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Friday, 26 August 2011 12:09
8/26/11

Township Series Recap. PFF vs. BEL

After a year filled with questionable weather, this season's playoffs were full of sunshine, a light breeze and pleasant temperatures! The Township series would be no different. Possibly the best surprise of the season, the 20-8 PF Flyers had soared to the Finals to take on none other than, the 3-time Champion 23-5 Belly Itchers. A series that would obviously be dominated by pitching and defense!


Game 1:
Pf Flyers 1 , Belly Itchers 0 F/6 Box
W: Ira Cohen
L: Eric Yoder
HR: Jeremy Martin

Both pitchers looked sharp in the series opener, but during the top half of the second, the PF Flyers Jeremy Martin was able to lift a Yoder offering over the left field fence for what woudl become the only run of the game. PF Flyers ace Ira Cohen tossed six innings of three-hit ball to give the underdog Flyers the 1-0 series lead.
 


Jers, Aric and Ira celebrate their Game 1 victory!


Game 2:
Belly Itchers 0 , Pf Flyers 1 F/6 Box
W: Justin James
L: Adam VanVorst
HR: John Liberty

Both Adam and Justin were spot on only allowing 3 hits combined for the entire game. Unfortunatly for Adam and the Belly Itchers, John Liberty brought an end to the duel when he hit his 7th homerun of the playoffs a game-winning shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the sixth. For the fourth time in four meetings (dating back to the final two games of the regular season), the contest came down to a solo home run deciding the outcome!
 


Liberty hits a walk-off homerun in Game 2.

Game 3:
Pf Flyers 3, Belly Itchers 4 F/6 Box
W: Robby Allen
L: Jeremy Martin
HR: John Liberty

Once again these two teams locked up in a classic — the fifth straight game decided by one run. With their backs against the wall, the Belly Itchers showed the veteran savvy that enabled them to hoist the trophy in past seasons. Utilizing their team speed and capitalizing on some minor defensive miscues, the Belly Itchers jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the four innings. In the top of the fifth, John Liberty lifted a high home run over the right field mini monster to cut the game to 4-3. But the Belly Itchers, led by Adam VanVorst's two RBI, held on to push the series to another night.

 


Yoder's aggressive baserunning would lead to 2 runs.

Game 4:
Belly Itchers 3, PF Flyers 0 F/6 Box
W: AJ Tate
L: Ira Cohen
HR: Mike Downs

Trying to stave off elimination, AJ Tate would take to the hill for the first time this postseason. The 2007 Township Series MVP would dominated this decisive game by hurling six no-hit innings behind 14 Ks. Team captain Mike Downs added some insurance with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth, breaking the 1-run game monotony and evening the series at 2 games apiece!

 


AJ would come up big on the mound in Game 4.
Game 5:
Pf Flyers 3, Belly Itchers 4 F/8 Box
W: Adam VanVorst
L: Justin James
HR: Robby Allen



After falling behind to 2 games to 0, the Itchers came storming back to force a Game 5. Winner of this final Township game would be crowned the 2011 Champs. The Flyers would turn to James, while the Itchers would return to the Yoder, who had been winless in the playoffs. Eric Yoder and James would battle strike for strike holding the offenses scoreless and forcing extras. Adam VanVorst would take over and throw a scoreless 8th. Justin, visibly tired, would not be so lucky. With no outs and a runner of first, Robby Allen would channel his inner Joe Carter as he connected on a pitch that sailed into the weeds behind the left field fence. A walk-off, title clinching homerun!

Robby greated by his teammates after his series clinching Homerun!

The Belly Itchers, with four superb arms, used their pitching depth to capture the title; their 4th in the last 5 seasons! The Belly Itchers set a regular season record with their 25-3 record as well as their 1.65 team ERA. Congratulations to the Belly Itchers, your 2011 Champions!

AJ Tate was named the Township Series MVP.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:01
 

Standings

American North W L
Glory Days 19 9
Friars 18 10
Shanghai Chuckers 15 13
Underdogs 10 18
American South W L
Wiff This 17 11
PF Flyers 35 15 13
The Sandlot 15 13
Hauses and Bauses 9 19
National North W L
The Scared Hitless 19 22 6
Firebirds 16 12
Kentucky Waterfalls 14 14
Ice Cold Pitchers 4 24
National South W L
Diablos 3 25 3
Graboids 15 13
5 Dollar Pitchers 10 18
Hall of Shamers 0 28
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