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Athletics take home MABL Championship Title

Posted: October 15, 2017 by Dan Field | Leave Comment

2017 MABL Champions - Waltham Athletics

For the second straight year, it would be the Cambridge Spinners and Waltham Athletics facing off in the best of five MABL Championship Series. Last year, it was the Spinners taking home the crown, defeating the Athletics 3 games to 1, earning themselves back-to-back MABL titles. This year however, the roles would be reversed as it was the Athletics who would take the championship series 3 games to 1 over the Spinners, defeating the defending champs and spoiling their chance at a 3-peat.

The Spinners would finish the 2017 regular season with a franchise-best record of 22-2, earning themselves the #1 seed and first round bye in the postseason for the fourth straight year. They were backed by Cy Young award winner Luc Kocher who went 10-0 on the hill and set the single season record in wins with those 10 victories. The pitching staff as a whole posted a league-best 1.43 team ERA while allowing just 46 runs in the regular season, also a league best. The Spinners' offense, led by MVP candidate Mike Tufo and Rookie of the Year Ryan Feeney, was equally impressive, finishing atop the league with a .313 team batting average. The Athletics, led by skipper and Manager of the Year Kyle Breidenstine, would finish the regular season with a 14-10 record, good for 3rd place. The Athletics' pitching staff posted a 2.41 team ERA and allowed only 77 runs on the regular season, finishing just behind the Spinners in both of those categories.

It wasn't an easy road in the postseason for the Athletics who had to get past both the Cutters and the #2 seeded Giants before eventually defeating the #1 seeded Spinners in the finals. Congratulations to the Athletics on winning their second championship in the last four years and congratulations to the Spinners on a great season.