It was a wild post-season for the wild card team from the ‘north country’. The team was ready to follow up their inaugural championship season with a second banner, this time under the direction of GM Rob Larmer.
The Caribou opened the playoffs on the road and promptly lost 4-2 to the Hamilton Mounties (95-49). The Mounties, nor the league, had no idea that win #96 would be the last one for 2024 as Thunder Bay quickly assumed control of the series and breezed to a 4-1 LCS win. They would face the Detroit T-Birds and their juggernaut offensive in the Championship Series.
Opening on the road they, again, lost the opener by the score of 6-2. They held a 3-1 lead in game two before Detroit exploded for 5 runs in the final two at bats to win it, 6-5.
Game 3 was the key to the series for both teams. The game lasted 6 hours and 4 minutes before a winner surfaced in the 17th inning. Detroit was efficient against Thunder Bay pitching leaving only 4 men on base. The Caribou let opportunity after opportunity to win at home slip away, often times with runners on 3rd base and 0 outs.
Finally, Fred Darrach, 0 for 8 with 5 LOB, drilled a single to score Cooper Corrigan and the Caribou had their first win of the series.
Again, none of us had an inkling that the T-Birds would not win another contest as Thunder Bay won the next 3 games clinching in Detroit, the only road win of the series as the Caribou won all three October affairs.
Larmer is not your ordinary GM as he maintains a second career when not tending to the demands of the ball club. He’s a Canadian dairy farmer who names his cows. Congrats to Rob on his 2024 season!