The fastball finalists this season were about as evenly matched as it gets, but one team managed to prevail.
Palladian Developments defeated the Wheatsheaf Fastball Club 5-4 in the rubber match of a best-of-three series Thursday at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park to win the Nanaimo Senior Men’s Fastball League championship.
Palladian won Game 1 by a 3-2 score and Wheatsheaf won the next game 3-0, setting up the finale. The game appropriately came down to the seventh and last inning, when Reid Swanson hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the inning to score Trevor MacIntyre.
Mike Peters was the winning pitcher in Game 3 after throwing the whole series for Palladian. Lee Lucas pitched all three games for Wheatsheaf.
Both teams finished the regular season with identical 13-3 records.
Lucas was named Most Valuable Player in the NSMFL this season and Peters was chosen Top Pitcher.