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WRCL 2021 End Of The Season Newsletter !!

By League Administrator, 07/29/21, 9:15AM EDT

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1) The Stark County Terriers finished as the regular season champion.  They ended the season with a 16-5 record which earned them one of the two direct bids to the NABF World Series.
 
2)  The Lake Erie Warhawks won the playoff championship game against Ohio Elite by a score of 7-5.  It was an exciting back and forth game through the first 3 innings, then both pitchers settled down and shut each other out for the remainder of the game.  This earned the Lake Erie Warhawks the second bid to the NABF World Series.  Here is a link with the playoff results:  https://www.wrcl.org/news_article/show/1166631
Also I thought the Warhawks did a nice job hosting the championship game at Oberlin College.  It was a nice crowd and the student working in the pressbox did a nice job running the scoreboard and playing music between innings.
 
3)  The Lake Erie Warhawks did very well at the NABF World Series going 3-1 in pool play and winning their pool.  They beat teams from Jasper, IN, Brooklyn, NY and the host team from Youngstown.  In the semifinals, they lost to the eventual champions the Grand Rapids Brewers.
 
4)  The Stark County Terriers made the championship game of the NABF World Series.  They went 4-0 in pool play beating the New York Nine, Grand Rapids Brewers, and Toledo Hawks.  In the semifinals, they beat the Jasper Reds out of southern Indiana to meet up again with the Grand Rapids Brewers.  Unfortunately in the championship game, Grand Rapids had the upper hand winning 11-2.    Stark County earned the runner-up trophy in the NABF College World Series-- congratulations on a great season!!!
 
5)  The B2 Bulls are taking the AAABA Bid to the AAABA World Series that starts on Aug 2 in Johnstown, PA.  Jim Savel may be reaching out to you in case he needs some extra pitchers to take to Johnstown.  We wish him and his team the best of luck!  It is a great tournament and will be a great experience for his players.
 
6)  I will be in contact with you soon with the date, time, and location of our end of season September meeting including an agenda.  We need to review this season and set a framework for next season.  I will send out an agenda, but as a preview, we will need to discuss umpires, and playoff format for next season.
 
7)  This year was a difficult season mainly because of the poor weather conditions we endured.  Last season, all league games were played.  This season, games were just continually rained out over and over.   As a league, we need to not overreact to make changes based on the weather.  Next season may be a dry or at least normal summer where all 24 games for each team is played.  I know 21 games are not a lot of games, but we must all realize the reason behind it was one of the rainiest summers we endured for a while.
 
8)  I do want thank Jack Butler for his work this season as the main intern for the WRCL.   He did an incredible job this summer and I am working on him being with us possibly again next summer.  The NABF needed an intern at their World Series events for 14u, 16u, 18u, and also collegiate.  I introduced them to Jack and they just loved the job he did.  Just check out Twitter for the WRCL and the NABFinfo and you will see the incredible work he does.  
 
Please enjoy the remainder of your summer!
 
Thanks,
--
John Mengelkamp
Western Reserve Collegiate League
440-725-9293