Black Knights prevail to win the 2021 fall winter season playoff championship
The Black Knights won the post-season championship with decisive wins over the White Taz Devils 25-14 in the semifinal game, and a 21-16 win over Navy Blue Wrecking Crew in the championship game. In the semifinal game Kevin O’Reilly hit four home runs and the Black Knights turned four double plays, to help get the win. Norm Young kept it close for a while with two home runs for the Devils, but great pitching by Rich Tapia in a couple of critical situations prevented the Devils from catching the Knights. In the Championship game, Kevin O’Reilly hit two more home runs, Kurt Gritts went 5-5 with a home run and 6 RBI’s, and Rich Tapia pitched another good game and provided an offensive spark getting on base and running the bases. Kevin O’Reilly finished the day 8-8, with six HRs, two intentional walks, and 15 RBI’s, Lowell Waxman was 6-8 with several key RBI’s, Kurt Gritts went 7-8 with an HR, Billy Casteneda went 6-9, and Rich Tapia scored 12 runs in the two games. The Black Knights played good defense in both games and it was a real team effort to get the wins.
In the other semifinal game, Navy Blue and Grey played a very close game with the Wrecking Crew plating three runs in the bottom of the ninth for a walkoff one-run win. Nevertheless, Navy’s Blue amazing post season finishes came up one game short.