[private]The Sandy Bay Pirates and the Gravel Bay Marlins will face off in a best-of-seven series for the championship of the Roatan Insular baseball league beginning September 1. For the defending champion Pirates, it will be their sixth consecutive appearance in the league championship series, according to a team source.
The Marlins got to the finals by compiling a league-best 23-16 record in the regular season and earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs. It was a dramatic turnaround for the Marlins, who finished last among the league’s four continuing teams in 2012 with a record of 12-17, better than only the winless Top-9, which did not field a team this year.
The Pirates earned a spot in the finals by prevailing three games to two in a five-game semifinal series against Kool & the Gang, also of Gravel Bay. The two teams finished the regular season with identical 21-18 records. Kool won the first two games of the series August 11 by scores of 26-1 and 12-8 as Pirates star Cuny Miller sat out with a suspension earned when he threw his batting helmet down in anger after being called out at third on the last play of the last game of the regular season.
Miller returned the following weekend and was the winning pitcher in game three August 18 as the Pirates slugged six home runs on the way to an 11-1 seventh-inning knockout. The Pirates then chased Kool ace Luther Stewart in the fifth inning of game four and won 14-7 on home runs by Steve Hutton, Joseph James and Homer Brooks to even the series at 2-2. Miller once again got the win in the decisive game August 25 as Joseph James and Kenzy Flowers homered to power the Pirates to a 13-2 victory.
League play began in March with five teams, later reduced to four. There were six teams in 2012. The Eagles of Flowers Bay and Top-9 from Coxen Hole did not field teams this season. A new team, the Braves, played opening weekend but then folded.
This year’s home run champion was Edison Bodden of the Giants with 16. Bodden also had the highest winning percentage among pitchers with a record of 6-2, although Kurt Stewart of the Marlins had the most wins with 11.[/private]