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The Intellivision Baseball League returns April 3! Here are details on this season:
The season will consist of 12 weeks, including two inter-network weeks.
The Spartans will host regular season inter-network games for the first time.
The first inter-network game will be a rematch of last year's championship series: Armada at Beamriders
Opposing teams will both wear color uniforms for select games.
Each team will have two bye weeks during the season.
The championship series will take place on June 26.
Shortly after each game is completed, its video will be posted to the league's YouTube channel http://bit.ly/intytube.
Videos will reflect the speed and sounds of the live game for the first time in league history!
Live game updates will be available on Twitter @intysports.
The league's website has been updated with the following new content:
Expanded standings
List of the league's greatest games
Reviews of past seasons
The league's shirt has been updated for this season.
The league is looking for someone to review the game videos and compile team stats for the website. The amount of stats to be compiled would be decided by the statistician.
The league is also looking for someone with a vivid imagination to write stories and provide analysis about the league for a blog. Please PM me if you are interested in these positions.
Schedule and more details are available on the league's website: http://bit.ly/ibl17
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Less than a week to go before opening day! Here's a preview of the teams:

 

Beamriders
What is there to say about the best team in the league? They have already started building a dynasty in the league's short existence. With a 21-7 overall record in the regular season, they have what they need to fly high again this season and capture their fourth Action Network Championship. Getting their third league championship might not be so easy. The Battle Network continues to remain tough, and the Beamriders were close to being dethroned by the Armada in last year's championship series.
Ghosts
This young team had a successful first season last year with big bats and high speed base running. They tied the record for most runs in a single game last season scoring six runs in two different games. All of last year's losses were only by a run. This year they are focusing on having a big offense and an even scarier defense.
Smash
They had another mediocre season last year, with a good start and an inconsistent finish. They need to improve their offense and tighten up their defense.
Snakes
After falling short of the Action Network Championship in 2015, their offense in 2016 had no bite, only scoring 5 runs all season and were shut out in all of their six losses. Their pitching and defense were good at keeping games close, so if their offense can improve, they can be dangerous.
Mutants
This team needs a lot of work after having three losing seasons, and only one win last year. Like the Snakes, they can keep games close, but really need to stay focused to improve their offense and to minimize errors.
Armada
They emerged as champions of the highly competitive Battle Network with a surprising six-game win streak in the middle of last season. During that win streak, they had three shutouts and only gave up three runs. They were two runs short of being league champions in the closest IBL league championship series ever. As long as their pitching and defense stays at the level it was last year, they should easily repeat as champions.
Bombers
They had a good start last year, but hit a four-game losing skid mid-season to kill their hopes of being back-to-back network champions. Their tough defense might not be enough anymore to get them back to championship form. They need to improve their offense to compete with the rest of the teams.
Deadly Dogs
The other new team in the league struggled to get it going, but then their offense caught fire with a five-game win streak while their defense held tough to give them a respectable first season. If their young hitters can stay hot, they can hurt the veteran teams.
River Raiders
They were edged out of the network championship last season, however they are a team on the rise. They need to be more consistent both on offense and defense if they want to make it to the championship series.
Spartans
They have the players and good potential, but they need to improve their pitching, tighten up their defense and play consistently to avoid another losing season.
Interesting stats:
Each of the past three seasons, the Battle Network has ended with only a two game difference between first place and last place. It looks to be just as competitive this year!
Each of the past league championship series has gone all three games. No two-game sweeps yet!
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What an opening day! The Snakes got some big hits while getting lucky on Smash errors to get a run in the first inning. The Smash crushed some hits to tie it 1-1 in the 3rd inning, then took a 2-1 lead in the 5th. The Snakes bit back in the 8th to tie it 2-2 on another Smash error. The Smash got a break on a bad fielder's choice by the Snakes' catcher to take a 3-2 lead in the 8th and hold on to win.

 

Game is on the league's YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/intytube

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A mostly quiet game turned explosive at the end! The Bombers got a run in the 3rd and held it until the Spartans broke through and tied it in the 8th. It stayed tied until the 11th when the Spartans crushed a two run home run to take a 3-1 lead. The Bombers battled back in the bottom of the 11th and scored a run, but their attack was shot down by the Spartans as they win 3-2.

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Tough game today, the only run came in the 7th when the Ghosts got some big hits and scored on an error by the Mutants shortstop. Except for a few errors by both teams, pitching and defense were generally solid. Only one runner safely reached 3rd base all game.

 

Links to watch the games will be on twitter @intysports

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Another tough game today. The Deadly Dogs got some hits for a run in the 3rd inning. They held on to that lead until the River Raiders crushed the first pitch of the 8th inning for a home run to left center. The game remained tied 1-1 to the 10th inning when the River Raiders layed down a bunt to win 2-1.

 

That's all four games this week decided by one run!

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Redundant, yes i know.. but this is a lot more fun than it has any right to be. Can i steal this as a very minor subplot in book 4? The resident... scottish red head lesbian vampire retro gamer... (every man alive likes at least two of those words) is established as an Intellivison fan, and though this book takes place in 2018... I wanna steal this as a running minor plot point.

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Redundant, yes i know.. but this is a lot more fun than it has any right to be. Can i steal this as a very minor subplot in book 4? The resident... scottish red head lesbian vampire retro gamer... (every man alive likes at least two of those words) is established as an Intellivison fan, and though this book takes place in 2018... I wanna steal this as a running minor plot point.

If you think this is fun now, wait until the drama of June when teams fight for a spot in the league championship series!

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The Bombers took advantage of slow Deadly Dogs defense to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Dogs got some hits in the 4th to get a run, then took a 3-2 lead in the 5th on a combination of big hits and small ball. The Dogs defense shot down the Bombers from there to hold on to win.

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