2012 Regular-Season Ending Rankings
As we near the end of 2012, it’s time to reflect on the biggest year in BWBL history. This year saw the construction of Diamond City Park, the second undefeated regular season for a team in the history of the BWBL, and a second place finish in a national mock tournament for Bad Meets Evil. In regards to competition, there wasn’t a whole lot to report on besides the spectacular season of Bad Meets Evil. For this reason, BME sits atop the year-end Power Rankings.
1. Bad Meets Evil (20-0) – It’s no surprise that BME finds itself in the #1 spot for 2012. The NWLA mock tournament runner-up finished the regular season undefeated – the first team to do so since Saturday Crush accomplished the feat in 2008. BME couldn’t quite complete the perfect season, as they did drop a game against Sat Cru. Regardless, BME had one of, if not the most dominating seasons in BWBL history. They led the league in just about every relevant offensive and pitching category, and outscored opponents 236-60.
2. Saturday Crush (10-10) - While certainly not Sat Cru’s best season, they still managed to claw their way to second place in this year’s power ranking. Sat Cru lost the 5-game championship 3-1 to BME, dealing BME their first and only loss of the season. At times, the offense was anemic and pitching was less than stellar, but they won games when they needed to, including knocking out the Vipers in the first round of the playoffs. If they plan on winning the title next year, they need to pick up an ace pitcher and work on attendance issues.
3. Vipers (11-9) – The Vipers had a lot of franchise-firsts in 2012, most notably their first winning season and first
playoff birth. Although they exited the playoffs early with a first round loss to Sat Cru, they proved that their offense could hang with the best, hitting a (tied for) league best 37 home runs. Their pitching, though, was less than stellar. Their team ERA was 12.39, good enough for second to last in the league. If they can develop a new ace pitcher, or pick up a free agent in the offseason, look for the Vipers to move deeper in to the playoffs in 2013.
4. Sweet Dreams (9-12) – Sweet Dreams made a furious push for the playoffs last year, winning 6 of 7, including a play-in game with the Westside Washout. The problem for Sweet Dreams in 2012 was their streakiness. While they did win 6 of 7 to close the season, they lost 8 in a row just prior to that. In order to be a powerhouse in this league, you need to be able to right the ship much quicker than that. SD did have a good pitching staff, posting the
second-lowest team ERA.
5. Westside Washout (8-13) –The Washout’s final season ended in a fizzle, losing their last 5 games to miss the playoffs. While they failed to make the playoffs this year, they will go down as one of the most involved teams in the league and one of the most fun teams to play with in BWBL history. They went from teenagers looking to have some fun to legitimate contenders in a few short years.
6. Bases Loaded (3-17) – Bases Loaded had a fantastically bad season this year, highlighted by an 11 game losing streak. They were last in the league in team batting and team ERA, but still managed to 10 run Saturday Crush – embarrassing, I know. Bases Loaded does have two pieces of good news for next year, though. First, they can’t do much worse. Second, they recently announced the acquisition of Derek Kearsh and Alex Fuchylo, two members of the now-defunct Jagerbombers. These pick-ups could actually make Bases Loaded a contender in 2013.
written by: Ryan Hart