'Cats Derailed in Elko

By PLB Admin

The PL Mudcats opened the 2007 DRS White Division playoffs but for the 3rd time this season came out on the short side of a tight game with the Express losing 4-0.  Elkos Brian Muell and Prior Lakes Ryan White went toe to toe in a southpaw pitchers dual until the Express posted 1 in the 6th and got a margin with 3 in the 7th for the 4-0 final.  Justin Schliep took the hill to start the 7th and the game was closed by BJ Benz.  The Mudcats were unable to plate runs on Muell and were frozen by multiple balls on the corner.  There were great plays by both squads in the field with Mudcat highlights including:  2B Casey Johnson to barehanded Andy Koehler 4-6-3 DP to end a threat in the 4th, Ben Schmidt tossing a ball from LF to tally an out at 3B in the 7th and BJ Benz on a CF dive in the 8th and Twins draftee Mike Kvasnicka made multiple plays with strong throws at the “Hot Corner” for the Express.  Rob Brick closed in relief of Muell in the final frame.  The 'Cats have been down the road before in the playoff Losers bracket and will have a familiar foe in New Pragues Memorial Park elimination game with the Orioles on Friday night at 730PM while Elko hosts St Patrick with the winner advancing to Region 6C against reps from the Carver Central League. 
DRS White 2007 Playoffs
7/24 St Patrick 5-0 New Prague
7/25 Elko 4-0 PL Mudcats
7/27 PL Mudcats @ New Prague 730PM (Loser Eliminated)
7/27 Elko HOST St Patrick 730PM (Winner to Region DRS1, Loser plays Sunday)
7/29 Winner PL Mudcats/New Prague VS Loser Elko/St Patrick 2PM (Winner DRS2)