On Thursday, theleague'stop two teams squared off. The Marauders were looking to clinch the number one seed, while the SeaDogs looked to clinch the second seed and earn a first round bye during championship week. Let's take a look at how the games unfolded on Thursday.
Game of the Day: Marauders vs. SeaDogs
The Marauders put their hard throwing righty, PJ Nastasi, on the mound Thursday as The SeaDogs called on Corey Gibson to start. Nastasi was the story of this one as he went the entire seven innings for a complete game, not giving up a single earned run.
As Nastasi earned the win, the only Marauders to record hits off of Gibson were Kole Eaves, Nastasi, and Jorge Leon. The lone RBI for the Marauders was an important one as it came in the bottom of the 6th with the score knotted at 1 apiece. Eric Feliz came up to the plate with one out and hit a sacrifice fly to score Tyler Helphenstine and take the 2-1 lead. After tremendous outings by both pitchers and very little offense, the final score was 2-1, Marauders.
With the victory, the Marauders locked up their first round bye for the playoffs. As for the SeaDogs, they will be battling the Conquistadors on Saturday for the coveted second seed, which will provide the other first round bye. It will be interesting to see how each coach utilizes their pitchers on Saturday, as they need to be careful with championship week on the horizon.
Marauders 2 3 2
SeaDogs 1 5 3
WP - PJ Nastasi - 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO
Top Performer - PJ Nastasi - CG, 1-2, BB, SB
In other League Action:
Lightning 5 11 1
Hurricanes 4 9 0
WP-Parker Manahan- 2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
Top Performer-Justin Ellick- 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Conquistadors 6 7 0
Manatees 3 5 3
WP - Garrett Schultz - 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB
SV - Tim Chamberlain - 2 IP, 2 SO
Top Performer - Tim Chamberlain - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, HBP
Conquistadors (11-8-1, 2 Â½ games back)
SeaDogs (12-9, 2 Â½ games back)
Hurricanes (9-10-2, 4 Â½ games back)
Manatees (8-12-1, 6 games back)
Lightning (6-15, 8 Â½ games back)