Congratulations to our 2018 Fall Weeknight League (YPR) Champs: Crossroads
There was a chill in the air, but it was hot on the field for the three Championship games.
The first game pitted the #3 seed Mad Hatters against TCK, the # 1 seed.
TCK jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. It was a hard fought game by both teams, along with some great pitching. But it was TCK coming out victorious with a 7 - 1 win over Mad Hatters to take the 2018 50 Plus Championship.
The second game was even more of a scorcher with the Royal Skulls, the #2 seed taking on the #1 seed Sleepy Hollow.
Tough game for both of these outstanding teams. Royal Skulls went into the bottom of the fourth with a 4-3 lead and Sleepy Hollow coming to bat. Royal Skulls were able to hold on to their lead and take it into the fifth.
In the fifth the Skulls were able to tack on another run to make it 5-3 going into the bottom of the inning. With Sleepy Hollow keeping the pressure on and 2 outs in the inning, a great catch was made by the Skulls' center fielder to keep the game at 5-3 and move into the sixth.
With a man on the second baseman for the Skulls, Lewis Shirling, sent a bomb to center field over the fielders' head and pushed across another run. While he attempted to turn it into a home run, the great relay from the Sleepy Hollow outfield was able to make the play at home to end the inning with a put out.
With the score still at 6-3 and no scoring until the seventh inning, Sleepy Hollow lead off the bottom of the inning with a single, followed by a triple to make it a 6-4 ball game. On a fielders' choice, Sleepy Hollow was able to push another run across to make it a 1-run game with 2 outs. Skulls were able to get the next batter to pop-up the to catcher Eric Quiles and become the 2018 YSA Men's Division Champions with a final score of 6-5.
What a great game by both teams!
The final game was the coed division, with Chris Rubow Memorial Fund (#3 seed) taking on The Badass Devils (#1 seed).
CRMF struck first with a run across in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, with 1 out, Conner Reilly pushed out a double to put men on second and third. Joe V. grounded out to Spencer Rubow, but a run was able to score from third to tie it up. A pop up and a dropped ball enabled Devils to get another in and take a 2-1 lead. The Devils added another in the second to take a 3-1 lead. In the third the Devils threatened again but CRMF's great defense was able to keep them scoreless and hold it at 3-1. There was some great pitching on both sides of the field by Jodi Bleakley for the Devils and Ray Morandi for CRMF.
In the top of the fourth with men on base, the catcher for CRMF hit a single and knocked in two to tie the game at 3 with 1 out. A couple of batters later, CRMF hit a double and pushed another run across to put CRMF up 4-3, which how it stayed until the bottom of the fifth. The Devils were able to get 5 runs across in the fifth to take an 8-4 lead. CRMF threatened in the sixth but were not able to get anything across. Exciting seventh inning, but the Devils were able to hold on to their 8-4 lead and become 2018 YSA Coed Champions with an undefeated season.
Great games by all, and congrats to the Champions!
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