It took until the last day of the regular season but the Auburn Doubledays are back in the New York-Penn League playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Auburn started off fast and held on to beat the Batavia Muckdogs 8-5 on Monday afternoon at Dwyer Stadium to clinch the league's wild-card spot.
The Doubledays are scheduled to host Hudson Valley at Falcon Park on Wednesday in the first of a best-of-three playoff series. Games 2 and 3, if needed, would be at Hudson Valley.
Tri-City will play Mahoning Valley in the other playoff series. The winners will face off for the NY-PL championship.
The Doubledays didn't waste any time by jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Cole Daily doubled to right and Pablo O'Connor followed with a double to right to make it 1-0.
Jacob Rhinesmith struck out swinging but a passed ball by catcher Pablo Garcia allowed him to reach first with O'Connor going to third. On a double steal, O'Connor came home to make it 2-0 and Rhinesmith went to second.
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Later, Rhinesmith reached third on a Josh Roberson wild pitch and came home on Kyle Marinconz's RBI single to left. Marinconz then stole second and scored on Jamori Blash's soft pop up to second to make it 4-0.
Batavia cut the lead in half with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second but Auburn responded with another four-run frame, in the top of the third. Rhinesmith led off with single and went to third on Wilmer Perez's single to left.
Nic Perkins then singled to center to drive in Rhinesmith and send Perez to third to make it 5-0. Marinconz doubled to right to plate Perez with Perkins going to third.
Blash then finished it off with a double to center to score two to make it 8-2. Batavia scored a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to get within three at 8-5.
But that would be it as Auburn held Batavia scoreless the rest of the way.
Marinconz led Auburn with three hits and a pair of RBI. Blash added a pair of hits and three RBIs.