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Morning Wood Champs Again!

 

It was a great day for softball as we had a crowd of about 100 people turn out to watch the Mudsharks take on Morning Wood in the Championship for the third straight year and fifth time out of the last six years. Mudsharks had the edge over MW, beating them three out of the four times they squared off in the final. The Sharks looked good early on in Game 1 as they scored three runs in the 2nd inning and then another four runs in the third. A couple errors from the Morning Woods’ infield and timely hitting from the Mudsharks had them out to an early 7-0 lead. Morning Wood had plenty of chances to score but solid Mudsharks defense shut down any rally that the Wood tried to get going. Every time MW would plate a run the Mudsharks came back in the next inning and scored again. The Mudsharks won Game 1 easily, 10-3.

In Game 2 and batting first, Morning Wood came out the gates hot as the first seven batters all singled as they scored five runs to put the pressure on the Mudsharks. Solid defense from both teams kept both teams off the scoreboard until the 6th inning as Morning Wood would score another four runs to go up 9-0. The Sharks scored a run in the bottom of 6th but that was all as Morning Wood won Game 2 by a score of 9-1. With the series tied a game apiece it came down to a deciding Game 3 for the Championship.

With the title on the line, both teams started Game 3 with some fireworks. Mudsharks struck first in the top of the 1st with three runs. In the bottom of the 1st Morning Wood would answer with three runs of their own. Then Morning Wood would score three more in the 2nd and another two runs in the 3rd taking a commanding 8-3 lead. Stellar defense from Morning Wood stopped the Sharks as they threatened to score in the late innings. The Mudsharks were able to score one in the 5th but that was all as Morning Wood went on to win Game 3, 8-4 and win their 2nd straight Championship and third overall.

After the game was played we handed out a few trophies and awards. Chris Long of Old Head took home the “Jackass of the Year” Award for the third straight year. Taking home the Kevin Gill Award (League MVP) was Richie McCarthy of the Mudsharks. The Bobby McKinley Award (Playoff MVP) went to Skyler Ward of Morning Wood as he went 7-9 at the plate and played a great first base. Starting this year we are using one Championship Trophy and will put the winning team on the trophy and they get to keep it for the year. So Congrats to Morning Wood on taking home the Championship Cup!

We would like to thank all the teams and everyone who helped out this year. This was our 6th year back and our best one so far as we had nice crowds each week and especially at our All-Star Game and the Championship. We hope all our teams are coming back again next year. We also want to remind everyone of the Monohan Tournament on September 9. It’s a great day of softball and also for a great cause. Last but not least, thanks to The Rockaway Times for running our article each week. Thank you again and cheers until next year!

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