The final week of the regular season has arrived and nothing has been assured as far as playoff races are concerned. It looks like we are heading to the final weekend before we find out who the four teams are that will be playing for the NYPL championship.
If there is one thing that can be said about this league, it is that fans enjoy going to games. As the final week begins, there are four teams that have already broken the one hundred thousand mark in attendance with the possibility of two, maybe three more joining that group. For a short season baseball league, which the Penn League is, it does say a lot for what the fans of these teams think of the product they see every summer.
Justin Toerner, of State College, is having a nice season for the Spikes with the bat. He is eighth in the batting race at just under .300 (.292) and is fifth in on-base percentage at .390.
It is rare to find one player, let alone two, that could finish the season with double-digits in triples. Yet, that may be the case in the league. We already know before he was called up that Jarren Duran of Lowell had reached ten three-baggers before his call-up. However he may not be the only one as Brookly all-star representative, and game MVP Ross Adolph has nine triples with a week left to play. He also finds himself third in slugging percentages at .468 and fifth in total bases with 89. He has become one of the leaders of a team that could be heading to postseason play.
Another team making a push for playoff action is the Lowell Spinners and their bullpen may be the reason they get there. Hunter Haworth is getting the job done out of the pen for Lowell. he is first in lowest batting average at .156 (17 hits in 109 at-bats) and leads in the fewest baserunners/9IP ratio at 7.34 (25 in 30.2 innings pitched). Haworth has been pitching to contact this summer and he is fifth in lowest BB-IBB/9IP Ratio at 8.46 (26 in 27.2 innings).
The Connecticut Tigers have been getting good service from Dylan Stock out of their pitching staff this season. When Stock enters a game, it is usually to finish it. He is third in the league in games finished with 13. He has had plenty of chances to end games and he has appeared in 22, which tie him for the league lead.
It has been a tough summer for Aberdeen. However, if there’s been a bright spot, his name is Hector Guance. The Ironbird starter has gone to the hill every fifth day and is tied for league lead in games started with 13. He also leads in complete games with two and is fifth in innings pitched with 60.2.
Check back next week to find out who is going to the playoffs and more.
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