Weekly Team Power Rankings, Week #16

Here are the current team power rankings for Bull Baseball League:

Teams (Total Points, Tendency):
1) Ohio Oxen (119.2, ++)
2) Seattle Salts (118.9, -)
3) Calgary Inferno (113.5, ++)
4) Montreal Metros (108.6, -)
5) Anchorage Aces (108.4, –)
6) Jacksonville Ravens (99.9, -)
7) Boston Brawlers (97.2, o)
8) Rimouski Fighting Moose (96.3, o)
9) Norfolk Sharks (94.7, +)
10) New York Dragons (94.5, -)
11) Nevada Speeders (91.5, +)
12) Detroit Motorheads (84.0, +)
13) Battle Creek Attack (81.8, +)
14) Chicago Pit Bulls (81.8, -)
15) Denver Danger (79.8, –)
16) Kingston Cannons (73.0, o)
17) Dallas Deputies (72.3, o)
18) California Tidals (68.5, +)
19) Toronto Nomads (63.6, -)
20) Arizona Cowboys (48.8, o)


The Ohio Oxen posted a strong finish for the last full week of the baseball season, taking 3 of 4 away from the Montreal Metros in what could be a preview of a potential playoff match-up for the Lake League Championship Series, and then disassembling the Toronto Nomads in the first two of their last four game series to close the season out.

Ohio opened their season ending home stand in a 7-4 loss to Montreal last Tuesday in a game that middle reliever Chris Soundgarden wished he could have back. The reliever served up a home run ball with the bases drunk to Carlos Escobedo (though one of the four runs was charged against Frasor Clause who was the Ohio starter), putting Montreal ahead 5-3. The Oxen were able to answer with a solo shot from Justin Good, but it would not be enough as closer Chris Kimbrough dished out 2 more runs on a home run by Peyton May in the top of the 9th.

But Ohio quickly reorganized themselves for the rest of the series, and the rest of the week. They shut the door on Montreal for the next three, winning 9-2, 3-2, and then 3-2 again on Friday. Toronto gave them some trouble in game 1 of that series, in a low-scoring contest that saw the Nomads lose Knuckles Malone for the remainder of the year after he left in the 1st inning with an arm injury. Jake Robertson pitched effectively in 8 innings of relief, his only flaw being the ninth inning 2-out single he served up to Ollie Oxenfree, a walk-off hit that won the game 2-1 for Ohio. But Sunday’s game wasn’t even close, as the Nomads fell 12-5 to Ohio, a 3-RBI effort by Dave Bird, an August call-up, who homered twice. That was matched in run production by Tyrone O’Saurus, who also went yard for 2 runs and added a third RBI later. Ohio and Toronto close out the season with two more games in Toledo.

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