The Chicago Gems competed in the 2007 Roy Hobbs World Series, held in Ft. Myers, Florida October 24-27. The Gems were represented by Amy, Joelle, Brenda, Annie, Jill, Sofi, Megan, Peggy Sue, Lauren, Jen L and Jamie. The Gems were joined by Susan the Eastern Women's Baseball Conference (DC), and Charlene from the Philadelphia WBL. The Gems were managed by Bill and Jason.
The Gems started the Roy Hobbs Women's World Series with a win, defeating the Pac West Wildcats 17-10 under the lights at Lee County Stadium. The Gems scored two in the top of the first to get out to an early lead. Pac West came right back bats booming in the bottom of the inning with 7 runs of their own. The Gems scored a run in the bottom of the second to chip away, then exploded for seven of their own in the third. Pac West scored in the bottom of the inning to even the score at 10. The score remained 10-all until the sixth, when the Gems plated 7. Pac West scored two in their half, then the game was called due to time limit. Gems win! Leadoff hitter Annie scored three runs and drove in three. Sofi went 3-4, Jamie drilled a double (and also got drilled by a pitch to drive in a run) and Charlene helped herself, going 2-3 with two walks and 2 RBI. Lauren made two stellar defensive plays in the outfield and Amy was a stone wall behind the plate.
Thursday was not the Gems day, as they dropped a double-header to the two teams that eventually met in the finals. The three-year defending champion Red Sox defeated the Gems 13-1 in the first game. The Gems took on the California Sabres in the late afternoon game. The Gems scored 5 runs in the top of the first, then added two to take an early 7-1 lead. The Sabres kept chipping away, but the Gems entered the bottom of the 7th still holding a 7-4 lead. The Sabres erupted for 4 runs for the comeback victory.
The Gems needed to win their final pool play game to ensure they made it to the playoffs, and they did, defeating the Orlando Heat 12-6. The Heat jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after their half of the first, but the Gems grabbed the lead with a 9-run third and never looked back. Jen L came in with runners on second and third with one out and slammed the door on a threat. The Heat just managed one run over the next four innings off Jen L, aka Nomo. Charlene, Susan, Sofi, Peggy Sue and Jen L all drove in runs.
The Gems 2-2 record got them into the playoffs, where they met the #2 seed Chicago Pioneers. Each team scored a few runs early, then the bats came alive in the sixth, with the Gems scoring five and the Pioneers six. The Gems took a one-run lead into the seventh, but couldn't hold it, giving up the tying run. They came right back and scored a run in the eighth. The Pioneers threatened, but Charlene snagged a liner back up the middle then doubled the runner off second to end the game.
The Gems played the New England Red Sox in the semi-finals Saturday morning. The Gems fought hard and played a good game, but the Red Sox bats were booming. Final score 13-1. The Red Sox won their fourth championship later that day. The Gems finished the ten-team tournament with a record of 3-3 and their only loses were to the two teams (Red Sox and Sabres) that played in the finals. Charlene was named the team MVP for pitching 3 complete games (two victories and we blew a third for her) and her outstanding hitting, batting .550 with 9 RBI.