Written by Nick Palma Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00
Now that the MWAL regular season has come to a close, it is time for all of the teams and fans to focus on the playoffs. For those of you who don’t know, the post season consumes half of the summer and brings out the best of all the players.
“The intensity is turned up all the way by everyone in the league. It’s one of my favorite times of the year,” says MWAL Commissioner Michael Granath.
Players that have been battling injuries will now toughen up to be sure they don’t let their teammates down and the teams who have been in the trenches all year long have a chance to create their own underdog story. Teams such as the Mud Dogs and Titans are hoping to find their grooves at the right time of the year as both teams have yet to get hot thus far.
It was a crazy finish to this year’s regular season as both the Monarchs and Mighty Ducks were fighting for the first place spot in their divisions going into the last two games of the season. The Monarchs were facing the division leading Tune Squad where they were able to defeat the Squad in two close matchups, beating them 4-2 and 6-5 respectively.
After chasing the Tune Squad for the first place spot all year, the Monarchs we’re finally able to overcome their obstacle and reach first place by the season’s end.
In the Williston Park League, the Ducks needed to win their final two games of the season with hopes of the Nightmare dropping their last two games in order for a first place tie.
The Ducks would have ultimately won the division tiebreaker due to their better division record.
The Ducks did their part by winning the last two games of the season versus the last place Mud Dogs but the Nightmare would go on to take a game a piece from the Renegades and Titans, leaving them in first place. Duck’s captain Chris Matteo still feels optimistic heading into the playoffs despite not finishing this season in first place.
“Our youth is misleading. Palma and Mook got their rings last year with the Tune Squad. Chung is a veteran who has been there before. We have all the pieces from top to bottom to win this league. I don’t believe a team can win a seven-game series against us. They can’t get to four wins before we can,” says the first-year captain Matteo.
Crazier things have happened in this league come playoff season so only time can tell who will win this year’s MWAL championship. Team’s who find themselves at the top of the league cannot take the bottom teams lightly or else they will be packing their bags early. The competition has been solid all year round so expect a lot of exciting games to come our way over the next month.
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