District 7 championship series preview: No. 1 Rayson Miller v. No. 2 Irondequoit Post

Rayson Miller (top) enters the championship series as the top seed, where Irondequoit Post (bottom), the two seed, will be the opposition. (Photos: BILLY HEYEN)

By BILLY HEYEN

After two semifinal series, it’s the favorites that will meet in the championship. Rayson Miller and Irondequoit Post will play a best-of-three series to determine which team gets to move on to the American Legion state baseball tournament and which team heads home.

Here’s a preview of the championship series.

How they got here:

Where:

Eastridge High School

When:

Game one: Thursday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m.; Game two: Saturday, July 22 at 9:00 a.m.; Game three to follow game two if necessary

Previous matchups:

Rayson Miller won the first two meetings of the season, 4-0 and 6-1. But in the third matchup between the teams, it was Irondequoit Post’s AJ Gartland who outdueled Countryman to get a 1-0 win for Irondequoit Post at Eastridge. 

Who’s hot?

Rayson Miller

  • Jason Bocklage: 5-for-9 in postseason with two doubles, a triple, and four RBI
  • Lukas Haefner: 7-for-10 in postseason with two doubles
  • Jourdan Plaisted: 4-for-9 in postseason

Irondequoit Post

  • Shawn Brooks: 3-for-5 in postseason with a steal
  • Matt Brennan: 3-for-3 in postseason
  • Caleb Delly: 3-for-7 in postseason

What they’re saying:

  • Rayson Miller right fielder Jason Bocklage: “I think we expected to win two easy. I’m feeling a little shakier that we had to go to a game three. But we played that game really well, and I think if we can continue to play like we have then we’ll do well.”
  • Rayson Miller pitcher Maxx Countryman: “I think we got the momentum going into Irondequoit. I think we’ve got it in us, so let’s keep it going.”
  • Irondequoit Post SS/P Anthony Quinones: I’m ready and so excited to go and play with everybody I played this season with.”
  • Irondequoit Post P/3B Chris Butler: “I’m ready. I think we’re all ready for it. It’s gonna be great. We’re ready to win it.”
  • Irondequoit Post head coach Joey Kuhn: “Mindset is we got our whole staff ready, we go play, and we try to take two in-a-row again. So, we’ll see what we can do … It’s gonna be a battle.”

 

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