By Chelsea Deckert and Jillian Davis
Tomorrow night we will see the first ever preliminary round of the Super League. The Crushers face the Clippers for the last spot in the Grand Final. The winner of this game will play the Carp next week!
After the Carp started their season with two straight losses, they became the first team to cement its place in the SLBA Grand Final on December 19. They have a bye this week as they wait to see who their opponent will be in the Grand Final.
The Crushers secured second place last Wednesday when they beat the Wasps. The Wasps are now eliminated from the competition, setting up a semi-final battle with the Clippers this week.
GAME ONE: Crushers vs. Clippers
FIRST PITCH: 7:00pm (7 innings)
Players to Watch:
Gary Owens (Crushers): Last week’s Highway Player of the Game went three for three with two RBI’s and two scored runs – on his birthday! What a what to celebrate!
Jordy Grose (Crushers): Grose is a huge threat on the mound for the Crushers and will surely be relied upon against the Clippers tomorrow night. Last week, he had two strikeouts in two innings pitched and zero earned runs.
Chris Burkholder (Clippers): Burkholder has had a pretty consistent season on the mound and will continue to be a key player for the Clippers during the playoff rounds. Last week, he pitched two innings with zero earned runs and three strikeouts.
Alex Carter (Clippers): Carter has been putting the bat on the ball recently and has played a huge role in the Clippers success these past few rounds of the Super League. Last week in the Clippers loss against the Carp, Carter was the one of the few that contributed and had the team’s only RBI’s.
Landon Hernandez (Crushers): Last week, Andrews went two for four with two scored runs and an RBI in the Clippers big win over the JSR Plumbing Wasps. Andrews has been consistent at the plate this season but is also a solid defenseman.
LAST TIME THE CRUSHERS AND CLIPPERS FACED OFF:
Round 2: Ben Andrews from the Crushers and Evan Leblanc from the Clippers both hit huge homers early in the game, making us wonder who would claim the victory. In the end, the Crushers defeated the Clippers in a 7-5 battle.
Round 5: The Dunmark Crushers ended their game in the Super League’s first ever tie against the Clippers ending with in a 3-3 score.
Round 8: After pitchers dominated the first four frames another comeback was on the cards as the Dunmark Crushers fought back from 2-0 down in the sixth, before the Clippers claimed an emphatic 6-2 victory.
Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: This matchup will be an interesting one, to say the least. Both the Clippers and the Dunmark Crushers have had their fair share of ups and downs this season and we never know what to expect with either of them. We’re going to have to go with the Dunmark Crushers on this one because of how well they performed offensively last week. We’re curious to see if they can bring the same energy into the preliminary final.
Score Prediction: 6-2, Dunmark Crushers