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Quackers 2012 Champions!

posted Aug 20, 2012, 11:52 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Nov 1, 2012, 6:58 AM ]
2012 WWL Champions
(from left to right, Kevin Keenan, Regis Pollard, Jordan Shelton, Josh Swan)
*not pictured: Darren McGuire and Cody Hammond

    The Oatka Quackers defeated the Washburn Workhorses in two games Friday night to win their first World Series Championship.  After losing to the Bombers in the finals last year, the Quackers were able to make it back to the finale and successfully bring home the World Series title.  They finished the year on a 9-game winning streak with an overall record of 14-1, after going 3-0 in the playoffs.  "This is what we wanted all year," stated Quackers Manager Regis Pollard.  "Losing last year was tough, but we put ourselves in a position to get back here and win it."

    Pollard got both wins on the mound, including a shut out as the Quackers won 6-0 and 8-1.  He finished the series with 21 K's in 10 innings, allowing just 8 hits and adding 9 hits offensively to earn M.V.P. honors.  Kevin Keenan went 7-11 in the two games with a double, while Darren McGuire was 3 of 4 in Game 2 with 4 RBI's.  "Mike [Anderson] pitched great, we just hit well as a team and everyone showed up," commented Pollard.

    As for the Workhorses, their glorious season came to an abrupt end after two-straight losses in their first World Series appearance.  Anderson took both losses on the hill as he allowed 14 runs in the series.  Anderson and the Workhorses struggled on offense as they only managed 1 run in the series, including just 3 hits in Game 1 and 5 in Game 2.  Their lone run came off of a solo home run by Shayne Herold in the last inning of Game 2.  Sean Ancker and Michael Hackett finished the series a combined 3 for 18 with 13 strikeouts.          

    Despite the disappointing finish for the 'Horses, they accomplished one of the biggest turnarounds in history.  After a 2011 season where they finished on a 9-game losing streak, including an embarrassing 28-3 loss to the Quackers in the playoffs, Mike Anderson was able to turn the Workhorses around in 2012.  With a newly constructed team, Anderson led the Workhorses to an 8-4 regular season record and their first division title.  The Workhorses finished the year 9-6 overall.