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Week 8 Recap

In the penultimate week of the season, all the playoff spots were locked up. There were some tight games and some shocking upsets. Here is what happened: 

Nasrids v Ottomans:
 The Nasrid were looking to complete a miracle and squeeze into the playoffs but the Ottomans had other ideas. The Nasrids were held scoreless through 6 innings before they were able to get two in the final inning. The Ottomans came out slow but got a huge 7 run 4th that put the game out of reach. The Ottomans played small ball and came away with the victory. The Nasrids post season hopes officially came to an end. 
Final Score: Nasrids - 2, Ottomans - 12
              Star of the Game - Junaid Mirza - Click to watch POTG Video

Ayyubids v Seljuqs: Both teams came out with hot bats and broke a BSL record for combined runs scored in a game even though they only played 4 innings. Ayyubids jumped out to an early lead with a 7 run mercy but the Seljuqs replied with 5 of their own. The Ayyubids put up 6 runs in the final inning to go up 19-18 but the Seljuqs rallied with single after single to bring around the winning run to walk off with the winning run. Imran Merchant finished with with 4 RBIs including the game winner.
Final Score: Ayyubids - 19, Seljuqs - 22        Star of the Game - Imran Merchant

Nasrids v Ayyubids: While the Nasrids had nothing to play for, they wanted to be the spoilers to fellow family. They took on the Ayyubids and finally got their bats going. Down 4-1, the Nasrids rallied to score 10 runs in the 4th and 5th on big hits from the bottom of the order to give them the win. Taqi Ahmed and Asim Waheed came through in the second last game of the season. The Ayyubids with the two losses fall down to 4th while the Nasrids look to play spoiler again next week. 
Final Score: Nasrids - 12, Ayyubids- 6       
 Stars of the Game - Asim Waheed/Taqi Ahmed Click to watch POTG Video

Seljuqs v Ottomans: In a crucial match up for the standings, the Ottomans jumped out to an early 3-1 lead. The Seljuqs mounted a comeback in the 4th with a 6 run inning. The Turks replied back with another 6 run inning of their own capped off by a Shaheen Limbada homerun. The Seljuqs were down by 2 on their last out and rallied to take a 14-13 lead. The Ottomans got a man on with Rehan Ahmad up, who went yard to walk off with the victory and lock up third place for the Ottomans. 
Final score: Seljuqs - 14, Ottomans - 15      Star of the Game - Shaheen Limbada/Rehan Ahmad Click to watch POTG Video

Sultans v Abbasids
: In a do or die game for both teams, this game had the makings of a tight one all the way. The Sultans jumped out to a huge 8-1 lead through two innings on huge RBIs hits by Shamil Khadaroo but were blanked the rest of the way. The Abbasids mounted a late game comeback and found themselves down 4 in the final at-bat. Orange was able to get 3 across with the winning run on base with two outs for Omair Zuberi who popped up to end the game. The Sultans lock up a playoff spot with the win and the Abbasids once again finish at the bottom of the tables.  
Final Score: Sultans - 8, Abbasids - 7    
     Star of the Game -   Shamil Khadaroo

Mughals v Mamluks: In a huge matchup of first vs second, the Mughals found themselves down to 9 men while the Mamluks looked to continue their streak. The Mughals started off with a 4 run first on a grand slam by Ismail Akhter. The Mamluks however replied with 6 runs on 4 homeruns. The Mughals continued to tack on runs every inning while the Mamluks were only able to find another 4 runs in the 4th inning. The Mughals continued their small ball and shut down the Mamluks in the final 3 innings to get the win and break the streak. 
Final score: Mughals - 14, Mamluks - 10     
 Star of the Game - Zahid Merchant Click to watch POTG Video

Mamluks v Abbasids: In a meaningless game for both sides, the Mamluks were looking for vengeance after their first loss and took it out on the poor Abbasids. The Green machine put up back to back 7 run innings to put this game away. Omer Chaudhry and Shahzad Ahmed homered for the Mamluks who looked in cruise control. The Abbasids only bright spot on the day was striking out Mamluks top hitters. Apart from that, they didn't get any extra base hits. Both teams close out the season next week and the Abbasids will be looking for the soccer cleats to prepared for BISL.  
Final score: Mamluks - 21, Abbasids - 6    
 Star of the Game - Omer Chaudhry Click to watch POTG Video

Mughals v Sultans:
 The Mughals magic number was one coming into this game to lock up the second seed while the Sultans still had hopes of moving up the standings. This one turned into a pitchers dual as both teams had only scored 2 runs total through 4 innings and ironically it was both pitchers that scored those runs. The Mughals offense woke up in the 4th for 3 runs and then another 5 in the 7th on homeruns by Nadeem Hussain and Ismail Akhter. The Sultans rallied for a pair of runs in the 6th and 7th but it wasn't enough. Both teams advance to the playoffs but the Sultans will have to play a wild card game to make the semis.  
Final score: Mughals - 9, Sultans - 5   
 Star of the Game - Nadeem Hussain 

That wraps up week 8. The playoff match ups are all set with only the final regular season left as a dress rehersal.