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!
Oct 25 2055: Young Frogs Making History Again - by Andreimun on July 18th, 2022
With a 97-63 record, the York Frogs clinch Division V.13 East, registering their best record in history at this level and promoting to League IV for just the 3rd time in history. After a very close season, the Frogs managed top pull away in October, helped by a revamped rotation featuing Caesar Garcia (13-4, 3.03 ERA) and Casey Gregory (8-4, 3.73 ERA). Infield changes that saw Jose Portillo and Yasmany Pena come in at second and third base worked wonders for the offensive production. Meanwhile, young phenoms Clayton George (.271/.354/.553) and eventual batting average leader Shannon McLelland (.332/.399/.502 with 13 HR's) continued their impressive season. The second iteration of the current administration has presided over the 3rd promotion in 9 seasons, taking the Frogs from a rank of 639 to the top 200.
Mar 20 2054: Awards, Underdog Status and Future - by Andreimun on March 7th, 2022
After a record-breaking season that saw promotion to Division V, the young Frogs team is last in everyone's seasons predictions. A golden glove for 23-yo catcher Carlton Stern (1.00 FP, 5 PB, 49.1% CS), an MVP award for new signing Louis Keane (.334/.405/.579 with 203 hits, 28 home runs and 149 RBIs), a Rookie of the Year award for 22-yo catcher Clayton George (.263/.343/.460, 9 HR in 50 games and 38.2% CS) and All-League Awards for 21-yo Shannon McClelland (.341/.406/.484 with 62 Doubles and 92 RBIs), who also came in second in MVP voting, means that whatever happens, the future of the Frogs looks bright.
Nov 01 2053: Frogs Bow out of Championship Series 4-2 - by Andreimun on February 16th, 2022
Ona cold evening in York, the Frogs were unable to stay alive in the VI Championship series, losing 2-1 in a close affair. Congratulations to the Tustin Knuckleheads for their 4-2 series win! The Frogs can look back at successful season, with their young team beating winning a pennant, promoting to V and breaking the franchise record in wins. This is York's 6th pennant in franchise history, the 5th overall under Andriemun administration and the second since its return. Incredibly, the York Frogs are still waiting for their first ever VI championship trophy, with a V championship trophy already in the cabinet.
Oct 25 2053: Miraculous Comeback - by Andreimun on February 14th, 2022
In the first playoff game between our York Frogs and the Tustin Knuckleheads, fans witnessed a comeback that was nothing short of miraculous. Down 8-0 in the bottom of the 5th inning, the Frogs were able to score their first run. However, the top of the 6th saw Tustin apply more pressure: with only one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Cho grounded to 2B Finch, who threw leadoff batter Mori out at home, before Ellis ended the inning via a strikeout. Buoyed, the Frogs scored 6 run at the bottom of the 6th. Finch contributed again with a two-run double, following a Keane 3-run shot and a Batista sacrifice fly. York added one more run in the 7th to tie things up via a Vigil double. The game required extra innings, with Suarez eventually securing the walk-off hit via a double in the 10th to secure the comeback. An incredible comeback for the Frogs, who score 9 unanswered to win it 9-8.