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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 Move On To Semifinals With Game 3 Win

The Wolfpack clinched their quarterfinal series with the Cardinals with a 10-2 victory over the defending champions in Game 3 on Monday night, they now move onto the semifinals to face the Longhorns in a fight for the right to compete for a title.

Curtis Smith (9-1) held the Cardinals to two runs again in what was a slightly less crisp complete game performance than his outing in Game 1, but the Wolfpack offense started to heat up with the return of their 2017 MVP Blake Carruthers to the lineup and provided plenty of run support to earn the Pack the deciding victory in their opening series.

There were several offensive standouts in this game as Matt Zanutto and Carlos Charmell both collected multiple hits and scored multiple runs, Zanutto also provided the only extra base hit on the day when he smashed a triple into the right centerfield gap in the fifth inning. Shaun Connor provided his usual timely hits in the middle of the order and thus led the team in RBI by knocking in three runs on the night.

Michael Goldade continued to terrorize opposing batteries on the base paths as he swiped his twenty-second base of the FMBA season tonight, he continues to rewrite the Wolfpack (and probably FMBA) record book in the steals category despite being sideline with a quad injury for almost a month early in the season. He has yet to be thrown out.

The Pack kick off their semifinal series with the Longhorns on Saturday morning at 9am followed immediately by Game 2 with the third game to follow if necessary on Sunday at 12pm.

Cardinals Storm Back To Win Game 2 15-3

The Cardinals bats caught fire in Game 2 as they scored in each of the first four innings to grab an early 11-2 lead that they would not relinquish.

It was death by a thousand paper cuts for Jaret Loran (1-2) who took a tough loss against a Cardinals offense that exploited just about every hole they could find on the field en route to an eighteen (soft) hit ball game. Christian Lapointe and Brent Suecroft both provided some quality relief but this never quite had the feel of a game that the Wolfpack’s hearts were in.

Carlos Charmell stuck out offensively as the only player to collect multiple hits while also knocking in two of the Pack’s three runs in the game.

The Wolfpack will look to flush this game mentally and prepare for a deciding Game 3 coming up on Monday night.

Pack Start Postseason On Right Foot With 3-2 Win Over Cardinals

The Wolfpack took Game 1 of their playoff series with the Cardinals by a score of 3-2 on Saturday morning to kick off the 2018 FMBA Playoffs.

Curtis Smith (8-1) took the hill for the Wolfpack and spun a complete game against the defending champion Cardinals. He allowed two earned runs and seven hits while walking two and striking out ten. Smith’s strikeout of Kaleb Pratt in the fourth inning was his 100th of the season in league play, making him the first ever Wolfpack player to reach that plateau.

The hits were hard to come by in this game, as the Pack were outhit by the Cardinals 7 to 3, but the hits they did get were timely as three runs were all they would need to put this game away. Trent Lawson, Carlso Charmell, and Fraser Armstrong were the only ones to hit safely, while Jaret Loran also provided a key RBI as well, but the story of this game for the Wolfpack was the defense.

The Pack played error free baseball for just the sixth time in what was their twenty-seventh game of the season, and that defense proved to be the difference in a game that could have easily gone either way.

Game 2 of the three game series kicks off immediately following Game 1 as the Wolfpack look to sweep the Cardinals out of the playoffs and advance to the semifinals.