- LNWL announces 2016 return
- Ardmore Dodgers revitalize 2012 franchise
- Lakers land K. Menzer in deal
- Dodgers sign B. Menzer to a 1-year deal
- League moves to 3-inning games
Lakers score 3 in third to win 4-2 and sweep series over Dodgers
Coming into the final half inning down 2-1, both K. Menzer and T. Menzer went yard to pull ahead 4-2, a margin that would prove to be devastating to the Dodgers. Pitching proved to be the difference for the Lakers, as journeyman K. Menzer came through in the clutch on the mound, pitching two scoreless innings to end the game and any hope at a Dodger comeback. The lone run production for the Dodgers came in the first off of a two-run homer by J. Morrison.
Opening Day 2016: Lakers prevail 10-5 thanks to 6 homers
It was the Dodgers who struck first, but the Lakers who struck more often. By use of six homers, four from T. Menzer, two from K. Menzer, the Lakers were able to score 10 unanswered. From the plate, T. Menzer was on fire, going 6 for 8, tallying 8 RBI's. J. Morrison had the big blow for the Dodgers, blasting yet another grand slam in his career to push the Dodgers to a 5-0 lead. The lead wasn't enough, as the Lakers pushed 7 across in the second, adding 3 more in the third for the 10-5 final score.
2016 LNWL Preview
Following the 2014 season, which saw the Stealth Bombers win their first Norman Cup since 2010, the league ceased operation due to the busy 2015 summer, as well as the departure of the flagship Bomber franchise. But the itch for Grade A wiffleball has struck, and the league is returning yet again for another year. The Kemp Lakers, the winningest franchise in league history, returns along with the 2012 Ardmore Dodgers, reviving their franchise rights with former owner/player/manager J. Morrison. Morrison will be joined by B. Menzer, who have played the past four seasons with each other. The Dodgers landed B. Menzer in a huge free-agent signing, while the Lakers picked up K. Menzer.
Both teams enter with high expectations, and some league rule changes should shake up the action. The LNWL moved back to a 3-inning setup, and also instituted the first pitching limits in league history to increase the viability of smaller teams. Each game at least two players must pitch a minimum of one inning (two outs), and teams must maintain at minimum a two-man rotation, alternating starters.
The Dodgers last season was in 2012, where they went 10-6 and finished 3rd in league play. In the playoffs, they were swept by the 2nd seed Kemp Lakers, losing 4-1 and 7-1. The team has the exact same roster here in 2016 as they did then, with their lineup highlighted by 2013 Silver Slugger and WSMVP J. Morrison and 2014 All-LNWL left fielder B. Menzer. From the plate, the Dodgers will bring a great 1-2 punch in the form of B. Menzer leading off. Menzer has drastically improved his abilities throughout his career, going from a relative low-end player to a 2014 All-Star, and you can expect him to be even better this year. J. Morrison had a dream 2013 season, winning several awards, hitting .356 Avg/20 RBI/9 HR, and earning the reputation of "Mr. Clutch", but his 2014 campaign regressed severely to .148 Avg/7 RBI/3 HR. He hopes to regain his 2013 form at the plate, and if he can, the Dodgers will find themselves having the best hitting lineup in the league. From the mound, the Dodgers will be tough to gauge. Southpaw J. Morrison is the only player with extensive pitching experience, and will have to guide B. Menzer into becoming a successful pitcher in order to have sustained success.
The Lakers 2014 season featured a championship team losing their luster, highlighted by historically low output from the plate, a usual trademark of successful Laker teams of old. The season ended with an 3-8 record in last place, and a 3-1 series loss to the Stealth Bombers. The team returns with one of the LNWL all-time greats T. Menzer, who was one of the few bright spots of the 2014 team, hitting .470 Avg/31 RBI/15 HR. Long-time Bombers leadoff man K. Menzer comes aboard for the 2016 season, but his 2014 .172 Avg/7 RBI/0 HR total won't bring much to the hitting side. From the mound, T. Menzer will be the ace, having won 4 Cy Young awards in his career, although only 1 in the past 5 seasons. K. Menzer has limited experience pitching, and in his only season pitching (2012) he allowed 157 earned runs, garnering a 13.85 ERA and an 0-16 record.
