It all boils down to this, the final showdown. All the blood, sweat, tears and hours of Fortnite you logged instead of going out on a Friday night because you had a conference double header on Saturday has all paid off.
As you walk into your classes in your team affiliated sweat pants and baseball gear, the women are whispering. The beta soy boys who don't understand baseball because its "boring" suddenly are envious. You're officially a rock star, and the MASCAC playoffs are your stage.
However, there can only be one main event, and this year it's Westfield State who is once again proving their resiliency and durability, earning a first round bye. Anthony Crowley paces a strong offense for the Owls leading the league in multiple offensive categories to include everyone's favorite, home runs at 10. Big Dog John Gegetskas led the league in ERA (1.70), strikeouts (76) and wins (7). This absolute savage also tossed 5 CGs and nearly struck out an average of 12 batter per 9. Westfield has to like their chances early especially with having two alpha males on both sides of the ball.
Grabbing the other bye and the second overall seed is the Mass Maratime Buccaneers. Led by head coach Mike Kelley, a former Buc legend himself, and apprentice to the great Bob Corradi, the boys from the Buzzards Bay, who worship the gigantic wind turbine, are once again a threat. Playing classic Buc baseball, you can expect a disciplined and grinding approach. Logan Sullo is having a big year with the stick, and sports a very impressive 23/9 BB/K ratio, exemplifying the caliber or players you will face at Mass Maratime.
Framingham State is the #3 seed, and has seen their team drastically improve over the years, playing in the championship last year, and gaining immeasurable amounts of experience in doing so. Hot boy Aaron Williams is an absolute beast offensively, hitting at a .390 clip while torching the base paths Willie Mays Hayes style with 24 swipes.
Salem State cruises in with the 4th seed, and is always a threat. While they haven't hit for much power this year, this team can still hit, and as a team are sitting at a .302 clip. Mac Daniel Singleton and Joe White pace an offense, that can definitely sneak up on you if you take them lightly. They also have the pitching to take a first and second rd game, with Stephen Keskinidis and Steve Leavitt turning in very nice seasons.
The #5 squad in the best tourney in Mass, is THE FSU (Fitchburg State University). Obviously the home of Thrill Ride, the green and gold are hungry to make some noise this year. A lot of that will ride on the shoulders of the freshman Ryan Towle who has had a great freshman campaign tossing the pill. The offense will need to be timely and the defense solid, if the boys want to push into the second round.
#6 is the men of MCLA. Led offensively by Jeff Bink and Logan Rumbolt (great name) they wont wont mash you to death with taters, but speed is definitely a factor, swiping 40 bags on the season. Scrappy is a good style of baseball, and with a solid pitching effort, anything is possible in the MASCAC.
That rounds out playoff preview and best of luck. Thrill Ride is pumped for this tourney to kick off, and wants to promote you guys any way possible so please reach out! Look for this article on all our social media at Absolute Savage Inc and please contribute any content you have!