South Oakland will play the South Side Eagles, tomorrow, 11AM at Herschel Park. The winner will play West View tomorrow, 6pm at John Herb Field.
Big Time upset in AAA as the 6th Seed Mon Valley Dirty Birds eliminated the 3rd seed Clinton Cherokee with an 8-3 victory in the first round of the playoffs.
If anyone has any info on how this game went down, please let us know in the comments.
Can’t wait for the winter meetings when Clinton’s coach tries to use this game as an excuse for all the AA teams to move up to AAA next season.
The Eagles lost to Shaler Tuesday night. The South Oakland Ducks will play the South Side Eagles on Saturday. Time and place TBD.
Oilers vs. WOLFPACK was rained out and rescheduled for Wednesday night. The winner will play Shaler in the winner’s bracket final on Saturday.
As noted previously:
Cranberry beat the Express in the other play-in game and then lost to Shaler.
Cranberry will play the loser of Wednesday night’s game between West View and the Oilers, next weekend.
Round 1 Recap:
The Hebrew Oilers defeated the South Oakland Ducks 5-3 at Springview Field yesterday. Despite solo home runs from Koshzow and Chartier, South Oakland fell short in their opening round playoff game, leaving eight men on base.
Strom made a great diving catch in right field.
The Ducks led 2-1 going into the third, but the Oilers scored three runs and added one in the sixth. Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh, South Oakland scored a run to bring the game to 5-3, and had the winning run at the plate before a game-ending fly out.
We had a lot of hard hit outs, and wasted some opportunities. This was a tough one to lose, but the Oilers deserve credit for making the plays and not allowing us to extend innings. We had good enough pitching to win this game. Nothing would fall for us, and they hit it in the gaps. They made a couple errors but we didn’t capitalize.
South Oakland finished the regular season in fourth place with a respectable record of 12-12 and will play the winner of the Oilers Devils play-in game this Saturday. Time and place tbd. If our pitching holds, we can beat anyone. It should be an exciting post-season.
The Oilers forfeited their makeup game vs. Shaler today. With the Oilers loss, we have officially clinched the 4th seed and a first round bye. As far as the standings go, tonight’s game is meaningless for both teams, as the WOLFPACK have cruised through the last three-quarters of the season and won the division title.
Regardless of the standings, we want to keep playing good baseball and finish on a high note and finish above .500 this season.
Bad News for the WOLFPACK
The South Oakland Ducks of the North Side defeated the Carrick Express 5-2 in Carrick last night. Chuck Zuzak (W, 5-2) pitched a complete game for the victory, and Erik Tuomisto drove in 2 runs in his final game as a Duck. The win moves the Ducks (12-11) into a tie for fourth place with the Oilers (11-10-2). Carrick falls to 8-13-1 with the loss.
The Ducks scored a run in the first after Chartier singled to left and moved Gwin to third. Gwin scored on a throwing error on an attempted pickoff.
In the top of the second inning, Tuomisto drove in a run on a bases loaded sac-fly and the Ducks scored again on two-out single by Morgan to make the score 3-0.
Carrick scored in the bottom half of the inning to close the gap to 3-1.
The Ducks added a run in the 5th on an RBI double by Tuomisto. Carrick scored in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 4-2, but the Ducks added another run in the 7th on a sac bunt and a throwing error that allowed Casale to score all the way from from first.
An Oilers loss in their suspended game against the Rebels (Shaler is up big going into the bottom of the 4th) or a Ducks win vs. West View on Sunday, will clinch a first round bye for the Ducks.
Ducks first baseman, Erik Tuomisto is moving. He finishes his career with a .500 batting average and leads the team in RBI over the last two seasons. He will be missed.
South Oakland finishes the regular season Sunday night against West View.
Ducks vs. Rebels was rained out last night.
We will reschedule soon.