With five games left in the season, the Brookfield Blue Sox are right in the Land O'Lakes playoff mix.
The Blue Sox moved into a tie for the third and final playoff spot from the Suburban Division with a 8-3 victory over the West Bend Lithia on July 23 at Carl M. Kuss Field.
West Bend jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Ben Versnik, but the Blue Sox scored six in the top of the second and didn't look back. Brookfield added runs in the seventh and ninth to cruise to a comfortable win over the last-place Lithia.
Making his second start of the season, Versnik struck out 10 and allowed just one earned run on two hits over six innings. The right-hander has allowed just one run over 18 innings (0.50 ERA) this season. Kyle Stewart struck out eight over the final three innings.
Johnny Arnold went 2-for-4 with a walk, and Tim Kahle was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Will Johnson drove in three runs, while Pat Tobiasz and Zach Loss each had two RBIs.
Brookfield's game at McCoy Field against the first-place Lannon Stonemen on July 24 was rained out. No makeup date was announced.
At 8-5, the Blue Sox are tied with the West Bend 7 Up for the Suburban Division's final playoff spot and are one game back of the second-place Brookfield Bulldogs and 21/2 games behind Lannon. Despite two losses this past weekend, the Milwaukee Beavers are also in the playoff mix, one-half game behind the Blue Sox and 7 Up.
In a game with playoff implications, the Blue Sox will face the Bulldogs at McCoy Field at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31.
A Blue Sox win would pull them even with the Bulldogs in the standings and give them a sweep of their rivals in the two-game season series.