Dodgers wrap up top seed with­out tak­ing field

The Dundalk Eagle - - SPORTS AND RECREATION - Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

The two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Pi­rates con­tin­ued a late-season surge, but the Dodgers locked up the top seed in the East­ern Bal­ti­more County Over-40 Base­ball League post­sea­son tour­na­ment on Sun­day with­out hav­ing to throw a pitch.

The Cubs, with only six play­ers, had to for­feit to the Dodgers, giv­ing the Dodgers a 10-2 record with one game re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar season.

The Pi­rates whipped the Brew­ers 18-6 to raise their record to 8-3, but the Dodgers owe the tiebreaker in the Na­tional Di­vi­sion due to hav­ing swept the Pi­rates in their two meet­ings this season.

The Amer­i­can Di­vi­sion ti­tle (and No. 2 seed in the play­offs) is still up for grabs as the Rays (7-5) and Ath­let­ics (7-5) were both idle on Sun­day and re­main tied for first.

The Ath­let­ics play the Astros (6-5-1) on Sun­day at Dun­dalk High, while the Rays face the Roy­als (6-6) at St. He­lena Park.

The post­sea­son tour­na­ment is sched­uled to be­gin on Au­gust 16 with the fourth and fifth seeds from each di­vi­sion play­ing each other. Cur­rently, that would be the Roy­als vs. the Ori­oles (2-9-1) and the Di­a­mond­backs vs the Brew­ers (both 4-8).

The Brew­ers play the Cubs (4-7) on Sun­day. A Brew­ers win would move them into the third seed and drop the Cubs into the play-in game. The Di­a­mond­backs face the Dodgers on Sun­day.

The win­ners of the play-in games will face the di­vi­sion win­ners on Au­gust 20, with the sec­ond- and-third-seeded teams also play­ing that day.

The win­ners will play on Aug. 27, and the cham­pi­onship game is sched­uled for the sec­ond Sun­day in Septem­ber.

PHO­TOS BY BILL GATES

Justo Padin, left, and Scott Alt­man of the Brew­ers chase a popup dur­ing the game against the Dodgers.

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