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July 22, 2010

Hawkeyes in playoff hunt as season winds down

STAFF REPORT

— If the New York Collegiate Baseball League playoffs were to begin today, the Cooperstown Hawkeyes and Oneonta Outlaws would meet in a first round series. The top four teams in each division qualify for postseason play, and currently Oneonta is in second place and Cooperstown in third with one week left in the regular season.

The Hawkeyes dropped to 18-17 with two losses to Glens Falls On Tuesday. After completing a suspended game which Glens Falls won, the Hawkeyes lost a 5-1, 10 inning game in the regularly scheduled contest.

Glens Falls is now 17-17 overall. Cooperstown is five games behind Amsterdam and four games behind Oneonta in the Eastern Division.

Cooperstown has five games remaining, with the final regular season game set for July 28. The top team in each division will play a three game series against the fourth place team, with second place playing third place.

The winners of those two series will meet in another three game series, and the winner of that series will play the winner of the Western Division in another three game set for the overall championship.

``Right now, our main goal is to make the playoffs,’’ said Hawkeyes manager Jake Dennstedt. ``It would be exciting if we met Oneonta, though. We’ve played seven times and they won four times on their field, and we won the three games at Doubleday. It would be good for both communities as well.’’

Dennstedt his team is battling a number of nagging injuries as the season winds to a close.

``We play almost every day and that’s to be expected,’’ he said. ``Most teams are in the same boat.’’

Cooperstown had a brief stay in first place a couple of weeks ago, but then lost four of five games, including at Oneonta on Saturday, to fall into third place.

``When we were hot we were getting great pitching,’’ Dennstedt said. ``Then we hit a little cold streak. Hopefully we can get hot again this week and carry that into the postseason.’’