Bowser routs Clancy's to reach DNL semifinals
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Corey Deighan had an opportunity to help himself during his start in Game 3 of Bowser's Daily News League quarterfinal series clincher against Clancy's Pub.
With the score tied in the bottom of the fourth, the Twins' starting pitcher came to the plate with two on and none out and popped out to short.
Luckily for him, the rest of the lineup came through as Dalaine Ofchinick hit a three-run double to jump-start a five-run outburst that helped Bowser (19-8) roll to an 11-2 victory over sixth-seeded Clancy's Pub (11-16) and ended the Tar Heels' season.
Though Deighan did have a two-run double in the fifth, he was still bothered by not coming through an inning earlier.
“They didn't want me to bunt and I popped out and that frustrated me to no end,” Deighan said. “But it was huge to have my teammates pick me up like that and I was ecstatic when we broke that inning open.”
Bowser will play a best-of-five semifinal series with Quinn Construction (18-6) beginning Sunday. The Twins are 2-1 against the Mudcats this season, but that defeat came in the season finale and cost them the second seed and a first-round playoff bye.
“We have another series coming up and it's going to take everything we have to beat them in a five-game series,” Bowser coach Andy Brettschneider said. “It's going to be tough. It's going to be inning to inning, man to man, but hopefully we have enough stamina and enough moxie to pull it off.”
Their semifinal meeting is a rematch of the 2012 championship series won by Bowser. And the two teams remain familiar with each other.
“Obviously, we've seen all the pitchers and they've seen all of ours,” Brettschneider said. “It's a matter of who throws better and who hits better that game.”
After dropping its first game in an opening-round series for the first time, Bowser had all it could handle against Clancy's Pub. The Twins blew a six-run lead in a Game 1 loss and watched as the Tar Heels erased an early 2-0 deficit with two runs in the top of the fourth.
Once Bowser took the lead, though, Deighan worked his way to a 108-pitch complete game. He allowed six hits and also issued as many free passes — four of which came in the final three innings — and helped the team save its pitching until the series with Quinn Construction opens.
“I stay in pretty good shape so I'm not that tired, but I just didn't have my best stuff,” Deighan said. “I felt like I got into some situations where I made some mistakes — they had two hits with 0-2 counts and the elevated pitch count. But I should be good by Monday.”
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