The top four teams in the Austrian Baseball League were only separated by a mere three games in the standings at the end of the regular season. The Vienna Metrostars finished atop the league with a 14-6 record but were followed closely behind by the Vienna Wanderers and Dornbirn Indians both at 13-7. Rounding out the top four was the Stock City Cubs at 11-9.
The Metrostars took on the Cubs in one half of the semifinal match ups with the Wanderers and Indians in the other. Both semifinal matches started out with splits the opening weekend. The Metrostars and Indians would both prevail in six games sending them to the 2014 championship. There would be a new champion crowned with the Indians ending the Wanderers title defense.
That champion would need seven games to claim the title and they did so in dominating fashion in the end. The title would wind up staying in Vienna as the Metrostars claimed their first title since 2003. They stormed back trailing 3-games-to-2 in the best-of-seven series by winning games six and seven by 10-0 scores.
JT Hilliard and Jakob Simonsen both pitched complete game shutouts to clinch the title for the Metrostars. The series was a back and forth affair until the final two games with the two teams trading wins.
Final Regular Season ABL Standings:
1. Vienna Metrostars 14-6
2. Vienna Wanderers 13-7
2. Dornbirn Indians 13-7
4. Stock City Cubs 11-9
5. Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 8-12
6. Attnang Athletics 1-19
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