After a competitive regular season, the IMG Academy Wood Bat League is prepped for teams to battle for the championship.
By capturing the regular season crown, the Hurricanes (15-3) have earned a first-round bye. Led at the plate by Jorge Leon and Sam Watson, the Hurricanes boast a league leading .318 batting average as a team. Leon leads the league in numerous offensive categories including RBIs, on-base percentage, and stolen bases. On the mound, the Hurricanes are led by Cody Tennant and Sam Watson. Both pitchers boast a 3-0 record allowing a combined 9 earned runs in 38 2/3 innings almost averaging a strikeout per inning. The Hurricanes will face the lowest remaining seed in the second round of the playoffs.
The second-seeded Marauders (9-9) have also earned a first-round bye heading into the playoffs. After starting the season 1-5, the Marauders caught fire and finished the season on an 8-4 run. Shortstop and leadoff hitter Dion Williams has paced the Marauders offense with a .390 batting average and 10 steals. The southpaw Marshall Hayden has emerged as the team’s ace only allowing 3 earned runs (0.95 ERA) with 37 strikeouts in 22 innings. Although having the same record as the Manatees, the Marauders won the season series against the Manatees to earn the second seed. The Marauders will face the highest remaining seed in the second round of the playoffs.
First Round Games
#3 Manatees (9-9) v. #6 Conquistadors (6-11-1)
- Season Series: 2-2
- Top Hitter for the Manatees: Brennan Bennett - .389 avg., 9 RBI, 11 runs, .994 OPS
- Top Pitcher for the Manatees: Richard Walker – 2-3, 6 earned runs allowed (1.64 ERA), 24 ks in 25 2/3 innings
- Top Hitter for the Conquistadors: Kyle “Max” Maxson - .442 avg., 8 doubles, 13 RBI, 9 runs, 1.118 OPS
- Top Pitcher for the Conquistadors: Devin Pellien – 1-0, 1 save, 24 2/3 innings, 3 earned runs allowed (0.85 ERA), 38-6 K:BB ratio
#4 SeaDogs (7-8-1) v. #5 Lightning (7-11)
- Season Series: 2-0 SeaDogs
- Top Hitter for the SeaDogs: Jack Ingalls - .444 avg., 8 RBI, 12 runs, 4 stolen bases, .996 OPS
- Top Pitcher for the SeaDogs: Christian Fajardo – 3-1, 2 saves, 23 2/3 innings, 26:9 K:BB ratio, 2.07 ERA
- Top Hitter for the Lightning: Andrew Prozillo - .400 avg., 3 doubles, 2 triples, 5 RBI, 10 runs, 1.113 OPS
- Top Pitcher for the Lightning: Liam Killingstad – 2-3, 1 save, 27 2/3 innings, 36 strikeouts, 1.27 ERA