RICHMOND, CA — In a consolation bout at Saturday’s WFTDA West Region Playoffs, 6 seed Rat City slowly wore down 10 seed Sacred, who played with a lot of heart — and a lot of support from the crowd — but were unable to match the Seattle’s team’s talent. Rat City pulled ahead for good early in the second half and won 243-115; Rat City moved on the the 5th place game against Rocky Mountain, while Sacred was sent to the 7th place to face 8 seed Angel City.
Rat City took a narrow lead after two jams, up 5-0 with three minutes gone. The third jam ended on a injury call off to Rat City’s jammer Yoko Onudi’nt after a big hit from Sacred’s Axel Breaker — Yoko was able to skate off under her own power, but the jam ended with the score tied at 5-5.
That was the last time Rat City did not hold a lead, though. RCR’s Kamikaze Kim put her team back in front with a 2-0 cut short by Sacred’s Slapjack landing a timely hip check. The lead was inched forward to 10-5 next, where it stayed through a scoreless jam that saw 4Closer get lead but wipe out before putting points on the board. A lead jam call and 4-0 for Sacred’s Jamn Jewlz made it a one point game at 10-9.
Again the score was frozen as the trailing jammer called it off on the next jam, but Sacred City got in some trouble following that one as JalapeÃ±o Business got some power jam time while Rat City blockers shifted to no-engagement offense. Annie Anklebiter and Miss Behaved could only slow Peno a bit, and that one went 20-0 Rat City to make it 30-9 after 12 minutes.
A couple of jams later, Sacred was able to make up a little bit of that after Rat City jammer Poise N Bury back-blocked her way to the box. Jamn Jewlz picked up 9-0 on that one to make it a 33-18 game, and the 4Closer added 4-0 to make it an 11 point game at the midpoint of the half, 33-22.
That Rat City lead was similarly sized for the next 5 minutes, standing at 46-29 as the clock ticked into the last nine minutes of the half. With the score 52-37 favoring Rat City with about 6 minutes to play, a jammer penalty on Sacred’s Jamn Jewlz let Carmen Getsome get past a light pack of Mathmortician and Annie Anklebiter multiple times to make it 72-37 Rat City with just under five minutes to play in the half. They’d keep the advantage through the last few jams and led 102-45 at the break.
After a halftime that was, as on Friday, slightly extended by a glaring sunset, Rat City kept their lead at about the same margin for another ten minutes. They were ahead 144-71 with slightly less than 20 minutes left in the contest. A major track cut for Sacred’s 4Closer at that moment created a nightmare defense situation, with only Dirty 8 Special left on the track to deal with Jalapeno Business. Peno dropped a crowd-exploding apex jump in the course of going 30-0; that made Sacred’s chances considerably weaker at a new score of 183-73.
From that point on, Rat City was out of trouble. A particularly disheartening jam for Sacred City with about 6 minutes left saw Sacred’s 4Closer get lead but also pick up a back block major in content that sent her to the ground — she’d spend a few critical seconds attempting to call it off from the floor before realizing she was destined for the penalty box. It ended up as an 18-5 opposing jammer Poise N’ Bury, which moved the score to a far-out-of-reach 234-88 with under five minutes to play.
Though Sacred won the last four jams 27-9, that was nowhere near enough to make up the deficit, and Rat City finished the game winning by 128, 243-115.