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NDBL senior division moves to championship series

September 16, 2021   ·   0 Comments

The North Dufferin Baseball League senior division is moving to the championship series after completing the second round of the playoffs. 

The final series will pit the Bolton Brewers against the New Lowell Knights to compete for the 2021 Strother Cup. 

The Brewers finished the regular season as the first place team ending the schedule with an 8-2 record. 

They eliminated the Mansfield Cubs in the first round of playoffs winning two games to take the opening round series.  

In the second round, they hammered the Barrie Angels 10 – 0 in game one of the series then followed up with a 13 – 1 win in Game Two to win the series and earn the right to advance to the championship.  

The Brewers are past champions having won the Strother Cup five years in a row from 2009 to 2013, before taking a break from the league and playing in a different league for a few years. 

The New Lowell Knights won their opening series over the Ivy Leafs in two games. They advanced through the second round with a 2 – 0 series win over the Creemore Padres. 

The Knights finished the regular season in second place with an 8 -2 record. 

New Lowell are the defending Strother Cup champions having last won in 2019.  

There was no champion in 2020 due to the league being cancelled because of the pandemic.  

The Knights also claimed the title in 2015 and 2016. 

The final series is going to be a real battle with two powerhouse teams meeting on the diamond in an all- out effort to clinch the 2021 championship.  

Both teams had identical regular season records and very close, runs for, runs against statistics. 

Most likely this final series will come down to a couple of runs to determine the winner and a single error could mean the difference between a win and a loss. 

This year’s championship series is a rematch of the 2019 series and the last time the Strother Cup was awarded. The Knights took the crown in five games.

In a normal season the finals are a best of seven series but with the delayed start this season a shorter time frame was needed. This year the championship series will be a best of five affair with games being played on weekends.

First weekend action will have the Knights visit the Brewers in Bolton on Saturday, September 18, at 1 p.m. followed by Game 2 at New Lowell on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The full schedule is available on the league’s website at ndbl.ca.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter



         


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