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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.