Wild Things and Pony Baseball Seasons Conclude
Wald, Bruce, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
After making the playoffs for six consecutive years, the Washington Wild Things face their first off-season after a losing season.
The team reached the Frontier League championship round in its inaugural 2002 season and in 2007.
The Wild Things went 43-53 this season after a 48-48 showing in 2008.
In 2007, Washington owned a 2-0 lead in the finals against Windy City of Crestwood, Ill., before losing three consecutive games in the best-of-five series to the Thunderbolts.
The Wild Things have not returned to the postseason since. Washington lost in four games to the Richmond (Ind.) Roosters in the 2002 finals and lost four consecutive first-round playoff series before the 2007 heartbreaker.
During the regular season, the Wild Things led the Frontier League in each of their first five seasons in single-season victories with 59, 63, 62, 54, and 56 wins. In the 2007 regular season, Washington went 55-40.
Coinciding with Washington's consistent success on the field has been tremendous fan support. The Wild Things played to more than 150,000 fans for the eighth consecutive season. They have sold out 200 of 291 games.
Also a fixture in the community, Consol Energy Park has been the site of all four divisions of the WPIAL baseball championships since 2004. One bright spot in 2009 is that the Wild Things finished the season with an 8-5 victory over the Florence Freedom, the first time the team has won its final game of the season.
Washington's designated hitter Jacob Dempsey was the Wild Things' lone selection to the Frontier League's all-star team. …