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The League Championship Series got under way with the last four playoff contenders fighting to make a World Series appearance.

National League Championship Series: Buffalo Blizzard vs El Paso Fighting Tacos

The Blizzard are the heavy favorites in this series, after compiling a 101-61 record, earning a first round bye and cruising through a sweep of the Iowa City Bison. El Paso has surprised many who thought this team was not a legit playoff contender, but El Paso proved them all wrong by squashing the teams with the best records in the regular season Despite and 81-81 regular season record, the Fighting Tacos quickly swept the mighty Las Vegas Rollers (104-58) by outscoring them 28-12 in the Division Play-in series. El Paso then faced the dangerous offense of the Colorado Colorado Crush (105-57), and sent them packing after 4 games. The Tacos come to face the Blizzard with their bats swinging - and the offense is led by Endy Horton, Humberto Paz and Charlie Brunson. This series promises to be an offensive battle full of excitement, but in the end, the El Paso team may be no match for the Blizzard's offense, which is paced by slugger extraordinaires Parker McIntyre and Rey Shigetoshi. Then again, similar predictions have been made before against these scrappy Fighting Tacos.

American League Championship Series: Trenton Fire vs San Antonio Stallions

Although the Trenton Fire are favored in this series, nobody is overlooking the Stallions. Dispatching the rival Charlotte Wolfpack and the New Britain Bombers, the Stallions hope to carry the momentum into Trenton. As these two offenses match up, it will be San Antonio's power vs Trenton's contact and ability to get on base. Trenton's pitching was best in the AL, followed closely by San Antonio's, and anything can happen in a short series. Hampering Trenton's hopes is the loss of Andrew Baxter to a significant injury.

Stallions Run Down Wolves!! (story by canadadry)

After another division leading season, the Charlotte Wolfpack have fallen in the first round to division rival San Antonio Stallions. Shortly before this season’s All-Star break San Antonio GM, Ken Adadry, issued a playful challenge to the longtime division champs. Encouraged by his team's success he spoke out publicly and saying, “I’m coming for you Wolfman!”. Charlotte owner, Wolfman19 responded by outrightly dismissing the Stallions chances of catching the Wolfpack and even suggesting they wouldn’t be able to hold onto 2nd place. Later on in the season, Wolfman19 gloated after the Wolfpack swept the Stallions chiming, “Looks like the Stallions got sent to the glue station".

But in the end, the two teams faced off in the first round of the playoffs to settle things where it counted. And by the time the dust and the banter settled at the end of the first round of the playoffs, it would be the Wolves from Charlotte who were humbled by the San Antonio Stallions. After losing the first two games at home by large margins (7-1, 9-2), the Wolfpack managed one win in San Antonio before being sent packing in an 8-3 fourth game loss. Alexander Green, already an established start despite only being 23 yrs old, led the Stallion offense, hitting .412 and hitting 3 homers in the 4 game series. Surprise Rule 5 pickup and fan favorite Billy Hunter played stellar defense at 2B and was the sparkplug of the offense, hitting .400 with a .429 OBP and swiping 3 bases.

With their best season ever and their playoffs still going, perhaps the San Antonio Stallions have shown that they’re a force to be reckoned with in the future.