JERSEY SHORE CHAMPIONSHIP -- It was David vs Goliath or more like David vs The Misfits last Tuesday night at Bert Willis field when the Misfits looked to cap off another unbeaten season. The only thing standing in their way- Dave C and the Hot Behinds.
The Hot Behinds have been the feel good story of the year. Steadily improving week by week. A powerful offense, solid pitching and a defense that can go get it. Not to mention, the most loyal fan base- one that turns out in all types of weather to cheer on their crew.
The Misfits are the perennial powerhouse built on aggressive base running, timely hitting and a defense that feeds off their on-field captain and pitcher, JT.
In a back and forth game that featured outstanding, bend but don’t break defense from both teams, it would take 11 innings to crown a champ.
Dave C (4-5, HR, 4RBI) wrapped up the Triple Crown with another monster game. Leading the league in average, homers and rbis, they have already started carving his name on the Most Outstanding Player trophy. On this night, he would get help by multi hit games from Kate, KC, Yac, Tom and Tony G. But it was Dave’s go ahead big fly in the top of the 11th that got the crowd off their feet and sent a shock thru the Misfit faithful.
But like they have always displayed, it was the heart of a champion that kept the Misfits in the game. JT did not allow a walk all game and along with Carmine and Eric had 3 hits. Along with the 2 hits each from Kyle and Tommy proved to be too much for the Hot Behinds to counter.
It would be a 6-5 extra inning victory for the Misfits! Back to back to back Fall Championships ('16, '17, '18) have this crew approaching dynasty status. They will be the odds on favorites going into the 2019 spring season.
Can the Misfits continue their dominance? Will Bada Bing regroup and regain control of the division? Will the Hot Behinds take the final step? Can Bond St return to glory? Will one of the up and comers-YourMas, Clown Punchers, Brew Crew add the final missing piece to get them over the hump?
A lot of questions to be answered. It’s going to be an interesting off season on the hot stove as everyone continues to play catch up to the Misfits. Stay tuned for info on the ABL Awards Party!