Harrington, DE– The Excelsior Base Ball Club of Milford captured the 2013 MAVBBL title this past weekend to backup its regular season title. 9 clubs gathered in southern Delaware for a chance to take home this year’s championship, but in the end, the club with the best record came away with a tougher than expected title.
The story of the weekend was the #6 Diamond State Base Ball Club of Delaware who had to go through 3 of the best clubs in the Country if they were going to win the championship and they came within 1 run of doing just that. In their quarterfinal, they stymied the #3 seed Eclipse from Elkton 9-3 holding the usually powerful Elkton club to just 6 hits. This set up a match with the #2 seed and perennial power, the Atlantic of Brooklyn. The Atlantics were no match though for the Diamond State Club though as Delaware routed the Atlantics 13-3. In the championship though, Delaware just couldn’t produce quite enough runs and their run ended to Milford 4-3. The Excelsiors captured their first league title in their first year.
Games that weekend included Elizabeth downing West Chester to play Brooklyn. Brooklyn won that match 8-4 to set up its semi final against Delaware. #5 Lewes defeated #4 Talbot to go to the other semi final against Milford who downed Washington in its first round game. Milford shut out Lewes to get to the championship. In the 3rd place game, Brooklyn downed Lewes 17-12.
A big thanks to the clubs who came down for the tournament and thank you to Milford and Harrington for hosting this year’s event. The 2014 MAVBBL Championship Tournament will be in Old Bethpage at the home of the NY Mutuals.