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Revolution win 2013 War of The Roses, regain Community Cup

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Corey Thurman and Manager Mark Mason pose with the coveted Community Cup following the Revolution’s 6-4 victory over Lancaster on Sunday, August 11. The victory gave York an 11-6 lead in the 2013 War of The Roses series, clinching the cup. The Revs’ win of the series is their first since 2010.

Despite a healthy 8-5 lead in this year’s War of The Roses against Lancaster, the Revolution still needed a decisive series win over the weekend to clinch the Community Cup at home.  They delivered the three of four needed with a win Friday, a doubleheader split Saturday and a 6-4 win on Sunday to capture the cup.  Wilson Batista, a.k.a. “Willie Bats” was the deciding factor, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored in the big victory.

Now the Revolution will look to run up the score in the final meeting of the season between these two clubs, when they re-convene in Lancaster the weekend of August 23-25.  In the seventh season of the Revolution-Barnstormers rivalry, this is the third time the Community Cup will spend the off-season in York.  Lancaster prevailed in 2007 (10-8), 2009 (14-6) and 2011 (10-8).  When last year’s series was tied 10-10, Lancaster retained the trophy as the winner the previous season, as the rules dictate.  It was the first time the cup had not alternated cities in its history.

A tie in next year’s War of The Roses, and York would keep the cup.  The 2013 Revolution join the 2008 (11-9) and 2010 (16-4) clubs as Community Cup winners.

Although Lancaster has taken the cup four of seven years, York leads the all-time series by a 70-63 count, and 73-68 including playoff games.  More impressive was the Revolution winning 11 of 15 War of The Roses games this year, after the Barnstormers took the first two contests of this year’s series in Lancaster back in May.

-Paul Braverman

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