National League Postseason Preview
The 2022 ORWBL Postseason begins on Sunday with our new look playoff format! All eighteen teams will be in action as the #8 and #9 seeds in each league will square off in the Play-In Game. There will then be eight different Wild Card Round Best of 3 Series', with the winners advancing to the Divisional Series (Best of 3) which will take place on Sunday, August 7th. Let's take a look at each playoff matchup on the National League side of the bracket.
Play-In Game: #9 Lynn Street Leprechauns @ #8 Scottsdale Sluggers (Hosted by Panthers)
The Sluggers and Leprechauns will kick off the Postseason by squaring off in the Play-In game with the winner advancing to play the defending World Series champion Granger Panthers. These two teams met up all the way back on Opening Day as the Sluggers were able to take two out of three in their return to ORWBL play. Both teams have shown to be very streaky throughout the course of the season so this one could truly go either way.
The Sluggers are a proven hitting team as they finished with the 2nd most runs scored in the National League. Scottsdale alternated between four different pitchers for much of the season so it will be interesting to see who gets the start on the mound. Scottsdale was one of the better Home Run hitting teams in the league as they had four players hit 34 or more HR (Cseh- 34, Con. Mowers- 41, N. Marino- 41, Schafer (43). After winning a World Series title as a role player with the Panthers, Daniel Schafer made the move to Scottsdale and had himself a breakout season. Schafer finished as the team leader in every hitting category as he makes an intriguing case for MVP.
As for Lynn Street, you have to imagine it will be Luke Armstrong on the mound as he pitched 123 Innings this year. Leprechauns star Levi Miller will be the key to victory for Lynn Street who will be playing as the road team in this win or go home scenario. Lynn Street is coming into this one fresh off of a three game sweep over the Wildcards to end the season so you already know that Lep mode has been fully activated. Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, the total number of beers consumed in this lone play in game could outnumber the totals from every other best of 3 series!