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Mutants at Beamriders

The Beamriders had already won their second Action Network Championship two days prior, so their manager gave their starters the day off. The Mutants lit up the Beamriders for four runs while shutting out the champs. The Beamriders big bats later came out and tied the game 4-4 in the 7th inning. The two teams battled it out until the Beamriders got a walk-off single in the 10th inning, capping off one of the biggest comebacks in IBL history.

2015 Championship Series Game 2: Beamriders at Bombers

The Beamriders were in trouble after having lost game one 2-1 in 13 innings. They blasted off in game two with a 3-run home run in the first inning, then tacked on another run in the 4th. The Bombers refused to give up, scoring three runs in the 5th. The Beamriders were on their way to victory until their closer gave up a dramatic tying run in the bottom of the 9th. The Beamriders kept pounding the ball in the 10th, scoring their winning run 5-4 to tie the series. They went on to win their first league championship.

2014 Championship Series Game 1: Beamriders at Spartans

The series to decide the first league champion was between two hot teams. Game one was a tough fight with lots of lead changes. The Beamriders took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the 7th inning and went on to win.

Deadly Dogs at Ghosts

The two newest teams in the league went head-to-head to kick off the first inter-network week of the 2016 season. The Ghosts jumped out 2-0 in the 2nd inning on a combination of big hits and small ball. The Deadly Dogs did the same in the 3rd inning to tie the game.

The Deadly Dogs took advantage of some poor Ghosts defense to take the lead 3-2 in the 4th. The Ghosts answered back with more big hits to tie the game at 3 in the bottom of the 4th.

Both teams battled it out until a poor fielder's choice by the Ghosts gave the Deadly Dogs the winning run in the top of the 9th and a 4-3 victory.

Ghosts take a 2-0 lead

Deadly Dogs tie the game

Deadly Dogs score winning run

River Raiders at Bombers

It was still early in the fourth season of the league and teams were still shaking off the rust from the offseason. The River Raiders were coming into this game from a bye week and they were still feeling good about an extra inning win against the Deadly Dogs in week one. The Deadly Dogs turned around and got a comeback win against the Bombers in week two. The Bombers took the field in this game trying to get their first win of the season.

The River Raiders quickly jumped out to a two run lead in the first inning on a combination of infield hits, a near miss home run, and a Bombers error. The Bombers fired back with five straight singles to tie the game in the bottom of the first. The Bombers then hit into a double play and a groundout to second to finally end the inning.

Raiders score on error

Raiders score on single to center

Bombers tie the game

With two out in the top of the second inning, the River Raiders took a 4-2 lead.
The Bombers scored a run in the second inning on an error by the Raiders shortstop to narrow the lead to 4-3.

Raiders take a 4-2 lead

Bombers score 3rd run

Both teams fought hard until the fifth inning when the River Raiders unloaded for a whopping five runs, including a three-run home run.

The Bombers kept fighting back and scored a run in the 6th inning, but they ended up getting bombed 9-4.

This set a new league record for most runs in a game by one team, and a record for total runs scored in a game.

Raiders crush a home run

Bombers score their 4th run

Ghosts at Bombers

For the first time in league history, the Bombers played the Ghosts at home. The Ghosts came into the game just barely beating the Smash for their first win of the season. The Bombers had an average start to their season, not scoring too many runs but also not giving up many.

In the first inning, the Bombers got some base hits and scored a run on a Ghosts' error. The Ghosts pounded some hits in the 4th inning and tied the game 1-1. In the 5th inning, the Bombers drew a walk, got a single to right-center, then crushed a home run to left to take the lead 4-1.

Bombers score their first run

Ghosts tie the game

Bombers home run
Now, in this league, a 4-1 lead going into the 9th inning is a win 99% of the time. However, as the saying goes, it ain't over until it's over. Down to their last out, the Ghosts got three straight hits up the middle, then on the next pitch they unloaded an incredibly rare GRAND SLAM over the left-center field wall to take a 5-4 lead!

Ghosts grand slam
Again, in this league, most games end with a one run lead. So the Ghosts thought they stunned the Bombers enough to steal a win. However, the Bombers' closer was not the only one to have problems in this game. The Bombers got a string of infield singles, then, down to their final out, crushed a WALK OFF SINGLE to center and won the game 6-5.

Bombers walk off single

Mutants at Smash

The Smash were having a horrible season after making it to the league championship series in 2022. They had just tied the record for the worst start to a season at 0-7. They faced the Mutants, who were having an average season but still had a slight chance at making the postseason. The Smash got it started scoring on a fielder's choice in the 2nd inning. The Mutants tied it by scoring on a fielder's choice in the 3rd inning. The Smash took the lead 2-1 in the 6th on an RBI single.

Smash score their first run

Mutants tie the game

Smash take the lead

The Mutants BLASTED a home run in the top of the 7th to lead 3-2. The Smash hit two RBI singles in the bottom of the 7th to lead 4-3.

The game got to the 9th. It was all on the Smash's closer. Their first win of the season was three outs away. Smash Stadium was electric! The Mutants hit three singles, then a SQUEEZE BUNT RBI to tie it 4-4. The next Mutants batter hit ANOTHER RBI SINGLE TO LEAD 5-4!!! The Smash and their fans were crushed.

Mutants home run

Smash take the lead again

Mutants score winning run
The Smash tried to rally back in the bottom of the 9th but were shot down. They had the lead twice and still couldn't win. The Smash scored four runs again a week later and held on for their first win of the season, but this will forever be the one that got away.