Archive for Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Kansas City still challenging for playoff berth despite four-game skid

August 20, 2003

The Kansas City T-Bones continue to flirt with first place in the Northern League's Western Division.

The T-Bones opened the second half with a strong lead, but since relinquished the lead to first-half champion Fargo-Moorhead

Then last Thursday, the team claimed a tie for first place with a 2-0 win against the Sioux Falls Canaries.

Now, though, a four-game skid has dropped the team back into second place, 2 1/2 games behind Fargo-Moorhead.

Surging Lincoln, which had spent much of the second half in or near the division cellar, swept Kansas City during the weekend at Haymarket Field. The Saltdogs having now won seven straight, own a 15-17 mark and trail Kansas City by 1 1/2 games for third place. Sioux Falls and Sioux City, meanwhile, are 5 1/2 and 7 1/2 out of first place respectively.

In the Eastern Division, St. Paul isn't finding the second half to be quite as enjoyable. The Saints sit at 17-17 and are five games behind first-place Winnipeg. The Goldeyes are 22-11, three games ahead of Schaumburg, which is 19-14.

Gary-Southshore is 15-18 in the Eastern Division, while Joliet is 15-19, 7 1/2 games behind Winnipeg.

Kansas City has 11 games left to catch Fargo-Moorhead and reserve a spot in the playoffs.

The T-Bones play two more games against Sioux Falls, then travel to Fargo-Moorhead for a pivotal four-game set against the Redhawks.

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