Championship Series Recap
Booze on First took down the Beavers in a high intensity 3 game series. Booze lost game 1, 2-0 via a walk off home run off the bat of the Beavers lead off hitter, Rob Licht. The Beavers then came out firing in the second game under the lights at Pleasant Valley Field. They were up 5-0 after 3.5 innings of play. Then bottom of the 4th rolled around and that's when Booze on First's offense scored its first runs of the Championship Series off of a 3 run home run by Josh Palma. Booze then rallied together, hitting single after single and scoring 4 more runs in the bottom of the 4th to take the lead 7-5. Booze's pitcher, Jake Davey then sat the Beavers batters down in the top of the 5th to push Booze in to a game 3 winner take all game. The third game of the series had to wait 2 days because the lights couldn't stay on long enough that Monday night. Therefore wiff continued into August for just the second time in 4 years. That Wednesday, Rob Licht of the Beavers struck first with a leadoff solo shot to left field in the bottom of the first of game 3. That came after pitcher, Adam Carosone of the Beavers, went 2 pitches, 2 outs to get through Booze on First's portion of the 1st inning. The bats went quiet for a while, except for a solo homer by Josh Palma in the top of the 2nd to knot the game up at 1. The third inning came and Castelli hit his 1st home run of the 2017 playoffs to give Booze on First a 1 run lead in a winner take all game 3. Beavers didn't have the deficit for long, as Rob Licht, who Booze decided to pitch to in the bottom of the 3rd, 1 out, runners on first and third, hit a dribbler to short and beat it out to tie the game yet again. The 4th inning came and gone. To the 5th inning, Booze was lead off with a Josh Palma single followed by a Jordan Castelli single to the left center wall, advancing Palma to third. Jake Davey stepped up and delivered Booze's third straight single to score Palma. Booze then got bases loaded but couldn't push through to get that extra insurance. With a 1 run lead and 1 out in the bottom of the 5th, Booze was getting tight. Zach Faigley was at the plate for the Beavers. Faigley got his first hit of the game and Peichnick had 3rd made and was coming to bat, but Faigley made a wide turn around first base and Castelli, Booze's right fielder, and Davey, Booze's pitcher, both realized it. Then Davey came in behind Faigley, who was returning to first base after the single and wide turn, when Castelli fired the ball from the right field corner, into Davey's hands for the tag out of Faigley. Then the rest is history and Booze on First becomes the first team to go back to back champions in W.I.L.L history. Josh Palma was named Playoff MVP for the second straight year, as he was Booze's main source of offense throughout the 2017 playoff campaign. Jake Davey has secured his 3rd W.I.L.L Championship, making him the most winningest player to date. He also hit his second Championship winning hit this year. Davey and Palma both now join Mike Graziani, as the only players to win back to back championships. The Beavers finished second for the second time in their 3 year existence.
2017 Opening Day is set
The W.I.L.L has released the date of the the 2017 Opening Day. May 16 will be the date that the 2017 season will kick off. The venue is still undecided upon and will be released soon.
W.I.L.L Announces Partnership with Local Gym
Anytime Fitness in McMurray and the Wiff is Life League have agreed on a partnership for the upcoming 2017 season. The upcoming season will feature the "Anytime Fitness Home Run Leaderboard" and will be updated after each of the 2017 game days. One team from the leaderboard at the end of the year will earn one month of free access to the Anytime Fitness in McMurray. The W.I.L.L appreciates the generosity of Anytime Fitness in McMurray and would like to encourage anyone looking for a great place to work out, to check them out. For more information on the Anytime Fitness in McMurray follow the following links; Website, Facebook, Instagram!
2017 Game Days
Check twitter feed on the right to see the calendar of Game Days this season.
W.I.L.L Renews Partnership with Shady Rays
Shady Rays Sunglasses has returned as a partner of the league for their second year. Shady Rays with the partnership has obtained the naming rights of the End of the Year Awards. Shady Rays will provide each of the End of the Year Award winners with a complimentary pair of sunglasses! Shady Rays is an online based sunglasses company that offers great quality and durable sunglasses for a low affordable price. Also the company has an offer of 25% off any order of sunglasses when you use the promo code "wiff". The promo code is available now till the season ends, at ShadyRays.com.
MAY 2nd DEADLINE
Only ONE DAY to get your team entered for the 2017 Summer Season! Fill out the form located to the right to register your team! May 2nd is the deadline!
Chick Fil A Night
On TODAY, Friday May 5th, head to Chick Fil A in Washington, Pa between 4 and 8 pm. During those times a portion of your meal price will be donated back to the W.I.L.L. Make sure to mention "WIFF IS LIFE SPIRIT NIGHT" when you order.
W.I.L.L Secures Sponsorship from Local Business'
The Wiff is Life League has secured 2 more sponsorship's for the upcoming season! Escape Room South and Select Genetics are the two business. What is Escape Room South? It's where you and your team enter into a themed room. You then have 60mins to discover clues, solve puzzles, answer riddles, and manipulate contraptions in order to complete any assigned tasks and to ultimately unlock the door to your room and escape!! The fastest team to escape is given ultimate bragging rights... until their record is crushed by a new team! Use promo code "WiffSave5" and get $5 off your next visit! Select Genetics is a laboratory equipment supplier.
