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Bath wins NORCO Division title

Thursday, July 3, 2014 by PETER CAR pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Bath is looking to finish the NORCO season with a head of steam as they head into their final two games of the regular season following Monday's 13-6 victory over Wind Gap.

Head coach Alex Specht knows his team is in the drivers seat of the West Division, as they sat at 10-6 heading into yesterday's tilt with Northampton (7-9).

Bath has already clinched the division over their counterparts, now it's about increasing their odds heading into next week's playoffs

"We've talked about picking up some momentum to close out the season," he said. "It would be nice to get a better seed in the playoffs and we'll keep pushing for it."

With four division winners guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, along with the next four teams with the best records in the league, Northampton may be on the outside looking in when things are all said and done. Northampton has won their last two contests, including Tuesday's 4-2 victory over the playoff-bound Wanderers.

"I knew we could play this type of baseball," said head coach Mike Bodnar. "It's just tough that we couldn't put things together like this all year. We could have had a chance to make a run at Bath in the division, but it didn't work out that way."

With the aforementioned contest with Bath taking place yesterday, Northampton finishes the season Friday against Wind Gap, which could be their last game of the summer.

"We just focus on what we can control,"Bodnar said. "It sounds cliche, but it's worked for us this week."

Easton (11-4) is the clear runaway favorite to win the East Division, while the North Division has East Stroudsburg (12-5), Big Pocono (9-7) and The Birches (9-6-1) in the race for the division and the playoffs.

Hellertown (12-3) leads the league and the South Division, while Freemansburg (10-6) and the Wanderers (11-6) are also bidding for playoff spots.

Once the division winners are formulated, as well the other four teams with the best records, the eight-team playoff will be re-seeded,

Northampton's best bet of sneaking into the postseason would include Big Pocono losing out and them winning their final two games and then seeing where the cards fall.