The 2014 Columbus Day tournament was in jeopardy of being played this year with rain washing out Saturdays games. But the NYESL was determined to get the tournament in and came up with a plan to ensure a champion was crowned. Normally each team plays 3 games on the first day of the tournament in order to determine seeding for Sundays one game elimination playoff, where the top 8 teams play. But due to the rain, adjustments had to be made on the fly. With 9 teams participating, it was voted that the 9 teams would be broken up into 3 divisions, with each team playing 2 games within their own division. The team with the best record in each division would automatically clinch a playoff spot and then the best second place team (determined by run differential) would be the wild card.
Division A featured The Gold, Manhattans Wolf Pack, and the NJ Saints.
Division B featured the Leland Legends, Manhattans Jayhawks, and the Bronx Royals
Division C featured the Bronx Emperors, Bronx Ravens, and the Diamondbacks.
After each team played their two games, the 3 teams that automatically qualified for the playoffs were the Wolf Pack, Bronx Royals, and Bronx Emperors. The Gold qualified as the final playoff team and edged out Leland by just 1 run.
The semi-finals featured the Gold versus the Emperors on field 1, and the Wolf Pack versus the Royals on field 2. The Royals and Emperors were looking forward to a rematch of the 2013 Columbus day final, but the Gold and the Wolf Pack had other plans in mind. The Gold defeated the Emperors by a score of 3-1, and the Wolf Pack upended the Royals 7-3.
The Championship game featured the storied Gold against the up and comers the Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack were confident coming into this game that they could take The Gold down after beating them earlier in the day in the qualifying round. But the Gold put on an absolute clinic in the championship game. The Gold defeated the Wolf Pack by a score of 16-1 and pocketed their second championship of the 2014 season. Tournament MVP Josh Infante led the Gold with his solid defense and paced the Golds offensive attack with his bat and speed on the bases.
Congratulations are in order to the Gold as they proved their doubters wrong this weekend with a gritty performance.
Thanks you to all the teams that participated in this years tournament. And a special thanks to the NYESL board and team captains who were able to come up with a plan to get the games in and still put on a quality tournament.
That wraps it up for stickball in 2014. May everyone have a safe offseason. See you all in 2015.