With the threat of another rain-out hanging in the air the final four teams packed up their gear, said a little prayer and headed to McCarren Park for the last Sunday of the 2011 season!!
The Turkey’s Nest and Spike Hill met in the Northside Division Championship on Field One. The Turk’s had a spectacular year and entered into the title match on an 8 game winning streak which included a one run victory over their opponent Spike Hill and were also the proud owners of the first ever T-shirted WSL Home Run Champion Mike Kornhauser! Spike Hill fell short as rookies in the 2010 playoffs, but made it back this season and defeated 3 Kings in their first ever play-off victory to be here this day.
The Turkeys put up two runs and Zac shut Spike down in order in the 1st inning as us spectators slowly started wandering into the park to show our support. Spike’s short stop Eric Lebron blasted a homer in the bottom of the 2nd to tie it up, and then CF Mike Powell followed suit in the 4th to put Spike Hill up 4 to 2. Still holding The Nest scoreless O’Malley’s crew batted in 4 more in the 6th to take an 8-3 lead. Turkey’s finally was able to string some hits together to tack on 3 runs in the 7th, but Spike Hill was not to be denied their shot at the title this year and eked out the win 8-6 Final. The Nest showed great sportsmanship and headed right over to Field Two, Turkey John Louis sporting the “new guy” Spike Hill Jersey, to root on the final two teams in the 2011 Showdown!
Here’s a little something from Turkey’s pitcher Zac who was bursting with pride for his flock: “The Turkey’s Nest ended another great season with a disappointing outcome, losing to Spike Hill 8-6 in the North Division Finals. Despite great effort from all involved, the Turkey’s have now lost to the eventual champion 3 of the last 4 years despite overwhelming fan support (which is much appreciated, thanks to those who showed up). We’re feeling a Boston Red Sox pre-2004 vibe here with the Turks (much loved but tough losses abound, Louis=Ortiz, Shafer=Manny) the question is: How many years are we going to wait? All in all, it was a terrific year, highlighted by a 7 game winning streak to end the regular season and a 1st round Playoff win versus always tough R2R. Mike Kornhauser topped the 1st annual HR leader Board and led the Turks in Hits, Runs, HR, RBI and Avg. That sounds like a League MVP Season to us. We’re not as old as you think we are, and we’ll be back for another run at that trophy and world peace next year. Congrats to Spike Hill for an amazing team effort on Sunday, and to Betty for their 5 year run.”
Meanwhile it was Mendoza Line vs. Black Betty in the Southside Division Championship on Field 2. Mendoza was looking to get back into the Final for the first time since 2006 before they have more kids out there than teammates! Christian would like to provide the recap:
“Black Betty brilliantly exposed our true weakness in the conference championships. They know Mendoza Line pretty well after all these years. And they know we’re a team chock full of douchebag music snobs. Everyone’s a musician, or dates a musician, or is a music journalist, and we all dismiss any popular music as total crap. True to their form as fierce competitors, Black Betty created a morale-destroying playlist for our game. How were we supposed to concentrate while they’re blasting shit from their bench like this:
I’m not even joking. Adding insult to injury, Shab, JB, and Jen Cooper were all in the dugout doing Rockettes-style leg kicks in unison! This was quite a breakthrough strategy for the WSL. I felt like I was watching an episode of “So You Think You Can Field A Ball While We Dance?” There was nowhere for us to run, and no earplugs in sight.
But suddenly, late in the game there was a glimmer of hope. We were coming up to bat and there was some Rihanna or whatever playing and the boom box just shut down. I insisted this was because the boom box simply refused to play that song, and we were all quietly hoping that it was going on the DL for the rest of the season. However Black Betty quickly regrouped and got the shitty music playing again and crushed any chance we had for a comeback.
Hats off to them for a great win! There was simply no way we could compete.
But the secret’s out now. You can forget about recruiting jocks through the internet in the offseason. Next year some crafty team will get the WSL title by cranking up the smooth jazz. Maybe even fire up some scented candles. It’s gonna be an awesome lavender & sage scented 2012 season!”
Betty ran away late on Mendoza line beating them 11 to 4 for the Southside crown.
So we all excitedly, Big Bud’s in hand, crowded around Field Two, muttering under our breaths in envy, to watch Black Bettydefend their title against 2nd year Spike Hill. Mike Camarra huddled up his champs for their last 2011 line-up chant as O’Malley and his club took over their bench and prepared themselves for their first ever shot at the legendary WSL Trophy!
Here’s the recap straight from the 2011 WSL Champion Captain Mike O’Malley!!
“This was a defensive battle that either team could have won. We scored one in the bottom of the first on an RBI by Lebron. Betty answered in the top of the second on a single by Mike Camarra, who drew a throw at 3rd on a single and then scored on an errant throw. Betty went up 2 to 1 in the fourth, but that was all they would get. We pushed across 3 in the 6th and one more in the 8th to take the game. Key plays – 3 double plays and a ridiculous back hand grab by Lebron in an inning that started with 2 singles leading off. JB was great mixing it up, but
Kevin and our defense prevailed in the end. From Morgan’s double play, to Matt’s diving grab at 3rd, to Jake’s splits at first to convert a double play in the 8th, it was a team effort. Hard to pick out an MVP. Mulcahy was clutch, Powell and Lebron were clutch at the plate and Morgan started both our rallies in the 6th and the 8th to put us up for good. And, Kane was great as always – it was only right that he fielded the come-backer and tossed it over to first for the final out. I can’t pick an MVP – it was a team effort and everyone contributed – despite the jokes and the rumors that I pay players (just heard that one – that was a good one, but please don’t give anyone ideas – ha) – this was a team, we pulled together, we care about eachother and we won together, each of us playing our part in winning this championship. Betty was very classy in defeat and this game, like the Nest game, could have gone either way… There were great teams this year in this league and up and comers, and we are happy to have one and look forward to next season where I’m sure that the league will continue to be more competitive and more fun, and where we still won’t go to Spike Hill after the game. Gibson baby, Gibson!”
So there you have it! After a half of a decade long dynasty the Great and All Powerful Black Betty is shockingly outscored 5-2 in a fantastic match-up that had us all on the edge of our lawn chairs for the extent of the game! Congrats to Spike Hill who rallied together and showed real team chemistry to put an end to the Black Era. All four of the teams played like real champions out there on Sunday and showed nothing but class all around! Also, a special shout-out to Umps- Locke, AlButtah & DeitzDoppelganger for a hell of job!
Let’s get some good old fashioned fun games going in the park in the final sun-filled weekends!! Thanks for all the website support!!!
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