Fort Wayne Wizards playoff bound

For the second straight year the Fort Wayne Wizards are headed to the Midwest League playoffs. And unlike last season, they aren't limping in but charging in with 15 wins in their final 20 games. On Monday afternoon in Appleton the Wizards completed the four game sweep with another nail biter, a 7-6 win over the Timber Rattlers.

The game wasn't decided until two outs in the bottom of the ninth and with the tying and winning runs on base. After Leo Rosales retired the first two batters on two pitches, the Timber Rattlers got back to back hits to put the tying and winning runs on base. Adam Jones then hit a bouncer towards left field that Sean Kazmar, Wizards shortstop, was able to glove and on the play, Josh Womack, the runner from second rounded third too far and the Wizards were able to get him in a run down. Eventually, after a couple of throws, the Wizards actually tagged out runner Nick Orlandos, the runner from first, with the final out of the game and regular season.

The winning pitcher was Paul Abraham who moved to 1-2 on the season and Leo Rosales earned his 26th save of the season to tie Paul Thorp of Battle Creek for the league lead in saves. George Kottaras had a big day offensively for the Wizards going 3 x 5 and Skip Adams also went 3 x 5 in the win. Kottaras also had a home run, his 7th of the season and the Wizards 90th on the year.

Now the Wizards move to the playoffs beginning on Wednesday night at 6:00pm. All indications are the Wizards will be playing the South Bend Silver Hawks in the first round. The Silver Hawks swept the Wizards the last time the two teams played, and after that sweep, the Wizards went on fire finishing the season winning 15 of their last 20 games. The Wizards will enter the post season for the sixth time since the franchise has been in Fort Wayne. The Wizards finished the regular season 72-68 and 39-31 in the second half.

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