Pittsburgh NABA: League News: 2017 Playoffs - New Champions Emerge

2017 Playoffs - New Champions Emerge

PITTSBURGH, PA - Check out this page for updates on the progress of playoff games & the latest bracket!  Also follow us on twitter @PittsburghNABA

2017 Pittsburgh NABA Triple A Champions: Steel City
2017 Pittsburgh NABA Double A Champions:Bakery Square Bandidos
2017 Pittsburgh NABA Single A Champions: Sheraden Jays

8/6 AA Championship - The Bakery Sqaure Bandidos took games 2 and 3 by scores of 3-2 and 6-0 en route to their first ever Pittsburgh NABA Championship.

A Championship - The Sheraden Jays bested a short-handed Warriors sqaud by the score of 5-1.  They earned a Pittsburgh NABA Championship with a sweep of the three-time Champion Warriors. 


8/4 - AA Championship - The South Side Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning and never looked back en route to an 8-1 victory.  The series will wrap up Sunday at Burkett Field in Robinson.


8/3 - AAA Chanpionship - Steel Citty scored two runs in the top of the second inning to break a 1-1 tie, and that would prove to be all the offense they needed en route to an 8-2 victory over Clinton.  Matt McCartney picked up the win, as the Dustin Mills-led squad earned their first Pittsburgh NABA Championship.


8/2 - AA Championship - Rain halted play in the top of the 3rd inning of Game Two.  No make-up has been set.  Sheraden leads the series 1-0.


8/1 - As the calendar turns to August, only 6 teams remain.  One championship series enters game 2 (AAA), one enters game 1 (A), and one will not start until Friday (AA).

AAA Championship - The 2014 & 2015 NABA Champion Cherokee (2) warm up their bats as they exact revenage for their Game 1 loss 11-1 against Steel City (4).  The two teams will close their series with a decisive Game 3 this Thursday.

A Championship - Sheraden (2) takes a 1-0 series lead with a 9-6 victory over the three-time NABA Champion Warriors (1). The teams will meet again on Wednesday in Etna.


7/31 - AAA Championship - In the first championship game of 2017, Steel City bests the Cherokee 5-2.  Game 2 is tomorrow night at John Herb Field.


7/30  - Four close games rounded out the championship fields this afternoon and evening.

AA Results - The Carrick Express rode the right arm of Dan Heinecke to a 9-5 victory in Game 2 overcoming a 4-0 deficit with some timely hitting and slick defense.  However, Ryan Gallagher held the Express to one run in Game 3 as the Bandidos rode into the championship with a 4-1 victory.  In the opposite bracket, the Eagles held off Pittsburgh D2 by a final score of 4-2.

A Results -  The Etna Warriors seek their fourth overall NABA Championship after defeating the Monongahela Monsters 3-1 in Game 2 of the Semifinals.  The Warriors will face the Jays in the Championships.


7/29 - No games were played today as monring rain left fields unplayable (Day 5 of 9 with rain).  The AA and A semifinal series will wrap up on 7/30.


7/28 - Three games were started, but only one game completed (two suspended) in what has quickly become the wettest Pittsburgh NABA playoff season on record (rain on 4/8 days).  It did feature the first confirmed Championship Bracket in AAA, while the games in AA and A were suspended.

AAA Results - Jefferson Hills (1) rallied from deficiets of 2-0 and 5-2, and but ultimately fell to Steel City (4) 5-4.  Steel City will face the Clinton Cherokee (2) in the AAA Championship Series.


7/27 -  Two teams advanced to the Championship Round today, as both swept their rescpective series in convincing fashion as storms swirled in the area.

AAA Results - The Cliton Cherokee (2) advanced to their fourth championship series in the past five years after eliminating Elliott (6) 8-1.  They will seek their third Pittsburgh NABA title.

A Results - The Sheraden Jays (2) advanced to the single A championship after taking care of the Mariners (6) 9-3. Luke Gapinski had the complete game win for Sheraden who put consistent pressure on the Mariners all game.  Sheraden seeks to become the seond straight expansion team to claim the single A title. 


