Short-Season Playoff Dish: Batavia Forces Game 3


Batavia 13, Lowell 9 (The best-of-3 series is tied 1-1)

It was a rollercoaster ride for the Batavia Muckdogs. In a must-win game to keep their season alive, Batavia got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. It didn’t last long, however, as Lowell put up three runs in the top of the second, one in the top of the third and another in the top of the fifth. Heading into the sixth inning, Batavia trailed 5-2 and it was about to get worse. Lowell scored three more runs in the top of the sixth to go ahead 8-2. But, like The Goonies, Muckdogs never say die. Batavia stormed back with a vengeance, scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at eight apiece. The hot bats carried over to the next inning, when they put five more runs on the board for a 13-8 lead. Lowell scored one run in the top of the ninth, but Batavia hung on for the win and the chance to play another day. Lowell’s offense was led by third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Middlebrooks has been on fire during the playoffs, hitting .667.  Leading the Muckdogs offense was catcher Charles Cutler, who went 4-for-4. Left fielder Shane Peterson went 3-for-4 with a double and DH Chris Swauger went 2-for-5 with two doubles.

Jamestown 4, Staten Island 1 (Jamestown won the best-of-3 series 2-0)

Jamestown got out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Staten Island answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning, and that would be all they would get all night. Jamestown righthander Elih Villanueva carved up Staten Island, allowing just the one run on four hits over six innings, while walking one and striking out 10. Jammers catcher Robert Taylor went 1-for-4 with a home run—a solo shot in the seventh inning that was icing on the cake. Jamestown will now face the winner of the Batavia-Lowell series.