Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wrapcity saves a final bullet for 14-13 win

Ultimate champs in a repeat

Down early and playing without one of its best two-way threats, Wrapcity still managed to keep a final bullet in its holster for a 14-13 triumph over Board Bin in Thursday's Ultimate Frisbee league finale.

With darkness falling Garrett "The Bullet" Hildebrand streaked down the Atkinson Park field and caught a pass from Sonny Poppler. The scoring play broke a 13-13 tie, with the game capped at 14 because of darkness, and meant Wrapcity swept a marvelously tight three-game season series with Board Bin.

It didn't seem that Wrapcity had a chance to repeat its league championship when offensive and defensive stalwart Mike "Payno" Payne went down early with a hammy pull—and Board Bin went ahead 7-4 at the half on the newly-mulched Ketchum field.

Helping Board Bin build its early lead were a pair of scores by offensive weapon Averell Tian, and the quick, steady passing of C.J. Pierce, Kate Randall and Lucy Chubb. But Wrapcity regrouped at intermission, shifted the momentum and reeled off four unanswered points to lead 8-7.

The two, well-matched teams traded points until Chubb's catch from Pierce put Board Bin ahead 13-12. Wrapcity was non-plussed by Board Bin's zone defense and put together four passes to dice through the defense for a 13-13 deadlock.

Championship point was an exciting one as both teams had great chances to score. Pierce sent a beautiful knifing forehand to a Tian, and the disc landed just past his dive. Wrapcity couldn't penetrate the excellent defense of Board Bin Jim Slanetz. Then Hildebrand caught the game winner.

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