Nov 02 2061: 30-Year Playoff Curse Over: Frogs Win Championship - by Andreimun on October 25th, 2023
Two. That was the age of the oldest player on the 2061 York roster, Jose Portillo, last time the York Frogs won a championship, thirty years ago. Most of the other 2061 III.4 champions were not yet born on that day in October 2031, when the likes of Ulrich, Klein and Brand propelled the York Frogs to their one and, until this year, only championship title. Five playoff final losses followed since then, but the curse is finally lifted: the underdog York Frogs win the 2061 III.4 championship in their first-ever season at this level, defeating the Littleton Genesiz by a score of 4-2.
Having clinched home field advantage by a single game, the Frogs jumped to a 2-0 series lead in front of sellout crowds at the York Ballpark. After Littleton won their first home game, the Frogs struck back to take a 3-1 lead, putting them on the brink with 3 games to go. However, the Genesiz were not to go down without a fight, winning their third home game and sending the series back to York, 3-2.
Game six epitomized the nervy, defensive nature of the series final. The Genesiz scored first in the top of the third inning on a Skaggs single. While Salcido and Gregory were dueling, aided by some excellent defense, it was looking like one of those nights for the Frogs, who left the bases loaded in the bottom of the third and had a runner thrown out at the plate in the sixth. Amato and Russo each left five runners on base, Portillo three, and fans were wondering if the Frogs' inexperience was finally coming back to haunt them.
The breakthrough finally and deservedly came during a four-hit, two-walk and four-run bottom of the seventh. Littleton had no answer, as Galindo shut the door firmly. The Frogs celebrate and are eagerly awaiting their first experience in League II in 2062.
Oct 06 2061: Underdog Frogs Champions in First-Ever Division III Season - by Andreimun on October 18th, 2023
Despite playing in League III for the first time in their history, the lowest-ranked York Frogs clinch the Division Championship with 14 games to go. Sporting the youngest roster in the division, the Frogs relied heavily on young talent in the early part of the season and were holding a surprising lead at the All Star break. Despite this, pundits agreed that a low run differential and many one-run victories probably meant that the Frogs' lead was unsustainable. However, the York bats came alive during the second half of the season, while starting pitching, spearheaded by ace Alcala, kept the ball inside the park with great success, despite yielding many walks. In the meantime, Frogs infielders churned put double play after double play and catcher George kept runners honest with his excellent arm. Speaking of starting pitching, the promotion of Gregory from the bullpen, young Gustafson's strong showing and the astute additions of Croft, Archer and Renner via wavers proved unbeatable. Galindo's closing, backed up by specialists Saez and Lake, was lights out. The controversial release of long-time veteran Sawyer early in the season is now all but forgotten. Next, the Frogs will attempt to break their 30-year playoff curse against the yet-to-be-crowned western champs.
Oct 30 2060: 29-Year Playoff Curse Continues - by Andreimun on August 8th, 2023
The Frogs' 29-year wait for a playoff series win will continue after York's 4-1 loss to the IV-7 Western champions Dallas Dragons. At the end of the day, the York pitching staff not contain the Dragons' bats, who scored 4, 6, 14 and 8 runs in their 4 wins. This caps the fifth straight playoff loss for the Frogs, whose only playoff victory in their histiry came in 2031 in Division V. Meanwhile, the Frogs lost 8 playoff series in their hsitory.
Nonetheless, this loss caps a historic season for a relatively young Frogs side, who will win a division title in League IV for the first time ever. With young talent, like Ernesto Meza (2B), Daniel Amato (3B, SS), Gordon Russo (OF), Ben McBride (OF), Salvador Galindo (P) and Jesus Rivera (AAA - P), coming through the ranks, the future looks bright for the Frogs!
Oct 22 2060: Frogs Win Division IV for First Time Ever - by Andreimun on August 6th, 2023
The 2060 season will go down in York Frogs lore as a historical milestone. The Frogs win Division IV for the first time in their 48-year history, in their 12th ever season at this level! After a dismal start to the season, a development-oriented Frogs team slowly inched its way back into contention. Although four 1-run losses against the Miami Gardens Broncos and the Buffalo Bison, their closest rivals left them half a game behind the Broncos with only 7 games remaining, a 6-game winning streak clinched the title for the Frogs with two game to go. The Frogs also register their best-ever record (89-71) at this level.
This marks the Frogs' third promotion in 8 seasons. It remains to be seen if they can now end their 29-year wait to win a championship. This will be a tall order against a 98-62 Dallas Dragons side who are clear favorites and who enter the playoffs on a high, having clinched their division in a one-run, winner-takes-all game won in the bottom of the eighth against the Federal Way Knights.
Oct 30 2056: Miracle in Atlantic City: Frogs Survive - by Andreimun on October 4th, 2022
After being 8 games behind fourth place close to the All Star break, a young, development-minded Frog team miraculously managed to clinch their spot in next year's IV league on the last game of the season.
Going into their last 3-game series of the season against last-placed Atlantic City (an old-time rival from division VI in 2030), the Frogs were one game and 11 runs behind the Brookview Island Falcons, with Atlantic City three games behind and still mathematically with a chance of survival.
The series started poorly, with the Frogs dropping the first game 6-1, despite outhitting Atlantic City 10-7. Meanwhile, Brookview also lost 5-3 to Indianapolis. The Frogs had a deficit of one game and 14 runs to make up and only two games to go.
In the second game, the Frogs went out in front fast, scoring two runs in the first, one in the second and two more in the third and never looked back, shutting out the Broadwalkers 7-0 and ending their theoretical chance at survival. The heores of the night were Melvin Ellis (4H, 2BB, 5K, 0R in 5 2/3 innings) and a 4 for 5 with two doubles Jose Portillo. Meanwhile, Brookview won in dramatic fashion. After Brookview took a commanding 7-1 after 5 innings, Indianapolis came back to tie it 8-8 and force extra innings, where the Falcons prevailed in the 10th on a run scored on a passed ball. York were still one game and 8 runs behind, with only one last game to go.
While many were expecting a nervy, tentative game, the York - Atlantic City finale was a seesaw slugfest, which ultimately saw 21 hits and 8 home runs. By the end of the third inning, both starting pitchers were out of the game. The Frogs trailed 1-0, then led 5-1, only for Atlantic City to inch their way back to 5-4. As the dust settled, news from Brookview trickled in: Indianapolis were leading 4-0, meaning that York needed just to make up 3 more runs to tie things up. The breakthrough came in a huge sixth innings: a single, a walk, two doubles and two back-to-back homers - by McClelland and Morse - propelled York to a 11-5 lead, while in the other game, the Falcons allowed 2 more runs. 6-0 Indianapolis and the Frogs were 4 runs ahead. Surprisingly on this crazy night, no more drama was to be had. The never-absent Louis Keane the main man, with 3 hits, 2 home runs (for a total of 36 to end the season) and 5 RBIs. A lone Atlantic City run with one out left put some York hearts in mouths, but ultimately York hung on and will play in division IV in 2057!