AL Championship Series

New York High Society vs. Sun Lakes Apaches


Game Location Results Win Loss Save
1 at Sun Lakes High Society 3, Apaches 2 J.Paxton(1-0) C.Hamels(1-1) S.Oh(4)
HR – None
2 at Sun Lakes High Society 5, Apaches 4 C.Buchholz(2-0) C.Kluber(1-1) S.Oh(5)
HR – C.Yelich(2)
3 at New York Apaches 5, High Society 3 C.Sale(3-0) J.Happ(0-1) A.Ramos(2)
HR – K.Bryant 2(2), M.Betts(2), B.Guyer(2), D.Pedroia(1)
4 at New York High Society 6, Apaches 1 J.Teheran(2-0) J.Lackey(0-1) None
HR – J.Pederson(2), V.Martinez(1)
5 at New York High Society 8, Apaches 0 J.Paxton(2-0) C.Hamels(1-2) None
HR – None
(click game # for boxscore)

New York wins series 4-1

Game 1 – New York struck first in the 3rd inning when Brandon Guyer got an RBI fielders choice to shortstop. Sandy Leon followed that with a slow roller RBI-single to third. Chase Headley had an RBI-single in the top of the 8th for some insurance. It proved to be necessary as Ender Inciarte lined a Cody Allen offering to left for a 2-RBI double in the bottom half. James Paxton pitched 5.2 innings of shutout ball for the win. Seung Hwan Oh closed the door for his 4th save of this post-season.

Game 2 – With the roof closed at Miller Park, game 2 of the ALCS saw New York get RBI-singles by Christian Yelich and Victor Martinez in the first to go up 3-0. The Apaches got on the board in the 4th when Starlin Castro scored on a fielders choice. On the very next play, Mookie Betts fielded Brett Nicholas’ double, fired it to the cutoff man and they nailed Jorge Polanco at the plate. In the top of the 5th, NYH got a run off an error, then Yelich homered deep to RF for a 5-1 lead. Sun Lakes got a pair of RBI-singles in the bottom half and got an RBI-triple from Tyler Naquin with nobody out in the 8th, but they couldn’t get him home. The series heads to New York with the High Society up 2 games to none.

Game 3 – On October 12, 2017, the thermometer plummeted to 38 degrees and the wind was gusting out to center at 23 mph at AT&T Park. After getting injured in game one and missing game two, Kris Bryant came back with a vengeance. He went 3-4 with 2 home runs, a single, a walk and 3 RBI to lead the Sun Lakes Apaches to a 5-3 victory over New York. Chris Sale won his 2nd game of the 2017 post-season.

Game 4 – The players had to be more careful warming up in game 4 with a wind chill factor of 26 degrees. With it blowing out to center at 23 mph, Julio Teheran took the mound for New York in game four of the ALCS and allowed only 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 6 in 6.2 for the win. Victor Martinez went 2-3 with a HR and 2 RBI in the 6-1 victory.

Game 5 – Game 5 saw the temperature warm up to 44 degrees and the wind only blowing 9 mph. The Sun Lakes bats hadn’t thawed out yet though and James Paxton took advantage. He earned ALCS MVP by tossing 7 innings of 3-hit ball for his 2nd victory of the series. Brandon Guyer and Sandy Leon each had 2 hits as New York advances to the 2017 SWBA World Series with the 8-0 Shutout. Congratulations to SWBA charter member Pat Mitchell on a very successful first season back, winning the #1 seed in the American League.

ALCS MVP – James Paxton


2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.2 IP, 9 K