Brewers get Midland in Playoffs

August 9, 2018   ·   0 Comments


Expect a few high-scoring affairs when the Bolton Brewers meet the Midland Mariners in the North Dufferin Baseball League playoffs.

The AA senior squads drew each other as opponents following a final regular season game loss by the Ivy Rangers last week, closing a season where the Brewers landed in third place while the Mariners clinched sixth.

While Bolton won both regular season meetings between the two, one at each home diamond, there were fireworks at the plate coming from both dugouts. Bolton sent Midland pitchers Jake Flower and Tyler Boyd for a loop in their first meeting in early June, using a massive eighteen hits for a 15 – 4 drubbing.

Midland returned the firepower in their second meeting in Bolton, matching the Brewers’ twelve hits in what ended as a 10 – 10 tie.

Both sides will be looking to keep that offensive momentum going when they meet up for the first game of their first-to-six-points series on Wednesday following press time, in the neutral grounds of an Aurora ballpark. Bolton’s 259 runs in the regular season was far and away the top in the league, while Midland fared well in averaging close to seven runs a game themselves.

Game two will go Thursday evening in Midland, with game three set to return to the North Hill park in Bolton on Saturday afternoon for a 1p.m. start time.

If necessary, game four goes back to Midland on Monday, with dates and times yet to be laid out for a possible game five or game six.

For crosstown rival Bolton Dodgers, the path to the Strother Cup is much rockier: a meeting with the first-place Ivy Leafs begins Wednesday, with the Dodgers looking to hand the Leafs just their second loss of the entire 2018 season.

The Dodgers, who closed out their regular season on a winning note with an underdog win over the Mariners late last week, bring their record of 11-13-2 into their series with the NDBL’s top team.

The sides met on just one occasion this season, a doubleheader in mid-June, where Ivy got the best of Bolton in allowing just one run over both matches.

Game two goes Friday in Ivy, with the Dodgers not returning to their home field until next Wednesday for an 8:30p.m. start.

Also in the mix are the second-place New Lowell Knights facing the seventh-place Ivy Rangers, while the fourth-place Clearview Orioles take on the fifth-place Orangeville Giants.

The semifinal round is scheduled to begin on Aug. 18, while the Strother Cup will be challenged for beginning Sept. 8.

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