League Championship Series' Matchups set as Magic, Wildcards, Panthers, and Meatspins Advance
The 2021 American and National League Championship Series' matchups are all set as we went from 16 teams to 4 after a crazy day of playoff Wiffleball on Sunday.
Starting off in the Panthers regional, it was the first year Glen Lee Skeeters who picked up their first postseason win in franchise history as they sent home one of the most successful teams in league history in the play-in game as they took down New Carlisle by the score of 10-5. The Skeeters were able to carry their momentum into the Wild Card game where they eliminated an experienced Great Lakes Godfathers team to advance to the Best of 3 National League Division Series.
Unfortunately for the Skeeters, their run came to an end in the NLDS as the Panthers won both games to secure their spot in the NLCS. All in all, it was a very successful postseason run for the Skeeters as they were able to pick up not one but two postseason wins. Meanwhile for Granger, they will return to the National League Championship Series once again as they will look to advance to the World Series for the 2nd time in team history.
Moving on to the Meatspins Regional, it was the Lynn Street Leprechauns who picked up a dramatic win in the play-in game over the Union Mills Goon Squad by the score of 6-5. Leps slugger Dylan Kegley hit a 2 run Home Run that put the Leprechauns up for good. Unfortunately for Union Mills their season ended in heartbreaking fashion but there is no doubt that they made drastic improvements in 2021 as they finished the season 12-18 after going 5-19 in each of their first two seasons.
In the Wild Card game, the South Bend Truffle Butter and Lynn Street Leprechauns went back and forth in a dramatic postseason game. In the 7th inning, Leps skipper Nick Brassell put his team up with a 2 out moon shot before the Truffle Butter tied the game at 3 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th and their season on the line.
Truffle Butter skipper Ryan Galiher then delivered the knockout blow as his base hit brought in the winning run to move South Bend onto the American League Division Series as they picked up their first postseason win in team history.
Mishawaka took Game 1 by the score of 10-5 and were able to complete the sweep in Game 2 with a 13-3 victory. After making the switch from the National League to the American League, the Meatspins are now just three wins away from advancing to their first World Series. The Meatspins met up with the Granger Panthers all the way back on Opening Day but it is safe to say that both teams look a bit different at this point of the season.
Meatspins Manager Ryan Warmoth has done a fantastic job with that squad as he has turned them into legitimate title contenders as they boast one of the deepest and most talented rosters in all of ORWBL. They will host Games 1 and 2 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday at Rose Park before the series shifts to Granger on Sunday for the conclusion.
Moving on to the American League side, we will start with the Cyclones Regional which was played at The Barnyard. It was the 5th seeded Twin Branch Billy Goats that were able to secure the win over Crown Point to advance to the Wild Card game. For Crown Point, there inaugural season came to a conclusion but they certainly showed over the 2nd half of the season that they belong as they took some major strides as the season progressed.
In the Wild Card game, the Bourissa Hills Wildcards played some small ball and did what they needed to do to advance to the ALDS as they took down Twin Branch by the score of 3-1.
The Wildcards continued to use small ball to their advantage in the Best of 3 American League Division Series where they took on the top seeded Flat Rock Cyclones in a highly anticipated matchup. With former Cyclone Tyler Shupert going up against his former team, there were plenty of storylines in this one. Shupert and the rest of the Wildcards excelled with the wind blowing in as they won Game 1 by the score of 4-3, before clinching the series in Game 2 with a 4-2 victory.
For Flat Rock, their season comes to a premature conclusion as this team had World Series aspirations all season long as it looked like they were going to give the Maple City Magic a run for their money. Meanwhile, Bourissa Hills returns to the American League Championship Series for the first time since changing their team name from the Pterodactyls to the Wildcards. They will host Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS at the Palace on Saturday night at 6:00pm ET.
Lastly, we finish up with the Magic Regional which was held out at Magic Park. The first year Mill Pond Pink Pandas came out swinging in the play-in game against the Hudson Lake Heat as they put up 20 runs en route to a dominant 20-3 win over the Hudson Lake Heat.
Their momentum carried into the Wild Card game as they took a 7-1 lead into the 3rd inning over the County Line Kings. Unfortunately for Mill Pond, the Kings bats woke up as they scored 9 unanswered runs to win the game 10-7 to advance to the ALDS.
In the Best of 3 American League Division Series, Maple City's Wes Ellis was able to contain the County Line Kings bats as both Jonkman's, Wes Ellis, and Alex Friedman provided all the offense that the Magic would need to advance to the American League Championship Series.
The ALCS will begin at the Palace on Saturday at 6:00pm ET before the series shifts to Magic Park at 1:00pm ET on Sunday for the conclusion. Here is the full schedule for this weekends League Championship Series' matchups:
Games 1-2: Saturday, August 7th- 1:00pm ET
Games 3-5: Sunday, August 8th- 1:00pm ET
Games 1-2: Saturday, August 7th- 6:00pm ET
Games 3-5: Sunday, August 8th- 1:00pm ET