Tribe makes it six 'A' Division playoff titles in a row
Autobots claim 'B' Division championship in men's slow pitch on the weekend
Tribe pitcher Trevor Ward flips the ball to first base for the out during their Saturday game against the MacIndrivers. (Payton photo)
By Pat Payton
They're starting to challenge records that the mighty Marauders set many years ago in the St. Marys Men's Slow Pitch League.
The Tribe won their sixth consecutive 'A' Division playoff title Sunday, defeating the LA Batts 17-12 to complete an undefeated weekend.
Twelve different players scored runs for the Tribe. Their most explosive inning was the bottom of the fourth when they plated nine runs. The 'Batts also scored nine times in their half of the fourth.
"We just all played together and had a good time this weekend," said the Tribe's Owen Penney. "It was a good group effort. On defence, we only gave up 10 runs in the (three-game) round-robin."
Added pitcher/slugger Trevor Ward: "It was just good team play; everybody contributed."
In 'A' semi-final action earlier in the day, the Tribe defeated the Jets 10-4, while the LA Batts roared back from an early 8-0 deficit to beat the Isotopes 22-12.
Autobots win slugfest
The Autobots claimed the 'B' title Sunday with an exciting 15-12 victory over the Bomberadoes. It was a slugfest as the two teams took turns owning the lead, keeping the crowd well entertained.
"It was back and forth the whole way," said Autobots veteran Shane Smith. "It was a hard-fought battle by both teams."
League executive member Owen Penney presented the 'B' playoff trophy to the Autobots.
The two teams earned a place in the final with semi-final wins earlier in the day. The Autobots quieted the Thunder 26-13, while the Bomberadoes handily defeated the Sox 23-9.
â€“Big crowds attended both final games Sunday at the Hall of Fame's Rotary Field.
â€“The 'A' final featured brothers from three families playing against each other (the Wiffens, the Raes and the Penneys).
â€“Sixteen teamsâ€“eight in each divisionâ€“competed in the year-end playoff tournament, which started Thursday night. Both divisions were split into two pools. The top two teams in the four pools advanced to Sunday's 'A' and 'B' semi-final games. Overall, there were 30 games played over four days, including the two finals.
â€“Winning team photos will appear in next week's Independent.