Stockholm has won the Swedish Elitserien championship after defeating defending champion Karlskoga Bats three-games-to-one in the series final.
With the series tied at one game each, Stockholm exploded for 13 runs, including eight in the fourth inning alone, in Game 3. The 13-3 win gave Stockholm a 2-1 lead in the series and put them one win away from their fourth championship in the past six years.
Daniel Wood hit a three-run home run for Stockholm, while Michael Maples (2-for-4) drove in four runs including three on a bases loaded double. Elvis Hammarstedt added three hits of his own including a triple.
Stockholm would finish off the series with a 6-2 win in Game 4. Alex Keenen pitched six innings allowing just two runs on four hits to pick up the win. Arvid Carlstedt finished off the last three innings to pick up the save.
Matt Merrifield led the offense going 3-for-5, while Peter Johannessen (2-for-4) picked up a couple of RBI in the win.
Alex Keenen was named the MVP of the finals. He pitched two games, winning both, and allowed just two runs in 12 innings. Overall in the playoffs, Keenen went 3-0 with an ERA of just 1.00.
Photo: Swedish Baseball Federation
2013 Swedish Elitserien Championship:
Stockholm 3, Karlskoga 5
Stockholm 4, Karlskoga 0
Karlskoga 3, Stockholm 13 (7)
Karlskoga 2, Stockholm 6
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