7/26 - AA Results - The South Side Eagles (1) held off mutiple chances by Pittsburgh D2 (11) to take the lead, and end their season.  In the most entertaining series to date, the Eagles won 3-2.  A decisive Game 3 will be held Sunday night at Herschel.


7/25 - A pair of wild games were decided with late-innin heroics.

AAA Results - The Clinton Cherokee (2) trailed Elliott (6) 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh.  However, Clinton scored two runs runs to pull out the victory in a well-pitched matchip.

AA Results -The Carrick Express (6) trailed for most of the game by 3 runs or more.  However, they kept batting back and forcing the hand of the Bakery Square Bandidos (2).  The Bandidos eventually prevailed 10-8, as both teams expended more pitching than they had anticipated. 


7/24 - The semifinal brackets for all leagues are now complete, and 4/6 semifinal series are now underway.  The other two series will start tomorrow after this weekend's rough weather.  Both contests this evening featured upsets of some of the top teams in the Pittsburgh NABA.

AAA Results - Elliott (6) knocked out the defending AAA Champion Bulldogs (3) behind some timely hitting, and a solid pitching performance.  This was Elliott's first ever regular season, or post-season win against the Bulldogs.  Elliott will face the Clinton Cherokee (2) at Leopold Lake on 7/25 at 6:15pm.

AA Results -  Pittsburgh D2 (11) continued its hot streak in the playoffs.  This time, they took down the top-seeded Eagles (1).  The Eagles had bases loaded with nobody out in the 5th, but failed to capitalize as Pittsburgh D2 turned a 1-2-3 Double play to end the inning.  They play again on 7/26 8:30pm at Herschel.


7/23 - Amazingly, 10 of the 12 scheduled games were played today with an 11th one suspended in the fifth.  Despite overnight rain, and scattered thunderstorms throughout the day, teams were able to manager the weather to move forward into the semifinal rounds.

AAA Results - The Shaler Rebels (7) trailed the Brookline Black Sox (8) 2-1 heading into the seventh inning, but a walk-off 2 run homer propelled them into the second round.  There, they didn't find much luck as the Clinton Cherokee (2) ended their title hopes with an 11-1 win.  Also ending in a 11-1 score was Game 1 of Semifinal A, where Steel City (4) defeated the host Jefferson Hills (1).  Elliott (6) defeated Robinson (9) 8-5 to face the defending Champion Bulldogs (3) in the second round Monday night.  The winner will face Clinton on Tuesday.

AA Results - Cranberry (8) and the Bandidos (2) picked up their suspended game after some field shuffing.  The well-pitched contest was won by the Bandidos 1-0 on a walk-off hit.  The Express (6) upset the Ducks (3) 7-5 to set earn a trip to the semifinals to face the Bandidos.  In the surprise move of the playoffs so far, bottom seeded Pittsburgh D2 (11) upset the Grizzlies (4) 3-0, then knocked off the Devils (10) 11-1.  The 2016 Single A Champions will now face the top-seeded Eagles (1) in the semifinals.

A Results - Sheraden (2) defeated the Mariners (6) 6-1 in Game 1 Seminfinal B.  The Monsters (5) mashed the Frogmen (4) 3-2 to earn a trip to the semifinals.  Their game against the Warriors (1) was suspended in the top of the 5th with the Warriors leading 8-7.


7/22 - A soggy day for baseball saw 4 rainouts, 3 suspended games, and 3 games get completed thanks to the thirsty infield at Beedle Park.  All AAA contests were rained out and rescheduled for 7/23

AA Results - Cranberry topped the Sorcerers 3-1 after being no-hit through the first 6 innings, and trailing 1-0 in the top of the seventh.  Cranberry will face the Bandidos in the second round.

