2018 Power Rankings


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D3Nearly running the table from start to finish, the Athletics captured the Division 3 City Championships in their first season in the league. Their perfect tournament weekend saw them win all 5 games by double digits, including a 13-3 victory over the Beer Ballers in the title game. The win ended the impromptu run of the Ballers in convincing fashion. It is hard to dispute that this team could have won a D3 Triple crown under normal circumstances. Their success will serve to open up new challenges as the Athletics will almost certainly need to prepare for the competition of Division 2 next year.
D1Ending the season and tournament on the strength of a combined 7 consecutive wins, PopATop took home the Division 1 title in arguably the most competitive Championship game of the 5 on the schedule. They began avenging their 2nd place regular season finish with a resounding 27-17 win over New Wave to wrap up the round-robin. After dispatching Outcasts in the semis, they once again faced and bested New Wave in the City title game. The potential for a Championship repeat in 2021 will be a daunting, but manageable task as the top Division hopefully returns to full strength next May.
D2Rounding out the trio of league debutants taking home hardware, the Outlaws had anything but an easy road to the D2 Championship. After clinching the regular-season crown with 7 straight wins, they went 1-1-1 over the round-robin to finish 3rd heading into Sunday. With a pension for late-inning heroics throughout the season, the Outlaws utilized an offensive outburst in the final frame to eliminate Breaking Balls in the semis. They turned their attention to Brokebat Mountain in the finals to seal the deal with another strong effort. The future is bright for the Outlaws as they head into 2021 with a D2 Regular Season title and City Championship already in the books.
D1Despite winning the first 10-games stretched over the Regular Season and tournament weekend, New Wave came up short of their ultimate aspirations. Surrendering 11-runs to PopATop in the top half of the final inning of the round-robin turned a 1-run game into a landslide defeat. On Sunday, they avenged their 2019 semi-final loss to Win or Booze to reach their 4th D1 Championship game in 5 seasons. They held a 3-run lead heading into the later stages of the Championship game, but fell behind and were unable to rally. While the club earned their first Regular Season title, the finals loss dropped New Wave to 0-6 all-time in Tournament final games.
D5The wait is over! After 2019's 12-2 regular season, I'd Hit That was unable to win their first City Championship. Fast forward a year, and some late-season struggles again cast doubt over their ability to parlay a #1 finish into a title. Despite a 1-2 round-robin record, a 42-run effort spread over 2 games led IHT to a championship triumph. Avenging their earlier losses to Glo-Balls and Pitch Perfect they also recorded the final out of the final game of the 2020 season. The D5 City Championship win potentially brings their tenure in the division to a successful conclusion with 2021 offering the opportunity for new challenges for this talented team.
D4From rags to riches, the Tailgators' rise to Division 4 prominence was anything but certain. After a difficult 2019 debut in Division 3, the rebranded Sandlot Slammers battled their way to a 4-4 regular-season mark in 2020 but stumbled to a third-place finish in the round-robin. That being said, an ultra-competitive 1-run defeat to the then-undefeated B.P. Ballers on Friday night set the stage for a Sunday upset special. The Tailgators ended the Baller's season with a resounding 15-4 win before moving on to the finals. They then defeated Elgin Backyard Burgers who were undefeated over the weekend prior to the final. As the D4 City Champions, the Tailgators are proof positive of a team's ability to overcome adversity rise to prominence against the odds. NEW
D4There is no denying the success of B.P. Ballers. With a perfect 8-0 regular-season record, they drastically improved upon on their 2019 debut stats. To further support the Baller's impressive improvements, over 14 games last year the squad scored 115 times compared to 119 runs scored over just 8 games in 2020. They also cut their runs against by more than half. Unfortunately, they were unable to maintain their high level of success through to Elimination Sunday. They finished the round-robin in the #2 spot with a 2-1 record but were upset by the eventual champion Tailgators in shocking fashion. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic sophomore season for B.P. who will look to build on their success in 2021.
D5A club that appeared poised to walk away with the D5 hardware, Pitch Perfect's first season in the league was by all accounts a successful one. They ended the season in 2nd place, but their strong finished had them positioned as the #1 contender to the crown heading into the big weekend. Their momentum continued with a trio of round-robin wins and a semi-final defeat of the Oddballs. Unfortunately, they were unable to replicate their Friday night success against I'd Hit That when they met again in the Championship final. Prior to the loss, Perfect had won 6 straight games and 10 of their last 11 contest.
D2In a Division that was full of ups and downs, that included 4th placed Balled & Beautiful finishing #1 in the round-robin portion of the tournament- Brokebat Mountain remained a constant contender. Alternating with Breaking Balls between 2nd and 3rd place all season, they defeated Breaking Balls in the round-robin, but lost a pair of close games in their other 2 defeats. A 4th place finish paired Brokebat with the aforementioned Balled & Beautiful. A semi-final victory propelled them into a D2 final against the Outlaws. While they were unable to earn the victory, their 2nd place finish was their best result in 3 seasons since making the jump to D2.
D3Earning a double nod in the #10 spot, both Elgin Backyard Burgers and the Beer Ballers fell just short of their desired finish, but still warrant recognition.

The clock finally struck midnight on the Beer Ballers who started the season 0-7, but finished the year with a trio of wins over their last 6 games. The Ballers won a marathon 10-inning game over the defending D3 Champion O's in the semi-finals to propel the underdogs into the Championship game. Unfortunately, the clock struck midnight for the Ballers against the Athletics and they had to settle for a Silver a medal. A pretty impressive finish all things considered.

Backyard Burgers finished 3rd in the Regular Season but rolled to a 4-0 start to the City Championships. Their impressive run was undone by the rise of the Tailgators, but it was a strong effort nonetheless. Similar to the other teams in the division, the Burgers enjoyed a much improved season across the board and will look to continue that success in 2021.


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