Jason Vinnell scored pair of runs and picked up the win on the mound for the Neepawa Farmers as they beat the Oak River Dodgers 6-5 in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League regular season finale on Sunday in Oak River.
Vinnell scattered three runs and four hits in five innings, and went 2-for-4 at the plate as the Farmers improved to 3-17-0.
Bryce Stephenson pitched the final two innings to pick up the save, while Josh Loewen went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Ty Paddock pitched for eight innings and took the loss for Oak River (7-13-0) after giving up six runs on 11 hits. Duncan Paddock went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, while Taw Fredrickson had a 2-for-5 day that included a run scored and two more batted in.
The two teams will play each other again tonight in Oak River to open the playoffs in the 4-vs.-5 playoff game.
The game will start at 6:30, with the winner advancing to the best-of-five league semifinals against the pennant-winning Brandon Cloverleafs (16-4-0).
That series starts Friday at Andrews Field at 7 p.m.
The other semifinal features the second-place Brandon Marlins (15-4-1) and third-place Reston Rockets (8-11-1). It begins on Wednesday at Andrews Field at 7 p.m.
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