In a major come-from-behind victory, Wall Street Journal defeated underdog WNYC in the 2015 NYMSL championship game on Sept. 19 in New York's Central Park.
Fourth-seed NYC (6-6) knocked off top-seed High Times (11-1) in the semifinals, 10-8, and held a lead over second-seed WSJ (9-3) - who bested third-seed Forbes (7-5) in the other semifinal match, 9-2 - until there were two outs in the seventh inning. But an infield error allowed the tying run to score, knotting the game at 5-5. Four innings later, in the 11th, WSJ pushed across the winning run on another botched infield play. Russ Adams went the distance for the Journals.
It's the fifth NYMSL championship for Wall Street Journal; the others came in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
NYC took an 8-3 lead in the opening match against High Times. The Bonghitters fought back gamely, scoring five runs with two outs in the seventh, but ultimately left the tying runs on base.
WSJ jumped out to an early 4-0 lead over Forbes and coasted to victory. In the consolation game, Forbes trumphed over High Times, 7-3,
The other teams to win NYMSL titles are High Times (2007, 2014), Business Week (2008) and Institutional Investor (2013).
The winner receives the Bloom Cup trophy and individual medallions for each player, and bragging rights that they are the best team in New York media softball.
The ninth NYMSL regular season has ended. Defending champions High Times won the pennant with a 11-1 record, followed by Wall Street Journal (9-3), Forbes (7-5), WNYC (6-6), the Bullets (formerly DC Comics; 4-8), and Institutional Investor and Chartbeat both at 3-9.
The playoffs will take place on Sept. 19 at Heckscher Playground in Central Park (Fields 1 and 2), starting at 1 pm. Here are the playoff match-ups:
NYC (4) @ HT (1)
FB (3) @ WSJ (2)
The winners of the semifinals will meet in the championship game. The losers will play in the consolation game.
For High Times, the fourth time was a charm as they finally defeated Wall St. Journal after three tries in the New York Media Softball Leaguechampionship game, 11-5, held on Sept. 13 in Central Park's Great Lawn.
It was a classic High Times-Wall St. Journal battle. WSJ built a 2-0 lead, but fell behind 3-2 and 5-2 going into the final frame. They gamely fought back and tied the score with two outs.
The teams took 13 inning to resolve the 2012 title match (WSJ won that one 7-5). This time, HT knocked in a pair of runs in the 9th and then their rightfielder socked a three-run home run. When WSJ went silent in the final frame, the Bonghitters celebration began with the singing of their theme song, "Ol' Bong Game" (sung the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame").
The tournament kicked off at 10 am with the semifinal contests. WSJ walloped DC Comics 22-5 and HT pulled away from Forbes with eight runs in the last three innings for a 9-1 win. (FB beat DC 10-5 in the consolation game.) The stage was set for yet another HT-WSJ showdown.
Last year HT shut out WSJ before losing the final to newcomer Institutional Investor. The prior three years WSJ dispatched HT. Until this year, HT's only title came in 2007, the league's first.