Get Out The Broom Sticks in Week 2!
Week 2 is in the books and only 1 of the 6 series' saw both teams winning at least a game in the series. The other 5 series' brought us 5 three game sweeps as some of the teams are starting to separate from the rest of the pack.
The Newts traveled to Shamrock Field and continued their remarkable pitching as the Newts won all 3 games as they are off to a hot 5-1 start fresh off of their 2016 Championship season. Through 6 games, the Newts team ERA sits at a remarkable 2.05. While the Leprechauns were not able to pick up a win, they certainly gave it everything they had in the first game, losing 9-5.
Over at Old Rock Field, the Maple City Magic hosted the Bourissa Hills Pterodactls in what was the Dactyls' season opener. While the Magic bats were not as on point as Opening Week, they were still able to pick up 3 wins. A large part of those wins came behind the arm of Wes Ellis who is striking out opposing hitters at a remarkable rate.
Ellis (4-1) has struck out 21 batters in 28 innings so far this year and is on pace to shatter Bertrand's Bryan Van Dyke's record of 42. Ellis will not be available this weekend, but he expects to return for their Week 4 series against Great Lakes.
A couple of National League teams remained unbeaten as the Granger Panthers swept Emery's Army just hours after winning the 4th Annual Wifflehawks Tournament. They will look to really make their mark in their first ORWBL season this weekend as they travel to Migley Field for a showdown with the (5-1) Newts.
Meanwhile, the Olive Township Mechanics continued their surprise run to start the 2017 season as they swept a depleted Galena Marsh team without a couple of key players. Regardless, Olive Township is starting to turn some heads and they will have an opportunity to get to 9-0 as they will take on Lynn Street this weekend.
The 5th and final sweep occurred in Michigan as the Hudson Lake Heat bounced back with a 3 game sweep over the Great Lakes Goddathers. The Heat showed that they are still the most likely team to take down Maple City in the AL despite losing 2 of 3 to them in the season opener.
The only team not to sweep last weekend was the Jet City Junkballers as they took 2 out of 3 in Warsaw against the Cabo Yabos. Cabo took game 1 in their season opener but Jet City rallied to win the series behind the hot bat of Tony Koch and some new free agent pickups.
While Week 2 lacked drama, there should be plenty of exciting games coming up in Week 3 as multiple series bring a lot of intrigue. The headliner is the Granger Panthers traveling to Migley Field to take on the New Carlisle Newts in a battle between 2 of the top teams in the National League.