Cumberland Reds, Sobeys Await Opponents
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After a five-day hiatus, the Amherst Men's Slopitch League Playoffs are scheduled to resume on Monday night starting at 6:30 pm. IMP will take on Green Smith on Robb's 1 while the Jager Bombs will take the Sackville Brew Jays on Robb's 2.
AMHERST-After sweeping away Atlantic Kia and the Free Agents in three straight games respectively, the Cumberland Reds and Sobeys are still waiting to find out who their second round, best-4-out-7-games opponents will be.
Rain, coupled with preparation of Robb's Centennial Complex for the 2nd Annual Carter's Cresting Invitational Bantam Baseball Tournament this past weekend, a tournament that was won by the Amherst Pioneer Fuels Bantam Red Sox, have postponed the start of the IMP (21-7) and Green Smith (20-8) first round playoff series until Monday, July 29 at 6:30 pm on Robb's 1.
Should the weather cooperate, games 1 and 2 of the aforementioned Division I series would be played Monday night while games 3 and 4 (if necessary) would be played Tuesday night, also on Robb's 1 at 6:30 pm.
"If we play our style of softball, I feel good about our chances against IMP," stated Green-Smith captain Benjamin Smith on Saturday in Pugwash.
"We don't go out there and try to hit homeruns, we just try to get base hits, play good defensively and have fun," Smith added.
Green-Smith and IMP split their four game season series:Green-Smith swept both ends of their first double header against IMP. IMP, a team captained by Darryl Ferguson, earned a measure of revenge by sweeping both ends of their second double header against Green-Smith.
Other remaining first round playoff action features Division II teams the Jager Bombs and the Sackville Brew Jays.
They are also scheduled to play Monday and Tuesday night, only their games will take place on Robb's 2 starting at 6:30 pm.
According to George Martin, president of the Amherst Men's Slopitch league, game 5 (if necessary) will be played Thursday, August 1 at 6:30 pm.
In the event that one or both of the aforementioned series wraps up before Thursday, then the first two games of the Division I and/or Division II finals will start on Thursday.
The Cumberland Reds will play the winners of the IMP/Green Smith series in the Division I finals while Sobeys will play the winners of the Jager Bombs/Sackville Brew Jays series in the Division II finals.
Both division finals will be for the best 4-out-of-7 games.