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TOWNBALL PLAYOFFS:’Cats stop skid,top Veseli, HOST StB

Luke Weber deals a strike to kick off PL Mudcats historic slump busting 9-5 win over Veseli 8/1/21.

The Prior Lake Mudcats wrapped up DRS League play Sunday August 1 hosting the Veseli Warriors. The ‘Cats 2021 had faltered and with playoffs looming the hometown Mudcats were seeking a way to win following a historic and unprecedented slide to the lower division of the DRS League/Region 3C standings. The Mudcats started on fire ripping a 6-1 record in May and a 9-3 early season record before dropping a team record 13 consecutive losses and out of a 1st round playoff bye in Region 3C.

Veteran hurler Luke Weber got the start and yielded 1 unearned run in the 1st that was answered by the ‘Cats in the bottom of the frame and a run in the 3rd provided a 2-1 lead as Weber exited the game striking out 3 and walking 4 Warriors. Rookie Patrick Barrett came on in the 4th and after a scoreless top, got a margin with 3 Mudcat runs and a 5-1 lead. Barrett went 4 innings yielding 4 runs on 5 walks, 4 hits and 6 strikeouts and was replaced by 1st year ‘Cat Kyle O’Conner who had a 7-5 lead and tossed 2 zeros and 1 hit in 2 innings pitched to hold the win. The hometown ‘Cats had offensive contributions across the lineup in the 11 hit attack but were lead by centerfielder Jon Houston 3-4 2 runs, RBI, HR and firstbaseman Corbin Cross 2-5, 2 runs scored. The game winning margin plated in the 7th as Weber singled, stoled 2nd and reached 3rd on a Cross single before Michael Walerius dropped a squeeze bunt with 1st and 3rd with 1 out to put the ‘Cats ahead 6-5 and continued adding a run in the 7th and 2 in the 8th inning for the 9-5 final score and a big win to roll into the 2021 DRS Playoffs.

The Mudcats win locked them as high seed (#6) among the teams in the “play-in” best of 3 game series hosting the Veseli Warriors (#11) and with a series win, will advance to the 2021 Region 3C double elimination bracket. In the regular season the ‘Cats were 13-2 winners at Veseli Ballpark May 2 and the 9-5 win at Prior Lake Veterans Field to close the regular season August 1.

Season passes are NOT valid for DRS or Region 3C playoffs. Admission is $5 Adult and $2 Student 13-17, kids FREE. NO Carry on permitted, concessions open.

DRS League Playoff Series:

Tuesday August 3 730PM PL Mudcats HOST Veseli Warriors PL 2-1 (12 innings)

Thursday August 5 800PM Veseli Warriors HOSTS PL Mudcats PL 6-5 PL Mudcats Advance to Region 3C

Friday August 6 730PM PL Mudcats HOST Veseli Warriors (IF NEEDED)

NEXT UP:

Region 3C Bracket Play:

*Sunday August 8 100PM Prior Lake Mudcats at Faribault Lakers PL Mudcats 7-2

*Tuesday August 10 730PM Prior Lake Mudcats AT Union Hill Bulldogs UH 12-0 (7)

-Union Hill qualifies for MBA “C” Tournament and advances to Region 3C Championship Sunday VS St Patrick

*Thursday August 12 730PM Prior Lake HOSTS St Benedict St Benedict 7-6

-St Benedict qualifies for MBA “C” Tournament & play Saturday 200PM for 3/4 seed AT New Prague

-St Patrick plays Sunday 100PM vs Union Hill AT St Patrick for 1/2 seed

-Pitchers draft from Region 3C teams to follow to represent/join teams advancing to MBA “C” Tournament.

HOTLINKS:

2021 DRS/Region 3C Playoff Schedule

2021 DRS Expanded Standings

Dakota, Rice, Scott League MBA Homepage

Dakota-Rice-Scott League Standings

TeamWLPCTGB
St. Patrick Irish112.846-
New Market Muskies81.8891
Montgomery Mallards116.6472
Elko Express72.7782
New Prague Orioles86.5713.5
Union Hill Bulldogs86.5713.5
Faribault Lakers65.5454
St. Benedict Saints77.5004.5
Webster Sox78.4675
Lonsdale Aces58.3856
Prior Lake Mudcats610.3756.5
Veseli Warriors211.1549
Shakopee Coyotes115.06211.5

River Valley League East Standings

TeamWLPCTGB
Chaska Cubs701.000-
Chanhassen Red Birds32.6003
Burnsville Bobcats33.5003.5
Shakopee Indians34.4294
Victoria Vics34.4294
Prior Lake Jays35.3754.5
Eagan Bandits24.3334.5
Excelsior Islanders14.2005

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