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NHBA Mustang final ends in dramatic fashion

May 28, 2009

Eileen Stuka- written by Oliver Fleener

Stories of Rocky Balboa and Seabiscuit can come true in 9-10-year-old baseball, as the Mustang Division of NHBA witnessed one of the strongest comebacks in the league’s history.

Team Wells Fargo, a ninth seeded team out of 10, pulled off one of the more improbable comebacks to win the 2009 championship. With a regular season record of 6-12-1 for a 0.361 average Wells Fargo was all but written off after losing its first round playoff game to Roel Construction, the No. 8 seed, in the double-elimination format.

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With nothing to lose Wells Fargo simply incorporated the rally cry of “send one team home” before Wells Fargo did. That motto seemed to work with a surprising victory in its next game against Ticon Construction, the sixth seed. With excellent hitting from deep in the lineup by Jake McIntyre, Ryan Fecko and Janzen Fenn, the team benefited from a well-needed boost of runs and offense.

Continuing its loose style of play and “just for fun attitude”, Wells Fargo racked up another surprise victory the following Monday against Barkate Orthodontics, the seventh seed. With excellent pitching by Brett Bell, Luc Stuka and Josh Ovalle, Wells Fargo’s defense, coupled with another strong showing of offense, stunned its opponent and “sent another one home.”

Wells Fargo’s strong play and determination would not stop there. The team shocked its next opponent Big Belly Deli, the fifth seed the following Wednesday with both excellent defense and aggressive offense. Coltrain Tait rallied Wells Fargo with a post-season home run and Julian Rodgers finished the game with a jaw-dropping defensive play behind second base to help the team squeak by with another victory.

At this point the Wells Fargo Express seemed to have left station and the team was on a roll. The following Thursday, Outback Steakhouse, the third seed, tried to stop them but they were stalled as Wells Fargo played a slow and deliberate game. With excellent catching and throw downs to second base, PJ Steiner kept Outback’s running game to a minimum. The hot bats from PJ, Jake Fleener, and Michael Manser also helped Wells Fargo win yet another game.

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