Not much changed after the regular season finale of the Storm Fall League. The Black Team had the opportunity to leapfrog the Green Team and pick up home field advantage in the opening round of the SFL Championships with a pair of wins in Friday's double-header but split their two games and the standings remained the same.
The Gray Team put an exclamation point on their regular season dominance in game one with a 3-0 shutout of the Black Team in game one. Kyle Kemp continued to light up opposing pitchers with a pair of hits and two runs driven in. In the top of the first, Kemp singled home the game's first run and later in the third, Kemp belted his team-leading fourth home run of the fall. Josh Crout added his two cents with an RBI-single in the fourth for the third and final run. Chris Mason, Glenn Stewart, Brandon Grunda, and DJ Stastny combined for the shutout with Mason picking up the win.
After the loss, the Black Team could no longer jump ahead of the Green Team in the standings and could only build momentum for Saturday. They did just that. A four-run first inning, capped by Cody Blood's second long ball of the fall, paced the way to a 6-1 win over the Green Team. It was no secret the Black Team had trouble scoring runs this fall, but their six-run output could be something to hang their hat on going into the SFL Championship Round.
The Black and Green teams will rematch in the opening round of the SFL Finals with the winner advancing to face the Gray Team. Game 1 begins at 10:30am and the SFL Championship Game is slated for a 1:00pm start. In between the games will be a picnic lunch for players and their families followed by player introductions and the announcing of the SFL award winners. Award categories are Rookie of the Year, Rookie Pitcher of the Year, Cy Young Award, and the Most Valuable Player. Stay tuned to www.twitter.com/thecoachscave for updates from the field and www.thecoachscave.blogspot.com for recaps after the game.
Game 17: Gray 3, Black 0 (W: Mason 1-0, L: Ingalls 0-2, S: Porter 1)
Game 18: Black 6, Green 1 (W: Castro 1-0, L: Beach 0-1)
SFL Finals Game 1: Black v. Green, 10:30am
SFL Finals Game 2: Winner Game 1 v. Gray, 12:30pm
Standings W L T .PCT GB RA RS
Gray 9 2 1 .818 - 30 56
Green 3 6 3 .333 5.0 51 37
Black 3 7 2 .300 5.5 45 31