(GAME DATE – Oct. 26, 2021) — The Chicago Pit Bulls defeated the Calgary Inferno in a dramatic 4-game sweep, securing back-to-back championship seasons and taking the title for the third time in club history.
The Pit Bulls have been under the steady tutelage of GM and Manager Scott Davis since the 2017 season, and have had a remarkable turnaround, going from a franchise-worst .300 finish (30-70) in 2018, to a record-setting 105 win season in 2021.
Chicago’s offense was a main driver behind their success over the past two seasons, with RF John Rambo leading the charge with back-to-back batting titles, and a Bull League first batting Triple Crown for 2021 – hitting .413, while lasering 77 home runs and driving in 206 RBIs and setting single season records in the latter two categories.
Justin Kelly, Jon Guillot, Makanaakua Mano, and Mike Strang rounded out a brutalizing offense that saw each player smash 30 or more home runs, part of a team tally of 328 on the season.
For the 2021 edition of the Bull Cup, the club was lined up against a retooled Calgary team that included its own hit parade, two 50+ home run hitters in Jose Torres and Fernando Mendolla, along with 30+ home run hitters Brock Deetz and Omar Little. The Inferno rotation was anchored by former St. Pete’s right-hander Chris Zerkle, who was 16-9 on the season with a 3.27 ERA and 207 K’s, which would be enough to secure his first Sandy Koufax Award at the end of the season.
Zerkle’s only appearance against Chicago would result in a loss as he gave up 4 runs, though just 1 earned run, in game #1 of the series. The Pit Bulls outscored Calgary 6-3 as the Inferno offense was outpaced by the likes of Rambo, who had a bases clearing 2-out triple, and Mano, who knocked a solo shot off Zerkle in the 5th.