Last Updated: October 13, 2017
In yet another gut wrenching game, the Braves and Hobos locked horns on Friday September 29th with the League Championship on the line. The Braves struck early and by the 4th inning, they were up 4-1 and seemingly in control until the bottom of the 7th when the Hobos Rallied and tied the game on a 2 out, 2 run single by Mark Thomas.
With all the momentum seemingly on the Hobos side heading into extra innings, the Braves rallied in the top of the 8th and scored 5 runs to take a commanding 9-4 lead.
The Hobos would not give it up that easily as they got their first 2 men aboard with none out and started another rally of their own. After scoring a pair and having the Braves Stephen Paige battle his way to 2 out and runners on the corners, the Braves were finally able to put the game away and win the title on a fielders choice put out at 2nd base.
Congratulations to both teams on a hard fought 5 game series which saw 4 of the 5 games decided in the last inning of the game and 2 of those games go to extra innings.
The Braves are now back to back Champions. Congratulations go out to Mike Gionas and his team. Repeating is not an easy feat.
Look for an article to appear in the Burlington Post (Already available online https://www.insidehalton.com/sports-story/7589842-braves-retain-burlington-vintage-baseball-title-with-extra-inning-win/ ).
Rest in Peace Casey
A Celebration of Casey's life will take place from 4-6 pm on Sunday September 17th from at the Burlington Convention Centre located at 1120 Burloak Drive.
There is an article up in the paper about him which you can find here;
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Rob Hall of the Cubs passed away recently.
There will be a celebration of his life on Thursday August 31st from 7 to 11pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dundas located at 280 King Street West.
A "GoFundMe" campaign has been started by Paul Smith in order to try and cover the cost of having him buried in his native East Coast. Anyone wishing to contribute is more then welcome to click on the link listed below;
I received this testimonial about Rob from Michael Blackwood and felt it would be best if it was posted as he had written it;
Rob is the one in the back far right (in the team picture above). He wore 44 then.
When his father passed away a few years after this photo he asked to have his number changed to 24 which was his Dad's number. My wife Brenda changed his number to 24 and he wore that number until he retired from BVB.
He is missed dearly.
The 2017 Regular Season is now down to 1 Final Game.
Game #1 of the Finals went to the Hobos as they pulled out a walk off 8-7 win.
Game #2 the Hobos had a chance to take a 2-0 commanding lead. It was a tight game, tied at 2 going into the 5th when the Braves broke it open. The final score was 10-2 for the Braves evening the Series at 1.
Game #3 went on Sunday September 24th at Nelson Park at 7 pm and it was another back and forth affair which ended with the Hobos taking the lead in the top of the 7th before hanging on to take a 2-1 Series lead.
Game #4 was a seesaw affair, with multiple lead changes and both teams playing not to lose as much as to win the game. With the Braves up by 1 in the top of the 7th, no one on and 2 out, the game was seemingly over but an error gave the Hobos new life and the scored a pair to take the lead. In the bottom of the 7th, with 1 out and runners on 1st and 3rd, an error by the Hobos allowed the Braves to tie the game and force extra innings.
After Stephen Paige got out of another tight jam in the top of the 8th (runners on 1st and 2nd with none out) unscathed, the Braves loaded the bases with none out and won it on a walk off Sac Fly by Mike Sutton.
The series is now tied at 2 with the 5th and deciding game to be held Friday September 29th at Nelson Park.