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Willamette Valley Men’s Baseball League 30+ Division
Dodgers 4, Aquilas 0
‘Dodgers Rebound to Post ‘Three-Peat’ in 30+’
Submitted by Ben Ward, Willamette Valley League President
The start of the 2016 season saw the Dodgers aiming for their third
consecutive championship. Winners of 41 of their last 42 games and the past
two championships, the Dodgers once again looked to success by way of their
dominant pitching and defense. Extending their winning streak to 33
games, the Dodgers were in fact riding their dominant pitching, great defense
and timely hitting to the top of the leader board. In their sixth game of
the season they experienced a first in almost three years; they lost a game.
A combination of injuries and the baseball gods saw the Dodgers suffer
through a three game losing streak along with one more loss during the regular
season to finish as the second seed going into the playoffs.
As the playoffs started the Dodgers got healthy and outscored their
opponents 15-0, including a 4-0 win over the regular season champion Aquilas,
to win their third consecutive championship. While the season was tougher
than expected, it proved to be a positive at it showed more parity in the
league which should help the longevity of the league.
The Dodgers were once again led by a dominating pitching staff that posted a
team ERA of 3.38, a team WHIP of 1.47 and a K/BB ratio of 2 to 1. The
team posted a .304 batting average and a team OPS of .750. The Dodger
offense was led by Taylor Blair .553/.558/.615 and Chris Carlgren.450/.488/.600.
The Dodgers are looking forward to 2017 and a chance to claim their fourth