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Spartans win 28+ Title in Inaugural Season

Posted: October 19, 2017 by Dan Field | Add Comment

2017 MSBL 28+ Champions - South Shore Spartans

In the franchise's inaugural season of the Boston Men's Baseball League, the South Shore Spartans are the 2017 MSBL 28+ Division Champions. Their road to the championship was certainly no easy ride but with a combined team effort, they would find a way to advance past the #3 seeded Somerville Senators (16-7-1) in round one, grind their way past the #1 seeded Boston Bombers (23-1) in a fantastic round two series, and eventually sweep the #2 seeded Boston Cardinals (18-5-1) in the best of five championship series. The Cardinals would earn their way back to the championship series for the second straight year in similar fashion, sweeping past both the #3 seeded Natick Knights (12-12-1) in round one and #1 seeded Waltham Sox (21-4) in round two.

The Cardinals would finish the regular season with an 18-5-1 record and earn the #2 seed in the Blue division. Their regular season success was due in large part to their dominant pitching staff and league-leading 1.13 team ERA. The Spartans would also earn the #2 seed but in the Red division, finishing the regular season with a 19-6 record. The Spartans' offense would bat a remarkable .356 in the regular season, lead the league with 5 home runs and share the league lead in runs scored (199) with the Bombers.

The postseason would bring much of the same for the Spartans, as their offense, led by Chris Curran (15-30, .500 AVG), proved to be too much for the Cardinals' pitching staff. As a team, the Spartans would bat .316 with a .426 on base percentage, scoring 70 runs on 92 hits with 21 of those hits going for extra bases, including a HR from John Jones in the first round. Tim Troup and Mike Smith would go a combined 7-0 on the hill with 35 K's and a 0.42 ERA.

Congratulations to the South Shore Spartans on winning the 2017 MSBL 28+ Championship in just their first year in the league and to the Boston Cardinals on a great season and second straight Finals' appearance.