Sister Loose stole the show when the Varsity Gay League took on the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in a charity kickball game on Sunday afternoon.

In the first inning, Sister Loose pranced around the bases in the opposite direction to score the first nun run.

And in the last inning, Sister Loose stole two bases—literally. She grabbed second and third and hid them somewhere in Pan American Park.

“I guess at that point we were baseless,” said Sister KumonaWanna Leiya. “But then, that’s me every day.”

The two squads joined forces to raise money for the AIDS Food Store in Long Beach. Ben Cary and Erik Legler started the Kicks & Giggles project through the Varsity Gay League.

The store was founded in 1985 with a mission of providing food and other essentials for people living with HIV/AIDS whose income is less than $1,500 a month.

The order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence dates back to 1979 in San Francisco and has grown into a national organization.

The path to becoming an SPI is not an easy one. It mirrors the route to becoming a genuine Catholic nun. It can take up to two years to earn the cornette head covering. The candidate applies as an Aspirant and is asked to make a lifelong commitment. After several months of meetings, she can be promoted to Postulant. She is now allowed to wear a small amount of makeup and a modest head covering. If she merits advancement she becomes a Novice. She can now wear full makeup and a veil. Next, if she passes a three-fourths vote, she becomes a full-fledged nun and can don the cornette, which the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence lovingly call their “Hoobie Doobie.”

On Sunday, the sport of kickball became even more outlandish with the antics of Sisters Corky Screw, Burna Cross, Sheida Ho and June Cleavage making up rules as the game progressed.

The victor of the contest will always be in doubt but the winner of the day was the AIDS Food Store. More than $3,000 has been raised through Sunday.

Sister Caryn Soul was asked her opinion of the day’s event, declaring it a complete success: “It was a Hoobie Doobie, Oopsie Doopsie, Betsy Boopsie.”

Amen.

Sister Loose of the Sisters of  Perpetual Indulgence links arms with Varsity Gay League players as they rounded the bases. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sister Burna Cross watches a member of the Kicks & Giggles team field a ball. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

The Sisters of  Perpetual Indulgence line up for introductions before the start of their charity kickball game against the Varsity Gay League. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sister Loose celebrates a run during a charity kickball match between the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Varsity Gay League. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sister Loose runs around the bases the wrong way. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Mora Lee D’Klined is one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who played kickball against the Varsity Gay League. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Caryn Soul is one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who played kickball against the Varsity Gay League on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Burna Cross is one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who played kickball against the Varsity Gay League. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sheida Ho of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

KumonaWanna Leiya of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sister June Cleavage of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.2019. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sister Loose is one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sister Corky Screw pulls in a ball during a kickball match between the Varsity Gay League and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Photo by Bill Alkofer,

A bulldog is dressed for the occasion. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A player from Kicks & Giggles fields a grounder. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sister Corky Screw grimaces as she’s called out at home. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Varsity Gay League players celebrate during a kickball game against the Sisters of  Perpetual Indulgence. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Mora Lee D’Klined takes out a Varsity Gay League player at home. Photo by Bill Alkofer..

Djamel Beldjilali and his dog Strider were among the fans who watched a kickball game between the Varsity Gay League and the Sisters of  Perpetual Indulgence. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sister Corky Screw delivers the ball to the pitcher. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Teammates from Smack My Pitch Up link arms as they round the bases. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Varsity Gay League players linked arms as they rounded the bases. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sister Caryn Soul takes a break in the outfield. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Jimmy Cosio has what he called his best “fence kiss” ever. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Gio Perales gets some help rounding the bases from David Cosio. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A player from The Marvelous Mrs. Gaysels had to hop around the base paths when he had his feet tied together by Sister Sheida Ho. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sister Loose gets ready to tackle a player from The Marvelous Mrs. Gaysels. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

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