The top two teams in the Skater’s Edge Sr. Men’s Baseball League will face each other Friday night as the double knockout playoffs continue at the Steve Omischl Sports Fields Complex.
Ontario Electric Ltd., which finished first with a 16-1-1 record, will play second-place Assante (8-6-2) at 6:30 p.m.
OEL beat fourth-place Lucenti, Orlando and Ellies 8-5 in their first playoff game Monday after Assante edged the third-place North Bay Midget Stingers 3-2.
Current Midget Stingers pitcher Ben Bosselle threw 101 pitches over six innings before Curtis Lacelle stepped up in relief with the game tied 2-2. But Assante’s Taylor Steep reached first on a walk and then second base on a wild pick off attempt. That’s when A.J. Shiverdecker pounded one deep over the Stingers centre fielder for the walk-off win.
LOE, which was 8-9 over the regular season, is now scheduled to play last-place Casey’s (1-15) tonight at 6:30 p.m. Both teams have one loss in the playoffs and face elimination if they don’t win.
In the late game tonight at 8:45 p.m., the Stingers must beat the Carte Blanche Rotarians to continue. The winners of each game move on to play each other Friday at 8:45 p.m.
The Stingers beat Casey’s 6-2 on Sunday to start the playoffs on a high note. Cody Sutcliffe pitched a complete game three-hitter and also had two hits with one RBI. Kurtis Winrow went three-for-three and an RBI, while Curtis Lacelle chipped in with a couple of RBIs.
LOE was down 7-0 after two innings against Carte Blanche on Sunday evening, but managed to rally for a 13-8 win.
On the mound Monday for Ontario Electric was former West Ferris Trojan and midget Stingers ace Jake Tougas, who struck out 14 LOE batters for the win.
Ryan Scott had a double and single while scoring twice for OEL, while Jacob Brown contributed a single for two RBIs as the team scored four runs in the fourth inning.
Starting for Assante against the Stingers was Miguel Champagne, a former midget Stingers ace who played for the Algonquin Barons. Champagne allowed only two hits over five innings against before big Josh Meyer came in to close for the win.
The last time OEL and Assante played, Tougas pitched a complete game no-hitter with 11 strike outs allowing only two base runners in a 6-0 win, with Assante’s Meyer on the mound.
This Sunday at 6:30 p.m., the loser of the OEL vs Assante game Friday will play the winner of the late game Friday.
A best-of-three championship playoff series is scheduled to start Monday at 6:30 p.m.