For the first time in franchise history, the Marlins are headed to the senior league championship. However, the path there was anything but easy. Despite getting out to an enormous 9-1 lead heading into the bottom of the second, the Monarchs never backed down and scored four to make it 9-5 after two.
Anderson Traverse gave the Marlins what seemed like a small insurance run in the top of the fourth, but the Monarchs would score three in the bottom half on a passed ball, a Thomas Hancock RBI single, and a Tyler Gardner RBI groundout. The Marlins would take those three runs right back in the fifth, thanks to an Adam Tilley RBI single and a Zac Fagan two run single, but once again, the Monarchs came back swinging just as hard, and after a two run error, and a pair of passed balls, the Monarchs trailed by just one run.
The Marlins scored a huge 14th run on a fielder's choice in the top of the sixth, but in the bottom half, the Monarchs would score two on an error, and for the first time all game, the Marlins were without the lead.
In the top of the seventh, Marlins leadoff hitter Anderson Traverse would get to first on a walk, before an errant pickoff attempt advanced him to second. Another pickoff attempt that went into centerfield got him to third, and while the center fielder tried to get him out at third, the ball was airmailed into the dugout, allowing Traverse to score the go ahead (and ultimately winning run) to give the Marlins a 15-14 win and send them to the championships just as they drew it up.