Palladian wins closely contested fastball final

Palladian Developments defeated the Wheatsheaf Fastball Club 5-4 in the rubber match of a best-of-three series Thursday at Pioneer Park.

Wheatsheaf baserunner Todd Belton is tagged out at home plate by Palladian catcher Trevor MacIntyre during Wednesday’s game at Pioneer Park.

Wheatsheaf baserunner Todd Belton is tagged out at home plate by Palladian catcher Trevor MacIntyre during Wednesday’s game at Pioneer Park.

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.

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