Chesapeake MSBL, 45+ Division
Chesapeake White Sox 13, Cardinals 3 (Final game in best-of-three series sweep)
The Chesapeake White Sox of the Chesapeake MSBL extended their streak of championships for both the regular season and double elimination end-of-year tournament to an amazing 12 consecutive years!
2021 brought three new tough opponents in the league; the Rays, Bulls, and the Cardinals returned after a one-year hiatus.
The White Sox finished the regular season with a 14-1-1 record finally, after having to reschedule 11 rainouts. The playoffs brought a new format, featuring double elimination then best of three for the championship series.
In game one of the playoffs, Ron Ebelein pitched a complete game with a strong performance from the bats winning 15-2 versus a pesky Fire team.
Steve Hoffmann pitched a complete game also in game two, winning a very well-played game versus the Rays, recording a 5-4 victory to get into the Championship series.
Wally Emrich started the first game of the championship series going five strong innings before turning the game over to Hoffmann with the game tied at four. Hoffmann pitched the final four, quieting down the Cardinals bats while giving up 0 runs to secure the victory 9-4.
Josh Molnar pitched the championship game, going all nine allowing only three runs as the Sox bats erupted again, scoring a 13-3 victory and locking down the 12th consecutive championship over the Cardinals.
The defense played an important role throughout the playoffs, only committing three errors in four games.
Leading the way with the bats this year were Cleon Jones, Todd Perry, Gerry Shay, Dave Cross, Dub Daniels, Phil Emrich, Kent Boles, Rick Cannon, Dave Eason, Kevin Williams, Pat Conley, Pat Overton, Jeff Pate, Glenn Vance, Bill Radford, Steve Forrey and Alex Burnett.
Pitching was led by Ebelein, Hoffmann, Molnar, W. Emrich, Cross, Cannon, Williams, Overton, and Boles.
Sweet Wayne Vance was on the IR after week two and plans on a comeback next season.
Keeping everything running on game days was assistant coach Shannon O’Brien, whom without her things would not run as smoothly as they do. Thank you, Shannon!