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Palm Beach’s 8-2 victory helps playoff hopes

by Jeremy Karp

Currently, the Palm Beach Cardinals are in last place with a 29-32 record.

Believe it or not, there’s still hope for them to make the playoffs, albeit slim.

These are the procedures for the Florida State League playoffs:

“The format provides that four (4) teams will participate in the Florida State League playoffs. Winners of both halves within the Division play each other in a best-of-three series for the Division Championship. The first half winners will be given the choice of hosting game 1 or games 2 & 3 and must notify the League office by August 1, of their decision.

In the event of a repeat Division winner, the team with the next best overall record in the Division will qualify for the playoffs as a Wild Card team.

The Division Champions will move on to the League Championship Series. This will be a best-of-five series with a 2-3 setup. The home field advantage alternates yearly between divisions.”

So while it’s hard to think they could still make the playoffs, it’s not out of the question.

On Saturday night, they faced off against the Daytona Tortugas, with Jack Flaherty getting the start on the mound.

Palm Beach started the scoring off in the second inning, when Cole Lankford led off with a double. Dylan Tice and Jhohan Acevedo singled each to score a run. A sacrifice fly by Danny Seferina made it 2-0 Cardinals.

Allen Staton hit his second home run of the season in the top of the third inning, to make it a 3-0 game.

Three more runs in the top of the fourth suddenly made it 6-0 Palm Beach.

Meanwhile, on the mound, Flaherty kept Daytona in check all night, going seven innings, allowing no runs on five hits to go along with a career high 10 strikeouts en route to his second win of the season. The Tortugas struck out a season-high 15 times during the evening.

Palm Beach capped off their scoring by one run in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.

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