At 8:30 PM Sunday, November 13th the curtain of the 2016 Tri Town Softball season closed at McLaughlin field in Wilbraham. 7 months, 211 days ago on April 17th with the Spring Pre season tournament to the finals of the Fall league on November 13th. Long season? yes, satisfying? yes! Our leagues has grown over the past 4 seasons approximately 15% dating back to 2013. We've maintained an average of 56 teams over that span which is tops in the Western MA area! And on that behave I want to thank the teams and sponsors for that growth.
The Fall season champions for 2016 featured Bohica defeating regular season Champion Dem Boiz for their first Championship. The Silver Division was the only division where the winning team for both the regular season and playoffs were the same team that being Yabo's who did need the If Championship game to beat a Pikeside team who started the day in the losers bracket and fought their way through 6 straight games only to lose out. Yabo's continues to climb the ranks by virtue of last years Bronze Championship and now adds the Silver Championship to their trophy case. The final championship of the day saw Mass Rivals defeat regular season champion, Rookies in a slugfest featuring over 30 runs, 5 homers each from both teams before the Rivals held off Rookies with a 2 run lead in the top of the 7th. It was Mass Rivals first Championship as a sponsor but there are a host of players on the team that have experienced Championships together with different sponsors in the past!
Closing statement for the year begins with a HUGE THANK YOU to all 56 teams, Umpires and Scorekeepers that participated in the Tri Town League this year and also your support of my concession stand at McLaughlin. I'd also like to thank the Directors and workers from the Towns of Wilbraham, Longmeadow and East Longmeadow. It's a total team effort to continue to make our league the very best in the area. So as we say goodbye for about 4 and half months to our softball faces and families that work, play week to week together or against which has been prevalent over these past years with friendships I've certainly made, I want to wish everyone a Healthy, happy off season, enjoy your Holidays and we'll see what 2017 ushers in!