The 2022 Yakwey Baseball League Championship Series is set to begin on Friday 8/5. The Al Thomas A’s will be facing the Brighton Black Sox in a rematch of the 2021 YBL Finals. Al Thomas will be looking to repeat as champions.
Al Thomas entered the playoffs as the #1 seed having won 21 games for the second straight year. In the semifinals Al Thomas faced the #4 seed Brighton Braves in best of five series.
Al Thomas would take Game 1 by a score of 6-2 behind Jay Gamboa’s complete game 18 strike out performance. Game 2 would see both teams exchange leads with the Braves taking a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Al Thomas would score 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game and win the game 8-7 courtesy of a Jon Chapman walk off. Al Thomas would complete the sweep with a 7-0 four hit shutout by Paul Wydom.
The Brighton Black Sox had a bit of an up and down season before securing the #2 seed. The Black Sox faced the #3 seed McKay Club in their semifinal matchup.
The Black Sox would take Game 1 by a score of 7-0. Shawn Nosky and Brian Koker would combine on a four hit shutout. Game 2 would prove to be a battle. Both teams would exchange leads multiple times before the Black Sox would walk off with a 9-8 victory in the 8th. Game 3 opened with the Black Sox taking a 3-2 lead in the first inning. The game would then settle into a pitching dual between McKay’s Bill Willett and Black Sox Christian Quigley. Both teams would tack on runs in the 7th with the Black Sox holding on to win 5-3 to complete the sweep and move on to the finals.
Game 1 of the Championship Series is scheduled for 8:00 pm Friday 8/5 at East Boston Stadium. (map)
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