A classic HRBL Championship Series ended at Fr. John Blanco Field at Salesian High School and a new HRBL Summer League Champion was crowned between the Kensico Mudhens and Westchester Hurricanes.
Game 1 of the three game series saw the Defending Champion Mudhens take a 7-4 win. The series looked like it would end shortly in game 2, but Mike Carrozza's bunch had different plans. The Hurricanes took game 2 by the score of 10-1.
This looked, sounded, and smelled like a good ole' fashion gun fight. Each team taking 10 spaces and getting ready to aim and fire at each other, but who would win? The Hurricanes jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and it wasn't until the top of the 5th inning that the Mudhens fired back with 2 runs of their own. The game was knotted until the 7th inning when both teams struck with 2 runs each. So we headed into the 9th inning tied at 4.
The odds makers were siding with the veteran squad of the Mudhens who've been there and done that. This pressure cooked situation was what Head Coach of the Hens Bob Ierace was hired for. The Hurricanes played last year's game three in their minds and thought that another Championship would slip through their fingers once again.
But wait, the Hurricanes defense blanked the Mudhens in the Top of the 9th inning. The fans in the stadium quickly thought, "Walk-off?!?!?!" The Hurricanes now thought "Walk-off?!?!?" Carrozza pulled his best "Hoosier's Speech" and off we went to the bottom of the 9th.
Fans cried, players rejoiced, players walked off with disgust. The bottom of the 9th saw the only other franchise in HRBL history win the HRBL Summer League Championship. 2014 was the year for the Westchester Hurricanes, as they were crowned 2014 Summer League Champions after defeating the Mudhens by the score of 5-4.