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Wolfpack Clinch Third FMBA Title With Sweep Of Longhorns

The Calgary Wolfpack wrapped up a hugely successful 2019 season with a 2-0 series sweep over the Calgary Longhorns in the FMBA Championship Series this weekend.

This marks the organization’s third championship in their short 10-year history, and with this year’s new recruits all playing major roles in the playoff run, the future looks brighter than ever for the Pack as they move on to celebrate and reflect on the strides they took as a team this year.

Between FMBA regular season play and tournaments, the Wolfpack played 45 games in 2019 and posted an overall record of 31-14. They competed in four tournaments throughout the summer, winning two of them and losing in the finals of the other two. They had their best offensive season on record, as most of their team recordbook ended up having to be rewritten following some of the 2019 performances put on by Pack players.

The team will officially wrap up the year with the annual Wolfpack Wind Up this Saturday before breaking off for the fall and getting back together for Wolfpack Christmas later in the year.

Wolfpack Lose Game 2 Despite Late Rally

The Wolfpack took their first loss of the year at the hands of the Longhorns with a huge helping hand from the umpires in Game 2 of their doublehader Sunday. Pierre botched every call he could on the bases in this game and it ended up costing the Wolfpack too many runs for their offense to overcome.

The Wolfpack bats took a few innings to wake up, as they were shutout through three innings and staring at a 7-0 deficit heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but they were able to put up eight runs in the fourth, led by Fraser Armstrong’s first bomb of the season, to roar back and take an 8-7 lead.

Christian Lapointe (2-1) put up a zero on the scoreboard in the fifth to keep the Pack in front, but they weren’t able to add to their lead and still onl held a fragile one run lead going into the sixth inning. Lapointe gave up two singles and a walk to lead of fhe inning and loaded the bases before Matt Zanutto came in to try to close the door, but the first batter doubled to score two runs and give the Longhorns back the lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Wolfpack look to Wednesday to get back to their wining ways as they take on the Giants in a mid-week tilt. First pitch will be at 6:30PM.

Pitching and Offense Make Quick Work of Longhorns

The Wolfpack breezed through their first game of a two game set with the Longhorns on Sunday afternoon, winning by a score of 10-0 to improve to 5-0 in league play, 8-0 overall.

Curtis Smith (3-0) took the mound for his second FMBA start of the season and held the Longhorn bats in check most of the game. He spun a complete game shutout and struck out twelve while allowing only one walk and three hits, two of which came in the bottom of the seventh as he began to tire. He lowered his overall season ERA to 0.69 with the outing (1.05 in FMBA play).

Trent Lawson’s breakout season continued as he led the Wolfpack offense by going three for four at the plate while playing through an injured shoulder to fill a hole at shortstop for his teammates. He drove in four of the Wolfpack’s ten runs in the game and leads the team in RBI with eight through only two games played. He will take an absurd .778 batting average into game two of the doubleheader.

Axel Christoffersen and Roly Diaz both chipped in multiple hits of their own, and Christoffersen did his best to keep pace with Lawson’s four RBI as he finished the game with three of his own following a bases loaded triple in the third inning.

With each subsequent game the Wolfpack are proving to the rest of the league that they have the deepest and most dangerous offensive lineup. However the defense continues to be a struggle, the Pack committed three more errors in this game and have yet to finish a regular season game with two errors or less. They now lead the FMBA in errors and have played the second fewest games.

Wolfpack Swept In Final Weekend Series

The Wolfpack dropped their final two games of the regular season at the hands of the Longhorns Saturday evening to finish the season with a 13-9 record, good for a 5th place finish in the standings. 

After a red-hot start to the season that saw the Wolfpack jump out to an 8-1 record and average close to ten runs per game offensively, the second half of the season proved to not be as kind. The Pack stumbled to the tune of a 5-8 record down the stretch as the bats cooled off and were no longer able to dig them out of holes that walks and errors were putting them in.

The team has a week to tighten things up before taking on the defending champion Calgary Cardinals in the first round of the postseason at 9am and 12pm on Saturday August 18th.