2015 Champaign – Week 2 (Sept. 16)

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Updated: September 21, 2015

The Champaign League went outdoors for the first time this Season for a full slate of Softball Games. As we leave Week 2, only a couple of Teams remain undefeated!  More on that in the Power Rankings below.. A quick reminder that we are off next week (Sept. 23) for Religious Holidays and will be back in action on Wednesday Sept. 30.  Here’s the Weekly Highlight Video (<– Click right there!)

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Power Rankings

1. Team SAE (Farm Lake Barn) – Currently tied for 1st with 40 points.

When the dust settled from Week 2, there were just two squads left Undefeated… Teams SAE and Sammy’s went 2-0 to start the year so it was an obvious Top 2 this week.. The tough call was who had earned the #1 spot.. Based on strength of schedule to start the year, Team SAE, has earned the right to sit atop the mountain.. At least for a week.. They certainly have shown they are comfortable winning tight Games.. This week, a prime example as they took down last week’s #2 Team Pikes 7-6 on the diamond.  It’ll be interesting to see how they play with the target firmly squared on their backs going forward.. They have the hungry ATO 2 squad in Hoops when we return on Sept. 30.

 

2. Team Sammy’s (Biaggi’s Purple) – Currently tied for 1st with 40 points.

The second of the two unbeatens is Team Sammy’s. They took an early lead on Wednesday Night and never really looked back in their Game against Team DChi.  They like Team SAE, will now be playing with a target on their backs, since there are so few undefeated Teams left standing.. They will take part in one of the bigger Games of Week 3 (on Sept. 30) when they go toe to toe with #5 Team SAE 5s in a Game where the Winner can really start to separate themselves from the middle of the pack and start positioning themselves for a high Playoff seed..

 

3. Team SigEp (cea Study Abroad) – Currently tied for 7th with 15 points.

In All Sports Series the Defending Champs always have a tough task the following year.  It’s why so few Teams have ever gone Back2Back in All Sports Series.. Team SigEp took their first L since back in Oct. 2014 and it’s not to say that this will be any indication of things to come.. They are still among (if not THE) most talented crews in the Champaign League.. It’s just that they are going to see everyone’s best each and every week.. Everyone knows they are the Defending Champs and will treat them accordingly.. In a way, the pressure has likely been lifted.. They can now stop worrying about going Undefeated or anything like that and just play.. A few weeks in the top tier (but not in first) will do them some good. Look for them to bounce back when they get back to their preferred arena – the Hoops Court – on Sept. 30.

 

4. Team ZBT 2 (iHotel Orange) – Currently tied for 3rd with 25 points.

It didn’t take long for this young ZBT squad to make their presence known in the Champaign League.. They will be hard-pressed to earn a bigger W this Regular Season than the one they grabbed on Wednesday Night… They took down the Defending Champs Team SigEp and did so convincingly with stellar Defense all night.  This is a group that is going to sneak up on a few people this Season and when the time comes, they are good enough to send Teams home come the Playoffs. Big W!

 

5. Team SAE 5s (Biaggi’s Gold) – Currently tied for 3rd with 25 points.

Momentum is a crazy thing.. It was just a week ago that these All Sports Vets were leaving Week 1 Hoops a bit dejected after a L to Team ATO 1.. Fast forward 7 days to this past Wednesday Night and the script might have just flipped!   Their Game with Team AKL was one of the best of night and it saw the SAE 5s grab onto a walk-off hit to earn their first W of the season (as caught at the conclusion of this Week’s Video Highlights above).. As mentioned above, they now will take on the Undefeated #2 Team Sammy’s when we return on Sept. 30 in a Game that could really affect both Teams Playoff seeds. The Winner will be in great shape. Good Luck!

 

6. Team ZBT 1 (Wedge Tequila Bar Black) – Currently tied for 3rd with 25 points.

Team ZBT 1 entered their Game with Team ATO 2 knowing full well just how important it was to earn a W in Week 2.. For both Teams.. Neither Team wanted to enter Week 3 still searching for their first points and letting doubt creep into their heads about the future.. This squad has always relied on Defense to earn Softball Ws and that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday Night as Jason Sternberg pitched another gem to add to his fantastic resume.  They will face a desperate Team DChi squad on Sept. 30 when we get back.

