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Roller Derby Saturday: New Season, New Players, a Dramatic Ending

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Story: Sheri Zampelli

Saturday night's Los Angeles Derby Dolls bout was an unfolding series of unique derby experiences. Yes, there was the normal spectacle: Krissy Krash and Tara Armov taking skaters to the rail, jammers slipping through the pack and plenty of falls in the infield.

The announcers set a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek tone and the DJ pumped out a high-energy soundtrack. However, this weekend's conclusion was so unusual that first-time attendees probably thought it was scripted for dramatic impact. Even a few seasoned fans and skaters were left scratching their heads, trying to piece the puzzle together.

In the second-to-the-last jam, the Fight Crew had three players in the penalty box. That left two Fight Crew blockers to defend the track against a pack of Tough Cookies. Laguna Beyatch scored nine points on that jam, most of them ghost points (points she would have recieved if the players who were in the penalty box had been on the track).