Written by By Phil Bornstein Friday, 27 November 2009 00:00On Sunday, Nov. 15, the PAL Baseball Playoffs 5/6 Division concluded with a championship game featuring the Braves playing host to the Pirates. A crowd of more than 50 fans squeezed into the warm confines of Kings Point Park to witness the finale.
The Pirates threatened early on a Mike Ayala double. John Kyriannis followed with a smash to centerfield, which was caught, bobbled and then caught again by Joe Mogilner. It was the defensive gem of the day. The Braves battery consisted first of Jordan Grieff throwing to starting catcher Jared Schwartz. In the middle innings they reversed roles with Jared taking the mound and Jordan moving behind the plate. Both combinations were effective and held the Pirates scoreless through four innings.
The Braves broke through for runs in the first inning and again in the fourth. Their attack featured hitting by Jordan Grieff and Mitch Harounian- but almost every player contributed offensively as the Braves put the ball in play in 14 of their 25 at bats. The Pirates were never able to mount an offensive threat and ultimately Braves closer Dylan Kamali was able to complete the well-deserved 4-0 shutout.
Special thanks goes to the Park District maintenance crew who worked hard to get the field in playable condition after it had rained for several days prior to the game. And a final thank you to all of the players, families and umpires whose effort and support made this a fun fall season. PAL Baseball will return again in Spring 2010.