Stockholm clinched first place in the Swedish Elite Division for 2013 by taking an away doubleheader from second place Karlskoga Saturday. But it wasn’t just that they won, it was the way they totally overpowered (demolished) last year’s champions, at their diamond.
Stockholm took the first game 14-1, called in eight innings because of the mercy rule.
Game 2 was called after 5 innings, with Stockholm ahead 22-0.
Stockholm has won the Swedish Championships two out of the past three years, but Karlskoga is no pushover. They won last year’s championships, and at the beginning of the day Saturday were just one half game behind Stockholm in the standings.
This coming Saturday Stockholm plays two games against fifth place Alby, games which are less than vital as Stockholm now has a 2.5 game lead over second place Karlskoga. But Saturday’s other doubleheader is very important for Karlskoga and their opponents Leksand, as Leksand is just a half game behind Karlskoga and the outcome of those games will determine who finishes in second and third place.
The top four teams go on to the play-offs. Sundbyberg is in fourth place currently and plays two games against last place Göteborg on Saturday. Should Leksand lose two, and Sundbyberg win two, they might switch places in the final standings.
Even if the four teams in the play-offs are already determined, the final standings are important, because they determine home field advantage in the play-offs (which open on August 24)