FCBL standings get even tighter.....
TORRINGTON: It’s down to five teams fighting for the final three spots in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League playoffs, which begin a week from today on August 10.
Fans of a tight race could not be any more pleased than to see what is happening during this whirlwind last weekend of the 2012 regular season.
The Nashua Silver Knights have already clinched the top spot in the league, looking to defend their 2011 championship.
With home field secured throughout the postseason, the Silver Knights are simply waiting to see who they will host in the first round.
Two, best of three series will decide this years champion with a home-away-home format in place.
After the top seed, there is nothing even remotely assembling a sense of order for the final three spots.
As of the end of action on Friday night, here’s how things shake out.
The North Shore Navigators (27-19) beat the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs (7-39) by an 8-7 score on a hit batsmen in the bottom of the ninth and now lead the third place Torrington Titans (25-20) by one and a half games.
Brockton (26-22) swept Seacoast by 7-0 and 7-4 scores to pull within a half game of the idol Titans in fourth place.
Martha’s Vineyard (24-21) and Pittsfield (25-22) remain a full game behind Torrington in fifth place after splitting a double dip on the Island, Friday.
Saturday looks to be a critical day in the 2012 season for a number of teams.
The Titans travel to play two against the Dirt Dawgs while the Sharks and Rox play two in Brockton.
Speaking of tough schedules, the Sharks are scheduled to play an arm hurting four double headers in four days.
After Saturday’s double dip, the Sharks play two with Wachusett on Sunday and another twin-bill in Torrington on Monday.
Pittsfield is off on Saturday while the Navigators travel to play the Silver Knights.
Torrington will send six game winner Tyler Dierke to the mound in game one against the Dirt Dawgs while Torrington native Pat Austin will get the ball in game two.
The Titans stay on the road Sunday when they face of against the Rox before coming back to Torrington for the double-header against the Sharks.
Torrington is scheduled to finish the regular season with two in Nashua on Wednesday, August 8.
Got all that, good luck.
Check back on Saturday night. How much will change?