State Champions: Brian Oakland

Brian Oakland receiving the Championship plaque
Over the weekend, men traveled to Rapid City to participate in the Rec 1 Division of the Men’s Slow-pitch State Softball Tournament West. This division was built by the 30 teams who were competing for the title. The double-elimination tournament ran through the weekend with the championship game scheduled for 2:00 on Sunday.  The Bauman Lumber team of Pierre, led by Brian Oakland, played through Saturday and Sunday. Oakland works for BIT within the Data Center as a web server administrator and has been playing softball for 26 years! After leaving the tournament winless the last two years, Oakland’s team was sitting undefeated heading into the championship game this year. Bauman Lumber was facing a team from Spearfish called 99-Problems for the title (the same team they beat during morning games 10-3). The rain started just after the coin toss for the championship game. When the rain finally finished, major field maintenance was needed to clear the puddles away. At 4:30 the championship game finally began. Bauman Lumber took the lead early and stayed solid throughout with a final score of 12-0, taking the title of champions!

Great job Bauman Lumber, more specifically Brian Oakland—we are proud of your accomplishments and leadership skills inside and outside of BIT!

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