Giants defeat the White Sox 2-0
Mets defeat the Yankees 2-0

Jays defeat the Mets 3-2-1
Royals defeat the Giants 3-0
Braves defeat the Tigers 2-1-2
Astros defeat the Pirates 3-1

Astros defeat the Jays 3-1
Royals defeat the Braves 3-0-1

Finals - Astros versus Royals
Royals win 3-1

Royals win their third SABL Championship.

Royals win the Championship

The 2017 regular season was an up and down affair for the Royals. At times throughout, the SABL mainstay struggled to field a team of its regulars. With the longtime core shuffling in and out of the lineup, the Royals still managed to win the Howley Division by 1.5 games over their erstwhile adversaries, the Astos. The Royals posted a strong 20-8-2 record thanks to standout performances by Mike Barnett and Shawn Carriere on the mound, while Gbenga Ajasin, Mike Steward, and rookie sensation Steve Kaye anchored the ever-steady lineup.

Once the playoffs rolled around, team attendance ticked upwards and the Royals played their best ball of the season. In the first round, they disposed of a rising young Giants team that had previously dominated them throughout the regular season. Facing the one team they didn't want to see in the first round, the Royals found their groove, winning three straight games to sweep the series.

In the second round, the Royals ran into their old foes, the Braves. Behind the solid pitching and the resurgent bat of Phil Hiemstra, the Royals won a berth in the finals with a 3-1 series victory.

Once again, it was Royals vs. Astros for all the marbles. In this most classic of SABL matchups, the Royals needed to overcome former league Cy Young winner Dave Gemmell, who had almost singlehandedly eliminated them from the 2016 playoffs with stellar pitching. The Astros would lean on Gemmell more heavily than ever, but the Royals countered with their own three-man staff. Ultimately, the Royals got the better of Gemmell, who pitched 21 innings in the series but could only secure one victory. In the fourth and final game, the Royals received dramatic home runs from Steward and Carriere along with solid pitching from Nyczyk and Carriere to win the game in extra innings by a score of 4-3.

Catcher Konrad Szczepanik led his pitching staff and shut down opponents' running game from behind the plate, chipping in with a .329 postseason batting average. Hiemstra collected 22 hits in the playoffs to bat .629 and claim the postseason MVP award. Shawn Carriere collected an unbelievable 16 RBI in the playoffs. Carriere and Barnett shut down opponents to the tune of nine combined wins and a miniscule ERA. SABL veteran Donald Feng won his first league championship while contributing a batting average of .467. Trevor Mattila played a strong right field while batting .280. Left field was patrolled by speedster James Wood, stealer of 25 bases in the regular season. Grant Brown contributed a slick glove at first base and timely hitting.

All along, the team was held together by second baseman and manager, Donnie Burke, and his assistant manager, Mike Steward. Coming off of knee surgery, Burke plugged away for .333 average following his midseason return to the lineup. In the playoffs, he found the grass for several keys hits. Most importantly, he steadied the ship through a trying regular season and had the Royals focused and ready to win come playoff time.

In 2017, SABL's oldest team also happened to be its best team. For the third time in franchise history, the Royals became SABL champions.