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Ironwood Mets Sweep Steve's Sports for 25+ Crown in Clevelend MSBL

Cleveland MSBL 25+ Division

Ironwood Café Mets 3, Steve’s Sports 1


‘Ironwood Café Mets End Steve Sports 52 Game Win Streak’

Submitted by Chris Palagyi, Ironwood Mets 

With their backs against the wall having to play out of the loser’s bracket in the Cleveland MSBL 25+ Tournament, the Mets had to knock off 5-time defending champions Steve Sports in two straight games to capture the league title. The Mets won 3-2 in a game one nail biter and 3-1 two weeks later in the championship game. 

The Mets had their work cut out for them in a semi-final double header against the #2 seed Orioles in game one, and Steve’s Sports in game two. In the regular season the Mets were a combined 0-4 against both teams.  The Mets won 7-4 versus the Orioles and were led by Joe Werner on the mound, who tossed seven innings yielding only two runs and striking out five. Mike Janos finished the game in relief, and also had a huge day at the plate going 2-3 with a triple and three RBI. Steve Norris had two hits and two RBI, Nick Petruziello was 3-3, River McWilliams had two hits and Eric Schmitz, Travis Lydon, Drew Mahler and Kyle McGuire each had hits.

 In the semi-final and championship games, the Mets were led by River McWilliams on the hill as he pitched two complete games yielding only three total runs while striking out 16 over 18 innings of work. River struck out 12 in game one and after the games were washed out the following weekend, he struck out four, giving up only one run to win the championship. River also contributed two singles, an RBI, and stolen base while Travis Lydon, Ethan West, Chris Palagyi and Steve Norris all had hits. Shortstop Mike Novak played stellar defensively while Matt Novak, Ian Wayton, Mike Perry and Andrew Jakuszeit contributed to the championship run as well.  

Steve’s Sports rattled off 52 straight wins prior to losing back to back games to the Mets in the semi-final and championship game and had a combined record of 94-7 since 2011. The Mets, formally the Cubs led by Cleveland MSBL commissioner Tony Martin, are responsible for five of those seven losses. The Mets are managed by player coaches Chris Palagyi, Steve Norris and Eric Schmitz.

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