A fond farewell.
The Mooresville Spinners will be saying good bye to their participation in this week’s play in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League’s postseason.
But in this particular case, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s just the opposite.
The Spinners, second-season members of the SCBL, secured a much-appreciated first round bye in the league’s second-season tournament as reward for the way they performed during the recently-completed segment of regular-season play.
Mooresville closed out the regulation portion of the SCBL slate with a five-game winning streak to shore up its no worse than top-two finish within the circuit’s eight-team field. As a result, the Spinners are assured to being one of the two teams allowed to wait out first-round results before making their second-season debut.
The Spinners put the wraps around their regular-season schedule with a 25-12 record in the league. The ledger allowed them to finish no worse than in the league’s runner-up spot to merit reception of automatic advancement into second-round play in this week’s postseason event.
Mooresville made waves during the course of the final phase of the season’s schedule to join the short list of teams from the organization’s history dating back to the summer of 2014 able to reach the 30-win barrier for a season overall. This year’s Spinners head into the playoffs owning a 30-13 overall standard.
“ Wow,” said John Wilcox, the team’s principal owner. “What a way for us to end the season. We’re finding ways to win right now. That’s a good thing. Hopefully, we will keep it up throughout the playoffs.”
The team has added incentive already in place to try to accomplish that.
As a rookie-season entry a summer ago, Mooresville made its way through the ranks and hit its peak during the postseason to capture the SCBL tournament title declaring it as champions.
“ We don’t plan on giving that tournament trophy back without putting up a fight,” said Wilcox.
Mooresville will enter the playoffs refreshed. The Spinners have received that bye from the first round slated to take place Sunday night and will await the outcomes before making their debut on Monday at Moor Park.
“ The only thing we know for sure,” said Wilcox, “is that we will have a home game on Monday night. We just do not know who we will be playing. Whether we remain at home will also depend on what happens from there. Hopefully, we never have to leave home to repeat. Our fans deserve that.”
Actually, the Spinners have an idea in regards to that initial opponent. Based on the league’s playoff bracket released late in the week, Mooresville will face off against the winner of the first-round game between Carolina Vipers and Lake Norman Copperheads.
Mooresville will join the regular-season champion and top-seeded Piedmont Pride as the two teams from the league to merit a first-round bye. Each will face off against winners from that opening round in games slated to be held on Monday at the home site of higher-seeded teams. Throughout the playoffs, that procedure will continue to take place on a consecutive-night basis until a champion is crowned.
Other teams comprising the field include the Lenoir Oilers and Statesville Owls. The Charlotte Crushers and Concord Athletics failed to make the playoff roster.
SCBL tournament play taking place in the form of a double-elimination affair and is on track to continue throughout the week.