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Spartans Repeat as MSBL 28+ Champions

Posted: October 20, 2018 by Dan Field | Leave Comment

2018 MSBL 28+ Champions - South Shore Spartans

In a rematch of last year's Championship Series, the South Shore Spartans go on to defeat the Boston Cardinals and repeat as MSBL 28+ Champions; winning their second title in as many years since their inception. The reigning champs would go 8-1 overall in the postseason with five of their eight wins coming in shutout fashion; outscoring opponents by a total of 59-9.

In the 2018 regular season, the Spartans would finish with a 21-0-1 record, becoming just the second team in MSBL 28+ history to go undefeated in the regular season. The only other team to accomplish this feat was JM Force back in 2012, finishing with a regular season record of 23-0. In their historic regular season run, the Spartans defeated opponents by an average of nearly 7 runs per game and finished atop just about every offensive category including Batting Average (.375), Runs (174), Hits (229) and RBIs (155). Their pitching staff would lead the league with a 1.62 ERA.

This regular season dominance would carry over into the postseason for the Spartans where as a team, they would post a .325 batting average, bang out 83 hits and produce 55 total runs. The pitching staff would finish with a 0.92 ERA and allow just 8 earned runs over 61 innings.

Meanwhile, the #2-seeded Boston Cardinals (15-6) would have a pretty good postseason of their own. They would sweep the Cantabs in the opening round and grind past the #1-seeded Bombers in a hard-fought semi-finals series, earning their way to the Finals for the third straight year.

In Game 1 of the Finals, the Cardinals' pitching staff would find a way to keep the Spartans' offense at bay, helping the team hand the Spartans their first loss of the season with a 4-2 victory. Fortunately for the Spartans, that would turn out to be the team's only loss on the season as their pitching staff made up of Troup, Smith and Henry would allow just two runs over the next three games en route to their second championship in two years.

Congratulations to the South Shore Spartans on winning back-to-back MSBL 28+ titles and to the Boston Cardinals on their third straight Finals' appearance.