HOT STOVE REPORT: Panthers Re-Add Davis, Zarazee for 2019

The off-season is here and in preparation for the 2019 ORWBL season, we will be taking a look at all the big signings, trades, and transactions from around the league as they happen this offseason. GRANGER - With the recent news that the Panthers would be without two of their 2018 starters heading into next season (Tony Koch-retirement, Tiki Seroczynski – ACL), Granger has signed a pair of former Panthers in Daivyn Davis and Alex Zarazee. Granger's front office knew they would be needing to make moves even before news of Koch’s retirement and Serocyznski’s injury after they were swept by the Magic in their first World Series appearance this past season. Granger struggled with depth issues th

HOT STOVE REPORT: “He’s a Goat,” Billy Goats sign Abegg for 2019

The off-season is here and in preparation for the 2019 ORWBL season, we will be taking a look at all the big signings, trades, and transactions from around the league as they happen this offseason. OSCEOLA - After losing starting centerfielder and backup pitcher Daivyn Davis to crosstown rival Granger, the Twin Branch Billy Goats wasted no time finding a replacement in third year pitcher Kadin Abegg. The young knuckler really began to take form towards the end of the season. His hot bat and stellar pitching allowed him to be a key contributor on the Muffs’ Hometown Days team, as well as other late season tournament teams. Abegg, who spent the 2018 season with the Saugany Lake Landsharks, too

The Polarizing Career of Tony Koch

GRANGER- Eight-Year Veteran and 2-Time MVP Tony Koch retires after 8 ORWBL Seasons: Tony Koch, the all-time ORWBL leader in both Batting Average and Hits, has officially retired from the Old Republic Wiffleball League. Koch’s announcement came shortly after his 2018 season with the Granger Panthers came to an end after a World Series loss to the Maple City Magic. Despite a disappointing end to Koch’s eight-year ORWBL career, he finishes with a list of accomplishments that can be matched by few in league history. Tony retires with his name written all over the ORWBL record books, as his all-time leading batting average is accompanied by the second most Home Runs in league history (trailing o

Muffs fold after returning for 1 season

SOUTH BEND- Shortly after 2018 Rookie of the Year Mark Richards announced he would be leaving South Bend to form his own ORWBL team, Muffs manager Anthony Rieff ended any speculation of a 2019 return by formally announcing the Muffs would not be returning next season. Rieffs announcement came via twitter early Saturday afternoon. “We have officially decided to take a break from ORWBL for the 2019 season,” the Muffs twitter account stated. Rieff’s decision comes on the heels of a disappointing end to a successful ORWBL season in which South Bend was able to secure the #2 seed in the American League but lost in blowout fashion to the Hudson Lake Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Despite

Maple City Magic goes back 2 back after sweeping the Granger Panthers in the 2018 ORWBL World Series

GRANGER- After dropping Game 3 on their own home turf, the Granger Panthers knew that they would have to rally off 4 straight wins to make history and become ORWBL World Series Champions. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the ORWBL World Series so the injured Panthers knew that it was not going to come easy. Just as Maple City did in Game 1, the Magic jumped out to an early lead which is exactly the opposite of what the Panthers were hoping for. The entire Magic lineup really played a role throughout the game as Magic Manager Alex Friedman opted to bat 6 and insert George Stainko into the lineup. All 6 Magic players reached base safely in Game 4 and Jared Jonkman had himself

Magic take a commanding 3-0 World Series lead after a 7-1 win in Game 3.

GRANGER- The 2018 ORWBL World Series shifted to Panther Park for Games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary) with the Granger Panthers hosting their 1st ever ORWBL World Series game. After dropping the first 2 game of the series at Magic Park, the Panthers knew that they would need to work some of their own magic to extend this series to try and get this series back to Magic Park for Games 6 and 7. Unfortunately for Granger, the Magic lineup started things off with a couple of Home Runs to take an early lead. Due to all of the injuries the Panthers have suffered this season, Brett Shepard was forced to take the mound, with 2 time NL Gold Glove winner Seth Campbell, Tony Koch, and Austin Williams out i

Luther, Maple City completes magical comeback as they rally from 6-0 down to win Game 2, 7-6 in walk

LA PORTE- After dropping Game 1 of the 2018 ORWBL World Series, the injury depleted Granger Panthers came out hot as they put the struggles of Game 1 away immediately. Despite being without Griffin Smith, Andy Seradski, and Tyler Scerosyski, the Panthers battled like crazy throughout the first 3 innings as they held a 6-0 lead over the Magic with Maple City being not hit through 3 innings. Panthers Starting Pitcher Andy Migas was forced to exit the game due to a scare at 1st base in which he appeared to injure his knee which forced Manager Griffin Smith to roll with both Brett Shepard and Cory Cavenaugh who combined for 10 At Bats in the regular season. After struggling to find his groove in

Maple City wins Game 1 of the 2018 ORWBL World Series in blowout fashion.

LA PORTE- The 2018 ORWBL World Series kicked off on Sunday as the defending World Series Champions played host to the first time National League Champion Granger Panthers. Despite battling through injuries all season long, including the big one to their Captain, and reigning NL Cy Young Griffin Smith, the Granger Panthers found a way to get past both the New Carlisle Newts and the Twin Branch Billy Goats. The Billy Goats took the Panthers all the way to Game 5 in the NLCS while Maple City cruised to a 3-0 sweep over the Hudson Lake Heat and have since had time to rest up. Just one day after winning the inaugural Compete for Cody Tournament (in honor of Cody Strauch), the Panthers looked very

Panthers win the NL Pennant in dramatic fashion over the Billy Goats!

GRANGER- As the National League Championship Series shifted to Panther Park knotted at a game a piece, both the Billy Goats and Panthers were looking to advance to their first ever World Series. Due to the competitive nature of these two teams that basically grew up with each other, fireworks were anticipated. Quite a few players from other ORWBL teams made it out to watch the drama unfold including Commissioner Alex Friedman. The two teams had just met recently in the final four of the Wiffleball Championship at Migley Field with the Panthers winning in a rather lopsided affair despite a fight from the Goats till the finish. Early on in Game 3, the Billy Goats silenced any naysayers and sla

Maple City sweeps Hudson Lake (3-0) in the ALCS to advance to their 3rd consecutive ORWBL World Seri

LA PORTE- For the 3rd consecutive season, the Maple City Magic have won the American League Pennant after sweeping the Hudson Lake Heat 3 games to 0 in the Best of 5 American League Championship Series. After dropping the first 2 games at home, the Hudson Lake Heat dug themselves into a hole that they were not able to come back from. Maple City headed into this knowing that they had 3 games to simply pick up 1 win, but they were not having any of that as they put the Heat out of their misery early as the Magic clinched their 3rd straight American League Pennant by the score of 6-3. The American League frontrunner for MVP Caleb Jonkman had himself a 3 hit game while also scoring 2 runs and p

Newts end 10 year drought as the Hometown Cup is coming back to New Carlisle!

NEW CARLISLE- The Old Republic Wiffleball League playoffs took an off week for the most prized possession in Wiffle Ball as the Wiffleball Championship took place over the weekend. With another amazing turnout, 75 teams showed up seeking Migley Field. The Cult West Warriors who have dominated this tournament over the past half decade were eliminated by the Twin Branch Billy Goats which opened up a huge opportunity for a lot of teams. Out of 75 teams, only 4 would have the opportunity to play at historic Migley Field in front of a huge and rowdy crowd. ORWBL teams represented the league in a big way as all Final 4 teams were ORWBL teams which says a lot about the quality of competition in t
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