Tag: 2016 Playoffs

Ohio Advances to Bull Cup

The Ohio Oxen triumphed 9-4 over the Boston Brawlers at Brawlers Stadium in the Championship Series to capture it 3-1.

The victory advanced the Oxen to the Bull Cup.

For his superb play in the series, Oxen second baseman Rod Cubit garnered the series MVP trophy, hitting .462, scoring 4 runs and batting in 2.

“Only thing better than getting MVP for winning in the playoffs would be winning MVP for winning in the Bull Cup,” Cubit said later. “I’ll get to work on that.”

Ohio had lost Game 1 of the LLCS in a tight 2-1 game, where both of Boston’s runs came on solo homers. The Oxen then fought back to win three straight.

The Oxen don’t know who they will face in the next round. They will play the winner of the Calgary Inferno – Jacksonville Ravens series. That series is tied at 2 games apiece. The Bull Cup schedule will be announced after the Championship Series finishes.

Ohio Takes Elimination Round in Deciding Game

The stakes were high at Oxen Ballpark tonight and the Ohio Oxen stepped up when it counted.

Edging the New York Minutemen 3-2 to wrap up the Elimination Round, Ohio won the clinching game by a blow-out 6-0 score. The series had been littered with shutouts, with three of the five games ending with one team scoreless.

“You’ve got to fight that doubt and that little part of you that says you can’t do it or you’re going to fail,” said Ohio right-hander A.C. Deucey. “The possibility of failure is always in your mind, but you can’t let it bring you down.”

The failure of the Minutemen to advance was certainly weighing heavily on the team’s manager.

“It’s a crushing loss and a tough way to lose a series,” Cody Olson said. “In the end there can only be one Bull Cup champion and we’re just devastated it’s not going to be us.”

Deucey earned Series MVP honors for his 2 shutouts and 20 K's against New York.
Deucey earned Series MVP honors for his 2 shutouts and 20 K’s against New York.

Deucey’s strong pitching earned him the nod as series MVP. He threw two shutouts, holding a 0.00 ERA over 17.1 innings pitched. He added 20 strikeouts.

The Ohio Oxen will play against the Boston Brawlers in the next round. Boston won their series against the Montreal Metros 3 games to 2. The Championship Series schedule will be announced after the Elimination Round finishes.

Elimination Round Goes the Distance, Boston Prevails

Depending on your loyalties, the Elimination Round was either thrilling or heartbreaking.

The series went down to its final game, with the Boston Brawlers and the Montreal Metros giving their fans plenty of drama. In the end, the Brawlers came out on top, winning 2-1 at Metros Ballpark today to take the series 3-2.

“We’re lucky to be going into the Championship Series,” said Boston pitcher Zong-ming Gang. “If all the series are like this, it’ll definitely be an entertaining postseason.”

Gang earned series MVP honors, hitting for a .368 average, with 1 home runs, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored.

The Boston Brawlers don’t know who they will face in the next round. They will play the winner of the New York Minutemen – Ohio Oxen series. That series is tied at 2 games apiece, and their fifth and final game is in progress. The Championship Series schedule will be announced after the Elimination Round finishes.

Ravens Prevail, as Elimination Round Goes to the Wire

A classic and dramatic Elimination Round has wrapped up, with the Jacksonville Ravens outlasting the San Diego Seagulls to advance to the AEL Championship Series.

Jacksonville won the final game by a score of 7-5 and took the series 3-2.

“We can enjoy this one tonight, but then it’s back to work and thinking about the next win,” said Jacksonville third baseman David Baker, whose standout performance earned him the nod as series MVP.

Baker hit .429 with a .455 on-base percentage. He had 1 home runs, drove in 4 RBI and scored 3 runs.

The Jacksonville Ravens will play against the Calgary Inferno in the next round. Calgary won their series against the Denver Highlanders 3 games to 0. The Championship Series schedule will be announced after the Elimination Round finishes.

Star C Signs Pact with Brawlers for Astonishing $23 million

Boston Bralwers management got a shot in the arm today as Guido Groeneveld announced he would re-sign with the organization at a rate of $23,200,000 per year. Currently in his last contract year, he was making $24,600,000 just $400,000 ahead of fellow catcher Bill Ross (Kingston Cannons).

While some have questioned hiring a 35-year-old man, most fans and sportswriters appear receptive as Groeneveld is still an A list player.

Groeneveld is hitting .292 for the season with 16 home runs, 46 RBIs and 55 runs scored. He has 94 hits in 322 at-bats and played in 80 games. The ten-time All-Star has won the Platinum Glove for defense at the catcher position (2009), and twice won the Gold Crown for offense as a catcher (2008, 2011).

Boston, the second wild card entry to the Lake League playoffs, are currently ahead of the league leading Montreal Metros in Elimination Round play 2 games to none, and play Game #3 today at home.

Inferno Dominate, Sweep Elimination Round

Billy Leyva said he expected the Elimination Round to be “a battle from start to finish.”

In the end, it was nothing more than a minor skirmish, as the Calgary Inferno encountered little resistance in sweeping the league leader Denver Highlanders, to advance to the Championship Series.

“It may have been a sweep, but it still was a tough series,” said Leyva.

Calgary won the final game by a 7-6 count and were led in the series by Leyva, who was named MVP. On the series, he hit .750 with 1 home runs. He also drove in 3 RBI and scored 3 runs.

As the first team to reach the next round, the Inferno don’t know who they will face in the next round. They will play the winner of the Jacksonville Ravens – San Diego Seagulls series. San Diego leads the series 2 game to 1. The Championship Series schedule will be announced after the Elimination Round finishes.