Wooster eeks out 'Berg in extras.
Last weekend coming up...Prediction time.
Biggest Series of the weekend: Otterbein and BW-Otterbein needs at least one in this series. BW is playing for pride as their season ends Saturday. Both of these teams were very erratic on offense when I saw them. Their pitching was adequate. BW's defense left much to be desired. Toughey and Meadows are legitimate candidates for POY in the league. If Otterbein gets swept they could still get in to the tournament but will have to do some scoreboard watching along the way. I think both were a bit inflated by early season cupcake schedules, and I'm not sure there is a big difference between either. My prediction....BW takes two in Westerville.
Marietta and Wilmington. Marietta could (not saying they will) save their top arms for CWRU on Saturday and still win handily. Marietta sweeps with little trouble.
JCU and Northern. Dorring and O'Brien are en fuego on the hill. Northern may not score more than 2 runs in 16 innings against those two. JCU wins two.
Mount and Muskingum. Mount must win one to clinch their spot for next weekend. Noticed where Muskinum scored 22 runs against Ohio Wesleyan. They are bipolar, but mostly not particularly good. Mount does its job and wins two.
Heidelberg and Capital. Both teams are 7-9 in league play. If either wants any chance to make the tournament, they have to win two games. It is really unfortunate that the injury bug bit 'Berg as hard as it did. I really thought they would be a serious contender to be hosting next weekend. 'Berg has too much pitching depth, and cap is not particularly strong offensively. Heidelberg get's a chance to sneak in the back door, but will end up finishing their season on Saturday. Heidelberg sweeps.
I agree they are not particularly good. Not that we are any better right now, not saying that we deserved this loss.
Here comes the BUT,
The pitchers they faced are not particularly tough, almost the same group that Cap faced last week. There era is as follows
Some with limited innings. We rare throw a weekend starter on Weds games. Day two starters may get some innings tonight. It is possible we could have been more competitive if we had used other pitchers. I said it earlier. Where pitching was going to be a strength early in the year it has now become a weakness and we just are not deep enough.
Congrats to Muskingum.