Val­leyCats make fi­nal push to keep first place

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - By Joe Boyle @BoyleAlertTroy on Twit­ter

TROY » The Val­leyCats are on the road for their fi­nal two se­ries of the reg­u­lar sea­son, and the teams they need to go visit, just so hap­pen to be two teams com­ing for the num­ber one spot in the St­edler Divi­sion.

“It’s not about try­ing to make up for some bad games,” said Val­leyCats man­ager Jason Bell. “It’s about do­ing what we can be­cause we con­trol our own des­tiny at this point.”

The Val­leyCats travel to Low­ell first to take on the Spin­ners in a three game se­ries and pre­serve their four game lead on the ri­val.

Af­ter Low­ell, the Val­leyCats need to travel to Ver­mont to take on the Lake Mon­sters, who trail the ‘Cats by just 3.5 games.

“They un­der­stand it,” said Bell. “You don’t want them to feel some ur­gency to where they are feel­ing tight and they’re swing­ing at bad pitches.”

The last time the Val­leyCats trav­eled to Low­ell, they were swept and al­lowed the Spin­ners to come within a half game of the first place spot.

“My mem­o­ries of that se­ries were not very good, but we ac­tu­ally caught a few tough breaks,” said Bell. “We got swept in that se­ries but two of those three games were a lot closer than the score shows, so I am re­ally ex­cited to see how we re­spond and how we look against them.”

The play­offs are still far off


Car­los Machado was named last weeks NY-Penn League player of the week af­ter go­ing 15-22.


Michael Wielan­sky is still day to day and his ab­sence from the Val­leyCats have been felt on the de­fen­sive side.

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