The Brooklyn Cyclones entered the last day of the regular season with a magic number of one. The Batavia Muckdogs were rained out Tuesday, forcing them to play a season ending double header this afternoon. A Muckdogs loss in any of their two games, or a Cyclones win against the Lowell Spinners, would result in Brooklyn clinching their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.
Before the Cyclones ever took the field Wednesday night, the Batavia Muckdogs played the Jamestown Jammers in game one of their twin bill, and lost. What’s more, the Batavia Muckdogs were swept. So you may rejoice now Brooklyn. Your Baby Bums will be playing in the post-season.
In Coney Island, the Lowell Spinners did their best to play the role of spoiler. They ended Brooklyn’s regular season by taking two of three games. In Tuesday night’s affair, the Spinners put a 9-1 licking on the ‘Clones. Wednesday evening, Lowell won again by a 5-3 score.
Brooklyn ends the 2012 regular season with a 45-31 record. Cosmetically speaking, their season ending loss to Lowell dropped their overall winning percentage below the .600 mark. They ultimately finished seven games behind the Hudson Valley Renegades in the McNamara Division standings, and win the Wild Card by one game over Batavia.
The Cyclones will join the three New York Penn League division winners in the first round of playoffs. As mentioned, the Hudson Valley Renegades (T.B.) are McNamara Division champs. Their 52-24 record was tops in the league. The Auburn Doubledays (WSH) won the Pickney Division flag with a 46-29 record. With a 51-25 mark, the Tri City Valley Cats (HOU) captured the Stedler Division title.
Each round of the New York Penn League playoffs is a best two of three series. The Cyclones will face their division foe; Hudson Valley Renegades. Auburn and Tri City will square off in the second semi-final match up. The winner of each series will advance to the 2012 NYPL Championship round.