The wildcard round saw Longue Pointe and their pitching staff dominate over David Jones Lake County Leopards. Lake County took game 1 behind Johnny Cueto's masterful pitching.  Then it was CC Sabathia, Tim Lincecum, and CJ Wilson shutting the door to advance the Loggers to the Conference playoffs vs Joe Wallace's powerful San Diego Surf.

The Clemente Wildcard saw Rob Hite's Philly Phantastics sweep Marc Wass' Brooklyn Superbas in 3 straight.  Although Verlander, Hamels, and Brandon Morrow stifled the potent Brooklyn Superbas attack in the House of Pain, It was Eric Hosmer who single handedly and legendarily executed the Brooklyn boys with 5 Homers 2 doubles 9 RBI's and 7-11 batting.  Not to be forgotten anytime soon.

CBA 2012 Wildcard Clemente Conference

CBA 2012 Wildcard Staub Conference

In round 1 of the Staub Playoffs, Doug Brunet's Montreal Crows swept past Cory Light's Bryan Bashers behind superior pitching in tight ball games.  Both first time managers, but someone had to win.  Montreal will play against the LP vs. SD winner.  Rob Hite's Philly Phantastics defeated Malachi Nellum's Stirling Red Sox 4 games to 3 in an epic and well played series.  The Skokie wolfmen defeated the Cooperstown Iron Horses 4 games to 1.  Wolfman is looking at yet another Conference final to add to his resume. 

CBA Playoffs 2012 Philly Phantastics vs  Stirling Red Sox

CBA playoffs 2012 Skokie Wolfmen vs Cooperstown Iron Horses

CBA playoffs Montreal Crows vs Bryan Bashers


In round 1 of the Staub Playoffs, Doug Brunet's Montreal Crows swept past Cory Light's Bryan Bashers behind superior pitching in tight ball games.  Both first time managers, but someone had to win.  Montreal will play against the LP vs. SD winner.  Rob Hite's Philly Phantastics defeated Malachi Nellum's Stirling RedSox 4 games to 3 in an epic and well played series.  The Skokie wolfmen defeated the Cooperstown Iron Horses 4 games to 1.  Wolfman is looking at yet another Conference final to add to his resume. 

This is where the big boys meet and play.  The dedicated, the lucky, the astute, the confident, the best in CBA ball for 2012.  Last year Saw Brooklyn Defeat San Diego in 5 games for the 2011 Championship as Miguel Cabrera dominated the post season like no other has since.  Cabrera had 10 HR's and led his team.  Who will this years hero be?  We saw magnificent perfomances so far that will be archived for future reference.  Performances Like Johnny Cueto's shutout over Longue Pointe on opening day.  Eric Hosmer single handedly destroying Brooklyn's dream of repeat with 5 HR's in a 3 game wildcard. Montreal terrorizing the Bashers behind masterful pitching by James Shields.  Allen Craig's timely PH.  Nyger Morgan's .469 batting average leading Longue Point over deep into the 2nd round.  Billy Butlers 13 hits and .409 BA for Stirling vs Philly.  Sandoval's 3 HR's for Bryan.  Jared Weaver's gem vs red hot Skokie for Cooperstown.  Perhaps not many bigger highs and lows than we saw in the LP-SD series which turned after an 8th Inning boot by Yunel Escobar in g5.  The hero, Nick Hundley with a long Homer to win the series for San Diego against the speedy small ball artistry of the Loggers. 