A Results - The Lions defeated the Tigers 8-5 in a steady downpour at Beedle Park.  No Bears were harmed in the playing of that contest.  The Lions went on to lose to the #2 seed Sheraden 8-2 in the second round.  Sheraden will host the sixth seeded Mariners at 8:15 at Sheraden on 7/23. 


7/21 - AAA Results - Ohio Valley 5, Steel City 6; Steel City rallied from a 5-0 deficit to hold off a strong showing from Ohio Valley.  Steel City will face Jefferson Hills in the Semi-finals.

AA Results - Carrick 8, Wolfpack 1; Devils 3, Oilers 1; Carrick jumped out to an early lead and that was more than enough for pitcher Blaise Smiley to earn the "W".  The Express will face the Ducks in the second round.  The Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 3-1 victory.  The Devils await the Bauerstown/Pittsburgh D2 winner for their second round matchup.

A Results - Mariners 8, Senators 3; The Mariners upset the third seeded Senators behind a strong outing from Frank Camello and some timely hitting.  The Mariners will make their first appearance in a semifinal game since their inception.


7/21 - The 2017 Pittsburgh NABA playoffs are set to kick off this evening. Check back for updates on the games and brackets as they progress!

AAA Preview - 9 teams will compete for the top honor in the Pittsburgh NABA.  Jefferson Hills (1), led by Keith Reynolds, looks to claim their first AAA title, and second Pittsburgh NABA title overall (2013).  They earned top seeding this year, and will face either Ohio Valley (5), or Steel City (4) in the semifinals.  Ohio Valley, formerly of the Greater Pittsburgh Federation League, will seek to defeat two-time Federation League Champions (2011, 2014) Steel City.  Ohio Valley is led by long-time skipper Pat Reilly, while Steel City is helmed by Dustin Mills.

In the other side of the bracket, the Cherokee (2) and Bulldogs (3) earned first-round byes.  The Cherokee are led by Rob Cool, who has won three Pittsburgh NABA Championships previously (2008, 2014, 2015).  They will face the winner of the Shaler Rebels (7) and Brookline Black Sox (8).  Shaler, led by Mark Dobson, won the 2016 AA title, and the 2013 single A title.  They seek to be the first team to capture a title in all three Pittsburgh NABA Leagues.  The three-time Pittsburgh NABA Champion Black Sox (2004, 2006, 2010) are managed by Matt Schimdt and feature 15-year veteran (and newlywed) Kenny Rayl. The Black Sox are one of the three remaining original franchises in the NABA (Warriors and Ducks are the other two).

The Bulldogs won their first Pittsburgh NABA Championship in 2016, and are seeking to defend their title.  Led by manager Jeff Trojan, they will face the winner of West End-Elliott (6), and Robinson (9).  Elliott is led by Steve Smith, while Robinson is helmed by Scott Zegeer.  Both teams are loaded with young talent, and are poised to be a surprise team in this year's playoffs.

AA Preview - In the NABA's largest league, 11 teams will challenge for the title.  The South Side Eagles (1), founded in 2004, earned the top overall seed, and will look to earn their first ever title.  Chief among their challengers will be the expansion Bakery Square Bandidos (2), led by John Friend, and the South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (3).  The Ducks are an original NABA franchise and are led by 15-year vet Ben Gwin.  They won the inaugural Pittsburgh NABA Championship in 2003, and won again in 2010.  The League also features competition from former NABA Champions Wolfpack (A-2014), Devils (A-2011), and Pittsburgh D2 (A-2016).

A Preview - The Warriors (1) will seek to become the league's first ever four time NABA Champion.  Having previously won in  2005, 2012, and 2015; the Justin Newman led team features former NABA President and 15-year vet Craig Boley, and former NABA manager Ian Overbaugh.  The Warriors are one of the original teams in the league, and will be challenged by some of its newest.   The Sheraden Jays (2), who claimed the second seed on the strength of a strong second half of their season, look to unseat the League's powerhouse team under steady leadership from manager Rick Helterbran.  The single A leagues' 7 teams aside from the Warriors have all joined the league since 2011, and all will seek to claim their first single A title.

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