Aaron Desbiens of the Woodchuckers gets back to second base as Deb Balcke of Sportsman's scoops up a low throw during last week's Port McNeill Slo-pitch playoff final at Centennial Field.

Woodchuckers win again

PORT McNEILL — Squad wins second straight Port McNeill Slo-pitch playoff title

PORT McNEILL — The Woodchuckers broke open a tie game with a six-run third inning and went on to claim their second straight Port McNeill Slo-pitch league title with an 18-7 win over the Sportsmen last week at Centennial Field.

Mike Miller, Jason Evans and Aaron Desbiens each homered for the Woodchuckers, who swept their three playoff games after earning the top spot in the league’s regular-season standings.

Ryan Clarke homered for the Sportsmen, who were tied 3-3 with the Woodchuckers after two innings. Had the Sportsmen won, the two teams would have squared off again in an “if necessary” final.

Crystal Christiansen went 4-for-5 and scored four runs for the winners. Miller and Evans scored three runs each, Justin Hodgson had three hits and scored twice and Desbiens also scored a pair of runs.

Dan Slater crossed the plate three times for the Sportsmen, and Dan Wilson had two hits and two runs.

The Sportsmen played six times in the three-week tournament and won three elimination games to earn their finals meeting with the Woodchuckers. Dropped into the consolation bracket by a second-round loss to the Dustmen, the Sportsmen then eliminated the Dustmen in the consolation semifinals.

The Talons finished third in the playoffs and the Dustmen placed fourth.

 

Port McNeill Slo-pitch

League playoffs

First round

Talons d. Woss Brewers

Sportsmen d. Timberlands

Dustmen d. Ribbon Slingers

Hi Vis d. Team Awesome

Round 2 – loser out

Timberlands d. Ribbon Slingers

Woss Brewers d. Team Awesome

Round 2 – winner’s bracket

Woodchuckers d. Talons

Dustmen d. Sportsmen

Quarterfinals

Dustmen d. Hi Vis

Semifinals

Woodchuckers d. Dustmen

Consolation – loser out

Talons d. Timberlands

Sportsmen d. Woss Brewers

Talons d. Hi Vis

Sportsmen d. Dustmen

Sportsmen d. Talons

Championship

Woodchuckers 18, Sportsmen 7

 

Regular-season standings

1. Woodchuckers

2. Hi Vis

3. Dustmen

4. Sportsmen

5. Woss Brewers

6. Talons

7. Timberlands

8. Ribbon Slingers

9. Team Awesome

 

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