The sun will set on another Door County League baseball season on Sunday, and what a season it was.
While Kolberg and Sister Bay kept their stranglehold on the top two spots this season they were not unbeatable – as witnessed when Washington Island upset Kolberg, 7-6, in the first round of the playoffs. That sets up a title contest against Sister Bay, which blew out Egg Harbor 10-2. The championship game Sunday is sure to pack the stands at the Sister Bay Sports Complex.
PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Sunday, 1:30 pm, Sister Bay
Washington Island (10-5) @ Sister Bay (13-2)
If you take a drive north Sunday you will see a lot of green. No, I am not talking about the trees, I am talking about the Island fans who travel well, especially for this one. For a second straight year the Island will play for the playoff championship but this time, they won’t have to travel too far. After blowing a big lead against Kolberg the last time they played, the Islanders returned the favor Sunday. The big blow came from Ben Geiger, who blasted a three-run home run to give the Island a lead they would not relinquish. Caleb Cornell had three hits and Ben Johnson two. Troy Jorgenson’s two RBI double got the Island going but the hero of the day just may have been pitcher Bennett Isaacson, who closed the door on any Braves comeback.
For the Bays, Griffin Cole belted a homerun Sunday to erase an early Egg Harbor lead and that was all it took. Stewart Larson had three hits and Alex Laughlin two to pace the Bays. Sam Forkert settled in after the first inning run and never looked back.
So how does this movie end? Last year I picked the Island to win the title game against the Braves after losing their two regular season matchups. Their last inning comeback fell one run short.
This year, they play the Bays who also beat them both times in the regular season.
Maybe it’s time for some reverse psychology.
Swami Says: Bays
In addition to the title game, we should talk about the two teams that lost on Sunday.
The Braves run to repeat as playoff champions was dashed by the Island. After losing the regular season crown they were upset Sunday by the Islanders at home in the playoffs. Jack Peterson’s home run staked the Braves to an early lead. Austin Rohe smashed one later and the Braves had the Island off the board for the first five innings. Sam Koss and Christian Counard both collected two hits on the day but this time the comeback fell short. Coach Dave Neinas still has a bevy of talent at his disposal so don’t expect the Braves to drop off next year.
Egg Harbor (9-6)
The Indians scored two runs again as they did in their win against the Bays a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, this time they gave up quite a few more. Egg Harbor can hit and you only have to look at the top of the batting race to see that, because for a second straight year an Egg Harbor player won it. Nick Kita took the title away from teammate Cory Fuller, who won it last year. Fuller didn’t fall off that much as he finished second this time around while teammate Cody Giesseman finished fifth. Coach Matt Ash was voted coach of the year by his peers and for good reason.
The Swami’s 1-1 week guarantees him a better record than last season as he now sits at 49-9 with one game to go. I would like to express my gratitude to the Peninsula Pulse for allowing me the opportunity again this summer to write about a league that has been near and dear to my heart for a long time. It wasn’t a perfect season working with an early deadline and trying to track down stats from the teams every week but all in all the coverage of the league has been great to have the last two years after not having any the past decade.