Lots of familiarity as City playoffs open
What a regular season it was in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League as the season was competitive and tightly contested.
Lilly Conrad Chiro-practic/American Legion and ProActive Sports both finished at 22-3, topping the standings. Lilly won the tiebreaker with ProActive, beating them 2-1. As a result, Lilly got the top seed in the playoffs. Locker Room (19-6) earned the No. 3 seed, while Mountain View Archery earned the fourth seed with a record of 9-16.
“All four teams can play with any of the other teams,” ProActive Sports player-manager Tom Smith said. “But Lilly has to be the favorite until they get beat.”
Brian Farabaugh, league president and third baseman for ProActive, talked about the excitement of the upcoming playoffs.
“It’s like Christmas around my house,” Farabaugh said. “Everyone around the league gets excited this time of year. Lilly and ProActive finished with identical records, but Lilly won the tie breaker. “
Lilly will square up with Mountain View Archery. The three-game best-of-three series begins tonight at 6.
All playoff games will be at Vets Field in Altoona.
“It feels great to be back in the playoffs again,” Lilly manager Ron Davison said. “We want to be playing our best ball at this time of the year. They (Mountain View Archery) took us to three games in the semifinals last year and played us tough this season. They’re a really good team when all of the players are there. We want to win another championship this year. We’re ready to go.”
Farabaugh won’t look past Mountain?View.
“Mountain View won a game last year in that series,” Farabaugh said. “They (Mountain View Archery) could win a couple of games against Lilly. This is baseball, you never know. Mountain View’s got the pitching and hitting to win.”
The Locker Room-ProActive Sports semifinals matchup will begin at 8 p.m. The two teams should be very familiar with each other. Many of the players for the now defunct East Coast Gun Sales team now play for both the Locker Room and ProActive teams. Locker Room, a first-year team, took a lot of ProActive’s players when starting its team this year.
“These are two-evenly-matched teams,” Farabaugh said. “These guys know each other well.”
Andy Smithmyer will start tonight for ProActive Sports.
Game two of the of the semifinal series between ProActive and Locker Room will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, while the Lilly -Mountain View series will follow at 5:30 p.m.
Game three, if necessary, will have Mountain View and Lilly starting at 2 p.m., and Locker Room-ProActive following at 4 p.m.