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Congratulations, Shimakaze!
Mar 24th 2020 By Los Angeles Lions

The Honolulu Shimakaze are world champions!!!

The Shimakaze made a very impressive run through the playoffs, defeating the Charleston Crush 5-3, the Washington Nationals 8-0, the Little Rock Cougars 8-2, the Montreal Team_Canada 7-3, the Oakland Athletics 15-9, and the San Diego Bombers 3-2, on their way to the world series.

The 2-time world champ Yonkers River Rats, though, looked just as impressive. They defeated the Tokyo Smoke Drinkers 9-4, St. Louis Perfectos 6-2, Spokane Warriors 7-6, Salem Black Bears 5-3, and their own team, the Peoria Destroyers 7-3, on their way to the Big Show. It looked like anybody’s game. Both teams pride themselves on their offense. Most people were predicting a slugfest.

Most people were correct.

The Shimakaze won game 1, 12-8, in a back-and-forth thriller. There was at least 1 run scored in every inning except the 9th inning, so unless you were crazy enough to leave your seat in the 9th inning, chances are, if you took a bathroom break during this game, you missed some scoring. The Rats went through 5 different pitchers in total but just couldn’t stop the Shimakaze offense. The Shimakaze took a 1-0 lead in the series, and Honolulu was ready to celebrate!

In game 2, however, the Rats’ offense did what it was known for. They put up 14 runs, including 6 in the 6th inning against Sincere Dias-appointment, and despite their impressive efforts, the Shimakaze offense couldn’t quite match it. The Rats won, 14-10, in yet another game where if you blinked, you probably missed a few runs. The series was tied, and the stage was set. Game 3. The decider.

The River Rats struck first in Game 3, putting up 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, but the Shimakaze quickly answered with 3 runs of their own in the top of the 3rd. The Shimakaze added another run in the 4th inning, and 2 more in the 5th. And another in the 6th. And 2 more in the 7th! And 3 more in the 8th!! The whole time, the River Rats' offense was completely quiet. Season 73 FB Cy Young Alberto Cardenas held the terrifying River Rats' offense completely scoreless for 5 consecutive innings, allowing the Shimakaze offense to grow the lead to 12-3! It looked over, but if there was any team that you could never count out, it was the River Rats.

The Rats refused to give up, but they could only manage 1 run in the 8th, and 1 run in the 9th inning as Jonathan Gaddis came in to relieve an exhausted but jubilant Alberto Cardenas for the final inning, and as future Hall of Famer Cruz Ellison went down swinging, the entire city of Honolulu went into pandemonium. The Honolulu Shimakaze are world champions!!!!!!

And very well deserved, indeed.

Congratulations to both teams on amazing seasons, and good luck to everyone in Season 84!