The Oneonta Outlaws will open the New York Collegiate Baseball League postseason against a slick opponent.
The regular-season champion Outlaws will host a best-of-three semifinal series against the fifth-seeded Olean Oilers at 7 tonight at Damaschke Field.
Oneonta (25-15), which won the NYCBL postseason championship in 2011, earned a first-round playoff bye after finishing the regular season with the best record in the 11-team NYCBL.
The Oilers lost their last seven games of the regular season en route a share of third place with the Wellsville Nitros and the Syracuse Junior Chiefs as all three teams finished 22-18. Olean dropped to the fifth seed based on tiebreakers as Wellsville earned the No. 3 seed and the Junior Chiefs took the fourth spot for the six-team playoffs.
Olean won its one-game wild-card playoff Wednesday night, beating the Junior Chiefs, 5-2, to advance to a semifinal series against Oneonta. After hosting the semifinal series opener tonight, the Outlaws will visit Olean for Game 2 on Friday. Should the teams split the first two games, the Outlaws would host the third and decisive game Saturday at Damaschke Field.
Wellsville defeated the sixth-seeded Syracuse Salt Cats, 4-0, in Wednesday’s other wild-card game. The Nitros advanced to a best-of-three semifinal series against the second-seeded Hornell Dodgers beginning at 7 tonight. The Dodgers, who went 23-17 during the regular season, will host tonight’s opener and, if necessary, the third game of their semifinal series.
Semifinal winners will go head-to-head in a best-of-three championship series next week. The times, dates and sites for the championship series have not been set.
As the top seed, the Outlaws will have home-field advantage throughout their playoff run.
Wednesday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game at Newark was not completed by press time.