Depending on the timing and amount of games played, the league will decide between a 5 and 7 game series. After much deliberation, our experts have decided that thanks to the better depth of hitting on the Ardmore Dodger lineup, they will be able to overpower the T. Menzer and the Lakers to win their first ever title.
After a year-long hiatus and a closure of all LNWL operations, the league is back with a restructured setup. The mighty Kemp Lakers, champions of the league a record 5 times, return with all-time home run leader T. Menzer and legendary 0-16 player-manager of the 2012 Blue Sox K. Menzer. The expansion franchise Ardmore Dodgers, who merged with the Lakers after a successful 10-6 season back in 2012, return to full operation. The team will be headlined by two long-time Laker greats B. Menzer, who attained his first All-Star honors in 2014, and J. Morrison, the 2013 Silver Slugger and World Series MVP. The league will operate in the months of June and July, finishing up in early August.
Stealth Bombers win the 2014 World Series
With the series tied 1-1 and the home-field advantage shifting to the Lakers for two games, the dominant season of the Bombers seemed to be threatened. But amazing pitching performances in back to back games, as well as a timely grand slam in Game 4 proved to be deadly to the Laker effort. Game 3 ended at a 2-1 score, setting up a clinching chance in Game 4. Z. Forgrave capped off his magical MVP season with a clutch grand slam in the fifth inning while trailing 2-1 to push forward to the final margin. The title was the first for the Stealth Bombers since their pair of titles in 2009 and 2010, and vanquished the effort for a four-peat for the Kemp Lakers, who failed to win the series for the first time since 2010.
Lakers answer the bell, demolish Bombers 13-1 to tie the series
With their backs against the wall, down 1-0 and facing the hottest pitcher in the league, the Lakers fought back with a spark, lit by no other than B. Menzer. The oft-used journeyman of the LNWL, B. Menzer recorded hits in his first three at-bats, including an RBI single in the first inning. Going 5-10, he provided the Lakers with the spark they desperately needed. Attempting to match Z. Forgrave's masterpiece in game one, T. Menzer was one out from a shutout and struck out 11 while only allowing two hits. He also gathered three homers and nine RBI to lead the team. The victory was the most lopsided final tally in LNWL Postseason history, topping 2011's game one 7-0 Laker victory over the Bombers and 2012's game two LNDS 11-4 win by the Dolphins over the Bombers.
Z. Forgrave hurls two-hitter, shuts out Lakers 3-0
Z. Forgrave continued his quest for the Bombers third title with a near perfect game in game one. His near-perfecto, broken up by a B. Menzer single in the top of the fifth, evoked memories of past game one gems thrown in the past few years, such as T. Menzer's perfect game in 2011, his one-hitter in 2012, and Z. Forgrave's own one-hitter in 2013. He also helped out from the plate, hitting two homers to contribute to the 3-0 win. B. Menzer was the only player to record a hit in the game, logging two singles. The victory gives the Bombers another 1-0 series lead, similiar to 2013 where they won game one 2-0.
Bombers rout Lakers 14-5, lead division by three games with World Series looming
For a while it looked like the Lakers would pull within a game of first place, but the Bombers put the notion to rest by scoring seven runs in the third, and 14 by games' end. Both Forgrave brothers logged six RBI's and two homers, while Z. Forgrave relieved a struggling S. Forgrave to pitch six strong innings allowing only two runs. T. Menzer continued his hitting streak, knocking in all five runs for the Lakers and hitting three homers. The Lakers' problem continues to be streaky hitting and inconsistent pitching.
