|Pink Penguins Fan Club out in full force|
The 2013 HWL Playoffs were an occurrence to remember and blew 2012's playoffs completely out of the water. The 2013 Playoffs began on a promising note on July 2nd as the 1st round and Semifinals got underway. The first place Maroon $quad (21-2) and second place Holy Balls (17-6) received byes in the first round and the bottom four teams were left to duke it out to see who would advance to the semifinals. The Welfare Warriors (2-22) squared off against the Pink Penguins (12-11) one field one in the first round. On field two the Terrorhawks (7-17) were set to do battle with their old nemesis Beaver Fever (11-12). The Pink Penguins would defeat the Welfare Warriors in only 4 innings (see box score) with the final score of 10-0. Thelmer Damron and Ryan Miller hit one home run each but the real story in that game is Brad Koeppen making his first pitching appearance all year and having a one-hit shut out. He also only walked one batter, not bad for his first time. It was a risky move, considering the HWL has no pitcher rotation rules, in order to preserve Thelmer Damron's arm for the semifinals.
|Brandon Woolum: 4-6, 3 RBIs, BB, & K|
On the other field the Terrorhawks were attempting to stay alive and best their old rival one last time. Up until the last portion of the season the Terrorhawks had performed well against Beaver Fever 3-2 against them all season but only outscored them 35-30. This success was aided by Andrew Hankins who typically pitched well against Beaver Fever. Hankins and Smith would normally do quite well offensively against them and that would be enough to get the win. But Hankins was missing in action in the first round and it would prove to be costly. Smith was left to pitch and carry offense and had what is arguably the best offensive effort of the entire playoffs - hitting .857 and 2 HRs. Jule Meadows also hit a solo HR and hit .500. But in the end it was not enough as Beaver Fever were near full strength. Greg Sowards and Zach Daniels both batted 1.000 and Brandon Woolum went 4-6 which kept the offensive momentum going. The relentlessness of Beaver Fever's offensive was too much for the Terrorhawks to overcome (even in 5 innings). The final score was 15-3 (see box score).
The semifinal game between the Holy Balls and Beaver Fever was an unexpected blowout. Holy Balls showed up with only 3 players: Brent Thompson, Kevin Lawrence, & Todd Ritter. Lawrence decided to pitch and only allowed 3 hits while striking out 2 and only allowing 2 walks. Lawrence really carried his team with his bat by hitting 5 home runs (seriously) during the game and was responsible for 11 of the team's 15 RBIs. Greg Sowards hit a home run and Mike Saxton hit a triple, but other than that Beaver Fever was quite offensively and only scored 2 runs the entire game. Thompson and Ritter would hit a home run each before the game was over and the frustration of Beaver Fever was apparent in the second inning when Holy Balls scored 9 runs. The game would end early in the 3rd inning with a mercy rule and the final score of 15-2, ending Beaver Fever's hopes of a repeat championship (see box score).
|Pink Penguins Fall 3-2 in semifinals|
|Pregame meeting / Q & A|
|Josh Hager hit the game|
winning home run
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