The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is pleased to sponsor a team in the Beantown Softball League (BSL), the largest athletic organization open to LGBT people and straight allies in New England.
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus BassRunners finished the 2016 regular season at 15-3 (.833), securing their first-ever BSL Division 4 regular-season title while surrendering the fewest total runs (97) among all 28 BSL teams.
On Sunday, June 26, 2016, the BassRunners also captured the title in the BSL Division 4 playoffs. This marked the third year in a row that the team was crowned as division playoff champions.
Seeded first in the divisional playoffs, the team reeled off back-to-back dominating victories to claim the championship. In the semifinals, the BassRunners cruised past the fifth-seeded Trailblazers, 21-2. In the finals, they outdistanced a very strong, second-seeded Stray Cats’ squad, 13-6.
Five BGMC members played key roles in the team’s success this season: OF/SS Brett Chin, OF Kai Nesset, OF Chris Nuss, P Michael Sullivan and Coach Ken Golner. In addition, Sullivan was deservedly chosen by a vote of all division players as BSL Division 4 Rookie of the Year.
The BassRunners were presented with their 2016 championship trophies at the BSL’s end-of-season awards ceremony at Club Café on Sunday, July 31st.
Due to their unparalleled track record of success in Division 4, the BassRunners will move up to an even more competitive BSL division next year, beginning their first season of play in Division 3 in April 2017.
“Community engagement is a core part of the Chorus’s mission and we’re thrilled to be reaching out to a segment of LGBT community we’ve haven’t previously collaborated with,” said BGMC Executive Director Craig Coogan. “We chose the name BGMC BassRunners because bass is a vocal section of the Chorus and we couldn’t resist the pun!”
Founded in 1978, the Beantown Softball league fields close to 30 teams in four divisions of play: competitive, intermediate, and two recreational divisions.