It didn't take long for the crowds to mob the newly crowned champs, Afternoon Delight, after a long awaited chance at the title. All 3 fans on the bleachers broke through security to hoist their game winning pitcher, Rob Cameron, onto their shoulders as the whole team rushed the pitcher's mound in exclamations of delight and excitement.
It wasn't an easy road for Afternoon Delight after a tough loss in last year's title game left them hungry for the win all year long. The team as a whole started out a bit slow, with one of their heavy hitters Nick DeMarc earning the "Duke" award, a slightly disturbing leopard-covered jockstrap that is worn after a bad play or at bat. Nick, according to his teammates, easily earned this the first inning with a strikeout in his first at bat. However, after meandering their way through 3 innings, Nick totally redeemed himself in "Dumb and Dumber" fashion with some key hits in an explosive 9-run 4th inning. Those hits allowed him to happily return the Duke. From the mound, a Felix Hernandez sized effort placed Rob Cameron as the front runner for 2011's Cy Young winner, giving up only 2 earned runs in a 14-4 win, helping his team to their first playoff victory of the day!
Meanwhile, Beer Batters were chugging through the ranks, upsetting two teams on their way to a spot in the championship. Katie Krall and Cathe Cherais combined for 3 home runs and over 20 hits on the day to boost their team into the title match.
And so the stage was set for the championship, with Afternoon Delight vying for a long-awaited crown and Beer Batters hoping to upset the top-seeded team to cap a complete Cinderella story. After a scoreless 1st inning, Beer Batters blasted 5 runs to take the lead, but Afternoon Delight would follow with 3 runs in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd to tie the game with 5 runs a piece. Katy Krall of Beer Batters and Geoff White of Afternoon Delight continued to make incredible plays on defense, keeping both offenses silent.
Afternoon Delight took a 3-run lead into the 6th inning, thanks in large part to a rally started by their captain, Kim Gutierrez. Beer Batters made a valiant effort in the 6th with 2 runs to put pressure on their opponent, but the 4 RBI's by offensive juggernaut Brandon Huelman proved to be too much as Afternoon Delight locked their defense down for tight 8-7 win.
Great season both teams!
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