NYESL Playoff Recap

First Round:

Game 1 Results: Sugar Hill (5) vs Silver Bullets (12) (Field 1 / 10:00 am)

Game 1 was an offense showcase for the Silver Bullets and Sugar Hill. Sugar Hill put up a 5 spot on the scoreboard but the Bullets answered right back. Once the Bullets tied the game, their offense took off and never looked back. The Silver Bullets advanced to the second round with a 12 – 5 win over Sugar Hill.

Game 2 Results: Royals (5) vs Leland Legends (8) (Field 2 / 10:00 am)

Game 2 was a intense game from start to end. The Royals and Leland Legends with back and forth all game. This game went into extra innings with both teams at 4 runs a piece. Usually games end in tie if the score is tied after seven innings but since it is the playoffs, the game went on till one team won. In the 10th inning, the Legends scored 4 runs to take a 8 – 4 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, the Royals tried to answer back but fell short. The Leland Legends advanced to the next round with an 8 – 5 win over the Royals.

Game 3 Results: Emperors (2) vs Diamondbacks (1) (Field 1 / 11:00 am)

Game 3 was almost a big upset alert. The Emperors and the Diamondbacks were tied at 1 until the Emperors scored one more time. The defense for the Emperors was locked in for the rest of the game. The Diamondbacks offense just could not put hits together. The Emperors advanced to the next round with a 2 – 1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Game 4 Results: Gold (2) vs Ravens (0) (Field 2 / 11:00 am)

Game 4 was almost another upset. The Ravens had no problem keeping up with the Gold as they kept the Gold offense quite. The Gold always finds a way to wake up their offense when it matters most. The Gold scored two runs and let their defense lock up the rest of the game. The Gold advanced to the next round with a 2 – 0 win over the Ravens.

 

Second Round:

Game 5 Results: Gold (4) vs Silver Bullets (0)

Game 5 was all Gold, as the Silver Bullets could not string hits together. The Gold`s offense was quite early but woke up after a unfortunate call that the young Bullet`s team could not recover from. The Gold advanced to the championship round with a 4 – 0 win of the Silver Bullets.

Game 6 Results: Emperors (0) vs Leland Legends (4)

Game 6 was an upset that many did not see coming. The Leland Legends offense put up 4 runs on the Emperors. Their defense was one of the best on Sunday as they shut out a strong offensive team. The Leland Legends advanced to the championship round with a 4 – 0 win over the Emperors.

Third Round:

Game 7 Results: Gold (4) vs Leland Legends (7)

Game 7 was a great Championship game. The 5th seed, the Leland Legends, faced off against the 1st seed, the Gold. The Leland Legends offensive was unstoppable this game. They put the pressure on the Gold from the start. The Gold tried to get a comeback started but Leland was able to remain strong defensively. The Leland Legends defeated the Gold by a score of 7 – 4.

Leland Legends – 2017 NYESL Champions

The Leland Legends have shocked the stickball world. The team has been around for years but they made big changes this year. They have added many new faces but the name, the heart to win, the Gee love and the saying “BADOOOOOOH” never changed. Captain, Eddie F., was awarded the MVP while leading his team to their first NYESL championship. Gee was definitely watching over his Leland brothers as they dominated the competition. If you thought the Leland Legends were long gone, you have been sadly mistaken. Congratulations to the 2017 Leland Legends on winning their first title in stickball history.