Best SC Reliever Named

Wednesday, November 21st, 2040
His manager and teammates call Celain Buckland a true bullpen ace.

The Shire Conference calls him the winner of the Gwaihir Reliever Award for 2040.

The Bywater Bounders relief specialist out of Rhun, Unknown Lands, won the award with 43 saves in 72 relief appearances, 94 strikeouts in 73.2 innings and 25 walks.

He compiled a record of 8 wins and 3 losses and had a 1.10 ERA.

He received 22 first place votes out of a possible 24. Arwuwyn Tebrimir of the Mirkwood Sylvan finished second in voting, while Tigia Sawen of the Rivendell Royals finished third.

Old Forest-Land of Oz Trade: Greenthumb for Guido

Monday, November 19th, 2040
Reports have surfaced that Old Forest has agreed to send 34-year-old RHP Gilly Greenthumb, 22-year-old minor league LHP Li-zhi Oyama, 23-year-old minor league RHP Hedi McAtee and 19-year-old minor league SS Jung-heum Armcrawler to the Land of Oz Munchkins in exchange for 26-year-old RHP P.J. Guido, 20-year-old minor league RHP Slobodan Elvawen and 23-year-old RHP Ugrog Sildshul. “It’s a done deal,” said one executive speaking on the condition of anonymity. “I’m surprised word got around so quickly. We just signed off on this an hour ago.” The deal apparently is awaiting physicals before an official announcement is made by either team.

Greenthumb has a career 80-95 mark with a 3.55 ERA. He has fanned 1092 batters, issued 379 walks, pitched 1707.2 innings and limited the opposition to a .260 batting average.

Old Forest Trades Paddywhack for Moria’s Ogredragger

Monday, November 19th, 2040
The Merry Fellows and Miners confirmed this afternoon that a trade had been agreed upon. In the deal, Old Forest will get 25-year-old RHP Bolgag Ogredragger and 23-year-old RHP Devrim Brun, while Moria will receive 34-year-old RHP Garon Paddywhack, 19-year-old minor league RHP Tevrat the Squeaker and 22-year-old minor league LHP Seok-ki Rostotsky.

In his career Paddywhack has 181 wins and 123 losses and a 3.31 ERA.

Since coming into the league Ogredragger has piled up a 2.73 ERA with 94 saves. In 185 games, he has a 15-21 won-lost mark and has fanned 169 batters in 191.1 innings.

Old Forest Merry Fellows Ship Headstrong to Moria

Monday, November 19th, 2040
It is being reported in Moria that the Miners and the Old Forest Merry Fellows have agreed on a trade. According to anonymous sources 37-year-old RHP Galugol Eliolas and 24-year-old minor league C David Millstone will be dealt to the Merry Fellows in return for 31-year-old SS Justin Headstrong and 20-year-old minor league RHP Do-hyung Legera.

Looking at his career stats, Headstrong is batting .270 and has totaled 78 home runs.

So far in his career, the 37-year-old Eliolas has put up a 2.88 ERA with 270 wins and 129 losses.

Combs Removed; Fired by Erebor Eagles

Monday, November 12th, 2040
Reports surfaced earlier today that Erebor Eagles manager Wallace Combs might not hold on to his job much longer. A few hours later, the team confirmed those rumors and announced that Combs had been dismissed.

“We’re not totally shocked,” one player said. “You could feel the tension every day at the ballpark. We all knew something had to give, and now it has.”

Team officials said a list of candidates has been prepared and the process of finding a new manager would begin soon. They declined to discuss potential candidates.

Bywater Wins Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Association Championship!

Saturday, November 10th, 2040
It’s official! The Bywater Bounders are the proud possessors of the Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Association championship trophy. They claimed it with a 6-3 win over the Land of Oz Munchkins to defeat them in the series 4-0. The Bounders manager said, “This is the perfect end to a perfect season.” Commenting on the year he continued, “We had good players … and that’s the bottom line. They worked hard, played hard, hustled … and they had fun.” During the Shire Conference Hobbit Division regular season, Bywater finished first in the standings with a record of 92-70.

Bywater Tops Isengard

Sunday, November 4th, 2040
With a 5-1 win over the Isengard Raiders at Orthanc Stadium today, the Bywater Bounders wrapped up their 2nd title in team history.

The Bounders left little doubt who was the better team. Celebrating a banner year, “team” was the word of the day in the victorious clubhouse after the game.

“Hitting, pitching, fielding; those are all things you need to win, but most importantly you need a team, a team that works together toward the same collective goal,” said Bywater manager Girith of Rhun. “Our players felt that way all year, and they played that way. When one guy had an off day, 24 others stepped up their game and filled the void.”

A jovial mood filled the air as Bywater celebrated into the night. The city’s mayor said parade plans were underway and a “huge celebration” would be in order.

“I hope they have a big celebration,” Isengard manager Golmazh Headgobber said. “They deserved to win this series and they deserve to celebrate it.”

Bywater Takes Two Towers Series in Deciding Game

Friday, October 26th, 2040
The Bywater Bounders are heading to the Return of the King Series, having narrowly defeated the Lake Town Archers.

Bywater edged Lake Town in the series 4-3, with a win at The Water Park in the clinching game by a 6-5 margin.

Ferdinand *Puttifoot turned in a strong offensive performance for the Bounders and got series MVP for his efforts.

“I’ll never turn down another trophy for my mantle, another accomplishment to remember once my career is over,” he said. “What I would really remember, though, is a Return of the King Series win.”

It remains to be seen how the playoffs will conclude, but if *Puttifoot continues to swing a hot bat, his team will no doubt have a chance.

For the series, he hit .480 with a .533 on-base percentage. He had 4 home runs, 7 RBI and scored 7 runs.

The Bywater Bounders will play against the Isengard Raiders in the next round. Isengard won their series against the Ravenhill Darkwings 4 games to 1. The Return of the King Series schedule will be announced after the Two Towers Series finishes.

Isengard Moves on to Return of the King Series

Wednesday, October 24th, 2040
Fans of the Ravenhill Darkwings groaned when Ragnar *Stonecutter III stepped up to the plate in the Two Towers Series.

And for good reason too, as the Isengard Raiders player was instrumental in guiding his team to a 4-1 series win over the Darkwings.

The series was clinched tonight at The Ballpark at Helms Deep, with Isengard coming out on top 5-2 in the deciding game.

*Stonecutter III’s strong series included a .500 batting average, with a .522 on-base percentage. He had 2 home runs, drove in 4 RBI and scored 4 runs.

The Isengard Raiders don’t know who they will face in the next round. They will play the winner of the Lake Town Archers – Bywater Bounders series. Lake Town leads the series 3 games to 2. The Return of the King Series schedule will be announced after the Two Towers Series finishes.

Ravenhill Takes Fellowship Series in Deciding Game

Wednesday, October 17th, 2040
The sweet swing of Forerunner *Baggins has led his team through the Fellowship Series.

The Ravenhill Darkwings star earned series MVP honors as his club downed the Dunharrow Devils to advance to the Two Towers Series.

The Darkwings won the final game at The Ballpark at Helms Deep by a score of 7-3 and the series 4-3.

“I’m seeing the ball well and happy to contribute to a win,” said *Baggins. “I hope it continues for the rest of the playoffs.”

For the series, *Baggins hit .357 with a .379 on-base percentage. He had 4 home runs, drove in 7 RBI and scored 4 runs.

The Ravenhill Darkwings will play against the Isengard Raiders in the next round. Isengard won their series against the Lothlorien Lumberjacks 4 games to 3. The Two Towers Series schedule will be announced after the Fellowship Series finishes.