Connecticut North MSBL, 35+ Division
Hebron Hops 9, Rocky Hill Caps 4
‘Hops Make It a ‘Five Peat’
Submitted by Todd Johnson, Hops manager
The Hebron Hops, formerly the Hebron Nor’Easters, finished off the 2019 season by beating the Rocky Hill Caps in the league finals. The Hops went 21-5 en-route to their fifth consecutive 35+ league championship.
The Hops had to battle injuries and losing key players throughout the regular season, but were still able to accomplish their preseason goal of a fifth title.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Hops faced a new 35+ team in the Granby Cubs. Game one was close, with Hebron winning 7-6. Game two was an easier win, as the Hops won 14-2. In the semi’s, Hebron took on a much improved Bristol Mustangs team. The Hops pitching was too much as Hebron took both games, winning 7-1 and 4-1.
In the finals, it was a third consecutive matchup, between Hebron and Rocky Hill. The Hops scored early and often and handled the Caps in game one, 16-5. Game two was a tough fought battle with Hebron winning the championship game 9-4.