Monday, December 19, 2016

Fall 2016 Finals!

Fan Cam
Legends baseball fans brave the weather to see their favorite ball players in action at the Fall 2016 Finals.

Game Summaries

19+ Division Outlaws Complete the 4-Peat!
Congratulations to the Outlaws on winning the Fall 2016 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 19+ Division.
By Steve Patrick
Pfitzner Stadium... 75 degrees and sunshine on a November Sunday... Another chance to end the Hurricanes season... What could possibly be better than that?

In a matchup against the last team to win the 19+ championship before the 4-peat began, the Outlaws came out swinging offensively and set the tone early. Josh Bender cleared the bases in the bottom of the first with a 3RBI double down the third baseline. The Outlaws tacked on 4 more in the 6th behind Andrew Huang's huge 2RBI double and an RBI single by Evan Michels. An RBI single from Luke Thompson and a two-run single by 19+ Legends Co-MVP Cody Palmer made it a 10-0 lead after 7. The Outlaws finished the game strong by scoring two more runs in the eighth when Evan Michels followed up a triple by Kellmel and a single by Huang with a 2-run single of his own. The Hurricanes were able to get on the board in the 9th to negate the shutout with a final score of 12-1.

A dominant pitching performance was turned in by the other half of the MVP award, Collin Palmer. Palmer cruised through the Hurricanes lineup for 5 shutout innings by throwing strikes (only 1 walk) and allowing his defense a chance to make the plays. The game was closed out with an equally dominant, 1 H, 1 ER, 4-inning performance from David Kellmel.

The Outlaws have now won 4 straight 19+ Legends Championships and are excited to defend again in the Spring. With the Squirrels returning, an improved/dangerous Biscuits club, the always game Hurricanes and the super talented, new kids on the block Benchwarmers; this Spring looks to be the most competitive the league has been since the Outlaws joined the league!
The Outlaws stormed to their fourth straight 19+ Division Championship with great hitting and pitching. The Palmer Brothers (Cody, upper right, and Collin, bottom right) were Co-MVPs.

Palmer Bros. are Co-MVPs

In what I believe to be a Legends first, the Outlaws have chosen two players to share the 19+ Legends MVP Award. Aside from their standout performances in the championship game (5 shutout innings from Collin on the mound and a 2-hit, RBI day from Cody at the plate) the Palmer brothers both exemplify what this Legends league is all about. They love the game of baseball and their hustle and dedication ensures this team stays grounded and avoids complacency. These guys show up week in and week out, ready to go, willing to play any position and always seem to come through when the team needs it most. Whether it's an inning on the mound with a sore arm or some last minute innings behind the plate, Cody and Collin never hesitate in doing what it takes to help the team win. On behalf of the rest of the Outlaws, I want to personally thank Cody and Collin... It's an honor to coach the two of you.

30+ Division Isotopes Clinch Championship!
Congratulations to the Isotopes on winning the Fall 2016 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 30+ Division.

By Tommy Stokes
The Isotopes finished their season off the way it began, with a thrilling victory over the Padres.

After a hard luck bottom of the 5th where the Padres scored 4 runs to take a 5-2 lead, the 'Topes responded in the top half of the 6th with 3 to tie the game right back up. Tony Paras, Marcey Hoelting, and Scott Terry would score the three tallies while Scott Terry, Raf Martinez, and Gino Noll each had an RBI in the rally to tie.

The top half of the 7th began the way so many big innings have for the 'Topes, with Dave Hughes, Tommy Stokes, and Nate Taran setting the table for Tre Evans and Lewis Wharton. The three loaded the bases, forcing a pitching change. Evans would walk, forcing in Hughes, while Wharton hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Stokes to put the Isotopes up 7-5. 
The Isotopes squeak by the Padres to win the 30+ Division Championship. Tre Evans (far right) was named MVP.

Tre Evans was named the MPV of the 30+ Division for his performance in this game and the season. He pitched 4 shutout innings and was masterful in bailing out his defense in the 8th, while setting the Padres down in order in the bottom of the 9th.

40+/30+B Division Redlegs Stay Hot To Win It All!
Congratulations to the Redlegs on winning the Fall 2016 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 40+/30+B Division.

By Bob Korn
The Redlegs may not have been the best team in the 40+/30+B Division, but they were definitely the hottest team going into the playoffs as they ran off four straight wins in convincing fashion, including a win over the #1 seeded Brewers in the Fall 2016 Championship game.

In that game, Reds pitchers held a powerful Brewers offense to 7 runs (only 1 of which was earned) on stellar performances by starter Nelson Taveras (4 IP, 1 K, 1 ER); middle reliever and MVP, Casey Ray (3 IP, 3 K, 0 ER); and closer, Dave Forrest (1 IP, 0 runs).

Nelson T. completed his strong start by limiting the Brew Crew to 1 ER over his last two innings of work. Casey R. kept the Brewers in check through four innings, in what was still a close game until the Reds broke it open with 8 runs in the top of the 7th. In the 8th, Dave F. induced 2 infield pop-ups, and a pop-up to catcher Aaron Tooke, to clinch the championship for the Redlegs.

On offense, the Reds looked like the "Big-Red-Machine" of two years ago by pushing across 18 runs on 20 hits and getting production from their entire lineup. Reds hit leaders were Jeremy Bourque (2 H, 1 2B, 3 RBI); Casey R. (2 H, 3 RBI); Fred Leiby (2 H, 3 RBI); Matt Bubnis (2 H, 1 R); Lonny Schwartz (2 H, 2 RBI); and Nelson T. (2 H, 2 R).

Rounding out the hitting attack for the Reds were Bobby Bumiller (1 H, 2 R); Ron "Commish" Cortese (1 H, 1 RBI); Dave F. (1 H 1 R); Tim Sara (1 H, 2 RBI); and Aaron Tooke (1 H, 2 RBI).

Well deserved MVP honors go to Casey Ray for his team leadership and obvious dominance on the baseball field. This is Casey's second MVP award in three seasons with Legends and the Reds.
The Red Hot Redlegs toppled the favored Brewers to win the 40+/30+B Division Championship. Casey "Super Man" Ray (far right) was the MVP.

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