Z. Forgrave leads list chasing the LNWL's first Triple Crown
In the seven seasons of Lake Norman Wifleball, no player has won the Triple Crown by leading the league in homers, RBI's, and average. There have been several close calls in each of the past three years, but no player has gained the honor of being the first winner of the Triple Crown. In 2011, T. Menzer led all full-time players in all categories, but lost the triple-crown by finishing fourth in average behind three part-time players including T. Coffey, D. Jacobs, and M. Jacobs. 2012 was the closest any player has ever come, as T. Menzer led in average and homers by considerable margins, and finished one RBI short of the prestigious Triple Crown. Needing only one RBI in the final game of the year, Menzer and the Lakers were shutout by the Dodgers, leaving Menzer with 112 RBI's and Z. Forgrave with 113. 2013 featured J. Morrison leading in homers and RBI, but finishing in fourth in average behind T. Menzer, S. Forgrave, and Z. Forgrave. Once again more players threaten the first Triple Crown, with Z. Forgrave leading the charge. Currently he leads the league in all three categories, but T. Menzer lurks close behind.
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Lakers offense finally explodes, scores 12 runs in victory
After five frustrating games at the plate, the Lakers finally lit up the scoreboard with 12 runs off of six homers. J. Morrison finally exited his hitless slump, gathering four hits and two round-trippers. He also worked 4.5 innings on the hill, allowing only two runs and winning the game. Z. Forgrave had a great effort in the loss, hitting three homers and batting in six runs.
Z. Forgrave throws first career no-hitter
Hits are already a rarity for the Lakers. Z. Forgrave made it even harder on them, pitching the best of any player in a long time, striking out every batter he faced except one fly-out and one walk. Thunder came along in the fifth, prompting the game to end 6-0 in the Bombers favor. The no-no is the first since 2011, when T. Menzer threw one in game one of the World Series.
Lakers pick up their first victory on the season thanks to solid start by T. Menzer
T. Menzer did it all for the Lakers to win their first game of the season, pitching a complete game three-hitter, striking out six. He also drove in all four runs, including a three-run shot to right field. S. Forgrave was the only answer the Bombers had, as he went 2-4 with a two-run homer. Big Red was able to load the bases in the final inning, but it all ended on a Z. Forgrave strikeout.
Strained Achilles sidelines B. Menzer on 15-Day DL
As if the terrible play by the offense couldn't already be a headache, the Lakers have a new problem in the form of an injury. Leadoff hitter and LF B. Menzer will sit out a few in order to nurse a strained achilles tendon. Menzer is not having a spectacular season so far, but is a regular from the offense that led the LNWL in most major categories last year. His absence will institute a two-man field for Kemp, who has already committed seven errors in three games.
Bombers hurl team one-hitter, win 5-2 to stay undefeated
The dominance of the Stealth Bombers continued here in 2014, as the Lakers could only stifle one hit and push across two unearned runs. The key inning was the top of the fifth, where Big Red scored four runs off of a pair of homers by both Forgrave brothers. Z. Forgrave had a notable day, hitting 4-6 with 2 HR's and gathering the pitching win and save with 2.5 innings of work.
Lakers crushed 7-1, Bombers flash signs of a championship squad
The dismal offense of the Lakers carried into the second game of the season, recording only one hit, one run, and eight strikeouts. This struggle was at the hands of the 2011 and 2012 Cy Young winner Z. Forgrave, who could've had a no-hitter if not for a single mispitch to T. Menzer. He also helped out from the plate, taking Morrison long for a grand slam in the 3rd inning. The win gives the Bombers a two-game gap early in the season, which could prove vital in securing a playoff spot.
Bombers seize opener 4-3 with four-run first
The Bombers started their season with a bang, scoring four runs in the first inning. This would prove to be their only offense of the day, as they won 4-3. The Lakers scored all three runs off of T. Menzer HR's, but couldn't muster any more runs. S. Forgrave was decent on the mound for Big Red, throwing a complete-game four-hitter with six strikeouts.
2014 Will be the Final LNWL Season
Earlier this week the LNWL's comissioner T. Menzer announced that the 2014 season will be the last season if official LNWL play. 2014 will be the eighth season, and as things stand now, there will be no ninth. The league, which started in 2007, will cease operation following the 2014 World Series because of the departure of several key owners/players that will be "irreplaceable".