Starting in the A Division, the morning began with a battle between the 2nd place Dragons and 3rd place Step Dads. Coming into the day in order to take over second place the Dads needed to win by 5 or more runs, and hope for a Dragons loss vs. the Blackouts.

A chipper Step Dads team was seen warming-up quite early and looked to be locked in from the get-go, taking away Dragon groundballs with ease behind the steady arm of Pitcher Jason Ortega. HRs, on legitimatey hard-hit balls (and depending on who you ask, high enough to get over the fence), from BT and Jason Sims that would give the Step Dads their early runs. And it was a lead they would keep through the entire game. A late Dragons rally, fueled by an Alex Martins HR, stopped some of the bleeding for Dragons, and proved to difference in holding the run-differential to just 4, as the Dads took the game 9-5.

After that you could officially write-in your top 4 seeds – 1. Sons, 2. Dragons 3. Step Dads and 4. Thundersharkz.

With second place secured the Dragons could’ve taken their foot off the gas against their bar-buddies, the Blackouts, but with the Big Bamboo Belt on the line, there is no easing up. The Dragons worked hard to build an early lead, but appeared to be on the verge of self-combusting as the game moved into the later innings. But in the end it was the crafty pitching of Sean Ryan, in his first ever SSL start, that proved to be difference. Dragons 9, Blackouts 6.

The 3rd game of the day featured a Barbeerians team that could make their own playoff destiny with a win that would secure them of the 5th seed. In a back-and-forth battle it was the veteran Keith Svatora, who for the second straight week, was playing like a rejuvenated superstar, on both the mound and at the plate. Despite a BT grand slam, it was a late inning blast from Kyle Moran that added the deciding runs that would keep the Barbs in the lead for good. Barbs win 9-7. The W officially writes in the rest of the A Division seeds, with the Barbeerians in the 5th spot, the Blackouts 6th, and the Borrachos rounding out the group in 7th.

That being said, there was still lots of softball to be played. It took the Thundersharkz until the 6th inning to score against the Blackouts. They put up 3 in that frame, and then 2 more in the 7th, courtesy of Sean Slaughter, to overtake the Blackouts 5-4. Missing a few players didn’t prevent the Borrachos from putting up a “friendly fight” with the Barbeerians. Using a few players from their opponent’s bench, the two teams played to a low-scoring affair, in the end it was the real Barbeerians taking the win 3-2.

With the division title decided in previous games, the Sons-Sharkz game was all about pride and momentum. HRs from Alex Bryans and Sean Slaughter helped propel the Sharkz into the Cakey with a 9-7 win. The Sons must’ve still been stinging from the loss to the Sharkz, as they showed no mercy on the Borrachos, taking the final regular season game of the year 19-2. And in a shortened season, a season that many thought would be dominated by HRs, it was the powerful Sons lefty Phil Kreutz that took home the HR crown. His 8 bombs this year was tops in the league, and a look at the slew of young hitters that finished behind him on the HR board, Phil has proved that age is just a number.

A look to the Cakey bracket – the Sons get a first round bye and have elected to make the Championship Game, a moonball game. They will face the winner of the 4 vs. 5 matchup between the Sharkz and Barbeerians. On the other side of the bracket it is the 2nd seeded Dragons taking on the 7th seeded Borrachos, and #3 Step Dads vs. #6 Blackouts. It has been a season full of competitive games and heated rivalries, it is safe to say we are gearing for what should be a very interesting Cakey Cup.

A look to the B Division, Nanyou Red stayed hot taking down NMR 7-5 and Cobra 11-2. This meant that Coco would have to win one of their two games in order to secure 1st place in the division. They put an exclamation point on their dominant season in winning that first game of the day, thoroughly taking down Medaka 16-0. That made their 2nd game of the day a friendlier affair, and they ended up taking a bit of a hit to their run differential in a loss to Nanyou White 11-1.

To finish off the action for the day it was Cobra taking down NMR 8-4 and Nanyou White winning 6-0 over Medaka.

Congratulations to Coco for winning the B Division title. They will look to go for a 2nd consecutive CJ Cup this coming weekend as they await the winner of the Cobra-Medaka game. Nanyou Red also gets a bye, and will take on the winner of Nanyou White and NMR. The CJ also looks to be very hotly contested this season… Can Nanyou Red stay hot? Will Coco continue their regular season dominance? Or will another team step-up and put their name on the CJ Cup for the first time? Stay tuned…

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