Door County League Playoff Race Coming into Focus

With three weeks to go, the picture is starting to get a little clearer – not crystal clear, mind you, but enough that the Door County League season has now become a matter of position and seeding. 

Barring a total collapse, Sister Bay should win the regular-season title and get the top seed. From there, Kolberg controls its own destiny while Jacksonport, Washington Island, Egg Harbor and Maplewood are still looking at those other playoff spots. Baileys Harbor and Institute are eliminated and can only play spoiler at this point. It should make for a fun final three weeks of the regular season. 

The Swami was back to his winning ways this past week, going 4-0 and leaving him at 38-6 so far for the year. 

Maplewood (4-7) @ Institute (1-10) Friday Night

The Mets have gotten better since garnering a consistent starter in Jeremiah Janke. He has kept them in most games, and if that continues, this team can compete. Kordell Draves broke out the long ball Sunday, belting two home runs, and Tory Jandrin cranked one on his two-hit day. Kody Kissinger and Jadyen Diller chipped in with two hits as well. 

After their first win of the season, the Cubs were reminded quickly last Sunday that they have some distance to go to compete with the big boys. Quinn Schram kept his bat hot, getting another two hits, but the rest of the team was held in check, getting only five hits. The Cubs swept the season series last season, and the Mets have the chance to do the same this year.

Swami says: Mets.

Sister Bay (10-1) @ Egg Harbor (6-5)

The Bays defeated Baileys Harbor 8-0 on Sunday, reducing its magic number to two. Although no stats were reported for that game, the main stat is that with a win Sunday over Egg Harbor, they can clinch the title in front of the home crowd against the Cubs the following week.

The Indians have now lost two straight and are on the outside of the playoff race. After jumping out to a first-inning, five-run lead, they never scored again in their loss to the Islanders. Brady Kita stayed hot, getting three more hits, and Cory Fuller, Cody Giesseman, Alex Byrne and Carter Bieri all had two. The Indians desperately need this game, but the Bays want that home game clinching opportunity, too.
Swami says: Bays.

Washington Island (7-4) @ Kolberg (8-3)

After a last-inning loss the week before, then falling behind 5-0 in the first inning Sunday, one would think the Islanders were on the brink of disaster. But not so fast, my friends. Matt Foss came in late to hold Egg Harbor off while the offense got clicking. Ray McDonald had a big day with three hits and a home run, and teammates Troy Jorgenson, Ben Johnson and Bennett Isaacson chipped in with two hits each.
The Braves took out some losing-streak frustration on the Cubs, collecting 28 runs on 21 hits. Christian Counard had three hits; Austen Dart and Sam Koss both hit home runs on their two-hit day; and Tyler Neinas and Austin Rohe also had two hits. The Braves shut down the Islanders last time as Jake Schneider tossed a three-hitter. He may not shut them down like that this time, but the Braves are too good to lose their title hopes just yet.
Swami says: Braves.

West Jacksonport (7-4) @ Baileys Harbor (1-13)

The Ports are right in the thick of the playoff race, and with a date against the Braves in Week 14, a second seed isn’t out of the question. Drew Tanck had seven strikeouts last Sunday to go with his two hits. Woody Schartner had three hits, and Riley Cordier and Derek Niedzwiecki chipped in two hits apiece. After this game, the Ports host two of the best teams in the league – Washington Island and Kolberg – to end the regular season. 

The A’s were stymied on Sunday against the Bays, getting shut out for the second time this season. That game marked the fifth time this year when the A’s were held to one or zero runs. With games remaining against playoff contenders Washington Island and Kolberg, the light isn’t very bright at the end of the tunnel. Still, Coach Charlie Ward has gotten the team to be competitive in several games this year, and you want to take positives into the off-season. It’s a tough schedule to end on, though. 

Swami says: Ports.

Week 11 Results

Washington Island 6, Egg Harbor 5

Sister Bay 8, Baileys Harbor 0

West Jacksonport 9, Maplewood 6

Kolberg 28, Institute 1


Sister Bay 10-1

Kolberg 8-3

Egg Harbor 6-5

Washington Island 7-4

West Jacksonport 7-4

Maplewood 4-7

Baileys Harbor 1-10

Institute 1-10

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