Four Walk-Off Home Runs And Rieff's Perfect Game Highlight Exciting Wild Card Round
The 2022 ORWBL Playoffs kicked off on Sunday, July 24th with all 18 teams in action. The #8 and #9 seeds in each league squared off in a one game play-in while the rest of the matchups were best of 3 series' as this is the first year with our new playoff format. The newly named Wild Card Round did not disappoint as there were four total walk off Home Runs that advanced their respective teams to the next round. The Wild Card Round also gave us a Postseason perfect game as Mishawaka's Anthony Rieff blanked the Knights in their series clinching victory. Let's go around the league to see how each Wild Card Round matchup finished up.
National League Play-In Game: #9 Lynn Street Leprechauns @ #8 Scottsdale Sluggers
GM 1: SD, 8-7
The National League Postseason kicked off with the Play-In game between the Sluggers and Leps with the game being played at Snead Field. As expected, this one was a back and forth affair but it was the higher seeded Sluggers that came out on top following an 8-7 win. Lynn Street's Levi Miller did everything in his power to help his squad advance but he was not able to get enough help from the rest of the lineup. For Scottsdale, they were able to pick up their first postseason victory since returning to the league as their loaded lineup of solid hitters did just enough to come out on top. With the win, Scottsdale advanced to take on the top seeded and defending champion Granger Panthers in the Wild Card Round.
National League Wild Card Round: #8 Scottsdale Sluggers @ #1 Granger Panthers
GM 1: GR, 7-1
GM 2: GR, 8-3
The 2021 ORWBL World Series Champions began their postseason quest for a repeat as they hosted the