Aug. 16, 2008
CLEMSON, SC – The Tiger football team played a team-wide cabbage ball game in lieu of its second practice on Friday afternoon. Video from the game is now available exclusively on Clemson Tigers All-Access.
Watch Clemson’s Cabbage Ball Game
The Tigers were divided into eight 13-player teams with seniors acting as captains of each team. The team went to Jervey Meadows where four games were played at the same time in the four corners of the field. Cabbage ball is a game that resembles softball. The ball is larger and softer and no gloves are used. Each player gets one pitch and must swing.
The eight-team tournament came down to a contest between Cullen Harper’s team and Michael Hamlin’s team. They are the two returning captains from last year. Hamlin’s team won the championship with an 8-3 victory. They had won earlier by scores of 9-3 and 8-3.
Hamlin’s team had a bit of an advantage considering his shortstop was Clemson All-ACC baseball player Kyle Parker, also a quarterback on the Clemson team. Parker had a triple in each of the first two games and had a sacrifice fly in the championship game, but his key was defense as he repeatedly threw runners out at first base. Xavier Dye hit a home run for Hamlin’s team in the championship game.
Crezdon Butler hit a home run in the championship game for Harper’s team and made the defensive play of the day when he snared a line drive off the bat of Hamlin, while doing an interview with the Clemson video staff, who taped the contest to show to the team during its dinner on Friday night.
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