As the start of Round Two approaches, here are some things you might want to know.
The Bourne Braves finished their season in second place, behind the Harbor Hawks, with a record of 22-20-2. The team batting average was .250 with an OPS of .669. Nick Solak (Louisville) led the team in batting average (.338), RBIs (23), and was second in OPS (.883) behind Jacob Robson (Mississippi St), who had an OPS of .955.
The pitching staff in the regular season had an ERA of 2.77 accumulating 337 strikeouts, with Keegan Akin (Western Michigan) lead the team with 39 strikeouts of his own. Austin Conway (Indiana St) won the Relief Pitcher of the Year award, giving up only one run all year, striking out 21 batters in 19 innings pitched, and only walking five.
Thus far in the playoffs, the Braves have batted .281, scoring 11 runs on 18 hits, and have had an OPS of .761. The pitching staff has a 0.50 ERA with 17 strikeouts and five walks.
Hyannis Harbor Hawks
The Hyannis Harbor Hawks finished their season in first place in the Western division with a record of 24-19-1. The team batted .258 with an OPS of .652. Bobby Melley (UConn) was a late addition to the team but lead them in batting average (.556) and Jacob Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) led the team in RBIs (21).
The pitching staff in the regular season had an ERA of 2.53 with 338 strikeouts, 46 of them belonging to Nick Deeg (Central Michigan) and Dakota Hudson (Mississippi St) was close behind him with 41 strikeouts. Devin Smeltzer (Florida Gulf Coast) also shined on the mound, throwing a no-hitter earlier in the season.
Thus far in the playoffs, the Harbor Hawks have batted .372, scoring 19 runs on 29 hits, and have had an OPS of .958. The pitching staff has an ERA of 3.00 with 11 strikeouts and 12 walks.
The Bourne Braves and Hyannis Harbor Hawks have faced off in the regular season six times; the Braves taking five out the six contests. They were close games, three of the six were decided by one-run.
The two teams face off tonight in Hyannis at McKeon Park, 6 p.m. in the first game of a best of three series. Find out who will take game one in the West.
Y-D Red Sox
The Y-D Red Sox finished their season in third place in the East division with a .500 record of 22-22. The team batted .256 and had an OPS of .676. Tommy Edman (Stanford) led the team in batting average (.318) and Gio Brusa (Pacific) led the team in HR (8) and RBIs (23).
The pitching staff had an ERA of 3.32 with 354 strikeouts. Ricky Thomas (Fresno St) led the team in strikeouts with 45 and held an ERA of 1.01 in the regular season.
After the first round of the playoffs, the Red Sox are batting .275, scoring 10 runs on 19 hits, and have an OPS of .708. The pitching staff has a 2.50 ERA with 17 strikeouts and five walks.
The Orleans Firebirds finished the regular season first in the East with a league best 31-12-1 record. The team batted .248 and had an OPS of .699. Bryan Reynolds (Vanderbilt) led the team in batting average (.364) and Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) led the team in HR (12) and RBIs (30).
The pitching staff had an ERA of 2.56 with 359 strikeouts, 50 of them coming from strikeouts leader Eric Lauer (Kent St). Mitchell Jordan (Stetson), who won Outstanding Pitcher of the Year, was second in strikeouts with 46 and had the lowest ERA on the staff with 0.46.
The Y-D Red Sox and Orleans Firebirds have met six times in the regular season, Orleans taking five out the six contests. The beasts of the east face off tonight in Orleans at Eldredge Park at 7 p.m.
Sarah Steinberg, Contributor