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Micksburg Twins looking for championship Thursday night

Jamie Bramburger

By Jamie Bramburger, Special to The Daily Observer

Micksburg's Joran Graham lets loose against West Carleton Electric during the first game of the playoffs for the Mickburg Twins held Wednesday evening, Sept. 7 in Micksburg. The pitching of Graham and Corey Costello combined  shut down the Electric 6-0.

Micksburg's Joran Graham lets loose against West Carleton Electric during the first game of the playoffs for the Mickburg Twins held Wednesday evening, Sept. 7 in Micksburg. The pitching of Graham and Corey Costello combined shut down the Electric 6-0.

The Micksburg Twins are getting used to long lay-offs. After almost three weeks of waiting on the sidelines, the Twins will play for a championship Thursday night in the Greater Ottawa Men’s Fastball League. The Twins will host the Kars Aces with two chances to win their first league title in three years.

The Twins are 3 and 0 in the league championship double knockout round robin tournament, meaning they just need to win one more game against the Aces, who advanced to the final with a 9-4 win over the Quyon Flyers on Sunday afternoon. If the Aces can beat the Twins on Thursday night in the first game of a potential doubleheader, the teams will play a second game to decide the championship.

When the two teams met on September 8, the Twins won 10-6 despite falling behind in the game 5-1. That was the last time the Twins played.

Micksburg will again rely on the pitching tandem of Joran Graham and Cory Costello, who both have the ability to shut down the best hitters in the league. The Aces will counter with their ace, Brad Porter, who was on the mound for Kars when they knocked Quyon out of the tournament on the weekend.

The Aces are led by Nick Ellis who led the league with 8 homeruns and 21 runs batted in during the regular season. His hot hitting has continued in the playoffs. He hit a 3-run home run off of Graham in the lone meeting the two teams have had in the post-season.

The Twins have made it to the championship game the past two seasons, but fell short to the eventual league champion, I4C Victory, based in Manotick. I4C Victory bowed out of the playoffs this year when they withdrew because of a number of significant player injuries.

It will be an early start in Micksburg when the two teams take the field. The first pitch will be 7 p.m. with the second game scheduled for 9 p.m., if it is needed. A large crowd is expected as another fastball season comes to a close.