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Our Season is now complete as we have crowned Tier 1 and Tier 2 Champions for the 2019 season:
Tier #1: (Best of 7 Series)
Cardinals Win Series 4-2
Game #1 - Tuesday September 3rd - Brewers 11-8 Over Cardinals
Key Moment: Cardinals were up 8-7 in the top of the 7th with a runner on for the Brewers and no one out when the rains came. After a delay, the Brewers were rejuvenated and came out and put up a 4 spot to take the lead which they were able to hang on to for the win.
Game #2 - Friday September 6th - Cardinals 10-0 Over Brewers
Key Moment: Cardinals were in control of the game right from the start as Colameco hit a deep dinger in the bottom of the first. From that point on, they never looked back. Cooney tossed 4 strong innings giving up no runs on 2 hits as the Cards evened the series at a game a piece.
Game #3 - Sunday September 8th - Cardinals 11-0 Over Brewers
Key Moment: It was more of the same in Game #3 as the Cardinals pitching held the strong Brewers hitting line up in check. Lareau was dominant in 4 shut out innings while Rusty had 4 RBI's including a back breaking 2 RBI double that essentially put the game out of reach. Tim Barnes and Neil Frazier also had a pair of hits a piece as the Cardinals have fully rebounded to take a 2-1 series lead.
Game #4 - Tuesday September 10th - Brewers 3 - 1 Over Cardinals
Key Moment: In possibly the quickest full game of the playoffs (an hour and 50 minutes), the Brewers clawed back into the series with a big Game #4 win Tuesday night. The player of the game was Jim Fay as not only did he pitch 4 solid innings but he also had the key hit in the bottom of the first inning with the bases loaded and 2 out scoring a pair. The Brewers would score and add on run in the 6th to help hold off the Cardinals and tie up the Series.
Game #5 - Friday September 13th - Cardinals 11 - 1 Over Brewers
Key Moment: A close game was blown apart in the bottom of the 5th when the Cardinals essentially sealed the win with 3 runs. Heading into the inning up 4-0, the Cards put the game away with a 3 spot to put themselves up 7-0 going into the 6th. Andy Noble led the way with 3 RBI with Russ, Gosselin and Cooney each adding a pair as the Cards took command of the Series.
Game #6 - Sunday September 15th - Cardinals 9 - 5 Over Brewers
Key Moment: Another Finals Series win for the Cardinals was in reach as the night began and they went for it early on jumping on Brewers starting Pitcher Jim Fay early and often. Up 6-1 after 2 innings, the game seemed to be theirs for the taking until the Brewers fought back with a run in the 3rd and 3 in the bottom of the 4th to cut the lead to 7-4 but the Cardinals proceeded to put up another pair of insurance runs in the top of the 5th and then cruised the rest of the way earning their 2019 Crown as Champions once again. Congratulations to both teams on a hard fought series.
Tier #2: (Best of 5 Series)
Mudhens Win Series 3-1
Game #1 - Mudhens 3-0 Over Cubs
Key Moment: In a tight game all around, the Cubs Travis Lamoreaux had potentially the "Catch of the Year" while playing Centre Field. It was in the bottom of the 3rd inning, bases loaded for the Mudhens and 2 out. The Mudhens were already up 1-0 and looking to break the game wide open when a lined shot into the gap in centre was snagged on a head-long, Kevin Pillar-esque diving grab by Travis to end the inning and keep the game within reach. Ultimately, the Mudhens would tack on a pair of additional runs later in the game but the Cubs showed that they are not going to go away in this series as they scattered 8 hits and left the bases loaded twice themselves.
Game #2 - Friday September 6th - Cubs 12-6 Over Mudhens
Key Moment: If you to ask me, Travis Lamoreaux of the Cubs seems to be leading the charge for MVP of this series, but lets start at the beginning with how this game unfolded. In a game that was full of momentum swings back and forth, it was the Cubs who came out strong early on as they chipped out a 4-0 lead through 2 1/2 innings. Then the first momentum swing of the game hit as the Mudhens stormed back with a 5 run bottom of the 3rd (highlighted by a 3 run shot by Colin Cummins). The Cubs rallied to retake the lead and never look back highlighted by the biggest hit of the game; a 3 run Triple by Travis that essentially sealed the victory for the Cubs.
Game #3 - Sunday September 8th - Mudhens 4-1 Over Cubs
Key Moment: In another tightly contested game, the Cubs and Mudhens both displayed exactly why they made it to the finals in a well pitched and defended game by both. Kevin Moore pitched 4 solid innings but came away with the "L" as he gave up key RBI knocks by both Rick Boutilier and Mark Caron. Despite being out hit 8-4, the Mudhens pulled out a huge win and are now 1 win away from being crowned Tier 2 Champions.
Game #4 - Friday September 13th - Mudhens 12 - 7 Cubs
Key Moment: In case you had not heard, the Cubs and Mudhens were locked in yet another tightly played contest. Up until the 4th inning, the Mudhens were up 1-0 in a well played seesaw battle. Then the floodgates opened up and both teams started scoring. The Mudhens put up a 5 spot in the top of the 4th before the Cubs responded with 3 runs of their own in the bottom half. The two teams would then exchange multiple runs again in the 6th inning (5 more for the Mudhens with the Cubs responding with 4 of their own) but the deficit was just too wide at that point as the Mudhens would tack on another run in the top of the 7th and then put the Cubs away with a scoreless bottom of the 7th to claim the Tier 2 Championship. It was a well played series by both teams highlighted by some great pitching and Defence. Congrats to both teams.
Our Playoffs this year are set to kick off on August 18th.
Due to the volume of Rain-outs this season, we have broken the Playoffs up into 2 Tiers.
Tier #1 will have the Top 4 seeds battling it out while Tier #2 will feature Seeds #5-8.
For Tier #1 the Semi-final will be a Best of 5 series while Tier #2 will be Best 2 out of 3.
Here are the Match-ups for the 2019 Playoffs:
Semi-Final (Best of 5)
Cardinals Win Series 3-0
Game #1 - Cardinals Win 4-3 Over Hobos
Game #2 - Cardinals Win 7-3 Over Hobos
Game # 3 - Cardinals win 11-2 Over Hobos
Brewers Win Series 3-2
Game #1 - Braves Win 6 - 3 Over Brewers
Game #2 - Brewers Win 5 - 4 Over Braves
Game #3 - Brewers Win 6-5 Over Braves
Game #4 - Braves Win 3-2 Over Brewers
Game #5 - Brewers Win 7-6 Over Brewers
Semi-Final (Best of 3)
Mudhens Win Series 2-0
Game #1 - Mudhens Win 12 - 2 Over Red Sox
Game #2 - Mudhens Win 7-5 in 9 innings Over Red Sox
Cubs Win Series 2-1
Game #1 - Cubs Win 8-7 over Blue Jays
Game #2 - Blue Jays Win 7-4 over Cubs
Game #3 - Cubs Win 10 - 0 Over Blue Jays
Good luck to all!
With the Semi-Finals now complete, we will start each Final Series as of September 3rd.
The series schedule will be posted shortly but our 2 Finals are;
Tier #1 Final
#1 Cardinals vs #2 Brewers - Best of 7
Tier #2 Finals
#5 Mudhens vs. #7 Cubs - Best of 5