New Cumberland left no doubt in game five, the final and deciding game, of the 2017 WSTBL playoff championships, as they clinched the seven game series 4 games to 1 over Hagerstown. This game, similar to the previous four, was a tight fight early on as Hagerstown scored a single run in the top half of the opening inning to take the first lead. New Cumberland came back quickly with 3 runs in the bottom half to go up 3-1. The scrappy Braves then chipped away with single runs in the top of the 2nd, 4th and 5th innings while the Tigers scored 2 more in the bottom of the 3rd and by the middle of the 5th it was once again a one run ballgame. The New Cumberland bats, solid all game, really went into high gear at this point scoring 3 more runs in the bottom of the 5th and, for good measure, 2 in the bottom of the 6th while holding the visitors scoreless the rest of the way resulting in the final 10-4 decision. Joe Kidd threw 4 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits and Jeremy Charles closed the final 3 innings giving up 1 earned run on 1 hit to combine for the Tigers win. At the plate for the winners, Tyler Orris went 2 for 3 with a run scored, Miles Campbell was 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored, Will Enrico was 1 for 3 with a triple an RBI and a run scored, Jordan Lawson was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, Kyle Wickenheiser was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Tommy Savastio was 2 for 3 with 4 RBI. Congratulations go out to both teams for their respective season results and their competitive sportsmanship approach during both the regular season and throughout the championship playoffs.
Rain caused game five of the playoff finals to be postponed until Saturday, July 29 @ 2:00pm at New Cumberland Memorial Park. Game six, if necessary, will now be scheduled for Sunday, July 30 @ 1:00pm at North Hagerstown High School and game seven, if necessary is now scheduled for Monday, July 31 @ 5:45pm back in New Cumberland.
Game four of the championship playoff series mirrored the first three games, all decided by a single run, as New Cumberland left Hagerstown last night with a 2-1 victory. The Tigers now have the opportunity to close out the best of seven match-up with a win tonight (7/28 @ 5:45pm) back at New Cumberland Memorial Park. Jordan Lawson pitched a complete game allowing the lone Hagerstown run scattering 6 hits, walking 1, while striking out 7 Braves hitters. Tyler Orris and Miles Campbell both scored for the Tigers and Tommy Savastio was the only multiple hit batter going 2 for 3. Jake Crist went 2 for 3 for the Braves driving in their lone run. Brad Enfield suffered the tough loss giving up just 1 earned run on only 4 Tigers hits in 6 innings of work. The Braves are now in a must win situation tonight in New Cumberland.
New Cumberland held home team serve with a 3-2 win to go up 2 games to 1 over Hagerstown in their best of seven face-off for the WSTBL end of season playoff championship. Jeremy Charles went the distance on the mound for the Tigers giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits with 3 walks while striking out 8. Tyler Orris 2-2 with 2 runs scored, Miles Campbell 2-3 with an RBI, Kyle Otstot 1-3 with an RBI and Will Enrico 0-2 with an RBI lead the way at the plate. Josh Miller also went the distance on the mound for the Braves giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits with 4 walks and 2 strikeouts. The two teams go right back at it tonight (7/27) at 5:45pm in Hagerstown both in search of a game four victory.
Hagerstown bounced back from their game one loss, in the best of seven championship series, with an exciting 5-4 win over New Cumberland in game two, to even the series one game apiece. The Braves balanced 11 hit attack, along with a complete game mound performance by Aaron Roby, was the ticket to victory. Roby gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits striking out 3 and walking 1. Justin Lewis, Jake Crist, Tristan Baker and Hunter Martin all went 2 for 3 on the night with Crist driving in a pair of runs. Game three of the series is scheduled for tonight at New Cumberland Memorial Park with a 5:45pm start time.
After being suspended (see below) with 2 on and 2 out in the top of the fifth, Hagerstown scored on a Tristan Baker single to left to take a 3-2 lead. Jordan Lawson was able to keep the Braves off the board in the sixth and seventh innings allowing New Cumberland a chance for a comeback. In the bottom of the seventh, Stephan McKee drew a one out walk which was followed by a Kyle Otstot single. After a pop out, Brett DePalma walked with two out to load the bases bringing up Tyler Orris. Orris was down to his last strike when he singled up the middle to bring home Jesse Deaner and Kyle Otstot for the walk off win to give New Cumberland a 1-0 lead in the championship series. Game two of this match-up is scheduled for tonight (7/26) at North Hagerstown High School starting at 5:45pm.
Rain suspended game one of the championship playoffs in the top half of the fifth inning last evening in New Cumberland. The Tigers broke out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the 1st inning before the Braves scored one comeback run and had runners at second and third with two outs in the top half of the fifth. The clouds then opened up drenching the field making further play impossible. This game will be resumed, where it left off, at 6:00pm Monday, July 24 back at New Cumberland Memorial Park. The need to continue this game means that the seven game schedule has changed with game two now scheduled for Tuesday, July 25 at North Hagerstown High School 5:45pm start time. Wednesday, July 26 will be game three in New Cumberland at 5:45pm. Game four will be Thursday, July 27 in Hagerstown at 5:45pm. Games five through seven (if necessary) will follow this alternating pattern with weeknight games starting at 5:45pm and weekend games beginning at 1:00pm.