Spring season is down to two, the same number of times the Moose Knuckles tried to forfeit the DCS. Despite higher powers intervening both times they still lost. Let’s look back a bit then preview Monday’s finale.In case you didn’t know there has been a party bus leaving from Courthouse to shuttle any and all who wishes to come watch the playoffs, beer and food provided. Yes, it’s that easy, that free and that awesome. Monday, 6:45pm, Courthouse Metro, listen for Nick West howling and follow the sound.
Gumballers @ Wolfpack
- No wind at the Maryland Sportsplex favored the defending champs and Adriano didn’t disappoint, not allowing a runner to reach second in Game 1.
- While only getting one across the Wolfpack seemed entirely more comfortable in a close, small ball game. This doesn’t show up in the stat sheet but was palpable to everyone there.
- Game 2 the ‘Pack pounced in the top of the first but left two on and the Gumballers grateful to get out only down a run.
- Stacy Critchfield smashed a line drive homer in the bottom of the 5th to give the Gumballers life but unfortunately at that point he was also pitching.
- After some gamesmanship induced whining by the Gumballers, champs put up two more in the sixth and the Gumballers went quietly into the offseason. Okay not quietly has Don McClintock yapped enough snatch the league’s Most Hated crown away from Gagnon, alienating both friend and foe.
Moose Knuckles @ Barnburners
- Five time champs scored in each of the first two innings and it seemed they would coast into the World Series, taking Game 1 comfortably.
- Mother Nature had other ideas however and halted a scoreless Game 2 with a downpour. At this time the Moose Knuckles tried to forfeit but their messenger was apparently as slow as their base running and play was resumed before a formal announcement could be made.
- Then, Jon “The Butcher” Gagnon used the change in weather to smash one into the stands for a dramatic walk off. The wiffle world was dragged out of their sleep, alert for a possible upset.
- After some heated deliberation Gannon came back on the mound for Game 3 and promptly let the first two Moose Knuckles on base. They wouldn’t score however because you know, they’re the Moose Knuckles.
- Barnburners weren’t threatened from there as the bats heated up and some aggressive base running paid off, coasting as we expected they would into the finale.
Wolfpack @ Barnburners
- Other than wanting your team to win, you’ve got to admit this is the matchup the PWL wanted to see since the Wolfpack was formed and took home the Summer title in a Barnburner-less season.
- No team on the planet takes advantage of wind blowing out than the Barnburners as the whole lineup is equipped to mash. Wind will be HUGE in this series.
- On a related note, no team is better equipped to do whatever it takes to win than the Wolfpack. They’ve got top level pitching, defense, base running and know how to win close games. If the Barnburners can lose to a depleted Moose Knuckles team, they can certainly lose here.
- Should the series go three it means Gannon will be openly questioned by his teammates, the lot of who haven’t been in truly meaningful close game since losing the World Series to the Twits. They know their legacy is on the line.
- Wolfpack can become the first back to back champs in the modern era and would head into the offseason as the favorite for a three peat.
Prediction – Barnburners in 3. Their power at the plate is the trump card and given the way they steamrolled through the season they have to be the favorite. Expect to see hard fought, well executed wiffle as both teams know what is on the line in Gallaway’s PWL swan song. If the wind is dead like it was for the first DCS or blowing in, this series is a toss up. Blowing out gives a bigger edge to Barnburners but either way there won’t be a series anywhere in which both teams leave everything they’ve got on the field like this one. You should take a free ride on the party bus, drink some free beer, eat some free food and watch wiffle at its very best.