The following is a brief history of the Williamsburg Softball League.
The season things finally came together for a team that was circled on the schedule as a “gimme win” for years. In 2013 owner Matty No Times and Chairman Nick Tomeo came together and started to assemble the pieces for this championship run. Year one saw an over 500 record and a second round playoff visit, years 2 and 3 they started becoming a regular season powerhouse with heartbreaking first round exits. Finally year 4 of the grand plan…with a couple more key additions, a new manager and the team feeling like more than just a team and more like a family…battling through regular season hardships woke up a sleeping dragon. Pitching, Defense, Strategy and POWER (mostly power) led to a one of a kind playoff run. After years spent in the basement….3 Kings reside in the penthouse. Bow down to The Kings.
After 13 years in the league and 3 semi-final appearances, R-Bar finally shed the “can’t win it all” label, to claim the 2015 WSL Championship. The roller-coaster day ended with a 10-3 triumph over the dynastic Black Betty.
The day began with an instant classic, nail biter versus Enid’s. D-Lo’s defensive heroics were absolutely necessary in the 8-7 comeback victory. This set the stage for R-Bar’s Championship game debut.
The title game started out as a pitcher’s duel, with both hurlers throwing up zeros for 3 innings. Things changed drastically in the 4th , when John Rocchio plated 3 with a bomb to right, giving R-Bar a lead we would never relinquish. Bubbs continued his Cy Young award dominance until the very end, when a double play ended the championship drought. In the finals Bubbs had 3 hits. John Rocchio chipped in with 4 RBI. Doing his best “Willis Reed” impression, Bobby Knapp defied team Doctors and his wife to get on base 5 times on Championship day.
Most championship summaries end with that last paragraph. I want to thank the entire league for making it an extremely memorable day.
After returning to the championship for the first time since losing to the Betties in 2009, the Turkey’s Nest comes out hot and reclaims the Joe Fashion Fiorentino Trophy! The Boys of Summer live up to the hype and their name, and win it all!
The 2013 Championship saw Spike Hill battle Black Betty for the third straight year, to the delight of all fans in the league. In another low
scoring contest, Betty took a 6 to 4 lead into the 9th propelled by a clutch 3-run bomb hit by rookie Aiden Sleeper driving in JB$ and Super Dave in the 8th. Spike Hill chipped away with an RBI single by Matt Silverman in the 8th to make it 6 to 5 and worked around a dangerous double by Mike Camarra in the top of the 9th which threatened to pad Betty’s lead. Spike Hill started the bottom of the inning with singles by Leo Otero and Michael O’Malley, followed by a Bobby Maxwell double which tied the game at 6 to 6 and set the stage for Alex Dubin to plate Kelly Southerland for the walk off 7 to 6 win. Classic game between two teams who are alone in the league in hoping for another “all black” final in 2014.
After being dismantled by Spike Hill in 2011, Black Betty regrouped and bounced back to regain their status as champions of the WSL. Both teams battled hard and were evenly matched. Black Betty managed to get on top early and hold onto the lead with a decisive 8-4 win. It was the first time in three seasons that Black Betty defeated Spike Hill and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Congrats to Black Betty for regaining their title.
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! Led by Mike O’Malley, Spike Hill plays fantastic defense, gets timely hits and great pitching to take down the champions. Congrats to Spike Hill who rallied together and showed real team chemistry to put an end to the Black Era!
After a shaky season, Black Betty again advances to the championship to face their long-time rival and 2007 Championshipopponents, Reel 2 Reel. It was a well fought game with Black Betty coming out victorious, securing their 5th Championship in a row. Will there be a team to step up to take away the trophy and bring the league out of the Blackness? All we can do is wait and find out in 2011…
Returning to the one game final format, Black Betty does it again, coming back from a 5 run deficit in the 8th to beat the Turkeys Nest in the bottom of the 9th inning, taking their 4th straight title.
Black Betty beats Enid’s to win the WSL Championship for the 3rd year in a row. In a best of 3 series, BB took the first game 16-12 and the second, 12-6 on a sloppy, rain and mud soaked field.
2007 Season Champion Black Betty
This year marked the first time the championship was decided in a best-of-three series. After a dropping the first game to Reel 2 Reel, Black Betty battled back to decisively in the next two games, to defeat R2R and defend their title.
2006 Season Champion Black Betty
After squeaking by AT in the semi-finals, Black Betty beats Mendoza Line for their first WSL title. Black Betty, one of the original teams of the WSL would finally win their first championship. This would later be known as the beginning of the Black Dynasty.
2005 Season Champion Enid’s
After a four year drought, Enid’s beats Mendoza 9-1. This game is known as the end of the “dead ball era” and the next year there would now be called balls and strikes.
2004 Season Champion Mendoza Line
Mendoza Line beats Enid’s. The end.
2003 Season Champion AT All-Stars
AT successfully defended their title against an upstart Turkey’s Nest squad. In beating the Turkeys in the championship, AT became the first ever WSL repeat champion.
2002 Season Champion AT All-Stars
AT All-Stars, in their inaugural season, topped Pete’s in a dramatic, rain-soaked championship game that went into extra innings and had to be postponed and carried over for a week as lightning threatened the fans huddled under the big tree by field 1.
2001 Season Champion Pete’s Candy Store
In the first official season with a schedule, a commissioner, and a playoffs, Pete’s beat Enid’s in the championship game in front of a large crowd on the baseball field.
2000 Season Champion Enid’s
There were six teams when the 2000 season began (Enid’s, Pete’s, Black Betty, Sweetwater, Diner, Ale House). After the Turkey’s Nest split off from Enid’s mid-season, there were seven teams. There were no official playoffs that year, but there was an end of season round robin tournament among the top four teams (Enid’s, Pete’s Turkeys and Black Betty). Enid’s went 3-0 in the round robin tournament and thus became the de facto 2000 Season Champion.