World Series 17 rolled around with two of the winningest franchises facing off for the fall classic. The Colorado Colorado Crush has the third most wins in league history, but a World Series title has elluded them. New Britain makes their fifth appearance in the last six seasons.
Game 1: Colorado Colorado Crush 1, New Britain Bombers 9
The New Britain Bombers' George Crandall held Colorado to 1 run in 8 innings while the Bomber bats amassed 16 hits and 9 runs. Colorado starter David Martin was rocked to the rhythm of 7 earned runs and 9 hits in less than 3 innings. Bomber catcher Cesar Rincon got 3 hits, including a HR, and drove in 3 runs. RF Eduardo Molina and 3B Endy Horton got 2 hits a piece.
Player of the Game: Cesar Rincon, 3-5, 3 RBI, HR
Notable: George Crandall 8 IP, 4H, 3BB, 1ER, 9K
Game 2: Colorado Colorado Crush 1, New Britain Bombers 0
A classic pitching duel went Colorado's way to even the series. The Bombers' Louie Gonzalez held Colorado hitless through 4 innings, but Colorado scored on 2 hits and a sacrifice fly in the 5th. Gonzalez struck out 11 in 7 1/3, but Colorado's Yorrick Kramer pitched even better, with no runs allowed to earn the 1-0 win.
Player of the Game: Yorrick Kramer , 7 IP, 5H, 1BB, 3K
Game 3: New Britain 7, Colorado 2
With the series shifting to the NL, New Britain's starter, Mateo Colon got pulled early in favor of a pinch hitter. With a 4 run lead in the 5th, the manager chose to rest Colon and hand the game to the bullpen, who held the lead. David Lee and Yorvit Beltran collected 3 hits a piece while Eduardo Molina drove in 3.
Player of the Game: Eduardo Molina , 2-5, 3RBI
Game 4: New Britain 5, Colorado 0
George Crandall came back on short rest and once again shut down the Colorado offense for 6 innings (6IP, 0 ER, 3H, 4BB), while Cesar Rincon hit a 2 Run homer in the 4th and Yorvit Beltran followed with a 3 run homer in the 6th.
Player of the Game: Yorvit Beltran
Game 5: New Britain 9, Colorado 6
Louie Gonzalez pitched another solid game (7IP, 7H, 2ER) and David Lee and Kevin Sikorksi hit 3 hits a piece to give New Britain the win and the World Series title.