Previous Grand Championship League (GCL) tournament round one recaps:
Here’s what happened in Games 7 and 8 (if Game 8 was necessary; these are best-of-nine series), as seven teams forced decisive Game 9s for tomorrow night. One of those teams, the 25th-ranked USBL Historicals taking on #8 ASBA, has rallied from a 4-0 series deficit to force Game 9.
ABL wins, 5-1
ULB wins, 5-2: ULB finished off a major upset with a 6-3 win in Game 7.
NBL wins, 5-2: NBL’s 9-2 victory in Game 7 sent them through to Round 2.
SBC wins, 5-0
WBL wins, 5-1
Corporate wins, 5-1
Tied, 4-4: ASBA bats were again silent in Game 7 as USBL prevailed, 2-0, after 1-0 wins in Games 5 and 6. In Game 8, USBL carried a 7-3 lead into the top of the ninth and then nearly threw away the game, and the series, as ASBA scored on a pair of singles, a walk, two wild pitches, and an error.
However, USBL held on for a 7-6 victory to force a Game 9 and the possibility that they could come all the way back from being down, 4 games to none, in the series.
RANZBA wins, 5-3: A series that has seen plenty of late-inning drama witnessed more of it in Game 7 as BSA scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to win, 3-2. However, RANZBA finished off their upset in Game 8 with a 6-4 victory.
Tied, 4-4: PaTP staved off elimination in dramatic fashion as LBNA led, 2-1, going into the bottom of the 13th inning in Game 7. PaTP tied the game and had the bases loaded with two outs when a fielding error allowed the winning run to score.
Perhaps rejuvenated by the thrilling victory, PaTP took a commanding 7-1 win in Game 8 to force Game 9.
Paramount wins, 5-2: Paramount finished off the Meatballs with a 9-1 feast in Game 7.