San Diego Councilmen 'The Bald and the Beautiful' in World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament

Posted at 9:29 AM, Jul 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 13:11:56-04

How long they'll last in the bracket is a big question, but San Diego Councilmen Chris Cate, Mark Kersey and Scott Sherman will team up for the 63rd annual World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament at Fiesta Island beginning Saturday morning.

It will be the first time for Cate and Kersey, but Sherman has played before. Over-the-Line is a modified form of softball played over three innings.

Their team, called "The Bald and the Beautiful," will compete in the men's Century Division.

"I'm the 'and' and the 'the,"' Cate told City News Service with a chuckle. He displayed a jersey with the number 6, for his council district, with the word "and" above it.

Sherman received top billing in the team name.

"I doubt we're going to make the second weekend, which I can't play in, anyway," Cate said. "If we get a win, I would be very happy."

The tournament is double-elimination, so they'll get a couple of games no matter what happens.

"It's fun, you know, get out there and try for the first time, and maybe make this an annual thing for us," said Cate, who has never been to OTL. He said they practiced last weekend and appeared to be better than expected.

The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club said more than 1,100 teams are scheduled to compete, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and continuing until dusk.

Because of the large crowd, parking on Fiesta Island usually fills up by 10 a.m., so attendees are encouraged to park elsewhere and take free shuttles from Friars Road at the Linda Vista trolley station, the Bonita Cove parking lot on West Mission Bay Drive or the Fiesta Island entrance.

The first weekend of the tournament is known as much for the bawdy atmosphere, with beer, boobs and shocking but creative team names. The second weekend is for serious competition, with the finals scheduled for July 17.