All good things must come to an end, and much of the WMSPL was elated at the fact that Storm’s streak of winning both the regular season and the playoff tournament has come to an end.
It was a rough tournament for the top teams from the regular season. Of the top four regular season teams, only Storm made it to the semi-final. Rebels had knocked out Broadway in a game directly before taking on Storm. Storm had hoped that having to play back-to-back games in the heat would be a disadvantage for the Rebels, but alas, it was not so.
The game started well for Storm as they were hitting fairly well and playing solid defense. But the wheels came off a little in the 3rd. A bobble and a look that lasted a little too long, combined with some excellent hitting by the Rebels, led to an 11 run inning (more runs than Storm had given up in the first three games of the tournament combined).
Storm still had opportunities to gain the lead, but their bats quietened and the Rebels lit it up again in the seventh, scoring eight more runs (most of which came with two outs). Storm had the top of the order up to start the bottom of the seventh, but they had let the Rebels get too far ahead. It was another great season, but it didn’t end quite the way Storm would have hoped.