BURKE HEAT beats H.V. KNIGHTS for Championship Win
After an exciting one-day single-elimination playoff tournament, Burke Heat capped off the fall season with a 19-8 championship win over the Hudson Valley Knights on Sunday afternoon, leaving the Knights just a handful of runs short of the title for their second straight fall season.
The first round of the tournament saw two good games between the lower seeded teams, with Forrest Signs advancing with a win over Dana's, and The Twins scoring 4 in the bottom of the seventh to win in walk-off fashion 9 to 8 over Red Mills.
Things stayed interesting in round two when The Twins took a three run lead late into their game vs. the number one seed FOP. FOP however would rally to tie in the bottom of the 5th and again in the 6th to take the lead, edging the Twins by a score of 8 to 5. Across the park, after falling behind by 9 runs against the second seed Burke Heat, Forrest Signs would rally for 6 in the top of the 7th, but ultimately had their comeback thwarted by a nicely executed outfield assist from the Burke right-center fielder.
In the latter part of round two, Navigator Limo, after winning 8 of their last 9 regular season games, found themselves unable to keep their hot streak alive, losing big to the Knights by a score of 19 to 6. On field 2, Hangover shared a similar fate in an 18-1 loss to the Ball Busters.
Third round action saw a rematch of last year's fall league championship between FOP and the H.V. Knights, with the Knights reversing last season's fortune with a 10 to 6 win. Looking for a championship berth in their first season since splitting off from a variety of past/current teams, Burke Heat continued their hot hitting, knocking Ball Busters out of the tournament by a score of 17 to 7.
Burke would keep on rolling right into the championship game, allowing just two runs in the first four innings while plating 11. Ron Yaeger came through with a number of big hits and four runs scored, while the middle infield turned two double plays in the early innings to keep the Knights at bay.
Kent Recreation would like to congratulate Burke Heat and thank everyone who participated and helped make this fall season one of the biggest, best and most competitive in recent memory. See y'all next spring!
Joe Gasparini turning one of two Burke double-plays during Sunday's championship game.