Raritan Valley National Adult Baseball Association: My Site News: 2008 PLAYOFFS ROUND 2

Saturday, September 13

Round Two,

 Giants Blank Clippers 8-0, Then Get Swept 12-2, 15-5

Pitbulls 14 -8 Over Brewers , Then Get Swept 8-4, 11-5

Bombers Down River Cats 6-2, Rally in Ninth to Complete Sweep 5-4

Phillies Blank Cards 8-0, Cards Even Series 11-3, Force Game 3 Saturday 

REMATCH! Phils Edge Cards 5-4; Will Face Clippers Tomorrow

Wow! What a weekend in RVNABA postseason play! In the league's only series sweep, the South River Bombers had to rally for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to erase a 4-2 deficit. This came after they and the River Cats waited out the morning to see where they might get their game in after the Bombers home field was deemed unplayable. Marc Johnson's Bombers were largely powered through the post season by Mike Shearn's 17-for-21 performance. The Bombers will face off against the Brewers in the A League Championship Series.

The Morris Brewers had to sweep the Pitbulls on Sunday to advance. And that's just what they did. They won game three 11-5 behind Rob Dornick. Dornick did allow five runs over his nine innings of work, but he was pitching on only 20 minutes rest. You got that right. He also threw a complete game in game two earlier and won that 8-4! 18 innings and more than 245 pitches - might earn him the iron man award. Dornick, who led his Middlesex Reds to a Championship last year, only to see the team disband this year, has brought his mojo to the same Brewers he vanquished in round one of last year's playoffs. For the Brewers, this is their first return to the 'ship since their inaugural season when the Bridgewater Blue Jays defeated them at Newark Bears Stadium in 2001.

In AA ball, the NJ Clippers won the right to defend their title by sweeping a pair from the Giants on Sunday. Down 1-0 in games after Saturday's shutout, the Clippers bounced back with a 12-2 rout in game two to force the rubber match. In game three the Giants appeared poised to make their even year appearance in the championship as they held a 5-0 lead into the eighth. But an implosion of epic proportions turned this 5-0 lead into a 15-5 mercy rule loss in the space of less than one inning, as the Clippers scored 15 runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Clippers await a date for the Big Dance in Lakewood next Sunday, because the North Division Series is tied 1-1.

 The Cardinals and Phillies will have to play next Saturday since they were rained out this Saturday and neither team could sweep today. The Phils shut out the Cards 8-0 in game one, but the Cards evened things up with an 11-3 victory in game two. Their showdown will determine who plays the Clippers next Sunday. The Phillies would make it a rematch of last year's Championship Series won by the Clippers. For the Cardinals, they would be attempting their fourth RVNABA Championship, having won in 2002, 2003, and 2005.