Realizing the team is near hopeless, he recruits a couple of unlikely prospects. First up is sharp-tongued Amanda Whurlizer (Tatum O'Neal), a skilled pitcher who is the 11-year-old daughter of one of Buttermaker's ex-girlfriends. Buttermaker also notices the powerful throwing arm of the local cigarette-smoking troublemaker, Kelly Leak (Jackie Earle Haley). The boozing coach recruits Leak, and along with Whurlizer, the Bears start winning games.
Eventually, the Bears make it to the championship game opposite the Yankees, who are coached by aggressive, competitive Roy Turner (Vic Morrow). Buttermaker and Turner engage in shouting matches throughout the game, leading to Turner striking his son/pitcher Joey (Brandon Cruz) for intentionally throwing a wild beanball at Bears batter/catcher, overweight Engelberg (Gary Lee Cavagnaro). Later, Buttermaker changes the lineup, putting the benchwarmers in and taking out some of the good players. The Bears lose the game 7 to 6. After the game, Buttermaker gives the team full reign of his beer cooler, and they spray it all over each other. Although they did not win the championship, they have the satisfaction of trying, knowing that winning is not so important.