|The Plug Uglies, under the leadership of Chris "Chaka" Scanlon, horizontal, celebrate their 2020 win.|
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WP: Jeff Whitehead, LP: Max Strubel
The Plug Uglies scored early and often during the championship game Monday night at Szot Park to soundly defeat the improbable Phillies and clinch their 2nd title since 2016.
The loss for the Phils was an abrupt end to a dream postseason that saw them one win short of postseason perfection after going 0-5 in the abbreviated season.
Jeff Whitehead of the Plug Uglies had a monster game -- two monster games, in fact. One was on the mound where he went all 9 innings, giving up 1 run and 3 hits, striking out 7 and getting 13 ground ball outs. The other was at the plate where he went 4-5 with a double, 2 runs scored and 4 RBI. If we had an MVP award for the championship game, there is no question he would have won it.
Whitehead didn't allow a hit or baserunner until Jon "J.R." Ross led off the 5th with a double. Ross would come around to score on a single by Paul Griswold, but by then the Plugs already had an 8-run lead.
The Plugs first 3 batters, Bill Evans, Greg "G-Bomb" Elbaum, and Whitehead, were a combined 8 for 12 with 6 runs scored. Add to that number 5 hitter Brian "Benji" Benjamin, who went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI, and it was just too much for the gritty Phils to overcome.
After clubbing past the defending champion Dorian Grays in round 1 and surviving a 10-inning thriller versus the Wonders in round 2, the loss in the final game was anticlimactic. It denied them the chance to win their 3rd title in 6 years.
For the Plugs, the win allows them to claim their 2nd league championship, joining the Phils as the only teams in the league to win more than once. It is their first win under rookie manager Chris "Chaka" Scanlon.
See you in the Spring, folks.