Commissioner Featured on National Podcast
The W.I.L.L's Commissioner, Jacob Davey, was featured as the special guest on the NWLA Wiffle on Tap Podcast. The podcast is a part of the Two Wiffle Dudes Podcast Network, the official podcast of the NWLA. Click on the following link to hear the Commissioner talk about the league and its trip to the NWLA regionals in Wilkes Barre, Pa next month. LISTEN HERE
NWLA Tournament Regional Preview
The Wiff is Life League is heading to regionals! This Saturday, June 10, the WILL Waves are traveling to Wilkes-Barre, Pa to face off against 6 other leagues in the NWLA Tournament PA Regional. The roster for the Waves is as follows, Jacob Davey, Mike Graziani, Dylan Coyle, Rob Licht, Matt Mish, and Josh Palma. The WILL has had some tournament experience before. Two teams from the league competed in a fast pitch tournament hosted by Westmoreland Wiffle in November of 2014. Also the WILL took 3 teams to the California Pa Wiffle Fest, which was a slow pitch banana bat tournament, in October of 2015. In history the WILL has never won a tournament championship, their top finishes at Westmoreland was 2nd place and at California Pa the top finisher was 3rd place. The overall tournament record for the league is 14-10. All of the players on the roster have outside tournament except Josh Palma. The Waves got placed in the Pa Regional by the NWLA Tournament Host Committee. They will have to come in the top 4 out of the 7 leagues to move on to the National Tournament in Morenci, Michigan. The format of the Regional is as follows, all teams will play 4 games against pre determined opponents. Then after the games are played the top 3 in the standings will automatically advance to nationals and the bottom 4 will play a single elimination death bracket for the 4th and final spot. The WILL is one of 3 rookie leagues in the region. History is not on the side of the Waves or any of the rookie teams competing this year. In NWLA Tournament history rookie leagues are a record of 41-105. The Waves look to prove this historical statistic wrong as here is their schedule for the weekend. All the games are played on Saturday, June 10 and can be watched and followed along on Twitter.com/wiffislife (@wiffislife on Twitter). Game one for the WILL Waves is at 9:30 am against the host league BWBL who has an all time tournament record of 6-13. After that the Waves play in the contest right after that against Wild Wiffleball Federation at 10:30 am. WWF is in its second year in the tournament and went 4-7 last year. The boys from the WILL will then get a game break before the action resumes, as they play the GAWL Stars at 12:30 pm. GAWL is another league in the tournament for its second year and posted a 4-6 recorded in last years tournament. To round out the pool play round and what the Waves are hoping is their last game they will play the guys from Ridley Park Wiffleball League, who like the WILL has no history in this tournament and is a rookie league. That last game is set to throw the first pitch at 2:30 pm. The twitter feed will be active as the Waves compete, be sure to tune into Periscope as well all links will be tweeted out from @wiffislife. This is it for this preview article. LET'S GO WAVES!
Waves Player Featured Guest on National Podcast
Mike Graziani, who is a pitcher on the WILL Waves National Team, was the special guest on a national podcast this past week. The show Tim 5W is a feature of the Two Wiffle Dudes Podcast Network. this episode with Mike was the first ever for the show. LISTEN HERE.
All Star Game Voting
It's that time of year, the annual All Star Game is being put together. On June 30, at Pleasant Valley Field, the two divisions bests will face off in a 9 inning affair. Who gets in? That is for the fans to decide! Each teams top vote getter will get on the team of 10, with the 2 remaining spots going to the next top vote earners in the division. Click on the following links to cast your vote! Voting is limited to one vote per day per device. Polls close on Wednesday at 11 pm!
Playoff Eligibility Requirements
As teams begin to plan for playoffs this year, here is what a player must accomplish to be included on a teams playoff roster. It's actually quite simple, you must play in 9 total games in the league and must have played at least 3 with the specific team you are on at the end of season. Best of Luck to all teams as the games get more intense!
All Star Game Recap
Score: North (13) South (9)
Brief Recap: Pitchers made their ways in and out in this 9 inning affair. Each side scored a run or so an inning, but the North was the team that put together that big inning, with home runs down the lineup.
Game MVP: Steven Keelon, of Crabs Wiff and North Division All Stars, got the W on the rubber and hit 5 homers to propel the North to the games victory.
Link to watch: Click HERE to watch the All Star Game's live feed from Friday Night. Clay Barnes and Ed Cottrill had the call.
HR Derby: Rob Licht, of the Beavers, took home the covenant red ball on Friday night. Rob hit 12 home runs to defeat Nick Kiger, of the Step Dad's, and Jordan Castelli, of Booze on First, in the final round. Click HERE to watch the whole live stream of the home run derby!
2017 WILL Playoffs
Here is the bracket for the 2017 WILL Playoffs. Best of luck to all teams. Make sure to follow all the action on twitter and periscope, @wiffislife. You can follow live by clicking here. Also LISTEN to the W.I.L.L N'at Podcast preview at podomatic.com/wiffislife2017!
The WILL Waves traveled to Morenci, Michigan two weekends ago for the NWLA Nationals. What happened? Well the Waves players still aren't too sure and would like to forget about it. In pool play they went 1-2 with loses to PWL and WSEM, the eventual champions. The lone win was against MNWA. The Waves were disappointed with their pool play performance but went into bracket play with a new attitude and treated it as a new season, as they should. After all the math was done and the tournament committee sorted out all the 1-2 squads, which was about half the tournament. The Waves were seeded 10th and faced the 7th seeded MNWA in round 1. The offense for the Waves wasn't there, yet again and likewise in their elimination game as they fell to RPWL. The Waves run had ended and after a much needed league paid for dinner it had sunk in that yes, we are in the Dangerfield Tournament. Well not so much Dangerfield "Tournament" but more of the Dangerfield "Game". The greats of Sunday Night Griffleball and the PWL decided to hit the road early and that left BWACS and us in the Dangerfield. With an 8-0 win the Waves had secured to bring home some hardware. While writing this article it's tough to believe, but 2 weeks later and we are still the DANGERFIELD CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD! All joking aside this feel good prize is not what we wanted but the experience was phenomenal. Waves 2018? 🤔
Team: Booze on First
Players from L to R: Jordan Castelli, Jacob Davey, Josh Palma