the many kickball teams striving to beat Steve’s High Beck team. Games start at 5:45pm and are accompanied by Pints & Pies Happy Hour from 5 to 7pm and followed by Downtown Live at 7pm.