Week 1 Recap
The 2021 ORWBL regular season is officially under way as all sixteen teams kicked off the regular season on Sunday. The home teams dominated in Week 1 as seven out of the eight home teams won their series while six of them were able to pull off a sweep. The New Carlisle Newts were the only road team in the league to win their series as they took two out of three from the Godfathers in Great Lakes powered by a league leading 74 runs scored. Let's take a quick look at what happened at each series on Opening Day.
Hudson Lake Heat @ Maple City Magic
GM 1: MC, 2-0
GM 2: MC, 2-0
GM 3: MC, 4-0
The 4x defending World Series Champions picked up right where they left off as the Magic were finally able to pick up a sweep on ring day for the first time as Champions. Prior to the game, the Magic unveiled their 4th championship banner and passed out their rings before LaPorte Mayor Tom Dermody threw the ceremonial first pitch. The wind was howling in like never before at Magic Park as there was not a single Home Run hit on the day. With the wind howling in, the Magic knew that they would have to play small ball and that is exactly what they did, scoring 8 runs on the day via small balll. Maple City's three different starting pitchers each pitched a shutout while the defense was stellar behind all three of them.
Notable stats from the series:
(MC) Wes Ellis: 5-11, .455 AVG, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 6 IP, 0 R, 2 K's, W (1-0)
(MC) Shane Anderson: 3-7, .429 AVG, 3 Runs, 6 IP, 0 R, W (1-0)
(MC) Jared Jonkman: 5-11, .455 AVG, 1 RBI, 6 IP, 0 R, W (1-0)
Week 2 matchups:
Maple City @ Crown Point
Hudson Lake @ Mill Pond