Monday, October 11, 2010

The Gray Cup

No, we're not talking Canadian football (which is the Grey Cup), but rather the 2010 SFL Champions. After the Black Team won an extra-inning affair in the first game over the Green Team, the Gray Team cemented themselves as the dominant team this fall, capturing the SFL title with a 4-3 win. The Gray Team wrapped up its second SFL championship in three years and finished with a 10-2-1 record this fall.

As he did much of the fall, Kyle Kemp powered the Gray Team offense with a clutch two-run double in the fourth inning. Reid Rizzo walked and was hit by a pitch, crossing home after each free pass for the Gray Team's third and fourth runs. The Black Team made their best efforts to erase a 4-0 deficit in the sixth when Matt Toth drove a base-clearing triple to right field, closing the gap to 4-3 but they ultimately fell short in the end. The Gray pitching was dominant, allowing runs in only one of seven innings. DJ Stastny closed the door in the seventh after Bobby Seda put himself in position to tie the game with a double but Stastny got the next two hitters to fly out and a dog pile ensued near the pitchers mound.

The first game of the day may have been the most entertaining, which saw the Black Team grind out a 7-5 win in eight innings. The Green Team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead when Garrett Emling cleared the bases with a double in the second. Black chipped away at the lead thanks to a Pat Kilway 2-run home run to left in the third and a few wild pitches in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. They extended their lead in the sixth thanks to a Bobby Seda RBI-single but the Green Team fought back to tie in the seventh to force extra innings. Timely hitting and extra outs resulted in a 7-5 Black Team win and their match-up in the championship game.

Between games, the postseason award finalist were announced followed by the winners. The four categories Rookie of the Year, Pitcher Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and the Most Valuable Player. The following indicates the nominees, winners, and their key stats.

Rookie of the Year
Player (AVG/OBP/SLG) Key Stats
Ryan Anstaett (.344/.371/.406) 11 H, 5 R
Garrett Emling (.375/.487/.500) 12 H, 9 R, 65 Bases Touched
AJ Gobar (.345/.441/.379) 10 H, 3 R

Rookie Pitcher of the Year
Player (ERA/OAVG/WHIP) Key Stats
Brandon Grunda (4.15/.278/1.73) 4 ER, 8 APP
Mike Oley (6.00/.300/1.78) 1-1, 8 APP, 9 K
DJ Stastny (2.25/.240/1.38) 2 ER, 7 APP

Cy Young
Player (ERA/OAVG/WHIP) Key Stats
Tim Birch (3.52/.125/0.78) 3 ER, 9 SO
JD Ingalls (3.18/.240/1.59) 2 ER, 4 SO
Logan Nordquist (1.13/.138/0.50) 2-o, ER, 9 SO, 0 BB

Most Valuable Player
Player (AVG/OBP/SLG) Key Stats
Cody Blood (.353/.421/.559) 12 H, 7 R
Josh Crout (.353/.436/.676) 12 H, 10 R, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 65 Bases Touched
Jae Leeworthy (.367/.513/.800) 11 H, 10 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 60 Bases Touched

Note: Bold indicates winner

SFL Championship Round Game 1
Black 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 2 - 7 (4-7-2)
Green 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 5 (3-7-3)
W: Ingalls (1-2), L: Vanni (0-1), S: Morgan (1)

SFL Championship Round Finals
Black 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 - 3 (4-8-2)
Gray 0 0 0 3 1 0 x - 4 (10-2-1)
W: Porter (1-0), L: Throckmorton (2-1), S: Stastny (1)

The fall will finish up with a split squad scrimmage on Wednesday which follows a few days of practice. Be sure to stay tuned throughout the winter for updates on Storm Baseball on and