For the first time in seven seasons, the Championship Banner is waving from a USA franchise. The Sea Gulls of Duluth defeated the Owen Sound Waveriders in a six-game series. Duluth advanced after a victorious six-game series against the Milwaukee Eages.
The Duluth Sea Gulls won their first ever USA Championship with an 82-62 record than rallied from 0-2 to finally overtake the back-to-back Great Lakes League Champs, the Chicago Architects, in a tight seven-game series for the rights to represent the USA in the Championship Series. Having scored 563 runs they had offense enough to get the job done, but would the pitching hold up?