Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Final Push

Instead of canceling the remainder of the SFL regular season and skipping ahead to the playoffs, there was a unanimous decision to keep playing the schedule as is. With the allotted time left to practice this fall (next Tuesday), there were some adjustments to the schedule that needed to be made in order to complete the regular season by championship weekend. With that said, the remainder of the regular season games have been shortened to 4-innings each.

The time-shortened games were all nail-biters and had the feel of postseason baseball. Any mistake, no matter which inning it occurred, could be the deciding factor. With only four innings to work with, offenses had to manufacture runs anytime a runner reached base, if they weren't picked off. The Black Team took advantage of good pitching and clutch hitting to earn a pair of 1-0 wins to all but wrap-up a spot in Saturday's championship game. Either a Black win or a Green Team loss would secure the top seed for the team looking for its first SFL title. If the Black Team was the big winners on Tuesday, then the Green Team would be the big losers with two shutout losses. The Gray Team pulled a game closer to Green, but unfortunately they find themselves even further out of first place.

If the season ended today, Green would play Gray for the right to play Black in the title game. But if this game has taught us anything, it is that anything can happen.

SFL Standings
Team W L T .PCT GB RA RS
Black 6 3 1 .667 - 22 28
Green 5 5 0 .500 1.5 29 27
Gray 3 6 1 .333 3.0 24 21

Latest Games
Tuesday, October 4
Game 13: Gray 2, Green 0
Game 14: Black 1, Gray 0
Game 15: Black 1, Green 0

Remaining Schedule
Thursday, October 6
Game 16: Black v. Gray, 3:30 pm
Game 17: Green v. Black, 4:30 pm
Game 18: Gray v. Green, 5:30 pm

SFL Scores
Saturday, September 3
Game 1: Black 3, Gray 1
Game 2: Green 4, Black 3

Sunday, September 4
Game 3: Green 6, Gray 3
Game 4: Gray 1, Black 1 F/6

Sunday, September 11
Game 5 (from 9/10): Black 8, Green 3
Game 6 (from 9/10): Gray 5, Green 0

Wednesday, September 14
Game 7 (from 9/11): Gray 5, Black 1
Game 8 (from 9/11): Black 4 Green 2

Sunday, September 18
Game 9: Green 5, Gray 1
Game 10: Black 4, Gray 2

Thursday, September 22
Game 11: Green 4, Black 2
Game 12: Green 3, Gray 0

Tuesday, October 4
Game 13: Gray 2, Green 0
Game 14: Black 1, Gray 0
Game 15: Black 1, Green 0

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