The New England Collegiate Baseball League has crowned a new, long-waiting champion.
The oldest active team in the circuit, the Danbury Westerners became the kings of the NECBL for the first time in the organization’s 26-year history after completing a two-game sweep of the North Shore Navigators with last Thursday’s 8-4 win at Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass.
Despite finishing just 1 ½ games behind first-place Martha’s Vineyard in the Southern Division, Danbury won the title as a No. 4 seed, avenging four previous defeats while playing for the Fay Vincent Sr. Cup. The win also avenged a Finals loss on the very same field in 2010, two years before the organization’s most recent chance at the crown against six-time champion Newport.
The series featured a tale of two different games, but the Westerners came from behind to win both and capture what felt like an elusive first-ever crown.