Friday, April 15, 2016

Season 21 Wrap Up - Richmond Goes Back to Back

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Richmond successfully defends their World Series crown in Season 21!

The Season 21 World Series is in the books, and after a hard fought 6 game series against New Britain, it's Richmond coming out ahead, claiming their 2nd consecutive Kenny Powers title.  The preseason #1 in the Power Rankings, Richmond never held the spot during the regular season, although never drifted far from the top.  As the NL's #2 seed, they lost one game in each of the Divisional Series vs. Tampa Bay and the NLCS vs. Oklahoma City.  In the World Series, Richmond took Games 1, 2 and the clinching Game 6 at New Britain and also Game 5 at home. Marc Towers led the way for the Richmond offense with a 1.220 OPS in the playoffs.  The entire team put up an impressive .350 OBP during the postseason. Norberto Morales went 4-0 in 6 starts throughout the playoffs with a 2.79 ERA, and the bullpen was solid as rock, allowing the team to post a 3.28 ERA in their championship run.

It was a great season for New Britain, as their #5 preseason ranking proved to be too low, never dropping below #2 in the regular season.  They had a lot of momentum going into the playoffs, putting together a 32-9 stretch run to finish with the world's best record and #1 ranking.  They breezed through Seattle in the Divisional Round, and Helena in the LCS, but couldn't crack the magical playoff formula Richmond has going for them in the World Series.  A very nice season, nonetheless.

Thanks to everyone for playing in Season 21, hope to be back soon for Season 22, after a hopefully quick rollover!  

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