Now we have two repeaters looking for their opportunity for gold.  We have GM Doug Brunet who makes his first appearance in the final four.  The Skokie Wolfman.  Veteran GM with a record of success each year.  He has been to the dance, but unable to claim the ring.  There's CBA legend Rob Hite.  All Hite does is win.  We learned in 2012, never count Philly out.  He even threw down the towel so he says.  A towel chuck right into the playoffs ala Indiana.  Seems to work in Clemente.  Hite is a 3 time champion looking for his fourth.  In CBA Jeff Boutet has 3, Bob Fidler 3, Marc Wass 2, Jack Jung 1, Dennis Concepcion 1, among active GM's.  Although some forget the losers, no Finals runner up is a loser.  No shame losing in the Conf Champ.  Only shame if your a former champion who gets blown out in 3 straight in the wild card round.  Staub has last won a World Championship in 2005 when Dennis defeated Rob Hite, the year of Miracle Mirabelli and Ichiro's  series and GW HR.  Clemente has dominated since then.
Rounding out the managers is the long time veteran Joe Wallace.  Joe Wallace has built a long runniing dominant franchise in San Diego.  Holder of the all time best season with 122 wins, San Diego and Wallace have been there and paid some heavy dues, slowly building up from first round and outs, the game 7's in the second round a few years back (Archives has it), and finally a Staub Championship and World Series appearance.  After last years disappointment, Wallace revamped his squad, and brought aboard the powerful Mike Stanton sending King Felix to New Jersey where Hernandez helped improve their record from last year.  Wallace vowed to add power and did.  He seeks yet another series appearance after his hard fought battle vs Longue Pt.  Games commence Oct 17th on the schedule.  Rest has been given. Please submit MVP's for each series decided by both GM's

 


CBA 2012 Conference Championships Clemente

CBA 2012 Staub Conference Championships

Game 1

Hamels vs Cain
Philly could only get 4 hits vs Cain and Adams as Skokie got some key two out hits to win 4-1 no homers for two home run teams.  Right fielder Jason Bourgeois had 2 base hits and 2 RBI as the Skokie Wolfmen defeated the Philly Phantastics 4 to 1 at Morrison Memorial.  Matt Cain(1-1) pitched well for Skokie in their victory. He went 7 and 1/3 innings surrendering 4 hits and 3 walks. Skokie out-hit Philly for the game,  9 hits to 4. Cain got relief help from Mike Adams who gained credit for his 1st save. Cole Hamels(1-3) was the loser. He gave up 9 hits and 1 walk in 7 and 2/3 innings.

Game 2

Morrow vs Vogelsong
Philly came out striking the iron 1-0 in the first and third one out, batter hits into double play - due to two erros by Castro in the first Skokie took 4-1 lead, a few homers its was 7-1, Cruz homer 7-2 but that was all Philly could do against Vogelsong, Holland, Cassilla.  The Skokie Wolfmen had very little trouble at Morrison Memorial downing thePhilly Phantastics. The score was 7 to 2.  Ryan Vogelsong(1-0) labored throughout the game but hung around to record a
victory. He gave up 2 runs in 5 innings. Skokie and Philly each finished  the night with 10 hits. Brandon Morrow(1-1) was the losing pitcher. He allowed Skokie 7 runs in 2 and 1/3 innings of work.

Game 3 - it was home run city in Philly town - Skokie was facing Philly's ace, Verlander who could face Skokie's ace (in the real world series) -- and Skokie had Humber - with 2 outs Molina who had a very big game (knocking in 5 runs with a double and 2 HRs) gave Skokie a 1-0 lead in the first but ex-Wolfman A. Craig blasted a 2 run shot to give Philly a 2-1 lead - we knew blood was going to be spilled in this game Then Skokie went Crazy again Upton hits a homer,Molina a 3 run shot, Uggla hits a homer and at the end of 2 innings its 7-2 Skokie but Rob Hite is Mr. Philly and he never gives up

Philly made a mistake in the 4th with runners on 2nd & 3rd and only one out a ground ball scored it to 8-3 (BTW the hitting machine of E. Hosmer kept Philly in the game and promptly hits 3 home runs in a row so after Beltre homers to make it 9-4 Mr. Hosmer (who also had 5 RBIs) and crew made it 9-8 in the 7th - Skokie was getting a little bit concerned, Adams couldn't stop the Philly boys in the 7th but he did in the 8th - then Molina hits his second home run (a total of 9 home runs in this game, might be a record) to make it 10-8 so Skokie watches another 9th like it saw with Cooperstown, 2 hours, men on base, the hitter at the plate is the winning run 1st and 2nd, two outs, Mayberry up - Skokie brings in their
supposed closer League - who hasn't seen much action, to relieve Adams - then the game stops on us right as I am waiting for Mayberry to roll - we have to save the game - totally get out and then play this moment so its 10-8, 1st and 2nd, two outs, Mayberry vs League 5-6 groundout - Skokie is miraculously up 3-0 - after Philly defeated the champion Superbas , and came from 3-2 to take Stirling does Philly have enough magic to come back and win in seven - we will find out Wednesday.

Report by Josh Shapiro


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