NEW ENGLAND -- A crime scene in New England is left behind for Dylan Simonds to solve. He takes over the Hawks seven years ago when they were awful, best described as a “32-story building without stairs or elevators.” That doesn’t matter for the 16-year-old, the youngest owner in BVL history. As a child, he witnesses his father’s tears whose teams who are beaten five times in the World Series by the Robert Fermann-led Might Diamonds.
For the young Simonds, the dream of slaying his father’s tormentor, now seven years old, is now in hand.
Arriving to the finals wasn’t simple. New England and Mr. Fermann’s Banksville club had to win their last regular season game. The Dogs beat NYC to win the American flag on a tie-breaker while the Hawks defeat Homestead on the road to clinch the National and host G1 of the World Series. The Greys would host G1 with a win.
Banksville survives the Scrappers in a tough five-game Yogi series.
Despite New England’s dominance during the regular season (5-1), Atlantic City oddsmakers peg the Dogs slight favorites. “The regular is meaningless,” said scribe Slick Rhodes. “You’re a fool to bet money against Mike Trout.”
For Trout, this is his third World Series. He fails to get a ring in 1941 and 1943 and tells close friends nothing matters more than having a BVL World Series ring.
A ring for Trout appears promising. The Dogs take the first two games on the road and return home for the last scheduled games at the Kennel (before its implosion). Trout thrills the home crowd in G4 when his solo homer ties the game in the 9th. But the home crowds are all disappointed in the end: the visitors win every game, including G5 in which the Dogs blow a 4-2 lead in the 9th.
With the road warrior mentality set to play, the visiting Dogs force a G7 with a 10-3 laugher in G6.
In the dramatic conclusion, Jacob deGrom, whom the Hawks pay heavily to get, throws a complete-game gem for the ages, a 1-0, 12-strikeout performance. And the lone run? That comes without the courtesy of an RBI.
Tim Locastro, the ex-Knight who got hit by more pitches than he had steals (9-7), starts the 7th inning with a double. He ponders a gutsy call. “(Kenta) Maeda wasn’t paying any attention my way,” said Locastro, rubbing the champagne from his eyes. “With no outs, no one was expecting me to steal third. Well, that’s what I was gonna do.”
There goes Locastro, stunning the everyone in the park, bolting for third with all the horsepower his legs can supply. Omar Narvaez’s throw is high and sails into the outfield. Locastro gets up from his slide and trots home to a hero’s welcome.
In the 9th, deGrom allows a leadoff single to Ketel Marte. Up next: the meat of the Banksville order: Trout, Josh Bell and Jorge Soler. deGrom strikes out the first two sides of that meat and retires slugger Soler on a grounder.
“Dad, you’ve been avenged,” cries the young Simonds to the older. The dream is now real.