The Artful Dodgers won the Division 2B championship this past weekend, but it was a rough road getting there. After dropping 8 of their last 9 regular season games, the Dodgers continued that trend by losing all three round robin playoff games on Saturday. They weren't competitive in any of those games, looking lost in the field and at the plate. The only highlights of Saturday were a beautiful 3-person relay from the outfield to nail a runner at the plate, a big homer from Yhana, and Donahue using a hard grounder to smash the sunglasses of an opponent who'd been mocking him earlier.
Sunday was a complete 180o for the team. Rob returned to the mound and brought some defensive stability to the team. While the back-up pitchers did a great job, having Rob on the mound allowed the team to field the best possible defense behind him. The Dodgers lost a close game in the morning thanks only to some great hitting by the opponents in the bottom of the 5th. The B-side semi-final was equally close with the Dodgers emerging on top 12-11. It was a nice bit of revenge against a City Slickers team that scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th last Wednesday to stun the Dodgers.
In the final, the Dodgers were up against That's What She Said. A team that has won a few summer championships and recently beat up the Dodgers to the tune of 23-13 in a regular season game. In another fitting result, That's What She Said were mercied in 4 innings by a score of 14-4.
It's been a very rewarding year covering the Artful Dodgers Slo-Pitch team and this reporter looks forward to another great year in 2013. Enjoy the off-season Dodgers!