Thursday, September 24, 2015

Storm playoff and season wrap

 Storm played well for most of the playoffs. The team was fairly consistently good defensively and got some timely hitting and big homeruns. Unfortunately, it seems as though Storm ran out of steam in the championship game, but that is baseball. Any team can win on any given day, and Bradley certainly deserved it. The playoff run was good. 4-1 is nothing to sneeze at. In the playoff run, Storm made it to 40 wins, which makes them the first team to achieve that. Final record: Storm vs. Bradley 2-2. Storm vs. the rest of WMSPL 38-1.

Bradley breaks Storm hearts

 Sequels are usually worse than the original, and this screenplay from Bradley Chance was even more gratuitous than the first. Featuring more Bradley homeruns, more Bradley hits, and more Storm errors, this was simply hard to watch. The only thing there was less of was Storm offense. Bradley clearly was the better team in this game, and Storm will have to settle for regular season champions and playoff finalists.

Storm stifles rebellion

 In the semi-final match Storm played a textbook game. There was solid hitting up and down the lineup, and the defense was solid. There were numerous good plays in the infield and outfield, and Storm was able to come out on top and reach the finals.

Storm defeats Devils

Storm played a solid game on Sunday morning. They hit well, and played solid defense. Considering the previous two years Storm’s season ended in the quarters, it was nice to get beyond that stage and defeat the returning playoff champions. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Storm Squeaks Past Greenthumb

The Storm winds were blowing early. Storm put up 6 in the first and 5 in the 2nd, and continued to roll on to a 20-4 lead. However, Greenthumb was not going to go quietly into the mid-afternoon, and they stormed back with a huge sixth inning bringing the score to 21-16. Storm was unable to score in the top of the 7th, and Greenthumb managed to put five more across before Lance made a great catch on the warning track with runners on. Lance then took the momentum from the great catch to the plate, and hit a two-run walk-off homer. With the victory, Storm finishes first in Pool A, and will play in the quarterfinals Sunday @ 10:00 A.M.

Storm blows past Coulas

Storm hit two three run homers in the 1st to jump out to a nice lead. Storm barely matched the first inning output in the rest of the game, but it was enough to win, as Storm held on to a 13-6 victory. Solid defense and great pitching ruled the game

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Storm sails through season

It was an impressive season. Storm found many ways to win. They won slugfests; they won tight defensive matches. They held on to leads late; they came from behind. They had a few blowouts. One of the most impressive things about the season was that each game truly was a team effort. While there were certainly many key hits from the top of the order, the order was incredibly well-balanced, and there were also many key hits from the rest of the lineup. On any given day, any player could be the hero.

Defensively, the team was incredibly solid all over the field. The team made very few errors, and when an error was made, they didn’t compound and turn into big innings (with the exception of the Bradley game). The team stuck together and did not let frustration take over.

As a team, Strom set many records (at least in the history of WMSPL website).

Wins: 36
Winning Percentage: .947
Runs: 746
Runs +/-  +363

and of course...
A 29 Game Win streak from 
May 24th, 2015 to August 24th 2015

This season was a record breaking season for many of the individual players. The following people broke their individual records in the following categories:

Greg: 2B - 6 HR -2, Runs – 42, RBI – 31, AVG. -.585, OBP - .578, SLG - .713, OPS -1.291
James: AVG. -.565, OBP - .562, SLG – 1.087, OPS – 1.649
Brad: 3B- 5, AVG. -.639, OBP. -.615
Bob: Runs – 75
Duran: Hits – 88, 3B – 6, Runs – 72, RBI – 65, AVG. -.667, OBP. -.641, SLG. -962, OPS – 1.603
Al: AVG - .705
Jeff: Hits – 81, Runs – 65, AVG. -.659, OBP - .649, SLG - .805, OPS 1.454

Brian only has one season, so everything he did is a record for this team. We have no idea how he hit on his previous team.

And of course Joey rewrote the record book with his season:
Joey: Hits – 117, HR – 31, Runs -97, AVG. - .873, OBP. - .863, SLG .1.713, OPS. 2.594

After a successful season, Storm hopes to carry this momentum into the playoffs.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Storm Squelches Rebels

Storm started slowly scoring only a couple early on and actually trailed 5-2 at one point. The bats came alive in the 4th inning capped off by a two run Homerun by Lance. Then the Storm put up a series of crooked numbers in the final 3 innings. Final score 19-5. Great end to the year!

Notable Boxscores:

Kenny – 3/3, 3 RBI
Joey – 3/3, 3 runs, 3RBI
Bob- 3/4, 3 RBI
Duran – 3/4, 3 runs, 3 RBI
Lance - 2/3, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Brad – 0/2 and grounded into a rally killing double-play but did have a Sac/RBI

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Storm Elevates Over Direct

An orange moon rose over the field bringing good omens for Storm as they took on Direct Elevator. Storm got off to a good start as they scored 5 runs in the 1st and added 4 more in the 2nd. Direct was only able to get 1 run across the plate in those two innings. The game really tightened up in the 3rd and 4th as only 1 run was scored between the two teams. Storm opened it up again in the 5th as Storm was able to score 8 runs on 11 hits including a 3 run blast by James. Storm wasn’t able to add any more in the 6th or 7th, but they already had more than enough as they cruised to a 17-5 victory. Solid defense and good pitching helped to make this one another fast-paced game.
Perhaps it is appropriate that Storm picked up their 35th win against Direct Elevator. This victory guarantees that Storm will have the highest winning percentage in the known history of WMSPL, the previous high being Pro Golf (now Direct Elevator) in 2002 with a 32-2-2 record (.917). Storm can now finish with a winning percentage of no lower than .921. 35 wins is also a league high in total victories.

Notable Boxscores:
Joey: 4/4, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Jeff: 4/4, 2 runs, 1 RBI
Brad: 3/4, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Brian: 3/4, 1 run, 2 RBI
Al: 3/4, 2 runs, 2RBI