BATTLE CREEK, Mich., and NEW MARKET, Va. - Josh McElwee picked up his fourth win of the summer and Sanchez Gartman helped lead his team into the Valley Baseball League playoffs in the week since our last summer league update.
McElwee picked up his fourth win of the summer on Friday as he led the Battle Creek Bombers to a 4-1 win over the St. Cloud River Bats in Northwoods League action. The rising junior allowed one earned run on four hits in seven innings, striking out two and walking four.
He is now in fourth place in the Northwoods League in strikeouts with 59 punchouts this season. He carries a 4-4 record and a 4.04 ERA as the Bombers enter the final week of the regular season. Battle Creek hosts La Crosse tonight and closes out the home portion of its schedule with a two-game home series against Green Bay on Wednesday and Thursday. The Bombers finish the season with two games at Green Bay on Friday and Saturday and two games at Wisconsin on Sunday and Monday.
The Northwoods League playoffs begin next Tuesday. Battle Creek currently has a 14-14 record in the second half of the season and is in third place, 1.5 games behind Madison and La Crosse. Overall, BC is 35-26 and is in second place, one game behind La Crosse. With a strong finish in the final seven games of the season, Battle Creek has a solid chance at making the playoffs next week.
McElwee Stats --- Battle Creek Bombers --- Northwoods League
Sanchez Gartman and the New Market Rebels went 1-4 in the final week of Valley Baseball League regular season play, but still finished the season with a .500 record and are on the verge of an upset in the playoffs. Highlights of Gartman's final week include two RBIs in a 12-3 loss to Harrisonburg last Wednesday, three walks in a 5-2 loss to Woodstock last Thursday, and single RBIs in each of the last two regular season games.
The Rebels qualified for the playoffs as the sixth seed, but are on the verge of an upset after a 5-4 win in 11 innings over the third-seeded Luray Wranglers. Gartman was 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the win, but will be counted on for offensive firepower as New Market attempts to clinch the series at home tonight. Gartman is now hitting .264 for the season with 20 RBIs, 10 doubles and three homeruns. He is also ranked third in the league with 39 walks.
New Market Rebels --- Valley Baseball League