North Dufferin Senior Baseball playoffs down to four teams

August 24, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

With four teams remaining in the North Dufferin Baseball League Senior Division playoffs, the final series will be determined this coming week as the teams move to round two.

The first-place Bolton Brewers are leading their best-of-five series with the fourth-place Ivy Rangers 2-0.

Game one of the series got underway on Aug. 20, with Bolton blanking Ivy 10-0 on the diamond in Bolton.

The Brewers had an outstanding year, taking only two losses in 22 games in the regular season.

Ivy recorded a 14-6-2 record this year.

Game three of the series is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 24, in Bolton.

If all games have to be played, the series will wrap up on Aug. 29.

In the other second-round series, the New Lowell Knights are leading 2-0 in their series with the Barrie Angels.

Both teams had similar records in the regular season.

New Lowell finished in second place with a 17-4-1 record. Barrie was closed behind in third place with a 16-6 record.

Game one of the series was a low-scoring event, with New Lowell squeezing out a 2-0 win in the first game.

Game two, on Aug. 21, had the Knights taking a 2-0 lead after another low-scoring game that saw the New Lowell team taking a 6-2 win on their home diamond.

Game three of the series was scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, in New Lowell.

That series will also wrap up this week as the league gets ready to start the final championship series on Sept. 9.

The championship series will pit the two remaining teams in a best-of-seven contest in a quest for the Strother Cup.

The New Lowell Knights are the defending NDBL Senior Division champions. They have won the cup four times over the past seven years, claiming the title in 2015, 2016, 2019, and 2022.

The Strother Cup was not awarded in 2020, as the league did not play due to the pandemic.

The final series will be an exciting match-up for baseball fans as the top two teams will represent the best in the league with some serious competition for the cup.

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