Coyotes split with TCMABL contending Rams
The Cottage Grove Coyotes split a doubleheader Sunday, Aug. 6, with a fellow contender in the Twin City Men's Amateur Baseball League.
The Coyotes dropped their first game of the day 11-4 to the Rams at Concordia University in St. Paul before rebounding to win 4-2. It was a rematch of last year's TCMABL championship game when the Coyotes defeated the Rams 5-4 to win the 18+ Division title.
"We beat them in the championship last year, so they had a little bit of a chip on their shoulder," Coyotes player Joe Paul said.
After a loss, the Coyotes bounced back in the second game of the doubleheader with the help of starting pitcher Adam Weber.
"In game two, we just did a good job of putting it behind us," Paul said. "Adam Weber had a great outing."
There are two 18+ Divisions in the TCMABL, and the Rams clinched the National Division regular season championship with the split with the Coyotes. At the same time, the Coyotes clinched at least a second-place finish in the American Division, meaning they will get a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Cottage Grove will face the rival Sea Donkeys in the final doubleheader of the regular season Sunday, Aug. 13, at Woodridge Park. The Sea Donkeys hold an 18-2 record going into the doubleheader while the Coyotes are 17-3, meaning Cottage Grove could win the American Division regular season championship with a sweep.
The teams both play different styles of game, with the Coyotes allowing the fewest runs in the American Division this season with 63 while the Sea Donkeys have scored the most runs at 195.
"We kind of pride ourselves on pitching and fielding, and the Donkeys are basically the best hitting team in the league," Paul said.
The TCMABL playoffs are scheduled to begin Saturday, Aug. 19, at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville.