Baysox win one in tight battle for playoff spot

August 25, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

BOWIE -- Last summer, five Orioles farm clubs qualified for ZTC postseason play and three -- Rochester, Delmarva and Bluefield -- won titles in their respective leagues.

There will not be a repeat.

With two weeks remaining, only the defending South Atlantic League-champion Delmarva Shorebirds are guaranteed a playoff spot, though the Eastern League's Bowie Baysox could join them in the postseason.

The Baysox are currently in a playoff drive, playing seven games this week against one of the teams they are chasing, perennial nemesis Harrisburg.

After last night's 11-2 victory over the Senators at Prince George's Stadium, Bowie is 63-65 and 1 1/2 games behind Harrisburg (65-64).

The third team involved in the race for the second berth in the Southern Division, Trenton (64-65), is a half-game ahead of the Baysox. Bowie can do nothing about the Thunder since their season series has ended.

Barring a collapse, Akron will win the division and take on the survivor of the three-team scramble for the division crown.

Like the parent Orioles, the Baysox are hoping for a big finish to make postseason play for the fourth time in their six-year history.

"All we can do is keep winning and we'll be in," said Baysox manager Joe Ferguson. "It's a tall order, but we're going to try to beat Harrisburg every game and get them out of our hair."

The Baysox's latest victory was their eighth in 11 games.

Pub Date: 8/25/98

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