Best Case, Worst Case: Twin Branch Billy Goats
Turn on those team twitter notifications - ORWBL is back. We’re counting down the days until the 2019 season kicks off on May 5th by looking at the floor and ceiling of all 16 teams in the league. Today we preview the new American League member: the Twin Branch Billy Goats. We look forward to hearing all about wrong these previews are, and how your team is being “slept on” this season.
Wiffleball News Preseason Ranking: 4
Last Season: 15-9 (3rd in NL, Lost to Granger in NLCS)
Notable Transactions: Lost Daivyn Davis (Granger). Lost Brandon Campbell (Granger). Added Kadin Abegg (Saugany Lake). Added Connor VanOverberghe (South Bend)
Key Player: Lucas Oletti OF
In his first year as a full-time ORWBL player, Lucas quickly became a household name for the upstart Billy Goats. The sure-handed left fielder helped the 'Goats break out in the Hometown Cup and ORWBL playoffs alike. Despite tough hitting conditions all season, Oletti managed his first All-Star appearance, pacing his young team in batting average. If the Billy Goats want to take a similar year-two jump as their cross-town rivals, it will likely coincide with a breakout season from "Hoodie Oletti".
Coming off of a fantastic first season in which the Billy Goats were just one win away from going to the World Series, the Goats pick up right where they left off. Despite the switch to the American League, this confident young squad comes out firing on all cylinders against these teams that they did not play last season. Despite losing a couple of key players, Twin Branch excels with experienced additions of Kadin Abegg and Connor VanOverberghe. If things go the way they plan, the 'Goats could find themselves once again competing for a spot in the World Series.
With an off-season roster shale up, it takes some time for Twin Branch to get things going. The Goats new players are not able to provide as much support as the players that they had last season. In their second season facing him, teams begin to figure out reigning Cy Young winner Andrew Doran The Goats have a hard time finding their best game against experienced American League teams and struggle in an American League West that ends up belonging to the Hudson Lake Heat.