The Dartmouth Drillers finished 2016 on top of the MIBL after winning the MIBL Championship Tournament Sept 10-11 at Mainland Commons Field in Halifax.
The Drillers won their first game Saturday vs Spryfield. Trailing 7-0 after 2 innings, the Drillers tore the cover off the ball in the 3rd inning sending 18 men to the plate scoring 13 runs....both team records. From there, Brett Buckley retired the final 9 batters in a row, and Dartmouth added 5 more runs to end an 18-7, 5 inning win.
Game 2 featured Dartmouth taking on defending league Champions Halifax, who had earlier beaten Hammonds Plains. Despite short rest from his 2 complete games in Provincials the weekend before, Dartmouth ace Mike Butler took the mound and spun yet another gem for the Drillers. The Driller offence continued solid hitting putting up 7 runs backing Butler to a 7-2 win. By going 2-0, Dartmouth advanced to the Championship, awaiting the remaining teams battling for the other spot.
The Championship game pitted Dartmouth against rival Spryfield for the second time in 2 days after Spryfield came from behind to walk off defending Champs, Halifax, in game 1 Sunday. Spryfield sent their ace Mark Stiner to the mound vs Dartmouth's Jason Davis.
The Driller offence struck early, chasing Stiner in the first inning after only 18 pitches by plating 5 runs on 7 hits. From there, Davis pitched to the score, and although Spryfield got close at 7-6 thanks to a bad bounce in the 4th, Dartmouth pulled away with a triple from Teddy Comeau and HR for Jason Shadbolt in the 6th inning. The final score was 11-6.
Overall, the final 10 days of the 2016 season saw possibly the best Driller performances ever. Dartmouth posted a 7-1 record between AAA Provincials and MIBL Playoffs. Dartmouth scored 69 runs and allowed only 32 (25 earned) in that span.
Mike Butler- The Driller ace went a combined 3-0, with 3 CGs, striking out 26 in 21 innings allowing only 3 earned runs
Jason Davis- The "on-call" Driller went 2-1 with 3 CGs, the only loss coming in a well pitched 1-0 loss.
Brett Buckley - the other half of the left-orium won the opener of league playoffs and had a crucial save vs Noel in Provincials
Teddy Comeau -went a ridiculous 15 for 24 with 12 RBIs and reached base 9 additional times by BB or HBP
Jason Shadbolt - exploded to go 15 for 26 with an insane 18 RBIs, 3 doubles and 4 Home Runs
and a final tip of the hat to perennial Driller "unsung-hero" Kyle White. Despite a significant rib injury (possibly broken) sustained in a collision at 2B vs Windsor, Kyle caught 3 of the next 4 games, went 4 for 11 at the plate during the MIBL Championships, and played the same crazy-good defense behind the plate.....including a crucial diving catch in the late innings of the championship final. Good thing it's offseason recovery time!
Overall a great close to 2016 for the Blue and White. The Drillers will return next season looking to improve again and hopefully add some more hardware.