The season concluded on a series of games that would leave us with a final ranking of all of our teams from 1st to 6th. We’ll recap each game as we have done all season, and give you an idea of how the season awards panned out. This being final day it featured announcing, BBQ, as well as the season awards presentation.
5th Place vs 6th Place: Eagles (17) at Owls (8)
What started out as a slow game for both teams, didn’t take long before it turned into an offensive exhibition. The Eagles held an early 2-0 lead before the Owls offence woke up to the tune of a 5 run inning. The Eagles, visitors in this one, responded quickly with a 6 run mercy inning of their own. As the Owls tacked on 3 more runs, it was tied up at 8 going into the last inning. With their captain and pitcher, Azim Chagani, getting injured the Owls had turned to one of the co-captains in Adam Mawji. Mawji had a tough time finding the plate resulting in a lot of walks and what, when the dust settled, was a 9 run inning for the Eagles. The Eagles shut the door to finish the season with a win and out of last place.
Bronze Medal Game: Lions (16) at Tigers (9)
The Tigers who have been floundering all season since their early 7 game win streak. The Tigers came into the playoffs without their pitcher of the year in Abbas Allidina so already they had an uphill mountain to climb. The Lions didn’t make it easy by putting up 5 runs to start it off. Not discouraged the Tigers matched them. Lions followed with 2, and again the Tigers matched them. The Lions, undeterred, put up 6 runs and then held the Tigers to 1.
That’s all that was really needed as the Tigers could never come close again. Lions take the bronze medal under the offensive firepower of captain Asad Hussain and Mohamed Jivraj who had 4 and 6 RBIs respectively.
Gold Medal Series: Falcons (L) at Wolves (W)
Now the main event, a 3 game series to crown our champion. This game featured the Falcons who have scratched and clawed their way to the finals, having to play in the quarters, 3 games in the semis, and now arrived in the finals. Against a Wolves team that hadn’t lost a game to any team not named the Tigers. They were on an 8 game win streak to end the season, and with the 2 games they won straight in the semis they now stood undefeated for the last 10 games. Don’t tell the Falcons that though as they started this one out with a bang literally as Abbasali Kermalli playing on one leg hit a 2-run HR in the top of the first. He’s lucky it was a home run because his bat played double duty as a can as he made his way around the bases. Injury or not, even on one leg, this guy hits the ball a ton.
However, these Wolves are on a 10 game winning streak for a reason, it took them an extra inning, but eventually they put up the gaudy numbers we’re accustomed to seeing, adding a 6 run inning to the scoreboard. Holding an 8-4 lead at the time, they added a few extra before the first game was in the books as a 14-8 win. Best Hitter and MVP, Ali Raza Nasser, did the bulk of the damage going 4 for 4, with a HR and 5 RBI.
Game 2 started off with the Wolves as the visitors. Again in this one the Falcons took the early lead 3-1 after 1 inning, but the Wolves never had an inning without scoring runs. With a balanced roster that was hitting the ball all over the field and benefitting from a lot of untimely errors from the Falcons – they held a 12-4 lead after 4 complete innings. While, Abbasali Kermalli again went yard in this second game, the league MVP flexed a little bit of his own power leaving the ballpark twice in this second game. Though the final score in this one looked close at 16-11, the Wolves never really were in doubt.
Finals MVP goes to none other than Ali Raza Nasser, who proved that his regular season awards were not luck. Congratulations to all of our teams on a great season, and to our champions the Wolves and their charity ZIDO.
We hope you enjoyed the season, and if you’re looking to join us this coming year check out our registration page for 2017. Until then, we’ll see you on the field.