 

7. Team Sig Chi 5s (Wedge Tequila Bar Green) – Currently tied for 3rd with 25 points.

The first W is always the hardest to come by and now Team Sig Chi 5s have the monkeys off their backs.  They took part in what turned into a true slugfest with Team ATO 1 during Week 2 Softball.. Their bats outlasted Team ATO 1 as they took a 16-12 W to climb up in the Standings and into the Power Rankings for the first time in their short existence. Their toughest test to date (and maybe the entire season) will be waiting for them on Sept. 30 when they take on Defending Champs Team SigEp who are coming off an L and like to call the Hoops court “home.”  If Team Sig Chi 5s get a W there, we have to look at them as true title contenders.. It will be interesting for sure!

 

8. Team Pikes (Meijer) – Currently tied for 7th with 15 points.

Last week in their first Power Rankings they came in at #2 after Winning the Week 1 Game of the Week.  Great Teams truly show their colors after Losses and not Wins, however, so it will be certainly a storyline to watch on Sept. 30. Team Pikes seems primed to make a run this year.. A true rarity for Rookie Teams.. But to do so, they’ll need to be able to shake off an L.  Once again they may be taking part in what turns out to be the Game of the Week as they will go toe to toe with the tremendous Hoops squad of Team AKL.  Get your popcorn ready for that one!

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order) 

Team AKL (Houlihan’s) – Currently tied for 7th with 15 points.

They were just a couple outs away from sitting near the top of the Power Rankings at an Undefeated 2-0.. However, they let a Week 2 W slip through their hands.. They’ve been around long enough to know you can’t dwell on the past though and it’s time to look ahead.. Team AKL has had one of the best Hoops crews for years in the Champaign League.. Next week we’ll get to see them really pushed as they take on Team Pikes who look equally strong in the sport.. A spot in the Power Rankings will be on the line in that one.. Also, more importantly, avoiding a 2-Game L-Streak for the Winner is at stake.  Can’t wait for this one!

 

Team ATO 1 (iHotel Navy) – Currently tied for 7th with 15 points.

They got into an offensive battle with Team Sig Chi 5s on Wednesday Night and when all was said and done they came up a bit short.  No big deal.  After the break, they’ll be back to Hoops on Sept. 30, where they secured a Week 1 W and they will have the confident Team ZBT 2 crew waiting for them.. It’s a big Game for both squads as they will be trying to keep pace with the top Teams in the Standings.

 

Team ATO 2 (SLA Insurance) – Currently tied for 11th with 0 points.

Take this for what it’s worth.. Two Weeks doesn’t make a Championship Team.. Wins/Losses, whatever the case may be.. The final results on the League’s final night will look much different than the story we are seeing unfold currently.. It’s good to keep that in mind, because this ATO 2 squad is easily one of the more talented in the bunch.. They’ve had a tough schedule to start the Season and if anything, they will be more Playoff-ready when the time comes because of it.  They have plenty of time to make a name for themselves and wouldn’t it be fitting if they get their first W as a unit by knocking off the Undefeated #1 Team SAE in Hoops on Sept. 30?  We wouldn’t be shocked at all…

 

Team DChi (Starr Limo) – Currently tied for 11th with 0 points.

Let’s just make everyone over at DChi breathe a bit of a sigh of relief.. In Week 1 they took on the Defending Champs.. That’s as tough as it gets in Week 1.. Then to follow-up they drew Team Sammy’s who happens to be one of only two Undefeated Teams left.. Their opening Schedule has been as tough as it gets.. It’s only going to get easier from here and the Ws will come.. No reason to worry at all.  First W is right around the corner!

 

That’s it for this Week. Final Reminder, were off on 9/23 and back on Sept. 30! Thanks!

– Holden